evasi0n Jailbreak Troubleshooting: Solve “Patching Kernel”, “Finding Offsets” and Other Issues [Updated]

evasi0n-iconWhile the jailbreak process is fairly smooth when using evasi0n to jailbreak your iOS 6 device, there always will be a few cases that might not go as smoothly as you’d expect. We list some ways to troubleshoot your way through the problems you encounter.

Before proceeding forward, please keep in mind that the jailbreak process can take time. Commenters have reported times of as much as 18 minutes.

Patching Kernel

A lot of users are reporting this problem where the jailbreak seems to be stuck on the “Patching kernel.” It takes some time, so please be patient as it has taken as long as 18 minutes for some of our readers. But if it takes unusually long, try hard resetting your device. You can do this by pressing the Power button along with the Home button until your device reboots.

Finding Offsets

This is another stage that might take time, so wait patiently. Some commenters note that it could take as much as 10 minutes. And even then you find there’s no progress, just like the Patching Kernel issue, try a Power+Home button hard reboot.

Cydia Errors

While a lot of steps have been taken by repository owners and the evad3rs team to ensure that Cydia doesn’t come under heavy load, it happened anyways. People are reporting issues with logging into their accounts or seeing their “My Accounts” page. Saurik’s surely taking care of this situation from his side, but until then you’ll have to wait.

Update: Saurik’s taken care of his Cydia Telesphoreo repo, so you should be able to access it. If you still can’t, try setting your DNS to Google’s servers and see if that works.

Jailbreak button greyed out

Some folks have noted that the evasi0n tool’s jailbreak button is disabled even when the device is connected. Make sure that your iTunes backup isn’t password protected. You can enable password protected backups again once you’re done with the jailbreak.

Weather app bug

On the iPad, an extra Weather app might appear after the jailbreak is done. Musclenerd has said on Twitter that this isn’t anything to worry about and the app’s always there, just that it’s hidden in a config file.

Some folks are also reporting that their Weather app is crashing after their device is jailbroken. While there’s no solution to these, we’re pretty sure the evad3rs team is working on a fix for this, presumably through a patch on Cydia.

Update: As it turns out, the patch will be available on Cydia, though there’s no specific time. More details here.

General troubleshooting

  • Ensure that passcode lock on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is disabled. It can interfere with the jailbreak process.
  • Don’t run iTunes, Xcode, Tiny Umbrella or iPhone Configuration Utility while you’re jailbreaking.
  • The evad3rs team notes that if you get stuck, it’s safe to restart the evasi0n tool and hard reboot the device, and try again.
  • If nothing else works, you can always do a fresh iOS 6.1 restore and try the whole procedure again.

Let us know if you’re facing any other issue in the comments below so we can look into them.

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  • jmontero

    worked perfect for me on my iphone 5 took just about 5 min and without any errors great job. cydia is almost not working at all i haven’t been able to install anything without an error appearing

  • red fruit bite

    Million People are celebrating
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It works on my iPad 4
    its time to contribute

  • Rammstein

    Worked a treat on my Iphone 5 and Ipad. Both done within 10mins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

    I had the evaders app crash on step one but worked perfectly fine when i ran it a second time 0_o all in all easiest jailbreak tool to date

    now I just have to wait for things to slow down on cydia so i can actually install some tweaks

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      easier than jailbreakme dot com? ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hash Brandon Hash

        I’d say they’re about equal :p

  • john

    Worked Great except weather app keeps crashing.

  • http://www.djflea.com/ DJ Flea

    Works great on my two iPhone’s 4S. Less than 5 minutes each.

    • red fruit bite

      ipad 4 6.1 also less than 5 minutes

  • Wezzy

    While process was very quick Cydia isn’t working but it must na taking a hammering right about now.

    • red fruit bite

      try to exit cydia and click it back

  • Jay

    Can’t download winter board

    • Neil

      I Cant Either Mate ? Any Idears ?

  • PasserBy

    No issues here with an iPhone 5 and windows 7.

    Thank you dev team and iPhone hacks.

  • moodi

    It seems that many sources are not working. for me it looks it is worthless. I cant download SBSetting,Copic and many other Apps

  • Ed

    do i have to upgrade the evasion 6.x untether in cydia? it keeps failing saying “NET BN: open nodename nor servername provided, or not known…anyone else getting this, i did not add any sources Thanks!

  • Ed

    anyone recall Saurik saying “cydia wont get slow”!!!! yeah right not with so many prisoners waiting for this jailbreak

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Oliveira/1501693858 Ricardo Oliveira

    4 minutes to JB my iPhone 4S!
    The (2nd) fastest JB I can remember…
    Cydia is buisy :(

    • Lee

      yet hours for it to be of any use due to Cydia’s lag…

  • http://twitter.com/WhoaIsMe_93 яøв ✌ (§tęph’š)

    errors up the ying-yang in Cydia. Won’t really be able to give any judgement until that gets fixed

  • nypicaltigga

    having problems downloading winterboard & other apps…

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Cydia and its repos must be under heavy load

  • nypicaltigga

    having problems dl winterboard..

    • Jay

      I can’t either

  • iReese

    just download iph 5 was stuck at ‘finding offsets’ for bout 10 min or so, iPad 4 download with no wait…the whole thing in like 3min…will wait to get any tweeks…im sure Cydia getting slammed…thanx Evad3rs

  • Ryu

    Just Remember Cydia problems are not a problem with the JB itself, it is just that the servers are getting hammered right now.

    • Ed


      • Nassos


    • Ryu

      I just got the log in page when I click “manage account” but no joy once I entered in the info – blank page again. I think I’ll need to wait a few hours for thing to calm down.

      • Ryu

        “Not Found (error in origin)” in tiny letters

    • maaaaan

      well then it looks like they really are quite a lot, cos i keep getting this size mismatch error :(

      • Ryu

        SBSettings, iFile, nadda will download.

  • surfin4hot

    as for the weather app, is it safe to just remove or uninstall it?

  • t

    I can’t download any packages from Cydia. No matter what I try….

    • maaaaan

      we just have to wait..

  • peter

    Nothing works on cydia..cant download anything !!!

  • pp

    cydia overloaded…crap !!!

  • ASDF

    i AP Cracker updated please :/

  • Jnew808

    Downloaded repo’s and can’t install anything yet. Once I click “confirm” it has 2 red “netDB” error sentences? Anyone else get this? Is Cydia just slammed?

  • Nepomuk

    thank u
    ip5 6.1 no problems
    it is understandable that cydia server is suffering under high workload

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.kennard Steve Kennard

    why are people so stupid? cydia is under massive load, we have all seen it before and it will settle down in a few hours, there are millions of people jailbreaking iOS devices at this time, also my guess is there will no be a massive surge in iPhone 5 and and ipad new or even newer models, boy its gunna be fun in the next few days. And apple sales will go crazy!! I bet in secret Apple love JB

  • Rafay

    Just jailbroken my i5. took 10 minutes patching kernel took 5 minutes.

  • http://twitter.com/stan_stare Dan Ware

    My old jailbroken 4S on iOS 5.1.1 has the same Cydia issues at the moment and I know that it was OK earlier today – so don’t worry!! It’ll be fine when the rush dies down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Alfonso-Cespedes-Perez/1037487393 Daniel Alfonso Céspedes Pérez

    Hace un momento instale el jailbreak en mi iphone 4s… ningun problema! Solo se demoró un poco en el paso de “patching kernel”… solo paciencia!

  • TheCat

    18 minute of freezing in Patching Kernel zone

  • Baked

    Worked fine on my wife’s 4 (although I had to restore first because it was already JB tethered) and worked fine on my 5… Thank you Evad3rs, you guys rock…

  • pin

    Jailbreak button greyed out
    anything i can do to fix?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Perez/737377789 Joel Perez

      Same here, tried different USB ports, and different computer and still nothing. I do not have itunes installed but i do not think that is the issue. FYI try to right click the program and “run as administrator” this has worked for me in the past.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Perez/737377789 Joel Perez

      Make sure you have itunes installed as well. I installed itunes and the jailbreak option was clickable.

  • surfin4hot

    took 11 mins on ipod touch then i got an error. i followed the steps. i tried disabling any application that would make the process slower like disabling anti virus software on the computer. took only 3 minutes with no error

  • untzuntz

    wooooo! i was able to download the evasi0n update in cydia! thats the only thing i was able to grab. everything else is hurting. i got 2 files for sbsettings but then it took a dump on me.

  • spudddy

    I have an Ipad 3 and Iphone 5 on the same UK Carrier 3 Mobile, both are stuck in boot loop after working fine after jailbreak, no issues at all. Now both get stuck at the apple logo.
    I have found a work around for the iphone, by holding the home button and the power button the apple logo dissapears, and on the 2nd time round the phone starts. As for the Ipad nothing works, both have almost full charge.
    Any ideas on how to fix the issue or where I should report it?

  • Guest


    • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.cerviche Ryan Cerviche


  • Delon

    Im new to iPhone, just bought a 2nd hand iPhone 4 updated to ios 6 then ran the JB and everything worked perfectly( I think) from what Ive read on this and other sites, is that the errors with Cydia are because of the servers being beaten like red headed step children. Can anyone tell me if this message ;””unable to locate file for sqlite3-lib package. This might mean you have to manually fix this package.” is due to the servers taking a pounding, or is it something that needs to be sorted out on the phone? Any help would be appreciated

  • Help

    my ipod is stuck on the itunes with charger screen and i tried restoring/ rebooting it and nothing works what should i do?

    • toto

      Try to push on power and home buttons for some time. for me it worked even if I still had problems when I power off and on the device

    • hank

      download an app on your computer called recboot that will take it out of recovry mode

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joe-Allen/100000608593534 Joe Allen

    quit complaining about Cydia, AT&T can’t even handle a new iPhone release most times all the activations/orders freezes them up

  • Timothy

    reboot iphone 5 and stays on apple logo. did a hard reboot (home button and lock button) works fine now. but i have to do it every time i reboot


      I have same problem with iphone 4s. I can’t reboot my device. It is waiting while the apple logo appears. I open it with hard reset (power+home button) how can i fix it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/johnindel John Davis

        I have the same problem, doing a hard reset then plug it in was a temp fix.. What is going ON?


          i searched the internet for this problem. lots of people have same problem. i learned that evad3rs are working on this problem. We cant do anything while the problem solved. we are goîng to wait and pray for evad3rs to fix quick:)

          • http://www.facebook.com/johnindel John Davis

            I have found a package call something safe mode, if you uninstall it ( I did ) it seems to have fixed the problem :) I have done 2 reboots just fine. Then a hard reboot with no problems booting back up. Then did one last reboot seem to still be fine!!

    • toto

      same problem, no fix

    • Sprite

      Same here. JB was error-free and everything else works fine.

  • Timothy

    hardly any repos will install

  • Joel

    evasi0n is not detecting my device. Iphone 5 ios 6.1 I have rebooted the phone, also did a factory reset and nothing. Any ideas what the issue can be? Tried using multiple computers too.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Try changing the USB port or using another computer.

      • Joel

        Thanks for the tip. I have 3 computers here and it is still not detecting my device. I do NOT have itunes installed on any of the computers. Do you think that is the issue?

        • el

          Any special reasons why you do not have itunes installed to any of your PC and you want to jailbreak an idevice?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joel-Perez/737377789 Joel Perez

            Good Question. I do not own an iphone and my employee wanted me to do it for her. I fixed the issue though. I downloaded iTunes and plugged the phone in and it installed the drivers and it worked.

    • toto

      I had the same problem with my macbook. I started the Windows 8 VM on the same Mac and there, it’s working

    • http://www.facebook.com/bkr135 August Rain

      update your itunes to the latest version… That should work I had similar issue last time and it helped me.. GOODLUCK!! (:

  • tom

    my ipad 5.1.1 was already jailbroken but died and now its not anymore would i have to redo the whole process again?

  • Phil

    my iPad mini time is now ahead by 5 hours after successful jailbreak

  • Guest

    The jailbreak button is greyed out when i connect my ipad 3. No passcode lock, I did a fresh restore to iOS 6.1 and nothing happened, button is still greyed out. Anyone else having this problem?

    • toto

      yes, with Mac OS, worked on Windows8 on the same computer

  • mike

    The jailbreak button is greyed out when i connect my ipad 3. No passcode lock, I did a fresh restore to iOS 6.1 and nothing happened, button is still greyed out. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Silvio6

    Guys, Jailbreak before a new ios release, but dont bother trying to access and download anything from Cydia .. better wait 1 or more days :-) Enjoy !

  • Silvio6

    ok, here’s some feedback. on my iphone4, it took 5 to 10 mins max. on the ipad3, i decided to do the JB on a fresh iOS 6.1 upgrade, thinking it will be quick. Well, the “Finding Offset” took about 10 minutes. Then the app said “complete”, but the ipad stayed on the Apple logo for more than 10 minutes ! I almost did a hard reboot, but it all went well. So … Wait ! (almost 30 mins for this fresh ipad3 gsm). Thanks !!!!

  • Jon doe

    Should of got this fixed before releasing it.

  • hamman

    evasiOn crashes on my Mac OSX 10.5.8 and won’t open, tried several times from different sources and no luck.

  • MP

    Common problem is evasi0n won’t run in Win 7 when you choose run as administrator. I found I had to run from CMD, and enter the administrator password. Run CMD as administrator, and then use runas /user:administrator evasi0n

  • hamman

    evasi0n crashes on my 10.5.8 as well, tried everything, nothing worked. I hope they come out with a fix soon.

  • chance

    Everything worked perfect for me!!! on a Iphone 5 6.1 on a mac book pro!!
    BUT LISTEN UP!! Seriously took me about 30 min for my phone to fully boot up and work!
    BE PAITIENT!!! go make a sandwich!

  • Speed9044

    I’m having issues with some of my game apps that I had installed previously. One In particular where some of the animation has turned green. Don’t know if anyone else is having this issue

  • danny

    not thing

  • danny

    cydia very slow

  • Alex Johnson

    my phone wont download anything in cydia like haptic pro or unfold. what can i do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Weaver/1568572336 Mike Weaver

    When I downloaded winter board it said to reboot my device, and its been stuck on the apple logo for 15 minutes! Help me please I’m begging!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kriswithakkwaks Kristaffer DeHond

      It may not have anything to do with winterboard. My iPhone 5 was doing the same thing. It will start up fine if you do a Power+Home restart. I got stuck at Finding Offsets during the jailbreak process, too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Angie-Ivey/1467721007 Angie Ivey

    I have iphone 4s, and am running iOs 6.1; I downloaded and installed
    evasi0n, no problem (except weather app). I cannot seem to install
    TetherMe from Cydia but keep getting errors. Is this a function of
    Cydia being busy or do the TetherMe apps not work with iOs 6.1? Help,

  • That1guy123

    Not that this is a big deal, but I noticed Newsstand can’t be placed into a folder.

  • freebeel

    when i download tweak or theme and hit the continue to get more tweaks and install more than one tweak it says http error and wont let me download tweaks more than one at a time

  • freebeel

    mx tube not downloading i found the problem

  • Rastivv

    I have an iphone 5 with 6.1 and the jailbreak button is greyed out. Tried using a different port but its still the same problem. Im using a computer with no itunes.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Make sure your iTunes backup is not password protected.

  • Erik Florez

    After dl a couple things my phone will only work in safe mode how to fix that everything else will close if bit in safe mode ?

    • http://rounak.me/ Rounak Jain

      Try zero-ing in on the tweak that’s causing problems for you. Once you know that, you can uninstall that from Cydia in safe mode.

  • socoyo

    Itunes is not recognizing my Iphone 4s since the JB

  • YNWA

    I keep getting run as administrator even though i “run as administrator”?

  • ajay

    im on iphone 5. i upgraded to 6.1 and did jailbreak. It went well. When i tried the cydia app download, it has gone into hardware hang mode and reboots every 1 – 2 mins. In short, phone is unusable. Any tips to recover the phone pls.

  • LiL D@Ve

    After jailbreak, my iPod touch 5 FaceTime icon is now the phone icon?!?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ryan.cerviche Ryan Cerviche

    Even after the evasi0n untether update, iPhone 4s doesnt like booting. Several attempts before it will finally turn on.

  • samjoshmck

    Thank you for helping, but I keep getting the “Patching Kernel” thing and it doesn’t stop, please help, thank you :D

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      It takes time, so its better to wait patiently.

  • rajhay27

    why is my iphone 4s after jailbreaking it using this evasion every time i reboot it will only show the apple boot logo and that’s it, I tried to wait for almost an hour just for the reboot to be done… is this normal?

    • rajhay27

      and it also remove the jailbreak…

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Something doesn’t seem right. You may want to hardware reset your device (press Home button and Sleep/Wake button simultaneously till you see the Apple logo again) once and see if it happens again.

  • luigi

    is anyone else have problems with note being notified on text messages and i also have the weather proble

  • http://www.facebook.com/ngtlhuong Nguyen Lan Huong

    I did every step of the JB pretty smoothly, and found Cydia icon on my IP after the JB completed sucessfully. However, I cannot run the program, each time I touch on Cydia icon, the program just run and close immediately. I still can see that Cydia seems to run in the background though. Anyone has this problem?

  • Jon C.

    my iphone 4s goes into safe mode. It just started doing this. The jailbreak yesterday went smooth. I installed dream board, barrel 2, activator, and i hands free control i think. I went into my settings to mess around with the hands free control and it went into safe mode. I exit and it got stuck on the apple logo. I held the top right button and home for a few secs and it shut off. I booted back up it said exit safe mode at the top of the screen. Restarted i removed dream board, and the hands free control. Also when i slide to open sometimes it makes a sound sometimes it doesn’t. I have jailbroken the previous iphones i’ve had with no problems. If anyone else has this problem and finds the solution post and i’ll keep checking. Thanks Jon C.

  • GuckyBRC

    I tried launching the app with iOS 10.5.8 and kept getting ‘The application evasi0n quit unexpectedly.’ Do I need to upgrade my software to run Evasi0n?

  • http://twitter.com/w_jackson w_jackson

    One of my phones would not jailbreak, complained that it could not find com.apple.mobile.installation.plist

    Turned out that the phone was full with no free space. Freeing up a couple of stupid videos and all went well.

  • steve

    I cannot update and now I cannot install any cydia apps. I am getting the same error message, listed below. I have uninstalled every cydia app that I installed and am still getting the same error (I have tried reinstalling one that worked before and even those will no install anymore). Below is what it says when I try to upgrade and also install apps. PLEASE HELP!!!!!

    Removing evasi0n 6.0-6.1 Untether

    Preparing for removal of evasi0n 6.0-6.1 Untether

    Refusing to remove this package as this action will render the device unbootable and possibly permanently unjailbreakable.

    (red X with this in red font) x subprocess pre-removal script returned error exit status 1

    (red X with this in red font) x Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

  • Asian Kid

    need help here. my phone freezes every time i make or receive a call. jailbroken iphone 5.

  • ad

    after jailbreak my iphone 5 some of my banking app are not working

  • Mr.

    finding offsets is a load of rubbish

  • Lisa Nigh

    Having trouble with my jailbreak on step 7, I don’t have a jailbreak icon to tap. Everything seemed fine up to that point…

  • asd

    Mine stuck at injecting stage 2. It was stuck for around 20 mins? I did a hard reset now and did a clean restore to speed up the process. Hope it works.

    • asd

      yay coolness it worked! I think it took less than 5 mins.

  • Sam

    Just jailbroke my 4s on 6.1.1 from the 5.1 jail break its awesome seems much more stable. Having the weather issue and no Siri

  • oh no!

    ipod will not turn on and it is charged

  • amaan

    hey friend evasion not detecting my iphone 3gs and my iphone stuck in apple logo nothing works pls help me

  • fabio marcio p.s

    meu iphone nao esta ativado como fasso.

  • Penguin

    Somethings wrong…. i cant use my home button and cant use my switcher….
    Plz help if you know how to fix this error..

  • acuratech

    I jail broke my phone last month after the release but the phone stayed on the apple icon for over 20 mins. so I went back to the stock software but the issue is the phone will NOT shut off all it does is reboot and start back up and then the external volumn will not work until its pluged into my logitec speaker dock or car.

    anyidea on whats going on ? I have downloaded the 6.1.2 and need to get this fixed. thanks

  • Michael71009

    I first jb my iPhone 5 on 6.1 firmware. My iPhone started to reboot randomly so a couple of days ago I restored and updated to 6.1.2. The problem I’m having now is everytime I get a phone call my phone reboots and goes into safe mode. Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

    • http://www.iphonehacks.com iPhoneHacks

      Trying removing the tweaks you have installed one by one to identify the culprit.

  • imran

    hi i have jailbroken my iphone4 using evasiOn and it was working perfectely i dont know what happned all of sudden when i used the torch app which i have downloaded from app store, i have kept long hold home button for its activation from activator. all the apps and cydia are not opeaning just the screan flashes and goes back. please help i dont want to upgrade my phone to 6.1.3. i have redsnow to rejailbreak but it did not worked. i have used just boot did not worked. snow breez did not worked. i tried to restore from itunes to 6.1.2 but error are coming one by one. pls tell me what to do.

  • Lukies

    When i plug my iDevice it appears SORRY YOU MUST DOWNLOAD KERNEL PATCH TO CONTINUE JAILBREAK PROCESS and the links are down…. what should i do ?

  • dsharp

    i dont know what to dooo! im stuck in the kernel patch thing, i downloaded it but now i dont know where to place it! please help meeee! im new at this !!! pleaseeee!!!!

  • Qaiser Akram


    i’ve ipad mini and most of my apps close when i open them ….. it happens after jailbreaking through evasi0n…. any idea ?

    and also i tried to find the way to how to do a fresh firmware again on ipad mini,
    my firmware version is 6.0.2. if i can get the tutorial how to do 6.1 or 6.1.2 or 6.1.3 i’ll be very thankful to you …


  • Amine

    Evasion doesnt support my the ios on my iphone5.
    Iphone 5 is also not activated so i cant change the ios with itunes.
    What options do i have?

  • Alan Abimael

    Anyone knows if is possible to jailbreak an inactive iphone 5

  • jerry

    on my mac it loads and stuff then it just disappears and there is only the evasion icon but no cydia icon

  • Ramo

    I downloaded the Evasion7 on my ipad ios 7.1 but when i open the app it shows blank page !! Please Explain !!