I have been jailbreaking my iPhones since my 3GS when using GeoHot’s “blackra1n”. Since iOS 5.1.1, I have been avoiding upgrading my iPhone 4S to iOS 6.0+ in favor of keeping my untethered jailbreak. Of all my jailbreaking experiences – including spir1t, redsn0w, Absinthe and others – evad3rs evasi0n ranks near the top for ease.
Since I was still using iOS 5.1.1, here are the steps I took.
Upgrading to iOS 6.1
- I connected my iPhone 4S to my MacBook Pro using the USB cable.
- When iTunes 11 launched, from the dialog box I chose “Download” iOS 6.1 but did not “Download and Update.”
- In the Summary tab of my connected iPhone, I performed a backup by clicking the “Back Up Now” button in the Manually Back Up and Restore area in iTunes 11 (see pic below in Resuscitate my Settings).
- After a back up was completed, I clicked Restore to wipe the iPhone back to factory settings and upgrade to iOS 6.1. As someone who has bricked his iPhone on more than one occasion, I have learned that this clean install prevents any conflicts of previous jailbreak efforts.
The familiar grey screen and set up data was required (Apple ID password, etc.) to complete the software update.
Jailbreak with evasi0n
- Next, I headed to evad3rs website and downloaded the MacBook Pro version of their jailbreak software.
- I was careful to read the included “readme” file for their instructions.
- Backup your device using iTunes (or iCloud) before using evasi0n. If something breaks, you’ll always be able to recover your data.
- Those who use backup passwords in iTunes must disable them for now. After doing so, iTunes makes a brand new backup. Please wait for that backup to complete before proceeding! Feel free to re-enable your backup password after jailbreaking.
- Please disable the lock passcode of your iOS device before using evasi0n. It can cause issues.
- Launch evasi0n, plug in your device, and click “Jailbreak”. Just sit back and observe its progress. Watch for any steps you may be asked to perform.
- 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.
- I did exactly as instructed by the software – which correctly told me that there would be a couple of reboots.
- In under 5 minutes, the process was done, and Cydia (the jailbreak equivalent of Apple’s App Store) was installed.
Resuscitate my Settings
To bring everything back to life – my nearly 300 apps, music, and iPhoto settings – here’s the restore process from the previous back up.
- Start up iTunes (which was closed by evasi0n)
- IF you disconnected the USB cable like I did, and reconnect again, iTunes may begin to sync immediately: I immediately stopped this process so as not to accidentally overwrite the earlier back up. This may not be necessary, but that has happened to me in the past – and that meant starting from scratch!
- In the Manually Back Up and Restore section again, I selected Restore Backup and walked away while iTunes flawlessly put all the apps, music, and settings back to they way they were!
Thus far, I am enjoying the jailbreak life – and iOS 6.1 life – together.
Note: Jailbreaking your iPhone will void your warranty with Apple. iSource is not responsible for any errors you may encounter in jailbreaking your own iPhone. Troubles you may encounter may be best addressed in the Forum.