How to jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 5 [Video]

By , Jan 26, 2013

Jailbroken

Is it, or is it not the “GM” release that we’ve all been waiting for? That’s still up for debate, but, regardless if it is or not, it’s unlikely that we’ll see an iOS 6.1 jailbreak released until iOS 6.1 goes public.

In the meantime, if you happen to be a developer, you can enjoy a jailbroken version of iOS 6.1 beta 5 on your pre-A5 device. This jailbreak is a tethered jailbreak only, unless you happen to be rocking an old-bootrom version of the iPhone 3GS.

Take a look inside as I walk you through the step-by-step process of jailbreaking iOS 6.1 beta 5…

Video tutorial

How to jailbreak a pre-A5 device running iOS 6.1 beta 5

Step 1: Download iOS 6.1 beta 5 from Apple’s developer portal. Again you must be a developer in order to do this.

Step 2: Download iOS 6.0 for your particular pre-A5 device from our downloads page. This could be the iPhone 4, the iPhone 3GS, or the iPod touch 4th generation.

Step 3: Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 from our downloads page.

Step 4: Connect your device to your computer, and place it into DFU mode.

Step 5: Open RedSn0w 0.9.15b3, and ensure it detects your device in DFU mode at the bottom of the windows.

Step 6: Click Extras > Select IPSW > and select the iOS 6.0 IPSW that we told you about in step 2. RedSn0w should successfully identify the iOS 6.0 firmware. If not, you have the wrong version of RedSn0w, or the wrong firmware. Click OK.

Step 7: Click back, and then click Jailbreak. Once everything finishes loading, ensure that Install Cydia is checked, and click Next. The jailbreak will start, assuming you placed your device into DFU mode correctly as asked in Step 4.

Step 8: Once your device is back to the Lock screen, place it back into DFU mode.

Step 9: Click OK on the Tethered Jailbreak notification if you have not already done so, and again click Select IPSW.

Step 10: Again, select the iOS 6.0 firmware for your device. Once it successfully identifies the firmware, click Just boot.

Step 11: If you successfully placed your device into DFU mode, and followed all previous steps correctly, RedSn0w will tether boot your device. You should see the infamous pwnapple logo as your device boots, which indicates you were successful.

Step 12: Once back at the Lock screen, unlock the device, and swipe to the second page. Once there, you should see Cydia.

That’s pretty much all there is to it. You are now in possession of a jailbroken device running iOS 6.1 beta 5. Again, let me remind you that this jailbreak is for developers only, seeing as the firmware is beta firmware that can only be acquired via Apple’s development portal.

It should also be reiterated that this is a tethered jailbreak, meaning that you must perform a tethered boot like we did in Step 10 and 11 to reboot your device if needed.

If you’re waiting for an untethered jailbreak, then it should be noted that you won’t have to wait much longer. It’s widely expected that hackers will release an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 5, the iPad mini, and any other device capable of running the public edition of iOS 6.1.

In the meantime, if you’re a developer, enjoy your jailbroken version of iOS 6.1 beta 5, and let me know what you think in the discussion below.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    and that was fast

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

      It uses Limera1n. It’s pretty much immediate with every release

    • Damian W

      they are all fast on pre A5 devices…

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.higgins.12 Brandon Higgins

        Because nothing had to be updated. You point redsn0w to 6.0 fw and it can jailbreak the 6.1 fw. No new exploit has been used.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

    Just wondering, but do you think it’s safe to update to iOS 6.1 when it’s released to the public on the A5 and higher if you’re planning on using the upcoming jailbreak?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Dorilas/665337604 Daniel Dorilas

      no

    • http://twitter.com/quannguyen1991 quan nguyen

      it safe to upgrade to IOS 6.1 for sure.

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Why? I just want to be sure.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

        Where’d you hear that? (Just wanna double check)

    • http://www.facebook.com/Johannes.Mertens Johannes Mertens

      No!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nasser1510 Nasser Cedeño

    What About the Iphone 5 ? Come on Hackers . Don’t Let Apple Win The Battle !

    • http://twitter.com/lluckyshah Lucky ShAh

      no jailbreak for i5:((

      • http://www.facebook.com/Nasser1510 Nasser Cedeño

        But i know Its Coming After the Release of the Golden master IOS 6.1 . What you Think ?

      • http://twitter.com/leothelion96 Leonard Wong

        Nope, I am sure they will wait for public release which means everyone can download the firmware
        Right now it is still limited to developers

    • http://twitter.com/FrazerLeal Frazer Leal

      iphone 5 is already jailbroken.. they just waiting for public release

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Ribeiro/100000334723179 Arthur Ribeiro

    nooo.. I hope that don’t waste the breaches to get a jailbreak on 6.1.. that remembers me when geohot released a jailbreak too early

  • http://twitter.com/JCzEPiC It’Z JC [JoB]

    So whats new on beta 5?

    • http://twitter.com/Jack_maredit Jackson Grong

      Nothing xD

      • http://twitter.com/JCzEPiC It’Z JC [JoB]

        Damn apple is trolling.

  • wonderboydave

    bittersweet feeling.

  • Jimothy

    This one activates without a developer registration. So if you really wanted to try it out (and you’re not a developer) you could. I mean, it really seems like a GM to me. Any other Devs have thoughts?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Ribeiro/100000334723179 Arthur Ribeiro

      yeah but you won’t be able to install apps, am I right?

      • Jimothy

        I’m able to install some. Not all mind you, but some.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Ribeiro/100000334723179 Arthur Ribeiro

        maybe appsync solve that? wich kind are you able to install, also thanks for the info

      • Jimothy

        Well, I’m not sure of the problem. Mainly it’s simple and universal apps for me. (Simple being like Mactracker.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Ribeiro/100000334723179 Arthur Ribeiro

        ah, so it’s all good ^^ thanks

  • http://twitter.com/xUnicornxPornx Tender Vittles

    I’ve read idownloadblog for about 2 years now, almost daily. The biggest thing I’ve learned on here, is that none of you read what is written. Constantly people ask “Should I update!?” when it plainly says that they’re WAITING TO SEE IF IT WORKS WITH 6.1! So logically, the answer would be NO!. The comments on here about “Oh no! you’ve wasted the jailbreak!”… You’re an idiot. Please, unless you have something intelligent to contribute, keep your idiocies to yourself.

    • http://twitter.com/joeyjohari Joey Johari

      Yes,I’ve read idownloadblog as long as more than 2 years now….i can understand you well enough…i with u bro…unfortunately there are idiots here more than we know it…all with the same stupid question.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000497451387 Daniel Bohlsen

    So how come we can jailbreak ios 6.1 beta 5, but we can’t even jailbreak ios 6.0.1 yet alone ios 6.0

    • Johnathan Jennings

      We can idiot.

    • Jose Gonzalez

      Pre-A5 devices can! I’ve been jailbroken on my iPhone 4 since ios 6.0 came out.

  • Nazhan

    What’s Day will comes 6.0.1 Jialbreak For Free to iPhone 4S?

    • Johnathan Jennings

      You’re stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/antiz_97 Mattia Melis

    Why does he use the 6.0 firmware for the 6.1b5 jailbreak?

  • Guest

    Jeff, thanks for promoting piracy of iOS Beta Firmwares. And yes, even a GM is still licensed as beta.

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Looks like we have a copyright nazi here..

  • http://www.facebook.com/claptonpick Daniel Vélez

    So, Is it gonna be any jb for iPad2 ios 6.0.1?

  • RubberDuckZilla

    If it says “beta” anyone withcommon sense in the jailbreak community should know not to get it. Unless you’re a developer or you want you device to be completely fucked. Simple as that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    its unlikely that we dont see any jailbreak….

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    iphone 4 is old and slow what is the point is being excited about jailbreaking it?

  • http://www.hbiphonelabs.com/ Ryan Lawrence

    Anyone has tried it, Is it works fine or not?

  • Muzz_iDevice

    iPad 3 3G+WiFi iOS 6.0.1 can jailbreak?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.r.shorts Steven Christopher Shorts

    okay this is not working and im getting really upset
    i follow the steps i see the pineapple i do the just boot and still nothing has happened no cydia no nothing

  • http://www.facebook.com/LANNCHE.A Florian Berisha

    when first stage ends , redsn0w automatically closed , why ?