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  • Preparing Your iOS Device for the evasi0n iOS 6 Jailbreak


    Well, itís finally coming here. The team of iOS hackers, known as evad3rs, have officially announced released the evasi0n jailbreak tool for jailbreaking your iOS 6.0, iOS 6.0.1, iOS 6.0.2, 6.1, 6.1.1, or iOS 6.1.2 iOS devices. It will be out very soon is out! It supports the following iOS devices:

    • iPhone 3GS
    • iPhone 4
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 5
    • iPod touch 4G
    • iPod touch 5G
    • iPad 2
    • The New iPad (third generation)
    • iPad With Retina Display (fourth generation)
    • iPad Mini

    To prepare your iOS device for the imminent iOS 6 jailbreak, weíve put together a few recommended and optional steps that you might want to follow so your iOS device(s) will be ready to be jailbroken on iOS 6.0 - 6.1.2.

    Step 1: Back Up Your Personal Data

    This is a pretty important step. You should always back up your data before a jailbreak just to ensure that you wonít lose any of your data if something goes wrong and you need to restore your device so you can start over. You can back up by one of two ways: 1. Via iTunes; or 2. Via iCloud. iCloud may be easier, but iTunes will be the most secure and fool-proof method.

    Step 2: Download iOS 6.1.2 (NOT OTA)

    iOS 6.1.2 is the latest firmware that can be jailbroken by evasi0n. Itís also the firmware most jailbreak developers will be working on jailbreak tweaks for. If you want to ensure that jailbreak tweaks you want to download after you jailbreak will be compatible with your iOS device, we recommend being on iOS 6.1.2 instead of staying at lower firmware versions. Some jailbreak developers may not have access to these legacy firmwares, and so jailbreak tweaks may not be created for them. So just do yourself a huge favor, and grab iOS 6.1.2! You can get the link for 6.1.2 with your device at http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/

    Step 3: Do A DFU Mode Restore to iOS 6.1.2

    A DFU mode restore is different than a regular restore, because when in DFU mode, your entire iOS image is replaced, while a regular restore just reverts all your old settings back to their factory defaults and keeps the original iOS image while replacing the user space and boot loader with new ones. The DFU mode restore helps ensure no corruptions, and this is exactly what youíll want for a fresh jailbreak. To do this, just put your device in DFU mode, open iTunes, and Shift+Click (Windows) or Option+Click (Mac) the Restore button in iTunes and point iTunes to the iOS 6.1.2 firmware you downloaded in the last step.

    Step 4: Restore From Your Backup

    This is optional, as you can always set a device up as a new device if you want to, but if you backed up your data and want all of that data to carry over to your fresh install of iOS 6.1.2, you can restore from your backup either from iCloud or from iTunes. Just remember, restoring from your backup can re-introduce corruptions that may have been present in your backup to your freshly restored iOS 6.1.2 firmware. So be prepared to decide if restoring from the backup is worth it. Note that iCloud can automatically sync your Contacts, Notes, Passbook contents, E-mails, Calendars, Reminders, and Safari Bookmarks to your freshly-restored iOS device without the need to restore from a backup.

    Step 5: Save Your SHSH Blobs for iOS 6.1.2

    There is currently no use for iOS 6-iOS 6.1.2 SHSH blobs on most devices, since the APTicket vulnerability that was available in iOS 5 allowing us to restore between iOS 5 firmwares is not existent in iOS 6, however if hackers find a way to circumvent the system in the future, it would be a good idea to have your SHSH blobs saved. We recommend this as precautionary measure. You can save your iOS 6.1.2 SHSH blobs with either TinyUmbrella or redsn0w.

    If youíve followed the five simple steps above, then your iOS device(s) are nice and fresh and ready for the iOS 6 evasi0n jailbreak. ModMyi will keep you updated on the progress of the tool, and alert you upon its release. Stay tuned!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Preparing Your iOS Device for the Imminent iOS 6 Jailbreak started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 89 Comments
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocky5 View Post
      So I'm guessing that means restoring from 6.1 to 6.1 won't be possible after the signing window is closed? Like what can be done with 5.1.1.
      Yes,

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Unclear at this point. If a method similar to the 5.1.1 re-restore method is found you will want and need those SHSH though.
      and Yes.

      Save your Blobs, kids!
      But don't hold your breath.
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      Quote Originally Posted by aidanharris View Post
      The hosts file is a computer file used in an operating system to map hostnames to IP addresses. The hosts file is a plain-text file and...
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_(file)

      To summarise that a host file is what translates http://google.com into a numerical address e.g. 123.456.78

      In terms of restoring an idevice if your hosts device has been modified either manually or by using tinyumbrella or other software then iTunes may fail if its activation servers (gs.apple.com if I remember rightly) have been set to a different address such as 74.208.105.171 (Sauriks Cydia server).

      There could be another reason why your restore is failing but that seems like an obvious reason. Also have you tried doing a dfu restore?

      EDIT: also see here if you haven't already: http://support.apple.com/kb/ts3424
      I will have to take a look into this more but I have not done a DFU since OTA. It had not worked prior (6.0.1).
      EDIT: The support did not help and I have no warranty to call support.
    1. redtide's Avatar
      redtide -
      I can't wait for this jb to be released. A clean restore through DFU mode sounds perfect to me, my only concern is losing my contacts and notes along with my calendar dates. is their anyway I can simply back up these few things and have them put onto my phone after the update and jb to 6.1? I've never looked into any cloud services so I'm not exactly sure how they work I assume it's more of an "all or nothing" sort of deal.. correct me if I'm wrong.

      I would appreciate some feedback from this awesome community, thanks.
    1. King_O_Hill's Avatar
      King_O_Hill -
      Are you using iCloud? It should have your contacts and cal. Not sure about the notes.
    1. redtide's Avatar
      redtide -
      Quote Originally Posted by King_O_Hill View Post
      Are you using iCloud? It should have your contacts and cal. Not sure about the notes.
      Honestly... no. But I suppose I will be now for that reason.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by redtide View Post
      Honestly... no. But I suppose I will be now for that reason.
      iCloud has made a lot of this easier.
    1. seang54's Avatar
      seang54 -
      What I'm concerned with is losing pictures, text messages, contacts by doing a complete restore and fresh install. I'll backup my phone of course but if I'm not restoring from backup and instead setting it up as a new device how can I be sure I don't lose this stuff and have to manually add it all back?
    1. moveandstore's Avatar
      moveandstore -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Dobb View Post
      Just did this and it worked out great!! Plus the good news is I got AT&T to unlock my phone 6 months ago and just now am able to use the unlock due to me updating to 6.1.

      I did the same thing. When I first got my iPhone 5, there were unlocking services and got my AT&T Iphone unlocked. I thought that if I do the clean restore, I would lose my unlock. But I need the jailbreak, so I updated to 6.1 using the steps above and putting my phone in DFU mode. During the restore the message came up in iTunes that my phone is unlocked, so that is great! I didn't lose the unlock. So now I know that I can do a clean restore and my phone is still unlocked. (I previously had a iPhone 4 which I used Ultrasn0w to unlock. This is way better) I thought that MuscleNerd said that they weren't going to update Ultrasn0w, but there are still iPhone 4 users who would want to update and keep their unlock.

      Can't wait till Sunday.......
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by seang54 View Post
      What I'm concerned with is losing pictures, text messages, contacts by doing a complete restore and fresh install. I'll backup my phone of course but if I'm not restoring from backup and instead setting it up as a new device how can I be sure I don't lose this stuff and have to manually add it all back?
      So you don't know what iCloud is?

      With iCloud, all of that stuff gets backed up into your backup.
    1. seang54's Avatar
      seang54 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      So you don't know what iCloud is?

      With iCloud, all of that stuff gets backed up into your backup.
      I suppose I could back up that stuff to iCloud so long as its less than 5gb. Then I guess all my apps I have to reinstall manually?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by seang54 View Post
      I suppose I could back up that stuff to iCloud so long as its less than 5gb. Then I guess all my apps I have to reinstall manually?
      Use iTunes for Apps.

      You can easily movie your photographs to your computer hard drive.
    1. protechtedd's Avatar
      protechtedd -
      Quote Originally Posted by seang54 View Post
      What I'm concerned with is losing pictures, text messages, contacts by doing a complete restore and fresh install. I'll backup my phone of course but if I'm not restoring from backup and instead setting it up as a new device how can I be sure I don't lose this stuff and have to manually add it all back?
      You can have iTunes backup all your data, then at any time, use JuicePhone to view, and extract, the data from the backup. All your photos and such should be right there for the taking.

      If you want your app data & settings restored too, and if you're tech-savvy enough, you can also manually copy that data to your freshly restored device using SSH, or an app called iExplorer that has a USB-mount option. Although I would better recommend using PKGbackup to backup all your app data to Dropbox prior to 6.1, then restoring again using that method. Takes all the leg work out.

      All this, because letting iTunes restore from a backup is generally a bad idea if you jailbreak. Especially if it's from a device on 5.x to 6.x. Something(s) will inevitably go wrong, now or later, and you may have to re-restore again.

      Anyway, hope that helps.
    1. AB Project's Avatar
      AB Project -
      Just going through those steps today, and although I thought this would be a breeze (because I've done this all before), it's not, iTunes is saying the downloaded Firmware is not compatible..? When it most certainly is.. I've downloaded iOS 6.1 from two different sources. I've booted my phone into DFU mode and currently looking for a solution...

      Oh and I've re-installed iTunes, but now it's not giving me the option to just download the firmware.

      Any ideas/suggestions greatly appreciated -Thanks!
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by AB Project View Post
      Just going through those steps today, and although I thought this would be a breeze (because I've done this all before), it's not, iTunes is saying the downloaded Firmware is not compatible..? When it most certainly is.. I've downloaded iOS 6.1 from two different sources. I've booted my phone into DFU mode and currently looking for a solution...

      Oh and I've re-installed iTunes, but now it's not giving me the option to just download the firmware.

      Any ideas/suggestions greatly appreciated -Thanks!
      Sounds like you have the wrong firmware for your device. What device do you have and what is the file name of the firmware you downloaded?
    1. AB Project's Avatar
      AB Project -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Sounds like you have the wrong firmware for your device. What device do you have and what is the file name of the firmware you downloaded?
      I have an iPhone 5, currently with 6.0.2

      The filename of the downloaded firmware I used is..
      - iPhone5,1_6.0_10A405_Restore.ipsw

      This was from a direct link from redsn0w.us
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by AB Project View Post
      I have an iPhone 5, currently with 6.0.2

      The filename of the downloaded firmware I used is..
      - iPhone5,1_6.0_10A405_Restore.ipsw

      This was from a direct link from redsn0w.us
      I'd bet you actually have a iPhone5,2 device then. Try this one: http://modmyi.com/downloads.php?do=f...f7a9e25d947c98
    1. AB Project's Avatar
      AB Project -
      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      I'd bet you actually have a iPhone5,2 device then. Try this one: http://modmyi.com/downloads.php?do=f...f7a9e25d947c98
      Just clicked that link.. I got this ha..

      Your submission could not be processed because a security token was invalid.
      If this occurred unexpectedly, please inform the administrator and describe the action you performed before you received this error.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by AB Project View Post
      Just clicked that link.. I got this ha..

      Your submission could not be processed because a security token was invalid.
      If this occurred unexpectedly, please inform the administrator and describe the action you performed before you received this error.
      It is just the link from our downloads section: iPhone 5 CDMA 6.0.2 - Downloads - Apple, iPhone and iPad Forums | ModMyi.com
    1. Colby21's Avatar
      Colby21 -
      All i wanna do is save my contacts. iCloud says i'm at 5.1gb..... with just my contacts.. everything else is turned off. I don't get it
    1. AB Project's Avatar
      AB Project -
      I downloaded the firmware from here, iTunes still showing error when choosing that file. So just updated via iTunes, member of evasi0n suggested there was no difference in method, now on 6.1 - Thanks!