How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 with sn0wbreeze (untethered)

by tomek on April 12, 2011

For those who still have problems jailbreaking Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 with SeasOnPass, sn0wbreez is the alternative you should give a try to. The software has been updated to version 2.5.1 just a couple of days ago and it can now jailbreak your atv2 on the latest software in a flash (less than 10 minutes in our case). Considered as the unofficial PwnageTool for Windows, sn0wbreeze works with Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 (Apple TV 4.2.1) using sn0wbreez 2.5.1:

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Download sn0wbreez 2.5.1 for Windows.
  3. A micro USB cable will be required to complete the jailbreak.


Step 1: Launch sn0wbreeze and click the arrow to continue.

Step 2: Download the latest IPSW or browse for it if you’ve already downloaded it (drag&drop didn’t work for us).

Wait until IPSW is verified and click the arrow to continue.

Step 3: Custom IPSW file will be built (meanwhile, you can play PacMan…if you have Adobe Flash for IE!).

Step 4: sn0wbreez will notify you that the IPSW has been successfully created (and located on your desktop). Press OK.

Step 5: Connect your Apple TV using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected).

Step 6: Hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds. Apple TV will enter in DFU mode.

Step 7: Launch iTunes and restore your atv (Shift + ‘Restore’ button) from the custom IPSW located on your desktop.

Done! Your Apple TV is now jailbroken.

What to do next?
1. Install nitoTV or aTV Flash (black) to get the access to further enhancements.
2. Instal XBMC to watch Hulu.
3. Check out Remote HD app and atv2 plugin and control your Apple TV 2 with the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

  • Martin

    Does this fix the problem with hardware accelerated video decoding (high def)?

  • Salaam

    I couldn’t get into DFU Mode at all !!
    I used Seas0nPass & Sn0wbreeze & even Pwnage with no luck 🙁
    FYI, I have latest versions for all (atv2,itunes,etc.) & used micro-usb (B type) with power cable disconnected.
    Please HELP!!

  • agassiz331

    could not get it to go into DFU

  • Tungthanh46

    you should try to plug power cable to go into DFU mode

  • Martin

    Yes I have also had luck by using both the power cable and the usb cable. Can anyone confirm if this new update allows hardware accelerated video?

  • Earthboy_rod

    i founf it easier to get into DFU by plugging in powe then usb, hold menu and down for about 5 seconds till it starts flashing fast, then release and hold menu and play for 5 seconds or so till it starts flashing fast. presto in DFU

  • Marben

    Messed up my XBMC totaly. Windows shares doesn’t work and MKV’s crashes it.

  • @robasefr

    Only Snowbreeze v.2.5.1 did work for me !

    Chose only 8F202 ipsw file for the hack (there a two 4.2.1_4.3 files !)

  • Colonica

    I have the same issues with my xbmc, it’s probably missing an update of some kind. Ice films has the issues, but some shows do stream without it crashing.

  • 111

    Plug power cable in and turn on as well as having the usb pluged in. Press and hold the ‘down’ button and menu button at the same time for about 6 seconds. Release both and then press and hold the menu and play buttons again for sbout 6 seconds. The device should now enter dfu mode.

  • ifunz

    What is error 3194?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve tried about 10 times to restore in iTunes… I keep getting error 1600. I’m certain the Apple TV is in DFU mode. Any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    Nevermind. I tried it a few times more, from the top, with feeling… and it worked. Nifty.

    In case it helps anyone, it succeeded with the power cable NOT plugged in.

  • stef

    I keep getting this error too. What I could gather is that 3194 means Apple isn’t signing this firmware anymore. But that’s the latest one out. I am clueless… 🙁

  • Devon Paul

    The update worked great for me but issue for me which i need help with is that i have no audio when streaming from NAS drive. Can someone help me with this please or do i have to downgrade. Whats the since of having video without audio. Thanks in advance. This only happens in the XBMC.

  • Sa0

    I am getting error 3194. I did everything it says here. I dont know what to do

  • Dsubba

    just bought a new ATV2 and could not get anything working via Snowbreeze nor Seas0npass, i downgraded to 4.2.1, performed jailbreak with greenp0ison rc6,installed xbmc and I’m happy to say that the sound is working,SMB is working and mkv files are playing smoothly without any buffering issues

  • desertdog

    I followed your instructions and jailbreak went smoothly. I then installed XBMC from nitotv. There were 3 problems:
    1. There was no sound on videos or sound in xbmc.
    2. SMB shares were not showing up automatically in XBMC.
    3. MP4 Videos crashed Xbmc

    So after much trial and error I redid the jailbreak with Season Pass. I then installed XBMC via ssh using Putty (on Windows Vista). Now I had sound and SMB shares were showing up automatically on the screen where you browse for media locations.

    At this point, .wmv and .3g2 movie formats worked fine (with sound). But .m4v formatted video crashed xbmc. I disabled appletv updates with updatebgone, as suggested in one forum, but that did not make a difference. I eventually found a post on the xbmc forums that explains how to update xbmc to the most recent build. After this, mp4’s played fine. The link to this is

  • Cruzindon

    I need help. My atv2 does not go into dfu mode. I tried for 2 hours. Any suggestions? I tired both on Mac and pc. iTunes does not see my atv2. Is iTunes supposed to see it. It can see my iPhones but not atv2.

  • SWeeT_PeTe

    I have jailbreak my atv2 and it went smoothly. When i installed XBMC from nitotv there were a problem i have no sound on videos in xbmc.

    Will there be a update for that or can i do anything else? i have only windows os.

  • ianbone1

    I can’t get SMB mounts to work? I had it jailbroken with 4.2 and nothing else has been chenged other than this JB to 8F202 and now SMB mounts don’t work? Any ideas? In XBMC, all I get is Error 2 when searching for SMB shares.

  • Retro

    Mine worked but I cannot ssh into the box, Nito was installed as part of the jailbreak and I installed xbmc using nito. Any ideas on how to get ssh working?

  • Turbomax

    Do you know what firmware corresponds to 4.2.1 (2100)? Can’t find it on the firmware page.

  • Turbomax

    responding to myself. 4.2.1 for AppleTV means 4.3.1 IOS (8F202). On the info page I just neede to press the play button once more.

  • Rwjussel

    I have the same error code. New ATV2, on firmware: 4.3 (8F202), never been jailbroken. Is this happening because I don’t have the .shsh on file?

  • Rwjussel

    I found that I had a bad entry in my hosts file for  I removed this entry, restarted, and was able to jailbreak!

  • Voyage

     just try all of them. i did, and one worked 🙂

  • Chris_morrow123

    tried to download the ipsw and cant find it in my files.. any thoughts?

  • Naim Hammond

     So the only real reason to jailbreak atv2 is for installing xbmc?
    I’m using AirVideo, so accessing my videos is not a problem. What other reasons are there to jailbreak the atv2?

  • Jimmy

    It may download as a .zip file. Just rename it .ipsw

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  • i will check it and then come back if any problems faced.

  • Karel

    My Apple TV doesnt showed up in iTunes and Im unable to restore to custom IPSW. Anyone can advise?

  • bambamx8

    after jailbreaking my atv I can’t find couchsurfer and plex client in nito tv. is that normal?

  • Kevin Mcilduff

    Remove power cable from ATV2 – only micro USB is required to show device in iTunes.

  • Rockvj


    Any updated jailbreak for the new 8F455 build? am really keen to try out the latest apple tv update but want to do it only once the jailbreak is confirmed

  • Styrmir Kristjánsson

    sn0wbreez says that the ipsw file is not valid. tried a few versions and  it’s always the same. any ideas?

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