Apple TV 4 Jailbreak: PanGu Team Achieved the Impossible

We’re very excited, because we have some terrific news for all Apple TV 4 users out there! Earlier today the PanGu Team released a public jailbreak for iOS 9.1, with the confirmation that they’ll soon be releasing a jailbreak for Apple TV 4.

This is really great news for the jailbreaking community because it’s been a very long time since there’s been any jailbreak solution for the Apple TV. Even though nobody was ever successful in jailbreaking the Apple TV 3, the PanGu Team have achieved the impossible with the Apple TV 4. The new Apple TV 4 is much more powerful, so we should see some pretty exciting stuff from the developers which will hopefully open up a whole new world of possibilities.


Well, they’ve done it! The Pangu team has released a jailbreak for Apple’s 4th-generation TV. This jailbreak is capable of jailbreaking devices running tvOS 9.0 and 9.0.1; and we’re excited because it’s a first for the Apple TV 4.

As we mentioned in our previous post, unfortunately there’s no way of downgrading back to versions that can be jailbroken if you have an Apple TV that’s running a later version of tvOS. At this point in time the jailbreaking tool allows SSH access only, and has no GUI interface like Cydia.

If you go direct to Pangu’s website you can download the Pangu 1.0 Apple TV jailbreak tool from there. In order to complete this jailbreak you’ll need a Mac, a USB-C cable, Xcode, and of course an eligible Apple TV 4. Pangu have also advised that, at this point in time you’ll need an Apple developer membership, and we’re currently investigating whether this means an actual paid developer membership (which has an annual fee of $99) or a free Apple ID for side-loading.

And remember that you’ll need to have Xcode installed on your Mac: this is a free download from the Mac Apple Store. So, you’ve probably guessed by now that this jailbreak for the Apple TV 4 only applies to Mac users at this point. We’re certainly hoping that a jailbreak will be released very soon for Windows users, but at this point we have no information on this.

Stay tuned to this site because we’ll be following up with complete instructions on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 4.

About PanGu Team

In the iOS hacking community, the Pangu Team is a Chinese team responsible for developing Pangu jailbreaking tools. It was the PanGu Team who released the jailbreak for iOS 7.1 to iOS 9.1, which was the very first jailbreak for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus running iOS 9.

At the moment there won’t be any user-friendly GUI-based features because this jailbreak will only include SSH access. But this is still terrific news, and it will open up a whole new world of possibilities for modifications and enhancements to the new Apple TV 4. Remembering that Apple TV 3 was never successfully jailbroken, users certainly have a lot of expectations. Hopefully, most of these will be vented out with the jailbreak for the Apple TV 4. It’s anticipated that, by creating a jailbreak tool for Apple TV 4, users will be able to modify and enhance the functionality of their set-top box.

Officially-supported apps for the Apple TV 4 are already taken care of with Apple’s App Store, and for those apps not approved by Apple there’s an official side-loadable option; however, a jailbreak will be extremely useful for things such as adding new features and customizing the interface, which wouldn’t be possible without a jailbreak.

It’s important that users remember that PanGu’s jailbreak for the Apple TV 4 will only be available for tvOS 9.0.x – not for the latest tvOS 9.1, 9.1.1, and the upcoming 9.2. If your plan is to take advantage of this new jailbreak when it becomes available sometime next week, do not update if your Apple TV is still on tvOS 9.0.x. There’s no way of downgrading back to 9.0 or 9.0.1 if you’ve already updated to tvOS 9.1, 9.1.1 or any of the new beta releases.

Please Note: As soon as you get your Apple TV 4, turn off Automatic Updates. Do this by going to Settings – System – Software Updates – then turn off ‘Automatically Update‘.

Keep in mind that there’s a lot of expectations from this new Apple TV jailbreak because the third-generation Apple TV was never jailbroken. Of course, as soon as the jailbreak for Apple TV 4 goes live next week we’ll let you know immediately. Stay tuned.

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