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iOS 6.1 Jailbreak: How to Prepare for the Jailbreak

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The iOS 6.1 jailbreak release is at hand, and there are a few things you should do to make sure the jailbreak is a smooth experience.

The evasi0n iOS 6.1 jailbreak website claims the jailbreak process should only take 5 minutes, but that doesn’t take account the preparation.

Experienced jailbreakers may be able to skip the a few of these steps, but following along will help make the jailbreak as smooth as possible. Feel free to take these steps today, or bookmark this to be ready when the jailbreak is released.

Save Jailbreak Apps and Tweaks

For users who already have an iPhone 4S jailbreak in place it’s a good idea to make a list of all the jailbreak apps and tweaks used. This will simplify the upgrade and iOS 6 jailbreak process, and will help get you up and running faster after the iOS 6 jailbreak.

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Prepare for the iOS 6 jailbreak the right way.

Be sure to check that this list of iOS 6 jailbreak compatible apps in Cydia. This is the best place to go to make sure your Cydia apps will work on iOS 6.

Users on a jailbroken device can use an app like OpenBackup to backup Cydia tweaks.

Update to iOS 6.1 the Right Way

The iOS 6.1 jailbreak tool from the evad3rs will work on iOS 6.1 and on iOS 6, but it’s a good idea to upgrade before the jailbreak to get on the highest jailbreak-able version.

Planetbeing, a member of the evad3rs provides the following best way to prepare and peform the iOS 6 jailbreak.

  1. Make up a backup with iTunes.
  2. Restore the device with iTunes.
  3. Select “Set up as new device” on the device itself during the setup process after the device is restored. Do not select “Set up as new iPhone” or “Restore from this backup” on iTunes yet.
  4. Jailbreak your device.
  5. Open up Cydia for the first time to allow it to “prepare the filesystem”. Wait for the respring to happen.
  6. Start iTunes again and select “Restore from this backup” to get everything back on there.

Following these steps should prevent any iOS 6.1 jailbreak errors. While it is not common for major issues to happen during a jailbreak, and the team works hard to prevent them, it’s a great idea to backup before jailbreaking.

The iOS 6.1 jailbreak is compatible with all iOS 6 and iOS 6.1 compatible devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini and iPod touch.

Leave any other tips for preparing for the iOS 6.1 jailbreak in the comments.

Stay tuned for the iOS 6.1 jailbreak news and a how to jailbreak iOS 6.1 guide.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]

23 Comments

  1. Chais

    02/02/2013 at 8:39 am

    Can’t wait! Now we need a way to restore cydia apps instead of starting from scratch every jailbreak!

    • ReCat

      02/02/2013 at 8:52 am

      We needed that since day 1.

    • Jovani

      02/02/2013 at 10:02 am

      There is a way…

    • CloseCoder

      02/02/2013 at 10:16 am

      Look up in Cydia PkgBackup on the insanelyi repo and it should back up your Cydia apps

    • rffrfdesd

      02/03/2013 at 7:01 pm

      i have iphone 5 and this from apple this web site will be block for mac and windows jk cant wait

  2. Nasri

    02/02/2013 at 8:58 am

    At last…

    • Treedoc

      02/03/2013 at 6:30 pm

      PkgBackup has been around for a long long time. It’s about time you figured that out.

  3. Rakesh

    02/02/2013 at 9:15 am

    finally most awaited jailbreak will release.. :)

  4. That guy

    02/02/2013 at 10:31 am

    Apple would make a great choice in just allowing for jailbreaks cause a good portion of their buyers want to jailbreak. If they could sale pre-jailbroken devices there market could go soaring in cash. But they want to stay simple and I respect that though I would highly suggest changing something’s as their iPhones look identical to when they first started other than minor tweaks

    • Mau

      02/02/2013 at 6:38 pm

      Hahahaha!!! There is a reason why jailbreak is not allowed by apple, and is called system stability, believe me, I know it, there is tons of people messing up their phone because they don’t know what are they doing, and of curse MONEY

  5. Harry

    02/02/2013 at 10:32 am

    When is an jailbreak out for iOS 6.1 can’t wait could some put the link up plss thnx.

  6. jim2013

    02/02/2013 at 11:02 am

    where did you get the background of the iphone in the picture?

  7. cantwaitforthejailbreak

    02/02/2013 at 4:58 pm

    i am so happy the jailbreak is about to come out…

  8. vatana

    02/02/2013 at 6:34 pm

    This is the Time that I am waiting for …. I really want to jailbreak my iPhone so much …

  9. Jema2

    02/03/2013 at 7:21 am

    evad3rs had set up a “download-blog” how the call it.. to handle the traffic… I dont know if it is a bug or some, but I can download there now http://www.evasl0n.blogspot.com

    • choco

      02/03/2013 at 10:45 am

      not real!!!

  10. Jedediah White (@toasterdroid)

    02/03/2013 at 9:05 am

    On the phone, it only gives me: ‘Set Up as New iPhone’, ‘Restore iCloud Backup’ and ‘Restore iTunes Backup. There IS now new device option…

  11. Bernd_Benson

    02/03/2013 at 11:43 am

    pod2g announced on his blog, that we can download now!!! he also posted a screenshot of the program http://goo.gl/Hcz0t

    • Okay Okay

      02/03/2013 at 5:43 pm

      That is a bogus look-alike alike site that makes you pay or complete “offers” do download a fake file.

  12. Roger

    02/04/2013 at 9:23 am

    Setup as new device was not an option given on my iPhone 5?

  13. bar3cut

    02/05/2013 at 12:42 pm

    What do I do now? Couldn’t fix this a year and a half ago but since it was new they gave me a new phone. Please help me??
    “Only compatible SIM cards from a supported carrier may be used to activate iPhone. Please insert the SIM card that came with your iPhone or visit a supported carrier’s store to receive a replacement SIM card”

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