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Jailbreaking 101 - Seas0nPass

posted this on January 11, 2011, 08:59

Seas0nPass.jpgSeas0nPass provides an UN-TETHERED jailbreak of the 2nd gen Apple TV running the 5.3 (iOS 6.1.4 - 10B809) software.

Older Apple TV versions can be used with saved firmware signatures.

The 3rd gen Apple TV is not yet supported.

Download Links
Seas0nPass for Mac
Seas0nPass for Windows
Video tutorial
Troubleshooting tips


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Pre-launch checklist

  1. Latest version of iTunes.
  2. Latest version of Seas0nPass (use links above).
  3. micro USB cable.
  4. Disconnect any iPods, iPhones, and iPads from your computer.

Using Seas0nPass to jailbreak the Apple TV

Step 1: Unzip the '' file and launch Seas0nPass.


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


Step 3: When prompted, connect your Apple TV to your Mac/PC using a micro-USB cable (leave power cable disconnected).

Once the light on the front of the Apple TV begins to flash rapidly, point the remote at the Apple TV 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 4: The latest Apple TV software will be downloaded and used to create a custom 'jailbroken' software file.


Step 5: Seas0nPass will complete the restore automatically, and confirm when complete.


Note: To confirm the jailbreak was successful a (temporary) red FC logo will appear in place of the Settings icon - as shown below.


Using Seas0nPass for a 'tethered boot'

Some Apple TV software versions require a tethered boot. This means the Apple TV must be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup.

Note 2: The Apple TV MUST be disconnected from the computer (for at least a brief moment) after restoring 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 cable. Once both are connected hold both the 'MENU' and 'PLAY/PAUSE' buttons for 7 seven seconds.


Step 3: Seas0nPass 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 Apple TV stops flashing. (Don't worry there is ample to do this, so you don't need Superman speed).


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