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Prepare for the Upcoming Untethered Jailbreak for iOS 6.1


jailbreaking iPhone 5 on MacAn untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 should arrive in the next few days. You should start getting to know the process now if you’d like to jailbreak your iPhone as soon as the software is available for download.

This simple tutorial will guide you through the process of jailbreaking your iPhone. Save this page in your bookmark folder for easy access. It will be updated with all appropriate download links, pictures and link to the tutorial for a successful jailbreak. If you’d like a head start, follow the first two steps.

The evad3rs team have published a website which also keeps you updated on their progress. You should meet the entire jailbreak team, though —they’re brilliant.

Update: The iOS 6.1 jailbreak has been released! Visit our easy to follow to jailbreak tutorial.

What iDevices qualify for the upcoming jailbreak?

An iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 6, iOS 6.01, iOS 6.02 and the latest iOS 6.1 qualify for the jailbreak. You can check your firmware version by navigating to Settings > General > About > Version.

For simplicity reasons, I’ll refer to all of these devices from now on as just iPhone.

Although you can follow the first two steps as soon as the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1 hits the web, you should familiarize yourself with the process now —especially if you have never applied a jailbreak to your device before.

Step 1: Backup your iPhone

When applying a jailbreak to your iPhone, it’s always best to backup your data. You can backup the contents of your iDevice by a computer or with iCloud (iOS 5 and later).

Please do not skip this test. There’s nothing worse than losing everything just because you wanted to save a few minutes.

Step 2: Download the latest iOS

jailbreaking iOS 6.1

Optional if currently running iOS 6.

Apple’s servers may tied up for a while when a jailbreak surfaces. You should download iOS 6.1 in iTunes now to save some time when restoring your phone before applying the jailbreak.

Aside from some cosmetic graphics and bug fixes, iOS 6.1 does not carry major improvements to the mobile operating system. But since the exploit used in the upcoming jailbreak has not been patched, feel free to upgrade to this latest iOS.

Now this is important: do not upgrade over the air.

The jailbreaking process has been tested to work on freshly restored devices. To prevent any glitches or issues, you should restore your iPhone with iTunes.

Once you have created a backup, connect your iPhone to your Mac or PC and launch iTunes. A popup should appear asking if you’d like to upgrade to iOS 6.1. Choose the “download only” option.

For now, you can keep iOS 6.1 saved on your computer until the jailbreak is released. Once we have access to the jailbreak software, you can continue on to steps 3 through 5.

Step 3: Restore your iPhone With a Fresh iOS

jailbreak iOS 6.1

While your iPhone is connected to iTunes, select the “Restore iPhone” button on the device menu. This may take several minutes, be patient.

Step 4: Apply Jailbreak

We will update this guide once the jailbreak software for iOS 6 has been released. Please stay tuned.

Update: You can follow the jailbreak tutorial by visiting the updated page here.

Step 5: Install Backup Data

Now that your iPhone has been freshly restored and a jailbreak has been applied, you can install your previously saved backup data.

Since your iPhone will be reset to factory settings, you will have to connect to a Wi-Fi network when installing a backup data from iCloud.

Again, restoring backup data may take several minutes. Do not interrupt the process.

When will the jailbreak be released?

Although the jailbreak community has speculated the jailbreak to be released to the public this Super Bowl Sunday, it can be released before, during or after.

In a tweet, pod2g, responded in regards to a timeframe: “About evasi0n release. Nothing is certain. Can be sunday, after, or before!”

Currently the jailbreak is undergoing a private beta testing.

  • ieatoranges

    thanks for the post, so this will work on ipad 2 correct .?

    • Edward Marquez

      Yes. You’ll need to be running iOS 6+


        is it better to do an itunes restore than an OTA update .?

        • Edward Marquez

          That’s right. This will guarantee the jailbreak will work. It also decreases the chance for error.

          • TACOS ADAMS

            Is it ok If I download the ipsw from the Internet and the do shift+restore .?

          • Edward Marquez

            Sure. That would

  • Daniel A. Corral

    I was starting to to live a peaceful life with no need to jailbreak/hack/root… Now this. It is good that an apple TV 3 jailbreak still doesn’t exist.