To make the dissemination of information easier, most schools or colleges will provide iPads to the students.
But they also need to make sure that the iPads they provide are not used for anything other than school content and activities, which is why most school iPads will have an MDM (Mobile Device Management) Profile attached to them.
This profile helps the school keep track of how the iPad is used, ensuring that the data on it remains secure and may even be used to remotely erase the iPad.
These restrictions can however keep the individual student from using the device however they want and may therefore prompt the student to jailbreak the iPad as a way of lifting these restrictions.
Here, we will show you the exact steps to help you jailbreak the school iPad.
How Does MDM Work on the School iPad?
The main reason why MDM Profile may be placed on school iPads is that the teachers or the school’s IT department want to control how the device is used, both in and out of the classroom.
But apart from using the iPad for schoolwork, the students may choose to use the device for other more personal purposes, something that they may not want their teachers to see.
MDM is a way for teachers and the IT department at the school to monitor the students’ activities. The teachers can see the iPad’s screen in real-time, lock the screen remotely, push URLs to the student and even mirror the screen.
This can make the iPad all but useless to the student which is why many may seek ways to remove the restrictions imposed by the MDM profiles.
Why Should You Remove MDM First?
You may find that you need to remove the MDM profile from the device if you have graduated from that learning institution, but you find that you still need to use the device.
Removing the MDM profile may also be necessary if you purchase a second-hand iPad only to find that it has a profile managed by a school. The MDM profile may restrict you from using the school iPad normally.
Whatever the reason, the next part details how you can remove an MDM profile from your device and then jailbreak it.
How to Jailbreak the School iPad
Step 1: Remove MDM from the School iPad
It would be very difficult to jailbreak an iPad with an MDM profile on it simply because of the many restrictions that MDM places on the device.
Therefore, if you wanted to jailbreak your school iPad, the first step is to remove the MDM profile from the device.
To do that successfully, you will need a third-party tool designed specifically for this purpose. One such tool is Unlockit.
This tool has many features that make it the right choice, including the following:
- It is very easy to use. You can bypass MDM profiles in 3 simple clicks
- Unlockit can bypass any kind of MDM profile regardless of the organization that is managing the device.
- It is also one of the best tools to remove various other types of locks from the device including Apple ID, screen lock, and even Screen Time restrictions.
- You can bypass the MDM profile without the admin username and password and the administrator noticing.
- It supports all iPads and all versions of iPadOS.
Here’s how you can use Unlockit to remove the MDM configuration on your iPad:
Step 1: Download and install Unlockit on your computer.
Step 2: Open the program after installation and then click on “Bypass MDM Lock” on the main screen.
Step 3: Connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables and make sure that the program detects the connected device. It is important to keep the iPad connected to the computer until the process is complete.
Step 4: In the next screen, click on “Start” to begin removing the MDM profile from the device.
In a few seconds, the program will remove the MDM profile and you should go back to using your device in a few minutes.
Step 2: Jailbreak Your iPad
Now you are ready to begin jailbreaking the iPad. There are several ways to do that and we will look at all of them here.
But before we do, first begin with the things you need to do to prepare the device for the jailbreaking process.
Preparing Your iPad:
Take the following steps to prepare your iPad for the jailbreaking process:
Back up your iPad
If you have been using the iPad for a while, there is a lot of data on the device that you would like to keep. Having a backup ensures that you can get all of your data back should something go wrong during the jailbreak process.
The best way to back up your iPad is via iCloud. Follow these steps to do that:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on the device and then tap on your Apple ID at the top.
Step 2: Tap on “iCloud.”
Step 3: Tap “iCloud Backup” and then “Back Up Now.”
Check Your iPad Model and iOS Version
The method you will use to jailbreak the device will depend on the model of your iPad and the version of iOS running on the device. It is therefore important to find out before choosing a jailbreaking solution. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPad and tap “General.”
Step 2: Tap “About.”
Step 3: Take note of the entry next to “Version” and the “Model” entry.
Disable Find my iPad
Some jailbreak solutions will not work with Find my iPad enabled on the device. You may therefore want to disable it just in case. You can always enable it later. Here’s how to do that:
Step 1: Open the Settings App and tap on your Apple ID at the top.
Step 2: Tap on “Find My”
Step 3: Tap “Find my iPad” and toggle the switch next to it to OFF.
Some jailbreak solutions will also not work if “Siri” is enabled. You can use these steps to disable Siri.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPad.
Step 2: Tap on “Siri & Search.”
Step 3: Turn off “Press Home for Siri.”
Step 4: Turn off “Listen for ‘Hey Sir’”
Disconnect from Wi-Fi Networks
The last thing you need to do to ensure the jailbreak process will go smoothly is to disable Wi-Fi connections. The easiest way to do this is to enable Airplane mode. Just swipe down from the top-right corner and tap on the airplane icon.
Jailbreaking Your Device
Now you are ready to begin the jailbreak process. The following are the jailbreaking options that you have:
Jailbreaking with Checkra1n
Checkra1n is a good option because it supports devices running iOS 12-13 and is continually adding newer iPad models. It will work for you if you have iPad 5th generation, iPad Air 2, iPad mini-4, and iPad Pro 1st generation. Here’s how to use it:
Step 1: Go to https://checkra.in/releases/0.11.0-beta to download the jailbreak tool. (It only supports Mac OS X and Linux OS). Click on “Download for macOS” or if you are using Linux, click on the download link for the Linux version.
Step 2: Follow the installation instructions to install Checkr1n on to your computer.
Step 3: Connect the iPad to the computer using a USB cable.
Step 4: Open Chekra1n. It should detect the connected iPad.
Step 5: Click “Start” to begin the jailbreaking process.
Step 6: Click “Next” to put the iPad in recovery mode. If you see instructions on how to do this manually, follow them and put your iPad in recovery mode.
Step 7: Follow the instructions on the next screen to put your device in DFU mode and then click on “Start” to install Ckeckra1n onto your device. When the process is complete, you will see the Apple Logo and the Checkra1n logo on the screen.
Your iPad will reboot and should be successfully jailbroken.
Jailbreaking with Cydia Impactor
If Chekra1n doesn’t work, you can try to use the Cydia Impactor. Follow these steps to do it:
Step 1: Generate an App-Specific Password
Since you will be using an app that is not approved by Apple, you will first need to create an app-specific password that will help you get around Apple’s two-factor authentication. Use these steps to get the password:
- Go to https://appleid.apple.com/ on any web browser and sign in with your Apple ID and password
- Enter your two-factor authentication code
- Click on the “Edit” button next to “Security.”
- Below “App-specific password,” click on “Generate Password.”
- Type the name of the app as “Cydia” and click “Create.”
- Write down the password.
Step 2: Download and install Cydia Impactor on your Computer
Cydia Impactor is a Windows and Mac program that allows you to side-load applications on your iPad. We will use it to install the jailbreak. Use these steps to install Cydia Impactor on your computer:
- Go to https://cydia-app.com/cydia-impactor/ and choose a setup file for Windows or Mac.
- Open the Zip file for Windows or drag the “.dmg” file for Mac.
- Extract the Zip file on Windows or if you are using a Mac, drag the Cydia Impactor app to the Applications folder.
Step 3: Download the Jailbreak Utility for your iPad
The next step is to download the “.ipa” file that we will need to jailbreak the iPad. You must ensure that the “.ipa” file you choose is compatible with the version of iOS running on your device. Use the following links to download the appropriate jailbreak utility:
- iOS 14: https://checkra.in/releases/0.11.0-beta
- iOS 13 - 13.6.1: https://cydia-app.com/unc0ver/
- iOS 12.4.4: https://checkra.in/releases/0.11.0-beta
- iOS 12 - 12.4.1: https://cydia-app.com/unc0ver/
- iOS 11 - 11.4.1: https://cydia-app.com/electra/
- iOS 10 - 10.3.3: https://cydia-app.com/h3lix-jailbreak/
- iOS 9 - 9.3.6: https://cydia-app.com/phoenix-jailbreak/
- iOS 8.0 - 8.4.1: https://cydia-app.com/etason/
Step 4: Connect the iPad to the computer
Open iTunes on your computer and make sure that you are running the latest version of iTunes.
Then use the device’s lightning cable to connect the iPad to the computer.
Step 5: Start Jailbreaking
- Now open Cydia Impactor on your computer. It should detect the connected iPad.
- Drag and drop the jailbreak IPA file into Cydia Impactor to side-load it to your iPad. You may need to log in to your Apple ID to install the file.
- Then, enter the app-specific password that we created in Step 1 above.
- Open the Settings on the iPad and go to “General > Device Management.”
- Tap on your Apple ID or the name of the app you installed. Tap “Trust” in the popup that appears to add the jailbreak to your device.
- On your computer tap on the “Jailbreak” icon to launch the jailbreak utility and then follow the instructions to complete the jailbreak process.
When it is complete, the iPad will restart and the jailbreak will be active. Cydia will also be installed on your iPad and you can use it to install any apps you may need.
Once these numerous steps are complete, your iPad will belong to you. You will have removed all MDM profiles from the device and jailbroken it so you can use it any way you want.
Follow the instructions as closely as you can to avoid any problems, particularly with the jailbreak processes.