How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using PwnageTool (Mac) [4.1]

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These are instructions on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2G on iOS 4.1 using PwnageTool for Mac.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. In it, you will need a couple of things. PwnageTool 4.1.2, found here or here.

You will also need the 4.1 Apple TV firmware.
4.1.0: AppleTV2,1_4.1_8M89_Restore.ipsw

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!

Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.

Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.

Click Ok if presented with a warning.

Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar

Step Four
Click to select your Apple TV. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Five
You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. Click the Browse for IPSW... button.

From the popup window select your firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.

Step Six
You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.

The General settings allows you to decide the partition size.

The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later. Most of these packages are not ready for the AppleTV yet so we will click the blue arrow to continue.

The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.

Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.

Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.

Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.

You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.

Step Nine
Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your Apple TV to the computer. Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your Apple TV into DFU mode. For PwnageTool's steps you should not be plugged into the power outlet.

You will be asked to press and hold the Menu and Play buttons for 7 seconds.

Once your Apple TV is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.

Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.

Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.

Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your Apple TV. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 4.1!

Currently, there is no Cydia application for your Apple TV so you will need to manually SSH into the device. You can find your IP address under Settings:General:Network. The username is root and the password is alpine.

If you are experiencing error 1600, or similar when restoring the custom ipsw in iTunes then try these suggestions.
- Make sure you are using the latest version of PwnageTool ie 4.1.2
- Make sure you are using iTunes 10.0.1
- Try a different USB cable, port, or computer
- Kill iTunes and iTunes Helper before entering DFU mode

***THANKS: Thank you to Geohot and the Dev-Teams for their hard work in making this jailbreak and tutorial possible! A specific thanks to MuscleNerd for helping us solve some initial problems with performing the jailbreak.

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Zeljko - January 24, 2011 at 5:23pm
Please if somebody have time please try yesman`s method. Maybe will do the job. Please leave comments did you make it or not....Thanks
yesman - January 23, 2011 at 9:14pm
You need to make sure PwnageTool has the newest bundle, this should resolve the issue. 4.2.1 Firmware Bundle -
cwf - January 21, 2011 at 9:00pm
I\'ve gone through this several times, I opt-click on restore, pick my customer ipsw, iTunes extracts it, starts to verify, then tells me \"this device isn\'t eligible for the requested build.\" When I click on more information it looks like the error I\'m getting is 3194. Any thoughts on where I\'m going wrong?
Tom - January 22, 2011 at 3:49pm
Me too. Works with Seas0nPass, but then I have to boot tethered. This gets to Step 12 in the tutorial and then says (exactly as yours does), that it \"isn\'t eligible for the requested build\"
Eagletooth - June 29, 2011 at 3:18am
I'm getting the same dialogue: "This device isn't eligible for the requested build." :(
zeljko - January 12, 2011 at 3:01am
I have try this tutorial 100 times and it didn`t work for me. I did everything propertly but i failed every fuckin time. And i am on 4.1 apple tv 2g
webphil75 - March 14, 2011 at 11:16am
Hello, Impossible to pass DFU, i tried several times. Does somebody find a solution? (I french not to much help in french) Thanks
kwans - January 3, 2011 at 6:09pm
I have an apple tv but I don\'t know why I need to jailbreak an apple tv. Can u guys tell me benefits after jailbreaking? Can I get free movies or tv shows?
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