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Enter and Exit DFU Mode on Apple TV (2G)

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DFU (Device Firmware Update) for Apple TV 2 allows you to tweak and install firmware and is necessary for some of the hacks available to the Apple TV 2. Getting into DFU mode on the Apple TV 2 is slightly different than iPhone, iPad or iPod. It requires the Apple TV 2 remote control and a connection to your computer. Here is how to enter DFU mode on the Apple TV 2.

Enter Apple TV 2 DFU Mode

  • Launch iTunes in your computer
  • Connect the Apple TV 2 to your computer
  • On Apple TV remote, hold down both the Menu and Down buttons for about 6 seconds until the device reboots
  • After reboot, release both of the buttons
  • 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

Now Apple TV device is in DFU mode, where you can restore and update its firmware.

Exit Apple TV 2 DFU Mode

Restart the device to exit the DFU mode.

Stuck in DFU Mode

If the Apple TV device is stuck in DFU mode, restore it like the following:

  • Remove all cables from Apple TV. (if you don’t you will not see Apple TV in the iTunes Source list)
  • Connect the micro USB cable to the Apple TV and to your computer.
  • Reconnect the power cable (only for Apple TV 3).
  • Open iTunes.
  • Select your Apple TV in the Source list, and then click Restore.

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