Note; This mini tutorial is written to someone who
- just bought an iPad and want more from his/her iPad
- old user but getting sick of his/her iPad restriction
- iPad user who never jailbreak his/her iPad
- just bored and need something to read.
Your iPad is a very fantastic mobile computing device. However, due to Apple weird approach and thinking (they always assume they know what is best for their user…. Bummer), the true potential of iPad is remain locked and hidden. Apple want you to use it the way they imagine average consumer use itt. If you are totally an average media consumer, you definitely have no problem with this restriction. If you are an Apple’s user (MacBook or Mac computer user) you are blessed with this issue. But if you are a PC user or Androids user and you try to do something that you used to do with your PC or Android devices, you will be very stressful and disappointed. Sorry folks, no direct drag and drop like USB drive, no out of the box multi format media player, no default file explorer (you have to Jailbreak your iPad and install iFile for this) and no this and that. Very restrictive is the only word I can think for this standard vanilla iPad 2.
But still, we can’t deny that iPad is one of the best (if not the best) tablet computing device available today. USD500 for the base model is relatively cheap especially when we consider other Apple products’ price which always more than USD1k. Furthermore, the competitors’ tablet computing devices are not dramatically cheaper and arguably don’t has the build quality and finish as good as iPad too (with exception to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1). I personally fall in love with iPad overall user experience. It’s UI, fluid transition animation, applications, battery life, build quality and dimension. But I hate its dependency to iTunes and restriction. (Note: I am Samsung Galaxy S2 – Android 2.3.3, Windows 7, Linux Mint and Symbian S60 users).
So, how to blend the advantage of iPad with Android’s flexibility?
Answer: You have to Jailbreak your iPad and add crack repositories into Cydia.
So what are we waiting for?
Step 1, let’s break the jail….
So you can have root access to your iPad. (In lay man term, jailbreaking your iPad grant you full Administrator access to your iPad operating system).
- Using Safari, go to www.jailbreakme.com
- Ensure that your iOS’s version is compatible with jailbreakme (4.3.3 is good to go).
- Tap ‘Free’ icon and let it do its magic to jailbreak your iPad. Complete instruction : http://iphoneism.com/2011/07/06/how-to-jailbreak-ipad-2-untethered-ios-4-3-3-using-jailbreakme-3-0/
If you successfully jailbreak your iPad, Cydia icon will appear in your iPad’s home screen.
If you can’t jailbreak your iPad using jailbreakme, kindly visit : http://www.howtojailbreakipad2.net/
Step 2; let’s add ‘special’ repositories in your Cydia…..
So, you can have 2 one stop centers for your cracked application need.
- Open Cydia
- Click at Sources (bottom bar)
Add these URL for new repositories (source)
Click at Search (bottom bar) and search these applications and install. Make sure, the results you found are from the repos I mention in no. 3 above.
- Installous : This will serves as your secondary AppStore (cracked version)
- OpenSSH : This will allow you to send files from your computer to iPad using SFTP.
- AppLinks : This will ease your life figuring out where your application’s store your files (book, video, media etc)
- iFile : This will allow you to browse your iPad disk drive (well, SSD).
- Terminal : This will allow you to enter Linux like command to your iPad. You need this in order to change default OpenSSH password (username: root, password: alpine)
Reboot your iPad.
Open Installous, and install whatever you want. Be thankful to those underground coders. Remember, you are solely responsible with your act by installing cracked application. I definitely discourage you to do so due to several reasons, namely; security, potential backdoor and virus, legal issue and the original software writer deserve small amount of money for their hard work. I assume that you tried the cracked software to fully evaluate its true capability and potential. Frankly, if you like the software….. purchase it.
Step 3; let’s change your OpenSSH default password…..
So, other can’t access your iPad disk drive (everything in your iPad) once they know your iPad IP address. Compulsory if you install OpenSSH.
- Open Terminal
- Type “su root”
- Type “alpine” as password
- Type “passwd”
- Enter new password and re-enter it for verification.
From now on, username is root and the password is <whatever you tube in no 4 and 5>.
Step 4; let’s install some applications that are pretty essential to your not-so-plain-vanila iPad2.
So you can send your files using various ways; over Wi-Fi, thru FTP, open office documents (including PDF) and watch your favorite video regardless its format and container.
- Open Installous.
Install these applications
- Buzz Player: Multi format media player that capable to play almost anything (75 file types) and have network browser, ftp and etc.
- GoodReader: Arguably the best iPad documents (PDF, legacy office document files and standard iPad reader). Definitely better than Adobe PDF reader.
- QuickOffice: At least, you can be productive and continue/review your work on the go. Support legacy and current office document format.
Step 5; let’s automatically create a list of shortcuts to your application’s ‘default’ directory.
So, you don’t need to scratch your head wondering where your applications store your files such as books, video, picture and etc when you transfer them without using iTunes.
- Open AppLinks
- Click on refresh icon.
- Open iFile
- Navigate to “var/mobile/AppLinks”
- Notice that all your application’s name is here. Click on “BUZZPlayer.app”. You should see several folders in here. These are not the actual folder. They are the shortcut to the folder that BUZZPlayer uses to store your media file. By default, BUZZPlayer store your video in “Documents” folder/shortcut.
- You can do the same to other application as well.
Why this is important you may ask? Well, without this technique, it is almost impossible to know where to transfer your video files using Wi-Fi or FTP to your iPad and let BuzzPlayer know where to open it. (Or to transfer your document to your iPad and let GoodReader know where to open it as well). This is not like Android which automatically scan every media we dump into it or Windows based application where we can open any files from any location (browse). iPad application generally not smart enough to open files that are not in their ‘default’ location. So, AppLinks basically scan all our applications and creates a list of shortcuts to those ‘application default’s folder’ in /var/mobile/applinks/…
Step 5: Let’s transfer your files into your iPad using FTP.
So you no longer need to deal with iTunes to transfer various kind of files especially videos that doesn’t compliance with iPad native video player (We got BuzzPlayer to handle all kinds of our multimedia need….duh. Note to Apple: Even if your native player incapable to play it, don’t blindly restrict user from transferring video files to their iPad). Remember, BuzzPlayer and GoodReader (and many others as well) capable to download files from various sources including internet based services such as your email, FTP server, web server, DropBox, Box.net etc. What I am going to show you here is one of the method that I normally use to transfer my files to my iPad using Wi-Fi.
Turn on your iPad’s Wi-Fi and check your iPad IP address. Let say 10.0.0.100
- Setting / Wi-Fi /
- Select your network’s name
- Tap on more button (blue rounded with > icon)
- Download and Install WinSCP : http://winscp.net/eng/download.php
Open WinSCP and enter these information:
- Host name : Your iPad’s IP address (for eg, 10.0.0.100)
- User name : root
- Password : whatever your type in step 3
- Private key file : just leave blank
- File protocol : SFTP
- Allow SCP fallback: Checked.
- Click on Login (or Save if you want to save this configuration)
- If you do everything correctly, WinSCP will open a new window showing your PC’s files and your iPad files (on the right). By default, it will shows you … /private/var/root
- Click on [up one level] icon and open mobile/AppLinks (actually, we want WinSCP to open /private/var/mobile/AppLinks).
- Now you can see a list of shortcut pointing to your application directory.
- Click on BuzzPlayer / Documents
- Create a folder if you want.
- Then, drag the video you want to transfer from your PC to Ipad.
And, you are done. Open the video using BuzzPlayer.
Note: You can use this technique to your GoodReader and other application as well.
Special appreciation to my mentor; owner of JomPHP.com.
iPad 2 Manual:
Official Manual : http://www.ipad2manual.com/download/ipad2manual.com.pdf
Hint: Ipad help could be accessed using Safari (default bookmark). Open help.apple.com/ipad/4/interface
Another good place to go: