Were you getting sick of your tethered jailbreak for your Apple TV 2G? Tired of SSHing into your ATV to install NitoTV? Why was Seas0nPass only for Mac? What about us Windows users?! Well… not anymore. All that has been changed in one fell swoop yesterday by the triumphant Chronic Dev Team releasing GreenPois0n RC6.
If you have an Apple TV 2G and you’ve found yourself not using it as much as you’d hoped, then I highly suggest unlocking many, many, many (did I say many?) more features by jailbreaking. Think about it: playing high definition .mkv files, downloading torrent files, using VNC to remotely control your ATV. The list goes on and on. Are you interested yet? Let’s get started.
- Apple TV (duh)
- Apple TV remote and power cord
- USB to micro-USB cable
- A computer running Mac or Windows
Make sure your Apple TV is running iOS 4.2.1. Go to Settings > General > Update Software to make sure you have the latest iOS. Don’t worry if your software version under the About menu is 4.1.1 (that is iOS 4.2.1 for ATV).
Power off your Apple TV by unplugging the power cord. Keep it powered off until you read below to turn it back on. Grab your micro-USB cable (not mini-USB. Comparison here). For some reason Apple didn’t include a micro-USB cable with the Apple TV so you’ll have to buy your own. I suggest heading over to MonoPrice.com for an $0.85 micro USB cable (no, they didn’t pay me for that).
Extract the .zip file. You should see two files called greenpois0n.exe and README. Right click greenpois0n.exe and click Run as adminstrator.
Right away you’ll see the above screen asking if you’re jailbreaking an Apple TV and a friendly reminder to not unplug the USB cable during the jailbreak process. Of course we are jailbreaking an ATV so click Yes and grab your ATV remote.
Click the Prepare to Jailbreak (DFU) button. Follow the directions on the screen:
Plug the micro USB cable into both your computer and ATV.
Plug in the power cord.
Press and hold the Menu and Play/Pause buttons on your ATV remote.
Then release the two buttons.
It might take you a few times to get it perfect. I noticed you have to follow the countdown times exactly to get it right. Once you successfully put the ATV into DFU mode you’ll notice the Waiting for DFU… will switch to a Jailbreak! button.
Now just wait for GP to work it’s magic. The jailbreak process takes about 40 seconds so try to be a little patient, okay? When it’s all done the button will say Jailbreak Complete! and a Quit button will appear. Go ahead and click Quit.
Your Apple TV should now be jailbroken with GreenPois0n RC6. Congrats! Now plug that sucker into your HDTV to finish up the task. You’ll notice a new menu called greenpois0n. Underneath you’ll want to click Inject Software to install the Cydia payload.
After the Cydia payload is installed, hit the Menu button on your remote to reboot your ATV. When it comes back up you’ll notice another menu called nitoTV. For simplicity’s sake, you can think of nitoTV as Cydia for your iPhone or iPad. It allows you to install third party software onto the Apple TV such as XBMC. If you’re not familiar with XBMC it’s a media player that allows you to play video files, music, and view pictures. So if you’ve been looking to play some high definition .mkv files on your ATV, you might want to install XBMC. I’m still waiting on Boxee to arrive for the ATV 2g.
Enjoy your jailbreak! There are a lot of neat things you can do with your ATV now that’s jailbroken. I’ve been quickly browsing through nitoTV and XMBC and I’m seeing a lot of nice tweaks and apps that will make my ATV a lot more usable.
Found any tweaks/apps for Apple TV you want to share? Did your jailbreak process go as smooth as you’d hoped? Let us know in the comments.
Update: I ran into some issues with XBMC displaying the right time. If you set the region to USA it just displays mountain time which is two hours behind for me. I put an easy fix on my website.