How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 5 (Apple TV 4.4) Using Seas0nPass – Tethered

by tomek on October 18, 2011

Firecore has just updated Seas0nPass to support a TETHERED jailbreak of the new Apple TV 4.4 (iOS 5) software (also supported is the 4.4.1 update). A tethered jailbreak means every time there is a need to reboot your Apple TV, you will have to connect it to a computer. The new Seas0nPas doesn’t support XBMC, Plex, Remote HD and Rowmote plugins yet, so think twice before deciding to upgrade to 4.4 and run the jailbreak.

If the support for Media Player, Couch Surfer, NitoTV,, Weather, RSS Feeds and Overflow and the new Apple TV 4.4 features, like AirPlay Mirroring, Photo Stream, NHL and WSJ Live are enough to convince you to update, you can then jailbreak your atv following these steps:

  1. Download version 4.4 (9A334v) or 4.4.1 (9A335a) and save the IPSW in an easy to find location.
  2. Download the latest version of Seas0nPass.
  3. Open Seas0nPass then Option + click (Mac) or Shift + click (PC) the Create IPSW button and select the new IPSW file that was downloaded in step #1.
  4.  Seas0nPass will complete the jailbreak and restore process automatically.
  5. After the restore is complete, move the AppleTV to your TV and follow the steps for performing a tethered boot:

Using Seas0nPass for a ‘tethered boot’

After jailbreaking your Apple TV with Seas0nPass your device requires a tethered boot. This means it must be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup.

Note: The Apple TV 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:
Apple TV 2 Software Update 4.4.1 – Released and Pulled
Apple TV 4.4 Software Released
How to Watch Hulu on Apple TV 2

  • Gbest05

    Geez that was quick!!!! Someone test this to make sure XBMC still works.

  • Anonimus

    XBMC is not working not update for use by 4.4 

  • Anonymous

    How do I do this when I have jailbreaked version 4,3 already? I am getting an error called 1602 when I follow the instruction?

  • Anonymous

    Very tempting after seeing Media Player still works. Rather prefer XBMC, but since my iPad isn’t on iOS 5 yet (4.3.3 JB), might not be worth the upgrade yet.

  • zeb

    Ahhhhh….my ATV crashed and I had to restore now im stuck without XBMC what do I do. I need icefilms

  • Magnus

    i’m just waiting for XBMC (and Icefilms) too.. do anyone know how long time it will takes?

  • I’ve tried this process from 10am today until now and I see no sign of a jailbreak, I think I will wit on PwnageTool. So much easier to use

  • Ianrbruce

    I’m new to Seas0nPass and jailbreaking Apple TV. Advice welcome.

    My Apple TV 2 is running 4.3, although I keep getting requests to update. I want to be able to stream media files from a PC on my network or from any website without having to go through iTunes. I see issues (below and elsewhere) with doing this reliably. Other than Seas0nPass, what other apps do I need to do this? Let me know advice, and please point me to a source for the right process to make this work.

  • Anonymous


    I was able to upgrade my jailbroken AppleTV2 to version 4.4 – but to jailbreak it again – well I have some problem

    When I connect it to my tv the symbole is Itunes and a USB cable – and thats all.. so what did I do wrong? It is stuck there!

  • Guestneedshelp

    My ATV2 won’t work after this… It just tells me to plug it into iTunes and when I try to restore, Apple won’t verify the software. Help?

  • Guestneedshelp

    I have the same problem. I can’t restore it or anything, either, and it won’t go into DFU mode (or at least iTunes won’t recognize it in DFU mode).

  • Anonymous

    Like this?

    I have the same problem. What I did was to go back to the version 4.4 – un-jailbroken… and the unit work… But I cannot seem to make it to jailbreak it. I have tried a lot. Like first setting it up and then jailbreak it again.. same result.. So I am stuck where you are!

  • Guestneedshelp

    Yes, that’s exactly what I’m seeing, but I can’t even restore (error 1602) it so I’m kind of screwed… How did you get it to restore?

  • Anonymous

    I can restore it to an un-jailbroken AppleTV 2 version 4.4. That is not a problem… and I am sure you can do it also…

    What I did was to use the version that I used to jailbreak it with.

  • Guestneedshelp

    I tried jailbreaking it with the 4.4 up there. I tried restoring by just clicking Restore, and by clicking option-Restore but neither will be verified by Apple. If I bring it into Apple will they fix it for me? I’ll have to pay them but it’s better than having to buy a new one…

  • Anonymous

    This is what I did;

    To restore it I did this:
    I use the same version that I jailbroke it with:
    The version I used was: 4.4.1 (9A335a) It is at the top of this page. So if you used this.. you have to use the same version to restore it. I downloaded it to a catalog on my desktop.

    Then I connected the appleTV 2 to my mac. I pushed ALT Option (button) on my mac and pushed the restore button on my Itunes – and that was it.

    You might have used the version in the firmware catalog that the jailbeak makes???? Then you will get the error version!

  • Anonymous

    You are using the wrong ipsw-file!!!! do not use the files that are made in the FIRMWARE catalog.. download or use the same version that you used when you tried to jailbreak it!

    OR… if you have jailbreaked it before… in version 4.3 – use that original version!

  • Guestneedshelp

    I tried that too but it still won’t work… I’m redownloading the IPSW here again. Hopefully it will work 🙁

  • Anonymous

    So – has anybody got this jailbreak to work?

  • Anonymous

    Hope you can restore it… I guess that apple will not touch it!

    But also.. if you cant get it to work – I am pretty sure that there will be other alternative in a couple of days… since this does not seem to work…

  • Guestneedshelp

    This is my first ATV2, I just got it a few days ago. I’ve jailbroken, bricked and unbricked iPhones in the past but I’m totally stumped by ATV…

    I’m downloading 4.4.1 now, because 4.4 isn’t working. If it doesn’t work I’ll wait a few days because I’m reading about other people online whose ATV2s are in the same situation after trying to update…

  • Anonymous

    I used the version 4.4.1 – and that worked to re-install it… so I hope your in luck!

  • Anonymous

    You can also try to get some help here:

  • My apple tv version is saying 4.4(3140), why is this? I think that’s why I can’t jailbreak, all the other firmware have 4.4.1(9A335a) and 4.4(9A335v). And it says the software is fully updated. Any help.

  • Jazzfade

    So I got my ATV2 on Craigslist and it came with a little white plastic remote, not the metal one. Is it possible to jailbreak with this remote or did I get screwed?

  • Stan1971

    Well i got mine to work eventually after receiving the 1601,1604,3614 errors etc).  I downloaded official 4.4.1 (9a335a) at the top of this page and updated software via iTunes via shift and restore (windows) chosing the ipsw file where i stored it. 

    So now it was in an unjailbroken state. 

    Then using seas0npass created ipsw from the same downloaded file at the beginning of this post (9a335a official).  Then put apple tv 2 into dfu mode as per normal but with power lead attached – it was the only way it would go into dfu mode for me and was left in throughout restoring process – was the same when i 1st restored it too. 

    Seas0npass then uploaded the the jailbreak and the ipsw was successfully created.  Then i did shift restore again in iTunes this time using the seas0npass created ipsw file.  This is done automatically if you agree to it when the window comes up asking you.  After that i got no error codes during restore process and then did the tethered boot and everything is working perfectly. 

  • For the love of god, I cannot get this to work. I have tried just about everything.

  • Psitunes

    not an issue…they have what amounts to the same buttons, just moved around a bit….all you need is the menu and the play pause button which both have.

  • Magnus

    Are there any news about XBMC and software 4.4?

  • Ferryoosterbaan

    XBMC works perfect with the new nightly!!!

  • doubledick

    Anything specific you did to make it work? I have 4.4.1 jailbreak. When installing XBMC its failing. What is the link to nightly build?

    Selecting previously deselected package org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2.Unpacking org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2 (from …/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_10.0-9_iphoneos-arm.deb) …dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_10.0-9_iphoneos-arm.deb (–unpack): failed in buffer_write(fd) (7, ret=-1): backend dpkg-deb during `./Applications/XBMC.frappliance/XBMCData/XBMCHome/language/Czech/strings.xml’: No space left on devicedpkg-deb: subprocess paste killed by signal (Broken pipe: 13)Errors were encountered while processing: /var/cache/apt/archives/org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2_10.0-9_iphoneos-arm.debE: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

  • Bezsharke

    What is “nightly”?

  • Gallitobachatero

    what does the menu suppose to look like cause i have nothing is like it didnt get jailed break

  • Gallitobachatero

    that is what i  would like to know…what is “nightly”?

  • doubledick

    Here is what worked for me (thanks stevellion post 137 on  Just reposting his solution – 

    Just to make it easier for anyone else.. here’s what we did.ssh [email protected] -p /private/var/Applicationscd /Applicationsmv * /private/var/Applicationscd /rmdir /Applications (This won’t delete unless the directory is empty…)ln -s /private/var/Applications /Applicationscdapt-get install org.xbmc.xbmc-atv2wget…aster-atv2.debdpkg -i xbmc-20111020-bc49ac0-master-atv2.debThat’s it.. XBMC working on AppleTV2 4.4.1 (iOS5)

  • Gallitobachatero

    i give up..this doesnt work,,,this jailbreak is a fake….im gonna downgrade back….
    and if you got it working PLEASE give better instructions then the one in this website

  • now install nitotv via ssh to your appletv, google for nitotv setup… then you will see the addons to the main menu

  • “nightly builds” are for testing purposes… sometimes developers give their beta apps to other users but these only work if you have “nightly builds” installed in your jailbreak’d appletv… google for nightly buidls setup, it will be via ssh to your appletv2

  • all working for me: appletv2 ios5 atv2 seasonpass xmbc multiple addons… i couldn’t setup my slingbox to xmbc… neither pelisalacarta… followed tutorials but i think slingbox pro hd wont work with the actual sling nightly build… and pelisalacarta and other tv-a-la-carte plugins are not working on ios5… i jb’d after updating to ios5 (or whatever the latest update is)… anyone with similar issues??

  • desperatelyneedinghelp

    I have a question on step one

    1.Download version 4.4 (9A334v) or 4.4.1 (9A335a) and save the IPSW in an easy to find location.

    Can someone address this part of the instructions? “save the IPSW in an easy to find location” When I download this I do not see a IPSW created. I have enabled viewing of all folders but this file download does not contain a IPSW file.

    The only time I can find get a IPSW is when I run seas0npass.

    Please help, someone. I really wish I had not updated my ATV.

    Please forgive me if this is something basic im am missing.

  • Doncastercraig

    When u click on the download link for 4,4 or 4.4.1 your browser will ask u where u want to store it or if it’s Mozilla then it will store it in the downloads folder. If it doesn’t ask you where to store it and it’s not Mozilla then you’ll need to work out where that is. Also if it does ask u, you’ll get a choice of running it or saving it. You obviously want to save it.

  • Stan1971

    Look about 10 posts down. (Doubledick’s post – the fun I could have with that term!! Lol!)

  • Desperatleyneedinghelp

    Thanks but the download works and many files show up but not a .ipsw file. Am I supposed to rename a file or something. What am I missing

  • Magnus

    thank you!

  • Gallitobachatero

    i thank you for you response….i tried ssh to appletv2 but it ask for user name and password root ,alphine and it doesnt let me log in…im using cyber duck

  • Mansour Gorji

    I have the same problem. Did you find any way to jailbrake your atvÉ

  • No still didn’t get it jailbroken, i gave up. Im waiting for Pwnagetool or sn0wbreeze. If you try seas0npass and it to work then do let me know.

  • Gallitobachatero

    ok here is another big issue…even after install this jailbreak i still cant ssh to atv2 via putty it say “access denied.. root-alphine…ive read that this means that atv2 is not jailbroken so even after installing this ipsw that seasonpass makes like instructed here…it doesnt patch anything or it doesnt create no type of custom fireware like it claims cause i still cant ssh even after installing new ipsw…


    I been trying and trying to Jailbrake my new ATV2 with no luck. I get stock when I have to press menu and play/pause buttons, nothing happens. i have the new release for the 4.4.1 and put it to work according to instructions. Try to do it in My MAC and Windows, and no luck. Somebody can help Please.

  • Anonymous

    I got this problem to … but I disconnected the appleTV from my computer and reconnected it.. and pushed Menu and play…

  • Stan1971

    The download link for the apple software 4.4.1 is one file only. It’s an ipsw file. You sure we’re talking about the same thing? It’s about 370mb. File name is AppleTV2,1_4.4.1_9A335a_Restore.ipsw

    Save it to your desktop. Then download seas0npass. Start up seas0npass and shift left click on create ipsw (left cube shape) and choose the ipsw file on your desktop. Follow steps at the beginning of this blog.


    I tried that several times thinking I may catching it while booting internally, but again no luck. I tried to restore from Itunes (shift + click) then choosing the ipsw downloaded and gave and error. The only thing I have not try is get it in DFU mode plugging in he power. We will se how it goes.


    Well it seems like with this new release you need to have power not only to boot it but also to activate the DFU’s. What I did was that when it ask me to connect via USB I also connected the power then hit Menu and Play/pause. The software did what it had to do and Presto is Jailbroken. Another note this procedure did not work in Windows for some reason. I had to do it in my Hackintosh. Now i am going to try XMBC I will post later

  • Tabarca76

    Hola Daniel, te esta funcionando el jailbreak? Soy novato en esto y ando loco! Hize el jailbreak, tengo el nito (por cierto, al instalar XMBC me da error), pero sigo sin poder ver nada. Cuando le doy a algun capitulo de algo, me pide q introduzca mi cuenta de itunes, contraseña… Me podrias dar algun consejo? Gracias de antemano. Tony

  • Pete

    The file you´re downloading is in zip file format. You need to rename the file to .ipsw and you should be able to see it now.

  • Anonymous

    The instruction says that if the appleTV looses its power I have to jailbreak it again… but if I Booting Tethered – is this only a one time thing? or do I have to jailbreak it again?

  • Beatme50

    can some plzzzzzz tell me why i get error in NET framework cant open seas0pass at all and i have thy download net frame´work 4 its say for running thos program need NET framework v4.030319

  • Anonymous

    Feeling very much cheated here. Been at it for hours now. Everyting seems to go ok, up till the point that the tethered boot is suppose to happen. But the Apple TV halts in the booting, just seeing the rapid flashing light. I even drove to work to get my PC laptop to do this, because it would be too much work to move my iMac from its poistion in the house (yes, I know). 

  • bd

    When I connect it to my tv the symbole is Itunes and a USB cable – and thats all.. so what did I do wrong? You need to too a tethered boot of your ATV2.  i.e. Start Seas0nPass, click Boot Tethered, then follow the instructions on the screen…ie. plug in usb, then power cord, etc

  • Hazem007

    please may Apple TV 2 IOS V. is 4.4.2(3160) where i can find the CUS IPSW

  • Shameegt

    how do u download the nightly….please help

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  • Maxi

    im new to apple TV jailbreak… sorry for asking stupid questions…
    Does tethered jailbreak means that I should not let my apple TV to go into sleep mode? if I start the apple TV from sleep mode after tethered jailbreak does that i mean i have to boot it with my computer? thanks…

  • Maxi

    im new to apple TV jailbreak… sorry for asking stupid questions…
    Does tethered jailbreak means that I should not let my apple TV to go into sleep mode? if I start the apple TV from sleep mode after tethered jailbreak does that i mean i have to boot it with my computer? thanks…

  • Greg

    iPad 2 Mirroring no longer working — enabled on aTV.  Anyone having this issue?

  • Atv

    Does anybody know if there is an IPSW file that suits the 4.4.4 (3330) firmware?

  • Ryguy

    I’m having the exact same problem! Any fixes to this???

  • Kenneth Garcia

    anyone know how i can begin watching movies? im on 4.4.4

  • Kenneth Garcia

    anyone know how i can begin watching movies? im on 4.4.4 tethered but there’s no ice films add-on. 

  • Bach

    Found an issue with it not working when trying to activate with itunes. You must use a good quality usb cable. I had a crappy one and it would not authorize my apple box. Once I got the good one it was golden. 

  • Carloscool123

    i tried for hours to jailbreak my atv 4.44 but it keeps saying apple tv is not eligable .i have no idea what to do

  • Gabe

    Do these guys jailbreak ipod/iphones all the other jailbreaks ive tried wouldnt work

  • Anonymous
  • Garrysandford

    This message keeps coming up when I try to jailbreak this apple tv is not eligible for this version what’s up with it

    Any help would be good thanks

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