How To: Change Default iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch Root Password ( alpine ) [Jailbroken Devices only]

Cydia_logo_and_icon_by_zandog Almost everybody knows that every iPhone in the world has the root password alpine. Because of this same username and password, people can login to every iPhone in the world and create exploits for the device. Changing the password increases the security level of your jailbroken device. Luckily, on a jailbroken device, there is a simple way to change your password.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Install Terminal from Cydia
  2. Load terminal and type:
  • su root
  • alpine
  • Now you are logged in as root, type this
    • passwd
    • passwd mobile
  • After typing “passwd” and “passwd mobile”, hit return and it will prompt you to type your new password. You would have to type it twice to confirm.This is really a simple way of increasing your password on a jailbroken iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. A little precaution goes a long way!

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  1. Is there a problem with mobile terminal running on 4.0.1? It won't start for me?

  2. Hello everyone

    Mobile terminal is not working on my iPhone 4 or iPad. So how are we to keep these iDevices safe other than downloading the PDF Loading Warner from Cydia? Well the PDF only downloaded on my iPhone but not the iPad. Can we change the alpine password from putty or WinSCP? Help!!!!

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