Unlocking and Jailbreaking: What’s the Difference Between The Two?

Unlocking and Jailbreaking: What’s the Difference Between The Two?

If you’re using an iPhone or iPad for years, you must have heard about these two things. To those who don’t know, however, both unlocking and jailbreaking are hacking techniques that are used in an iPhone or iPad in order to give users more control towards their iPhone and iPad. Many methods are now available online in unlocking or jailbreaking your iPhone. However, it depends on you whether you are going to do it on your iPhone or not.

Unlocking and Jailbreaking: What’s the Difference Between The Two?

We all know that both Unlocking and Jailbreaking are being used in an iPhone. However, only the experts know that these two methods are actually different from each other. In order to know their differences, let’s take a look at the descriptions below for both Unlocking and Jailbreaking.


  1. Unlocking – As we all know, the literal meaning of this word is about removing locks. When it comes to iPhones, however, this is the method used by experts in order to remove network restrictions in their iPhones after the time its warranty had expired. If you’re an iPhone customer for years, you must have known that whether your iPhone is SIM-enabled or not, the obvious fact remains that you can only use the iPhone in the same network where you availed it. For example, if you availed an iPhone 5s in AT&T, you can only use AT&T SIM Cards in it. And if you try to insert a Verizon SIM card in an AT&T-locked phone, it will not be detected by the iPhone itself. In order for it to detect a Verizon SIM, you must bring it to the nearest Apple Center or download some third-party apps to have it unlocked.


  1. Jailbreaking – This is the iPhone version of rooting (in Android) in which the experts are using a hacking method in order to give the iPhone user administrator privileges. This method is possible because the softwares that are being used in order to do the jailbreaking are exploiting security vulnerabilities or flaws in your iPhone. Once done, you can even remove your iPhone’s system apps and even install new apps in the particular system. Unlike unlocking, which had been legalized as a consumer right in the U.S. last 2014 by President Barack Obama, jailbreaking your phone is illegal. In addition to that, there’s a risk that you can damage your own iPhone after jailbreaking due to the fact that you can even erase necessary system apps once administrator privileges have been granted to you.