(Scroll down for information on jailbreaking iOS 6.0-6.1.2 untethered.)
How to jailbreak iOS 6.1.3 (and 6.1.5 on an iPod Touch 4th gen) tethered on older devices
This tethered jailbreak for 6.1.3 (and 6.1.5 on an iPod Touch 4th gen) is only available for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPod touch 4th generation (which have low-level bootrom exploits available that permit tethered jailbreaking on any iOS version). If you have an old bootrom 3GS, which is rare, you can jailbreak 6.1.3 untethered using redsn0w for 6.0's kernel, or sn0wbreeze for 6.1.3's kernel. To check if your 3GS has the old bootrom, you can use iH8sn0w's iDetector tool, available for Windows.
There is not yet a jailbreak available for iOS 6.1.3 or 6.1.4 for newer devices (iPhone 4s/5, iPad 2/3rd/4th gen, iPad mini, or iPod touch 5th gen), not even a tethered jailbreak, however winocm and iH8snow are currently working on creating one. Meanwhile, the evad3rs are working on an untethered jailbreak for iOS 7. You can follow them for news: evad3rs, pod2g, planetbeing, pimskeks, MuscleNerd.
To jailbreak your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPod touch 4th generation using redsn0w:
- Download the IPSW (firmware file) for your device for iOS 6.0 (here's a convenient list of download links).
- Open the latest version of redsn0w (redsn0w 0.9.15b3), click "Extras", click "Select IPSW", choose the iOS 6.0 IPSW you downloaded, and then click "Back" at the bottom of redsn0w.
- Click "Jailbreak".
- Make sure Cydia is selected.
- Follow the instructions to put your device into DFU mode.
- Wait for the jailbreak to finish.
To boot tethered (necessary after a device with a tethered jailbreak is rebooted and right after it is jailbroken) using redsn0w:
- Make sure you have the IPSW (firmware file) for your device for iOS 6.0 (here's a convenient list of download links).
- Open redsn0w 0.9.15b3, click "Extras", click "Select IPSW", and choose the iOS 6.0 IPSW you downloaded.
- Click "Just Boot".
- Follow the instructions to put your device into DFU mode.
- Wait for your device to boot up jailbroken.
If redsn0w gets stuck in the reboot process, your antivirus software is silently interfering with it. This is a known issue. The only antivirus product known not to interfere with redsn0w is MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials / Windows Defender). Any others should be disabled, or, if that doesn't work, uninstalled.
Note that tethered jailbreaks are "semi-tethered" by default, which means that if your device reboots without the assistance of a computer (without a tethered boot), it'll boot up into a seemingly "un-jailbroken" state where Cydia, Mail, and Safari don't work until you plug the device into a computer, open your tethered boot program (for example redsn0w), and follow its instructions. However, if you install Notification Center plugins that don't depend on WeeLoader, your device will no longer be semi-tethered (it will just get stuck at the Apple logo while booting if you don't do a tethered boot) - unless you also install the BigBoss semitether package. That semitether package should also prevent Mail and Safari from crashing when the device is booted into that weird "un-jailbroken" state.
Alternatively, if you are using Windows and your device is on iOS 6.1.3 (this does NOT work yet for 6.1.5) you can jailbreak tethered with sn0wbreeze:
This involves a restore, so back up your device in iTunes first. The advantage is that you will not need the 6.0 IPSW, and a tethered boot program called iBooty will be conveniently placed on your desktop during the IPSW build process.
To jailbreak your iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, or iPod touch 4th generation using sn0wbreeze (Windows only):
- Unzip sn0wbreeze
- Right-click the executable and choose "Run as administrator."
- Click OK to acknowledge the disclaimer
- Click the blue-and-white arrow in the lower-right corner
- If you have the 6.1.3 ipsw for your device, click "Browse for an ipsw," if not, click "Download iOS firmwares."
- Choose the 6.1.3 ipsw for your device. You should get a "Verified" screen. Click the blue-and-white arrow in the lower-right corner
- Choose "Simple mode" and follow the instructions after the process is finished to put your phone into pwned DFU and restore the sn0wbreeze ipsw via shift/restore in iTunes. Pac-Man is optional.
- Run iBooty (it should be on your desktop) to boot tethered after the jailbreak, and after each time you reboot the device.
How to jailbreak iOS 6.0-6.1.2 untethered on all devices
All devices can be jailbroken on iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1, 6.1.1, and 6.1.2. The evasi0n tool can be downloaded from its official website at evasi0n.com. Here are detailed instructions for using evasi0n:
- Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes installed (it includes drivers that help your computer communicate with your device).
- Plug your device into your computer.
- Open iTunes, click your device (in the sidebar or at the top-right if you have the sidebar disabled) and choose "Back Up Now." If the jailbreak process fails, you can restore to this backup and try again.
- If your device is locked with a passcode, you must temporarily disable it. Open the Settings app, navigate to General and then Passcode Lock. Enter your passcode, then tap "Turn Passcode Off."
- Your iTunes backup password must also be disabled. In iTunes, click your device and then untick "Encrypt Local Backup." Enter your password, then allow iTunes to backup your device again. If this option is greyed out: On the device, open Settings, tap General, tap Profiles and remove all entries there.
- Download evasi0n by clicking the blue button for your operating system.
- Close iTunes, then open the evasi0n app. For best results, ensure your device is showing the home screen and no other apps are open.
- Click Jailbreak. This process will take a while, so give it a few minutes and try not to do anything that could interfere.
- You'll be asked to open the Jailbreak app that appears on your home screen. It may be on the second page. Tap it to continue the jailbreak process.
- After the jailbreak completes, Cydia will appear on your home screen. Open it and wait for it to download the latest package data from its repositories - you'll know it's done after "Reloading Data" shows up for a few seconds and disappears.
- You can now install anything you want. Don't forget to enable device and backup passwords if you disabled them.