How To Disable Apple’s Kill-Switch in iPhone

by on August 14, 2008
in Apple, iPhone, Tips and Tricks

Last week it was discovered that through the kill-switch mechanism in iPhones, Apple can remotely blacklist and disable third-party locations stored on users’ private devices.

Later on, this was readily confirmed by the Apple CEO Steve Jobs that there exists this kill-switch which allows Apple to remotely block bad and malicious apps that are bought from the App Store.


Some people were happy about its existence, while the others had mixed reactions. If you are one of those who want to block and disable this connection between Apple and your iPhone. you can use the following trick to do so.

How To Block Apple’s Kill-Switch in iPhone

Zdziarski posted a method for blocking Apple’s kill-switch to block Apple’s connection with your iPhone and iPod Touch. This trick requires your device to be jailbroken in order to get this trick to work. All you have to do is add the following entry into /etc/hosts:

That’s it! Now Apple does not have any (at least for now) access to your device.

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