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Should I Jailbreak my iPhone, iPod, or iPad?

Updated on July 26, 2012

Having an iOS device is great. You can do all sorts of things, and the apps on the App Store have all sorts of purposes. But sometimes, you want to do more with your device. That's where jailbreaking comes in. If you want to know the pros and cons of jailbreaking, here you are.

  • Pros:
  • You can customize your device to your liking
  • You can get themes for your device
  • You can add more functionality to your device

When you jailbreak your device, you allow the device to download customized tweaks and themes which allow you to customize the device to whatever extent you like. There are a variety of themes to choose from, which allow you to move away from the standard iOS theme. You can get tweaks for your device, which enable you to add functionality and overall make life easier. Tweaks can allow you to add widgets to Notification Center, choose a different default browser, reply to text messages without leaving an app, add more stuff to the lock-screen, e.t.c. If you want a customized device, jailbreaking could be a good option. All the different and unique features you get from jailbreaking are very helpful to make an overall more fresh experience.

Cons:

  • Jailbreaking voids your warranty
  • You will lose support from Apple
  • Updating your phone will remove your jailbreak and all the stuff that was installed alongside it.
  • Your device becomes vulnerable to hackers
  • You can't guarantee saftey of your personal information
  • Slows down your device
  • Jailbreak apps don't have insured quality

When you jailbreak your device, you allow the system to download and install 3rd-party applications which Apple didn't approve. And there's a reason Apple didn't approve of those apps. Jailbreaking your device moves your device to a much more vulnerable zone. You will void your warranty with jailbreaking, and Apple will not give you support if your device is jailbroken. Your device could receive viruses and malware, and your device could brick and never work again. When Apple releases an official update, and you decide to update, you'll lose all of your jailbreak tweaks, apps, and themes. Jailbreaking also makes your device slow and laggy. I'm saying this from a personal perspective. I have stopped jailbreaking my phone due to all these reasons.

Overall, I would recommend jailbreaking to the really adventurous and "techy" people. Jailbreaking puts you and your phone at a greater risk. I personally am against jailbreaking, for it is potentially harmful and can damage devices. Thanks for reading this post!

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      Oilersmyth 4 years ago from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

      Nope. The hardware simply can't run flash and java. Plus it would require cooperation from the creators them selves.

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      fexlo 4 years ago

      If you jailbreak, will you be able to download flash, java, or other programs?