Step-by-step Tutorial: How to Untether Jailbreak Apple TV 2G Using PwnageTool (Mac OS) [iOS 4.3]


Using this tutorial you will be able to create custom firmware and untether jailbreak iOS 4.3 running on Apple TV 2G. This tutorial uses PwnageTool for Mac OS X.

We are not developers of jailbreak utilities, so we cannot assure that everything will work just fine. However we tried this tutorial on several devices and succeeded.

UPDATE: Please, consider reading our Jailbreak & Unlock FAQ, especially if you have questions or troubles.

Step One
Make a folder called "Pwnage" on the desktop. Download a couple of things:

  • PwnageTool from here

You will also need the 4.3 firmware.

When downloading the IPSW file, it is best to download it with Firefox since Safari often auto extracts it!


Step Two
Double click to mount PwnageTool then drag the PwnageTool icon into the Pwnage folder.

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Then from the Pwnage folder double click to launch the PwnageTool application.


Click Ok if presented with a warning.


Step Three
Click to select Expert Mode from the top menu bar

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Step Four
Click to select your device. A check-mark will appear over the image of the device. Click the blue arrow button to continue.


Step Five
You will be brought to the "Browse for IPSW" page. Click the Browse for IPSW... button.


From the popup window select your iOS 4.3 firmware from the Pwnage folder then click the Open button.


Step Six

You will then be brought to a menu with several choices. Click to select General then click the blue arrow button.


The General settings allows you to decide the partition size. Check Activate the phone if you are not with an official carrier then click the blue arrow button.


The Cydia settings menu allows you to create custom packages so you do not have to manually install the necessary them later. Most of these packages are not ready for the AppleTV yet so we will click the blue arrow to continue.


The Custom Packages Settings menu displays listed package settings for your custom IPSW. For know leave these settings as is. Click the blue arrow button to continue.


Step Seven
You are now ready to begin the pwnage process! Click the Build button to select it then click the Blue arrow button to begin.


Step Eight
You will be asked to save your custom .ipsw file. Save it to your Pwnage folder you created on your Desktop.


Your IPSW is now being built. Please allow up to 10 minutes.

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You will be asked to enter your administrator password. Do this then click the OK button.

Step Nine

Once your ipsw has been built you will be asked to connect your Apple TV to the computer.You will need micro USB cable.


Once it detects your device PwnageTool will guide your through the steps to putting your Apple TV into DFU mode. For PwnageTool's steps you should not be plugged into the power outlet.

You will be asked to press and hold the Menu and Play buttons for 7 seconds.


Once your Apple TV is successfully in DFU mode, PwnageTool will prompt you to launch iTunes.

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Step Ten
Once In iTunes, hold the Alt/Option key and click Restore.


Step Eleven
Navigate to the Pwnage folder on your desktop using the dialog window that appears. Select the custom IPSW that was created and click the Choose button.


Step Twelve
iTunes will now restore the firmware on your Apple TV. This can also take up to 10 minutes. Once done you will be rebooted into jailbroken iOS 4.3!

Step Thirteen

Plug your Apple TV to your TV and power on. You will see the new menu.

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