How to Jailbreak iOS 12.0 ~ iOS 14.8.1 Using Checkra1n on iPhone or iPad

Here’s how to use the popular checkra1n jailbreak utility to jailbreak iOS 12.0 ~ iOS 14.8.1 on your Apple devices.

Jailbreak Compatible Devices:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and SE
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Pro 1st generation

Preparations Before Jailbreaking:

  • Delete any iOS 12.0 ~ iOS 14.8.1 OTA update file from Settings > Storage and reboot your device before attempting to jailbreak it.
  • A computer running macOS.
  • The latest version of iTunes installed if using a Mac running anything prior to macOS Catalina.
  • Make sure to create a backup of all important data on your device before proceeding with the jailbreaking steps.

Step 1:

Open a web browser and head over to and download the latest version of the checkra1n app for your Mac.

Step 2:

Open the downloaded DMG file and install the checka1n app to your /Applications folder.


Step 3:

If the built-in macOS security settings won’t allow your Mac to open the app you will need to follow the steps below. If everything opens without any issues you can skip and move on to step 4:

  1. Head into the System Preferences app and select the Security & Privacy option.
  2. Select “Open Anyway” followed by “Open” and enter your administrator password when prompted.
  3. Try to run the checkra1n app again and you shouldn’t have any issues.

Step 4:

Launch the checkra1n app from your /Applications folder. Head into the checkra1n Options and check the Allow untested iOS/iPadOS/tvOS versions option. Now, select Back.

Allow untested iOS

Step 5:

Connect your device to the Mac using the necessary cable and click on the Start option. Select OK and then keep an eye on the checkra1n app.

Step 6:

Choose “Next” and then follow the instructions that the checkra1n app provides to you to get your device into DFU mode.

Step 7:

Once the DFU mode is activated and detected, Checkra1n will detect the device and start the jailbreak process. This will restart your device multiple times, so keep in mind that this is normal and a required part of this process.