How To: Jailbreak A4 Devices Tethered Running iOS 6.1 Beta 3 Firmware With RedSn0w On Windows And Mac OS X

Apple released the iOS 6 beta 3 firmware today and sure enough it can be Jailbroken with the latest version of RedSn0w. The only caveat is that it will only work on older devices with an A4 chip. This is because they are Jailbroken for life with a bootrom exploit called LimeRa1n. Newer devices like the iPhone 5 or iPad Mini cannot yet be Jailbroken because there is not bootrom exploit for those devices and that means an entirely new vulnerability needs to be discovered and worked into a Jailbreaking solution (something currently being worked on).

Beta firmwares should only be Jailbroken by developers because they are often buggy and incomplete. The iOS 6.1 firmware doesn’t really bring any exciting features to the table anyways, so it is not worth your time updating. If you are a developer or have a device running iOS 6.1 beta 3 for whatever reason however, you will be glad to know in this tutorial you will learn how to Jailbreak your device with RedSn0w.

iOS 6.1 Beta 3 Jailbreak Compatibility

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. To learn more about RedSn0w you can visit our official RedSn0w section.

How To Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta 3

Step 1: The first thing you will need to do is download RedSn0w 0.9.15b3 for Windows or Mac OS X using the download mirror below or through the iJailbreak Downloads Section. You will also need to 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.

Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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 3

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

 Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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.

Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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.

Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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.

Redsn0w 0.9.15b1 Windows iOS 6 Jailbreak Tutorial

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

 Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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. 

Jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 Windows RedSn0w v0.9.15b3

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.

Note: Remember that you will need to repeat Step 8 every time your iPhone or iPod Touch loses power.

Your iPhone or iPod Touch should now be Jailbroken running the iOS 6.1 Beta 3 firmware. Congratulations! If you require any assistance please feel free to drop us a line in the comments section below.

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  • Chamo

    Does this work on 4s

  • JadenEllett

    No, only the iPhone 4 or lower.