iOS 6 jailbreak with Redsn0w download, but not for all

Apple’s iOS 6, the latest iteration of its mobile operating system was released yesterday and before some people have even managed to download the update it seems the ingenious developer community have already managed to come up with a tethered jailbreak using the latest version of the Redsn0w tool. The speed of some jailbreaks is really quite remarkable and we have all the details below but you need to be aware that this won’t work with all devices.

Hackers seem to be particularly quick at jailbreaking new iOS’s as the last few were jailbroken within a day of release by the dev community. Only a couple of days ago we told how one hacker advised those with jailbroken iOS devices not to update to iOS 6 until a jailbreak was available for it. We also then told about the iOS 6 TinyUmbrella app to save SHSH blobs. Now the Redsn0w iOS 6 jailbreak is available but a significant point is that this will only work with some iOS devices, namely the A4-based iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation. Also as mentioned earlier this is a tethered jailbreak and there is not yet an untethered jailbreak available.

News of the Redsn0w tool jailbreak for iOS 6 came to us from Redmond Pie and came from the creative minds of the iPhone Dev Team. As usual we cannot recommend jailbreaking your device and anything that goes wrong is totally your own responsibility. Nevertheless we know that many people out there do enjoy the freedom of a jailbroken device so we will give you the details if you wish to take advantage. You’ll probably already know that if you want to go ahead with a jailbreak you’ll need to do a full backup of information but if you rely on unlock then you should avoid updating to iOS 6 at the moment.

You’ll need to download the newest Redsn0w version for either Mac or Windows from the source provided in the Redmond Pie article linked to above. You will also find full step-by-step instructions on how to perform the jailbreak process as well as how-to boot tethered on iOS 6 and also how to install Cydia on iOS 6 as the latest version of Redsn0w doesn’t do this by default. No doubt there will be many happy iOS 6 jailbreakers using any apps they choose on their devices very shortly.

Please remember this jailbreak is only for the A4-based iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th generation. It will NOT work for the other devices that support iOS 6, namely the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 (new iPad) and finally the iPod touch 5th generation. We’re interested to hear from readers about the iOS 6 jailbreak with the latest Redsn0w tool. Will you be attempting the jailbreak on your iOS device? Maybe you’ve already performed the jailbreak and can tell us if everything went smoothly? Let us know with your comments.


102 thoughts on “iOS 6 jailbreak with Redsn0w download, but not for all”

          1. redclogs says:

            yes you can jailbreak it, just do the water jailbreak and unlock method.
            put it in a pan of boiling water for 5 mins,then dry in the microwave on full power for 10 mins.
            thats it. your jailbroken.,

    1. tanim says:

      factory unlock is the only solution if you do not want to jailbreak it. jailbreak and unlock is 2 different thing,unfortunately some spastic people do not understand it.

  1. dheeraj says:

    i have updated my i phone 4s with ios 6 but,my i phone 4s is jail breaked peice ,it is asking for compatible sim cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate i phone . please insert the sim card that came with your i phone or visit a supported carrier’s store to receive a replacement sim card. so pls tell what should i do ,if i use micro sim card, will my phone start working….

    1. Alfred Casale says:

      If your phone was unlocked, you wiped the unlock from updating your iDevice to iOS 6. As the author of this post said, only certain devices are able to be jailbroken, even then, it’s still tethered. The iPhone 4S was not on the list, therefor, you cannot down grade (unless you saved your blobs) so hopefully, they come out with a unlocked for iOS 6’s baseband. Until then, you’re stuck, good luck my friend.

  2. Phil says:

    i have iphone 3gs i have updated my phone being jailbroken with redsn0w and rocky raccoon i then restored phone and cant jailbreak on ios6 can i return the iphone to 5.1.1
    my phone has not worked properly and comes up with a funny activation screen not the normal
    jail break was what helped it out last time but cant do it
    pls help

      1. Phil says:

        i wish! my phone only works with jailbreak!
        its second hand only 18 month old, it was flashed to unlock carrier before i got it and this has buggered the phone and wont work as normal!
        when its restored it registers no sim on itunes and cant go no further after this!

        1. HelpMePlease says:

          I have the same problem as you have. I do hope that you’d share the solution to this problem if you ever figure it out. I can’t use my phone because of the activation screen and when i try to activate it the sim card can’t be read. Thank you so much!

          1. Phil says:

            what i done last night was looked at my sim carrier, i noticed the sim was not snuggly fit in tray and moved around a little so i decided to secure this (i used blu tac but would try sticky tape first) i then used redsn0w 0.9.13 dev4 to restore to ios 6 firmware (down load this firmware from absinthe) and when down loaded open with redsn0w go to extras/ select ispw use firmware downloaded. there was also a ipad base band option when it gives you the tick box settings – ssh (Cydia not available yet) leave this ticked and tick the i pad baseband not down grade i pad base band
            i then hooked up to i tunes which advised iphone needs restoring so i thought lets do it
            it worked i restored from last back up and im up and running
            now i dont know if this will work for everyone but its worth a shot
            i am new to this so i dont know what i done but this is all i done in order
            hope this helps

  3. Mateen says:

    i jailbreak my iphone 3gs with redsn0w and everything is fine and my iphone is in full working order with 3D maps but some features of cydia is not supported like springtomize and installous. i can sync with itunes and you can install craked software.. its working but its a tethered jailbreak.

    1. Behaguef says:

      How did you do it? I did mine with reds now, boot after the jailbreak and get back to the activation screen and can’t activate. Never happened to me with previous iOS… Please let me know. Thanks!

  4. Simmy Simmy Aah Aah says:

    Hello it’s Simmy Simmy Aah Aah from South Turkmenistan. I have never jailbroken. I upgraded my iPad 2 to ios 6. Can’t wait to jailbreak for the first time in my life.

    1. J says:

      reading is an art huh!! ” It will NOT work for the other devices that support
      iOS 6, namely the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, iPad 3 (new iPad) and
      finally the iPod touch 5th generation. “

  5. sam says:

    can i still upgrade my iphone 4 to 5.1.1 if im on 4.2.1 right. I ve been told that its to late to upgrade it to 5.1.1 because apple is only signing 6.0??? What can i do?

    1. Attempt to dump the blobs(shsh) off your phone see if you have 5.1.1 signed blobs you might. You can open cydia and it will tell you all the available SHSH blobs on the server just instal ishshit or use tiny umbrella to dump them

      1. sam says:

        i download ishshit and i backup my shsh blog!(4.2.1). Please explain what u mean by dump the blobs and how does this help me update to 5.1.1! Also at the top of cydia is says SHSH: 4.2.1, 4.3~b1, 5.0.1, 5.1.1, 5.1.1r1 does that mean i have a signed blob? or what does that mean?

    1. You can’t just download a firmware upgrade on. Jailbroken device you can try two things.
      D o a hard reset (power and home) until the apple appears (having your phone plugged in helps here so you an hear the chime when it connects) when you see the apple let o of the the buttons and hold down the volume up button sometimes for a minute r more do so until you hear the chime, it’s now safe to let gol give it time it should boot. Now you can either try to salvage your iOS 5 Jb or proceed with the ios6 update in which case you can either enter dfu mode which you can google or you can attempt to do a full erase and restore from iTunes, but it tends to throw errors

      The second choice would be to enter dfu mode without trying disabling the launch daemons/mobilesubstrate (which is what happens in the aforementioned) and attempt to restore it when iTunes detects the phone in recovery mode if you have signed. Blobs and you look it up you can restore back tot iOS5 as far as I know the signing window hasn’t closed YET. but I could be wrong or you can go ahead and upgrade to ios6

      1. Itunes is likely to throw errors at you I advise just unplugging plugging back in and starting over. Kick recovery with tiny umbrella or reds now if you have to and enter dfu again. Good luck tweet me if you need further help I’ll do what I can @mandirichman

  6. Alexis says:

    I update mi new iPad and I’m really disappointed. All is a few slow, how knows what! I update it coz I can’t sync photos, I’m still can’t sync that.

  7. Plzzzz I have updated my ipad 2 to ios 6 and really miss jailbreak can’t downgrade to ios 5.1.1 because of error 3194 in iTunes when are u going to release one for ipad 2??? And thx in advance keep up The good work

  8. Please can you help me on this?

    But at the moment my iphone isnt activated, and I don’t have a sim to activate my iphone 4, locked ot O2 (ios 6)

    What can I do to pass the activation? I don’t care if im still locked to O2?
    I’ve used redsnow (latest version) to jailbreak my phone, but when I reboot from the untehtered jailbreak, it takes me back to the Set up lock screen again ?
    Please help, there have been many forums in my position, would be a great help

  9. le derp says:

    i have an iphone 4 and recently restored to ios 6 however i cannot get passed the activation and itunes comes up with an error saying that it could not connect to the itunes store if i attempt to activate it that way. anyone have the same problem?, any solutions?

  10. saman says:

    My iphone4 ios6 is jailbroke with redsnow15b1. my iphone softbank japan.sydia is active. i try to active my divice sri lanken roming sim. but not wotk. please can you tell me jailbroke eny phone can i active any country and any sim. SAMAN

  11. Rinju says:

    i am using Iphone 4S .i am trying to install jail break software 0.9.15.b1 when i manually put IPSW file it showing not supported the version of redsnow…what i want to do it

  12. I have successfully jailbroke iphone 3gs using redsn0w. The problem i faced is it’s not detecting Network carrier services. It’s always searching and goes to No service meaning no phone calls.
    Wi-fi works well though…



  14. GatorOrlando says:

    I used the latest redsn0w to jailbreak my 3GS iPhone running 6.0. Cydia seems fine but I’m having trouble with the unlock part. The phone constantly is searching for the carrier but never gives me a list to choose from…endless searching. Suggestions? Oh, I also downloaded and ran ultrasn0w and ultrasn0w fix-it from Cydia.
    Thanks all,


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