iOS 6.1/6.0 Jailbreak: Frequently Asked Questions


The evad3rs dev team consisting of planetbeing, musclenerd, pod2g and pimskeks released evasion, an untethered jailbreak for iOS 6.x.

We answer some frequently asked questions related to iOS 6.x jailbreaking in this post.

Which iOS devices can be jailbroken using evasi0n?

evasi0n is compatible with all iOS devices that can run iOS 6.x. These are:

  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini
  • iPad 2
  • iPad 3
  • iPad 4
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 5G

For step-by-step instructions to jailbreak you can head over to these links:

Which devices can’t be jailbroken using evasi0n?

All devices that can’t run iOS 6 like the iPhone 3G, iPod touch 3G, iPad 1 can not be jailbroken using evasi0n. That said, the latest firmware on these devices, iOS 5.1.1 is jailbreakable, details of which are available here. Apple TV 3 isn’t compatible with evasi0n, and can’t be jailbroken.

Can I jailbreak Apple TV?

You cannot use evasi0n 1.0 to jailbreak Apple TV 2, so there is currently no tool available to jailbreak Apple TV 2. FireCore is expected to release a new version of Seasn0nPass that uses evasi0n to jailbreak Apple TV. They haven’t provided any ETA for it so far. We’ll let you know as soon as it is released.

As we have mentioned earlier, Apple TV 3 isn’t compatible with evasi0n, and can’t be jailbroken yet.

Which firmwares can be jailbroken using evasi0n?

evasi0n supports all iOS 6 firmwares — iOS 6, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.0.2 and the latest iOS 6.1. If you’re on a firmware earlier than iOS 6.1, make sure you restore the latest firmware using iTunes and not over-the-air.

Can I unlock my iPhone using evasi0n?

evasi0n cannot unlock your iPhone. If you depend on software based unlocks then you should avoid upgrading to iOS 6.x.

Can I convert tethered iOS 6.x jailbreak into an untethered jailbreak?

Yes, the goods news is that the evad3rs dev team has released a package on Cydia called evasi0n iOS 6.x Untether, which allows you to do convert the tethered iOS 6.x jailbreak to an untethered jailbreak. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to do it.

This is applicable for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G.

Are all jailbreak apps and tweaks compatible with iOS 6?

Not all tweaks and apps are compatible with iOS 6, but developers are working on updating them to add iOS 6 compatibility. We’re keeping a track of the tweaks and apps updated for iOS 6 here.

I can’t download anything from Cydia

The sudden onslaught of hunders of thousands of jailbreakers has overloaded Cydia repos’ servers and it’ll take them a while to recover. So have patience and try again after a while.

I’m stuck on “Patching Kernel” or “Finding Offsets” while jailbreaking my iOS device, what do I do?

Both these stages can take a lot of time, as much as 10 minutes, so waiting for a while should do the trick. If the problem still persists, though, you can do a hard reset (Power+Home) and try all over again. More troubleshooting details here.

What are SHSH blobs? How can I save them?

When you restore your iOS device, iTunes checks with Apple to ensure that you’re restoring the latest firmware. There might be situations when this might be undesirable, for example with the latest firmware isn’t jailbreakable. Saving SHSH blobs are a way to trick iTunes into restoring older firmwares. Details on how to save your SHSH blobs are available here.

I’m done jailbreaking, now what?

Congratulations, you now have the freedom to do a lot of things on your iOS device that Apple wouldn’t let you. Here’s our list of iPhone jailbreak apps and tweaks you must install, and here’s one for the iPad. But please check their compatibility before installing them.

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  • Guest

    Hey Raunak! Thanks for writing out this article. I jailbroke my iPhone 4 on iOS 6.1, but as soon as I start Cydia, it crashes. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Kill the Cydia app from the app switcher and try launching it again.

      It could also be due to the server load issue, so if that doesn’t help you can try again later.

      • Wireless junky

        What about themes!! Nobody has posted about theming and if they will be compatible with iPhone screen?

        • Jeff

          Good question. I haven’t played with them yet, I’m waiting to here what works.

          • Wireless junky

            They work. Idk about the theme backgrounds cause it just used my original, plus i think they would have to update there theme backgrounds to support 4 inche display, but everything works pretty nice I’m using theme V3… And it looks awesome

  • diesel_vdub

    Probably not a good idea to contradict yourself in the article.

    The 3GS is capable of running iOS6 and can be jailbroken using this method. The 3G on the other hand can not run iOS6 and cannot be jailbroken using this method.

    • iPhoneHacks

      The typo has been fixed, it should have read iPhone 3G.

  • red fruit bite

    what is the best alternatives for install0us?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Sorry, we have no piracy policy so can’t help you with that.

    • Rounak Jain


  • DareOmen

    vShare not Working and install0us already Down. how to download free paid apps! we all Jailbreak our devices to download free :(

    • iPhoneHacks

      Sorry, we have no piracy policy so can’t help you with that.

    • genXhippie

      Not we. How about only speaking for yourself concerning “download free”/piracy, thank you.

  • Nicholas Huang


    I cannot install or download any cracked apps from cydia, all it says was “HTTP/1.1 500 Internal server Error”…..

  • Lee Yo

    iPhone 3GS should NOT be on the list of devices that can’t run ios6.

    • iPhoneHacks

      Thanks typo has been fixed.

  • Wassup!

    This is unbelievable… My home button is dead… it wont respond… So I turned the phone off and it just sits on the apple logo unless i do a soft reset… problem is I cannot do one because my home button is unresponsive… wow!!! Just my luck…

    • Tom

      After my first reboot my phone sat at apple logo for 10min or so. But it finally came up fine.

    • 0xBx0

      Not sure but I think its possible to kick it out of that with tinyumbrella give it a try or wait till the the battery runs out

  • Duma

    Error: could not connect to lockdown (-12) did anybody get this error? It comes up after the first reboot of the iphone5 when using evasi0n for windows

  • Aidie

    iPhone 3G doesn’t run 5.1.1 like you’ve put. Although it can be jailbroken, just not in the same way as 5.1.1

  • Robert G

    pandora is down, we abused pandora skips

  • asri

    I have a problem i can’t update to ios 6.1 because i can’t connect to firmware update server

    • Tom

      You’re running jailbreak firmware now. You can’t upgrade to apple firmware when you are on jailbreak firmware. So shoulda upgraded to 6.1 prior to jailbreaking. But if you want it that bad you gonna have to restore your phone from itunes/icloud backup first. 6.1 not that big a deal.

    • Rounak Jain

      Might be an issue with your network. Try putting the phone into DFU mode and then restoring

  • SF49ers

    I keep getting the following message when I launch Cydia along with a couple other messages. Is this normal or is it the server causing this.

    The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

  • believer

    oowww…couldn’t install some cydia apps….

    • SF49ers

      Nice to use my screen name troll

  • Desperate

    I would like to know more on the progress on any ATV 3 jailbreak?

    • Desperate


  • Ihtotiani Cardenas

    can I update my iphone 5 from 6.0.2 to 6.1 and still use evasi0n to jailbreak

    • 0xBx0

      yes, just be sure to do a restore through iTunes and not OTA

    • killjoy859

      if u did u can now unless ur on ios 6.1.3

  • uglykids a.k.a. red fruit bite

    i want to contribute, is it secure to use paypal ?

    • Rounak Jain

      of course, the whole thing’s over HTTPS, and i dont think you even need an account with PayPal to contribute.

  • Jake83

    I jailbroke and i updated using ota while back found no issues…should I be worried ?

  • Mike9000

    I think I’m reading this right but to me it sounds like if my device came with 6.0 and I updated to 6.1 ota I should be fine…. But if I went from 5 to 6 ota I might have issues.

    • Rounak Jain

      Sorry, for the confusion the post has been updated to indicate that *any* OTA isn’t recommended.

  • dbDESIGN

    Has anyone been able to fully access Cydia yet? I’ve been trying all day and nothing.

    • Marink

      Cydia works Just fine.. Hard to download things though..

  • bravo_007

    hey guys, is it just me or is Cydia getting hammered right now? i’m getting a lot of errors when updating some packages… it looks like its struggling.
    P.S. thank you evad3rs :)

  • Apel P

    BigBoss Repo down for everybody or just me?

  • Helpppppppp

    Keep getting “i wasn’t able to locate file for the openssl package. This might mean you need to manually fix this package.” when trying to download from cydia.
    Helpppp please.



  • Zephyr

    I tried rebooting my JB iPhone 5 after evasion but now its stuck on the loading Apple screen. help?

    • iPhoneHacks

      Hardware reset it. Press and hold the Home button and the Power button simultaneously till you see the Apple logo again.

  • John

    I bought a sprint iPhone 5 ios 6.0 on eBay and then I updated to ios 6.0.1 OTA. I live outside of US and I can use any sim on my iphone 5 because sprint iphone 5 is unlocked for if I update my iphone to ios6.1 with iTunes I need to activate it. I think I will not be to activate it without sprint network. What should I do now? Can I jailbreak without upgrading to ios 6.1 as the current version 6.0.1 was updated via OTA not iTunes ?

  • qtip

    As soon as I install winterboard and it reboots the device, it always goes into safe mode. I tried uninstalling but it stays at the bootup apple logo until I force it into safe mode.

  • qtip

    Mine is always rebooting in safe mode

  • Joseph

    anyone getting this error in cydia?

    malformed line 8 in source list etc….

    no sources cant do searches …cuz of cydia? or is it my phone?
    iphone 5

  • lau2608

    why am i stuck at “You must run this app as Administrator” even i have run as administrator?

    • Xpert..

      click that software as administrator, right click and then click on Run as Administrator,

      • lau2608

        Tried thw massage still appear

  • barrabarra

    iPhone 4, iOS 5,1 jailbroken, unlocked with SAM, baseband 04.10.01. Question: will my “lockdown” folder work with no problems when I’ll update to 6.1? Should I preserve my baseband or it doesen’t matter?
    thanks in advance! :)

  • matt

    Little Help here.
    I previously had a 4s running 5.1 Jailbroken. I had quite a few apps installed which were jailbroken.
    Just this morning, I updated to ios 6.1 and re jail broke with Evasion.
    The jailbreak ran fine,and my restore of all my “purchased” apps ran fine. didn’t lose any contacts, pics, or txt’s… however I am not able to reload or resync any of my apps which were gained through the jailbreak. it simply says “failed to load” on each of them when the sync is running.
    Last time I jailbroke 5.1 I WAS able to re load jailbroken apps.
    Has anyone else come across this issue?
    I’ve got some photo apps and such, which are holding photos in them i can not really get to :(

  • matt

    Hi i need help. My itouch 5 was jailbroken using evasi0n, but recently, when 6.1.2 came out, i updated it through wifi for 3 hours. now the ipod just stays on the connect to itunes screen and when i connect to itunes it redownloads the update. and wont install help please T_T

  • vman

    i backed up my ipod touch 4g before jailbreaking so how do i get all of my stuff back without losing jailbreak? email me

  • Toxx

    I cannot restore my iPod touch 5g any help?

  • Will Matos

    Mine is saying could not get
    What do I do??

  • prab

    i was trying to jailbreak iphone 4s A4 chip ios 6.1.3 but i m geting ispw invalid error so when jailbreak is available for above detail

  • Reesaisdeffeelingsometypeaway

    I have an iPad 1 with 5.1.1 iOS version I need a way to make it run anything higher in ios please tell me how