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.

  • and that was fast

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

    • Damian W

      they are all fast on pre A5 devices…

      • 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.

  • 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?

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

    • no jailbreak for i5:((

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

      • 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

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

  • 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

  • So whats new on beta 5?

  • 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?

    • 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.

      • 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.)

      • ah, so it’s all good ^^ thanks

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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..

  • 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.

  • its unlikely that we dont see any jailbreak….

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

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

  • Muzz_iDevice

    iPad 3 3G+WiFi iOS 6.0.1 can jailbreak?

  • 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

  • when first stage ends , redsn0w automatically closed , why ?