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How to: Jailbreak AppleTV using greenpois0n (RC6)

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AppleTV 2GPhoto credit: Michael @ NW Lens (Flickr)

We recently posted our guide  “How to: Jailbreak iOS 4.2.1 with greenpois0n (untethered)” which concentrated on iPhones (and the iTouch) however we felt it prevelent to have a seperate look at the process for jailbreaking your AppleTV 2nd Generation.

greenpois0n (currently in release candidate 6 stage) can be downloaded from Chronic’s site here. The toolset works on Windows and Mac OS thus far (Linux is still in the works). It allows you jailbreak your AppleTV as an untethered device.

  1. Download greenpois0n
  2. Ensure your AppleTV is running iOS 4.2.1
  3. Disconnect your AppleTV from it’s power source
  4. Connect your AppleTV to your computer via micro USB
  5. Close iTunes (if it’s open)
  6. Open greenpois0n
  7. Say “Yes” to the question asking if you’re about to jailbreak an AppleTV
  8. Click the “Jailbreak” button
  9. Quickly plug in the power cord then press and hold the MENU and PLAY/PAUSE buttons of your AppleTV remote for 7 seconds*
  10. You’ll see the jailbreak process commence on your computer screen, when it says it’s finished wait a further minute before disconnecting your USB cable and reconnecting to your HDMI cable (of your TV)
  11. Your AppleTV will have a new Cydia option where you can “Inject Software“. You need to select this and wait for it to do it’s thing.

*  Don’t worry if you don’t get it first or even second time, it’s quite forgiving and you can’t damage your device attempting to put it into such a mode. Patience and preparation are key. You might want to ask someone to help you out by plugging the power in for you.

That’s it – you’ve now successfully jailbroken your AppleTV and can do sexy things like install XBMC (we’ve a guide for that too!) upon it so you can finally enjoy 1080p content from your computer shares without media having to be part of iTunes.

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  • Grigo

    ATV2 cannot output 1080p. It is capable of decoding it, but it can only output at 720p.

  • Rob

    Interesting you mention that, but I could have sworn my TV said 1080p when I switched over to XBMC content that was 1080p – will have to do some testing. Thanks for the feedback though – will correct that in the article once verified.

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  • Maddiecool1

    I dont have apple tv but can i still jail brake oit

  • Ace_997

    is this the method allowing the apple tv films and such to be viewed free? a friend of mine just got his done and can stream the films for free however he told me that there is alot more too it than the method here?

  • Rob

    Hi there,

    No idea – we don’t condone piracy at last place on the net.

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