As you probably know that the latest iOS 6 mobile operating system is released for the public on September 19th and it has been downloaded millions of times by many customers using their very own Apple devices. Today I am going to show you the exact method of upgrading to IOS 6 for your jailbroken iPad (assuming that it is running Cydia on version 5.1.1). Don’t worry if you have a different version as I am also going to explain you how to get iOS 6 in general.
Please understand that the process which I am going to show you is going to give you a fresh installation of iOS 6 without any sort of Jailbreak. With that in mind let’s dig deep into the steps for upgrading from 5.1.1 to 6.
Let’s assume that you have Cydia installed into your iPad. If you go ahead and delete all the packages some of the cydia files will still exist on your memory. These files might cause problems when you are trying to update to iOS 6. You see, Cydia has some coding that purposefully points to their servers and when apple detects that, your update will stop showing an error. Here is exactly what you need to do.
Steps for Installation of iOS 6
- Connect your iPad to the computer or mac and launch iTunes
- Take a backup of all your apps, contacts etc.
- Now use the following links below to download the ipsw for your iPad’s 5.1.1 version. The ipsw is the stock firmware and it’s going to override all your settings and make a fresh installation to your iPad just like the one you had when you initially bought it.
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 3 (The new iPad) – CDMA
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 3 (The new iPad) – Wifi+3G(GSM)
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 3 (The new iPad) – Wifi
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 2 – CDMA
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 2 – Wifi+3G (GSM)
Download iOS 6 ipsw firmware for iPad 2 – Wifi
- Once your ipsw download is complete, select your iPad under iTunes. Now click on Restore + Shift. Make sure you are holding the shift button on your keyboard when you click restore.
- A screen will pop up asking for the ipsw file. Remember the download you did in step 3. Browse to the folder where you saved the download and then select it.
- Now you will see iTunes extracting the files and finally installing iOS 6 on your iPad
1. Error 11 iTunes
Error 11 is one of the most common and frustrating errors for iOS restore. It took me about a month to figure out why error 11 actually occurs. The thing is, when you are restoring the iOS device to any version (even using ipsw method) Apple checks and validates the restore. If Apple finds that you have done an external download of the firmware and you are not using the default iOS download inside iTunes then you are going to get this error.
Steps for Editing you Hosts
- Go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts on your Windows. If you are using a mac then it can be found under Nano/private/etc/hosts . Use the terminal for the Mac (if necessary) to go there.
- Inside your hosts make sure you add 188.8.131.52 gs.apple.com
- If there is any other host entry like 127.0.0.1 gs.apple.com please add a # before it to deactivate it. This will prompt another server to do the authentication for the jailbroken iPad’s when you are upgrading to iOS 6.
Note: Please delete all Apple hosts after your restore. Just for safety.
2. Hard Disk Full Error
Another common error that occurs when you are trying to extract the packages of iOS 6 ipsw is the hard disk shows full. The way you avoid this is pretty simple. Run any disk cleanup software for the C dive or the place where iTunes is installed. It will delete all temporary files and you are good to go.
I hope in this tutorial I answered most of your questions regarding iOS 6 upgrade from a jailbroken 5.1.1. If you are still facing some problems please free to comment below and I will surely help you out.