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iOS owners who ran out and grabbed themselves a shiny new iPhone 5 have been waiting for the day when they can jailbreak their precious device. Previous device owners who updated to iOS assuming a jailbreak would come quickly have been stuck in limbo, patiently waiting for the diligent community of iOS hackers to come through with a jailbreak. And wait they did. And just when they thought they wouldn’t have to wait anymore, they continued to wait.
Thankfully, the folks from the Evad3rs dev team have finally figured out the secret. What’s the secret? Who cares, all I need to know is that iOS 6, and all the updates to iOS that followed are ready to receive an untethered jailbreak, which is the only reasonable way to jailbreak an iOS device. A tethered jailbreak requires device owners to boot the device while connected to a computer each time the phone restarts, and that is downright annoying.
Today, I will take you step by step through the process of getting an untethered jailbreak on your iOS device running iOS 6 through iOS version 6.1.2. It’s a relatively simple process, and you should have no trouble with it as long as you follow these instructions.
The first thing you will need to do is make sure your iOS device is running iOS 6 or later. To do this, connect your device to iTunes and check the version installed on your device. If it’s iOS 6 or later, you’re good to go, if not, click “Update” or “Restore” to get the latest version of iOS.
You should also make sure to back up your device in case anything goes wrong during the jailbreak process. It’s unlikely, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In fact, the evasi0n tool even reminds you to back up your device, so don’t just take my word for it; take it from the people who made the tool that is about to bestow your iPhone with all the jailbreak greatness you have been eagerly seeking.
The next step is to download the evasi0n jailbreak tool for iOS 6. Choose your computer’s OS – Linux, OSX, or Windows, and download the file. The file is not overly large, so it should take just a few seconds to download, depending on your Internet connection.
Plug your iOS device into your computer, and run the evasi0n tool. It will check to verify that you have an appropriate version of iOS installed, and as long as you do, click the “Jailbreak” button and let it run through its process. The progress bar will move through the jailbreak, and your phone will restart a couple of times during the process. Don’t be alarmed when you see this, as it is an important part of the jailbreaking.
During the process, do not touch your iPhone. It’s unlikely that you will mess anything up, but you do not want to take any chances. The evasi0n tool will tell you when it is safe to touch your device again, and it is in your best interest to follow those instructions.
Of course, there is always exceptions to the rules, and midway through the jailbreak process, the tool will tell you to open your phone and click the newly installed “Jailbreak” icon. I cannot stress this enough – only click the icon once. When you first click it, it might take a few seconds for anything to happen. Do not click it again. I repeat, do not click it again!
Once clicked, your phone will go through some more processes, and then the evasi0n tool will tell you the process is finished. You will need to wait for your phone to restart, and when it does, Cydia will be installed, and you will be ready to start taking advantage of the cool jailbroken apps like 3G Unrestrictor, FolderEnhancer, BiteSMS, and all the awesome ones featured on our Best Cydia Tweaks page.
Just follow these instructions, and within a few minutes, you will be ready to take advantage of all the cool stuff you can do with a jailbroken device. Whether you want to just run a few simple tweaks, or you want to go crazy installing everything on Cydia, you can do it with the evasi0n jailbreak tool. Even if you upgraded to the newly released iOS 6.1.2, you can jailbreak your device with ease using these instructions.