How to downgrade Apple TV 2 firmware using Seas0nPass

by tomek on February 24, 2012

How to downgrade Apple TV 2 firmware using Seas0nPass

Downgrading to older version of Apple TV 2 firmware just got easier, thanks to a new version of Seas0nPass. Recently released by FireCore, Seas0nPass 0.8.2 uses previously saved firmware signatures (SHSH blobs) to jailbreak and restore an Apple TV version that Apple may no longer be signing.

Backing up signatures using TinyUmbrella has been possible for quite a while. Last week, FireCore added this feature to aTV Flash (black): version 1.3 automatically backups Apple TV firmware signatures to the cloud. New Seas0nPass works with local signatures as well as those saved online.

Here is how to downgrade to older version of Apple TV 2 firmware using Seas0nPass:

Note: you can downgrade the firmware only if you’ve previously saved your Apple TV’s firmware signatures using TinyUmbrella or aTV Flash (black).

  1. Connect AppleTV via USB
  2. Launch Seas0nPass
  3. Right-click the ‘Create IPSW’ button and select your desired version.
  4. Seas0nPass will handle fetching saved signatures and restoring the firmware automatically.

If you’re receiving a ‘not eligible’ message, this means Apple is no longer signing that particular version, and Seas0nPass was unable to locate any saved signatures for that device/firmware combination.

Seas0nPass (both Mac and Windows) is available as a free download from

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  • Armandomps

    with every firmware i get the “not eligible” … 🙁

  • Tummy Sticks

     me too, pretty sure we’re fucked for a while

  • Anonymous

    Me too .. Anyone done this successfully?

  • GAMcBull

    Screwed due to the fact SHSH Blobs were not save prior. I’ve done it plenty of times on iPhones, iPods, & iPads. Screwed myself on the ATV2 when I forgot to do so. I jail broke it and got to the point of installing Plex which crashed my ATV2. I could not restore OS back to 4.4.4. Instead I had to upgrade to Apple’s most recent iOS for ATV2…5.1.

    I’m going to wait for untethered jailbreak for 5.1. Hopefully my ATV3 can be done eventually.

  • Guest

    @8cdd8e7b5316cf7fd491e19175960866:disqus  released PLEX plug in is not stable on 4.4.4.  You have to use 0.9 beta release which works with 4.4.4.  You could have just SSH into crashed ATV2 and removed PLEX plugin.
    apt-get remove com.plex.client-plugin
    rm -rf /Applications/
    rm -rf /Applications/
    rm /User/Library/Preferences/com.plex.client-plugin.plist 
    apt-get update 
    apt-get install com.plex.client-plugin=

  • Mikolaj Frisch

    And what if I didn’t save the old version (4.4.4) of firmware? My APTV2 has automaticly updated firmware to newest version 5.xx. I cannot downgrade…? I don’ like to install unthetered soft.

  • John2222DFW

    I’m in the same boat, does this mean we can’t go back?

  • Trevor Irken

    me too, i think the same. Pretty fuck.

  • luzcall

    As of march 24th2013 Apple has stopped signing out all the versions of appletv2 and the 5.2.I just downgraded last week all my apple TV to 5.02 which is awesome ios,its the same as the 5.1.1 on my 4s.
    I bought an apple tv2 it came with a 5.1.1 like a dumb ass I upgraded to 5.2.1

    pissed me off ..
    So there is no way you can downgrade unless you saves ur ssh blobs

  • viewphoria

    i agree… fucked

  • chicken

    is it tethered?

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