How to Update to iOS 8.1 without Updating to iOS 8.1.1

iOS 8.1.1 was released earlier this week and aims to fix a handful of bugs and improve performance on the older iPhone 4s and iPad 2. already to iOS 8.1, you risk not being able to in the near future. Fortunately, there is still some time.

So why would you want to update to iOS 8.1 and not iOS 8.1? And why is it so important that you do this as soon as possible?

While iOS 8.1.1 does fix some minor bugs, it’s not compatible with Pangu’s iOS 8 jailbreak, so if you’re planning to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad, it’s important to stay away from iOS 8.1.1 as much as possible.

As for updating to iOS 8.1 as soon as possible, Apple will stop signing iOS 8.1 soon, so if you haven’t updated to iOS 8.1 yet and are planning to jailbreak, it will eventually be too late as Apple will block people from updating. It will update to iOS 8.1 and automatically to iOS 8.1.

That said, Apple is still signing iOS 8.1 right now, so you have some time to lock in iOS 8.1 and jailbreak your iPhone or iPad if you haven’t already. Here’s how to do it.

update to iOS 8.1

Since iOS 8.1.1 is the latest version of iOS, you cannot open iTunes and update to an older version. You have to add a few more steps, but luckily it’s pretty easy.

Before doing anything, make sure to backup your iOS device because this method will clean your iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, we have a handy guide on how to do this.

First, visit this website and download iOS 8.1 IPSW for your specific iOS device. These files range from 1.5GB to 2GB for iPhones and iPads, so be aware that it may take some time to download them.

After downloading the file, plug your iOS device into your computer and open iTunes. Go to your device’s summary page and hold down the Option/Alt key on your keyboard or the Shift key if you’re using Windows. Keep holding the key while clicking in iTunes.

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Then browse to find the IPSW file you downloaded and open it. iTunes will start restoring your iPhone and install iOS 8.1.

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Once the process is complete, your iOS device should now be running iOS 8.1 and you will now have the latest iOS version that supports the Pangu iOS 8 jailbreak. From there, you can jailbreak your device, which again consists of just a few simple steps.

Again, it’s important to back up your iPhone or iPad before jailbreaking it so you can rewind it if something goes wrong.

Jailbreak iOS 8.1

Before doing anything else, it is very important that you disable the passcode on your device by entering the passcode and turning it off. You also need to turn on Airplane Mode by swiping up from the bottom of your screen and tap on the airplane icon to open Control Center.

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Now comes the fun part. To start pangu.io and download the jailbreaking tool.

Once downloaded, open the Pangu tool and plug in your iOS device. Once recognized by the Pangu tool, click on it and then click .

Sit back and wait for the jailbreak tool to do its thing. Your iPhone or iPad will eventually reboot and you should get a finished message. From there you can close the Pangu tool and unplug your iOS device.

Finally open Cydia and let it prepare the file system. After that you can download and install tweaks and go crazy!

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