How To Fix “Exploit Failed” Error while Jailbreaking iOS 6.0.1

How To Fix “Exploit Failed” Error while Jailbreaking iOS 6.0.1 – Apples iOS 6.0.1 firmware has been released recently and there have been many comments about errors that people have been facing trying to jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 with redsn0w. Due to the fact that redsn0w is not yet supporting iOS 6.0.1 until the untethered jailbreak for all iDevices is released, many people are facing the “Exploit Failed” error when jailbreaking the 6.0.1 firmware using the 6.0 IPSW. an easy and simple way to fix the “Exploit Failed” error while using the same program redsn0w.

Fixing Error Required

  • Download the latest Redsn0w redsn0w 0.9.15b3 from here

Supported devices

A4 chip devices only

  • iPhone 4.
  • iPhone 3GS.
  • iPod touch 4th generation.

Note 1: Assuming that most of you have ran into this error and already know the concept of jailbreaking iOS 6.0.1, i will get right to the topic. If not, follow our guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 6.0.1 using redsn0w.

Note 2: The reason for this error occurring is, cause many people are not fully understanding how to enter DFU mode correctly, So you have to know how to put your device in DFU mode correctly.

How To Fix

Note 3: Make sure you are running redsn0w as administrator by right clicking on redsn0w and going to Properties –> Compatibility  mark on “Run this program as an administrator” under Privilege Level.

Also make sure that your USB port drivers are fully upgraded, your USB cable is in good condition, and that you are also on a fresh restored iDevice

How To Fix “Exploit Failed” Error while Jailbreaking iOS 6.0.1

Step 1: Put your device in DFU mode.

You have to take care on this step cause this step is the main reason of the “Exploit Failed” error, you must follow each step correctly.

  • Hold Lock/Power button for 3 seconds.
How To Fix
  • Hold Both Lock/Power and home button for 10 seconds.
How To Fix
  • Keep Holding the Home button for 15 and no less. then release the Power button.(THIS IS THE KEY STEP)
How To Fix
  • DO NOT let the “Home Button“ when the screen changes at 8 seconds, to the picture below.

How To Fix

  • Keep on holding the home button until you see “Uploading first stage” or “Uploading second stage” (Which is about 15-20 seconds) then you can let go of the “Home Button” because the exploit process has finished.

How To Fix

Your Jailbreak should complete Now and the rest of the process will take place on your iDevice.

Note: If you Face “Missing Keys.plist” error, Follow our guide posted here

Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below while following these instructions and We will do our best to help you !


107 Answers + Add Your Answer

  1. ShadowEvil says:

    I fixed this issue by going back to Beta 1 of Redsn0w… Which works 100%…

  2. Sampson says:

    I have an iphone4 version 6.0.1 and want to jail break but i had this “missing key.plist” error and after finding a solutions and going through the process, when it’s installing Bundles and it reboots instead of the pineapple to show after it reboots it’s rather the apply logo that shows up and my iphone4 comes on to in normal states and the cydia does not install, please i need to pass through this side to be able to jailbreak my phone.

    • Tmel4198 says:

      my solution for missing keys.plist is on this website it works great. Also for your apple logo problem i would recommend that you restore and try the jailbreak instructions for iOS 6.0.1 from my missing keys.plist fix and jailbreak tutorial on this website

    • ShadowEvil says:

      When I ran into this issue… All I did was unplug the Dock Cable from the USB Jack and unplug my iDevice and plug everything back in… Then re-did it. And it worked.

      • Tmel4198 says:

        ya thats what my instructions for the missing keys.plist error say to do haha, glad you figured it out on your own :]

  3. Chetan says:

    Hi i have iPhone 4s with 6.0.1 and i like to jailbreak pls advice bcs without jail break iPhone is so boring

  4. Shane says:

    I’m gettin the “exploit failed” message and im doin all the steps ur saying like hold the home button down for 15 sec. It never pops up to upload 1st stage it just goes straight to “waiting on reboot”. what am i doin wrong???

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  6. jeanmorcao says:

    i did everythinh you guys said and it still dint work pls help

  7. Gavin says:

    Guys I need help.

    I previously jailbroke my iPhone 4 using this method. It went perfectly. I installed something from cydia and my iphone screwed up so I had to restore it in itunes.

    I’m trying to jailbreak it again, but I keep getting the “exploit failed” message. I’m holding the home button as long as I can and no matter how I put the iPhone in DFU mode it still gives me this error message.

    Please don’t tell me to keep holding the home button I am holding it!

    Any help would be appreciated. Cheers guys!

  8. christina says:

    this worked great as long as i held the home button longer thanks so much

  9. da says:

    i have used this jailbreak and my itunes is not detecting my iphone…also none of the pre-installed apps on the iphone are to be seen…pls help

  10. Shane says:

    Have any of u guys jailbreak an iPad 2 before on ios 6.0.1? ive read many things saying u could and couldnt so curious if any1 has done it before

  11. Blacke says:


  12. Jeffrey says:

    It worked! Thank you.

  13. Louis says:

    This really works!!! great job author!

  14. cole says:

    i still get exploit failed shortly after uploading first stage

  15. Anon says:

    For 6.0.1 Users:

    Try right clicking redsn0w.exe, then Run as Administrator.

    Extras > Select IPSW > “Select a 6.0 IPSW”

    If you didn’t try this yet, read the whole thread before complaining.

  16. ACLomby says:

    Hey! thanks a lot! it worked just perfect! (Y)

  17. zazzysoul says:

    I’ve tried multiple times and done about everything it keeps on saying exploit failed, i dont know what to do now

  18. Claudia says:

    I NEED HELP!!! My phone wouldn’t get the wifi signals so I reset the networking settings, then it turned my iPhone 4 off. When it reopened my Jailbreak stuff wasn’t working and I remembered that I have to reboot it. I’ve been trying for 2 hours and nothing is working!!! At first it was the missing file which I fixed with the other post on the site, which brought me to the exploit failed problem. So I try fixing that one and it still doesn’t work! HELP!

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  20. jayrag says:

    Hey,I Need help, I can Jailbreak in my Iphone 3gs IOS 6.0.1 but this is not working. and also Email,Maps,Calander,Safari and Cydia this apps not workin please help.


  21. Hakim says:

    iPhone is really a nice gadget but the only reason it’s not getting market in africa Is that u guys made everything so hard, it’s all about hide and sick with the latest technology forexample when I tried this I lost my data, and music videos, trying to to recover them becoz i made a restore… Am regretting if I had bought Samsung galaxy coz its things a easy with low educated…. Plizzz the company advisers shud style up in considering the whole community as a whole …

  22. RoJr says:

    Thanks a lot! I’ve been stuck weeks trying to jailbreak ios 6.0.1!

  23. shaffad says:

    I upgraded my iPhone 4 (gsm) 04.12.02 to 6.0.1 but when I try to jailbreak. I did just as mentioned above went in dfu mode opened redsnow as administer but when I try to load ipsw 6.0 it says ipsw not supported.
    What should I do please help

  24. snow says:

    Doesn’t work, followed every step perfectly multiple times.

  25. Nipun says:

    I FINALLY found a way to jailbreak without any errors! Here’s how:

    1. First of all you MUST connect the phone to a USB 2.0 port. If not, you’d get the “exploit failed” error.

    2. Download redsn0w 0.9.15b2 (beta 2 version and NOT the latest beta 3 version)

    3. Restart your Laptop/PC/Mac

    4. Connect the iPhone to your Laptop/PC/Mac. (iPhone should be ON…not turned off)

    5. Right click redsn0w 0.9.15b2 and go to properties. Select “Run this program in compatibility mode for WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2 (NOT service pack 3). Then select “Run as administrator”.

    6. Run redsn0w 0.9.15b2.

    7. Go to extras > select IPSW > iOS 6.0 firmware

    8. Go back and click Jailbreak.

    9. Make sure “Install Cydia” is checked and click next.

    10. On the DFU mode screen TURN OFF your iPhone.

    11. As soon as the iPhone turns off click next and follow the DFU instruction (STEP 1 & 2)

    12. THIS STEP is CRITICAL!!! DO NOT LET GO OF THE HOME BUTTON! Keep pressing it.

    13. When redsn0w 0.9.15b2 has finished uploading second stage and says “waiting for reboot”, your iphone screen will light up.

    14. When your iphone screen lights up, keep pressing the home button for 5 seconds and LET GO! ******ONLY at THIS stage you should let go of the home button*******

    15. Voila!!! you will not encounter any errors and your iPhone will be jailbroken!

    NOTE – you will NOT see Cydia after the jailbreak. This is because the iPhone is in a Semi-Tethered state. To get Cydia, you need to “Just boot tethered”.
    Follow the same steps above for just boot tethered. Make sure that you DO NOT let go of the home button until step 14!!! And you will have a freshly jailbroken iPhone.

    NOTE 2 – you no NOT need a fresh restore have this jailbreak! I jailbroke my iPhone 4 which was last restored in December!!!

    I was up till 3 AM this morning trying to figure this out!
    I’ve tried EVERYTHING else! Trust me, THIS WORKS!!! :-)

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  30. johnyboy says:

    when i was using iphone 4 ios 6.0.1 everything worked fine. then i updated redsnow to the 9.15b3 this “exploit failed” started to happen. Then I updated to ios 6.1 ( the newest update) it still says “exploit failed”. Does anyone know my problem?? I kept holding the home button until “patching files” after that it says waiting for reboot then apple logo shows up and “exploit fail”. help please?

  31. Robert says:


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  33. beau stewart says:

    there is an easier way without putting in dfu mode etc.

    1. download ifunbox
    2. plug in iphone/ipod
    3. go to search in ifunbox
    4. type in cydia
    5. delete all results
    6. apps are back :)

  34. georgio says:

    i am restoring my ipod touch 4 6.1 redsnow and i did all the steps but it say could’nt find recovery mode divice

  35. andreas says:

    just change usb port and it will be fixed :)

  36. jerry says:

    if all the above don’t work try on a windows 7 computer i had to do it on my moms computer because it didn’t work on my windows 8 computer

  37. Jeydon says:

    Thanks :) This actually worked on my Win8 Computer, I used it on my iPod Touch 4G and it worked :)

  38. Sami says:

    This is perfect. I had been trying to restore my ios from 4.1 to 5.1.1 but was getting redsn0w hanged. I used to release the home button after the process started and not till 15 seconds like said in redsn0w. AND IT WORKED. THANKS MAN :)

  39. Ray Malupeng says:

    stuck on the please wait……… on and before that failed on alll the command prompt screen like in dos mode

  40. Claros says:

    I’ve tried to unlock and boot tethered an iphone 4 with ios 6.1.3 and redsn0w 0.9.15b3.
    I achieved redsn0w to work correctly on Windows 7 32 bit and on MacOs X 10.8.3 but not on Windows 8 64 bit, even with Win Xp SP 2 Compatibility Mode and Administrator privileges. It is not an issued due to a failed dfu mode setup, redsn0w cannot perform stage 1 exploit.

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  44. Dk007 says:

    Guys, if you keep getting the apple logo when exploiting with limera1n thehn continue holding the home button and you should get the recovery mode with iTunes logo. Then at that stage directly enter dfu without shutting down or reboot. Then run the usual jailbreak process and it should work. That’s how I jailbroke my friend’s iPhone. Hope this tip helps

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  49. kkfasl says:

    It’s not even working, I still get Exploit failed. I tried this so many times but no hope. This is not the true solution

  50. Someone says:

    This patch of redsn0w Is a piece of SHIT. I did EVERYTHING, followed EVERY advice and I still get an “exploit failed”.

    TAKE ANOTHER PROGRAM, this redsn0w doesn’t work and is not likely going to work. I spent ALL DAY on this.

    • Kyle C says:

      Did you try another computer?

      If you get the exploit failed error try using a different computer. I was so pissed off because my phone would not boot off of Redsnow. After hitting just boot it would start the process, say waiting for reboot, then say exploit failed and my phone would turn back on in non jailbreak mode. I tried different cords and reinstalled cydia and Redsnow. Finally I put Redsnow on my old computer and it worked first time and every time.

      By the way my laptop that will not boot my iphone is a Toshiba and its less that 6 months old

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  54. hidden says:

    download beta 1 of redsnow 0.9.15b1 works every time
    as long as you hit select ipsw it works

  55. IpodUser says:

    when I run redsnow, I select ipsw of 6.0, and run the latest rd program. I hit jailbreak, but, when it says waiting for reboot, the apple logo comes up, and the program says exploit failed.. its like the apple logo disrupts the process.. I hold down the home button longer, but the logo pops up still.. help

  56. Grayson says:

    I’m trying to jailbreak my itouch 4 6.1.3 with redsnow, but i keep getting the exploit failed screen.

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  67. maria says:

    I noticed I have to keep holding down the home button so I do but sometimes it will say that my iPod needs to be recovered. Also, sometimes it will work but once I try to reboot it (the 2nd step), it messes up and I have to start all over or recover my iPod which takes forever.

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