Update 1 (02/28/13): This tutorial also applies to Sn0wbreeze 2.9.11
2.9.10 2.9.11 has just been released to jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 untethered, but first things first, if you have an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, or any of the other newer iOS device, you should follow our tutorial posted here to jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 using Evasi0n.
The jailbreak community may be alive and reinvigorated with the hard work that has gone into the production of the untethered jailbreak iOS 6.1, but the veteran software in the community is still managing to remain relevant. The always-popular Sn0wbreeze jailbreak tool has now been updated to version
2.9.10 2.9.11, bringing with it a number of important improvements and additions focusing on the new iOS 6.x untether.
The majority of users have been counting down the days until they can get their hands on the new jailbreak utility from the Evad3rs team, and although the Evasi0n software will of handled most of the load, there is always a subset of users who want to stick to the tried and tested Sn0wbreeze software. Version
2.9.10 2.9.11 of iH8sn0w’s software is still completely Windows only, so OS X users can look elsewhere. In addition to that small important caveat; users of newer Apple iOS devices will also need to walk on by as Sn0wbreeze only supports A4-powered hardware.
Sn0wbreeze or Evasi0n tool?
So why use Sn0wbreeze over Evasi0n tool? Well if you sport a older iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS which relies on carrier unlock + hacktivation, Sn0wbreeze is the way to go. Using Sn0wbreeze, you can cook a custom firmware for your device without the upgraded baseband so that you can unlock it with Ultrasn0w.
It’s been mentioned many times in the past, but is definitely worth re-iterating that Sn0wbreeze won’t ever be able to inject jailbreaks of any nature onto newer Apple devices until a low-level DFU exploit is found and can be used. It is for that reason that Sn0wbreeze
2.9.10 2.9.11 will only support pre-A5 devices such as the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the fourth-generation iPod touch.
How-to Jailbreak iOS 6.1.2 using Sn0wbreeze:
Step 1: The first step in the process is to get your hands on the latest version of Sn0wbreeze, currently standing at
2.9.10 2.9.11. Grab the download for Windows from here. If you are using Windows 8, make sure you have .NET Framework 3.5 installed from here.
Step 2: Make sure that the iOS device to be jailbroken is connected to the Windows PC via the 30-pin connection cable and the device is running a supported firmware. The latest version of Sn0wbreeze supports an untethered jailbreak on 5.2 firmware for Apple TV, and iOS 6.0 – 6.1.2 for iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod touch 4, and uses the same Evasi0n exploits released by team Evad3rs.
Step 3: Locate the download of Sn0wbreeze from step 1, unarchive the download and run the executable file found within.
Step 4: Hit the blue next button on the bottom-right of the display and select the Browse for an IPSW and point Sn0wbreeze to the relevant firmware for your device. Since iOS 6.1.2 is supported, we advise you jailbreak on that particular firmware. You can download iOS 6.1.2 from this page.
Step 5: If Sn0wbreeze successfully identifies the provided IPSW file then select Next and click on the Simple Mode option that is provided.
Step 6: Sn0wbreeze works by stitching together a custom created firmware file that can then be restored to the device, be patient, this might take a while.
You’ll see this message on the display once the custom firmware is ready:
Step 7: Sn0wbreeze will now ask you to put your device in Pwned DFU Mode, follow the on-screen instructions on how to do so.
Step 8: Once done, Sn0wbreeze will provide an alert to say that the device is now in Pwned DFU Mode. Close Sn0wbreeze, open iTunes and select the connected device from the left hand menu.
Step 9: Press and hold the left SHIFT key on the keyboard before clicking on Restore in the iTunes interface. When iTunes asks for a firmware file to be selected, point it to the custom created IPSW from Sn0wbreeze that will be found on the desktop of the computer.
Step 10: Allow iTunes to go through restore process. When complete, the phone will be fully jailbroken with the beautiful Cydia icon present on the home screen.
So there we have it. The tireless work of the Evad3rs team over the last couple of months has ensured that the jailbreak community has become alive with activity once again. Users are excited, developers are re-energized and now thanks to iH8sn0w and Sn0wbreeze; Windows users also have an additional route to get that untether jailbreak iOS 6 onto their older devices that relies on unlock. After a period of doom and gloom towards the back end of last year, the future looks well and truly glowing for jailbreaking once again.