Apple TV is one of the best media streaming devices available today. It supports streaming content in HDR and 4K quality. You can enjoy pretty much all popular apps, like Hulu, Peacock TV, Netflix, YouTube, etc., on Apple TV. If you want to add more apps to Apple TV, you need to sideload them. In other words, you need to Jailbreak Apple TV to add apps unavailable in the App Store. Once you jailbreak your tvOS device, you can access the services and apps that aren’t supported by Apple. You can easily jailbreak Apple TV using Firecore SeasOnPass, or Cydia Impactor.
Disclaimer: Jailbreaking an Apple TV device is against Apple’s terms of service, and it will void your warranty. Hence, think twice before jailbreaking your Apple TV device.
What is Jailbreaking?
Jailbreak is the method where Apple TV’s operating system, tvOS, is converted into a system that lets you access the applications that Apple restricts. Simply defined, it removes software restrictions on your device and lets you install any third-party applications, like Kodi Media Player.
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 2nd Generation using Firecore SeasOnPass
The Apple TV 2nd Generation is very easy to Jailbreak using Firecore SeasOnPass.
#1: First of all, Download and install Firecore SeasOnPass on your Windows or Mac.
#2: Connect your Apple TV to the Windows/Mac PC using a USB Micro cable.
#3: Launch the SeasOnPass app and select Create IPSW.
#4: You’ll be prompted to press the Menu and Play/Pause buttons on the Apple TV remote.
#5: After pressing those buttons, your Apple TV 2nd Generation will be jailbroken automatically within a
#6: Click Done when the jailbreaking process is complete.
#7: Remove your Apple TV from the Windows/Mac PC and connect it to your TV using an HDMI cable.
#8: While Apple TV boots up, you can see the FireCore logo on the screen.
#9: That’s it. Your Apple TV 2nd Generation is now running on Jailbroken software, and you can install third-party apps like Kodi on Apple TV.
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 3rd Generation
Currently, there is no way to jailbreak your Apple TV 3rd generation. You can’t sideload apps on Apple TV third generation as there are no third-party tools available online. If you are Apple TV 3rd generation user, you can’t jailbreak your streaming device.
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 4th Generation and 4K using Cydia Impactor
#1: Download Cydia Impactor and liberTV jailbreak file on your Windows/Mac PC.
#2: Connect your Apple TV to the Windows/Mac PC with the USB cable.
#3: Launch Cydia Impactor and drag the downloaded liberTV jailbreak file onto it.
#4: Select Start to start the installation process.
#5: Enter your Apple ID and password.
#6: Cydia Impactor will install the liberTV app on the Apple TV within a few minutes.
#7: After the installation, disconnect the Apple TV from Windows/Mac PC and then connect it to your TV.
#8: Now launch the liberTV app on Apple TV.
#9: Select your jailbreak options and select Do it.
#10: The jailbreaking process will take a few minutes to complete.
#11: Upon completion, the “Success! Your TV has been liberated!” message will appear on the screen.
#12: That’s it. Restart your Apple TV and start installing apps from third-party sources.
Why Do You Need to Use a VPN?
After jailbreaking the Apple TV, users can install any app at the expense of exposing themselves to online security risks. However, this problem can be dealt with by using a VPN. Make sure to use a VPN on Apple TV while using third-party apps. VPN can be configured on a router to protect the Apple TV and other connected devices while offering true internet freedom.
Benefits of Jailbreaking Apple TV
Here are some of the reasons that motivate users to jailbreak their Apple TV:
- To access the applications and features that Apple doesn’t support.
- To play the media formats that Apple doesn’t support.
- To install the Web browser on Apple TV
- Customize the user interface of Apple TV by adding themes, launchers, widgets, etc.
Disadvantages of Jailbreaking Apple TV
The below listed are the reasons why you should not jailbreak the Apple TV.
- By jailbreaking, your Apple TV will become prone to many threats like malware, spyware, or adware.
- There is a possibility that your device might not work after jailbreaking.
- Some third-party apps sideloaded on Apple TV can track or monitor the users’ data.
- Jailbreaking the Apple TV voids the warranty, and you can no longer access the Apple support center.
You can perform an untethered jailbreak by rebooting the Apple TV without a desktop/ laptop.
Unfortunately, VPN is not natively available for Apple TV devices. However, to keep yourself protected from getting hacked, you can use a virtual router and enjoy your complete privacy.
You can install apps that are not supported by Apple TV and enjoy using them on your device. Also, you personalize your interface with the jailbroken Apple TV device.
Yes, you can sideload apps on your Apple TV 4K.
To reset your Apple TV, go to Settings >> System >> Reset. Then, choose the reset type and confirm.
No. There is no way to jailbreak the Apple TV 3rd generation device.
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