Jailbreaking your iPhone lets you utilize Cydia and do other things (Jailbreaking = unlocking Apple’s controls on user permission to install any apps and change any settings). Also, there are other benefits to it. However, at some point in time, you may want to undo what you have done i.e unjailbreak your device. For instance, taking your device to Apple’s service center would require you to unjailbreak iPhone because if they found out it’s jailbroken, they will not possibly cover the repair charges (you will have to pay!).

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In either case, if you want the data on your device to stay secure by installing the latest iOS update, you will again need to unjailbreak your iPhone. So, whatever be your case, you definitely need to know how to unjailbreak iPhone.

Steps To Unjailbreak the iPhone

Jailbreaking might require someone geeky enough with the courage to potentially ruin (or “brick”) the device. However unjailbreaking is not as risky.

Follow the steps mentioned below in order to unjailbreak your iPhone:

  1. Make sure you have downloaded and installed iTunes successfully on your Mac or Windows system.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes.
  3. As soon as you are connected, you will be prompted to “Trust” or “Do Not Trust” the computer. Of course, you need to tap on “Trust” to allow the computer successfully connect with the device.
  4. After successfully connecting the device, you need to click on the device icon as shown in the image below.
    iPhone backup using iTunes
  5. When you click on the device icon, you will get a window which summarizes the information of your device (storage, updates, etc.,) If it’s the first time with iTunes, it will possibly start backing up your device by now.If the backup process starts, wait for it to complete because you may need the backup later.Do note that if you already had your iPhone backed up before jailbreaking, you can still perform the backup successfully and use it later.

    Fret not, Cydia apps do not get backed up, only the default data gets backed up. So, even if you do not have a previous backup you can still generate the same after jailbreaking.

  6. Now, to undo what you did (i.e., jailbreak), we need to restore the device back to its original state. You can use any of your previous backup files to restore (as per your requirement). However, before proceeding to restore the device, make sure you turned off  “Find My iPhone” service. It needs to be disabled in order to perform the restoration.
  7. While on the device summary window, scroll down to find backup and restore option as shown in the image below.
    iphone_restore_using_itunes
  8. Now, simply click on it to start restoring your iPhone. The device will restart and you will be asked whether you would like to restore it from your backup or not, proceed with confirmation to successfully restore the device that includes only the system applications and data you backed up excluding jailbreak applications from Cydia.

And, it is done! You have successfully restored your iPhone to the original state that is much more secure than a jailbroken device.

Were you able to successfully unjailbreak your iPhone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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