How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1 with Seas0nPass

by tomek on January 13, 2011

Seas0nPass is a new jailbreak tool designed by FireCore specifically and exclusively for the AppleTV 2 (no other iOS devices support). This magic piece of software allows you to jailbreak your atv2 with the latest 4.1.1 (iOS 4.2.1) software by creating custom AppleTV IPSW files and restoring them in iTunes (similar to the existing Pwnage Tool app). It also includes a simple ‘tethered boot’ option which aids in using newer AppleTV firmwares when an ‘un-tethered’ jailbreak is not yet available.

Seas0nPass is available for free, and is open source (the source code is available on Github). It’s Mac only (OSX 10.6 or later) for now but the Windows version should be released soon.

Here are the instructions on how to use Seas0nPass to jailbreak the Apple TV 2:

NOTE: users are experiencing many kinds of problems with jailbreaking using Seas0nPass. Read the comments on FireCore’s blog before you decide to try the software on your own device.

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes (check for updates through Software Update located in Apple menu).
  2. Download Seas0nPass
  3. A micro USB cable will be required to complete the jailbreak.


Step 1: Unzip the ‘’ file and launch Seas0nPass.

Step 2: If your AppleTV is not yet jailbroken, select ‘Create IPSW’. (if already jailbroken, and you just need to do a ‘tethered boot’ scroll down).

Step 3: The latest AppleTV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom ‘jailbroken’ software file.

Step 4: When prompted, connect your AppleTV using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected), and hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds.

Step 5: iTunes will open automatically and start the restore process.

Step 6: iTunes will confirm the restore when complete – your AppleTV is now jailbroken. Please proceed to the ‘tethered boot’ section below.

Using Seas0nPass for a ‘tethered boot’

Some AppleTV software versions require a tethered boot. This means the AppleTV must be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup.

Note: The AppleTV MUST be disconnected from the computer (for at least a brief moment) after restoring in iTunes for the tethered boot process below to work properly.

Step 1: Open Seas0nPass and select the ‘Boot Tethered’ option.

Step 2: When prompted, connect the AppleTV to your computer via USB. Wait for the rapid flashing light then connect the power. Once both are connected hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds.

Step 3: Seas0n Pass will complete the tethered boot automatically. Once complete, remove the USB cable and connect the HDMI cable.

You may also want to read:
How-To: Jailbreak Apple TV 2G on iOS 4.2.1 with PwnageTool
AirPlay Streaming Hacked into the Old Apple TV (updated: giveaway!)
AirFlick Streams Non-iTunes Data to Apple TV 2 (video)
AirVideoEnabler Allows AirPlay Video Streaming from Any App

  • Jmc7

    Once this is completed.. what will be different?

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  • Levan

    My ATV 2G device doesn’t enter DFU mode and seas0npass is stuck waiting for device to enter DFU mode… please help.

  • Antonio

    I had problems to do dFU, google it and you can enter in DFU mode… You can install nitoTV, Plex, couchsurfer…

  • Andy kay

    google it and you can enter in DFU mode…what do you mean

  • Birdman

    I dont get it either? Why are you being such a smartarse?

  • Blu3m4trix

    anyway to get Hulu support on Apple TV 2nd Gen.?

  • Sweetcoder

    Make sure you unplug the appletv from the wall and only have it hooked via USB. I had the same issue

  • Not easy… waiting for a new version of aTV flash (Black)

  • BEC

    Well, now I’m boned. Something went wrong in the restore, now iTunes can’t re-restore the thing back to factory OS. Error 1601. Crap.

  • BEC

    Phew, waited a few minutes and tried again… it worked. Now time to try the jailbreak again.

  • On the Step 4, when I press and hold both buttons nothing happens… iTunes doesn’t open and stayed in this step forever… What should I do? Thank you.

  • magga

    It only works for me if I *do* have it plugged into the power, will not go into DFU mode at all with just USB cable connected. But later on it then doesn’t restore in iTunes properly despite SP saying it’s restored, iTunes just stays at “Restoring iTunes Firmware”. The Apple TV doesn’t work either.

  • Eye2eye673

    I successfully put the ispw file on the apple tv2 and then successfully booted it and it said it was safe to unplug and plug it in my tv. Then I plug it in my tv, an dthe apple shows up on the scrn and then everything goes blank and my tv does not recognize the device is hooked up to it;

  • Ben

    Also having trouble entering into DFU mode. Have tried both unplugged and powered.

  • Tom

    I also have a problem jailbreaking my Apple TV 2G, cannot get into DFU mode 🙁

  • Redxblack

    I tried this and got it working after several attempts. It’s all fine however you need to do this tethered boot thing every time you reboot. Obviously this is useless given the Wifi issues and need to reset the AppleTV quiet frequently. I’ll wait until it’s sorted so it can boot on it’s own once changed.

  • Ben

    I now have no problem getting into DFU mode and I’m not sure why exactly.

  • Ben
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  • Ben

    The only problem I’m having now is the wi-fi. Hopefully it’s fixed soon.

  • Ben

    Staff are currently looking into the wi-fi issues –

  • gron

    Well I ran this 3 days ago and have spent a few hours each day since trying to unbrick my apple TV. I have no doubt it worked for some folk but I followed directions pretty well but received an error that itunes was unable to update (no I had no power cable in). Now I have tried to restore many times with itunes, double checked I have latest version of OSX and itunes software etc but to no avail. Error 1601 every time. Tried restarting and all kinds of stuff. Will try on my work computer tomorrow. Bummer.

  • Duck

    I am having the same issue. Were you able to get this resolved?

  • gron

    Managed to restore it from another mac altogether… I’m a sucker for punishment so I’ll try again and see how it goes!

  • Jules

    The entire process is no good… to difficult to jailbreak. I’ve spent too much time on this

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  • Joelisbored

    I successfully jailbroke and tethered boot. But after power loss I can’t get atv2 to connect to any pc. Nothing happens when I plug in USB. Power or no power same thing. I have tried 4 different computers. Please help!!

  • Misc

    I spent 4 days trying to get this hack to work and finally figured it out. To upload the IPSW wait till seasonpass asks you to connect the ATV2, Connect the USB cable Connect the power cable and then hold Menu + Down till the lights blink rapidly. There are 3 speeds of blinking it takes about 6 seconds to get the right ones. The ATV2 is now reseting. The light will blink once and then a long blink, hold the Menu + Play/Pause button for 7 seconds as soon as you see this long blink. The unit will go into DFU. The unit is still reseting before this long blink so dont go to early. It takes Practice.

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  • Ksporry

    Guys, is there a tethered boot application available for the ATV2 on OS 10.5.x? I can hook up my old mac next to the TV (until an untethered hack comes along), but I cannot carry half my study to the living room each time XBMC crashes resulting in the need for a tethered reboot! (yes, XBMC crashes/hangs up, costing me 3 hours per time to sort out, not acceptable…)

  • gronks
  • I resolved this my replacing my micro-USB cable with the higher grade Blackberry one — it worked immediately after that.

  • Indie

    So I want to jailbreak my Apple TV 2 with iOS 4.4.2.
    I do understand the jailbreaking procedure, no problem for that, and I do understand how to boot it in a tethered way.
    I have my Apple TV in the living room, and my Mac in another room. No problem for jailbreaking, but at the moment I’ll have to boot the Apple TV in a tethered manner, I’ll have to plug in the power cord.
    SO, how to move my now jailbroken and booted Apple TV back to the TV????

  • Anonymous

    I get error code 1600, I used iReb and then only get error 20, 21.
    Until I get into msconfig, disable avast antivirus from startup service, and startup program, restart the PC, use iReb (for taking out error 1600) and then worked for me

  • Peter Dootson

    I have just got apple tv 2gen.but every time i want a film it say rent are buy does this mean it is not jailbreak

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