jailbreaking

How can I Jailbreak an Android Phone?

xda

Episode 1570

Mike from Los Angeles, CA

Mike wants to know how to jailbreak his Android phone. Leo says that jailbreaking is for the iPhone and it's not recommended because it exploits known security flaws, which is dangerous. The Android phone equivalent is "rooting" which enables administrator access. This allows one to put other firmware on there. But the Samsung Galaxy mobile phones are very difficult to root because Samsung doesn't want users to. But if users go to XDA Developers and input the exact model of their phone, they can find out how to do it.

Should I jailbreak my iPhone?

Apple iPhone 6s

Episode 1314

Michael from Detroit, MI

Michael bought the iPhone 6s as his first iPhone and he finds it very difficult to do certain things that are much easier for Android users. Leo says that's true by and large, but Apple has a set way of doing things in the ecosystem. Recording audio and video calls is useful in Android, but the iPhone requires a third party service which he'll have to pay for. Should he jailbreak his phone for more options? Leo says no. Jailbreaking affects the performance of the iPhone and makes it difficult to update. Right now, he wouldn't be able to jailbreak anyway.

How can I monitor activity on someone's iPhone?

Apple iPhone 6s

Episode 1267

Marley from Los Angeles, CA

Marley wants to put tracking software on her soon to be ex's iPhone. What program would be least likely to be detected? Leo says that the easiest way is to turn on Apple's Find My iPhone feature. It will give her the location of the phone. Can she listen to the calls and see keystrokes? Leo says that Apple makes it very hard to do that. She can jailbreak it, but that comes with a whole host of issues, including ethical ones. If she's logged into the same Apple ID, she could see what his text messages are.

Why doesn't YouTube work on the Apple TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1181

Tom from Warren, OH

Tom has an Apple TV and he just got a message on his YouTube app that the device isn't compatible anymore. Leo said there's a new update to the YouTube app that has broken the app on older Apple TVs. Leo says one possibility is to jailbreak it. If he needs to, he should check out Google's supported list of devices here. And he can always start the video on his YouTube app on the iPad or iPhone and then AirPlay it.

Can I downgrade to iOS 7?

Apple iPad

Episode 1134

Walter from Huntington Beach, CA

Walter wants to downgrade to iOS 7 but Apple says he can't. Leo says that's right. There's no going back. There used to be a loophole to restore to iOS 7, but it won't work because Apple stopped signing iOS 7 and he won't be able to activate it. Leo does recommend talking to a Genius at the Apple Store. They may know some "secret sauce." Otherwise his only option may be to jailbreak it.

Should I jailbreak my Apple TV?

Apple TV Remote

Episode 1110

Sonny from Torrance, CA

Sonny has an unused 2nd generation Apple TV and he's thinking of selling it on eBay. He's seeing on eBay that they're selling for $200-300 dollars jailbroken. Leo says to take the money and run! Then he can buy a new one and pocket the change. Leo also points out that eBay values can be misleading. Just because people ask for an amount, doesn't mean they'll get it.

How can I jailbreak my iPhone and root my Note 2?

Samsung Galaxy Note II

Episode 1088

Don from Mojave, CA

John just stopped using his iPhone in favor of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. He wants to know if he can jailbreak his iPhone to be used as an iPod. Leo says sure. What about rooting the Note 2? Leo says he'll have to be careful rooting his Android phone. It's very specific to the model. John should check out his specific model at XDA-Developers.com. He can enter his device under "Find Device on Forum" and it'll take him to all the posts for that particular model. The root posts are "stickied."

iOS 7 Jailbreak Is Out, But It's Not Recommended

Episode 1042

Since Apple released iOS 7, there hasn't been a jailbreak available for it -- Until now. But it doesn't come with a recommendation from Leo. There's only ever really been one reason to jailbreak an iPhone, and that's to install apps that haven't been approved by Apple. Instead, all previous iOS jailbreaks have come with an app store called "Cydia," which is well-known and fairly safe, or at least as safe as a jailbroken phone can be. The new iOS 7 jailbreak, however, comes with an unknown secret Chinese app store installed.

How can I stop memory leaks in mobile devices?

Episode 956

Pete from San Antonio, CA

Leo says that a memory leak is when a program claims memory and never releases it even after it's needed, and that's not usually how mobile devices work. Apps that have memory leaks in portable devices just keep acquiring memory until the app crashes, and that's why most mobile device OS's are designed to prevent that. If he jailbreaks the device, all bets are off and some apps are just poorly written. As a result, they'll just force close.