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tvOS Jailbreak FAQ

I've decided to put together a general tvOS jailbreak FAQ since I've been answering a lot of the same questions. I apologize for any weird / bad formatting. My wiki editing skills leave something to be desired.

1: Why jailbreak?

AirMagic, DalesDeadBug and NControl are the three biggest reasons to jailbreak an AppleTV right now.

By far the most frequent question I get. The most frequent answer other people give is "kodi" and things of that nature. While kodi is very popular I think what is more important is the ability to unlock a lot more potential in your tvOS device. There aren't a lot of tweaks or third party applications available, but we will host stuff that apple would never allow you to download. i.e. Provenance, tuyu (my WIP youtube replacement), and pretty much any other open source apps I find / people recommend off of github et al.

TBH there aren't tons of things you can do yet, but you do have a full featured and stable jailbreak across SEVERAL versions. So there is a potential user base around it. The community still needs to be built up. So with some patience I believe you will have some really cool stuff to play with in the near future.

As we wrap up the important things on our todo list we will be able to refocus our energy on getting some of our cool ideas in the pipeline out the door, and maybe that will inspire people to write something cool!

There are some cool tweaks that are finally available like AirMagic and DalesDeadBug Hopefully those can inspire some devs to write something cool :)

2: What versions can i jailbreak?

On the 4th generation AppleTV you can jailbreak: 10.2.2 -> 11.1 using backr00m or 11.0-11.4.1 using electraTV or 12.0-12.4 with chimeraTV On the 4K AppleTV you can jailbreak 11.0-11.1 using backr00m or 11.0-11.4.1 using electraTV or 12.0-12.4 with chimeraTV

3: Do i have to re-sign every 7 days with free account?

Yes, but fortunately you should not need to reboot as often, or get as many kernel panics as we used to get in 10.1->10.2.2 with greeng0blin.

4: Is it / ETA untethered?

There is an untether vuln floating around, I don't know if anyone is working on implementing it.

5: Why isnt youTube working on 10.x?

It appears to be a bug in the YouTube app itself, even if you aren't jailbroken on 10.2.2 the YouTube application refuses to play video.

6: Can i upgrade to 11.x or 12.x?

As of right now you can NOT. 12.4.1 signing window is closed and that was the only way to execute futurerestore on the 4th generation. checkm8 bootrom exploit may come partially in handy for this, but afaik you will still be limited to a tethered setup - and no research has been done to that end for tvOS yet.

7: When ETA ext3nder / ReProvision?

ReProvision has been ported to tvOS finally, still so fresh I haven't even made a page for it yet, check the nitoTV featured section for the latest version.

8: How do i install ipas on 4K?

I don't have any personal experience here, So i will have to defer to some other pre-existing tutorials:

Jailbreak tvOS using electra

9: Can i downgrade 4K?

Nope, no USB port == no way to downgrade. Maybe someday someone will discover a way around this, but I HIGHLY doubt it. No USB is the main reason I recommend buying the 4th generation instead.

10: How do I set my nonce in 11.1 to futurerestore to 11.3


11: Are there other repos I can add?

Right now there are no other repos that I can personally recommend (otherwise they'd be among default repos!) I am certain this will change in the near future!

12: Will Sileo be released for tvOS?

No, nitoTV is the defacto installer and is under active development and is a very high priority for me to improve and get up to speed. The end goal is to have feature parity with anything Cydia offered and anything Sileo offers in the future. We all work together so you don't have to worry about a huge disparity functionality wise.