Do you want to unjailbreak your iOS device, remove Cydia and get back the clean, stock iOS firmware without upgrading to the latest version or restoring the fresh iPSW file? Here comes a new application, called Cydia Impactor, for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that lets you delete and remove everything on your device including Cydia, picture, contacts, bookmarks, history.
Cydia Impactor is released by Saurik, a very well known personality in the jailbreak community and developer of Cydia store. Please continue reading to know how to get it and use it for your iPhone.
Update: Cydia Impactor works only on iOS 9.0.2 and below versions. For iOS 11 and above, a new tool called Rollectra is available for download. It removes the whole jailbreak, including Cydia and Cydia tweaks from iPhone and reverts the changes as if iOS was never jailbroken.
How Much Cydia Impactor is Important?
If you love jailbreaking your device, you are going to like this tool as well. It is going to be very handy in those strange situations where you can’t do anything except to lose the jailbreak feature on your device.
For example you want to give your iPhone, iPod or iPad to your friend, relative or even want to sell it, and you want to delete everything on it but still want to keep your device still jailbreak-able. Or, if your device is not responding properly and giving some weird hangs and crashes and you want to remove every third-party app and tweak, run Cydia Impactor.
As you know, whenever you upgrade your device or restore it to clean iOS, you have only one option, and that is you have to install the latest firmware only. You can’t install any specific iPSW file. The reason for this limitation is Apple signs every iOS on your device before it is activated and becomes fully functional. And this signing window is kept open for only the latest iOS version.
So, in case your device is running on iOS 8.3 and you want to get the clean firmware on it, you don’t have any choice except to install the latest iOS 8.4. Similarly, when iOS 9 is out, you won’t be able to install the previous version. Cydia Impactor lets you delete all the data on your device and make your device as clean as it is just restored. After running it, you have to reactivate your device, run the Set Up on your device and voila.
How to Unjailbreak Your iPhone with Cydia Impactor?
This app is available in the Cydia store and works just like any other tweak or application you download. Its desktop version is also available for Windows, Mac, and Linux users, but the mobile version is sufficient to perform the required functions. Before you start un-jailbreaking your device, please read the following:
- Your device should be fully charged or at least above 75%.
- Cydia Impactor takes a lot of time to clean your iPhone. You will also see a lot of texts for several minutes. But don’t worry and let it complete the process.
- Alway, alway back up your device first either via iTunes or iCloud. You’ll lose everything on your iPhone after running it.
- You’ll have to reactivate your Phone after running it.
- The iCloud password is also required after the clean-up process. So, if you don’t know iCloud password, never run this tool otherwise you won’t be able to use your iPhone.
- Don’t touch it while running this app.
Step 1: Fire up Cydia and refresh the Changes.
Step 2: Now search for Cydia Impactor in the store and install it.
Step 3: After successful installation, you’ll see a new icon on the homescreen of your iPad, iPhone. Tap it to launch it.
Step 4: Now tap on “delete all data and unjailbreak” option. Reconfirm by tapping on ‘Delete All’.
Step 5: Sit back, relax and let the app perform its function. You will have to wait for several minutes depending on the data installed on your device.
Step 6: When the process is complete, go through the initial iOS set up the process.
Now you have successfully restored your device to clean iOS without upgrading. You can use the compatible jailbreak anytime to re-jailbreak your device.