How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0.1 (iOS 5.1.1) using Seas0nPass (untethered)

by tomek on May 25, 2012

Apple TV 2 Untethered Jailbreak

Seas0nPass jailbreaking tool has been updated today to provide an untethered jailbreak for Apple TV 2 running the latest 5.0.1 (iOS 5.1.1) firmware. All of the most popular Apple TV plugins, like XBMC, Plex, Media Player, nitoTV, Rowmote,, Couch Surfer and Weather are currently supported on 5.0.1 (Remote HD and Overflow are not yet working and require an author update for 5.0.1 compatibility). The new Apple TV 2 untethered jailbreak has been successfully tested by nitoTV.

The current version of Seas0nPass doesn’t provide a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to untether jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.0.1 using Seas0nPass:

Note: If you’re already running a tethered version of 5.0.1 you will need to re-jailbreak using Seas0nPass to take advantage of the new untethered version.

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) Apple TV 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.

Step 6: iTunes will confirm the restore when complete – your Apple TV is now jailbroken.

Note: To confirm the jailbreak was successful a (temporary) red FC logo will appear in the lower right corner of the screen – as shown below.


Now you can:

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  • Apple TV 3G pls!

  • Worked first time… great thanks

  • Smartass167

    didnt work itunes says restore failed error 1604

  • Supreme_dark_ruler

    Great work! Bought an ATV3 yesterday (all I could get here). Can’t wait for a jail break to finally see what this baby can do. Keep up the great work!

  • Curacao

    Will I have to reinstall xbmc if I had the tethered jailbreak?

  • ChristopherMay

    Can I go from a tethered Jailbreak of 5.0.1 to this untethered jailbreak without a restore?

  • Gold-x

    Work in second time 😉 1st time itunes error.thanks

  • Iseekknowledge

    Does anyone have ATV Flash Black working with this? Mine is outdated.. Anyone have a link to ATVFLASH Black download?

  • Scewter

    Slick – whom ever is behind this is my G.O.D.


    i get a itunes error too, what now?

  • Joel

    I can install this with no problems, but I cannot SSH to my Apple TV. It’s like it’s not there, just get connection timed out on any terminal I use. Tried changing the IP to a manual one, back to automatic, pinging it also comes back with unreachable. Apple TV is connected to network.

  • Uzzi_80

    I keep getting error code 9, any work arounds?

  • Guess

    Anyone getting this error? 

    ssh_exchange_identification: Connection closed by remote host

  • Arman

    same problem here 
    help us !!!!!

  • Imrutledge

    I got that same error code and all i had to do was rebuild the ipsw and rejailbreak. restart your computer as well.

  • Iseekknowledge

    I have the working version of ATV Flash (BLACK) .. Private message me if you would like it.

  • Puddin13

     been trying to P.M. you for the past 10 minutes now. Either I’m tired or stupid, but I can’t get it to work. Please hit me up with a link to latest ATV Flash Black for mac???

  • Cobyalon
  • not the realm.sheikh

    mate help me Mr.Sheikh @ gmail .com

  • Marty

    I keep getting “Apple TV” could not be restored (14).  Anyone else?

  • Kvnguyen2

    First time try to jailbreak and having same problem. Can I have that ATV Flash?

  • Sam

    Can I Jailbreak
     AppleTv3 with this?

  • Buff

    xbmc link to dropbox broken?

  • I get stuck at the “Restoring in iTunes. Please wait for while the script is runing…” I let it run for an hour and still no luck. any ideas?

  • grisisiknis

    thanks in advance! 
    lazarotercero @gmail .com

  • Robin Domenix

    I have no problem SSH*ing into my Appletv 2, but my god this jailbreak is glitchy man =p, can almost not install anything. I finally got plex installed, but onced i open it and try to enter my pc plex server the appletv2 crashes and restarts, so i wouldnt call “Plex is compatible with the new untethered jailbreak 5.0.1” a truth :P, nitotv is also glitchy though, =/

  • Hjtm

    try it

  • Trhenie

    Hmm, running 5.0.1(4224) and struggling to enter DFu mode and also get the “Used by another process” error message still… Any ideas

  • Promocoup
  • Gerardo Maldonado
  • memememe

    Anyone having issues with iTunes errors, download iReb to get the atv into DFU mode. Worked for me.

  • yellow23

    I would love to have it ATV Flash as well. [email protected]:disqus .com Thank you

  • leinadhok

    Me… have you found a work around?

  • Norbert Reinhardt

    hi everyone.

    i would liketo ask some help. 
    i started the jailbreak process and i had some problems.
    i could not swich the apple tv to dfu mode it did not do nothing. but someone told me if i connect the power cable after the usb connection i can take it to dfu mode. And it is just worked, so the problem was solved. the install prcess went well, the itunes opened automatically and the scripts was running succesfull. but the end of this the itunes gave me an error message: The Apple TV could not load back. unindetify error (2001)
    could somebody helpme?

    i have apple tv 2 5.0.1 (ios 5.1.1)

    Thank you

  • Sleek

    Worked on first try, loaded xbmc succefully, no bugs found so far, all running smoothly.

  • Vitalello

    its pretty stupid but i made the same mistake – for SSH access you should connect ATV to network via LAN, not to PC via USB.

  • Vitalello

    NO !
    ATV 3 the only device that remains unjailbreakable. (really funny for 99$ product 🙂

  • Unknown

    Is there a way to jailbreak without apple tv remote

  • Vwboobs82

    To all those having issues with Jailbreaking the ATV2 (Note ATV3 is still not Jailbreakable!!!)
    do a full restore via apple just to be on the safe side, this should update you to 5.1.1 aka 9B206. download SeasonPass 0.8.4 (run it as administrator / xp SP3) follow the SeasonPass instructions and all will be good. (do not connect the power to the appleTV untill it says too, it would appear this is where alot of failed attempts occur).
    when complete install ATV Flash (Black) latest version and install XBMC etc and dont forget to to a backup (this will save SHSH blobs for you!!!)

  • zoid_99

    Same here….

  • Joan Carles Badia

    the restoring script seems to fail because doesn’t find the file automatically. It opens a windows asking for a file. Where I can find this file???

  • Joan Carles Badia

    It seems the same that happens to me. The script can’t find the file and opens a folder window asking for it, isn’t it?
    I don’t know where to find this file…

  • Dude

    may need to install .NET 4.0 framework to get it working, on XP SP3 I did.  Also, I had to do the restore twice to get it to accept the custom IPSW

  • Dude
  • Dude

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  • Jiego69

    you need to buy atv flash black if you want to get all the application…support the firecore

  • Jiego69

    buy @ apple store you need that

  • Unknown

    i know i could
    but would i still need it after I’m done jail breaking or can i use the remote app
    cause i don’t want to wast money for something i will need for 7 seconds

  • fralla2

    Same problem here too… and I’ve restored to original before jailbreaking it

  • am i the only one? its still doing the tethered jailbreak, wtf am i doing wrong?

  • zoid_99

    Worked find after a second reboot.

  • Truls Henie

    Hey, anyone able to assist on this, struggling to get the ATV to enter DFU mode ( can get it there by plugging in the power). Running on 5.0.1(4224).
    This is what ive tested so far:
    1 -Start seas0npass (as admin)
    2- When promted connect the ATV with usb no power (test the menu+play/pause button) no luck so power goes in and voila DFU mode is up
    3 – Itunes kicks in and starts the process, which ends in about 2 sec flat
    4 – Seas0npass reports jailbreak successful
    When starting it up connected to the TV nothing has changed, and when checking seas0npass log only error i see is this;
    Exception classes: System.IO.IOException Exception messages: Process cannot access the file C:UsersTrulsAppDataLocalTempSeas0nPassBIN Used by another process.
    Stack Traces: ved System.IO.Directory.DeleteHelper(String fullPath, String userPath, Boolean recursive) ved System.IO.Directory.Delete(String fullPath, String userPath, Boolean recursive) ved Seas0nPass.Utils.SafeDirectory.c__DisplayClass7.b__6() ved Seas0nPass.Utils.BaseIOUtils.RepeatActionWithDelay(Action action) ved Seas0nPass.Utils.SafeDirectory.Delete(String name, Boolean recursive) ved Seas0nPass.Utils.MiscUtils.RecreateDirectory(String dirPath)
    Any help would be great.

  • Before SSHing the TV.  Plug the power cord in first until the flickering light is solid, then attached the USB.  You should be able to SSH now

  • 123

     I plugged in the power to start my DFU then immediately unplugged it. It restored in iTunes with no errors. Getting ready to ssh it and upload all the goodies on it.

  • Amustafa7600

    Ive been trying to get ATV Flash working for a while. May i please get it also.

  • Mail

    I was getting Error 1602, but I disconnected from power and leave it only with USB, but then I got Error 1600 but I realize that my ipad is been sync wireless so, I eject the iPad and it took me a couple time to restored but at the end worked, thanx…

  • Vince Vega

    Finally got it to work.
    Run Seas0npass to create the IPSW
    Unplug ATV2 from telly, and plug it into Windoze
    Use tiny umbrella to save the SHSH then set it to broadcast
    Use Ireb to get it into dfu
    Open iTunes, press and hol shift and click restore
    Select the IPSWICH with ‘SP’ in the filename.

    This worked after trying a MAC and windows with the method on this site failing with many iTunes errors such as 11 1600 1601 1604… Tried different usbs, reboots etc, but this method worked.

    Try it and post how you get on!

  • Terry

    I think it’s starving on the USB power… After I get it into UDF mode I add the wall power to it as well, and it installed fine. 

  • DUDE

     try doing iTunes restore again, it took me couple tries to get the IPSW to install.  Must be a glitch.

  • Brent Carpenter

     I have 3 ATVs to jailbreak. I’m guessing I should keep their IPSWs separate (as well as their blobs). Is this true? If so, do I create their IPSW then rename and save them to a safe place in case I need them again? Could someone in the know write a quick guide on where they (blobs and IPSWs) are located and how to restore them if something goes wrong?

  • seqec

    After the jailbreak, only two icons appear: Computers and fc Settings and other icons do not appear! do you know how to fix this??

  • Dave

     Hi there if you could send me the working atv flash (Black) @ [email protected] .com Thanx  Dave

  • Dont_poke

    how long should it take for the led to start flashing on the apple tv?  My lede has never worked so I am having to try and just time the button press to get into dfu

  • Truls Henie

    Just tried to restore 3 times and same result… Tested getting another usb cable aswell. Running out of ideas here

  • Brent Carpenter

    takes about 10 seconds. As far as I can tell there is no limit on how quickly you have to put it into DFU mode. i.e. I tried putting it into DFU with my “learned” remote about five times before giving up and using the silver apple remote which then worked right away.

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  • Rob Beals

    USB power worked fine for me. Had no issues following instructions in directions above. 

  • Simondb78

    Hello, followed all instructions but on step 4 it say’S : 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.   

    The light in front of my apple TV does not flash rapidly, so I still proceded but nothing hapenned, can anyone help me out please ?

    Thank you

  • Ahmedsamir

    i have same problem….?

  • grr

     yes can I?

  • Orvarsig

    Setting the location to USA and language to English fixed this for me.

  • The K

    Would love to try ATV Flash black (windows version)

  • MR K
  • Whiteravens01

    The problem I have is i can’t get power to the Apple TV.  The USB cable will not power the Apple TV.  I follow the steps perfectly.  The Apple TV will not flash the light at all with just the USB cable. 

  • Whiteravens01

     This is the same problem I’m having!!!!  Any Help???

  • Pr

    cant see any files on my nas at all. Apple is the worst mediaplayer ever. better go get a real one. same price also. 

  • crash-over-ride

    lol sign in to your network

  • crash-over-ride

    Oh and if you dont use wireless plug your ethernet cable in to the box

  • James

    Me too

  • Rayyan

    I have the same issue with only two icons. the location is set to cupertino USA by defaut and the language is English, but still only two icons. Any ideas?

  • Carpenter940

    In step 6 why does it instruct us to “Please proceed to the ‘tethered boot’ section below.”?… that could be confusing considering we’re done at that point.

  • Stoker-1

    I Dunno Why You Lot Can’t Get It To Work…. It Was Seemless For Me… Follow The Instructions….  All The Add On’s…. Easy……. I Do Like Cyberduck!! That’s A Rockin Piece Of Software… Better Than Yummy…. And, I Paid For Yummy…..

    BUT…. Don’t You Guys Think? The XBMC Add On’s Kinda Blow Chunks? Icefilms? It Sucks!! None Of These So Called “Hacks” Really Work… The Point Is To Watch TV….. Not To Sod Around Waiting For A Bad Quality Video To Stream Into A Great Piece Of Hardware That’s Been Ruined By Bad Software…. Don’t Get Me Wrong, I Program A Lot.. Love It… Do It For A Living… But Damm!! Those Guys At APPLE Know How To Integrate Hardware And Software…. Leave It Alone…. Wait For Apple TV…. I’m Re-Installing The 5.0.1…

  • Fabdickson

     Re-Boot Apple TV…… Or Hit The Tethered Reboot….

  • Mkvalheim

    I can’t get the flashing light after step 4, what to do=?????????

  • Carpenter940

     Make sure you’re ONLY using the USB to power ATV. Leave it unplugged from AC. I don’t think there is a time limit on how long you can try putting it into DFU mode. It’s OK too to unplug USB and replug to reset it.

  • Bergen

    When I do [email protected]:disqus  tv IP address I get the message ‘Connection closed by remote host’

  • Rogerr

    Just finally updated from 4.3.3 to 5.0.2 worked like a charm! even after I bricked my ATV2!

  • Wkijkowski

     step 4. the light dont flash. what now?

  • E49675

    I do have the red FC logo on my screen but it’s still asking for my Apple ID password and stuff like it’s gonna charge me.  Is that normal?

  • That’s a good explanation on a jailbreak apple. You have give step by step explanation on it.

  • jules

    keep getting error 1601 from Itunes?????
    Any ideas

  • jules

    thats 1604 sorry!!!!

  • jules

    error 1604 in itunes????

  • Carpenter940

    This error is often related to USB timing. Try changing USB ports, using
    a different dock connector to USB cable, and other available USB
    troubleshooting steps (troubleshooting USB connections.
    If you are using a dock, bypass it and connect directly to the white
    Apple USB dock connector cable. If the issue persists on a known-good
    computer, the device may need service.
    If the issue is not resolved by USB isolation troubleshooting, and
    another computer is not available, try these steps to resolve the issue:
    Connect the device to iTunes, confirm that the device is in Recovery Mode. If it’s not in Recovery Mode, put it into Recovery Mode.
    Restore and wait for the error.
    When prompted, click OK.
    Close and reopen iTunes while the device remains connected.
    The device should now be recognized in Recovery Mode again.
    Try to restore again.
    If the steps above do not resolve the issue, try restoring using a known-good USB cable, computer, and network connection.


  • Ab Camacho10

    I keep getting a error message: process failed with reason: Filesystem mount failed

  • T Castillo71

    do you need the apple tv remote to complete this process?

  • Carpenter940

    yes, the silver one

  • leebee12

    process does not work. Says “Seasonpass does not support this device.” Anybody have any advice?

  • Kristian Hbg Andersson

    If you get error 1602… disconnect iPad from Wireless.. and then change USB port and try again.. Works like a charm!!

  • AB

     Hi Roger, could you please help me out. I seem to have bricked mine. was running 5.0.2

  • xyz

    after seasOnpass install there was a server problem. seasOnpass was correct installed but there was a massage that something could not connect with the server, please try later….
    does anyone know what this mean?
    maybe i should try it another day? because of the server connection?
    thanks 🙂

  • kpnuts


    I managed to jailbreak my ATV2, when I connected it up to my TV the screen quality is really poor, the screen is pixalated and the icons aren’t sharp? I have changed the video settings but this hasn’t made any massive diff. Anyone good any ideas on what I need to do thanks.

  • jmack

    where do I buy a “micro usb cable?” What is that? Is that to go from HDMI to USB?

  • same here. is there simple way to fix this?

  • Eman

    Factually, you might have what is called an hdmi handshake issue.
    When an hdmi is connected a two way link ( between atv and tv) that allows the devices to work together and decide what the best resolution that they can display. Two factors come into play. They are the firmwares of both devices. I know what you are thinking. It’s ” omg my tv actually does have its own firmware”. I thought the same thing. It appears that in most televisions, there is a USB port. you can update the firmware on your television and it will make sure the tv will display the signal that the atv is providing correctly

  • Rayyan

    My names Rayyan

  • Chris Strong

    you need to hook up a wireless network, go to settings, general, network and so on

  • Abel Rosales

    I keep getting filesystem patches failed.

  • d

    Could not get it into dfu mode until I plugged the power cord in. Held down menu and play for 7 sec and started loading then unplugged the power cord.

  • Hey there,

    Can I jailbreak TV2 4.3 with Seas0nPass 0.8.7 or i need to use Sn0wbreeze for it Plz help,, my First time

  • I am stuck in ” Restoring in Itunes , Please wait while script is running ”
    what i need to do plz help

  • Malik

    I tried to jailbreak apple tv 2 4.1.1 software version. when it goes to restore in itunes. please wait script is running. Nothing happen it stays there forever. Can any one help me

  • DB

    I have the untethered version but having issues with XBMC. Can I re-jailbreak my ATV2 with SeasOnPass and start over?

  • Ton

    Many thanks for this page.

    Just a couple things I ran into

    – I did needed to have the power connected as well. So I connected the power and USB, then held the 2 buttons on the remote control. (for as long as it took for seasonpass to notice my apple tv in the correct mode)

    – My first attempt didn’t work, I did needed to flash the Apple TV back using Itunes to get real fresh start

    – My Itunes was running fullscreen, this will cause the script to fail. If Itunes starts full screen, normalise it back to window mode. Stop tunes, and restart the whole process

    Thanks again 🙂

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