How and why to Jailbreak your Apple TV


Why and How to Jailbreak an Apple TV?

Apple TV is a great gadget to couple with your TV setup. It can play videos, movies, music, from App store or from your iPad, or iPhone. The current fourth generation Apple TV has the online playback feature that is not present in the older Apple TV 1, 2 and 3. Some users are satisfied with the existing features on this device, but others want to extend it by jailbreaking the software running on it. By doing so one can install new services, apps and systems that make Apple TV more usable and interesting than before.

Why Jailbreak an Apple TV?

This is quite a controversial question. There are definitely a few disadvantages of jailbreaking an Apple TV but there are a lot of advantages to it.

Customization: One can adjust the screen saver settings, hide menus, and add weather plugins to customize the Apple TV.

Media: With Jailbreaking users can access, Netflix, iTunes, NHL, NBA, Vimeo, Amazon, ESPN, Hulu, PBS, Pandora,, CBS, MTV, ABC, YouTube and other similar online services to extend the function of Apple TV. Otherwise, one will be limited to accessing only Apple services.

Themes: After jail breaking the Apple TV, one can access XBMC portal that offers beautiful custom themes. These are easy to install and setup. In addition, there are also interesting plugins that enhance the functionality of the Apple TV. The themes help to change the way Apple TV feels and looks.

Easy Install and management of Apps

Installing and managing apps on Apple TV after jailbreaking can be a daunting task. But with the help of aTV Flash developed by FireCore, one can effortlessly install multiple apps on Apple TV. This app costs $29.95 but once purchased it makes managing the device smooth and easy. It comes with backup utilities that help to create and store the backup settings on the iCloud. Also, it allows to play files with extensions .mkv, flv, .mp4 and install apps that are not meant for Apple TV.

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Once an Apple TV is Jailbroken, it can be installed with Kodi which is an entertainment hub software which enables to play music, podcasts, and videos. Moreover, it has the feature to record live television.

Can I jailbreak my Apple TV?

If you own an Apple TV 1, Apple TV 2 or Apple TV 4, you can jailbreak it. Apple TV 3 cannot be jailbroken. By using the software Rowmote, Apple TV 1 can be jailbroken, but it is limited to a set of features unlink jailbroken Apple TV 2 and 4.

How to jailbreak an Apple TV 2

Apple TV 2 can be jail broken using SeasOnPass software. Follow the below steps to jail break your Apple TV 2

  1. Visit Fire Core website and download Seas0nPass installation
  2. Unzip the Seas0nPass archive and move it to your Applications folder.
  3. Using a Micro-USB cable connect the Apple TV to your Mac.
  4. Open the Seas0nPass app and click on Create IPSW.
  5. When promoted press the Play/Pause and Menu buttons simultaneously
  6. Jailbreaking will be completed. Press Done
  7. Connect your Apple TV to the television using a HDMI cable after removing the the USB cable. Turn on the Apple TV.

If you see the FireCore Logo, when the Apple TV boots, it is confirmed that the software is jailbroken. Now you can install new apps and enjoy new found features on Apple TV.



Author: Prashant Bhardwaj

Hi all, I am a web enthusiast and loves to read and write more about the latest Gadget into the market.

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