How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0.1 (iOS 5.1.1) with Seas0nPass (tethered)

by tomek on May 14, 2012

Apple TV 2 5.0.1 jailbreak

FireCore’s Seas0nPass has been updated to provide a tethered jailbreak for Apple TV 2 5.0.1 (iOS 5.1.1). Tethered jailbreak means that every time there is a need to reboot your Apple TV, you will have to connect it to a computer. Functionally, both tethered and untethered jailbreak are identical.

Plex and Remote HD plugins are not yet working on Apple TV 5.0.1. XBMC, Media Player, Couch Surfer, nitoTV, Rowmote,, Weather, RSS Feeds and Maintenance are already supported. Non-working items require an author update for 5.0 compatibility.

The current version of Seas0nPass doesn’t provide a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3. You can learn more on Apple TV 3 jailbreak status here.

Here is a tutorial on how to use Seas0nPass to jailbreak and tether boot your Apple TV 2 on firmware 5.0.1:

Pre-launch checklist

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes (check for updates through Software Update located in Apple menu).
  2. Download Seas0nPass for Mac [10.6 or later] or Windows [XP or later].
  3. A micro USB cable will be required to complete the jailbreak.
  4. Disconnect any iPods, iPhones, and iPads from your computer.


Step 1: Unzip the ‘’ file and launch Seas0nPass.

Step 2: Select the ‘Create IPSW’ button to start the jailbreak process.

Step 3: The latest Apple TV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom ‘jailbroken’ software file.

Step 4:When prompted, connect your Apple TV using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected).

Once the light on the front of the Apple TV begins to flash rapidly, point the remote at the AppleTV and hold both the MENU and PLAY/PAUSE buttons for 7 seven seconds.

Note: This step will require the silver (aluminum) AppleTV remote that was included with the ATV2. The older, white (plastic) remotes will not work.

Step 5: iTunes will open automatically and start the restore process.

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  • Jonas

    Hope the UN-tethered is also coming soon, gonna wait on that one… again

  • RefriedBeans

    I just used Seas0nPass to jailbreak my Apple TV 2 5.0.1. Worked like a charm. Is there any streaming media client that currently works reliably on this version of Apple TV?

  • HelpMePlease

    It won’t go into DFU mode for me…

  • Fl0PPsy

    What I’m curious about is how the new firmware effects performance of apps like XBMC?

    I know there was a reduction in performance after 4.3. I’m on 4.4.4 right now and I dont want to lose more processing power to IOS.

  • Thanks for the easy jailbreak steps! I can’t wait for the iPad 3 untethered jailbreak though. 

  • Lateralus1181

    I have wasted many hours and have tried absolutely every combination of software/hardware on both PC and Mac- regardless of what I do iTunes simply will not install ANY modified firmware file of any version. Sorry to say this does not work.

  • nicolas

    me too..i’ve been trying everything but when restoring in itunes. it keeps giving me ERROR 3194. someone could help me please..thanks..

  • Fernando

    I had previously jailbreak my Apple TV 5.0. I still rent movies from Apple Store from time to time, so I needed to upgrade to 5.0.1 otherwise it wouldn’t let me log in.  Now that I did the jailbreak from 5.0.1 i have the FireCore icon on the settings icon, but no Nitto or XMBC. I have repeated the process several times with the same result any suggestions please

  • Danny Kelly

    if i bought an apple tv 2 weeks ago from the apple store what apple tv is that 2 or 3??? how the hell do you know im looking through the box and the receipt their is nothing!!!! 

  • Brandon Bourget

     Look at the box.  If it says 1080p on the side it is the ATV3.  720p is ATV2.

  • can i jailbreak my apply tv 2 5.0.1??

  • Kim Callis

    Alright, when I get ready to tether connect, the LED is already doing a fast blink. So there is no period of time after the I-Tune update. After I unplug the USB, start Seas0nPass and then connect to the ATV2, it immediately starts to flash quickly.  Looking at the receipt, I am wondering if I inadvertently ended up with a ATV3. 

  • Pete

    These instructions are quite poor. At the point where it says disconnect the USB and connect the HDMI it doesn’t say if the AC power cable should be connected too? or should that have been connected at the start of the tethered boot section?

    Also, during the iTunes restore section, I had to select and click ‘Open’ on the firmware file but that step isn’t mentioned.


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  • TechFreak

    You didn’t read it very well. It clearly tells you when to plug the power into the unit……

  • Ggaeta

    just jai broke apple tv 2 for the first time! now what?

  • Guambusiness

    First use ireb to enter dfu mode the used seasi0npass create custom firmware after that then restore via iTunes

  • Nezza


    Thinking of getting atv with seas0npass and ice films. Just wondering aboud broadband usage. Will regular use cause my bandwidth to be throttled or exceeded?

  • my atv2 is tethered do i still need to install atv flash?

  • noobie

    help. its saying that this device is not supported by season pass

  • Help Please

    My apple tv 2 wont go into DFU mode,what am i doing wrong

  • Montri

    Hi, I just Jailbreak my ATV 2 which was little confusing but finally I got it, now the issue is after adding Nito and XBMC i m unable to get Icefilms or any add-on for movies. Please guide further thanx

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