How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Using Redsn0w

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If you’re an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS or iPod touch 4G user who can’t wait for the evad3rs dev team to release the untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.1, which could be as early as this Sunday, then the good news is that like the beta versions, it is possible to jailbreak your iOS device on iOS 6.1 using Redsn0w.

In this article we show you how to jailbreak iOS 6.1 that was just released using Redsn0w.

Here are some important points to note before you proceed.

  • This guide is meant for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4G users.
  • Warning: If you depend on Ultrasn0w to unlock your iPhone, then DO NOT update to iOS 6.1.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 only supports a tethered jailbreak, which means that you need to connect your iPhone to the computer on every reboot (except iPhone 3GS with older bootrom).
  • It is currently not possible to jailbreak iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini and iPod Touch 5G but the evad3rs dev team could release an untethered jailbreak for all iOS 6.1 compatible devices this Sunday. For the latest jailbreak news, please don’t forget to join our Facebook Fan page or follow us on Twitter or add us to your circles on Google+ or subscribe to our RSS feed.
  • Please note that jailbreaking your iOS device may void your warranty and hence proceed with caution and at your own risk.
  • Please do not forget to backup your iOS device before you proceed. You can refer to this post for instructions on how to backup your iOS device using iCloud or this one to backup your iOS device using iTunes.
  • Please ensure you are running latest version of iTunes.
  • This method uses an iOS 6.0 jailbreak with the iOS 6.1 filesystem, so it could cause some unknown issues.
  • Check out this post to find out all the new features and changes in iOS 6.1

You can follow these step-by-step instructions to jailbreak your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 4G on iOS 6.1:

Step 1: Download Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 (Redsn0w 0.9.15 beta 3) from this link and save the application in a folder named “Redsn0w” on your desktop.

Step 2: Download iOS 6.0 firmware file (yes, the trick is to point Redsn0w to the iOS 6.0 firmware file) for your iOS device from the links mentioned below:

Step 2: Connect your device to the computer and double click the Redsn0w zip file and extract the application. Navigate to the Redsn0w folder and launch the Redsn0w application.

Windows 7 users should run the exe in Windows XP compatibility mode (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select Properties, then select the Compatibility tab and select Run this program in compatibility mode for Windows XP). Windows XP and Windows 7 users should run Redsn0w as ‘Administrator’ (right-click on the Redsn0w exe and select ‘Run as an Administrator’).

Step 3: Click on Extras button.

Step 4: Then click on the Select IPSW button. Navigate and select the firmware file download in Step 2. It should successfully identify it.

Step 5: Go back to Redsn0w’s main page and click on the Jailbreak button.

Step 6: Redsn0w will now start preparing the jailbreak data.

Step 7: You will now be prompted to select the jailbreak options. Make sure Cydia is selected and click on the Next button to continue. iPhone 3GS users can also select Enable battery percentage option.

Step 8: You will now need to prompted to put your iOS device into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on your iOS device down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the Home button and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device:

Step 9: Your iOS device should reboot now. Please remember to release the Home button.

Step 10: Your iOS device will reboot again and Redsn0w will now begin uploading the new RAM disk and kernel.

Step 11: You will be notified once the jailbreaking process is complete. Click on the Ok and then Quit button to exit the application.

Step 12: The rest of the process will take place on your iOS device, wait for it to complete. Your iOS device will reboot once again (which could take approximately 5 minutes). You will now see the Home screen on your iOS device, but Cydia would still be missing, that’s because you still need to tether boot your iOS device using Redsn0w. So follow the steps mentioned below.

Boot tethered:

Step 13: Launch Redsn0w again.

Step 14: Click on Extras button.

Step 15: Then click on the Select IPSW button. Navigate and select the firmware file downloaded in Step 2.

Step 16: Then click on the Just Boot button.

Step 17: You will now be prompted to plug your iOS device to the computer and switch it OFF again. Follow the instructions and click on the Next button to move to the next screen:

Step 18: You will now need to put your iOS device into the DFU mode. Redsn0w will take you through the necessary steps:

(a) Hold the Power button on your iOS device down for 3 seconds:

(b) Now simultaneously hold the Home button and keep the two buttons pressed for 10 seconds:

(c) Now release the Power button while keeping the Home button pressed until Redsn0w detects the device:

Step 19: Redsn0w will recognize the iOS device in DFU mode and apply the limerain exploit (remember to release the Home button). Your iOS device will reboot and a pineapple logo will appear, indicating a tethered boot.

Step 20: Wait for the process to complete, once it is complete, you should see the Lock screen on your iOS device.

That’s it, your iOS device has now been successfully jailbroken and you should see Cydia on the Home screen. If you don’t find it on the Home screen, please don’t panic, search for it using Spotlight.

Note: Since Redsn0w currently supports only a tethered jailbreak except for iPhone 3GS with older bootrom, you will need to follow steps 13 to Steps 20, each time you reboot your iPhone or iPod touch to be able to use the jailbreak apps like Cydia.

If you’ve any problem jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod touch on iOS 6.1 then check out this video tutorial:

Please don’t forget to checkout our article on tips to keep your iOS device secure.

If you’re new to the jailbreaking world and wondering what to do after jailbreaking your iOS device, checkout our jailbreak apps category page to find out the apps you can install on your iOS device using the Cydia app.

Hope this helped. Please don’t forget to let us know how it goes in the comments and drop us a line if you hit any issues.

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  • Speed9044

    What about the iPhone 4S? There has been no mention of a jailbreak for this phone. Ugh

    • Jimothy

      It’s not supported until the new Jailbreak comes out. If the iPhone 5 is supported, so is the 4S.

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      wait for evaders

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      iPhone 4S is not supported yet.

      Read the notes section, I’ve mentioned which devices are supported and which aren’t.

  • deepesh

    good job thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/Izz0J89 Izaac Iz Johansson

    Used this on my iPhone 4 with 6.0.1, and now when I try to boot tethered with 6.1 it shows the pwnapple logo for a while then just reboots. Anyone else had this issue?

  • inercia

    works for ipod touch 4g??

    • bob

      i have an ipod touch 4g and this didnt work. apparently the ios 6.1.0 firmware doesnt supports the latest version o redsn0w beta 3?

      • Anilol

        You need to use the iOS 6.0 insted of 6.1.
        If you read the description, you should have known this.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Yes it does!

      • Gio

        it keeps giving me this message when i get to step 5 (decrypt kernel) >:( …

  • Bob

    Hey, Whenever I try jailbreaking and selecting my ipsw. It says redsn0w does not support this firmware. I am on ios 6.1.0 AND i do have the latest version of redn0w beta 3. 0.9.15b3 (Redsn0w 0.9.15 beta 3) I do have the ipsw for io6.1.0 restore. HELP?

    • http://www.facebook.com/Izz0J89 Izaac Iz Johansson

      You should click on Extras -> Select IPSW and select the iOS 6.0 for your iDevice. Then head back and click Jailbreak. And then you have to select that IPSW (6.0) everytime you’re gonna boot it up too.

      • Bob

        i did that and i have the same problem. i am on an ipod touch 4g and i have the latest beta and ios 6.1.0 restore. It doesn’t work.

        • Kevin

          You have the incorrect restore firmware, the firmware you need is 6.0.0 and NOT 6.1.0 !!!!!!

          download the correct file and that should sort it out ;)

          Kevin

          • Bob

            I downloaded the 6.0 firmware and tried to jailbreak. This error popped up: redsn0w does not support this version. And a code. I have the latest redsn0w 9.15b3. Help?

          • Varun

            Dude seriously come on…

            Step 1) Download 6.0.0
            Step 2) Go to extras and select ipsw browse to 6.0.0
            Step 3) Jailbreak
            U knw u r doing everything right just before you comment again take a deep breath read main instructions Step 2… take at least 2 sec on each work…. keep breathing… you almost got it… yeah now go jailbreak.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      You need to select the iOS 6.0 firmware and not iOS 6.1, that is the reason it says, it is not compatible.

      • bob

        it didnt work again. I used the 6.0 firmware. I have the correct files (the windows version for everything. )

      • bob

        is it the 6.0.0 or 6.0.1 ?

  • Glossophile

    When rebooting, how long do you have to wait? I’ve let mine sit here for a good half hour and it just says “waiting to reboot” and the little status blue and white status bar keeps running but nothing is happening. Any suggestions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tik.selimyan Tik Selimyan

    when will be update ultrasn0w or ultrasn0w fixer for ios 6.1?? thanks!

  • broculos

    Hey, it works fine but… how i download games for free now?

  • nijear

    my ipod 4g was jailbroken on 6.0.1 but then i updated to 6.1

    i did as you said but when my device show me pineapple when jailbreaking it take it self from installing bundles to rebooting

    i tried this a lot and with several PCs and different version of redsn0w but it didn’t work, I don’t know why that happens?

  • nijear

    i had jailbreaked ipod 4g with 6.0.1 and now i updated to 6.1
    i did exactly what you said but when i get to the pineapple on my device it jumps from installing bundle to rebooting
    i did this several times with referent PCs and cables and redsn0w version
    but it didn’t work, idon’t know why that happens?
    can you please help me!

  • Nijear Amedy

    i had jailbreaked ipod 4g with 6.0.1 and now i updated to 6.1
    i did exactly what you said but when i get to the pineapple on my device it jumps from installing bundle to rebooting
    i did this several times with referent PCs and cables and redsn0w version
    but it didn’t work, idon’t know why that happens?
    can you please help me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.e.thomas2 Rich Thomas

    just says please wait been like this for a hlaf an hour iphone 4 with ios 6 someone tell me what i gotta do

  • Leeton

    I updated my 3GS 6.15.00 (New BR) to ios 6.1, it didnt automatically update the baseband and now I cant get passed the activation screen. Can anyone help?

  • conta vip

    has a possibility to downgrade BB 6.15 to 5.13 with this method ? my iphone is at version 6.1 with jailbreak

  • ssjoerdy

    it says please wait.. for ever, i never come to the pineapple screen. what do i have to do

  • Gio

    it keeps giving me this message when i get to step 5 (decrypt kernel) >:(