I realize that writing on iOS 5 may seem like old news to most iPhone and iOS users, but many iOS users have old iPhones and iPod Touches lying around the house that are of little use to themselves and others. I own a third-generation iPod Touch, and I tried to sell it (unsuccessfully) about six months ago. I haven’t tried since.
The truth of the matter is that, if you’re set to keep a device until it dies on you, you should do something other than let it sit around the house. Maybe you have your iPhone 4 running iOS 7, but what would you do if I told you that, in the same way your iPhone 4 returned to life after your iOS 7 update, your iPod Touch 3G could do the same – or any iOS device for that matter, running iOS 5?
Why does iOS 5 matter anymore? Often, we become so consumed by the tech world around us that we just take for granted the idea that technology is moving at the speed of light. If you’ve ever jailbroken a device before like me, however, you learn that Cydia’s jailbreak tweaks are not always fully compatible with the latest iOS jailbreak program. In other words, you can flash iOS 7 on your iPhone 4 and still get bored in the Cydia App Store when you discover that Cydia provides more jailbreak tweaks for iOS 6, iOS 5, and iOS 4 than it does for the latest iOS 7 Evad3rs jailbreak. Jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch can be fun and exciting, but it isn’t much fun when there’s nothing to do after you free your iPhone or iPod Touch from Apple’s clutches.
Therefore, I give you a piece of wisdom: it is better to have an iOS update that is behind the times than one that is far ahead of the times. iOS 5 may seem like old news to you, but it’s considered to be brand new in Cydia – and there are quite a few jailbreak tweaks for both iOS 5 and iOS 6 contained therein. In fact, browsing through Cydia’s jailbreak tweaks just this morning, I became envious of even iOS 4 and iOS 3 users. It seems as if they may have just as many jailbreak tweaks available for their old iOS updates (if not more) than my iOS 5 iPod Touch 3G has.
There are an abundance of jailbreak tweaks in Cydia for iOS users who have a device that is still currently running iOS 6, devices that Apple withdrew from web support. However, there is very little literature on the web at the moment that supports iPod Touch 3G devices running iOS 5.1.1. It has been rather frustrating in my research to find solutions for even iPod Touches 1G and 2G, and 4G and 5G – but none for the iPod Touch 3G. It seems to be the equivalent of the cookie that’s “squeezed in the middle, smack-dab in the middle,” to use familiar cookie commercial lyrics.
If you own an iPod Touch 3G and have been longing to get iOS 7 on your device, today is the day to find out how to make it happen. To get iOS 7 on your iPod Touch 3G running iOS 5.1.1, you will first need to jailbreak your device.
How to Jailbreak Your iPod Touch 3G Running iOS 5 Using Absinthe
Jailbreaking your iPod Touch 3G or your iOS 5 device is not bad at all; it only takes a few steps to jailbreak, and most of those steps are performed by the jailbreak program you download onto your Windows or Mac OS computer. While there are several different names of jailbreak programs available on the web, I have found that the jailbreak programs RedSn0w and Absinthe are two of the best around. While I have jailbroken my iPod Touch 3G with RedSn0w before, I will only recommend Absinthe in this post. To access the Absinthe program, go here to download the program.
Keep in mind that you need to download the program that is compatible with your computer: if you have a Windows computer, download the Windows file; if you own a Mac, download the Mac OS file. You should download the Absinthe 2.0.4 jailbreak program. I don’t need to tell you about voiding your warranty on the iPod Touch 3G, since it’s probable that your warranty on the device no longer exists.
Once you have downloaded the file that is compatible with your computer, you need to click on the folder on your desktop and then select the “Absinthe” logo. If you must know, the Absinthe logo looks like a withered Apple skeleton with a green flame around it.
Once you select the Absinthe logo, you will then be asked if you want to download the Absinthe program from the Internet. Select “open,” and you will be taken to a page where you are told to select the “jailbreak” operation. At this point, you need to make sure that your iPod Touch 3G is connected to your Windows or Mac computer by way of your USB cable.
Once your iPod Touch 3G is connected, you can click “jailbreak,” and sit and wait until the process is done. The window on the screen will let you know when the process is complete. Once it tells you it’s done, you can look on your iPod Touch 3G and see a brown square with a white box inside of it. If you see this on your iPod Touch 3G screen with the word “Cydia” beneath it, congratulations – you have officially jailbroken your iPod Touch 3G running iOS 5.1.1!
Now That Your iPod Touch 3G is Jailbroken
What do you do, once your iPod Touch 3G is jailbroken? Now, you prepare to get iOS 7 installed on your device.
It is here, however, that I must advise you: what the steps below will do is provide an iOS 7-like skin for your iPod Touch 3G; since your device only runs iOS 5 or iOS 5.1.1 to be exact, you cannot upgrade to iOS 7 and receive all the software benefits that iOS 7 has to offer, such as AirDrop file share, parallax 3D motion, multitasking, and so on. It is physically impossible for iOS 5 to upgrade to iOS 7, so you can’t have the best of everything.
At the same time, however, you can get the iOS 7 user interface that you can use to make your friends believe you do have iOS 7. It is the user interface (or UI) that I’m speaking about here. Thanks to jailbreak developers on iOS, there is a jailbreak tweak you can use to provide the iOS 7 look and feel you want.
Once you see the Cydia brown box logo on your iPod Touch 3G, click on it and head over to the Cydia App Store page where you can now download free jailbreak tweaks and purchase paid ones. At this point, you will have to provide a login username and password for Cydia before you can download apps, so take the time to do that if you have never jailbroken your iPod Touch 3G before.
If you’ve done this, go to “search” at the bottom of the page, then type in the phrase “iOS 7 wallpaper.” Scroll down until you see the words “iOS 7 Theme from ModMyi (Themes),” then select it. You will know when you’ve reached the correct jailbreak tweak because it has a description below it that reads as follows: “iOS 7’s eye candy experiences to iOS 6.” Select the tweak, then click “install” at the top right of the “Details” page. Once it installs, follow the directions on the screen, and your iPod Touch 3G should take you back to the main desktop within 15-20 seconds.
What you will notice about the iOS 7 skin here is that, first, it does not provide wallpapers that match iOS 7. Not to worry, however: wallpapers are easy to install. Next, you will not be able to download the latest Google YouTube icon. Apple will not allow you to download the newest icon from the App Store. I know because I tried to do so in vain. Instead, you can download the latest version of YouTube in iOS 5, but that’s as close as you’ll get to the new YouTube icon.
The last step in getting iOS 7 on your iPod Touch 3G running iOS 5 is to download iOS 7 wallpapers. To download these wallpapers, go here and get them directly from Google. To get them on your device, you can travel over to Google on your iPod Touch 3G and download them directly onto the device – then access them from your settings at any time. If you want, you can type in “iOS 7 GM wallpaper” and then go to “images” where you can download to your heart’s content.
That’s it! That’s all there is to getting an iOS 7 skin on your iPod Touch 3G running iOS 5.1.1. We’ll be back to provide more jailbreak tips, so stay tuned.