How to Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta Tethered on iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 4G with Redsn0w

The latest iOS 6.1 beta build was recently seeded by Apple and it has already been jailbroken using the latest version of redsn0w 0.9.15b3. However, this doesn’t work for all devices as it is pre-A5 only. This means you can only obtain a tethered jailbreak on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G running iOS 6.1 beta.

So, if you are ready to set your device free as a developer, and run all the great jailbreak app packages on it, our quick tutorial will guide you through the process. But before we start jailbreaking iOS 6.1  there are several things we recommend that you do first:

  • make sure you are running the latest version of iTunes.
  • back-up your device before you proceed any further.

Also, be aware that jailbreaking your iDevice may void your warranty so proceed at your own risk.

How to Jailbreak iOS 6.1 Beta Tethered on iPhone 3GS/4, iPod Touch 4G with Redsn0w

Step 1. Download Redsn0w 0.9.15b3

(Mac / Windows)

Step 2. Download iOS 6.0  firmware (yes, you need iOS 6.0) by following this link (iPhone 3GSiPhone 4 CMDA, iPhone 4 GSMiPod Touch)
Step 3. Launch Redsn0w and click on Extras (Windows users will need to run in Administrator mode)

Jailbreak

Step 4. Choose Select IPSW and then navigate to and select the iOS 6.0 firmware you recently downloaded
Step 5. Go back to redsn0w’s main page and now select Jailbreak.
Step 6. Follow the onscreen instructions to put your device in DFU mode (if you already know how to do that you may skip this step).
Step 7. When prompted to select jailbreak options make sure Cydia is selected and click Next.

Jailbreak iOS 6.1

Step 8. Quit when the process if done (you’ll be notified by the program).
Step 9. Your iDevice will reboot again, but you won’t see Cydia just yet. No need to panic, because the fun has just begun.
Step 10. Now it is time to do a tethered boot: launch redsn0w and repeat Step 3 and Step 4. This is important because this is how you can avoid the “missing key.plist for this build” error.
Step 11. Now choose Just boot and follow the onscreen instructions to put your device in DFU mode.
Step 12. Redsn0w will recognize the device and will apply and exploit Limera1n
Step 13. The eagerly awaited pineapple logo will appear indicating you are on the right path.
Step 14. Wait for the process to complete and you should see the Lock screen on your iDevice.

Step 15. Congratulations, you have successfully jailbroken your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch 4G running iOS 6.1. or iOS 6.0.1 using Redsn0w. Enjoy!

If you have any questions, or issues during the jailbreak process, just let us know in the comments section.

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  • Red Clover Phoenix

    So beta versions no longer require a developer account?

  • Yearoftherat

    Unless you got a beta version thru other means, you still need a developers account.

  • Biggy604

    The only one that needs a dev account to jailbreak it the unreleased iphone 5 jailbreak. I think.

  • ljayyyg4

    i jailbroke my i pod touch 4g and my cydia app keeps crashing it wont even let me uninstall it, please help

  • http://twitter.com/sheerluckholmes Sheerluck Holmes

    so you d/l 6.0 and run this process…ur title talks about 6.1…how do you apply this .1 update? there’s no mention in the steps above

  • sylvie

    i did this, but haven’t been able to get my rogers iPhone to read my american t-mobile sim. it says “no service.” tried ultrasnow and the fixer to no avail. what next? thanks.

  • how can this work

    i have 6.1 on my ipod 4th gen and still did not show cydia on my ipod???

  • how can this work

    but most the time it still tells me its “missing key.plist for this build”

  • dilizio

    i get “exploit failed” error, what is the meaning?

  • IPhone Jailbreak

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  • http://twitter.com/hexakuemion hexakuemion

    it means you need to perform the jailbreak process again.

  • http://twitter.com/hexakuemion hexakuemion

    launch redsn0w and repeat Step 3 and Step 4 before proceeding with step 11.

  • yay

    you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tia

    how do i downgrade 6.0.1 iphone 4 to 5.1.1 since i really liked these instructions hoping you can help me please thx a bunch

  • Scott

    Ok I try to jailbreak my iPhone 4, I’ve downloaded the 1os 6 software as per your instructions but when I do just extras in redsnow and try to find the .ispw file it’s no where to be found in the software I downloaded from your links. I’m stumped here, I’ve tried it several times.

  • chuck

    I jailbreak my iPhone 4 using redsn0w 9.15b1 for ios 6 everything works fine after the jailo break i just have NO SERVICE been like this for 2 days

  • IstvanFekete

    You should go through the jailbreak process again.

  • guru

    iOS 6.0 firmware does not support in Redsn0w 0.9.15b3

  • JailbreakingRocks123

    THANKS BRO U ROCK!!!

  • jacob andrew

    plz help after it was done loading the pineapple i put it in dfu mode now it won’t turn on

  • jacob andrew

    never mind i got it

  • Russ

    Everytime i turn it on, it stays at the apple logo and never actually becomes accessible.What do i do?

  • Marc

    THANK YOU THIS WORKED!!!

  • ahmad amer taha

    this jailbreak work with ios 6.1.2