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How To Video: Jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch

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How To Video: Jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch

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It's now legal to jailbreak your iPhone or iPod Touch, but it still voids your Apple warranty. We'll show you how to do it and explain some of the benefits of taking that risk.

Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch just got a whole lot easier, and now according to the US Government, it's completely legal. I'm Brian Tong and I'm going to show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, and talk about the benefits and risks of doing so. There are a variety of ways to jailbreak your device but the easiest way is by going to the website Jailbreakme- dot-com. This may or may not work depending on the version of firmware you have and the device you are using so check out this handy guide at jailbreakmatrix-dot-com to see if this method works for you. Once you're at jailbreakme-dot com, all you have to do is ?slide to jailbreak? to start the process. The jailbreak will start downloading to your phone so just leave it be and let it run through the install process. When it's ready you'll see a message saying ?Cydia has been added to the home screen?. Press ok and then find the Cydia App. You can now launch Cydia, select the ?User? option and it will take some time to download all the content. The main benefit of Cydia is that it gives you access to Apps and customizations that you cannot get through Apple's authorized App store. One risk you take is that there's potential for running across malicious apps. The Cydia app will also ask you to upgrade the database content, so follow the prompts to do that as well. Now It's not against the law to jailbreak your phone, but it does void your warranty. So if you bring in a jailbroken phone to be serviced by Apple, you may be out of luck. One of the benefits of jailbreaking your iPhone 4 is now being able to use Facetime over 3g with an app called My3G . So let's show you how to get that. Once the Cydia App is installed and up to date, search for RockApp and install it. Go to the menu screen and launch RockApp. You'll need to create a username and password, but let it update and then search for MY3G. My3g tricks your phone by telling it that your 3G is a Wifi signal and it will now allow you to use apps that you couldn't before over the 3g network. The app costs $3.99 but there is a 10-day trial that you can try out first. Once that is done, launch the app and you will be able to select which programs to use over 3G. Facetime is enabled by default, as is Youtube, which lets you view cleaner higher resolution videos instead of the mobile versions. One heads up is that, by tricking your phone to give you access to these features, you are still using your 3G data so be aware that this app might cause you to go over your data limits. If you decide you no longer want to keep your phone jailbroken, you can always connect your phone back up to your computer on iTunes and Restore the phone to bring it back to its original state. I'm Brian Tong with your how-to for Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch. Use it Wisely.

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