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

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

Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:12am by iClarified
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.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Two
Extract the Sn0wBreeze archive to the same Pwnage folder.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Three
Launch the Sn0wBreeze application from the folder we just extracted.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Four
Click the arrow at the bottom right to begin.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Five
Click the Browse for an IPSW button.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Six
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop, select the ipsw we just downloaded, and click Open.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Seven
Once your device is determined, click the arrow at the bottom right to continue.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Eight
Click to select Simple Mode.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

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

Step Ten
Your custom IPSW will now be generated.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

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

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

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

Step Fourteen
Plug your Apple TV 2 into the computer using a micro-USB cable and click Start
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

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

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

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

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

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

Step Seventeen:
Hold down the Shift key and click the Restore Apple TV... button.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Eighteen:
Navigate to the desktop, select the custom IPSW that Sn0wBreeze placed there, and click the Open button.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Nineteen:
iTunes will prompt you to confirm the restore. Click the Restore button.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

Step Twenty:
Once your Apple TV has restored successfully you will be ready to use your newly jailbroken device.
How to Jailbreak Your Apple TV 2 Using Sn0wBreeze (Windows) [5.2]

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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Of course, much thanks is due to the Evad3rs and iH8Sn0w for their hard work in making this jailbreak possible.

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Rexray - June 6, 2014 at 6:21am
Also, just when I finally "successfully" JB it or so I thought, when I plug it in on the tv, it's just blank. Any idea why or how to fix that? I downgraded to 5.3 and used the latest version of seas0npass. Any idea?
Avi Anconina
Avi Anconina - June 6, 2014 at 8:46am
It happened to me too, I don't remember if plugging it from the electricity and back on did the trice or to run another jailbreak again
Rexray - June 6, 2014 at 6:16am
Yeah about that, I have a MacBook Pro... :(
Avi Anconina
Avi Anconina - June 6, 2014 at 6:23am
Beside telling you to ethnic again and again I can't help. I meant season pass as a software
rexray - June 6, 2014 at 5:16am
I have ATV2 720p software 6.1.1 (6698.99.19) to be specific. Do i have to downgrade it first or will it work? I tried it a million times nothin works: the tv was blank, restored it again, tried different method to the latest and it says filesystem failed patcher (something like that) etc. Can you please help me and give me some hope!
Avi Anconina
Avi Anconina - June 6, 2014 at 5:19am
Try using seasonpass latest virsion, if your devise can be jailbroken it's with this software, good luck
Rexray - June 6, 2014 at 6:12am
Hi thanks for the quick reply. I hav tried using the latest version and it gives me an error filesystem failed (something like that. When you said software, can u clarify what you meant by that? Last time I spent HOURS trying different methods and none have worked and I couldn't sleep that night and every time I close my eyes I see ATV screen. Tomight I took sleeping pills so I won't be a zombie at work lol. Thanks I hope there's another way to do this
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Vastrella - April 17, 2013 at 3:04pm
I followed these steps. It works except for the fact that it is not jailbroken! Please help. The ATV 2 has 5.2 on it. NITO inataller and XBMC Wizard both confirm not jailbroken?
Ancoavi - April 17, 2013 at 3:16pm
If at the end of the process iTunes confirm the installation you should get after you start you device nito app If you don't have nito on startup try to run the full process again I had the same issue and it was solved on the second installation Let me know how it worked
Vastrella - April 17, 2013 at 4:04pm
I tried again, first I got a 3194 error, would not let me proceed! I tried again, this time it finished but gave me a 1604 error? I plugged it in and saw the itunes symbol on the TV screen.
Vastrella - April 17, 2013 at 4:20pm
Just to add, the ATV now shows up on my TV, but still not jailbroken?
Ancoavi - April 17, 2013 at 5:28pm
Try another thing Save your shsh with ifaith, this is very simple just google it After that make a custom ipsw with snowbreez ( use the ifaith mode and your shsh file you got from ifaith) Than follow snowbreez instructions after making the custom ipsw and put the dive on ireb mode. Use iTunes to install the custom ipsw You should get the nito icon If you have shsh signature saved with tinyumbella or Cydia you can use the seasonpass too It is very strange you success with the installation but don't have the nito app Try pressing the Manu down button together for 7 seconds until the light flash fast and release them see if you have nito now
Sabri - April 9, 2013 at 3:08pm
Hi Admin,i am using AppleTv2 version 5.2.1. As adviced above i am succesfully completing IREB step.WHile clicking on Apple Tv recovery mode,i am getting error msg that FIRMWARE IS NOT COMPATIBLE.Please help me into this.
ancoavi - April 9, 2013 at 5:54pm
you cant jailbreak os 5.2.1 you'll have to wait for new jailbreak and i think it will take a few months untill it arrives. if you have SHSH blob for privios os you can try snowbreeze or seasonpass if not you'll have to wait sorry for the bad news you can check for shsh on tinyumbrela ot ifaith
Sabri - April 9, 2013 at 7:10pm
Hi, thanks for your information. Can I downgrade it n do jailbreak? If yes then what's the process of downgrading , I am sorry but I am new into this , please I need detailed information of downgrading . Thanks
Ancoavi - April 10, 2013 at 3:30am
As mention before, yes you can downgrade,but! You'll need to check if you have shsh blob, you can do it with ifaith/tiny umbrella/redsnow You'll have to learn how to check for those, many guides on google. If you don't have saved shsh you have nothing to do. If you have : Ifaith shsh- use snowbreez to downgrade Tinyumbrella or redsnow shsh- use season pass to downgrade Again there are many manuals an methods to do so. You'll have to learn the system of jailbreak you have to know that there can be so many errors but you'll have to master them all Good luck
ancoavi - April 10, 2013 at 2:42pm
UPDATE there is a tethrered jailbreak fo OS 5.2.1. avilble with seasonpass check it
Isaac - March 21, 2013 at 10:42pm
Hi I went through all the steps and when I get to the restore and pick the right one it seems like its working and extracting then a message pops up The Apple TV "Apple TV" could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (11). Any suggestions? Thanks
Ancoavi - March 22, 2013 at 9:23am
Try using seasonpass, I think you have problem with entering DFU mode Good luck Make sure you have the most updated iTunes
Isaac - March 22, 2013 at 1:56pm
I have the updated iTuines and use Seas0npass. It goes through and when its going to restore I get a Error in Itunes this time its a 3194 error.
Ancoavi - March 22, 2013 at 4:06pm
I think your trying to restor to 5.2 but this is unsigned any more by apple, do you have shah for it? If no, then you won't be able to resor to it. I don't think the new OS is jail breakable . Let me know your position
Isaac - March 22, 2013 at 5:44pm
I was on 5.0.2 jail broken with no problems. I had accidentally updated Apple Tv and ill go ahead and do it again it was no problem the first time. I Seas0npass was doing the newest one I think 5.2. I did hear that apple was not siging them and figured I Was in trouble even trying to restore to 5.0.2. I do not have the shsh.
Ancoavi - March 22, 2013 at 6:03pm
Haven't understand you, you are now on what OS 5.2 or higher, Check with tinyUmbrella what shsh you have signature for. Then you'll be able to figure the OS you can jailbreak. If you need to downgrade your OS read how to do that with seasonpass Good luck
Isaac - March 22, 2013 at 6:12pm
I read it and confused myself. I was on an older firmware. i upgrading by accident on iTunes thinking it was my iPad. I saw 5.2 you could jailbreak but I guess it not possible. Just went and saw how to downgrade to 5.0.2 the one I was on and see if that works.
me - March 25, 2013 at 6:24pm
What you need to do is open your season pass ,right click on the Ileft box. This is hopefuly youa re still on ios 5.0.2 Create should restore it easily. If it dodnt work try to use windows. Hope this helps
John - March 6, 2013 at 8:39am
All your instructions were excellent and easy for me, a nubie, to follow. At the end, iTunes gave me a few error notices, but I just clicked ok on them, switched over to HDMI on my TV remote, and it all seems to work. Next step: Install XBMC :) Thanks SO much for this easy to use software and assistance. I checked the version, and it is at 5.2, and nitoTV is installed, so I am guessing it worked :)
Matt - February 22, 2013 at 11:18am
FYI Guys - XBMC now works with ios 6.1 jailbreak on ATV2. I initially installed via NitoTV which seemed to install OK, but then the ATV wouldn't reboot. I instead installed the latest seasonpass (which supports ios 6.1) and then installed XBMC as in the wiki here : (NB the wiki hasn't been updated yet with ios 6.x info, but I heard about it working from another forum so I gave it a go and it works!).
FilemonCZ - February 22, 2013 at 11:21am
Oh! Cool good to know.. i will try it today.. hope it will work beucase without XBMC in atv i am lost. And also not sure if apple still sign 5.0.2.. thanks anyway
Ancoavi - February 22, 2013 at 2:33pm
Keep us update if it ok to upgrade and install xbmc Thanks
FilemonCZ - February 22, 2013 at 5:21pm
so here are the results and instructions... i was using seas0npass on mac.. complete process went without any problems. after first success i set up the apletv and install atv flash black 2.2.. from menu i clicked XMBC to install and all works.... so you can go and update without any problems.. what i miss now is rowmote helper wich i am using on my iphone to control atv.. trying to install it manually but till now no luck..
Ancoavi - February 22, 2013 at 6:10pm
Thank you for the update, I'll try it too
Bernardo - February 13, 2013 at 9:09pm
I tried many times. I just entered to DFU mode once, and no more. It shown an error code different the one expected I try to restore it again and it goes back to the normal version of ATV2. I tried a zillion times and nothing yet. DFU mode is not working with me anymore. How come? I did everything as asked, I don't understand. Please help me, don't why it not working. Which version must be my iTunes?
ancoavi - February 14, 2013 at 8:09am
Hi there, there are 3 options for you not succses to DFU mode 1. dont go throught the steps correctly 2. not using the original aluminum remote 3. your USD cable is not good if you tryed 1 and you are sure you are doing ity corrct than go to 2 if you have the original remote than check your battary if your battary is good than step 3 is that 1. plug your ATV to the power, you will have 5 secondes to plug it to your PC with the USB cable (count 5 second as soon as its in the power) 2. after the 5 secondes in the power and the USB is connected to the computer press on the Manu + play bottons for 7 seconds (you will see the lighr blink fast) 3. release both manu + play botton and your ATV should be on DFU mode it works for me. now there is already a new seasonpass so try that too,
jeff - February 13, 2013 at 12:07am
Followed instructions all has gone well, BUT when i try to do the restore with itunes it says the firmware is not compatible. ATV2 5.2
Ancoavi - February 13, 2013 at 4:23am
Have you checked you downloaded the correct firmware file for ATV2. Have you insrert you ATV in to iREB mode? I see no other way that you iTunes will recognize the correct firmware is wrong Try again P.S your ATV is 2 or 3 check the HDMI Resolution
Darren - February 11, 2013 at 7:49am
Thanks for the reply. When I'm getting this error what I am doing is tryi g to restore Apple TV with custom firmware created using snow breeze , I'm not sure if blobs are saved as its a new Device to me, when I open tiny umbrella it doesn't show any blobs saved, I have double checked that its Apple TV 2 and not 3 and have tried on 2 different windows machines .
Ancoavi - February 11, 2013 at 9:39am
let work on it, 1. when you plug your ATV to the PC (after opnning the tiny umbrela) does your PC recognize the ATV as ATV? if yes, press on save SHSH and see the resoults you get, you should get for sure 6.1 and maybe 5.0.2. 2. what firwar does your ATV have 6.1? if not install it through itunes if yes go yo the next stage 3. your ATV run 6.1, you made a custome firmwar with snowbreas, know put it in FDU through iREB (follow instructions) 4. when succses iREB your ATV than open itunes and pick by shipf + restore your custome firmwar. 5. know your ATV should be restored. if you get error 1602 it should be OK and your divise should be jailbroken. note: work with the last snowbreaz released. if somthing is wrong in the prosses try to be more specific good luck let me know if it worked P.S. check if apple is still signing 5.0.2 upto 6.1 it did
Darren - February 10, 2013 at 9:31pm
Keep getting error 3194 , when I turn on TSS servers with tiny umbrella I then get error 11 ?
ancoavi - February 11, 2013 at 6:52am
What are you trying to do, this errore is if your are trying to install an unsigned firmwar. you have 2 options 1. install 6.1 for ATV firmwar and then jailbreak with Sn0wbreaz. 2. if you have SHSH for 5.0.2 you can install that with Sesonpass. if you are doing one of this and get error 3194 than your tinyumbrella is set for shs from cydia, disable it in the advance tab on tiny good luck
dchester11 - February 9, 2013 at 9:54pm
Worked perfectly! Unable to get XBMC to work after this however. Tried install via command line and by Nito and both looked successful and proper directories were added but icon is not on home page. Any one have any luck with this?
FilemonCZ - February 10, 2013 at 12:08am
Just read what has been wrote here. Xmbc dost NOT support 6.1 ios.
dchester11 - February 10, 2013 at 6:19am
Ah. I just figured out the ATV OS version to iOS version differences. Thought I was running a 5.x iOS version. Thanks for the feedback.
Mike - February 9, 2013 at 6:04am
Does this work for atv 3?
ancoavi - February 9, 2013 at 6:09am
I read through the net and no one has worked it.
FilemonCZ - February 9, 2013 at 8:06am
NOPE - it is not for atv 3 - if yes you should see in right section or subject would be different.
Taylor - February 8, 2013 at 4:49am
when i get to step number it keeps telling me it cant find the DFU and i have tried it over a hundred time help plz
Ancoavi - February 8, 2013 at 6:44am
To put on dfu mode you should plug yor ATV to your computer with a USB cable 5 seconded after you plug it press together both menu and play buttons Keep it pressed for 7 seconds and release them both Your divide should now be on dfu mode. If that's not working there is one option you can try. Plug your ATV with the power cable, you will have 5 seconds to plug it to your computer as well with the USB cable. After the 5 seconds you'll have to continue with the stage of pressing both Manu and play button for 7 second If that don't work try it with iREB instructions Good luck
FilemonCZ - February 8, 2013 at 8:45am
I had similar problem.. solution is directly in Sn0wbreeze click on iREB (first and main screen).. unplug device and connect it again (its should fast blinking) and pres start in iREB and then follow instruction (menu and and play for 7sec) and then just go to itunes and do shift restore etc.. this worked for me.. (itunes showed me error 1604) use only USB cable no power..
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