How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:12am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 127204 views

These are instructions on how to perform an untethered jailbreak of your Apple TV 2 on iOS 5.2 using Sn0wBreeze for Windows.

Step One
Create a folder on your desktop called Pwnage.

Download the Apple TV 2 iOS 5.2 firmware from here and Sn0wBreeze from here and place them into the Pwnage folder.

Step Two
Extract the Sn0wBreeze archive to the same Pwnage folder.

Step Three
Launch the Sn0wBreeze application from the folder we just extracted.

Step Four
Click the arrow at the bottom right to begin.

Step Five
Click the Browse for an IPSW button.

Step Six
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop, select the ipsw we just downloaded, and click Open.

Step Seven
Once your device is determined, click the arrow at the bottom right to continue.

Step Eight
Click to select Simple Mode.

Step Nine
You will be asked to set the root partition size. You can leave the default and click the arrow at the bottom right to continue.

Step Ten
Your custom IPSW will now be generated.

Step Eleven
Once the custom IPSW creation is complete you will be warned that after setting up your Apple TV the screen may be blank for 60 seconds. Click the OK button.

Step Twelve
You will then be asked if you want to donate to the evad3rs for the untether. Click Yes if you wish to donate immediately or No if you do not want to donate at this time.

Step Thirteen
You'll then be informed that custom IPSW has been placed on your desktop. Click the large OK button to begin instructions on how to put your device into a restorable state.

Step Fourteen
Plug your Apple TV 2 into the computer using a micro-USB cable and click Start

Step Fifteen
In five seconds you will need to press and hold both the Menu and Play/Pause buttons on your Apple TV's remote for 7 seconds then release.

Step Sixteen
Once you've done this, iREB will run placing your device into a Pwned DFU state and iTunes will be ready for your to restore to your custom IPSW.

Step Seventeen:
Hold down the Shift key and click the Restore Apple TV... button.

Step Eighteen:
Navigate to the desktop, select the custom IPSW that Sn0wBreeze placed there, and click the Open button.

Step Nineteen:
iTunes will prompt you to confirm the restore. Click the Restore button.

Step Twenty:
Once your Apple TV has restored successfully you will be ready to use your newly jailbroken device.

The first time we booted up the Apple TV 2 after this procedure the UI was a bit scrambled. A reboot fixed this. Also, some of your Apple TV tweaks may not be ready for iOS 5.2 yet so double check before updating.

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DealnAndKilln - March 2, 2014 at 7:49am
Hi, i have an apple tv 2 that is running version 5.2.1 and ive tried using season pass both left clicking on "create ip" and also right clicking and selecting the 5.2.1 version jailbreak. when just left clicking on "create" it does everything up to "compressing ipsw" then says that seasonpass is not compatable. when right clicking on "create ip" and selecting version 5.2.1 it says my apple tv has a different version and won't even start... so i guess i'm asking 1. what is wrong? 2. is there a way to get to version 5.3 from 5.2.1 or 3. am i doing something wrong?
DealnAndKilln - March 2, 2014 at 7:59am
it says "error entering DFU mode: this device is not supported by seasonpass
Avi Anconina - March 2, 2014 at 1:27pm
Not sure you have ATV2 Check the max HD Resolution if it's 1080 than you have ATV3 if it's 720 than you have different problem. Let me know and I'll give you suggestions
DealnAndKilln - March 2, 2014 at 7:13pm
It's 720p It's my friends atv2... I tried to jailbreak it about 8 months ago not knowing he had updated it to 5.2.1 so it just sat around at his house till now... I thought I'd give it another try...
Avi Anconina - March 2, 2014 at 7:31pm
Ok now that we are sure you have atv2. Download the latest seasonpass Upgrade your atv with iTunes to the latest version If the upgrade process goes without any problem than you are in the right track If not try it again entering DFU mode If this doesn't work try snowbreez ireb mode. After it's done and you are on the latest version try seasonpass again Do not disturb the process just follow the instructions If you still have problem try using a computer with the latest iTunes or different computer or diffract cable There are a lot of help in Google and just write the problem there and follow
DealnAndKilln - March 2, 2014 at 8:29pm
thanks for responding, this is the third thread i've commented on. i know my itunes is the latest. if i upgrade my atv2 to the latest version won't it upgrade to 6.0 or 6.1? then id be screwed right? i mean im not a beginner but i'm not completly familiar with the process. i jailbroke mine no problem and installed xbmc also my own version of pandora with unlimited skips.
Avi Anconina - March 2, 2014 at 8:50pm
Even expert get stuck Try my suggestions the new seasonpass does all the work without using iTunes Just upgrade and the seasonpass will downgrade to 5.3 with no problem You already FU with your vision have nothing to loss
spager - February 28, 2014 at 1:58am
I have firmware 5.2 on my atv2. Can I upgrade to 5.3 or higher with an untethered jailbreak? If so how? TIA
Avi Anconina - February 28, 2014 at 7:10am
Yes you can, just use the latest seasonpass it will install firmware 5.3 and jailbreak it. untethered off course (use the seasonpass 5.2 manual) Best luck Avi
spager - February 28, 2014 at 9:37pm
Thanks for the help. Are we for certain that I can upgrade I do not want to be on 6.1.4 with no way back. Also can you give me a link for the step by step instructions for my upgrade jailbreak. Again Thanks
Avi Anconina - March 1, 2014 at 6:36am
In this site go to t than atv the second option is for win the third is for Mac this is for win You can google your wat to check if the 5.3 is still working How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Seas0nPass (Windows) [5.2] I think it is working
Munawwar Sabri - October 2, 2013 at 1:08pm
Dear All, Can anybody help me in jailbreaking appleTV 5.2.1 and Apple TV 5.2.2.
Ancoavi - October 2, 2013 at 1:36pm
It's the same process as mentioned here Make sure you keep the signature first for each atv You can try to use seasonpass too
Cajun_Foots - January 3, 2014 at 7:39am
Jailbreak your device with Seas0npass ( the latest version as of this writing) which is a tethered jailbreak. Once you have done that, install NiTO TV on the ATV2. It is through NiToTV that you will have the option to untether your device, by just installing it on your device. To prove that it truly is untethered, unplug your device and plug it back in. It should boot up back by itself. Be patient!
Mikey1972 - June 28, 2013 at 1:47pm
Hi guys - sorry if this question has been answered - going on 2 hours now without finding an answer, anyway - I know you can't downgrade to 5.2 from 5.3, but can you upgrade to 5.2 from previous versions now that 5.3 is out? Or are we stuck with upgrading to 5.3 then downgrading to 4.4.2? Another question, can you upgrade to 5.2 from 4.4.2 if you downgraded to 4.4.2 from 5.3 because (I) was an idiot and wasn't aware 5.3 was out when I restored? :S Thanks in advance to anyone who can clear this up ! :))
Ancoavi - June 29, 2013 at 8:56am
You can only upgrade or downgrade to ipsw you have signature too or to the latest version If you do notehave shsh signature you can use ifaith to keep your atv current ipsw signature Otherwise you'll have to upgrade to the latest version and wait for full jailbreak on iOS 7
Mikey1972 - June 29, 2013 at 1:02pm
Thanks for the speedy response - I had a feeling I was SOL :S I ended up downgrading/jailbreaking on 4.4.2 (tethered) with few problems, so I'll just use that until the latest OS is jailbreakable. For anyone else stuck on 5.3, try this method out - works for sure ... took me a few attempts to get everything set up properly but works like a charm. Best of luck !
ancoavi - June 29, 2013 at 5:11pm
Does'nt the 5.2.1 has tethered jailbreak with seasonpass? have you checked it? I think one of my ATV is jailbroken with seasonpass on this version, check it.
ancoavi - July 3, 2013 at 8:24am
Just was informed that seasonpass support 5.3, Ithink it is tethered but its better than 4.4.2 try it and advise if the prosses ig good and working, thanks
hkmikey - June 25, 2013 at 6:23am
guys im getting and unknow error 11 message,any tips on how to fix this
Ancoavi - June 25, 2013 at 7:26am
Make sure it in DFU mode, use redsnow to pngdfu Make sure your iTunes is update to the latest version You can always use seasonpass too, Read all the information on the other post here you'll see it was already discussed Good luck
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