Jailbreak Apple TV 4 – Fourth Generation Tutorial with Chimera tvOS 12.4 Jailbreak – Today, we’re going to show you how to jailbreak Apple TV 4 on tvOS 12.4! That’s right, it’s still possible to jailbreak an Apple TV in 2019. Similar to the Chimera A12 iOS 12.4 jailbreak, today’s utility utilizes the same exploits. In fact the Electra Team has worked with nitoTV to make Chimera fully compatible with the Apple tvOS 12.4 firmware. Unfortunately thoug, this only works with the 4th gen Apple TV. It’s not compatible with the latest Apple TV 4k (5th generation).
Jailbreak Apple TV Support: tvOS 12 – 12.1.1
As mentioned above this jailbreak functions on the tvOS equality of iOS 12.4 (the latest firmware as of writing this guide). If your Apple TV isn’t running tvOS 12.4, it’s recommended that you update as soon as possible. Apple will stop signing tvOS 12.4 soon, and in turn block the jailbreak on the latest firmware. To reiterate, the Jailbreak will function on the following hardware/software combinations:
- Apple TV 4th gen (2015)
running tvOS 12.0.1, 12.1, 12.1.1 or tvOS 12.4
Neither tvOS 12.3.x nor the Apple TV 4K (2017) are supported by this Apple TV jailbreak.
What you’ll need to Jailbreak Apple TV 4
- A supported Apple TV running a compatible version of tvOS.
- Either a PC or a Mac to deploy the jailbreak app.
- A USB-C to USB type A cable (or USB-C to USB-C if you have a newer computer).
- The Chimera tvOS 12.4 jailbreak app and Cydia Impactor.
- An HDMI cable (for obvious reasons).
Additionally similar to the A12 Chimera Jailbreak for iOS 12 – 12.4, the Apple TV jailbreak makes use of side-loading. For a detailed explanation of the process, we have a “nitty-gritty tech stuff” segment on our older iOS 12 article found here (click or tap).
Chimera Jailbreak tvOS 12 Tutorial
Step 1: Download the latest version of the Chimera tvOS 12 jailbreak app, and Cydia Impactor from the below download section.
Step 2: Connect your Apple TV 4th gen to your computer via a USB-C cable, and plug the device’s power cable into the wall.
Step 3: After iTunes recognizes the TV, close it. Then open Cydia Impactor and locate your Chimera jailbreak .ipa (app) on your computer. Again this was downloaded in the first step.
Note for macOS: mount the .dmg Cydia Impactor download and drag the program to your applications folder. If you receive an alert about not being able to open Cydia Impactor, you’ll need to allow it. Launch the System Preferences app > Security & Privacy.
Note for Windows: the download will come in a .zip format. You’ll need to extract Cydia impactor from the zipped file. We recommend extracting the program to your desktop, as it’s easy to access. Do not run the program as an administrator because it will disable the ability to drag files into the interface. Simply run Cydia Impactor as you would a normal application.
Step 4: Drag the Chimera jailbreak 12.4 app into the Cydia Impactor interface. Input your Apple ID, followed by your password and click “OK” when prompted. At this point, the program is utilizing Apple’s self-signing app distribution service. Your account information is neither collected by Saurik (the creator of Impactor) nor is it routed through any server other than Apple’s.
Note: if your Appel ID has two-step verification, you’ll be required to generate a one-time password (click here).
Step 5: Connect your Apple TV to your TV via an HDMI cable and launch the Chimera App. If you’ve followed all steps correctly, it should be the first app on your TV’s homescreen.
Step 6: Click Jailbreak using your Apple TV’s remote. When your Apple TV reboots, you’ll need to launch the Chimera jailbreak app again. For a second time, click jailbreak and you’ll receive a prompt to respring. That’s great, it means your Apple TV is jailbroken!
Congratulations after your Apple TV resprings (it will appear as though it’s rebooting), you’ll be brought to the nitoTV app. For those familiar with iOS jailbreaking, nitoTV is the Apple TV jailbreak equivalent of Cydia or Sileo.
Apple TV Jailbreak Tweaks for tvOS 12
Immediately we recommend installing Block OS Updates inside the nitoTV jailbreak app. As the name suggests, this package will prevent you from accidentally updating your Apple TV. Installing KODI on the Apple TV is also possible once jailbroken through nitoTV.
There are endless possibilities once jailbroken with an Apple TV. If you want more articles, tutorials, and videos on the Apple TV jailbreak, be sure to let us know in the comments. If this jailbreak tutorial helped you, be sure to follow us on social media (Twitter/ Facebook).
Download Chimera Jailbreak Apple TV App
Click here to download Chimera, Cydia Impactor, and iTunes.