Enter DFU Mode on the Apple TV 2

Jan 30, 2011 - 2 Comments


DFU stands for Device Firmware Update, and Apple TV 2 has DFU mode like the iPhone does. This allows you to tweak and install firmware and is necessary for some of the hacks available to the device.

How to enter DFU mode on the Apple TV 2

Getting into DFU mode on the ATV2 is slightly different than other iOS hardware and requires the ATV2 remote control and a connection to your computer.

  • Launch iTunes
  • Connect the Apple TV 2 to your computer
  • Using the Apple TV aluminum remote, hold down both the Menu and Down buttons for about 6 seconds until the device reboots
  • After reboot, release both of the buttons, and then immediately press and hold the Menu and Play button together
  • Continue holding until you see a message in iTunes saying an Apple TV in recovery mode has been detected

You will now be in DFU mode, where you can restore and update firmware.

Want some more Apple TV2 fun? Learn how to jailbreak and install XBMC on the Apple TV 2. If you just want to jailbreak without XBMC, check out Seas0nPass, it is very user friendly and one of the easiest jailbreak tools out there.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Apple TV


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  1. Parakeet says:

    I’m waiting for ATV3 and 1080p, this one is too crippled. XBMC is cool, but check out Plex too.

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