It’s no secret that jailbreaking has been one of the favorite activities of iOS device owner ever since Apple launched their first more advanced pieces of tech. While many iPhone or iPad owners know their way around jailbreaks quite well by now, it’s still worth mentioning that this practice has both its rewards and its dangers. Here are the top five pros and the top five cons of jailbreaking your iPad or iPhone.
Pros – Let’s Start with the Good
- Free tethering
If you jailbreak your iOS device, be it an iPad or an iPhone, you will be able to use its Wi-Fi connection or its cellular data in order to connect your laptop to the Internet as well. Free tethering isn’t something that you can do with an unjailbroken device, so this is one big pro on our list.
- New apps
Cydia is a system that allows you to add unauthorized apps on your iPhone or iPad. Unauthorized apps are those that aren’t in the App Store, but this doesn’t mean they’re necessarily bad. Many of them are doing just fine on the Google Play Store, so there’s that. Jailbreaking your iOS device opens up a world of new apps before you.
Jailbreaking your iOS device also means that you can customize it way more than you could before. Cydia comes with plenty of themes you can choose from.
- Access to the iOS file system
If you jailbreak your device, you will also have access to the inner workings of its system. This also means that you can connect your device to your computer and safely transfer data, fix files that are corrupted and even install games.
- Switch between Internet service providers
Jailbreaking your iPhone allows you to switch between mobile data carriers as long as they provide GSM.
Cons – Bring out the Bad
- Faulty security
As we mentioned before, jailbreaking also allows you to add unauthorized apps to your phone. This means that, in order for them to work, you need to disable most of its security systems. This can lead to other issues, so be careful.
- Low-quality apps
If an app is unauthorized, this also means that they haven’t been personally checked by an Apple delegate, so they might be of poor quality. Such apps can even contain malware, so make sure to choose only those that are trustworthy. You need to do the research yourself for this, seeing as there is no longer an Apple seal of approval on them to guide you.
- No more antivirus
Ever since iOS 10 came into being, Apple no longer equips phones with antivirus. For an unjailbroken device, an antivirus is no longer necessary, because the system is shut tight. However, when you jailbreak a device, you open it to questionable outside sources, so be careful.
- System instability
Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad can also severely destabilize it even if you get the process right and follow all the steps. Unfortunately, the very nature of jailbreaking implies hacking your phone and thus making it less stable. Be careful if you attempt it.
- System update issues
Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad also means that the next time a new system update comes, it’s a game of uncertain chances whether or not it will support the jailbreak or not. The current version of iOS doesn’t, for example. And if you update to a version that doesn’t support jailbreak, you can risk bricking your device, which means to basically fry it and make it useless.