How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2nd Gen iOS6 [5.2] Using Sn0wbreeze 2.9.8 [Untethered]

By : Jordan Lawrence posted on February 6, 2013
Version : 2.9.8
Firmware required : Yes

So you’ve read our article on the latest release from iH8sn0w, Sn0wbreeze 2.9.8 that uses the evasi0n Jailbreaking tool but also adds support for the Apple TV 2nd Gen. (If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, you can do by clicking here)

As you have read, there isn’t much working as of yet on iOS6 [5.2] firmware once jailbroken as in certain softwares, but I know some of you guy’s are obsessed in Jailbreaking (like myself) and want to give it a try, so we are going to take you through the few steps to get your little box of awesomeness jailbroken untethered on 5.2.

First thing you will need to do, is download the 5.2 Apple TV Firmware, which you can do from our iOS Firmware download page here (Download it onto your desktop)

Now you need the Jailbreaking tool; Sn0wbreeze, you can download it from here  (also download it to your desktop) and right click and ‘Extract‘.

Now you have the Snowbreeze Application sitting on your desktop, tap on it and open.


Hit the Blue arrow in the bottom right corner and proceed to the next part of the Jailbreak process.

1This is where you can either ‘download the firmware‘ or ‘browse‘, so because we have already downloaded the firmware, hit the blue button and select the firmware where you have saved it. (on your desktop)



Once you have selected the correct ipsw (firmware) it will verify it, now hit the blue arrow again.



You will now be prompted with 2 options, We strongly suggest that you hit the ‘Simple Mode‘ if your not familiar with adding your own packages, so click on ’Simple Mode’



You will have the option here to apply any root partition on your Apple TV, You have no need to do this,leave it as default, so carry on and hit the blue arrow again in the bottom right.


The Jailbreak process is starting and may take sometime, this is probably one of the fun parts of using Sn0wbreeze as it gives you the option on having a go on PacMan…..go on, have a go! :-)



Once the process has finished, you will be prompted with the above message, just click ‘OK’



Because Sn0wbreeze partly uses the evad3rs Jailbreak tool, you will have the option to donate a $ or 2, hit the ‘Yes‘ button ;-p



The custom  IPSW (firmware) has now been created and we are half-way through the Jailbreak, hit the ‘OK’ button and now will be prompted to connect your Apple TV.



Get ready with your Apple TV remote, as you will need to use this. When asked, follow the DFU mode instructions!




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.






If  iTunes doesn’t automatically open up, don’t worry, simply manually open it up and follow the above instructions to restore it to your custom IPSW you have saved.



Once your Apple TV has been ‘Restored’ , you will have a message pop up saying……




And that’s it!!!!

Your little box of awesomeness has now been officially Jailbroken! :-)

Massive props goes to the evad3rs team and iH8Sn0w for their hard work in making this jailbreak possible.

If at any point you run into any problems, we want to hear about it !

P.S – What was your Pacman score? :-)

Make sure any questions you have get asked in our new jailbreak ‘Question’ portal.

About this Author
Jordan Lawrence
Hi my name is Jordan, . I like cool things! Made a splash into the iCommunity writing "100 reasons to Jailbreak" Come and find me on twitter: @iJ0rd8n