How To Upgrade Your iPhone And Still Jailbreak It

If you haven't updated your iPhone in a long time but still want the benefits of jailbreaking, it might seem like you're out of luck because you can't jailbreak the newest version. Thankfully, it's easy enough to update to a version of iOS that you can still jailbreak. Here's how to do it.

Currently, the only available jailbreak for iOS is with version 6.1.2. Unfortunately, if you update your iPhone from iTunes it will push you up to 6.1.3 which you can't jailbreak. You can get around this by manually updating your device:

  1. Download the 6.1.2 update for your specific device from here.
  2. Plug in your phone and open up iTunes.
  3. Select your iPhone from the menu, and Option+Click the "Update" button.
  4. Select the IPSW file you downloaded in the first step and let iTunes run the update.

That's it! iTunes will perform the update and then you can proceed with the jailbreak. This works with any firmware as long you're upgrading from a lower version (you can't manually install 6.1.2 on a device that has already been upgraded to 6.1.3). Just make sure you don't accidentally let iTunes update it when you're done.


Comments

    WHERE'S THE OPTION KEY?

      The Option key is on a Mac.
      On Windows, hold Shift and click the "Update" button instead.

      Right next to the ANY key.

    Actually, this won't work for the iPhone 5. You will receive an error when trying to install a custom IPSW through iTunes. The only option is to stay on your old firmware, or update to 6.1.3 and lose jailbreak ability.

    This wont work at all as apple are no longer signing IOS6.1.2 or earlier. If you have your shsh blobs saved and you have at some stage already had the ios version you are trying to downgrade to installed on your device, it is possible to downgrade. but it is not that simple.

      It may not work for downgrading... but what about upgrading?

      I held off on upgrading to 6.1.2... Didn't have time to run all the backups and stuff.

      Now that I have time at work, I'm trying to upgrade from 6.1 to 6.1.2 and then jailbreak but getting error 3194 during the 6.1.2 restore process. Already checked the Hosts file and that's cleared, disabled AVG and firewall, uninstalled and reinstalled ALL apple software...

      What else can I do?

        Try using redsn0w to manually restore phone to 6.1.2 then jailbreak with evasi0n.

    **woops... Double post...***

    It may not work for downgrading... but what about upgrading?

    I held off on upgrading to 6.1.2... Didn't have time to run all the backups and stuff.

    Now that I have time at work, I'm trying to upgrade from 6.1 to 6.1.2 and then jailbreak but getting error 3194 during the 6.1.2 restore process. Already checked the Hosts file and that's cleared, disabled AVG and firewall, uninstalled and reinstalled ALL apple software...

    What else can I do?

    Last edited 10/04/13 4:34 pm

    What about now? I've been trying to get on, but it keeps giving me an error saying my "device isn't eligible for the requested build." Is there a workaround?

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