How to prepare for the iOS 6.1 untethered jailbreak

By , Jan 28, 2013

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It’s almost here, ladies and gentlemen. I know we say this before every jailbreak, but this truly is the most highly anticipated jailbreak to ever hit the community.

Just consider it for a minute: There a more devices supported with this jailbreak than ever before, and there are perhaps many people out there that have never had a taste of jailbreaking before who are anticipating their first time.

Couple this with the fact that it’s been a very long time since we’ve had a jailbreak to begin with, and you can kind of see where I’m going with this. We’re all very excited, but don’t get into so much a frenzy that you forget to cover some essential basics when it comes to preparing for the iOS 6.1 jailbreak. Be prepared, and take these steps.

Step 1: Evaluate the situation

First, you need to find out whether or not your device is even jailbreakble to begin with. Chances are very high that your device is supported, but it always helps to double check. You can read our post highlighting all of the supported devices, but almost every recent device, and even some not so recent devices made the cut. In fact, it would be easier to show you which devices are not supported, because that list is smaller than the ones that are.

These devices are not supported:

  • iPhone 2G
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPod Touch 1G
  • iPod touch 2G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPad 1
  • Apple TV 3

Anything outside of these devices can be jailbroken with the upcoming jailbreak

Step 2: Back it up!

If you aren’t already jailbroken on some older firmware, then this step is easy. Simply use iTunes or iCloud to back up your device. Double check, no triple check, to make sure that everything is safe and secure before you even think about jailbreaking. Do this now, so that you don’t have to do so at the very last minute.

If you’re jailbroken, then you can use a tool like PkgBackup to back up all of your Cydia tweaks and apps.

Step 3: Restore to the iOS 6.1

Once you’ve backed up your device, go ahead and restore to iOS 6.1. If history is anything to go by, I always recommend a fresh and clean installation when preparing for a jailbreak. Yes, you can choose to just do a simple upgrade, but make sure it’s an upgrade using iTunes, not an OTA delta upgrade using the Settings > General > Software update feature found on your device. Again, do not use the software update method found on the iPhone, use iTunes instead. The evad3rs team has recommended this, and in the past, users have had problems when trying to jailbreak delta upgraded firmware. Trust me on this.

Step 4: Read iDownloadBlog

As if we had to tell you this! This week we’ll be hitting you with all kinds of juicy tidbits regarding the most anticipated jailbreak in history, so you don’t want to miss it. We’ll also be making updates to this post as more pertinent information hits the wire, so stay tuned.

Step 5: Get plenty of rest on Saturday

While there’s always the possibility that the jailbreak could be released early, or could be delayed, chances are that it will hit sometime on Sunday. Sunday is relative, though, because the team that comprises the evad3rs has members located across the globe. What might be Sunday for them, might be Saturday, or Monday for someone else. In other words, keep it locked right here, and on our Twitter feed, for all of the latest info.

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  • hjr9890

    I have a question regarding the jailbreak. If i do the restore method via iTunes to an iPad Mini with Cellular will anything happen to the cellular dat plan such as canceling it and having to pay the $35 activation fee or disabling it? Thanks

  • iReese

    ima newbie 1st iphone 1st jailbreak…question? i already updated to ios 6.1 OTA through phone and ipad…do i need to do it over again w/ usb or am i cool and just wait til sunday to JAILBREAK??!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/acmadjaffar.datumanong Jaffy D. Agantal

    apple gadget without jailbreak is like a paralyse human…..

  • http://twitter.com/Ray050885 Raymond U Muogbo

    How do I know which iPhone 4 iOS 6 FW to download (iPhone 3,2 or iPhone 3,1)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=892605197 Mehdi Vert

    More excited about this than the actual release of iPhone 5

  • http://www.eraser.org B. Braun

    I recommend everyone to not use pckbackup, because you’ll never know if all your tweaks run on the new iOS

  • Zac Davis

    I could not update my iphone 4 through itunes so i HAD to do an OTA update. It said my iphone 4 was not eligible for the build. What do i need to do. Even when i try restoring it still says it isn’t eligible but when i did the OTA it worked

  • http://twitter.com/iAli7336 iAli

    what do you mean by fresh install restore the iPhone and restore the back up or just restore it without restoring the back up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004107741679 Mohamed Ahmed

    all the waiting that we have it it’s fainely ended upgrade every one to 6.1

  • Zaw Oo

    Step 3: Restore to the iOS 6.1

    Once you’ve backed up your device, go ahead and restore to iOS 6.1.
    If history is anything to go by, I always recommend a fresh and clean
    installation when preparing for a jailbreak. Yes, you can choose to just
    do a simple upgrade, but make sure it’s an upgrade using iTunes, not an OTA delta upgrade using the Settings > General > Software update feature found on your device. Again, do not use the software update
    method found on the iPhone, use iTunes instead. The evad3rs team has
    recommended this, and in the past, users have had problems when trying
    to jailbreak delta upgraded firmware. Trust me on this.

    I already try software update Settings > General > Software update ,for my ipad2

    anyproblem???

  • http://www.facebook.com/peterjames1987 Peter Happy James

    Shit iv done an ios6.1 ota update what do i do now :( help me

  • topboy58

    I need help i used the ota ios6.1 wat do i do help

  • http://twitter.com/bertjnelson bert j nelson

    Why can’t you be SPECIFIC and tell me HOW EXACTLY to restore my phone through iTunes to 6.1. Like EVERY other place I have looked for help you spend more words saying how NOT to do it then how to SPECIFICALLY do it!!! How about some REAL help,for once!?!?!?!

    • http://twitter.com/franklylife Frank Anthony

      Hey, check my comment.. I believe it can help. Just follow the simple step. Goodluck

  • http://twitter.com/franklylife Frank Anthony

    Hey folks, it seems we have forgotten this particular topic.. “How to prepare for iOS 6.1 Untethered JB” Now, here’s a simple step to follow if encounter any error like (error 3194) while Restoring iOS 6.1 using iTunes, WINDOW USERS: (Mac Users also) Go to Local DiskC/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc, Move/Cut “hosts” and..Paste it on Desktop, Remove ur idevice, Close iTunes and reopen it again. Now go ahead and hit Restore button again. No need of downloading any firmware from xternal links or holding shift button on the keyboard. Just follow this and should work flawlessly!

    Don’t forget to copy and paste(or Move) that “hosts” back to “Local Disk C/Windows/System32/Drivers/etc”. Goodluck!

  • http://twitter.com/iAli7336 iAli

    What do you mean by Fresh install?
    Restore without restoring back up or with restoring back up?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcwium Marc Wium

    What if I already upgraded over the air?

  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.chrisman.9 Eric Chrisman

    I’ve already upgraded to ios 6.1 over my phone so can I not jailbreak now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/vibhore.agg Vibhore Agg

    What can I do If have done OTA delta upgrade???

  • http://www.facebook.com/shrey.mehta Shrey Mehta

    Hi, I’m trying to update my iPhone 5 (Model MD297HN) purchased from India (factory unclocked) to iOS 6.1 by restoring it through iTunes. However, it gives me the error “The iPhone could not be restored because the firmware file is not compatible”. I’m using the file iPhone5,1_6.1_10B143_Restore which is for GSM iPhone 5′s. Any ideas??

    • http://www.facebook.com/vignesh.p.9 Vignesh Prabhu P

      Ya dude same problem for me. Even mine is indian purchase :-(

  • Hector Rivera Jr.

    Help I just brought an Iphone 5 and it installed the IOS updater and Itunes wont let me back up from my 4s backup. It says I need to upgrade to the latest software. What do I do to prevent this from installing the latest 6.13

  • Unico Bautista

    I updated my ipadmini via OTA since i have a 3g connection.
    Can i still Jailbreak it? If not, what can i do?
    Thank you!