How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2 (iOS 6.1) using Seas0nPass (untethered; Mac & Windows)

by tomek on February 13, 2013

Apple TV 2 Untethered Jailbreak

Following the last week’s release of evasi0n iOS 6.0-6.1 jailbreak, FireCore has updated its Seas0nPass to provide an untethered jailbreak for Apple TV 2 running the latest 5.2 (iOS 6.1) firmware. Released in January, Apple TV software update 5.2  for the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV added Bluetooth keyboard support, iTunes in the Cloud and AirPlay audio for videos.

Some 3rd party plugins such as Plex, Remote HD and Rowmote are not yet compatible with the 5.1+ Apple TV software. The developer of Plex client is already working on getting its plugin working on the latest Apple TV firmware.

Update: XBMC now available on iOS 6.1 for Apple TV

aTV Flash (black) has also been updated and now supports Apple TV 5.2.

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

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Here is a step by step tutorial on how to untether jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2 using Seas0nPass:

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.


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  • how about xbmc with the new jailbreak?

  • Sparrow

    XBMC does not work with newest Apple TV update. Had to downgrade to 5.0.2 to get it working literally 5 minutes.

  • Michael Boyle

    Got a step by step for downgrade 5.2 to 5.0.2?

  • JonBOY26

    Nice work Firecore!

    I switch between aTV Flash Black and XBMC for my media playback, so I think I might just update now and then reinstall XBMC when it’s compatible with 5.2.

  • Okitoki

    just right click on create IPSW and select the correct version to download

  • zaheer

    my nito is not add xbmc pls help me friends

  • UncoSam

    filespatch failed ?? plz help

  • agromt

    when i connected apple tv,it was not flashing rapidly .How to enter to DFU mode?

  • Dan

    I jail a couple days ago with snowbreeze but now I want to jailbreak with firecore. How do I do that? Do i just treat the atv like it is unjailbroken and start over with firecore? I used snowbreeze 2.9.8.

  • Koszka

    Pls JB Apple TV3 🙁

  • Ryan

    When I do this the device comes up and say “This device is not support by seasonspass” what am I doing wrong?

  • bugaj

    JB ios 5.2.1??? When?

  • marko

    my itunes is not restoring my 2nd generation apple tv to 5.2…has apple block restorign to 5.2? how can i avoid this problem? please help me!

  • i have the same problem

  • cybersun

    reostoring error “this device isnt eligible for the reguested build”

    any help?

  • dimitris

    restore error “this device isnt eligible for the reguested build”

    any ideas?

  • Vanirama Rajeshbabu

    Hi all i am new to this Jail brake i managed to jail brake my apple tv 2 season pass tethred. when i connect to the tv it starts with apple sign and stays blank screen what does this mean and the light is just flashing any help will be great

  • I have the same problem 🙁

  • conejo lara

    con este jailbreak si puedo desconectar de la luz mi apple tv si perder el jail?????????????

  • Wusang

    Version is not eligible for this ATV error message! What next?

  • Becky Rich

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