seas0npass Apple TV

Good news for Apple TV 2 owners who haven’t updated to 6.0 yet. FireCore has updated its Seas0nPass utility to apply an untethered jailbreak to ATVs that are still running firmware version 5.3—which is essentially the equivalent of iOS 6.1.4.

The tool has, for a long time, been able to apply a tethered jailbreak to the 5.3 software. But thanks to recent developments in the community, it’s now capable of an untethered hack, which means restarts and power up/downs will be hassle-free…

Here’s the announcement from FireCore:

“Today we’re excited to announce the release of new versions of aTV Flash (black) and Seas0nPass that allow for an untethered jailbreak of Apple TV 5.3 (ATV2 only). Big thanks goes out to @iH8sn0w, @winocm, and @SquiffyPwn for their help with the new version of Seas0nPass. Additionally, there has been some encouraging progress made on Apple TV 6.0+ thanks to our friends @evad3rs and @nitoTV, and we hope to have more news available soon.”

And the change log for Seas0nPass 2.4:

What’s new in 2.4?
– Added support for untethered Apple TV 5.3
– Improved reliability of installation process
– Improved diagnostic reporting
– Other various fixes and improvements

If you’ve already updated your Apple TV to version 6.0 or later, don’t worry. It looks like Apple is still signing version 5.3, so you could grab the firmware from our Downloads page and install it manually in iTunes by using control/alt + Restore.

Again this is for the second generation Apple TV only. The third gen set-top box hasn’t been jailbroken yet. Those who fit the criteria can grab the latest version of Seas0nPass on our Downloads page, and we should have a tutorial up shortly.

  • Wood1030

    So happy to get this update! Now I can finally move my jailbroken ATV2 from room to room without worrying about losing my JB after unplugging it.

  • Scott Carter

    I’m trying to downgrade and install the software manually using the control/alt option but it’s not working….any suggestions?

    • Scott Carter

      I should clarify…When I hold down control/alt plus restore I don’t get the option to select 5.3 from my desktop.

      • Josh

        Just install season pass and open it, once open click on create ipsw and it will downgrade it to 5.3

      • Scott Carter

        Ok…Thanks..I’ll try now

      • Josh


      • Josh

        It will download the firmware then downgrade it follow the steps

      • Scott Carter’s restoring to 5.3 now…thanks for the help

      • Scott Carter

        Big thanks man….I’m jailbroken…of course I have zero idea what to do next…lol

      • Jonathan Eggert

        Followed the video above but not going into DFU mode? Do I need to downgrade my ATV to 5.3 (from 6.0) BEFORE running SeasonPass or it that automatic when I run the jailbreak?

      • Josh

        It’s automatic when you try to jailbreak

      • Vince Reedy

        Try just running the new version of seasonpass

    • Wood1030

      If you go to http://blog dot firecore dot com/ site, in the comments section you’ll find others that had the same issues. I think you might find some answers and solutions there to that problem 🙂

  • Adrian

    I never owned a ATV..
    Can I buy a new apple tv2? Or they only sell ATV3? It’ll prob come with 6.0 anyways 🙁

    • sharp44MAG .

      Apple only sells the ATV3 so best guess is to buy a used ATV2 off of eBay.

      • Vince Reedy

        Be prepared to pay a premium for an ATV2. Unless you find someone that doesn’t have a clue. Maybe craigslist.

      • Josh

        Not really people on craigslist also sell for high price

    • Wood1030

      the only ATV2’s i ever see available are on ebay (used) but the prices for them are crazy high. Many of them are already JB’d but expect to pay top dollar if you really want one.

      • Adrian

        Damn I just let one go at best buy clearance dept for $80!! FML I didn’t know it was a hot item until now

    • James Allen

      U will find that the Apple TV 2 cost way more then the New One . even Amazon selling them for over $150

    • Damian W

      Get newest roku 3. It is more capable than Apple TV and no need for jailbreak

      • Scott Carter

        I hope you’re joking.

      • Damian W

        The only reason you would use Apple TV over roku is because you want to mirror from ipad or Mac or because you want to watch your purchase content from iTunes. Both cases are irrelevant for many people, and roku is just better in every other way.

        Roku has plex app and other media servers that can do just about the same thing. Stream your music and movies to your liking.

      • Scott Carter

        That’s not the only reason. I like streaming ESPN. I also have XBMC running on my jb atv2. I have a roku. It’s in a drawer somewhere in my bedroom. Roku is just better in every way?!?! lol

      • Damian W

        I guess you have old roku because the new one you could sell for 100 instead of keeping in the drawer.

        Btw plex app is almost as good as XBMC. But you would need to dig up roku from your bedroom to learn about it.

      • Blip dude

        It all depends on how and what you will use it for. As someone who owns the Roku 2, it is better than the Apple TV in my Opinion. The 2 Roku 2’s and the internet enabled Blu-Ray player we have at home was enough for us to get rid of Cable altogether. I had the Apple TV and returned it. Believe it or not, it was actually more inconvenient because I still felt trap to eco-system.

        I don’t need XBMC and I don’t watch ESPN. I have a friend who lets me use his account for HBO Go authentication so that solves that problem. Thanks to Freemyapps, I get a Hulu+ code every month so that’s free. Again, While I do agree that the Roku isn’t better in every way, it was good enough in my experience that I could actually pass on the Roku 3 and Apple TV, twice!!

  • El_cano2008

    Why If they do a Jailbreak for All new device now body have a Jailbreak for Apple TV3?

  • Phil Gamboa

    I’ve been on the last Untethered JB (5.0.1 I think). Was happy to see this. Updated and now running 5.3. Finally!!

  • @dappa_yute

    Is there a way to move from tethered to untethered (without possibly losing what’s already on the jailbroken tethered AT2) ?

    • @dappa_yute

      basically I don’t want to lose favorites that are already saved on the tethered ATV2

      • Trivon T.

        Yea do the upgrade through ATV Black and you should be fine dude.

  • Xee

    I don’t have an ATV, can someone pls give me a quick summary of what extra things you can do when its jailbroken?

    • Wood1030

      Probably the most popular thing to do with a JB’d ATV2 would be to install XBMC, which gives you almost unlimited access to multimedia.

  • JoJo


  • dropthepuck28 .

    I’m running 5.3 but it’s 6.1.5. Will this work an an un-tethered jailbreak?

  • Mohamed Yakan

    Can any one help me how to install Plex after jaibroken my atv2 to 5.3 plzzz

  • Ana

    I’m a total newbie to JB and not very computer savvy. I’m following the instructions but I get a failed process message from seas0npass saying, “Filesystem patches failed.” Can anyone help?

  • Alexandre

    Just bought ATV2. Tried to install season pass. Got the following error message : process failed with reason : filesystem patches failed. why? Help.

  • bimbster

    So I’m trying to jailbreak and I already put on dfu mode and everything, & its telling me “firmware restore fail?” and its not even restoring the apple tv to the jailbreak. what am I doing wrong?

  • Hack

    I keep getting a message that says “Process failed with reason: Filesystem patches failed!!

  • Roger Hanley

    I followed the instructions and see FireCore where SETTINGS used to be, but the menu is exactly the same as before. No MAINTENANCE feature. What am I doing wrong?

  • Robert Bruce

    hi can anyone please advise . I have an apple tv 2 which has not been connected for around 2 years , do I need to do anything first before I attempt to jailbreak it , thanks in advance

    • Stefano

      Go to the top of this discussion. Download 5.3 firmware and download season pass. Then follow the directions in season pass, connect Apple TV 2 to your computer when prompted too and you wil have a jailbroken Apple TV. Hopefully you won’t have an issue with getting it on the right firmware. I was lucky enough to be already on 5.3. Let me know what goes on. Maybe I can be a help.

      • Robert Bruce

        thanks Stefano , will give it a try

  • Gib

    I managed to get 5.3 onto my ATV2. I had to use iTunes right click to install… but it did work. That was a downgrade from 6. something. I tried to jail break again and still get “Process failed with reason: Filesystem patches failed!!. Is there anything else I can try? I have been at this for the past month. i am running an iMac with SnowLeopard.

  • ry2kmusic

    I keep getting “This device is not supported” when connected to Seas0n Pass… It’s Apple TV 2 with the latest update (which I didn’t think was a problem?). Any ideas?

  • anne wright

    How do I untether a tethered jailbroken atv2 without flash black. I’ve already updated seasonpass on my MBA.

  • Charlesenberg

    Hi, i tried to downgrade my firmware to 5.3 via seas0n pass but i havent had luck until now… i also downloaded the ipsw file but itunes dont let me downgrade the aTV2… can someone help on this, what should i do to be able to downgrade the firmware.

    Btw i am using the latest version of iTunes.

  • ava8c

    Is Apple still signing iOS 5.3? thanks

  • Ed Jong

    my atv2 is already jailbreak. if i use this new method. will i lose all my settings and add-ons that i have on XBMC?

  • Itay

    I have jailbroken two apple tv 2’s about a year ago and have totally forgot the process and the rules. Currently I have a brand new ATV2 purchased from ebay and I am trying to figure out the best approach to tackling this jailbreak. It is running 4.4.2 firmware. Quite old, and only has tethered jailbreak available. How do I update this properly and jailbreak it? Should I update through itunes and then run seas0npass or is there another way. Please help!

  • P_M_PIZ_10_20_RC

    I have yet to find much value with my jailbroken Apple TV. Am i missing something? Im looking for free movies, tv and stuff, and not finding anything like that on this stupid confusing interface. I guess i’m not geeky enough to just enough the satisfaction of just knowing it’s jailbroken.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    Question…..can I update my Jailboken ATV 2 that is on an older firmware to the most updated and jailbreakabke firmware?

  • Ben

    I have a jb at2 running 5.0 something. I need to upgrade to 5.3 but don’t want to have to lose my jb in the process (I don’t want to have setup everything again)
    I thought that by running the latest seasonpass it would automatically upgrade to 5.3 in the process. However, that did not happen.
    I ran the program and it was successful, but I’m still on 5.0.

    Should it have automatically upgraded? Any ideas on what I should try next?


  • guerdeval .

    Just succeeded in rolling back TV2 running 6 to 5.3 , on my mac it was: fn/alt restore but make sure you already have 5.3 downloaded.


    I download seasonpass but its not working