Please Note: This guide is out of date, you’ll want to follow the Latest Guide only to ensure that your device continues to function correctly.
Many of our newer visitors were starting to get confused as to how to proceed in getting XBMC to work on their second generation Apple TV 2 devices. We’ve come to your rescue of course, and have now rewritten our previous guides and compiled them into one easy to follow instruction manual. Continue reading and you’ll be watching XBMC on your Jailbroken Apple TV 2 within the hour! It might seem a bit complicated by looks, but it’s actually easy as waking up in the morning.
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COMPLETE GUIDE TO INSTALLING XBMC ON THE APPLE TV 2, FROM BEGINNING TO END
- Apple TV 2 Device
- Micro USB Cable (or BlackBerry Data Cable)
- Latest Version of iTunes Installed
PART 1 – THE JAILBREAK
Step 2: Choose the “Create IPSW” button located on the left, then wait a few minutes.
Step 3: Once prompted, plug the Apple TV 2 via Micro USB cable, without electrical cable, then point your remote at the device and hold down both the “MENU” and “PLAY/PAUSE” buttons at the same time for 12 seconds, then release.
NOTE: Should the light on the front of the Apple TV not start blinking, you’ll have to plug in the electrical power supply for five seconds, then unplug and retry the step above.
Step 4: It will now say “Found Device in DFU Mode” and then automatically launch iTunes. Don’t touch anything at this point, just wait a few minutes until it completes the entire reflashing process.
Step 5: Once iTunes informs you that “Your Apple TV has been restored to factory settings” you can go ahead and unplug it from the Micro USB cable and quit iTunes.
NOTE: If you’re having issues restoring in iTunes, first make sure you’re running the latest version of iTunes and if that still doesn’t work, install TinyUmbrella before restarting from the beginning.
Step 6: Plug the Apple TV into your television with the HDMI and power source connected. Turn your television on at this point and make sure the right “Input” is connected for the HDMI input you’re using.
Step 7: Choose your desired language. We’re going to go with “English” for obvious reasons.
Step 8: Select your wireless internet connection then enter your internet security key. Wired ethernet users can skip this step.
Step 9: When prompted to share information with Apple, choose the “No Thanks” option.
Step 10: Verify that the “Settings” icon is coloured Red and displays the “FC” logo on it. Should it be grey, you’ll need to start over from the beginning of this guide.
Step 11: Click on the “Settings” icon, then go to the “Audio & Video” tab, then click on “Audio Output” once until it changes to the “16 bit” setting.
Step 12: Press the “MENU” button on your remote to go back one level and click on the “General” settings tab, then scroll down to “Time Zone” and click twice to toggle “Set Automatically” to be enabled.
Step 13: Press the “MENU” button on your remote once, then scroll up to the “About” tab.
PART 2 – INSTALL XBMC
Step 14: Download (Mac / Windows) and Launch the “nito Installer” software application on your computer. Make sure that both your computer and Apple TV are on the same internet network before continuing.
Step 15: Choose your desired Apple TV device by clicking the “Choose Apple TV” drop down list at the top of the application window.
Step 16: Verify that the IP Address displayed on the lower left of the application window matches the one listed on the “About” tab of your Apple TV on your television.
Step 17: Click on the “Install XBMC” button on the right side and wait a few minutes until a green checkmark is displayed and your Apple TV automatically reboots.
Step 18: Once rebooted, launch XBMC for the first time, ignore any on screen error prompts, just leave it as it is for now.
PART 3 – CONFIGURE XBMC
Step 20: Click on the “Choose Apple TV” drop down box on the left side of the window, and select your Apple TV from the list.
Step 21: Click on the “Configure AppleTV 2″ button from the drop down list then wait a few minutes for the process to complete.
Step 22: Once you see a green checkmark displayed and your Apple TV has automatically rebooted itself it means that you’re done and done.
Step 23: Relaunch “XBMC” for the first time and wait a minute or two for on screen updates to process before you begin usage.
Congratulations! You now have the most feature filled, custom XBMC setup in the game. You’ll now be the envy of all of your friends, most of whom will probably copy what you’ve done as soon as they get home from seeing it in action at your house. For additional Apple TV specific information, be sure to visit our friends at Jailbreak Apple TV anytime.