How To: Jailbreak Apple TV 2G On 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Firmware With Seas0nPass 0.8.3 [Windows]

The new Apple TV 5.0 firmware that was introduced alongside the 1080p Apple TV features a completely re-designed UI (user interface). As such just simply releasing a Jailbreak for the Apple TV 2G on the 5.0 firmware would be near pointless because aTV Flash (black) would not be integrated natively. That is why it took the FireCore Dev-Team over 2 weeks to release the Apple TV 2G 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Jailbreak and of course an updated version of aTV Flash (black) compatible with the 5.0 firmware.

Windows Apple TV 2G 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Jailbreak

If you would like to learn how to Jailbreak your Apple TV 2G running the 5.0 firmware tethered, then you will be glad to know in this how to guide from you will learn how to do just this on your WindowsComputer.

Note #1: This is not the new 1080p Apple TV (Apple TV 3G) Jailbreak.

Note #2: For a Mac OS X version of this guide please click here.

Apple TV 2G 5.0 (iOS 5.1) Jailbreak

Step 1) – The first thing you are going to need to do is download the latest version of Seas0nPass for Windows from our downloads section or from the direct download link below.

Download Seas0nPass 0.8.3 (Wind0ws)

Step 2) – The next thing you will need to do is extract Seas0nPass (to the destination of your choice).

Step 3) – Once Seas0nPass is extracted you will need to double click the Seas0nPass.exe file.

Step 4) – When Seas0nPass has launched you will notice two options presented to you – Create IPSW and Boot Tethered.

You will need to Hold down the shift key, click the Create IPSW Button and then select the firmware version your Apple TV 2G is currently running (should be the 5.0 firmware). If you do not have the Apple TV 5.0 firmware downloaded you can simply go ahead and click the Create IPSW button and it will be downloaded automatically.

Step 5) – Seas0nPass now will begin creating your Jailbroken IPSW.

Step 6) – Once SeasonPass has created the custom IPSW you will be prompt to connect your Apple TV 2G into your computer and put it into DFU mode (follow the on-board instructions). Once your Apple TV 2G is in DFU mode Seas0nPass will automatically open iTunes and start the restore process.

Your Apple TV 2G should now be Jailbroken on the 5.0 firmware. Congratulations.

Booting Tethered With Seas0nPass

As this is a tethered Jailbreak you will need to boot your Apple TV 2G using Seas0nPass anytime it loses power or you need to restart it. In order to boot your Apple TV 2G tethered you will simply need to launch Seas0nPass, click the Boot Tethered Button, and finally follow the instructions for putting your Apple TV 2G into DFU mode.

Note: The Apple TV MUST be disconnected from the computer (for at least a brief moment) after restoring in iTunes for the tethered boot process below to work properly.

If you have any questions or concerns please leave them in the comments section below…

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  • Amh

    I’m trying to follow the instructions on a windows 7 64 bit computer. After I plug-in the device and get it on DFU mode, it launches iTunes on the restore window, but seasonpass crashes saying: “Version has stopped working – A problem has caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available.” and the entire process comes to a halt. Windows of course does not offer any solution.
    I already tried a 2nd computer, what can I do?

  • Curious Party

    If the Apple TV simply reboots/reloads/relaunches (which is pretty common when jailbroken) do you still need to be tethered? What about when holding both Menu and Play/Pause for 10 seconds to reboot, will you need to be tethered then? Or is it ONLY when the power is lost or disconnected that you need to be tethered?

  • Antifyre

    Hi, when trying to boot after, it says it’s been sucessful, but the light is still blinking and there is no signal to tv…. ?

  • Amh

     That means you are still in DFU mode

  • Antifyre

    Ahhhh….so how do I get it out of DFU mode, without resetting it? (sorry for noobishness….)

  • Sdfadfdsf

    when it says to plug in the usb my computer doesnt pick it up. whats happening? help????

  • Jamsah

    Apple TV could not be restored, an error occurred 1604, what shall i do in this case?