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Phoenix Jailbreak for iOS 9

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Phoenix Jailbreak is a semi-untethered jailbreak for 32-bit devices running on iOS 9.3.5 & iOS 9.3.6. It means that it works with iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, and iPad Mini 1. Earlier releases of iOS 9 are not supported. The most recent version of Phoenix IPA was updated to support iOS 9.3.6 unexpectedly released by Apple. It's still a working solution to jailbreak iPad 2 with iOS 9.3.5 in 2024.

Download Phoenix IPA

Phoenix Jailbreak for iOS 9.3.5 and iOS 9.3.6 was released as an IPA package that can be sideloaded using your favorite package manager. Download Phoenix IPA and bring some freshness to your older iPhone, iPad, or iPod, by installing jailbreak tweaks.

What is Phoenix Jailbreak?

Phoenix Jailbreak v6 represents the most recent update of the renowned jailbreak utility designed for the most recent release of iOS 9.3.6. It made its debut on March 22, 2021. Notably, the iOS 9.3.5 jailbreak arrived well over a year following the official Apple release, with the original Phoenix jailbreak first introduced to the jailbreak community back in 2017.

There is no untethered jailbreak for iOS 9. Instead, Phoenix serves as a semi-untethered jailbreak tool for the latest versions of iOS 9. Which means that it will cease to function every time you restart your device. In the event of such a restart, you will be required to re-jailbreak your iOS 9.3.5/9.3.6 device using the Phoenix application sideloaded on your iDevice.

The jailbreak supports the latest release of iOS 9 making it compatible will all devices running the old firmware. After jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad, it installs by default the Cydia app. Using this package manager you will access apps, tweaks, and themes from Cydia Repositories.

Two iPhone screens showing the Phoenix Jailbreak interface on iOS 9.

Jailbreaking iOS 9 using this amazing tool is extremely simple. What's more, it detects supported devices and iOS versions automatically. It's worth mentioning, that Phoenix exploit is also the main core of other modern jailbreaks for iOS 9 such as p0laris or kok3shi.

p0laris aims to deliver an untether in the near future via repo. When spv will manage to achieve it, the jailbreak will be the first to deliver an untethered jailbreak for iOS 9. There is also a UniBoot tweak for iOS 9 available that semi-reboots the device, but it may break Phoenix.

For years, Phoenix Jailbreak was updated six times. An important update was announced when Apple released iOS 9.3.6 in 2019 to fix some security issues with their mobile system. Fortunately, Phoenix was also updated with a new jailbreak exploit for iOS 9.3.6.

What's new

  • Revamped bootstrap installation to use libarchive instead of GNU tar.
  • Inlined /bin/launchctl into the Phoenix binary to prevent codesigning issues from sideloading.
  • Recompiled with Hikari (no functional changes).
  • Ships with offsets for 9.3.6 now.
  • Adds the option to force a complete reinstall by holding down on "Kickstart Jailbreak”.
  • Fixes two crashes when contacting phoenixpwn.com for offsets.

It's not a secret that iOS 9.3 is out-of-date. Apple doesn't support any of the older devices, and no new features are added. Once you jailbreak the iDevice with Phoenix, you will be able to install new tweaks and hacks that will add new features to the old system.

And here comes jailbreak in handy. Refresh the look, feel, and features of your device and install some apps and tweaks provided by the big jailbreak community.

Is Phoenix Jailbreak safe?

I can assure you that installing and using this iOS app is absolutely safe. After jailbreaking your device, there are no permanent changes applied. To remove the jailbreak, simply uninstall all apps and tweaks and restart the device.

Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page interprets ants the official website as a potential page with harmful software that can trick you into installing an unwonted app on your device. In reality, there are no viruses on this page. It's only the software to exploits iOS to install Cydia.

A smartphone screen showing Cydia package manager running on iOS 9.3.6.

Supported devices

Phoenix Jailbreak exclusively supports devices capable of running iOS 9.3.5 and iOS 9.3.6. Older firmware are not supported. However, despite iPhone4,1 and iPad2,2 being discontinued, they continue to operate on iOS 9 and remain eligible for jailbreaking even in 2024.

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus.
  • iPhone SE.
  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5.
  • iPhone 4s.
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch).
  • iPad Air 2, iPad Air.
  • iPad 4th generation.
  • iPad 3rd generation.
  • iPad 2.
  • iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini.

How to install Phoenix Jailbreak on iOS 9

There are two ways to install Phoenix on your iOS device. Without a computer or signing and sideloading the IPA file to your iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The second method requires a Desktop and has a 100% success ratio. Web links (no computer) are often revoked and do not work.

Phoenix6.IPA can be installed on all iOS 9 devices using a Desktop tool like Sideloadly. This Cydia Impactor alternative can sideload IPA files over a USB cable or through Wi-Fi. Sideloadly is available for macOS or Windows, but the workflow is the same no matter of chosen version.

When you are running a Linux computer, there is a dedicated version of AltStore that supports this system. AltStore can sign and install IPA files on iOS 9.3 and up through AltServer.

Screenshot of Sideloadly app main window with Phoenix6.ipa loaded.

Step 1. Download Phoenix Jailbreak IPA (link available at top of this page).

Step 2. Open the Sideloadly application.

Step 3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via USB.

Step 4. Drag and drop the Phoenix6.IPA file on Sideloadly window.

Step 5. Provide your Apple ID to sign the IPA file with a free certificate.

Step 6. Click the Start button to install the jailbreak tool on your iDevice.

Step 7. Enter the password for your Apple ID.

Step 8. From Home Screen, open the Settings app.

Step 9. Navigate to General VPN & Device Management pane.

Step 10. Tap on the developer app with your e-mail.

Step 11. Tap on Trust to allow the app to run on your device.

Two iPhone screens showing the Untrusted developer page on iOS 9

Install Phoenix Jailbreak without a PC

Phoenix Jailbreak can also be installed on your iPhone or iPad without the need to run a PC. This method uses a signed version of Phoenix IPA that can be installed through the Safari browser. This method often fails because the globally available certificate gets revoked by Apple. As for now, this installation method is not available anymore.

Step 1. Tap on “Install Phoenix Jailbreak” from the Safari browser.

Step 2. When the message prompts “would like to install Phoenix” tap Install.

Step 3. The Phoenix app icon will appear on your Home Screen.

Step 4. When the app will be downloaded correctly, no error will appear.

Step 6. Run Phoenix Jailbreak for iOS 9 and jailbreak your device.

When the installation goes well, it's also required to trust the newly added certificate from the Settings app. Follow the instructions from the previous installation guide, starting from Step 8.

Two iPhone screens showing the installation process of Phoenix Jailbreak on iOS with our using a computer.

How to jailbreak iOS 9 with Phoenix

Installing Cydia and jailbreaking iOS 9 using Phoenix Jailbreak is very easy. After you sideload the app onto your iPhone or iPad, you are just a few steps from jailbreaking. This is how to do it.

  1. Open the Phoenix app from your Home Screen.
  2. Tap on “Prepare For Jailbreak” to start.
  3. Wait for the jailbreak to exploit iOS 9 and respring your device.
  4. Open the Cydia app from the Home Screen to start installing tweaks.

Whenever you reboot your iDevice the jailbreak will be disabled. To enable all tweaks, again open the app from the Home Screen and tap on "Kickstart Jailbreak”. If the app expires after 7 days or will step opening, install the IPA file again with your preferred method.

The jailbreak doesn't come with an option to remove itself. If you prefer to stay on the same iOS 9 versions but with a clean system, use the Succession app. It allows you to restore the system without upgrading it to the latest version, like when using iTunes.

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Kuba has over 20 years of experience in journalism, focusing on jailbreak since 2012. He has interviewed professionals from various companies. Besides journalism, Kuba specializes in video editing and drone flying. He studied IT at university before his writing career.

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