Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Semi Untethered iPhone 4,3Gs And iPod Touch 4 Tutorial

Today, January 28th, Apple released iOS 6.1 to the public. While an Untethered Jailbreak solution for all iOS-based devices will be released in a matter of days, this tutorial will assist older iDevice owners in the process of Jailbreaking the latest firmware ahead of the next major Jailbreak utility. Again, this article will walk you through the simple steps required to Jailbreak iOS 6.1 (Semi UNTETHERED), which can be accomplished in a matter of minutes.

First, before we continue, you will need the following:

  • An older, A4-powered device (iPhone 4 or the 4th Generation iPod touch) or the iPhone 3GS (both bootrom styles will work) running Apple’s latest iOS 6.1 firmware.
  • Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 and your iDevice’s corresponding 6.0 IPSW (available in the download section)

Steps (for Mac and PC users): 

1. Download the latest version of Redsn0w from our download page and run it.

  • If you’re on an OS X-based computer, simply right click or control click Redsn0w, followed by “open”.
  • If you’re on either Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8, you must set the compatibility mode to Windows XP Service Pack 2 and run the program as an administrator by right clicking.

2. Connect the device to your computer via a USB cable and click “Extras” inside of Redsn0w.

3. Choose “Select IPSW” and point the Redsn0w selection window toward your iOS 6.0 IPSW – not 6.1, again, we’re employing a basic workaround for this jailbreak.

4. After the IPSW has been identified, click “OK”, navigate to the main Redsn0w screen and click the other button that says “Jailbreak”.

5. Ensure that the option to “Install Cydia” was checked by default and enter DFU mode by following these simple steps:

  • Press and hold the home and power buttons for a total of ten seconds.
  • Once ten seconds has passed, release the power button and continue holding the home button for an additional ten to fifteen seconds.

6. After the process has finished, wait for your iPhone or iPod touch to reboot (the video is a good indicator of how long the process should take).

7. Close RedSn0w and re-open in (refer back to the first step for proper opening instructions).

8. Once again, navigate to “Extras”, “Select IPSW” and browse for your 6.0 firmware file. Click “OK” to the identification prompt, select the option to “Just boot” and enter DFU mode by following the instructions found in the fifth step.

Congratulations, you now have a Jailbreak on iOS 6.1!

Download Section:

Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 for Mac
Redsn0w 0.9.15b3 for Windows
iOS 6.0 IPSW for the iPhone 4, 3GS and iPod touch 4th Generation

If you encounter any errors, click here to be taken to my video tutorial on YouTube.

Semi-Untethered: If you want to make your jailbreak semi untethered, follow the instructions outlined here after completing this tutorial.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a new Untethered 6.1 Jailbreak tutorial once the utility is released!

Owner and webmaster of Jailbreak Tech Info. Tanner is also a professional Jailbreak tutorial writer, the main reporter for Jailbreak Tech Info and owner of the YouTube channel iCrackUriDevice. Feel free to shoot him an email at Tanner@BestTechInfo.com with any questions or comments.

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  • omer

    please help i keep on starting the jailbreak and when there a white texts on the iphone it gets stuck on please wait and after 15 min it restarts the iphone and hes normal again please help!!!!!!!!!

  • Lola

    It won’t work! I downloaded the latest version of Redsn0w and verison 6.0 IPSW and every time I try to manually add, it says it’s not compatible! frustrating!!

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  • El Negro

    Cydia isnt going on Ipod touch 4th gen, it is jailbroken, all previous jailbroken games can be played

  • AV3X12

    my cydia icon won’t show, help please!

  • yor mama

    Untethered?????? this ist thered im now stock bastard

  • kaaskop

    Hi! I got a no service error on my iphone 4 after the jailbreak. I tried dfu en still didn’t work. Tried to reset network settings. Didn’t work either.

  • dill

    Im running windows and it wont find the .ipsw file that i have downloaded when i open redsnow. what do i do

    • Tanner Marsh

      Ensure that you know where the IPSW was downloaded.

  • kadenc28

    This completely messed up my iPod. So pissed…

    • Tanner Marsh

      It couldn’t have, boot tethered.

  • John

    I try to do it step by step and followed exactly what you said and either get “please wait… ” stuck on my iPhone screen half way through the process or get the missing keys.plist data for this build error… What do i do?

    • kadenc28

      I get the missing keys.plist data for this build error too

    • kadenc28

      NVM. Just keep trying and eventually it works.

  • Bobby

    When do you think a jailbreak for the iPhone 5 on 6.1 will be released?

  • Kevin

    So we send the ipsw to 6.0 not 6.0.1?

    • Tanner Marsh


  • http://www.facebook.com/ivan.arteaga.71 Ivan Arteaga

    Is this jailbreak also available for ipod touch the 5 generation