How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)

by tomek on April 8, 2013


apple tv 2 untethered jailbreak1 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)

Following the release of Apple TV software update 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3 – 10B329a), FireCore has updated Seas0nPass to provide a tethered jailbreak for Apple TV 2 running the latest firmware. Released in March, a minor Apple TV software update – 5.2.1 – added support for Music in the Cloud in Japan and Israel and included improvements for software update, subtitles, and general performance.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to tether jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 using Seas0nPass:

NOTE: This is a TETHERED jailbreak. This means every time there is a need to reboot your Apple TV, you have to connect it to a computer. Functionally, both tethered and untethered jailbreak are identical.

NOTE 2: The current version of Seas0nPass doesn’t provide a jailbreak for the Apple TV 3.

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.

Jailbreaking

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

Seas0nPass 001 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)Step 2: Select the ‘Create IPSW’ button to start the jailbreak process.

Seas0nPass 02 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)Step 3: The latest Apple TV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom ‘jailbroken’ software file.

Seas0nPass 03 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)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.

Seas0nPass 04 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)Step 5: iTunes will open automatically and start the restore process.

Seas0nPass 051 How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 5.2.1 (iOS 6.1.3) using Seas0nPass (tethered; Mac & Windows)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/walter.lopez.7121 Walter Lopez

    does it work whit xbmc ?

  • ~m

    please JB to ATV3 !! Thank you for the information when will.

  • DrekPil

    once u jailbreak then u can install xbmc

  • Muzzy25

    I am keep getting this message, Seas0npass has detected critical error(s) and cannot continue, Please ensure no conflicting software is running and try again

  • Sara

    Do you know why Seas0nPass would quit unexpectadly every time I get to ‘waiting for device to enter DFU mode’? I can’t get past it. Running latest OS and newest version of iTunes as well, trying to jailbreak my Apple TV 2.

  • HackergirlOkinawa

    Worked like a charm!!!

  • HackergirlOkinawa

    Just be sure to save ur SHSH blobs!!!!!

  • Sara

    what do you mean by that? Seas0nPass keeps quitting on me as soon as I have to hold down the menu + play button.

  • Muzzy25

    PLEASE HELP !!!!!

  • Silo

    Ok, my first jailbreaking of “new” ATv2 and lot of problems.

    First I had to remove RAMdisk from my Macbook Pro made for unsupported SSD (caused to hang on Unzipping IPSW);

    Then when FW file was completed and ATv was in DUF mode SP got stuck and in LOG window it’s generated a lot of “Tunes window children count was less than 14, looping until 14 is reached” messages.

    So I had to Alt-Restore prepared IPSW (~/Library/Application Support/Seas0nPass/Firmware)

    Now everything is ok :)

    Hope it helps.

  • Sara Collaton

    do you know why my SP would crash every time I get to the ‘hold down for 7 seconds’ part? Have jailbroken my ATV2 before but accidentally updated it one evening and haven’t been able to get SP to work since.

  • johnny1985

    worked perfect, when adding XBMC via ssh don’t use the reboot command at the end as many peoples atv dont boot back up and you will have to repeat the whole restore + jailbreak process again

  • kabir

    please biiiiiiiiiiiiig help for APPLE TV 3 jailbreakkkkkkkkkkkkkk there must be some clever jenioussssss to solve the problem………….

  • sammal09

    cant get past waiting for DFU mode part after pressing play and menu bitton anyone help with that

  • Qu1million

    So just did my first jailbreak, I’m so happy no what do I do after season pass is installed?

  • Qu1million

    I’m new, I don’t get it…I have season pass but it still looks the same as default factory settings, it just has their FC logo on the settings, where are the perks and extra content?

  • Bretttf

    Qu1million you now have to install XBMC. Then install Navi X etc. check YouTube for info

  • Qu1million

    bretttf…ive been trying and trying…xbmc seems simple but every ssh client I try like putty and bitvise is not working for me…putty seems like it wants to work but it doesn’t let me type in the password which I know is alpine…the only thing that works is if I use the right click but that doesn’t get me where…I cant get passed step 1…please help I am a newbie at this jail breaking stuff…note that the latest season pass is installed successfully, it shows the FC on the settings app

  • Qu1million

    bretttf…ive been trying and trying…xbmc seems simple but every ssh client I try like putty and bitvise is not working for me…putty seems like it wants to work but it doesn’t let me type in the password which I know is alpine…the only thing that works is if I use the right click but that doesn’t get me where…I cant get passed step 1…please help I am a newbie at this jail breaking stuff…note that the latest season pass is installed successfully, it shows the FC on the settings app

  • Bretttf

    Q – open putty. Type in your Apple TV ip adress. Then type root. Press enter. Then type alpine. Press enter. Now you can cut & paste all the text to get xbmc. It’s apt-get update wget
    Etc

  • Qu1million

    Thanks I will give it a shot as soon as I get home…can’t wait…if I can just get passed step 1 then it is progress

  • Qu1million

    Tells me error now…should it be cause of windows8…when using step 1 it just doesn’t let me type in the password

  • Qu1million

    Is it the wrong link I’m using off the putty dl page

  • Qu1million

    So It did work but once I entered reboot it failed and the Apple TV just started blinking with black screen…guess I have to rejail break

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimah72 Kim Horlacher

    Has anyone replied to you how to fix it cuz that is exactly what I’m experiencing tonight except that I changed the firmware type in properties and I get pass the 7 second hangup only to have it hang while saying “the script is running” and iTunes doing nothing in the process. ugh. :(

  • Qu1million

    So ur way works but it tells me server failed…do I have to enter Y when it tells me or do I just skip and online with the original steps

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimah72 Kim Horlacher

    I think this may help. Your Apple TV has been bricked by new firmware. I’m doing this right now. https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4559563?start=0&tstart=0

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimah72 Kim Horlacher

    Nevermind. I’m having trouble getting it to work. Ugh….. Don’t do it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimah72 Kim Horlacher

    Haha! OK!!! After lots of trouble of my own, I can conclude you are creating the wrong IPSW file version. Right click and choose the newest version. Then if you have troubles after that, reply here and I’ll help. I’m installing the ispw file right now.

  • Sara Collaton

    Firecore gave me a new beta link to download and it worked perfectly: http://forum.firecore.com/topic/10330

    however, it doesn’t look like Plex has a working version on 5.2.1 so while the jailbreak works, I still haven’t been able to properly install Plex or XBMC afterwards.

  • qu1million

    used nito installer and worked…was much easier too, no copy, no paste…love icefilms and 1channel g

  • Bretttf

    Glad you’re ok

  • mike

    my light keeps on flashing aal the time, seasonpass tells me everything is done. But when i connect my hdmi my tv tells me to connect with itunes? Can someone help me out.
    I guess i am doing something wrong

  • nemo

    reconnect and restore then try again. my m8 gave me his after several failed attempts by himself but when I followed the instructions here I made one alteration and had the power cable in through out the whole process and it worked first time. good luck

  • Megla

    Why does this site come up as top search result of UNTETHERED atv2 5.2.1 on google? I assume this has caused problems with a lot!

  • Beej

    I just keep getting stuck on restoring in iTunes but nothing happens.

    Is it possible my micro USB cable is only for charging?

    I’ve tried two cables and I get stuck in the same part, iTunes launches but just sits there showing my AppleTv in recovery mode and asking if I want to restore. And the Seas0nPass just says its running scripts but with nothing happening for over 2 hours

  • stuck

    Not working for me i get a message saying its not possible with my ATV3. What can i do

  • hans_keiner

    @stuck… every jailbreaksuite shows you “ATV3 not supported” so what ;-)

  • whiteruud

    Cannot jailbreak my Apple TV2 – get stuck in the same part, run Seasonpass iTunes launches but just sits there showing my AppleTv in recovery mode and asking if I want to restore. And the Seas0nPass just says its running scripts but with nothing happening for over 2 hours – any help would be appreciated

  • sbox

    I did the “tethered boot” on my atv2 v5.2.1 and it showed the last pic you have up. There is no season pass on my home screen or fc. When I try to add anything it says that it is not jailbroken. Please help! :)

  • Zombie_Testicle

    leave out “ssh” since putty is already focused on ssh via the radio button

  • Lion king

    Can’t JB, it’s stuck after JB, and i took a lot time to restore >_<, i think this version is not working well.

  • chris

    this happens to me too. have you figured this out yet?

  • james

    jail broke worked fine but unpluged to move to another tv and now wont come on

  • Nermin

    you have to connect it to you’re pc every time you unplug the power cord from it and do the ” Boot Tethered ” every time the device looses power.

  • Nermin

    they do not have a jailbreak for apple tv 3rd gen yen. not sure if they ever will..

  • Nermin

    they do not have a jailbreak for apple tv 3rd gen yen. not sure if they ever will.. only APT2 AND APT1

  • Nermin

    you have to use ssn and other programs to add XBMX NitoTV and other programs to youre device, look it up on youtube

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwwade William Wade Michael

    A couple pointers. First, of you have an Apple TV 3, there is no jailbreaking as of yet. Second, the resin this comes up as UNTETHERED is because there is no untethered jailbreak out. So this IS the closest you’ll get. Also, when you have the Apple TV hooked up to the computer, DO NOT have the power cord plugged in at the same time. For some resin iTunes will not recognize the device this way. This also means vice versa, before you unplug the USB cord for the final time, make sure your power cord is plugged in. If you lose power, you must reboot. For the people “stuck”, when in iTunes manually hold shift and then click restore. The you can find the ipsw file for the jailbreaking and retire it that way…. Hope this helps. I’m jailbreaking mine as we speak. I wasn’t even going to update to this new firmware but my 1channel links and icefilms links stopped working. So hope this helps. I will never pay for cable to watch commercials….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwwade William Wade Michael

    You have to manually restore it now. Hold shift then click the restore. It should bring up all the diwnloaded versions of Apple TV you have. There should be a file that says downloads as well. Open it, there you’ll find the jailbroke ipsw file. Choose it and viola!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwwade William Wade Michael

    Ps you hold shift and click in iTunes at this point.. Which should have automatically opened as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mwwade William Wade Michael

    So I have successfully jailbroken the Apple TV on 5.2.1, however I cannot find reliable source to install xbmc. I’ve tried 4 different ways via putty. It says it’s installing xbmc but on the home screen it’s not there. Does anyone know at this point how to get xbmc working?

    Thank you….

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuni.yusuf Nuni Yusuf

    all this complicated thethering , unthering blah blah blah jailbreak blah is a head ache. checkout http://androidtvguys.com

  • esbe02

    I keep getting an error message “Seas0nPass has detected critical error(s) and cannot continue. Please ensure no conflicting software is running and try again” – any ideas how to bypass?

  • Mikkel

    Problem is that Apple TV2 has a large app interface so you can exploit several of those, especially the communication between them. Apple TV3 has one (1) application running, and it’s nearly impossible to break into it (as it took well over a year now, and only a handful of people were able to jailbreak it so far, but it hasn’t been able to make a jailbreak who work in a large scale.

  • Mikkel

    Remember to install the newest version of iTunes.

  • Stef

    Had multiple hangs at the ‘hold for 7 seconds part’. This new Seas0npass version did the trick for me, thanks for sharing!

  • F P

    I updated to 5.2.1, followed these instructions, very simple & easy. Yes it’s tethered but that’s no biggie. I live my jb Apple TV.
    Seasonpass&Firecore thanks!

  • Joli De Royale

    i have apple TV 2nd gen, previously it was working fine jail broken with ice films and 1 channel last week 1 channel stopped working , so i try ed to update with xbmc hub maintenance, but after some time the ATV stopped working and not even booting up, i can connect via hss, but not sure what todo…
    if i perform a apple TV recovery mode in Itunes will i be able to resotre it to original factory settings with out updating the firmware? im worried that if i update firmwear i will then not be able to jail break it.

  • Sasha

    I’m trying to do an untethered jailbreak and it keeps getting stuck in the “Restoring in iTunes. Please wait while script is running…” stage. It’s the 5.2 software, not 5.2.1. and I’m not sure what to do!

  • patjepatatje

    hi, when will the untethered come for 6.1.3 ?

  • Bulls

    I updated my previously jail broken atv2 to 5.2.1 and no its stuck on the Apple logo boot loop. I’ve tried restoring in iTunes 11, 10.6 and 10.5 and still stuck in that boot loop. I tried jail breaking it with season pass and after iTunes confirmed its all done I plug it into tv but still stuck in same boot loop with the apple logo coming on every few seconds. Did I brick my atv? Is there anything I can do? Oh and I don’t have any blobs saved. Tia for the help.

  • Jose Colon

    Apple tv 2 tethered jailbreak.open season pass,but cant click on boot tethered just create ipsw..have windows 7 32b. please help!!

  • Gerald Celente

    its not androidtvguys.com its http://androidtvnews.com for your alternative to apple tv

  • Shane Clutton

    i have the save problem, were you able to fix it?

  • Kunle12

    @ Sara, do a restore to a date before the upgrade.

  • UAE APPLE TV JAILBREAK

    According to the below comments it is not worth it…to jailbreak

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