Checkra1n is a fantastic jailbreak utility! It’s capable of jailbreaking the iPhone X and older FOR LIFE! There’s only one problem: no official Windows support. Initially, checkra1n was released exclusively for macOS. However, since then, the developers have added Linux support. This is great for two reasons. Firstly, it allows a larger non-Windows user-base to jailbreak via the utility. But secondly, and almost more importantly, it enables us to easily jailbreak on Windows. All we need are two things: a custom linux distribution and a flash drive larger than 2GB!
Requirements to Jailbreak on Windows
As mentioned above, you’ll need a flash drive of some sort. Due to the current world affairs, that may be easier said than done. However, I’ve found a relatively inexpensive USB 2.0 flash drive that would be perfect for this project. It’s both linked above (click the picture) and right here (click).
Beyond that, you simply need the following:
- A Windows-based PC.
- Wired keyboard.
- USB to lightning cable.
- Checkra1n-compatible iOS device.
- A USB flash drive (we’ve already gone over this).
How to Install and Run Bootra1n
Now comes the fun part, installing bootra1n on our USB drive. Downloads can be found below and follow the below steps to get things rolling.
Step 1: Connect your flash drive to your computer and format it. Simply open File Explorer and click “This PC” on the left. Next, under “Devices and Drives”, right click your USB flash drive and select Format. In the pop-up window leave all settings as default, ensure the proper format is selected (FAT32 for flash drives 8GB in size and under or NTFS for larger), and click start. Click “ok” to the ensuing pop-up warning to begin formatting.
Step 2: Launch Rufus and ensure your flash drive is selected. If it’s not, click the drop down and point Rufus at it. Do the same for the bootra1n ISO by clicking the “SELECT” button and pointing the window at bootra1n. Leave all settings at default and click “START”, followed by “OK” to the following two pop-ups.
Note: If after clicking “START” during this step, you receive a message about needing to download two files from the internet for Syslinux, please do so by clicking “Yes”. After that, you can proceed by clicking “OK” to begin the process of wring the ISO to the flash drive.
Step 3: Turn off your PC. Reboot it into your system BIOS; to do this, you’ll have to rapidly push a button on your keyboard during the boot process. This key varies based on your motherboard manufacturer. It’s usually the delete key or a function key. If you’re unclear how to enter BIOS on your machine, refer to this guide that breaks down the keys by manufacturer.
Step 4: Find the option within your computer’s BIOS to boot from your flash drive’s UEFI. This option may be buried within your BIOS menus, and its different from machine to machine, so this step is dynamic. Just do some digging and refer to the above video. With patience, you’ll find it easily.
Step 5: When done properly, bootra1n will ask you which version you want to boot to. Select the top option by hitting Enter. If your computer’s keyboard is unresponsive, that’s because you need to use a wired keyboard for these steps; plug one in now.
Step 6: Log in by typing “anon” and press Enter. Next, input the password “voidlinux” and press Enter. At this point, we can now load checkra1n. Type “sudo checkra1n” and press Enter.
Congratulations you can now use checkra1n as you normally would to jailbreak iOS 13 on macOS, only we’re doing it on Windows! The steps from here are identical to those found on our dedicated macOS checkra1n tutorial. We plan to update this guide later to include said steps; but for now, just click here to be taken to that guide. Follow it from Step 5 on.
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