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Unc0ver or Checkra1n Jailbreak

    Unc0ver vs Checkra1n

    Do you have any doubts about whether you should use Unc0ver or Checkra1n to Jailbreak your iPhone or iPad?

    In this article, we will look at the differences and similarities between the Checkra1n jailbreak and Unc0ver Jailbreak. This Unc0ver vs Checkra1n Jailbreak comparison will help you to know beyond a doubt. However, the best one for you depends on the type of device you have.

    The differences between checkra1n and unc0ver

    • One of the main differences is used exploits.

    Checkra1n is a hardware-based jailbreak. Hence Checkrain is hardware based Checkm8 exploit, it can not patchable software update.

    But Unc0ver is a software-based jailbreak, tfp0 exploit is the mainly used exploits vulnerabilities. This can be patched via Apple’s firmware update.

    • Device compatibility is another difference between the two jailbreaks

    Checkra1n can jailbreak devices from the iPhone 5 to iPhone X. In other words, it can jailbreak A5-A11 devices only. That means its compatibility is limited and can not be used on newer devices. 

    Nevertheless, Unc0ver supports all the latest devices like iPhone XS, iPhone 11 and iPhone 12.

    • Unc0ver and Chekra1n use two different Jailbreak types.

    Checkra1n is Semi-tethered jailbreak. With this method, you must connect to a computer every time you want to re-jailbreak your iPhone, but you can still use it in a non-jailbroken state by powering it off and on again. It also works by connecting your iOS device to a computer, booting into DFU mode, and running a computer application.

    Unc0ver is Semi-untethered jailbreak and you won’t have to connect to a computer every time you want to re-jailbreak your iPhone. However, you can still use it in a non-jailbroken state after powering it off and on again, same as checkra1n. This method works by side-loading and launching a dedicated iOS app on your device.

    • The way jailbreak is supported differs from each other.

    Checkra1n is supported on MacOS and Linux only. No windows support yet even though they promised to release it soon. So, Windows users need to use alternative methods such as 3u tools, Ra1nUSB, Bootra1n, Ra1nstorm etc. Checkra1n has no online support. But there are portable jailbreak solutions such as ra1nBox, piRa1n, pinera1n.

    Unc0ver supports both MAC and Windows. Also, you can sideload uncover IPA using several sideloading utilities such as AltStore, Cydia Impactor, Sideloadly and Xcode. Also, unc0ver has online jailbreak support through Ignition, zJailbreak, silzee service providers. Unfortunately, their signing certificates are frequently revoked.

    • Both jailbreak tools do not compatible iOS 15 & higher versions yet.

    Unc0ver or Checkra1n jailbreaks are not compatible with iOS 15 & higher versions. That is because iOS 15 has introduced the SSV mechanism to prevent jailbreaks. So it needs to put extra effort to upgrade these jailbreak tools for iOS 15. 

    However, there are other several jailbreak solutions for iOS 15 & higher versions.Find them through the iOS 15 Jailbreak and iOS 15.8-iOS 15.8.2 Jailbreak  links. Also you can find the latest jailbreak solution from the iOS 17.5/iOS 17.5.1 Jailbreak or iOS 18 Jailbreak (beta) pages.

    • Separate Jailbreak developers developing these two major jailbreaks.

    Unc0ver jailbreak developed by prominent jailbreak developer Pwn20Wnd. He has developed the Unc0ver tool since iOS 11. 

    Checkra1n based on the axi0mX’s checkm8 exploit. Checkra1n developed by with the support of bunch of developers including argp, aunali1, axi0mX, Dany Lisiansky, Jaywalker, Adam, Demasi, h0m3us3r, littlelailo, MrARM, Longhorn, nitoTV, Jamie Bishop, pimskeks, qwertyoruiopz, Sam Bingner, Rick, Mark, Siguza

    Here are some of the similarities.

    • Default package manager is Cydia
    • Install the same jailbreak tweaks.
    • If you reboot your phone, you’ll have to reinstall both jailbreaks.
    • Can be undone using rootFS restore or Restore System.
    • Regularly updated with new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.
    • Capable of pwning iOS versions range of iOS 12 – iOS 14.8.
    • Both jailbreaks are capable of being used on the same device
    • Regularly updated with new features, bug fixes, and performance enhancements.

    Based on the above differences & similarities, you have to decide that you will use checkra1n or unc0ver to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad. However, when selecting a jailbreak tool, you should concern exactly how it works on your device and, of course, how to react with the tweaks you use.