Jailbreak Apple TV 4

Learn how to jailbreak your Apple TV 4. Everything you need to jailbreak your Apple TV here. Find out why you should jailbreak your Apple TV 4 and the benefits of a jailbroken device.

Pangu Jailbreak for Apple TV

What are the benefits of jailbreaking the Apple TV 4?

nitoTV for Apple TV

Jailbreaking your Apple TV 4 gives you full control of the device which includes the ability to install non-App Store apps. Currently, if you do not jailbreak your Apple TV, but choose to use the “sideload” method to install third-party apps, the apps will expire in 7 days and you will need to re-install them again after they expire. However, with a jailbroken device, you will be able to install these apps and use them forever. Apps on a jailbroken device do not expire. Some notable third-party apps includes NitoTV, Kodi (XBMC), emulators, and a web browser.

What you will need:

  • Apple TV 4 (running tvOS 9.0.1 or earlier)
  • Computer running Mac OSX (Macbook, iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro, Hackintosh etc.)
  • USB Type-C to USB cable

You do not need a paid Apple Developer account, simply sign in with your Apple ID (or create one if you do not have one).

How-to Jailbreak Apple TV 4

1. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > System > Software Updates > and turn off Automatically Update

Turn Off Automatically Update

2. Download and install Xcode from the App Store to your Apple computer

Download Xcode

3. Open Xcode and select Create a new Xcode project

Create a new Xcode project

4. Go to tvOS > Application

Go to tvOS - Application

5. Select Single View Application and hit Next

Select Single View Application and Hit Next

6. Name Product Name “Jailbreak” and name Organization Identifier “com.YOURNAME” (replace YOURNAME with your name – no spaces) and hit Next

Create tvOS Application Project

7. Save Git Repository to your computer

Save Git Repository onto Computer

7a. If you see a “No matching provisioning profiles found” (if not applicable, skip):

Click Fix Issue

Hit Fix Issue, log into your Apple ID account, and select your profile

Select Your Profile and Hit Choose

If your Bundle Identifier is not unique, you will need to rename it. Follow the format, com.UNIQUENAME.Jailbreak (replace UNIQUENAME with something else).

8. Download and unzip Pangu Jailbreak for Apple TV and iOS App Signer

9. Run App Signer

Run iOS App Signer

9a. If you are getting the “iOS App Signer can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer” error (if not applicable, skip):

iOS App Signer Can't Be Opened

Right-click App Signer and click Open

Right Click and Open

10. For the Input File, hit Browse, and select the atvipa.app file in the Payload folder from the Pangu download in step 8. For the Provisioning Profile select the profile you created earlier in Xcode and hit Start

Sign App

11. Save the .ipa to your computer

Save atvipa

12. Connect Apple TV to computer with USB-C cable

Connect USB-C to Apple TV

13. In Xcode, go to Window > Devices

Go to Window - Devices in Xcode

14. Select Apple TV

Select Apple TV under Devices

15. Hit +

Add ipa File

16. Open the .ipa file downloaded from step 11

17. Pangu Jailbreak will now begin to install onto your Apple TV. Once installed, launch the app on your Apple TV to jailbreak it.

Pangu Jailbreak Apple TV

Follow our tutorial to install nitoTV to your jailbroken Apple TV 4 here. nitoTV is basically an App Store for jailbroken Apple TVs.

How-to Fix Apple TV 4 Black Screen from Jailbreaking

If you are stuck on a black screen on your Apple TV 4 after jailbreaking it, you will need to follow the instructions to fix the black screen of death issue. 

  1. Turn on your Apple TV

2. On your computer, run Terminal

Launch Terminal

3. Enter the following line and hit enter:

ssh root@IPADDRESS (replace IPADDRESS with the IP Address of your Apple TV, ex. ##.#.#.#)

4. Enter alpine as the password and hit enter

5. Enter the following line and hit enter:

wget http://nitosoft.com/ATV4/fixBoot.sh

6. Enter the following line and hit enter:

chmod +x fixBoot.sh

7. Enter the following line and hit enter:


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