Many of you have probably avoided upgrading to iOS 6 for a variety of reasons.  The first, and most likely reason, was because of the much maligned Apple Maps.  A moot issue now, since Google has since released a version of their map apps for iOS 6 that includes turn-by-turn directions.  The second reason: the inability to Jailbreak the device.

Well, you can now scratch that last one off the list, and upgrade to your heart’s content.  Because today, Jailbreak for iOS 6 was released.

Jailbreaking isn’t for everyone, especially if you’re the average user.  That said, Jailbreaking opens up Apple’s iPhone (and iPad) and allows you to add a variety of options that are normally barred from the device.  The biggie for me?  The ability to tether the handset to a computer and utilize its data connection when I’m not in reach of a WiFi signal.  To be candid, I’m a Nexus 4 user (you’d know that if you read my switch over) so it’s a nonissue, as Google’s latest handset allows me to, albeit illegally, tether my computer to its AT&T data connection.  There are additional upsides too, such as downloading apps that aren’t or won’t be approved in the Apple App Store, as well as modify the device’s home screen.

That all being said, Apple doesn’t want you to Jailbreak your device.  They’ll tell you it will void your warranty, but a simple handset Restore, as found in iTunes, returns the device to its original, and legal (in Apple’s eyes) state.  And for the sake of further affirmation, I’ve run into Apple employees, in the Apple stores no less, that are carrying Jailbroken devices.

So how does one Jailbreak an iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, or iPad running iOS 6?  Just follow these simple steps to Jailbreak your iPhone 5 or iOS 6 device (iPod Touch, iPhone 4s, iPad):

  1. Make sure you’ve got the latest version of iTunes installed and running on your computer
  2. Next, backup your data.  You never know when something will go wrong and you’ll need to restore
  3. Download the latest Jailbreak software (
  4. Plug-in your iOS device into your computer
  5. You’ll be presented with a dialog box that says “Jailbreak” from the Jailbreak tool
  6. Click that Jailbreak button
  7. Next, wait for the Jailbreak process to complete – it may take a few minutes
  8. Your phone will reboot as if you’ve power cycled the device
  9. Check to see if your device’s home screen has an app to the Cydia Store

That’s it.  If you’re looking to tether your iPhone to your computer without paying for an additional data plan, or compromise your unlimited plan, you simply just need to download the right app.  Just keep in mind if you tether a ton of data, you might get a letter from AT&T that will ask you to stop, or they might just charge you a heft tax on your next monthly bill.

If after Jailbreaking you don’t like what you see, or if you need to have your iPhone serviced, you can simply restore the device’s original software.  Just plug it into your computer, open iTunes and click the Restore button.  Again, make sure you back up your data, such as new contacts.  In a few minutes time your iPhone will return to its original form, and Apple will have no record of you performing the Jailbreaking.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."