How to jailbreak iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.0.x with evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool: iPhone, iPad and iPod guide
evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool for iOS 6 released
iOS 6.1.x and 6.0.x untethered jailbreak tool evasi0n released
On February 4, 2013, the evad3rs jailbreak team finally released the highly anticipated tool known as evasi0n which enables untethered jailbreak on all Apple devices that run iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.0.2, 6.0.1 and 6.0, including the newest devices from Apple, i.e., the Apple iPhone 5, the iPad of fourth generation (iPad 4) and the iPad Mini.
The untethered jailbreak process using evasi0n has been tuned and optimized to be easy to use for everyone who is interested into jailbreaking their device. In addition, there should be very few risks associated in performing the jailbreak. In this guide and article, the iOS 6.x.x untethered jailbreak process will be described using the evasi0n tool. In addition to the walkthrough of the untethered jailbreak process, hints and tips will be provided that are helpful for those that are interested in performing a jailbreak on their devices.
Guide on how to use evasi0n to perform untethered jailbreak on iOS 6.x
As mentioned above, the jailbreak process is fairly straight forward. The evasi0n tool is available on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. In this section, achieving an untethered jailbreak on an iPhone 5 using the Windows versions of evasi0n will be used as an example, although the jailbreak process using evasi0n is identical regardless of the operating system used. In addition, as discussed previously, the evasi0n tool does support untethered jailbreak for all Apple devices that run the iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2 or 6.0.x version, i.e., iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod Touch of fourth and fifth generation.
Step 1: iOS 6.1 & 6.0.x untethered jailbreak preparations
Installed iOS version
Disable Passcode Lock
1. Requirements and preparations for evasi0n iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.0.x untethered jailbreak
Before we start the evasi0n tool to perform the untethered jailbreak, there are a few things we need to check and prepare:
- [IMPORTANT] Backup your device using iTunes: This is the single most important step when performing any kind of jailbreak or modification of your device. Connect your device to your computer, start iTunes. At the top bar, select your device and look for the Backups window in the Summary tab. If your device is set to backup to iCloud, it is strongly recommended that you perform a full backup onto your computer as iCloud only backs up certain important files. To do this, select the option This Computer and click Back Up Now on the right hand side in the Backups window.
- Checking the current iOS version: The evasi0n tool is designed for iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.0.x, therefore, before attempting to jailbreak, ensure that you are running an iOS 6 version on your device. The iOS version can be accessed by starting the Settings app, touch About, and scroll down to the line stating the Version.
If your device is running iOS 6 (iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.0.2, 6.0.1 or 6.0), then you can skip to the next step. If your device on the other hand is running an older iOS version such as the device on the screenshot figure to the right, then you will need to upgrade your iOS version. As known, there are currently two ways to upgrade your iOS version since iOS 5, which are full upgrade and the OTA (over the air) upgrade. When it comes to jailbreaking, it is strongly recommended that you do not upgrade your device using the OTA option. Instead, connect your device to iTunes and upgrade your device to iOS 6.1.x from iTunes. This can be achieved by navigating to your device at the top bar in iTunes and clicking the Update button.
- Disable the Passcode Lock: If you have setup your device to have a passcode that needs to be entered to unlock it, then please disable the Passcode Lock. To do this, touch and start the Settings app, scroll down and touch the option Passcode Lock and set it to Off (see the figure to the right).
- Shut down iTunes and Xcode on your computer: In order for the untethered jailbreak to be successful while using evasi0n, please ensure that iTunes and Xcode (developer tool for Mac OS X systems) are not running in the background.
- Download the evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool: Finally we will need to download the evasi0n tool which is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Recommended USB cables for your iPhone 5, 4S, 4 and 3GS
Step 2: Executing the iOS 6 jailbreak on your iPhone/iPad/iPod
evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool
2. Using evasi0n to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod untethered
Now that we have prepared and ensured that we fulfil the requirements for using the evasi0n tool to achieve an untethered jailbreak on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, we can start our jailbreaking process. This section aims to guide you through the jailbreak process using the evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool.
- Start the evasi0n jailbreak tool: The evasi0n tool window will appear which will prompt you to connect your device to your computer (see the screenshot figure to the right).
- Connect your device to your computer: Once your device is connected, evasi0n will automatically detect the device and its iOS version to ensure that it is running an iOS 6.x version. Simply wait until the screen shows "Click Jailbreak to begin".
- Click the Jailbreak button: After you have clicked the Jailbreak button, evasi0n will begin uploading the exploits and executing them on your device. This step may take several minutes and you can see how far it has gotten from the progress bar in the evasi0n window. During this time, it is recommended that you do not touch your device or your computer to prevent failures.
If, however, a failure does occur, do not panic as you can restore functionality on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch by rebooting it and simply try the jailbreak process again.
- Once the evasi0n tool has finished, you will have to unlock your device and start the newly added Jailbreak app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch which will reside on the last screen in your home window.
- Once you have started the Jailbreak app your screen will briefly go black before it returns to the home screen. Once this happens, the evasi0n tool on your computer will detect that the Jailbreak app has started and update its status to Jailbreak Complete! Note that this step may involve your device rebooting several times automatically. Do not interfere with this process. Once the process is truly completed, the device will boot up normally.
If everything worked out the way it is supposed to, after following the above steps, you will now have a completely untethered jailbreak working on your iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2, 6.0.2, 6.0.1 or 6.0 device. This can easily verified by looking for the app Cydia on your home screen.
Visiting Cydia on your iOS 6.1 and 6.0.x jailbroken device
After your device has been jailbroken, the first thing you will notice is that the app Cydia will have been added to your home screen. For those of that are unfamiliar with Cydia, it is an alternative repository (app store) and also the main repository for tweaks and apps that are not allowed on the Apple App Store for one reason or the other. The tweaks could be as simple as adding the date on your status bar, but can also be very advanced, such as automatic phone number lookup when you receive a call. There are thousands of tweaks and apps available, and most of them will provide a functionality to your device that would never have been possible through the Apple App Store due to their strict rules on what an app may do to the iOS system.
In any case, having access to Cydia means that you will have the freedom to do whatever you want with your device instead of what Apple wants, this feeling alone makes it very motivated to jailbreak for many people.
Related iPhone/iPad/iPod iOS jailbreak articles
- General guide of iOS jailbreaks: This article provides the readers with a general overview of the jailbreak process and the terminologies that are used. The purpose is to provider the readers with enough general knowledge to understand the meaning and procedures involved in a jailbreak while also highlighting the current devices and iOS versions that have a jailbreak available.
- iOS 6.1 new features summary and highlight: The release of iOS 6.1 brings forth several changes and new features. This article highlights the most important and significant changes made to iOS 6.1 which will affect most users.
- iOS 6.1.1 release changelog: iOS 6.1.1 fixes a major and critical bug that were affecting iPhone 4S users. This article discusses and describes the bug and fix and other related issues.
- iOS 6.1.2 release summary: iOS 6.1.2 fixes one major bug affecting Microsoft Exchange users which caused their devices to induce significant load on Microsoft Exchange servers. This article summarizes the bug fix and the implications of the bug, but also describes the yet outstanding passcode bug which was not fixed in iOS 6.1.2.
iOS 6.1, 6.1.1, 6.1.2 and 6.0.x iPhone/iPad/iPod untethered jailbreak conclusions
In conclusion, the jailbreaking process using the evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool is relatively easy and anyone with a compatible device (iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPad 3, iPad 2 and iPod Touch of fourth and fifth generation) and iOS version (iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1, 6.1.1 and 6.1.2) should be able to jailbreak their device without much trouble. This article guides, describes and discusses the procedure and in addition provides some hints and tips that are worth to consider when attempting to jailbreak using the evasi0n tool.
Overall, the evasi0n untethered jailbreak tool is among one of the most polished and well made tools. The jailbreak hackers have truly done an amazing job in finding the exploits that make an untethered jailbreak possible and bringing this tool to the public completely free of charge!
Happy jailbreaking and feel the freedom of having a jailbroken device!