After a long wait, the highly-anticipated untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 compatible devices was finally released across all three platforms (Mac OS X, Windows and Linux) on Monday, 4 February at 9 am PST (12 pm EST / 5 pm GMT). The eagerly awaited jailbreak was released following an official announcement by the newly launched jailbreak Dream Team 'evad3rs' on their Twitter account.
Evasi0n is now compatible with all iOS 6 variants, including iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1. It works on all iOS 6 compatible devices with the exception of Apple TVs (Apple TV 2 and Apple TV 3). In other words, the evasi0n tool can jailbreak the following devices untethered:
- iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS
- iPad 4, iPad 3, iPad 2, iPad mini
- iPod touch 4, iPod touch 5
NOTE: Users, who are already running a tethered jailbreak on iOS 6.1, should use the Cydia package online to convert their tethered solution into an untethered jailbreak (click here to see our step-by-step guide).
- A computer running at least Windows XP or above, Mac OS X v10.5 or above, Linux
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1 (you may verify the version in Settings > General > About > Version)
- A USB cable to connect the device to the computer
Key Points to Note
- Backup the device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n.
- Disable the lock passcode of the iOS device before using evasi0n, as it can cause issues.
- Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n process completes.
- If the process gets stuck somewhere, try to restart the program, reboot the device (press and hold down Power and Home buttons until it shuts down), and rerun the process.
- If an error message appear saying that evasi0n can't be opened, control-click (or right-click) the app and on the revealed context menu, choose Open. On the ensuing dialogue box, choose Open as well.
Here is the step-by-step guide to jailbreak iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2 and 6.1 on both Windows (Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP) and Mac OS X. Although majority of the steps are common for both the platforms, users should exercise caution and follow the steps carefully (as there are minor variations in steps).
Jailbreak iOS 6, 6.1 Untethered (Mac OS X and Windows) on iPhone 5 and Other Devices Using Evasi0n [Video and Tutorial]
Step 2: Windows users should extract the download to the desktop and open the evasi0n folder. Right-click on the evasi0n.exe file and choose Run as administrator. Then click yes in the ensuing pop-up window for User Access Control.
Mac users should just double-click the evasi0n app to run it.
Step 3: If there is a passcode set for the device, unlock it by going to Settings > General > Passcode Lock and choose Turn Passcode Off.
Step 4: Connect the iDevice to the computer via USB cable. NOTE: All iOS 6 compatible devices can be jailbroken except Apple TV.
Step 5: Evasi0n tool should now recognise the device and the jailbreak button will be activated or clickable.
Step 6: Click jailbreak button to begin the jailbreak process.
Step 7: Evasi0n will go through several processes in sequence, which include preparing jailbreak data, reboot the device, upload Cydia, inject jailbreak data and finally upload the Cydia packages list. As this process is reportedly time-consuming, it is advisable to wait for some time.
Step 8: After the completion of step 7, the user will be prompted to unlock the device. On the lock screen, just slide to unlock the device and a new app icon appears on the second page of Home screen named "Jailbreak". Tap the jailbreak icon once and the screen will go black and return to the Home screen instantly.
Step 9: At this point, Evasi0n will display a series of messages: injecting jb data, Root Filesystem successfully remounted and so on. The device will reboot multiple times during this process and may take longer than expected. So, leave the device alone and take a break if needed.
Step 10: Windows users: After the jailbreak process is finished, a "Done" message appears on the screen. A large evasi0n logo should now appear on your device screen briefly for a couple of times, and then stay on for a longer time. Finally, the device boots to the Lock screen, from where the device can be unlocked and a Cydia icon will be shown on the Home screen. Now, proceed to step 11.
For Mac users, the device will reboot soon after the "Done" message appears on screen. Wait for the first reboot to complete, as it may take longer than normal due to various background processes initiating the first time setup. The device may reboot several times during this process. Finally, a large Evasi0n logo appears on a white background along with a series of brief messages: "Setting up fstab and AFC2", "Setting up Cydia", "Settings up Cydia packages", "Clearing Springboard Cache" and "Rebooting".
After a brief flashing of messages on the white evasi0n background, the device will reboot for the final time. After the reboot, another set of messages will pop-up on the white evasi0n screen: "initializing offsets", "Finding offsets", "Patching kernel", "Cleaning up!" and "Done! Continuing boot".
After these final set of messages, the device returns to the Lock screen and signals that the jailbreak process is complete. Now, unlock the device by swiping over to second page of Home screen and launch Cydia. Cydia may take a couple of minutes to load on first boot, as it will initialise the process. The device returns back to Lock screen one final time. Unlock the screen, launch Cydia and choose user type.
Step 11: The iOS device is now successfully jailbroken.
NOTE: Remember to re-enable passcode if it was removed as suggested in Step 3.
For further assistance, check out the video tutorials below (Mac OS X and Windows):
MAC OS X