How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 or iOS 5 Beta with Seas0nPass 0.7.7 (untethered)

by tomek on July 19, 2011

FireCore has just released Seas0nPass 0.7.7 that features support for Lion and a handful of bug fixes. It’s generally designed to jailbreak your atv2 running iOS 4.3.x (Apple TV 2 4.2.2 software version) but, according to nitoTV, it also supports the latest iOS 5 beta.

Similar to PwnageTool, Seas0nPass allows you to jailbreak your atv2 by creating custom Apple TV IPSW files and restoring them in iTunes. The new version of Seas0nPass is Mac only – it adds support for Lion and fixes Mac specific bugs.

Here is the tutorial on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.3 (Apple TV 4.2.2) or iOS 5 using Seas0nPass 0.7.7:

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes.
  2. Download Seas0nPass for Mac [10.6 or later]
  3. A micro USB cable will be required to complete the jailbreak.


Step 1: Launch Seas0nPass and select ‘Create IPSW’.

Step 2: The latest Apple TV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom jailbroken software file.

Step 3: When prompted, connect your Apple TV using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected), and hold both the ‘MENU’ and ‘PLAY/PAUSE’ buttons for 7 seven seconds. Apple TV will enter in DFU mode.

Step 4: A message will appear giving you further instructions.

Step 5: Open iTunes and restore your Apple TV (Shift + ‘Restore’ button) from the created custom IPSW file (located in My Documents -> Seas0nPass).


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 or iPod touch.

  • Tangomar

    what is IOS5 adding for the ATV2?

  • Slavon

    If you are using Mac computer to do this process, then make sure that you need to press ‘alt option’ button instead of Shift to choose your ISPW file. Also, on my Mac, the file was created in My Documents > Thethered folder. I hope that help…
    Other then that, thanks to all of you who makes this possible…

  • Jason

    How do I update my apple tv2 with the new version of Seas0nPass if the old version is already installed?  Do I follow the same process for jailbreak? 

  • Dixon

    you don’t install Seas0nPass on your apple tv, it’s a jailbreaking tool

  • I keep getting the “connect to iTunes” logo after restoring and connecting to my TV.

  • iPad2 mirroring is the only thing that’s announced.

    addition: Oh and photo stream.

  • Mikethinksdifferent

    It keeps grabbing the 4.3 firmware instead of 4.4 beta iOS5?

  • Bryan

    does this allow for movies to load faster than they would normally? I am a new user and am pretty appalled at how slow my at2 is running with itunes movies

  • Drew Smith

    Anyone else having issues updating with Lion installed? I keep getting an error and have to locate the ISPW file manually. Even after this nothing has changed one I hook it back up to my TV. I can not  login as root or anything. 

  • Juice15F4i

    I cant get my ATV2 to enter DFU at all.  I have done the meno/playpause as well as the down/menu method and nothing works.  I have also tried switching cables.  Any suggestions?

  • Jedibugs

    Option-click the build IPSW button and it will open a window where you can select your iOS 5 IPSW to use as a base.

  • Condormann

    I have the same problem.. Nobody have suggestions?

  • Scubarya N

    I had same problem. So when it says to connect apple tv connect it only via USB. Then wait 5 seconds or so. Then plug in power supply while still connected to computer. It blinks slow for 15-20 seconds. Then it speed blinks. When it speed blinks hold in menu and play for the 7 seconds (around 6.5 seconds it started to blink differently again) and I released.

    Then it worked to go into DFU mode!!

  • Chuck

    Anyone have any update for the latest AppleTV OS ?   Apple is not permitting this to be flashed since the new OS is out.   BUMMER … !!!

  • Juice15F4i

    Thanks but that doesnt work either…..argh

  • Joskefet

    if I press shift and restore I cannot choose, so it will download the original apple tv software. how can ?

  • Anonymous

    it does work.  i just did it with the new jb

  • GodNemoz

    use iReb

  • Sikcrx80

    i can’t get my at2 to jailbreak it goes through the whole thing and when it comes to DFU mode and u hold two buttons for 7 sec it does nothing.
    I’m running 4.3 on my atv2 and am running lion 10.7.1 bought a new micro cord and still doesn’t work. i basically pulled out of box and am trying to jail break it.. 
    any info would be great

  • Ahua

    thanks mate, just done mine thanks to your advise!! 

  • Johnc

    Just purchased ATV2 yesterday and i accidentally upgraded to the LATEST firmware which may be my problem overall.  I have followed all instructions, all goes well, goes into DFU mode no problem, starts loading up the new firmware crated by SP and it gives an 1600 error each time.  THOUGHTS?

  • Hi, you should update this tutorial, changing the part of the “latest software version” to specify that the BF305 build is the best choice. The latest version causes troubles with XBMC (crashes) and others.

  • Itv

    thank you! worked perfecto

  • Owned_by_me

    Hey Guys,

    I have a quick question: I have just bought an apple TV, and my friend have an apple TV jailbreaked with XBMC installed and all the stuff i would need on it. Is it possible for me to kind of copy his apple TV configuration to mine?
    thanks in advance!

  • Anonymous

    No. Needs to be jb’d.

  • Owned_by_me

    ok, thanks for your reply!

  • editor

    If it is an Apple TV2, there is no way. For Apple TV1…. There are some ways, but it’s not easy. Why not let your friend jailbreak your aTV?

  • Cdron

    i jailbreak t atv, evrything look the same… nothing change…, and now the ipod dos’nt sync whit the itunes (can’t add the library…)
    pleas help me

  • Cdrong

    the messag on itunes : verifying remote passcode, the line below is runing

  • Shopper51

    I had this problem and there is a is true that the jailbreak software messed up th eipod synv..but it is easy to fix….I remember something about changing the host file…try googling it

  • leeds

    I recently lost all my pictures saved on my computer but when the apple TV 2 goes to screen saver it still shows my pictures.
    If I jailbreak it is there a way to retrieve these lost photos?

  • inalvi

    does this work on the official ios5 ?

  • Anchipeace

    tried jailbreaking but its not working.  i pressed both the menu and play/pause button for over 20 seconds but still no changes, then suddenly it detects after i plugged the power in and they said it succeeded.  but when it came to restoring on iTunes, i tried many times but they kept on telling me it failed and my Apple TV disappeared from the sidebar

  • Maloush

    yes it does, the below steps worked for me
    1. same as above
    2. same as above
    3. make sure you ATV2 is connected to the power, press menu + down key for 7 seconds (this will reboot the ATV2, connect your ATV2 to your computer via USB (quickly),  now quickly hold menu + play/pause for 7 seconds.  Your device should be in DFU mode now. Don’t remove power cord yet
    4. same as above
    5. A script will be ran to install the new firmware using iTunes, just let it run
    6. iTune will advise you that its installing the firmware, that its checking with the appstore to verify, wait for 10 seconds and remove cable

    your ATV2 should be jailbroken now

  • Maloush

    correction on step 6
    6. iTune will advise you that its installing the firmware, that its
    checking with the appstore to verify, wait for 10 seconds and remove
    the power cable
    7. wait for the firmare has been installed message and you have a jailbroken ATV2

  • Anchipeace

    is this with iOS5 though?

  • Anchipeace

    i’ve tried many times and its still saying that it failed

  • Anchipeace

    omg!  after the 10 millionth time, it finally worked!!!  THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!

  • Fghjkl

    i step 6: remove which cable? power or USB?

  • Daniel V

    Does this work with iOS 5 (official—not Beta)?

  • Brandon

    Wife accidentally upgraded to 4.4.3…

    Is the downgrade process the same as it was for 4.4.2 to 4.3?  Any links?  

    Any timeline on a untethered w/ Plex support for 4.4.3?  Just wondering which will be faster.  

    Thanks for any help

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  • Johndoe0933

    Yes. Jailbreak then install NitoTV then using NitoTV install open SSH then use a program called cyberduck to SSH into your apple TV you’ll need the IP address. Then navigate to where the screen saver images are saved and copy them to your computer.

  • Ericaj213456

    Forget all this stuff you can buy an apple tv 2 thats jailbroken and has addons already intalled  at

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