How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1 Untethered with Seas0nPass

by tomek on February 23, 2011

Firecore has released an updated version of Seas0nPass that includes an untethered jailbreak for the Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1 (Apple TV 4.1.1). It’s Mac only for now (OSX 10.6 or later) but according to Firecore, Windows version is also being finalized with the untether and will be available soon. If you’ve already jailbroken with greenpois0n (RC 6 or RC 6.1) you do not need to re-jailbreak – both Seas0nPass and greenpois0n contain the same jailbreak components.

Seas0nPass is open source (the source code is available on Github) and is available for free.

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

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes.
  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: Select ‘Create IPSW’ (“Boot Tethered” is for old, tethered jailbreak).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.

You may also want to read:
How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 with greenpois0n rc6
How to install XBMC on Apple TV 2
Seas0nPass Troubleshooting Tips
aTV Flash (black) for Apple TV 2G Now Available (+giveaway)

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  • CalZona

    Does this fix the wifi issues that GreenPoision has?

  • Tangomar

    Please provide it for windows too… GP doesn’t work for me

  • Joeyclarke

    Which is better GP or SP

  • Dunnersfella

    The latest GP version fixes the Wifi issues for most.

  • langley

    So it went thru the whole process, what seems to be seamlessly, but when I plug it, it doesn’t appear to look any different. is there supposed to be some kinda hack logo showing up? I feel like iTunes is phoning home to verify the software, and then says “nope” and reinstalls the factory settings.. anyone have any insight?

  • Rumble101

    Try to SSH… you’ll see it’s jailbroken πŸ˜‰

  • Rob

    was having a lot of trouble entering DFU until I entered it by attaching usb only and then immediately holding the buttons for ~ 7 seconds…
    however I haven’t been able to get the thing to complete, it goes into itunes and finishes and then says error 1602 can’t complete at the very end.
    Anyone know a way around? I have updated itunes and am running 1.6.3

  • John

    I used previously Seas0nPass tethered jailbreak on my ATV2 and it works fine. How do I go about updating that to untethered jailbreak. Do I just go through the process above or do I have to somehow reset the ATV2 before?

  • Limey_tank

    I also get a 1602 after some time, the progress bar never seems to get started, but there is disk activity the whole time. There’s not really many things I can think of to try.

  • sven

    you can re-jailbreak on top of your current setup without having to restore first

  • gregsy

    I also got error 1602 and it appeared to be a problem with my micro USB cable. try with another one

  • John

    thats great, many thanks Sven

  • gregot

    According to Firecore, “jailbreaking alone won’t provide any visual changes to the menu”. try to ssh

  • gregot

    gp, you get nitoTV

  • Guest

    what about the question in the fist post?
    any1 tried this?

  • eRa

    ok I am having an error in iTunes πŸ™ 1602 or 06 don’t remember. Pleas help thx

  • smoot

    try other micro usb cable. really!;)

  • Rob

    I eventually got it working, DFU got really easy to enter in the end (practice makes perfect!) by not having it plugged into the power. got past the 1602 error by updating itunes and restarting my computer then starting from scratch again. was really suprised when it worked.
    now just need to work out how to add remote files to xbmc

  • Cavin Graves

    Step 4: Make sure you plug in the usb, THEN PLUG IN THE POWER CORD, then press the two buttons on the remote. Maybe my internal counting is off, but I counted 10 for it to work.

    You probably successfully jailbroke your apple tv. I restored 5 times before giving up, then out of curiousity I SSHed into the tv and it worked.

  • Mdellertson

    Wow, just hacked my Apple TV 2nd Generation. So easy a caveman could do it. Thank you for posting this, you guys rule!!!!

  • Jsainz+nospam

    Has anyone tried to change their password in ssh? I don’t like leaving root open. passwd seems to work, but it still doesn’t prompt on reconnect.

  • Devno7

    Does the ATV support VPN Connections after the Jailbreak?

  • el town

    I’ve had no luck SSHing into the ATV after jailbreaking it. I’m getting “port 22: Connection refused” Any suggestions?

  • Ndlucas

    Everything went smoothly. After step 6, I took it and plugged the hdmi back into my TV, plugged in power, and I got nothing on my TV. What gives? I thought this would boot untethered? Am I wrong?

  • Leo

    I got the same problem too. The untethered boot is not working.

  • Phoneqaz

    help ! i keep getting error code 9 at the end pf this process. and when i plug my atv2 in the tv it has a usb picture and the apple logo!!mwhat cn i do?

  • Frenchy

    Same once jailbreak successfully done. Plug it back to tv (hdmi) and nothing on screen.

  • Funyans

    Hi, if you get lucky doing this please share i must be a dumb ass but had to install plex server in order to be able to access some movies in my HDD πŸ™

  • Bob Dole

    Why would you want to VPN a appletv?

  • Jeff

    Everything installs fine but, I get nothing on the screen when I boot. If I boot tethered, I can access the Apple TV and install software fine.

    Has anyone had any luck getting this to boot untethered when this didn’t work for them initially? Is it possible that the Apple TV had the upgraded version so, took the jailbreak fine but, couldn’t get it to work untethered?

  • Frank2k

    There are many good reasons for wanting VPN on your Apple TV… For instance access geo blocked channels without hawing the rest of your network to change to another IP address…

  • Doesn’t switch into DFU mode. After pressing the 2 remote keys for 7+ seconds, iTunes pops up with the “Restore to factory settings” dialog. Then it does nothing, event after I left it for 30 minutes, while I had a glass oof Pinot Noir. It stayed hug on “waiting for device to enter DFU mode”. I’m running the new untethered Seasonpass v0.7.4, iTunes 10.2.1, Mac OSX 10.6.7, with ATV2 IOS 4.2.1 (i.e. patched to current). I tried 2 different micr usb cables, both new. The usb is plugged into a kensington usb extender, would that be a problem? It shouldn’t affect anything. I’ll give that a try next weekend, when I next have 15 minutes to play with this toy. In the meantime, any suggestions would be nice.

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