How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2G Using Greenpois0n (Mac)

Posted February 14, 2011 at 12:18am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 49430 views
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These are instructions on how to perform an untethered jailbreak on your iOS 4.2.1 Apple TV using Greenpois0n for Mac.

Step One
Open your web browser of choice and navigate to Click the Mac link at the bottom of the screen.

Step Two
When prompted save the download to your desktop

Step Three
Double click the downloaded zip file to extract it then double click the extracted greenpois0n file to launch the application

When asked if you are jailbreaking the Apple TV click Yes.

Step Four
Disconnect your Apple TV from the power and USB then click the large Jailbreak button

Step Five
You will now be instructed on how to place your Apple TV into DFU mode.

Connect the USB cable immediately.

After 7 seconds connect the power cable.

Press the Menu and Play/Pause buttons for 7 seconds

Release the buttons.

Step Six
Once your Apple TV is successfully in DFU mode jailbreaking will begin.

Step Seven
Once the jailbreak is complete you can press the Complete button. Make sure to wait 40 seconds before disconnecting the USB cable so the jailbreak process can finish up on the device.

***A big thanks goes everyone who made this jailbreak possible.

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James - February 15, 2011 at 7:21pm
I tried this for ages until this worked first time - 1. Open theGreenpois0n app 2. Follow the easier instructions to boot into DFU mode here: 3. Click Jailbreak Done.
big - February 15, 2011 at 9:33pm
Super helpful. I successfully did it. I tried for a millions times before I follow this one.
Extrave1 - February 16, 2011 at 10:22am
Wow!! Got the j-o-b done !!! Apparently the big issue with Greenpois0n is getting DFU mode Running on the ATV 2G... Thanks !
Phil - February 15, 2011 at 4:34am
folks, for dummies. why would i need to jailbreak may atv2? i mean, are there any apps to be installed then? what is the benefit really?
magnificent3 - February 14, 2011 at 6:16pm
Worked like a charm! Great! Thx!
Extrave1 - February 14, 2011 at 3:25pm
followed all the how to yet once the jailbreak starts processing Greenpois0n i receive an error stating it Unexpectedly quit? tried this on two separate mac and still the same outcome any ideas why this would be? thank you for your help
Macslut - February 14, 2011 at 12:35pm
Can someone tell me what step 8 is? There are tons of things to do with a jailbroken iPhone or iPod, but what do you do with a jailbroken Apple TV 2G?
Reano - February 14, 2011 at 3:34pm
I know that is possible to install other media center softwares on Apple TV, but I have no information on how well they work and if there are flaws. As you I have one and am not sure if it is worth to JB mine. If is possible to play AVI/ DIVX on Apple TV would, specially with subtitles, would be worth the try for me.
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