If you think the native Files app in iOS 11 is the closest thing to an iFile tweak, then you’re wrong. Sure, the application is something new. It allows you to browse some files on your device but very limited.
In case you missed having access to your root filesystem, I have some good news for people who already updated to iOS 11 and lost their jailbreak. Developer Jake James recently released an app called FilzaJailed for iOS 11 that provides non-jailbroken users access to root with Read and Write permissions.
Think of FilzaJailed as a file manager app on on your iPhone. With it, you can now browse your root filesystem and edit any text-based files in this application. All can be done without jailbreaking your iPhone or iPad.
FilzaJailed uses an exploit called async_wake (based on iOS 11 kernel exploit from Ian Beer), and it will only work up to version 11.1.2. I tried to install the file explorer app on my iPhone 8 running iOS 11.2, and it crashes right upon opening.
With that being said, if you want to install FilzaJailed on your device, it has to run iOS 11.1.2 or lower.
How to Install FilzaJailed on iOS 11 Without Jailbreak
- Download FilzaJailed IPA file from this link.
- Click here to obtain a copy of Cydia Impactor.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to a computer.
- Locate the .ipa file from Step 1. Drag and drop it into Impactor.
- Enter your Apple ID and password
When done, you will need to trust the application first. You can do so by doing to the Settings app > General > Device Management. Look for your Apple email address and tap Trust.
Return to your home screen and open the FilzaJailed app. As the name suggested, this file manager is based on a tweak called Filza on Cydia. Thus, the interface will also look closely the same.
Unlike the IPA version of iFile, which provide very limited features to the filesystem. FilzaJailed gives users the read/write permission. As a result, you can edit any system files instead of just looking at it.
Some people have already changed their carrier name and remove app labels. Give it a try and let us know what you did with it.
If you have any problems using Cydia Impactor, please check out this post for troubleshooting tips.
How to Install Cydia on iOS 11.1.2
So it looks like there is more to FilzaJailed than we expected. Since the app lets us edit our filesystem, some users were able to install Cydia onto their device.
Don’t get too excited, though, because installing Cydia on iOS 11.x through this method will not do anything without proper updates and substrate. Proceed at your own risk.
To download and install Cydia.app on iOS 11:
- Install FilzaJailed by following the instructions above.
- Open the app, go to (/) directory and create a file called `”.cydia_no_stash”`
- Install async_wake_ios with cydia.ipa by clicking here.
- Launch the app. Your device will be rebooted.
- Open the app again.
- Cydia will be installed on your iPhone.
Once again, this is not a functional jailbreak.
It looks like @LaughingQuoll and @cheesecakeufo (the creator of Houdini and Saigon jailbreak) are looking into this. Stay tuned for more info.