How To: Jailbreak Your iPhone Or iPod Touch Running iOS 6.1 Beta 5 Tethered [Windows / Mac OS X]

Apple released a new beta version of iOS 6.1 yesterday, just hours before beta 4 was set to expire. This was slightly shocking, not because it was released on a Saturday, but because it was another beta iteration. Considering Apple’s iOS 6.1 update isn’t expected to bring anything game changing to the table it is strange the fruit company is spending so much time polishing it off.

iOS 6.1 beta 5 could actually be the GM release of iOS 6.1 in a sense however, as numerous hackers in the Jailbreaking community have mentioned that it contains the same build number of a final release. Furthermore the firmware does not require you to have a developer account to update to it and no expiry timer.

The reason why the public release of iOS 6.1 is so anticipated is because the Evad3rs have confirmed that once it is release they will unveil the iOS 6.0/6.1 Untethered Jailbreak that is actually already finished. In the mean time however, if you have an A4 device and would like to Jailbreak iOS 6.1 beta 5 tethered you will be glad to know it is indeed possible.

Supported Devices:

  • iPhone 4 CDMA
  • iPhone 4 GSM
  • iPhone 3GS (Untethered Jailbreak if old-bootrom)
  • iPod Touch 4G

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X

Keep in mind that most of the screenshots in this tutorial show RedSn0w running on Windows, but the user interface looks nearly identical on Mac OS X as well. For a more in-depth overview of RedSn0w and all of its features you can visit our official RedSn0w section.

Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5 The Easy Way

Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is update your iOS device to iOS 6.1 beta 5. You can download iOS 6.1 beta 5 from the iOS Dev Center. You will also need to download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 for Windows or Mac OS X using the download mirror below or through the iJailbreak Downloads Section. Lastly, download the iOS 6 firmware for the device you are Jailbreaking, which can be found in the downloads section.

Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 (Windows)

Download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 (Mac OS X)

Step 2: Once you have downloaded RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 you will need to extract it. On Mac OS X this should be done automatically, but one Windows you can do this by right clicking on the zip file and then clicking the extract to folder option.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

When RedSn0w has been extracted find the redsn0w file. On Windows you will need to right click on it and then click the Run as administrator option. On Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and above you will need to hold down the control button on your keyboard, click the RedSn0w app and then the Open option to get past Gatekeeper.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Step 3: With RedSn0w up and running you will need to simply click the Extras button.

 How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Step 4: Next click the Select IPSW button and select the applicable iOS 6 firmware file for your device. After RedSn0w successfully recognizes the firmware you will need to click the Back button, followed by the Jailbreak button.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Step 5: Once you click the Jailbreak button you will be presented a screen with preparation instructions for entering DFU mode. Read through these instructions, power off your iPhone or iPod Touch if you haven’t already, and then click the Next button.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Once you click the Next button you will need to execute the steps shown on-screen, which are:

  • Hold down Power (corner) button for 5 seconds.
  • Without releasing the Power button, also hold down the Home (bottom center) button along with the Power button for 10 seconds.
  • Without releasing the home button, stop holding down the power button for up to 15 seconds.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Step 6: After you have entered DFU mode, RedSn0w will begin processing the iOS 6 firmware.

 How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

When the firmware has been processed you will come to a screen with a few options for your Jailbreak. Ensure that the “Install Cydia” option is checked, and then click the Next button to begin the actual Jailbreaking process.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 5

Step 7: RedSn0w will now begin jailbreaking your iPhone or iPod Touch. DO NOT interrupt or use the computer during this time. When the iOS device is finished being jailbroken it will reboot into a non-Jailbroken state (or in some cases will not make it past the Apple logo). This is because you have a tethered Jailbreak and will need to boot it using RedSn0w.

Step 8: Launch RedSn0w again if you exited out of it, click the Extras button, click the Select IPSW button, browse for your device’s iOS 6 firmware again and then click the Just Boot button. You will now need to put the iPhone or iPod Touch into DFU mode again. Once your iOS device is in DFU mode it will boot into a Jailbroken state.

It should be mentioned that this Jailbreak is solely for developers and is pretty useless for everyday users. Running beta firmware versions is never recommended. Those waiting for an Untethered Jailbreak for devices such as the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 will be glad to know you will not have much longer to wait. After iOS 6.1 is publicly released, we should be able to expect the Untethered Jailbreak very shortly after thanks to the Evad3rs.

For more jailbreak guides, how to’s and tutorials for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple TV, check out iJailbreak’s How To Jailbreak section.

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