How to jailbreak iOS 6 and install Cydia

By , Sep 19, 2012

iOS 6 was just released a while ago, and now we’re going to show you how to jailbreak it.

First of all, please note that this is a tethered jailbreak, and it only works with A4 devices like the iPhone 4.

Secondly, since there currently isn’t any jailbreak tool that will install Cydia just yet, we’re going to have to go about installing Cydia using a manual process.

Still game after all of those asterisks? Then come inside, as we show you how to jailbreak iOS 6 final…

Step 1: Install iOS 6 on your device. You’ll also need to know the location of the iOS 6 IPSW firmware file. If you’re on a Mac, you can find that in /Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/ if you didn’t download iOS 6 manually, and updated using iTunes. You can also download iOS 6 from our downloads page. After iOS 6 is installed, hook your device up to your computer, and place it into DFU mode.

Step 2: Download RedSn0w 0.9.13dev4 from our downloads page.

Step 3: Run RedSn0w, and click Extras > Select IPSW, then select your iOS 6 firmware file. It should successfully identify your firmware.

Step 4: Click Back, and then click Jailbreak. You should see a dialogue box saying “preparing jailbreak data” followed by a page with several options. Ensure that Install SSH is selected, and click Next.

Step 5: Your iPhone will now proceed through the jailbreak process. You will receive a message acknowledging that this is a tethered jailbreak.

Step 6: Once the jailbreak is completed, and you are back on your Lock screen, place the device back info DFU mode.

Step 7: Click Back, and then click Just boot. A pineapple logo should appear on your device, indicating a tethered boot. Once this complete’s and you are back on your Lock screen, you may close RedSn0w.

Installing Cydia

Step 1: On your iOS device, go to Settings > Wi-Fi > and click the arrow next to your connected Wi-Fi router. Find your IP address for your Wi-Fi connection. In my example, my IP is 10.0.1.27.

Step 2: On a computer connected to the same Wi-Fi network, open the Terminal app.

Step 3: In terminal type: ssh root@10.0.1.27 (be sure to change the IP address to match your iOS device’s IP)

Step 4: After a few seconds, it should connect, and prompt you for your iOS device’s password. The password is alpine

Step 5: Once connected, paste the following into the terminal:

wget -q -O /tmp/cyinstall.sh http://downloads.kr1sis.net/cyinstall.sh && chmod 755 /tmp/cyinstall.sh && /tmp/cyinstall.sh

Step 6: After a minute or so of scrolling prompts, your iOS device should reboot, and Cydia will be installed. If you get any permission errors on the terminal, just ignore them.

That’s it. You now have a jailbroken iOS 6 device running Cydia. That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Thanks to kr1sis.net for the Cydia install script.

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  • edmondwai93

    im using ipod touch 4G i tried to follow the instructions…but my ipod didn’t reboot after step 5, it just back to dfu mode

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.govea.3 Chris Govea

    How do I bypass the activation part keeps asking to insert sim I’m a T-Mobile user? I followed everything as shown above any help will do thanks.

  • aiden1411

    i get right up to where i have to put in the password but it says access denied when i put it in. im using putty

  • jamie

    i downloaded my ios6 on the new ipad…. on the actual ipad, ive download redsnow but cant find the ipsw thing, im using windows 7, can anyone help me? thanks

    • mikef

      C:Usersyour machineAppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates

      • jamie

        ok, so im at step 5, redsnow is saying waiting to reboot and my ipad is saying i should connect to itunes, i have itunes open and i said that i need to reconnect it, ive been waiting for about 20mins and nothing has changed… ive follwed the instructions twice and i get the same problem, is there something i should have done before that wasnt mentioned in the video? thanks for your help

  • http://www.facebook.com/humza.butt1 Humza Butt

    Thanx man!

  • Michelle Castillo-Escribens

    ;””’C my pc says it can’t recognize ssh…I tried the i-fun box and it doesnt read port 22 ??? wtf is that? I dont get it! ugghhh so can someone make a pc version of this

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Espiga/1310990910 Pedro Espiga

    hello, my cydia open and close immediately, any help please?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Dynamowilliams1984 Kevin Williams

    I keep getting an error saying failed to decrypt kernel

  • Skye

    I went through all but struggling on terminal when I try to put the ip address and it appear to say “connection refused”
    help anyone?

  • Skye

    I am struggling with the terminal when I put an ip address and it’s appeared to say “connection refused” how to do I fix this? help anyone?

  • Guest

    ipad 2 ios 6 jailbreaking not supported

  • bishnu

    on ipd 2 is jailbreaking realease or what plz help

  • http://www.facebook.com/GaBoOElDuRoO Gabriel Maldonado

    the cydia tweaks dont work yet on ios 6 so there is no point on jailbreaking it like this

  • Hanna Jay

    When I type my IP address into terminal and hit “enter”, it says
    “ssh_exchange_identification: connection closed by remote host”
    Help me??

  • Ryan

    the password “alpine” won’t work for me :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/jlinehan3 Jeremy Linehan

    connection just keeps timing out

  • http://www.facebook.com/GaahLopes Gabriel Lopes

    Im trying to do this but it shows me:

    “SSH (port 22) is not detected, make sure OpenSSH is
    installed and activated.
    Try reboot the device if the OpenSSH is just
    installed.”

    What i do ? :S

    • aman

      i hv same

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1368694057 Jean Claude Tohme

      both reboot tethered with redsn0w

  • ahmad boreeny

    How To password Please help me :O

  • ahmad boreeny

    please please man help me … In Jeilbreak iso 6 …
    in the terminal ..Password :
    Look ((( Permission denied, please try again. )))
    how to alpine Please

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-M-Phillips/1591990393 Patrick M Phillips

    ssh root@192.168.1.9
    ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

    I can’t get past this HELP!
    Both my iPhone and MacBook are on the same wifi network

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1146321196 Antonio Bejarano Padilla

    I have a questions what about if your password is not alpine? what could you do then?

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      It can’t be anything else if you didn’t change it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002106025531 Faateh Bin Hamad

    I’ve updated my iPod Touch 4G using the “restore” option in iTunes.
    Its running iOS 6.0, I used the latest redsn0w to jailbreak it (and I made sure the SSH option was ticked.). worked fine, iPod reboots and battery percentage also enabled (indicating that jailbreak worked). Next I open ifunbox and press the SSH Tunnel option, but the following error keeps showing up:

    “SSH (port 22) is not detected, make sure OpenSSH is installed and activated.
    Try reboot the device if OpenSSH is just installed”

    Any help is appreciated.

  • prince

    Cydia open and crashes immediately, no chance of it even installing the filesystem, please I need help

  • http://twitter.com/Ign0ttus Tom García

    I’ve an iPhone 4 and I upgraded to iOS 6, but I think I won’t jailbreak till it’s untethered.. It’s so disgusting when you are run out of battery and you are not at your house…

  • Sahan

    Tnx brother u r the best
    i used it in my iPod touch 4g
    and worked like a charm……………..
    although i used winSCP as an alternative to the terminal app
    anyway great tutorial
    i hope it worked out great for other as it did to me

  • cani canii

    in WINDOWS HOW to install windows ?

  • aman

    SSH (port 22) is not detected, make sure OpenSSH is
    installed and activated.
    Try reboot the device if the OpenSSH is just
    installed.” wht i do?????????

    • aman

      hey jailbrek again

  • aiden1411

    the passowrd alpine is not working for me im using putty

  • Jorge Gutirrez

    i did it but i cant enter cydia it takes me in and takes me out help me please

  • Jorge Gutirrez

    never mind it works

  • tommy

    Hi there Jeff! Can you please make another instructional video for those of us who doesn’t have a Mac. Windows version please, thanks!

  • kote

    how to get terminal app on pc?

  • mjg

    after just boot, my pineapple dissappears and stays with a lit backscreen. what do I do now, just wait?

  • http://www.facebook.com/djgallegos1 David Jr Gallegoz

    does anyone know when a untethered jailbreak will be released?

  • http://twitter.com/IamYardvybz Daniel Hall

    yes i was successful thnx Jeff

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrlaos Les Howard

    well i’m 50 and i did it with no issues….just follow the youtube vid and all will be cool. alpine is the correct password by the way !

  • Tom Buutkamp

    Thank you! I really appreciate this tutorial!

  • Adam Krowski

    is there another way to install Cydia on the A4 devices with ios 6…?.

    • http://adam.hbang.ws/ Adam D

      No.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000136061852 Karan Sahota

    Has this been tested on the iPhone 4S yet?, please let me know if this works or if it doesn’t work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-M-Phillips/1591990393 Patrick M Phillips

    So, I get Cydia on it using the above method, but it just keeps crashing. So NOW, how do I get the damn thing OFF?? I’ve “Erase All Content & Settings” and even after restoring as new, Cydia is still there!

    However the above install method works, it puts Cydia deep into the phone somewhere where it can’t be gotten rid of with a full restore! How to you delete this thing??

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-M-Phillips/1591990393 Patrick M Phillips

      nvm, just restored from iTunes and it’s fine, phew

  • http://www.facebook.com/faiz.gulraz Faiz Gulraiz

    how to do the terminal app

  • SABBY

    ULTRASNOW NOT WORKING IT SAYS NO SERVICE OR SEARCHING WHAT CAN I DO HELP ME GUYS………….

  • Homsar

    So I installed Cydia on my iPhone 4. When it was done, I got the icon, but it kept crashing. So I tried to reboot tethered, and now I can’t get the damn thing into DFU mode. I’ve done DFU mode a thousand times so I know I’m not doing it wrong, and it’s not a home button issue since it works fine otherwise.

    I admit I wasn’t paying particularly close attention, but it may have been possible that my device didn’t respring correctly. I think I remember an Apple logo in there.

    I’m in the process of restoring it and re-jailbreaking it, but if that does work, does anyone have any ideas?

  • Ms. Imajin

    Is there one for iPhone 5 yet?

  • Frustrated32123

    When I Jailbreak and then reboot with Redsn0w my phone stays with the apple logo and will not finish loading. Any suggestions?

  • Jerry Wilcox

    ok i have been going nuts trying to get past the ssh setup, with no luck at all. If someone could help me out that would be great. I keep getting a ssh is not a internal/external device (using windows 7 64bit Pro)

  • aq

    pls can somebody help and tell us how to jailbreak using windows 7

  • http://twitter.com/joshua242 Joshua Georges

    help im not connected to my home network cause i dont have a wireless router how can i install cydia please help thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/blade.wyte Blade Wyte

    whenever i put the password it says access denied

  • http://www.facebook.com/blade.wyte Blade Wyte

    DUDE, I F*CKING LOVE YOU FULL HOMO