- 5 minutes of your time!
- A computer, running Windows (XP minimum), Mac OS X (10.5 minimum) or Linux (x86 / x86_64)
- An iPhone, iPad or iPod running iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2 (you may check in Settings / General / About => Version)
- A USB cable to connect the device to the computer
Important! Read me!
- Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you'll always be able to recover your data.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Avoid all iOS and iTunes related tasks until evasi0n is complete. Why not just enjoy a brief break from the computer to stretch your legs?
- If the process gets stuck somewhere, it's safe to restart the program, reboot the device (if necessary by holding down Power and Home until it shuts down), and rerun the process.
What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreaking is the process by which Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, is modified to run unsigned code in order to gain access to files that Apple wouldn’t normally let you access.
Jailbreaking adds unofficial application installers to your iOS device, such as Cydia, which let you download many 3rd-party applications, tweaks, and extensions that are unavailable through the App Store. These packages open up endless possibilities to do things on your iOS device that a non-jailbroken iOS device would never be able to do.
You can install extensions that give you instant access to your system settings from anywhere on your iOS device, bypass certain restrictions set in place by Apple and the carriers, and find packages that give you more control over your iOS experience.
Jailbreaking is about freeing your iOS device from Apple’s restrictions to let you install anything you want.
What are the Benefits of Jailbreaking?
The main reason why you’d want to jailbreak is to have the ability to install third party applications and tweaks that Apple doesn’t or wouldn’t approve in the App Store. There are tons of applications that don’t meet Apple standards and do things that Apple doesn’t want you to do on your iOS device for various reasons.
For example, Apple doesn’t allow you to customize your iPhone by changing app icons or the general user interface of your device. Thanks to the jailbreak community, there are several ways to completely change the way your iPhone looks, WinterBoard being the most popular one.
Besides applications, jailbreaking also gives you access to tweaks, mods, and extensions. These not exactly considered applications. They bring subtle improvements to the way your iOS device operates. For instance, Five Icon Switcher is a tweak that lets you have 5 icons in the iPhone app switcher at once, instead of the default 4.
A lot of people jailbreak their iOS device in order to unlock it to work on a different carrier. When you want to unlock your iPhone, the first step is to jailbreak it to then run and run software that will let you have other carriers work on your iPhone. For for information on unlocking, visit or dedicated unlock page.
Is Jailbreaking Legal?
Jailbreaking is completely legal, at least here in the US. For a long time, jailbreaking was considered illegal by the US government based on copyright litigation. In July of 2010, the US government passed a rule that made jailbreaking legal.
There is nothing to worry about. Even if you don’t live in the US, there’s a very slim chance that Apple would sue you because you jailbroke your iPhone. It hasn’t happened yet, and people all over the world have been jailbreaking since 2007.
Does Jailbreaking Void my Warranty?
Yes and no. Yes, because if you go to the Apple store and show your jailbroken iPhone to an Apple employee, you will be told that you can’t receive customer support because you voided your warranty the minute you jailbroke. Apple of course acknowledges the US government’s DMCA exception ruling that makes jailbreak legal, but that doesn’t mean that Apple has to allow jailbreak in its customer agreement.
From Apple’s support article on jailbreaking:
“Apple strongly cautions against installing any software that hacks the iOS. It is also important to note that unauthorized modification of the iOS is a violation of the iPhone end-user license agreement and because of this, Apple may deny service for an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that has installed any unauthorized software.”
If you really have to take your iOS device to an Apple store, you can always restore it to its factory settings in iTunes. This will bring your iOS device back to the way it was when you first bought it, and Apple will have no way of telling that you ever jailbroke.
Many people have taken previously jailbroken devices to Apple several times before that were restored beforehand. Apple is usually not able to tell will provide full and normal customer support.
Can I Brick My iPhone if I Jailbreak?
You might have heard a few horror stories about people who tried to jailbreak their iPhone or iPad and ended up turning it into a brick. While this could have happened in the early days of the iPhone, this is now completely impossible.
The worst thing that could happen when trying to jailbreak is that it might get stuck and become unresponsive, in which case some people may automatically think that there’s no hope. You’re always able to restore your iOS device’s firmware back to the stock version, and following these simple steps will make sure your iPhone or iPad goes back to its original state.
Is Jailbreaking the Same as Unlocking?
No, jailbreaking and unlocking are two different things. To unlock your iPhone, you usually have to jailbreak first. As noted previously, jailbreaking an iPhone lets you install third party applications and mods, while unlocking allows you to use your iPhone on a different carrier.
Can I Still Use iTunes and the App Store After Jailbreaking?
People often ask this question. Yes, you can use iTunes and the App Store after jailbreaking your device. As a matter of fact, nothing will really change. The only notable change to your iOS device will be that, after jailbreaking, you will have a new application installed on your device called Cydia.
What is Cydia?
In short, Cydia is like the App Store of jailbreak applications. Just like the App Store, you can browse Cydia for apps, tweaks, and mods. Just like the App Store, you can download and install Cydia apps effortlessly. Most apps and tweaks in Cydia are free, but it is not unusual for a jailbreak app to sell for a few dollars.
Will Jailbreaking Prevent Me from Updating iOS?
If your iOS device is jailbroken and you decide to update it to the latest version of iOS, doing so will overwrite the jailbreak and restore your device to its factory settings. This might not be a big problem for most people, but it can become an issue for people who rely a lot of jailbreak apps and tweaks.
Every time Apple releases a new iOS update, hackers generally aren’t too far behind with an update for the tools that let you jailbreak. When a new iOS version and accompanying jailbreak are released, the preferred method is to backup your device first, update to the latest iOS version, and jailbreak again using one of the updated tools.
It’s important to note that it sometimes takes a while for hackers to develop a jailbreak following an iOS update, which is why we usually recommend jailbreakers to hold off on updating when a new iOS version is made available.
What are the different types of jailbreaks?
The are 3 types of jailbreaks: tethered, semi tethered, and untethered.
Can Jailbreaking Allow Me to Get App Store Applications for Free?
Yes, but we do not recommend installing pirated apps on your jailbroken device. Not only are you doing something illegal, but you’re also stealing money from hard working developers. We do not help troubleshoot or give support on app piracy.
Is Jailbreaking Easy?
These days, jailbreaking is very easy. Usually, you just need to download a piece of software, plug your iOS device into your computer, and run the software. There is no specific knowledge or skills required.
You will find some very useful tutorials on how to jailbreak at the bottom of this page. If you don’t feel completely comfortable jailbreaking your iOS device, make sure to have a look at our tutorials, they will guide you through the process with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
What is the Best Jailbreak Tool?
There isn’t a “best” jailbreak tool, as tools are constantly being updated and replaced with new and improved methods. Performing an actual jailbreak can be a very different experience depending on your iOS device and software version. What tool you use is also determined by if you use a Mac or Windows computer.
Does it Cost Anything to Jailbreak?
No. You should never pay for a jailbreak.
Hackers that develop jailbreaks do it for free, sometimes (rarely) asking for donations. Some people may charge you to jailbreak your iOS device for you. If it makes you feel better to pay someone, you can do that, but why pay when you can do it yourself for free?
Windows, OS X, and Linux guide
will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using evasi0n. The current version of evasi0n is 1.5. Note this is an
, meaning you can reboot your phone just like you normally would.
- iPhone 3GS | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPhone 4 | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPhone 4S | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPhone 5 | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPod touch 4G | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPod touch 5G | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPad 2 | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- The New iPad (third generation) | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPad With Retina Display (fourth generation) | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
- iPad Mini | 6.0, 6.0.1, 6.0.2, 6.1.2
If you are on a lower firmware version than iOS 6.1, it is highly recommended you update your phone to iOS 6.1 BEFORE jailbreaking. If you haven't yet, you should do this through iTunes, NOT over the air (it's ok if you already have).
Alright, let's assume you're now on iOS 6.1 (this guide will also work on iOS 6.0, 6.0.1, and 6.0.2, but it is best to update to 6.1) and backed up.
Let's get started. First thing you'll need to do is download the version of evasi0n for your operating system from here:http://www.evasi0n.com
evasi0n will tell you it is connecting to the device, then retrieving information from the device to generate Jailbreak data. This process can take a minute or two, be patient and don't press anything.
evasi0n will then go through many status messages while it reboots and jailbreaks your device. This process also can take a few minutes. Do not touch or unplug the device during this process.
Side note - the step saying "Uploading Cydia packages list..." is a brilliant move on the evad3rs part - it includes a recent list of all packages on default Cydia repositories, including ours, which means when millions of users open Cydia for the first time on their newly jailbroken devices, our servers are not immediately hit with large file downloads. Thanks to saurik for the idea and the evad3rs for the implementation!
1. Open Cydia on your iPhone
2. Tap “Manage”
3. Tap “Sources”
You will now be presented with a list of all the sources that Cydia is currently using to search for apps. If you have never added a source on your own before, you will only see a list of sources called “Installed by Package.” These popular sources include jailbreak heavyweights like BigBoss and ModMyi.
4. Tap “Edit” in the top right corner, then “Add” in the top left corner
You will now be prompted with a window that says “Enter Cydia/APT URL.”
5. Enter the source you wish to add to Cydia.
Make sure to get the website spelling correct or Cydia will not be able to verify the source.
6. Click “Add Source”
Cydia will update and verify your added source.
Your new source will now be available under a list called “Entered by User” in the Sources list of Cydia. You can tap on any source to view all of the content that the source provides. This method could help you narrow down your search for the app you want if the general search in Cydia isn’t getting you anywhere.
Once you add a new source, all of the content that source hosts will be available for you to install on your iPhone (providing you have the right hardware and firmware). You can browse optional sources within Cydia itself. If you go to the home page of Cydia, you will see the option to view “More Package Sources.” This option will show you a list of optional repos you can install for access in Cydia.
HOW TO SAVE SHSH USING TINYUMBRELLA
Every time there’s a new jailbreak, the same message is preached: Save your SHSH blobs! In fact, even when there is not a jailbreak, it’s a good practice to always save your SHSH blobs. These files are absolute must haves if there ever opens up the possibility to downgrade back to iOS 6.1 once newer firmware is released. If you don’t save your blobs for a specific firmware, then the possibility of ever being able to downgrade to that firmware is slim to none.
So please, be proactive. Save your SHSH blobs right now. That way, when Apple drops iOS 6.1.1, or whatever its next firmware will be called, you will already have your blobs saved. Apple has been quick about closing its firmware signing window as of late, so once the new firmware is released, it might be too late to save the iOS 6.1 blobs.
If you haven’t already done so, there’s no need to feel ashamed, but act now. Take a look at the step-by-step walkthrough.
Step 1: Download TinyUmbrella from here http://thefirmwareumbrella.blogspot.com/ for your operating system of choice. This tutorial was done using a Mac, but the exact same principle and steps can be used on Windows and Linux machines.
Step 2: Save the TinyUmbrella download to your desktop, and double click that app icon to run. It may take a few seconds to fully initialize.
Step 3: Connect the device that you want to save your SHSH blobs for. This can be any iOS device like an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. You should do this for every device you own that can run iOS 6.1.
Step 4: In the upper left-hand corner of Tiny Umbrella, select your device under connected devices.
Step 5: Click the advanced tab, and uncheck the following two options:
Save ALL Available SHSH
Request SHSH From Cydia
Step 6: Change the save SHSH directory to an SHSH folder on your desktop, that way you can easily find, verify, and backup your SHSH blobs in a more familiar directory.
Step 7: Click the Log tab so that you can prepare to view the status of your save attempt.
Step 8: Now it’s time to actually save the blobs. Click on Save SHSH, and Tiny Umbrella will attempt to save the SHSH blobs for iOS 6.1 (or the latest iOS firmware that Apple is signing), and save it to the directory you selected in Step 6. You should receive a message that says SHSH SUCCESSFULLY SAVED if everything worked correctly.
Step 9: Open up the SHSH folder that you created on your desktop in Step 6, and verify that the SHSH blob for your device is there. Ensure that it is labeled with the correct device name, along with the proper firmware.
In the future, when Apple stops signing iOS 6.1, you can use this exact tutorial to save the current firmware that it is signing. This tutorial is geared towards saving the currently signed firmware only, thus it won’t retrieve previously saved SHSH blobs that Apple is no longer signing. If you wish to do that, you can keep the options that we unchecked in Step 5, checked.
I highly recommend that you backup the folder containing all of your SHSH blobs for all of your devices to something like Dropbox. That way, you can always find them when you need to use them.
HOW TO USE iFile to find files:
The file browser allows to navigate through the directoryhierarchy of your iPhone or iPod Touch. All supported file typesshow with an icon with a colored symbol. To navigate up in thehierarchy use the left navigation bar button. To navigate down thehierarchy just select a folder. If you touch a file, the associatedviewer will display or play the file (movies and sound). If no vieweris associated with the file, iFile will show a list of applicationsor viewers so that you can choose the one you want to use. To returnto the home directory of user mobile you just need to use thebutton. The file browser allows you also to search for file names basedon an entered search pattern. This search functionality is possible innormal and editing mode.
By pressing thebutton you can change iFile's preferences:
- Hidden Files: When switched off, hidden files (starting with a dot) will not be shown by iFile. When on all hidden files and directories will be displayed.
- Song Titles: When switched on, audio files (mp3 and m4v) willbe displayed with their song title instead of their file name.
- Thumbnails: When switched on, a thumbnail image will be displayedfor every image file smaller than 1MB instead of the according icon.
- Theme Name: Selecting this field you get a list of allavailable graphical themes including file icons and mime-type definitions.
- Sort Order: Choosing the Sort Order field you canselect in which order iFile should list directory contents:
- Sort by Extension
- Sort By Size
- Sort by Date
- Search Format: Choosing the Search Format field you canselect how the file search will interprete the search text:
- Wildcard: The search text can contain wildcard characters, e.g. * and ?. The enteredsearch text including wildcards must match the whole filename, e.g. "*test*".
- Regular Expression: The search text is interpreted as regular expression andmust match the whole file name, e.g. ".*test.*".
- Tabulator Width: The tabulator width field sets howthe Text Viewer will expand tabulators to spaces and vice versa whenreading and writing a file.
- Font Size: The font size field allows you to specify thefont size to be used by the text viewer.
- Port Number: The port number field lets you specify theport the Web Server should use.
- iFile Registration Status: Selecting this field lets youget to the iFile registration settings and status. It describes theregistration process, allows you to buy a license - using Cydia Store -, lets you enter the email address to be used for registration, and shows the registration status. As soon as the registration email address got entered, iFile will try to register your deviceat iphone.heinelt.eu the next time you start iFile. It is possible toregister up to three devices per registration email address.
After pressing the button you get into edit mode. Here you can select multiple files or folders as in the Apple Mail Application. A double tap selected/deselects all files in a folder.If you use the file search functionality in this mode, you can use all editing functionality on the search results as described below.
By pressing thebutton you can create files, folders and symbolic links. The accordingform allows you to set name, type, ownership and access rights.
By pressing thebutton you can delete the selected files and folders. After confirmation the selected files will be deleted.
COPY, CUT, PASTE, LINK
If you want to copy, link or cut (move) files or directories, you need toselect one or more files or directories and press the button.
Then you leave the edit mode, navigate to the directory whereyou want to copy or move the previously selected files to, enteredit mode with and press again the button.
Please note that the copy functionality uses the iPhone's global clipboard.Thus, the copied file names can also be pasted in other applications.
When you want to add selected files or folders to a ZIP file, press thebutton, enter a file name (without extension .zip) for the ZIP file andpress Create. By default the file name of the first selected item isshown in the form.
To add selected files to an email as attachments, press thebutton. Apple MobileMail will come up with the selected files alreadyattached. You only need to choose the recipient and to press Send.
If you want to change the name of a file or directory or its fileattributes, press thebutton.
For directories you will have the option to change the file permissions and ownership hierarchically:
- For subdirectories permissions will be set identically to the ones of the top directory.
- For files permissions get set only in respect to read and write as set on top directory. If a file was already executable, it remains executable. Sticky bits get set as on the top level directory.
In case of images or videos (starting with iPhoneOS 3.1) you will alsosee a button that allows you to add the image or video to the iPhone'scamera roll. This way these files will get synchronized with iTunes andvideos can be edited.
If you choose "Open with...", iFile lists you all available viewers.When you select a viewer, the current file will be openedin the chosen viewer.
By pressing thebutton you can access iFile's bookmarking functionality:
- Modify iFile bookmarks.
- Add iFile bookmarks.
- Add iFile bookmark folders.
Just tap the button toedit iFile bookmarks, e.g. move, change or delete them.
ADD IFILE BOOKMARKS
By pressing thebutton you can add iFile bookmarks.
How to Use WinterBoard: A Walkthrough
While we might not see a free version of SummerBoard, one of the most highly-anticipated jailbroken apps, iPhone customization-junkies are turning to an alternative: WinterBoard.
For those of you who don't know what SummerBoard is, it's an application that runs in the background of your iPhone and allows you to easily apply pre-made and custom themes that you can download directly from Installer / Cydia. The themes can have customized elements such as icons, backgrounds, title bars, docks, etc..
SummerBoard was created by a company named Nullriver (also the original creators of the famous Installer.app or Apptapp Installer, as well as the controversial Netshare App). Nullriver licensed the rights of SummerBoard, and Installer, to a new company called RIP Dev. RIP Dev has an application you can purchase ($45 for an unlimited subscription) that now has a more advanced feature-set of SummerBoard included (called FaceLift). The application is called Kate.
For those of us who have no money, and wish to have SummerBoard style theming anyway, Saurik (the creator of Cydia) has blessed us with WinterBoard. WinterBoard is an open source application that promises to apply any SummerBoard theme, as well as allow for some new amazing effects (ie. animated/changing backgrounds, theming batteries, sliders, etc.).
Here, I'll walk through installing WinterBoard and downloading a theme from Cydia to apply to the iPhone Springboard. I'll also show you a few of the different variations of theming that can be applied using WinterBoard.
1. Download WinterBoard from Cydia
2. RESTART YOUR PHONE
In order for WinterBoard to work correctly you MUST restart your phone after installation. To do this hold down the power button until the "slide to power off" slider appears. Power off the phone, and then press the power button again to turn it back on.
3. Open WinterBoard
Tap the WinterBoard icon on the Springboard.
4. Apply Selected Theme(s)
WinterBoard comes with a few built in themes. One is Saurik's own to show off changing backgrounds and other elements that WinterBoard is capable of. I say 'Theme(s)' in the title of this step because WinterBoard allows you to apply multiple themes at one time. For instance, you might apply one of Saurik's themes and also want 'Transparent Icon Labels'. You could select both, and elements from both would be applied to your Springboard.
5. Download Custom Themes From Cydia
Edited by th3anonymous1 - 2/26/13 at 12:59pm