How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0 (iOS 5.1) with Seas0nPass (tethered)

by tomek on March 30, 2012

Step 6: iTunes will confirm the restore when complete – your Apple TV is now jailbroken. Please proceed to the ‘tethered boot’ section below.

Using Seas0nPass for a ‘tethered boot’

After jailbreaking your atv on iOS 5.1 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 Apple TV 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.

Note: Timing is key. Once the you receive the success message shown below, the USB cable should be removed and HDMI cable connected before the light on the front of the AppleTV stops flashing. (Don’t worry there is ample to do this, so you don’t need Superman speed).


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  • Gscovington

    so anytime i want to boot up my apple tv i will need to plug it into my computer? or is this a one time thing?

  • SPT

    every reboot … generally you just leave it on.

  • Roni

    with this jailbreak what can i do?… iv done it but looks the same as original??? how can  i watch nba

  • Ryan_christop5

    It works!! But there is no xbmc; looking forward to untethered jailbreak and access to xbmc in the near future.

  • Vladimir Hristov

     When the authors update compatibility non-working items require an .

  • Lgamri1974

    i am not getting flashing light when i connect my USB cable?any help thanks

  • Vladimir Hristov

     You better plug the power supply cable …

  • Anonymous

    take a look – team XBMC have released this version for testing.

  • Asada

    me too…i dont even see a FC logo?!?!?!
    what can i do?

  • Schou84
  • Schou84

    If you change language to english on ATV then the fc logo appears on the settings tab 🙂

  • Vladimir_hristov

    Well, after trying to hack my ATV 2, my remote does not work ant more.
    The light on it blinks, but no response …

  • Seven

    I had to plug in the power cable in order for it to work.
    Thanks for your great work!

  • Anonymous

    got jailbroke but only can get firecore and computer icon

  • Matheus Caldeira

    Ok! FC logo appears on the settings tab, but nothing else happens!

  • ScottL

     I have the same thing. The FC logo appears as the “settings” tab, but I can’t see any other functions.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for this?

  • nemesis

    I’ve tried a number of times and I get the “success” message from Seas0nPass, and I quickly swap the USB for the HDMI before the light stops blinking, but I have no new settings logo and I can’t ssh to it.  After Seas0nPass is done I made sure that the apple tv isn’t rebooting, so… false success?  I’m doing with this with the power cabled plugged in, of course, so that it doesn’t loose power when I yank the USB cable.

  • nemesis

     Worth mentioning that I’m on a macbook pro running osx 10.7.3 and iTunes 10.6.1(7)

  • It works for me but have the same problem with the missing FC logo, I tried checking the settings tab but its not there, may be I didn’t get it right after all.

  • Rasco

    I don’t get No FC logo I had  Jailbreak 3 times still don’t see logo on settings tab.

  • Rasco

    I get this error message  seasonpass log
    Access to the path ‘C:Windowssystem32driversetchosts’ is denied.

  • Rafagarciabarra

    After several attempts, the same thing happens to me. FC icon appears no possibility default menu extra. Too bad, you have to keep waiting. Rafa from Buenos Aires

  • tsx me

    get through all the steps, then when i do tethered reboot, says its successfull …. but when i disconnect USB, there is no flashing light after?
    i plug it into HDMI with power, and it shows Apple symbol with USB cord…

  • Rasco

    Apple TV software : 5.0(4099)  can I Jailbrake this version?

  • Rasco

    I keep getting error msg.

  • Beesker

    same thing here, light blinking but just displays the apple symbol and usb cord

  • Ministerofsound

    Why are there some people who are able to jailbreak 5.0? Most people have the same problems. First untethered jailbreak and than tethered boot alway gives the usb cable and iTunes logo on my TV. Have tried everything.

    I think the problem is the following explanation from Seasonpass before starting Step 1:

    After jailbreaking your atv on iOS 5.1 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.connect? disconnect?    I have restored everything to original Apple software and wait for jailbreak software which can be used without tethered boot.Or can someone tell me what i’m doing wrong?

  • This is crap. Followed the instructions as they’re written several times and all I get is a startup screen with a USB cord and the iTunes logo. I’ll add my voice to the chorus of people asking for a solution, but my guess is there is none.

    If you haven’t tried this yet, I wouldn’t bother. Don’t waste your time until it’s more stable or someone’s found a way around this issue.

  • Shijumurali86

    same result only showing
    Apple symbol with USB cord

  • Albertb_2000

    i did the same exact thing went perfect all the way to the end and when i unplug and plug in just the apple tv to HDMI it shows the stupid itunes logo with a clable pointing… whats the problem here anyone fixed this?

  • OK after getting the USB cord/iTunes icon several times, I tried this again and it worked. Here’s what I found:

    This line in the tutorial above is incorrect or misleading (at least in my experience)…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. 

    After completing the jailbreak, I *DID NOT* disconnect the ATV2 from the computer. I simply went right into the tethered reboot option in Seas0npass. After completing the instructions for tethered reboot, I clicked “OK” to dismiss the Seas0npass dialog, unplugged my USB cord and plugged in my HDMI cable. The main UI screen on the ATV2 displayed with the FC icon in place of the standard Settings icon.

    Good luck.

  • Yifus

    Go to Settings > iTunes Store > Location

    You need to set it to United States

  • leo62

    I Could jailbreak it and and changed the country to US in the settings.  The settings menu appears with the FC logo but there’s nothing else I can do??   no more functions.. any idea what to do?

  • Bcampbell74

    looks like you need to do a tethered boot every time you power off the device.

  • 9sixty4

     There are 2 essentials point that must be respected:

    1) The AppleTV 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. Counting at least 7 second is very important as well.2) One must be next to the TV (HDMI connection) without disconnecting the power from your TV, remove the USB cable then insert the HDMI cable and voila…

  • Ministerofsound

    It’s a #*&@# jailbreak. When everything is OK after untethered and tethered jailbreak (leave power cable in ATV2 unit when switching from usb to hdmi cable) there is no FC logo on screen. However you ATV2 unit is jailbroken and Installing Seasonpass ATVflash gives a good result. You will see an extra maintenance logo on the screen for third party installations. 
    But what happens if you disconnect power from your ATV2. You loose the installation and have to start all over again. It’s a #*&@# jailbreak. I will wait for an update and solution that a tethered boot isn’t necessary.

  • Ministerofsound

    The jailbreak is needed for installing ATVflash. The jailbreak only shows the same icons. After installing ATVflash ( ) you will have an extra maintenance icon with additional installation options.

  • Ministerofsound

    but the tethered jailbreak is shit. Hopefully soon a untethered jailbreak is available.

  • Steflo112

    I succesfully jailbreaked and installed XBMC but after breaking power and I moved my APTV 2 to my TV-set and powered up again it´s only flashes a white LED fast. What to do?

  • Tango

    Para la gente de habla hispana… puntos a considerar:
    1.- Durante el proceso, itunes mando el error 1602 varias 2 veces, deja que tu maquina trabaje unicamente con el jailbreak, reinicia e intentalo nuevamente, yo pude hasta la 3ra.
    2.- Cada vez que inicies el appletv tienes que conectarlo al ordenador nuevamente.. los pasos de conexion/desconexion (tethered) son vitales, si no los haces correctamente, te va a mandar errores, desde desconexion wifi hasta el circulo azul con el cable usb
    3.- Cuando termines correctamente el proceso tienes que ver el ícono FC.. pero este solamente aparece cuando tienes el appletv en idioma INGLES

  • Darren

    Teathered jb on an atv2 is ****ing useless if ur tv is not near your desktop. Even if it had a 5min battery it would make sense or if there were 20 meter long mini usb cables, otherwise how are u supposed to reboot tethered and the plug into an hdmi cable in another room!! Ffs, ill wait.

  • Wicj

    You can not disconnect the power from the Apple tv, just unplug the USB, plug in the HDMI and you are good to go.

  • Leo62

    Try to jailbreak with a laptop and have the apptv placed and plugged where you will leave it (near the tv)
    This is a great tutorial and links to install nitotv and xmbc after jailbreaking.   I did the jailbreak instructions from here and installed nitotv and xmbc from the youtube tutorial and the links it has there in the video info…. great stuff.
    video tutorial

    for Jailbreak-Tools :

  • guest

    I get to the part where you hold down the menu and play buttons for 7 seconds and nothing is happening for me, is there something i missed?

  • noame

    its bad if i disconnected the atv from the computer in the last process (restoring in itunes)?
    after the itune open i closed it and connect the atv again after i saw the windows whis the comment:”restoring in i tunes, please whaie while script is runnig”.
    i dont see any light in the atv. it seems like its steal in the midel of the process.  

  • Darren

    too bad if you dont have a laptop tho-pointless

  • Mailo

    Hi everybody, why not I cant reboot in the same mode that the older version, I hate wired boot.



  • Mike

    check out Apple Tv vs Roku

  • Dmorales51205

    i never had so much problems in trying to re install navi x  my apple tv said error connection refuse/////??????? 

  • Anonymous

    A Jailbreak for the new apple tv 3 has been released!

  • Pie5677

    hi… i had jailbreak the Apple tv2 but its keep on showing computer icon n fc logo Nothin else on the screen.. done changing the location set to united states n yet nothin happened? can anyone,Anyone out there help me to solved this.. really running out of patient just feels like smashing up d apple tv…

  • malandro

    Seasonpass Version 0.8.3 (490) does not work for the latest MAC lion OSX.
    It does not crate patched IPSW file. I have spend alsmost 2 days to understand this.
    Windows version works properly.

  • Matt

    *** INFO – Step 2 – DFU Mode (not mentioned in this tutorial)

    Macbook or iMac users:

    Make sure while pressing MENU + PLAY/PAUSE that you are not directing your apple remote anywhere near other apple devices(Macbooks etc)..

    It took me 30 desperate minutes to finally realize this… ;))

  • Wikidrob

    is there nowhere else where this can be downloaded – i dont do those subscriptions on the mobile

  • John McMahon

    I can confirm that I tried this for about 3 hours following the full directions including disconnecting for a few seconds before doing the thethered process and it did not work. Kept getting iTunes logo with usb image. I then tried what Jeff had suggested by doing the thethered process without disconnecting and it worked perfectly.

  • Asim

    I have the same problem, every time I have to connect with computer and do tethered reboot then it will work and next time I reboot I will have to do the same thing again

  • Rory

    I just tried this and it says the restore image is not compatible with my ATV3, oh well back to waiting.

  • Nate Dawg

    plug power cord in before disconnecting usb

  • Ghislainpepin

    Ça ne fonctionne pas, don’t works

  • Carpenter940

    I had to leave the ATV2 plugged into USB after jailbreak. When entering tethered part of guide I plugged AC in too. That fixed that problem.

  • Danny Kelly

    i get this after itunes has done its thing an it wont leave or cancel out unless i quit seasonpass!? please help???

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  • Vmadatyan

    when i conect usb to my computer on apple tv green light not coming on i dont udertand wy ans what i have to doo

  • Jailbreak

    Is there ever gonna come an UN-tethered Jailbreak for 5.0/5.1 ?? Or am I just UN-patience?? Wanna try out 5.0/5.1 but the waiting is killing me, I hate Tethered jailbreaks, last one was not a big succes since my PC is downstairs and my TV not. Got a laptop that’s to slow to get a jailbreak done, so I had to move my whole desktop computer to the living room it was just too poor to look at, I’m ashamed.. So no Tethered jailbreaks for me nomore………….Hello???……..(echo)  Untethered Jailbreak where are youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu???????????????????????????????? (echo) 😀

  • Prisonbreak

    Seas0pass is only for jailbreaking, now you have to either use PuTTy to install NitoTV or use ATVflashblack (which I recommend) to install all the stuff you need/want like media, XBMC, Couch Surfer, PLEX etc. etc.

  • Garyrcampbell

    everything seems to work but when i plug appletv2 into my tv all im getting is an itunes icon with a usb cable pointing at it ? please help.

  • fenno

    After trying this and just about every troubleshoot on the net I give up…have wasted hours and hours////this is a piece of junk.

  • Dlife

    feels like a stupid question, but how do i get the “maintenance” app on my appletv?  I have added Seasonpass and NitroTV successfully (i think)

  • M Dutch

    Ive just installed Nitotv and when I’ve reconnected it shows on the screen but the jailbreak icon has gone! ….am I still jailboken …..??? I installed xbmc from there … It loaded but the screen is black ………… Been at this 10 hours and counting……. Help ….please

  • RockinRobbie77

    Hi, I followed the steps, but when I connect the apple tv back to my tv, all I get is a pic of the itunes music symbol with a white usb cord going up to it.  I can’t get anything else on the screen.  Any help would be appreciated.  thanks

  • Daniel

    Should I disable the tav’s sleep mode after jail braking (tethered)? 

  • ui

  • BFPauly

    I think I bricked it!!
    I followed these instructions to the letter.  This is my first time trying to jb ATV, but not my first apple device jb, the others went without a hitch.
    I get to the part where it say “apple TV preparing to restore”  and it sits there for about 10 minutes then I get unknown error 1604.  I’ve tried restoring back to factory settings, and I get the same error.  I get the flashing light and the itunes symbol when I plug in the HDMI.  I have to put the apple tv into recovery mode for the computer to recognize it.  I’ve tried doing the Shift + restore and selecting the ipsw file, but still no go.  HELP!


  • J1100

    I have the FC settings logo.  When I try to SSH into the atv, I get a connection time out error.  This was done with both putty and tunnelier.  Any suggestions?

  • sean

    When I plug the apple tv in with a usb the light on the front won’t come on and will not appear in iTunes 

  • d-train

    Can i do this without the silver remote? I think my silver remote has a dead battery and I’m using a Logitech Harmony One. For whatever the hell reason I’m unable to get it to do anything with the play/menu double finger combo.

  • Govinda

    My jailbreak fails every time. It goes wrong on the ” restoring in ITunes ” part. I get the message that restoring fails. The good lord how’s why. I just use a micro USB no power cord. I updated my atv2 to the latest IOS. I’m using an Imac. Normally the jailbreak works fine, but this time FireCore gave me a mountain! Help me out please!!!

  • Nickleplated

    can anyone explain how to re-jailbreak the aptv2? would appreciate any help.

  • Bayi

    the jaibreak doesnt seem to work and the step by step is not clear enough

  • Sok133

    when im trying to jailbreak i plug my apple tv in just by micro cable and the light does not come on but when i plug in the power cable it works any ideas

  • brad

    Done this many times and it still doesn’t work. Seas0nPass is rubbish.

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