A Chinese group called Team Pangu has introduced the Pangu application, which has been available to jailbreak devices that run iOS 7.1, 7.1.1 and 7.1.2. Supported devices included iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Pangu is an untethered jailbreak tool for the iOS 7 versions mentioned above, and it can update your iOS to the latest version then jailbreak it.
It was going well until Apple released iOS 8; many people were stuck after upgrading their devices. When you upgrade your device’s iOS to a higher version, you kind of lose your previous jailbreak and you have to wait for a tool to jailbreak it again.
Soon after iOS 8 was released, Apple released version 8.0.1 followed by 8.0.2 then the latest iOS 8.1. While we were waiting for many developer teams to release a jailbreak tool for the latest iOS version, Team Pangu stunned us with their Pangu 8 release for jailbreaking devices with iOS 8 to iOS 8.1.
The first release was in Chinese and did not have built-in Cydia. A few days later, Team Pangu released a revised 1.1.0 version in English and Cydia included.
Before you start, there are some things you have to do:
Disable the passcode option; the jailbreak process may not go on if it is enabled.
(Settings > General > Passcode Lock: off)
Disable Find my iPhone (Settings > iCloud > Find my iPhone)
Turn on the Airplane Mode.
Backup your device with iTunes or iCloud before starting the process, no harm of playing it safe.
Update your iTunes to the latest version.
Get your USB cable ready.
Since there are multiple versions, make sure to carefully download the correct tool matching your device:
IOS 8 – IOS 8.1: Windows / Mac
IOS 7 – IOS 7.1.2: Windows / Mac
Connect your iDevice to your PC with the USB cable.
Install the latest version of Pangu that you downloaded earlier, right click the exe file and choose “Run as Administrator”.
After the installation is done, Pangu will start detecting your connected device. After the detection is done and you see your device type and iOS shown; click the “Start Jailbreak” button.
Click “Already Did” if you have done what we said you have to do (disabling passcode, backing up your device … etc), and the jailbreak process will start.
The Pangu window will start showing the jailbreaking process steps, and the device will reboot many times; that’s what’s supposed to happen, it’s OK.
When the jailbreak process is done, Pangu will tell you that “Jailbreak Succeeded”, and now you can see the Cydia icon on your screen.