Monday, February 4, 2013

iOS 6.1 Untethered Jailbreak Now Available!

Brought to you by evad3rs, the iOS6 untethered jailbreak is now available!  Thanks guys!!  Be aware, the site will probably be overwhelmed most of today since so many people have been waiting for this!

What is the best way to jailbreak your iOS 6 device?

Planetbeing recommends the following steps below, be sure to temporarily disable your screen lock code before proceeding. 

1)  Make up a backup with iTunes.

2)  Restore the device with iTunes.  Select "Set up as new device" on the device itself during the setup process after the device is restored. Do not select "Restore from iCloud backup" or "Restore from iTunes backup" yet.

Note:  When I tried to do this step the first time it told me that "there are purchased items on this iPhone that have not been transferred".  So I had to go into iTunes and in the file menu button all the way in the upper left, I selected show menu bar.  Then under the file menu I went into Devices and selected 'Transfer Purchases'.  It told me my PC wasn't authorized, since this was the first time I was using iTunes, so I went into the Store menu and selected 'Authorize this Computer'.  After entering my Apple ID/password I was then able to go into Devices and 'Transfer Purchases' successfully and could continue on with this step. 

3)  Jailbreak your device.  First disconnect the USB cable from your computer.  Go to and download the correct version for your particular computer.  Launch the executable file and then re-connect your USB cable and select Jailbreak.  It will take a minute or two and then will tell you to go into your device and click the Jailbreak icon.  It was on the screen to the right of the main screen for me.  I clicked that, it rebooted a time or two, said it was 'Finding offsets...' for approximately 7 minutes and then it rebooted one more time and then it seemed to hang at the Apple startup icon for a few minutes.  I then did the home/power button reset and things came up fine. 

4)  Open up Cydia on your device to allow it to "Prepare the filesystem".  Once that is complete, go back in and your device is now jailbroken!  Congratulations!  Now you can go back into Cydia and download various apps and tweaks.  The first time you launch Cydia after it prepares the file system it will ask you 'Who are you?'.  This page says when in doubt, choose 'Hacker' as that setting is needed for some tweaks, which is what I picked. 

5)  Start iTunes again and select "Restore from this backup" to get everything back on there.

Be patient while the jailbreaking process is running, don't start iTunes or Xcode in the meanwhile. The best is to not touch the computer until the end of the jailbreaking process. 

If you run into any problems, here is a page listing some known issues.  

Since there are so many people running the jailbreak today, Cydia is quite overwhelmed and you will probably get an operation timed out or internal server error when trying to download apps/themes through Cydia.  But you can at least look at the tweaks/apps/themes out there and put together a wish list of items to download when things calm down a bit.  The first one I tried to download was the Chuck Norris Facts for Siri, cause who wouldn't want to have that?!  But like I mentioned, due to the overwhelming traffic, I'll have to wait a bit or keep trying.  Since I'm impatient, I'll keep trying.

With some persistence I was able to get my first Cydia app SBSettings and it is very cool!  Here is a screenshot showing what you can do with it:

I set it to enable by double clicking the status bar and it will give the IP of your phone on a WiFi network, on your regular carrier network as well as showing you available memory and it also allows you to customize which easy access buttons you want to put in there. 

I added buttons for Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Data so you can quickly turn those options on and off without having to dig into your settings app to find them.  There is a lot more you can do with the app, for instance you can hide any unwanted/unused icons that you normally cannot remove, you can have the app remove your cell phone carrier name in the upper left, etc. 

Here is a prior post I did listing some cool free tweaks you can do with your jailbroken phone and here is a post I found today listing the best jailbreak apps in Cydia.  

This was my first jailbreak of an iOS device, since it's the first iOS device I've owned.  I rooted my previous Android phone as soon as I could and really I just want to do it because I can.  I rooted the Android phone to remove Ads and to be able to utilize the phone as a WiFi hotspot, but since I can already do that with my iPhone 5 on the Verizon shared data plan for free, it's more just to see what else I can do with the phone as far as tweaks and customizations.

By the way, it is legal to do.  You might have read articles recently saying it is illegal to unlock your phone, but that is something completely different.  Unlocking allows you to move your phone from one carrier to another.  Jailbreaking allows you to install software outside of the normal Apple Store software channel.

Will you be jailbreaking your phone?  If you've jailbroken devices before, what are the must have tweaks/apps that you need to have?  At long last, let the fun begin!


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