How to Jailbreak a PS4: A Simple Guide

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Jailbreaking your PS4 just got a LOT easier. Here’s how.’ by Dammit Jeff

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How does it work?
PS4 firmware 9.0 jailbreak released, stable and reliable process.

Key Insights

  • A jailbreak was recently released for PS4 running firmware 9.0, making it easier to jailbreak modern systems.
  • The last jailbreakable firmware was 7.55, released in August 2020.
  • If your PS4 is running firmware 9.0, it is jailbreakable.
  • The jailbreak process is stable and more reliable than previous versions.
  • By following specific steps, you can check if your PS4 is jailbreakable.
  • If your PS4 shows firmware 9.0 in the system information, it's moddable and ready for jailbreaking.
  • If your PS4 shows firmware 9.03 or a higher number, it's not currently jailbreakable.
  • To update your PS4 to firmware 9.0, you need to download the firmware from a specified website, format a flash drive, and update from the PS4 settings.
  • After updating to firmware 9.0, you can start the jailbreak process.
  • The jailbreak process involves setting up the internet connection, blocking PSN domains and Sony servers, and using a specific flash drive with a jailbreak image to initiate the jailbreak.
  • Once successful, your PS4 is officially jailbroken.
  • After jailbreaking, you can install various applications and PKG files using a separate flash drive.
  • The Homebrew Store is an example of an application you can install to access a variety of homebrew applications.
  • The PS4 Homebrew subreddit and YouTubers like Modern Warfare and MrMario2011 provide resources and tutorials for further exploration of jailbroken PS4 capabilities.

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Transcript

Some big news released recently in the PS4 jailbreak community, and it’s very likely that you now have a jailbreakable PS4 in your possession. Whether it’s the OG launch model, the PS4 Pro, or the PS4 Slim. And I want to show you how you can check to see if your PS4 is jailbreakable, run you quickly how you can jailbreak your PS4, and get some pointers to get started with your new modded system.

So what happened exactly? Well, recently, a jailbreak was finally released for any PS4 that’s running firmware 9.0. Now, this is a really, really recent update for the PS4. For reference, the last firmware that was jailbreakable was 7.55, which was released all the way in the August of 2020. So unless you had a PS4 and just didn’t touch it for almost two years, you couldn’t jailbreak it.

Well, this 9.0 jailbreak makes things a lot easier, and it can be run on pretty modern systems. So by the last jailbreak, you had to be running a firmware that was almost like two years old. This 9.0 firmware that this new jailbreak works on was released by Sony in September of 2021. At the time that I’m recording this video, that puts us at around three or four months ago. So as long as you didn’t hook up your PS4 or plugged it in in the last couple months, there’s a very high chance that whether your system is a PS4 Pro or a PS4 Slim or an original launch model, is jailbreakable right now, and it’ll take like 10 minutes tops to do it.

So why is this the best time to jailbreak exactly? Well, here’s how I think about it. I’m gonna bet that this exact situation has happened to many, many people watching this, and you let me know in the comments if I’m right. Odds are there’s somebody watching this right now that maybe got a hold of a PS5 very recently. You know, you got lucky, it was like a Christmas gift, or you just happened to get a drop from Walmart or, you know, GameStop, and you got your PS5, you hooked it up, you were super happy with it, and you were all ready to play your games and stuff like that. You took your PS4, you put it away in your closet, and just forgot about it. Did I get it right? Okay, look, there’s probably a lot of PS4s in closets right now that have been sitting there for a really, really long time, and I’m telling you, right now, it’s never been easier to get into jailbreaking PS4s. The best part is that it’s like a really stable jailbreak compared to the older jailbreaks. I mean, with like 7.55, that thing would crash all the time. You would have to do seven or eight attempts before the jailbreak actually went through. Now, this one is just, it’s so much better. Usually one attempt and you’re done, you’re already in. It’s almost instantaneous.

So I’m gonna have chapters down over here or just in the description somewhere that you can just skip to whatever you want to see, but first let me show you how you can actually check to see if you can even jailbreak your PS4. Before we start, I want to let you know that I have an entire video highlighting all the cool stuff you can do with a modded PS4. If you’re new to jailbreaking PS4s, I would highly suggest you watch that video first, even if you’re not planning on jailbreaking anytime soon.

So you’re first going to hook up your PS4, and the first thing you’re going to do is run to the settings tab, go to network, and turn off the internet. This is super important. You don’t want to end up getting accidentally auto-updated. Then you want to head into system, system information, and if you see 9.0 right here, congrats. Your PS4 is moddable. You don’t have to do anything else. You can just go straight to jailbreaking it. If this is you, you can just skip straight to the jailbreak process chapter. If you boot up your PS4 and you see this, 9.03, or any other higher number than 9.0, unfortunately you can’t jailbreak your PS4. I’d suggest just putting it back in your closet or just keep it disconnected from the internet until some new news arrives. If this changes somewhere in the future, I’ll leave a pinned comment under the video to let you know. If you boot up your PS4 and you see a number like this, like 8.50 or 8.52 or something below 9.0, don’t panic. You can still jailbreak. You just need to update your PS4 safely to 9.0.

So, let’s show you how to do that. First, we’ve got to download the 9.0 firmware. I’m going to leave a link in the description to a website where you can download it for free. Okay. While that’s downloading, let’s grab a flash drive. Any flash drive works. I’ll leave you the one that I use in the description too in case you need one. I like this one because it has USB-C on one side, but it can switch to USB-A when you need to. Plus, it’s super cheap. You really should have one of these somewhere. Make sure there’s nothing on it, and we’re going to format it. On Windows, right-click on the flash drive, hit Erase, and make sure it’s set to ExFAT. Leave everything else alone and click OK. On Mac, open up Disk Utility, click on your flash drive, hit Erase, make sure it’s set to ExFAT, and click OK.

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This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘Jailbreaking your PS4 just got a LOT easier. Here’s how.’ by Dammit Jeff