We know all you iPhone 5 owners out there are itching to have your shiny gadgets jailbroken. Since its major release in September, people have been dying to know if they can finally break free from Apple’s chains of exclusivity. But while the iPhone jailbreak for iOS 6.0.1 is still nowhere to be seen, iPhone hackers are assuring users that it is in its final stages of brewing. Let’s cross our fingers for that. For users looking to jailbreak iphone 4, read on.
Meanwhile, hackers would like to remind their fellow geeks not to be fooled by fakers who say that the iPhone 5 jailbreak has been released. iPhoneHacks and a lot of other iPhone devs say the only official jailbreaks they have for now are tethered hacks for the iPhone 4 and old untethered hacks for the iPhone 3GS.
But for those who have updated their iPhone 4 to iOS 6.0.1, you’d be glad to know that you can now jailbreak your iPhone through tethered jailbreaking via Sn0wbreeze. This jailbreak also works on the fourth generation iPod Touch and the iPhone 3GS. Basically it works on all devices with an A4 chip but will not work on devices with an A5 chip (those are too new and are not yet supported). You also have to keep in mind that this jailbreak will require you to connect your iPhone to your computer every time it starts up or you’ll be stuck with nothing but the Apple logo. Jailbreaking your device will also void your iPhone’s warranty.
How to Jailbreak iPhone 4
So, how do you start? What do you need?
First off, you need to download and extract Sn0wbreeze 2.9.7 and save it to your computer’s desktop (this makes it easier to locate and access the files you need). Then you have to download and extract the iOS 6.0.1 firmware for your iPhone 4, 3GS or iPod Touch. Then run the Sn0wbreeze.exe file on your desktop and click on the blue button on the lower right hand side of the pop up screen.
Next, you need to let Sn0wbreeze detect your iPhone 4 by clicking on Browse for an IPSW. Select your device’s iOS 6.0.1 IPSW file. Once the program recognizes your device, click on the blue arrow below to continue with the jailbreak process. In the next window, you’ll be asked what mode you prefer. You can either click on Simple or Expert mode.
In the next window, click on General (it must have a green check beside it) and click on the blue arrow button. If your iPhone is unlocked and you’re using an unofficial SIM card, click on Activate the iPhone [Hacktivate] and click back to the General page.
Once you’re back on the General page, click on Build IPSW and then the blue arrow. Sn0wbreeze will then create your IPSW file for you which will take about 5 minutes. Once the IPSW is done, the program will remind you that you need to use iBooty to activate your iPhone. Just click OK and you will be redirected to a message saying the process was successful! You’ll also find the IPSW file on your desktop.
You will then need to turn off your device and boot it in DFU mode. To do this, you need to follow the on-screen instructions. You have to press and hold the Power button and then simultaneously hold the Home and Power button for 10 seconds. Then, release the Power button (but don’t release your hold on the Home button) until Sn0wbreeze detects your iPhone 4 in DFU mode. The program will then tell you that the device is in DFU mode and it will put your iPhone in PWNED DFU mode.
The last thing you need to do (that involves Sn0wbreeze) is to close the program and open iTunes. Restore the iTunes program and open the IPSW firmware on the desktop. iTunes will then detect the custom IPSW. Once iTunes is finished restoring, you’re now ready to tether boot your iPhone 4 using iBooty.
iBooty is pretty simple. Just open the iBooty.exe file which is in the Sn0wbreeze folder on your desktop. Select your device from the drop down menu and just follow the on-screen instructions on iBooty.
And there you go! If you’re having problems jailbreaking your iPhone 4, you can check out this video! Good luck!
Author Bio: Twila B. is a blogger for Cash for iPhones’ news site that features iPhone news, event updates and e-recycling tips like how you can sell your old or broken iPhone.