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Jailbreak iOS 6 & Install Cydia on iPhone and iPod touch [A4 Devices Only]

As of this time, there is no doubt that many folks have already taken the plunge and updated their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch in order to accommodate the latest iOS version, iOS 6. Apple's latest and greatest mobile operating system has features that are simply irresistible for just about every iOS enthusiast, so upgrading for most people is a no-brainer. However, a good deal of the iOS user population are understandably apprehensive when it comes to updating to iOS 6. These are the folks that have their devices jailbroken. Don't worry though, iOS 6 can be jailbroken using Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4. In this post, we will provide you a guide on How to Jailbreak iOS 6 on iPhone and iPod touch.

Jailbreak iOS 6

Before You Proceed:

  • This jailbreak guide is only applicable for A4-based devices. Which means that the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4G are the only devices that can benefit from this jailbreak.
  • Users of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPod touch 5th-gen (all A5+ devices) won't be able to use this jailbreak guide.
  • This is a TETHERED jailbreak ONLY, which means that you will have to reconnect your device each time that it is powered down or reboots. As of this writing, no untethered jailbreak is available for iOS 6.
  • The jailbreak process itself will not install Cydia but we will teach you how to install it at the end of this tutorial.
  • Those who are relying on an unlock, DO NOT update your device to iOS 6.

Steps on How to Jailbreak iOS 6 on iPhone and iPod touch Using Redsn0w:

  1. Naturally, you will need to be in iOS 6 in order to perform this jailbreak. If you are not yet updated, you can perform an OTA update or download the iOS 6 IPSW file and restore to it.
  2. Download Redsn0w 0.9.13dev4 for your operating system [Windows | Mac]. Extract the file to your desktop or any directory you prefer.
  3. Run the executable file (Redsn0w.exe) but make sure that you run it as an administrator on the context menu on Windows. If you are on OS X, launch Redsn0w by holding CTRL and clicking on the icon and then selecting Open from the menu.
  4. Redsn0w Run As Administrator

  5. On the main screen of Redsn0w, click the Extras option.
  6. Redsn0w Extras

  7. Now you will need to manually select an IPSW file. Click Select IPSW and point it to the location of the iOS 6 IPSW file you've downloaded in Step 1. Redsn0w will then verify your firmware.
  8. Redsn0w Select IPSW

  9. At this point, click back to the main screen of Redsn0w and then select Jailbreak. You should encounter a dialogue box saying "preparing jailbreak data" and then you will be shown a page with numerous options.
  10. Redsn0w Jailbreak Button

  11. Make sure that you check "Install SSH…" (Again, this procedure won't install Cydia yet). Click Next to proceed.
  12. Now the jailbreak process will now start. You should get a dialogue that this is in fact a tethered jailbreak.
  13. After the jailbreak is finished and you are back in your iPhone's lock screen, put your device in DFU Mode. Just follow the instructions below:
    • Hold down both Home and Power buttons for 10 seconds.
    • Then release the Power button but keep holding the Home button for 10 more seconds.
    • Your iOS device should be in DFU mode now.

    Redsn0w DFU Mode

  14. Click Back, and on the main screen click Extras and then Just Boot. Follow the instructions and a pineapple logo should appear in your device shortly. And that's pretty much it and you may close Redsn0w.

How to Install Cydia on iOS 6?

In order to install Cydia on iOS 6, just follow the steps below:

  1. In order to use the commands below, you will need to use Terminal on Mac or any similar SSH program like WinSCP on Windows.
  2. Take note of your device's IP Address.
  3. Connect your iPhone or iPad touch to the computer. Start Terminal on Mac or WinSCP on Windows and type the following commands:
  4. ssh root@

  5. You will be prompted to enter the root password. Type: alpine
  6. After that, type the following:
  7. wget -q -O /tmp/ && chmod 755 /tmp/ && /tmp/

  8. When you are successful, you should see your device reboot and after that, you should see the ever-familiar Cydia icon sitting on your Springboard.
  9. Install Cydia on iOS 6

As you can see, this jailbreak solution is still far too early and is also very limited. The extra Cydia installation steps can be quite frustrating for some especially when you are used to the old procedures where the jailbreak essential is automatically installed. Again, iOS 6 is still fairly new and the cat and mouse game between Apple and jailbreak developers continues to take place. Hopefully we can see some positive developments regarding the iOS 6 jailbreak situation in the near future.

So did you jailbreak iOS 6 on your iPhone or iPod touch?

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    Jembei5 years, 8 months ago

    I just got my iPhone 5 today and realized there is no jabilreak for it yet so this is awesome. I can watch hd movies on my iPhone 5 on iOS 6.0 without a need for a jabilreak. I’m downloading movies now.

    FredDC8 years, 10 months ago

    I did this on my ipod touch but cydia won’t run, it just shuts down right away after launching it. Any ideas?

    Juliana8 years, 10 months ago


    sisai8 years, 10 months ago

    no when i put my ip adress on my terminal (mac) i pressed (enter) i wouldnt get a ys or no option it would say that the connection refused etc. what do i do???

      Mandi8 years, 10 months ago

      Are you root? If your on Mac and you haven’t changes the password go to system preference users and group unlock the settings click login options you’ll see something saying join or edit Click open directory utility Click the lock type your admin password again Click the edit menu on status/system bar select enable root user. You’ll be prompted to enter a new password. Once you have that one open a new terminal window type su root (hit enter) Type your password when prompted If you installed ssh on your phone as the tutorial stated all you need to do now is in the same terminal window type Ssh (insert ip address of phone here, found in wifi settings in pref. on your phone or an app like inet) Give it time it’s gonnna appear to be doing nothing be patient it’s workingIt will ask you to verify an rsa/key or host asking if you wish to permanently add this bblahblqhblah yes or no Type YES Give it another minute and you should see Youriphonesname /var/mobile/root:// Your in. If that didn’t work… GIYF (google is your friend) good luck :)