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How to jailbreak iPhone 5, iPad, and iPad mini on iOS 6.0 through 6.1.2


February 4, 2013

These instructions tell you how to jailbreak any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on iOS 6.1 (c...

These instructions tell you how to jailbreak any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on iOS 6.1 (chains image: Shutterstock)

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Countless customers love iOS devices, but some of them find Apple's walled garden to be constricting. For them, there is jailbreaking. There is usually a gap between iOS updates and their corresponding jailbreaks, but this hack came hot on the heels of Apple's 6.1.1 update. Read on for our guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

If your portable device runs a firmware ranging from iOS 6.0 to 6.1.2, you can jailbreak it. That means the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPod touch 5G, and iPad mini are all fair game. It also supports older devices like the iPhone 4S (on 6.1.1 as well), iPad 3, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 4, and iPhone 3GS.

Don't update your device

Since Apple killed the jailbreak with iOS 6.1.3, you'll want to avoid any over-the-air upd...

If your device is already on an iOS firmware between 6.0 and 6.1.2, you're set. Move on to the next session, and don't update your device.

If you updated to 6.1.3 (or bought a new device that was already updated), you're out of luck. Apple killed the Evasi0n jailbreak with this update, and you'll have to wait until hackers release a new jailbreak.


iTunes backups are more fun with flames (fire image: Shutterstock)

This would be a good time to connect your device to iTunes (don't accept the 6.1.3 update if iTunes asks you), and perform a backup . If anything goes wrong, you can then restore to your pre-jailbroken state.

If your device is set to unlock with a passcode, go ahead and disable that. Passcode unlocking has a conflict with the evasi0n jailbreak.


The iPhone 5 is one of many devices that evasi0n will jailbreak

Ready to jailbreak? Grab your corresponding version from the links below:

After downloading the jailbreak tool, plug your iOS device into your PC with a USB cable. If iTunes opens, close it. Run the tool, and follow the on-screen instructions.


After jailbreaking, jailbreak app store Cydia will be on your home screen. Now you'll probably want to grab some cool apps and tweaks. Check out our huge list of the best jailbreak apps for the lowdown.

Source: evasi0n

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Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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5th February, 2013 @ 10:33 am PST

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Jenny Jones
5th February, 2013 @ 01:01 pm PST

I don't think that the new unlocking laws has anything to do with or affect Jailbreaking simply because all you are doing with Jailbreaking is changing the way your phone works and looks. The laws that took affect are the one pertaining to changing phone carriers without permission. Two totally different things. But I could be wrong.

Terry Little
21st February, 2013 @ 11:11 pm PST

I'm going to try this! Wish me luck that I don't screw it up! I'm not dumb, but I ain't that smart either ha☺

Ricca Salcido
22nd February, 2013 @ 09:20 pm PST

i really want to jailbreak my iphone5 because its kinda boring, will I not loose the LTE capability?

thanks for the anwer in advance.

4th March, 2013 @ 10:30 pm PST

hi have followed all the instructions and i believe i have jailbroken my iphone 4s with cydia but it still seem to not allow me to use a different network sim inside the fone.. am i wrong to think jail breakin unlocks ur fone aswell or didnt i do it correctly. please help.

Seth Nana Kwame
9th March, 2013 @ 10:22 pm PST

Great post. Apple platform rejects many apps, sometimes very useful ones

John Cox
15th May, 2013 @ 01:24 pm PDT

If anyone has trouble unlocking ATT devices, I suggest you to check out attiphoneunlocking, it's the best site for unlocking ATT stuff.

Agata Buksowski
3rd July, 2013 @ 08:28 am PDT
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