If you own at least one iPhone, iPod, or iPad, then you've probably come across the curious act known as jailbreaking.
In geek terms, jailbreaking something is the process of exploiting a bug or system flaw on an iDevice to eliminate Apple-imposed restrictions and gain privileged access. In other words, you get access to resources that would be otherwise unavailable on your stock Apple product.
Heck, jailbreaking even allows you to completely change the way your iDevice looks and functions and make it more like—dare we say it—an Android.
Obviously, the biggest tradeoff to any jailbreak method is that it voids your warranty from Apple, which means the company—and by extension, the store you bought your iDevice from—are no longer obliged to uphold any warranty claim, much less repair your hardware if it ends up being a very expensive paperweight.
It may also lead to performance issues, but this one's more of a consequence to pulling the trigger on apps, extensions, or themes too quickly without waiting for feedback first.
If all of this sounds compelling and reasonable to you, then you may want to stick around as we guide you through the process of liberating your iOS device from Apple's ironhanded constraints with the help of Evasi0n, our jailbreak software of choice.
The latest version of Evasi0n is compatible with iPhone, iPod, and iPad models running iOS versions 6.0 through 6.1.2.
Before going any further, we highly suggest that you do three things to make your jailbreaking experience as problem-free as possible:
1. If you're using a Windows-based machine, download and install Apple iTunes. Back up your iPhone, iPod, or iPad using the said software (you'll also need it to jailbreak your iOS hardware, anyway). Alternatively, you can use iCloud to back up your device;
2. Temporarily disable your hardware's passcode lock; and
3. Refrain from using both your device and iTunes while Evasi0n is running, unless told otherwise.
With that out of the way, let's proceed to jailbreaking your iOS hardware.
1. Connect your device to your desktop or laptop via a USB cable.
2. Download Evasi0n here: http://evasi0n.com. Run the software and click the "Jailbreak" button.
3. The whole process takes about 5 minutes to complete. Midway through the jailbreak, it will ask you to unlock your device and tap the "Jailbreak" shortcut on your home screen. Do exactly that.
4. Evasi0n will continue jailbreaking your hardware. When it's done, hit the "Exit" button.
5. Unlock your device again. This time, tap the freshly installed Cydia app on your home screen. Cydia lets you find and install software packages and tweaks on your iOS hardware. Its initial run may take some time, so be patient. After Cydia completes the initialization process, you'll be sent back to the home screen.
6. Re-launch Cydia and choose the "Hacker" filter so as not to hide some Cydia tweaks from being shown.
That's it! Enjoy your jailbroken iDevice!