How to jailbreak your iOS 6 device?

Posted on Feb 4 2013 - 4:48pm by Abhi Bavishi

iOS-6-untethered-jailbreakNo matter how tenaciously Apple tries to develop an iOS version that cannot be ‘Jailbreaked’, crackers always find a way out. And the legacy continues.

It’s good news for people who have been waiting patiently for the iOS 6 jailbreak to arrive. The highly anticipated iOS 6 untethered jailbreak, codenamed evasi0n, was in the testing phase since long, and was due to release a couple of days back. However, it’s out of the testing phase, and it has finally arrived.

Things You Need to Be Sure Of

Though, a Jailbreak for iOS 6 has already been developed before, unlike the former one, this tool works persistently even after you reboot your device. The software that would jailbreak your iOS 6 device supports all the platforms (Mac, Windows, and Linux).

The tool promises to work with all iOS devices including iPhone 5, the iPad mini, the iPad 4, iPad 3, the iPhone 4S, and various other iOS devices. It cannot, however, jailbreak these devices:

  • iPhone 2G
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPod Touch 1G
  • iPod touch 2G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPad 1
  • Apple TV 3

The official blog recommends that you upgrade to iOS 6.1, since that’s the latest version of Apple software. As mentioned before, the tool would work with any iOS x version that has been released till now. However, according to the team, it would be better if you could upgrade to iOS 6.1, before jailbreaking your device.

Backing Up

Make sure you backup your iPhone 5 before jailbreaking it. You can back up all the data using iTunes or iCloud. If you have lots of images or videos on your phone, you can also use Dropbox to back them up.

If you’re already using a Jailbroken device, use this tool to backup all your apps, settings and customizations.

Things You Would Need

To Jailbreak your iOS 6 device, you would just need a USB cable, a Windows/Mac/Linux PC, the required tools, and a calm-and-patient mind.

Things You Need To Take Care Of

The official blog reads that you restore your device to iOS 6.1 before jailbreaking. However, it is strongly recommended that you do not download the OTA updates, and update your phone through iTunes, instead. OTA updates are the ones you download by navigating to Settings > General > Software. The blog says the one must NOT use this method to upgrade the device, or else, the Jailbreak might now work.

Where to download the Jailbreak?

You can download all the tools required for Jailbreaking your iOS 6 device from the Downloads page.

Here are the links that offer a step-to-step guide on how you can jailbreak your iOS 6 device:

Why should you Jailbreak your iPhone 5?

Once you have jailbreaked your iOS 6 device, you would be able to install applications outside of Apple’s App Store using tools like Cydia. After Jailbreak, lots of new features can be added and your device’s look-and-feel (interface) can be customized to suit your preference. In a nutshell, Jailbreak is your key to making everything on your iPhone 5, customizable.

Besides, Jailbreak only opens your iOS device to non-Apple-approved apps, and paves way for new extensions. Your beloved iPhone 5 would still work with iTunes, and you would also be able to download apps from Apple App Store.

Is this legal?

Yes, Jailbreaking your iOS device is legal. However, there are certain risks to it, as Apple had earlier stated that jailbreaking ‘can void the warranty and may cause the iPhone to become unstable and work undesirably’.

The idea of freeing your device might seem adventurous, but the truth is that Jailbreak is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a risky procedure, and you can risk voiding your warranty- and sometimes if you’re not careful- even bricking your iPhone.

That being said, if you wish to buy the freedom to install non-approved-Apple apps and customize the device the way you like it, Jailbreaking is the small price you would have to pay. Besides, if you know what you’re doing, you would never find yourself in any conundrum.

To know more about the iOS 6 jailbreak, visit this page.

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About the Author

Abhi is a tech-writer, a software engineer, a photographer, a traveler, and a coffee-lover. He’s passionate about everything that’s even remotely digital. He portrays his obsession with tech-toys in his reviews and articles. You can connect with him at [email protected] Don’t worry. We checked. He doesn’t bite.