Breathing New Life into my iPad 2

September 8, 2015 12:19 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

gary-ios8With the release of iOS 8 and especially iOS 8.4 my iPad seemed crippled after I did the update. The keyboard especially lags, the apps seem to take forever to open, and the transitions are really jumpy. After spending an hour or so trying to figure out how to downgrade to iOS 7 and learning that it’s virtually impossible because apple stopped signing it, I was very frustrated. In telling my co-worker, a fellow web developer and programmer, my frustrations he suggested I jailbreak my iPad and do some speed tweaks.

So I did some research and found out that there are several tweaks that can be done to the iPad to help with speed, once jailbroken of course. So I started the Jailbreaking process. Here’s how to Jailbreak your iOS device if you’re on iOS 8.4. Don’t skip any of these steps, if you do you might get errors and it will not jailbreak.

1. Update your iTunes to the latest version.
2. Backup your device to iTunes!
3. Close iTunes and download PPJailbreak for Mac or TaiG 2.2.0 for Windows (google free downloads some sites will make you pay for PPJailbreak)
4. Restore your device to factory settings (Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Contents and Settings)
5. Configure your device without using iCloud, find my iPhone or Passcode.
6. Once you’re on the home screen turn OFF bluetooth and wifi and put the device in Airplane mode.
7. Launch PPJailbreak or TaiG and click the Jailbreak button. Don’t do anything else but wait for your device to reboot (sometimes twice)
8. After you see Cydia on the home screen your device is officially jailbroken
9. Close PPJailbreak or TaiG and open iTunes (restore from backup and you should be good to go)

The speed tweaks I did on my iPad 2 really helped, they are NoSlowAnimations and Speed Intensifier, both really great and free! They can be found in the Cydia store. I hope this helps someone who is really frustrated with their older iOS device. If only Apple would allow people to downgrade there would be no need to Jailbreak for performance issues. Or Perhaps Apple could spend some time making their iOS updates more efficient on older devices. The sad part about this is I think most people either get frustrated and go out and buy the newest device or just settle with a slow device. No need for that, thanks to the folks at Pangu.

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