Absinthe 2.0 on iPad – Fix When You Can’t Save Images to Camera Roll

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Here’s another issue I hit upon after doing the new Absinthe 2.0 jailbreak on my iPad 3 this morning: I could not longer save images to the Camera Roll. Screenshots didn’t show up there, and saved images from Safari didn’t either.

A web search on the issue showed a number of users had this issue after using the original version of Absinthe earlier this year. Many sites (this one for instance) suggested rerunning the Absinthe jailbreak twice over to fix the issue. This might well work to resolve this issue with Absinthe 2.0 as well, but I prefer a quicker method I’ve used in the past when I find I can’t save to the Camera Roll.

** Before using either method it’s a good idea to do a backup of your iPad via iTunes. If you use my method outlined below, it’s also a good idea to do a separate backup of your Camera Roll contents via Image Capture or iPhoto or a similar Windows app – as I’ve found that the method leaves pre-existing images in the Camera Roll all blurry (though new ones will be fine).

My method involves removing a single folder on the iPad. The folder to be removed is this one:

/private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM/100Apple

If you have a Mac app like iExplorer or DiskAid you can connect your iPad to your Mac via its sync cable and use one of those apps to navigate to that folder on the iPad and delete it. Obviously you are going to want to be 100% certain that you go to the folder at the exact path stated above.

If your iPad is already jailbroken (as it most likely is if you’re reading this) you can do the same thing with a jailbreak app called iFile that’s available in Cydia for $4.00. This is a very useful app to have around anyway – as it allows you to view and work with the file system on your iPad.

Once you remove the /100Apple folder the next time you snap a screenshot or save an image to the Camera Roll the folder is regenerated and you will be able to successfully save images to it.

Hope this helps. Let me know in the comments if you know o other similar or better methods to fix this issue.


Patrick Jordan

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16 thoughts on “Absinthe 2.0 on iPad – Fix When You Can’t Save Images to Camera Roll”

  1. Hi,

    I solved this issue by changing the rights management of the DCIM and 100Apple folder for all groups for every user to “allow write”. You can do this in iFile by tapping the little blue arrow on the right of a folder.

    If you can do it this way you dont have to delete any picture.

    MfG

      1. This solution of giving writing rights via iFile solved the issue for me. Thanks! I was lost as to how to solve this issue.

  2. Almost seems like the Camera just isn’t pushing the files to the right location. It saves a preview of picture in the bottom left corner but when I press it, none of the pictures are in there.

  3. For those who still have problems. Check wether the owner of the DCIM-folder is set to mobile and not to root as it was in my case.

  4. I’v done it but i just stoped at /private/var/mobile/Media/DCIM
    i didn’t find the 100apple what can i do
    please replay!

  5. Thank you Dave!

    Your solution was half way for me to get it working again.

    All I had to do is after changing the owner of the DCIM and Photos folder and its inside files to [User: mobile | Group: mobile], I set permissions to 755 for all of them. It worked for me. Hope this solution “saves other lifes” around here.

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