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Hi I have an iPhone 4S currently running a jailbroken version of 5.01 I would really like to upgrade and jailbreak to 6.1.2

From what I gathered, I have to do an iTunes backup, restore that backup. And then update through iTunes. Is that correct?? Also, once I upgrade, will I lose my SMS messages, or are those saved in the restore process? If they aren't, is there a way I can save them??

My last question is concerning downgrading. I have blobs saved back to 5.01. Will I be able to go back to any of those versions? I keep reading different things about that.

Thanks so much for your time! Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)

asked 16 Mar '13, 12:16

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You need to restore to kill the jailbreak.

Back up in iTunes- restore to 6.1.2- jailbreak- then restore from your iTunes back up (best to jailbreak without a lot of data)

Your contacts, pics, etc, will be saved in the itunes backup. Make sure your media (apps, music, etc) has been transferred to your itunes library otherwise you'll have to redownload them.

Unfortunately for A5+ devices like a 4S once on 6.x always on 6.x. The 5.x SHSH become useless.


answered 16 Mar '13, 12:21

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cybr1d ♦


Yes and yes.

(16 Mar '13, 12:25) iAdam1n ♦ iAdam1n's gravatar image

Thanks guys!

Does that include messages in the back up?

And is the 6.1.2 untethered?


(16 Mar '13, 12:25) drmells drmells's gravatar image

Is it better to do a factory reset first to completely clear everything?

Do I set up as a new iPhone first, and then restore? or just restore?

(16 Mar '13, 14:34) drmells drmells's gravatar image

Restoring IS a "factory reset." Restore iOS in iTunes, setup as new, jailbreak, restore from iTunes backup.

(16 Mar '13, 14:39) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

But if i restore after I jailbreak, wont that delete that jailbreak?

(16 Mar '13, 14:45) drmells drmells's gravatar image

You're only restoring the itunes back up after the jailbreak, not the iOS version again.

(you right-click your phone from the itunes sidebar and choose "restore from back up" instead of the big "restore" button)

(16 Mar '13, 14:47) cybr1d ♦ cybr1d's gravatar image

Apple needs to use different terms to avoid confusion, but until then, here's what the two "restores" look like:

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(16 Mar '13, 15:02) spockers ♦♦ spockers's gravatar image

wow you guys are incredibly helpful! So restoring from backup does not delete the jailbreak, but restoring the iPhone does?

(16 Mar '13, 15:38) drmells drmells's gravatar image


(16 Mar '13, 15:40) cybr1d ♦ cybr1d's gravatar image


I'll up vote all of your thumb thingys. Idk if there's anything else I can do to return the favor, but if there is, just let me know!! Have a great day guys!! You saved me!!

(16 Mar '13, 15:45) drmells drmells's gravatar image

Backup, restore in iTunes, restore from backup and then jailbreak with evasi0n. For downgrading you cannot on A5+ even with SHSH.


answered 16 Mar '13, 12:20

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