Last updated on April 14th, 2021 at 04:20 pm
Every wanted to Jailbreak your Firestick device, but don’t know where to start? Well, you are in the right place. In this guide, you will learn complete details of Firestick jailbreaking.
A Firestick is a device that enables access to many different shows and movies on your TV. Working just like an Android phone, this device makes you watch many various on-demand TV shows from multiple applications by the support of Amazon and Android TV Os.
Although it’s cheap, the purchases inside it create a hassle. For every streaming app, you have to pay the price set for the app, and this creates problems. Some of the common streaming channels such as Kodi were first free with this device, but later on, it became a paid app. Due to this, many users started jailbreaking their firestick.
Jailbreaking refers to amending the device in such a way to make all the content accessible without spending money on the apps. Since the Amazon firestick works in the most commonly used operating system named Android, it becomes straightforward to do the jailbreaking. In jailbreaking, the task is to remove the restrictions by the manufacturer to make the installations of third-party apps or other unauthorized apps on it. This way, the user won’t have to pay further for streaming the channels.
In ordinary jailbreaking of phones having android as an operating system, the task done is to install a modified firmware, which will clear all the restrictions from the manufacturer. But in the jailbreaking of an Amazon Firestick, this method is not done. Instead, the technique performed includes some changes in settings. By doing so, the Firestick will have access to thousands of free TV shows and on-demand movies.
History of Jailbreaking Firestick
The Firestick comes with Amazon App Store and thus, allows us to install streaming applications on our device. The thing is that each of the applications on this app store must have the approval of Amazon. Initially, there were a lot of apps on the Amazon app store.
When Firestick came into the market, Amazon took a strict stance over applications that promote free and low-cost streaming facilities. This led to the ban of many popular applications including Kodi on the Amazon App Store.
The application was so popular that people started Jailbreaking the device so that they could install it from other sources. This jailbreaking also resulted in removing the restrictions for other free and low-cost streaming applications too. This only became possible with the fact that firestick works on Android. Being made on this operating system, it opens many opportunities to install the applications available in the Google App Store Library.
How to Jailbreak Firestick?
The first step towards jailbreaking a firestick is to create an Amazon account. You can use your credentials for this. To create an amazon account, open the official website, click on ‘Sign up’ or ‘Register’; and go through the steps.
Here are the steps you will need to follow to jailbreak your firestick.
- Plug the Amazon Firestick on your streaming device.
- Go to the home screen of your firestick. You can do this by clicking the home button on your device’s remote.
- Go to the settings menu item.
- Select the ‘Preferences’ option.
- Click on Privacy Settings.
- In Privacy Settings, turn off ‘Device Usage Data’ and ‘Collect App Usage Data’.
- After changing both these settings to turn off position, go back to the preferences menu.
- In this menu, turn off ‘Data Monitoring’.
- Now, again go to the main Setting menu.
- In this menu, click on My Fire TV.
- Now, click Developer Options.
- Under developer options, turn on the settings for ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’.
- A prompt will appear saying that turning on will make the device less secure and there is a risk of unexpected behavior. Here, click Turn on.
So, the firestick has to be jailbroken, and applications from other parties can now be directly installed on this firestick.
How to Install Alternative App Store on Jailbroken Firestick?
We have given the above complete tutorial to Jailbreak Firestick but now in this section, we will discuss how to install other apps in Jailbroken Firestick.
You can also install an app store from another firm to install applications from. This will make the installation easier. In this way, you can also install applications that are not available on the Amazon App Store. So, let us process to install an application named ‘Downloader’ on this firestick.
Downloader is an app store that lets you download applications and install them directly on your device and hence, it is recommended to install this application first on your amazon firestick. The application library on ‘Downloader’ is as extensive as the application library on a Google Play Store and so, you can download various apps from this. The downloader also lets you download the full version of the app for free. So, with this, you can download the apps that are not even available on the Amazon App store.
Here are the steps included to install ‘Downloader’ on your Jailbroken Firestick.
Step 1. Plug your jailbroken firestick on to your streaming device.
Step 2. Go to the home screen of the firestick. You can also do this by clicking the home button on your device’s remote.
Step 3. Now, hover over search icon and in the search bar, type ‘Downloader’ and click OK. You can also use a voice search for this purpose.
Step 4. In the results option, search for downloader app under Apps & Games and click on it.
Step 5. Click the download button to download this app.
Step 6. After downloading, you have to click on the ‘open’ button, which will be displayed on the same screen after the app finished downloading.
Step 7. After this, a prompt will appear, saying “Allow Downloader to access photos, media, and files on your device?”; click Allow and move to the next screen.
Step 8. On the next screen, you will find a dialog box for the instructions for the Update Notes for Downloader. Click ‘OK’ to proceed.
Step 9. Under app menu options on the leftmost side of the screen, click on the ‘Setting’ option.
Step 12. Now, click on the browser button present on the top-left most of the screen. This menu will take you to the home screen of the application.
Step 13. Here, click on the ‘OK’ button on your device’s remote to open a virtual keyboard on your streaming device screen.
Step 14. Click on clear on the virtual keyboard to remove ‘Http://’.
Step 15. Here, on this search bar, using your virtual keyboard, type any link. For example, ‘https://cyberflix.info/aptoidetv’ and click on the GO button.
Step 16. This will begin the download for an application named ‘Aptoide TV’.
Step 17. After downloading, a prompt will appear showing to install the application. Here, clicks the install button.
Step 18. After installation, on the same prompt menu, will appear OPEN button, click on it to open the application.
Step 19. After this, the application will be opened. This is a remote-control friendly user interface.
Step 20. From this application, you can download the latest app and games too.
You can also use Aptoide TV for streaming channels on your device. Apart from being a fabulous application, there is also a little problem with this application.
Since the application is old school, there will be many apps available which are of past versions and hence, have become unstable.
This also goes for ‘Kodi’ and therefore, you need to download this from other sources. But for most of the applications on Aptoide TV, they are stable versions and will prompt you if an update arrives.
How to Install Kodi on Jailbroken Firestick?
How to Install Alternative App Store on Jailbroken Firestick
Kodi is a free application that lets you stream TV shows, live channels, movies and many more on your streaming device, for free.
Although this app is no longer available on the Amazon App Store, you can download and install this app via other sources on your Jailbroken Firestick.
Here are the steps to download Kodi on your firestick.
Step 1. Open the Downloader app on your firestick.
Step 2. Click ‘OK’ on your remote to go to the address bar and in the address bar, type ‘https://cyberflix.info/kodi’.
Step 3. After downloading, a prompt will appear, asking you to install the application, click install.
Step 4. Let it installs on your firestick.
Step 5. After this, click open and so, the application will start opening on your device.
Step 6. Click on the Delete button, after installation device no longer needed APK file.
Step 7. Click again on the Delete button.
Step 8. Now, click on the home screen on your remote.
Step 9. Go to Firestick 🡪 Fire TV 🡪 Fire TV Cube Home Screen and scroll under the option labeled ‘Apps & Channels’ and click on ‘See all’ button.
Step 10. Highlight Kodi shortcut and click on the options button on your Fire TV remote. In the options menu, click Move.
Step 11. Move Kodi shortcut to the frontlist and click the OK button on your remote to ensure that the alternative is displayed on the Fire TV home screen. This will help in finding the application and opening it fast and easy.
Step 12. Relaunch Kodi and click the continue button if any prompt appears.
Step 13. You might also need to allow this application to access photos, media, and files on your device. If this prompt, click Allow and proceed.
Step 14. The application will then begin to load.
Step 15. After loading, you will move to the home screen of the latest version of the Kodi Application on your Fire TV.
So, the Kodi application has now been successfully installed on the jailbroken firestick, and you can now stream TV shows and movies and whatnot on your streaming device. You can also install add-ons on your Kodi application.
For this, you can follow the same procedure to install an app from the Downloader. All you have to do is search for an excellent link to download the Kodi add-on from.
Installing other streaming apps on a Jailbroken Firestick
Apart from apps such as Kodi or Aptoide TV, if you want, you can also install other streaming apps for your better entertainment on your Amazon Firestick. Here are some top applications which you can install.
Jailbreak Firestick Apps for on-demand TV shows and Movies streaming
The most popular app in the world of streaming movies and on-demand TV shows can be easily downloaded on your Jailbroken firestick. With this and the add-ons on the Kodi application, you can unlock access to many different streaming channels and other fantastic features to explore.
You can search for these add-ons on the internet and can download the same way as you have downloaded the Kodi application and then, can install them from the Kodi app.
Another in the world of streaming, CyberFlix TV lets you stream thousands of movies and Tv-shows. This app came as a replacement for Terrarium TV which was discontinued in the fall of 2018. This app brings you some high-quality links for streaming.
You can also add subtitles, change the audio track, and do much more in it. There is also a feature of an external video player named ‘MX Player’ to stream the media more efficiently.
Another application is the Cinema APK. With the vast library of movies and Tv-shows, this application will win your heart. A lightweight and user-friendly interface is what makes it one of the best.
It is known for its large number of sources to stream buffer-free media. The application is free and supports streaming online as well as downloading for streaming at a later time. If you are a fan of Terrarium TV, this app will pick your interest.
This app is also streaming, but not like any other streaming application. With the fact that this application has thousands of on-demand movies and Tv shows to stream from, it also allows you to download them. Even with this, this app doesn’t have any ads like any other apps and can be installed in sync with the famous ‘Trakt’ service that allows you to keep track of the Tv-shows and movies which you have already watched.
Another in the list, this app allows you to stream live and download on-demand movies and TV shows from an extensive library. This also allows you to stream live in High definition as well as full high definition quality and calibration with Trak.it service; you can get the most out of this streaming service.
Apps for Live Channel Streaming
You can also stream live channels on your firestick TV. Some of the live streaming apps are mentioned below.
This app lets you stream live channels all across the globe. This application will allow you to access the channels for free that you have to buy through an extensive cable connection or a satellite package. Categories such as News, Entertainment, Movies, Regional and more can be accessed quickly and also 24/7.
Although this app is among the best, it also has some limitations. Some channels on this application can only be streamed in Standard Definition quality. And occasionally, you may see some buffering in the streaming. But with all these, the most significant perk of this application is that it is free of cost.
This is another live streaming application in the list. The use is free of cost and can be downloaded easily from the app store. Being open, it can be a little twitchy at times. But overall, it is excellent and works very awesomely.
This application is best for streaming sports channels, and other channels live on your firestick TV. This app grants you access with an unlimited package of professional season-pass packages and many different PPV events.
You will never miss a game; whether it is football, cricket or even baseball, you will get the best streaming experience. Apart from this, the app also included a video on demand section (VOD) that lets you stream movies and Tv-shows on your firestick TV.
he only thing which bothers about this app is that this application is not free. It works on an IPTV service that costs $14.95 per month and lets you stream over 6,000 live channels. Users will also notice that most of the channels within this are served in High Definition whereas the others provide Standard Definition quality.
Installing Miscellaneous Utility Application on Jailbreak Firestick
The firestick no limits to the installation of only on-demand tv-shows and movies application, you can also add other utilities on it. Some of that application are mentioned below.
Mouse Toggle for Firestick & Fire TV
Some of these applications don’t work well with the firestick. Since the apps are made for mobile phones and tablets, in some of these applications, you will find it difficult to stream online.
And so, you will require a virtual mouse also with a virtual keyboard. This application lets you use a virtual mouse on your Firestick Tv and is among the most applications to have on your jailbroken firestick.
Aptoide TV App Store
The best app for installing various applications on your jailbroken firestick, this app features categories such as applications, games, movies, E-books, etc. The only drawback of Aptoide Tv is that you will not be able to find Google Play Store in the Aptoide TV store and so, from this, you won’t be able to install Google Play store on your device.
But this app has its library to choose better. Having thousands of applications and games, with applications you will not even be able to find on the Play store, this application is much better than any other store such as Amazon App Store or even Google Play store.
For those who love to stream the internet, this application is for you. This lets you access any site from around the globe and also enables you to download files directly. The best feature of this application is that it is lightweight, user-friendly and fast, which makes it better among other browser applications such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
When accessing the internet, the biggest problem that occurs is the security of your device. Since you have jailbroken your device and installed applications from 3rd party firms, this makes your device less secure.
Using a Virtual Private Network lets you get safe from all these threats. You can stream freely using a Virtual Private Network. With a VPN installed, you will be able to change the proxy of your server and hence, be able to access the sites and even install the applications that aren’t yet available to install or access in your region. You can download those un-verified apps easily and install them securely on your device.
The only thing that bothers about a VPN service that it is not usually free. Since the VPN firm provides you with a secure connection, they also charge you. But well, the price is worth the facility they provide you with.
Windscribe VPN is another Virtual Private Network service in the list. It is among the best and lets you choose which country do you want to get a proxy for.
By this, you can access the sites available in any region and also, more securely. Even when it is also not free, it gives you open 1GB data to be consumed over a month; the data can be extended by verifying your Windscribe account from your email-id and by doing this, the pack will increase from 1GB to 2GB monthly. By applying some coupons, you can extend the data even more. The best feature of this application is the pricing feature.
You can make your pricing option as per the data you require and the number of countries you want to get the proxy address for. The pack for unlimited data and a single location will cost you roughly $1.5, equivalent to about INR 100.
Surfing Games on your Firestick
When the fun is not yet over with the applications that can be accessed after Jailbreaking the firestick, you can also make your firestick work as a gaming console by installing some games on it. This will turn your firestick remote into a gaming console such as a Gameboy, Atari, Nintendo, etc. You can do this by installing the 3rd party gaming applications on your device. You can download many games in a single place, including the emulators such as Happy Chick will let you play the games that are only available on gaming consoles such as Nintendo or a PSP.
So, with this, you can play different games such as Mario Kart, Pokémon, Dragon Ball Z and many more on your television.
To get the most out of it, you can install RetroArch along with a USB drive to increase your device space and install more and more applications on your device.
How to Protect Yourself with VPN in Firestick?
The primary purpose of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is to hide all your activity from your Internet Service Provider. This also lets you stream freely and access the sites which are banned in your region. It makes your streaming more safe and secure. These also provide you with blazing fast speeds and zero log policy. So, it indeed is essential to install a VPN on your device.
The steps for installing a Virtual Private Network Service name ‘Windscribe’ are given below.
Step 1. Register online for the service by accessing the official site of the service provider. You can also buy a pack for the service if you want or go for the free plan that includes 1GB of monthly data and with access to the proxy address of a few locations. Make sure to confirm your email account to get an additional 1GB per month data if you are going for the free service.
Step 2. Now, hover over the search icon on your amazon firestick TV home screen and click on it.
Step 3. In the search bar, type Windscribe.
Step 4. Among the searches, under the ‘Apps & Games’ label, look for the Windscribe app and click on it.
Step 5. In the description of the app, click on the Get button to download.
Step 6. Let the application download and install.
Step 7. When the installation is completed, a button is saying ‘OPEN’ will appear. Click on it to open the application.
Step 8. The application will thus open, and the login screen will appear.
Step 9. You then have to log in with your Windscribe id and then, the main screen of the application will open.
Step 10. After selecting the choice of your region, you have to click on ‘Connect’,
Step 11. Click Ok button.
Step 12. And this will connect you to the proxy address of that region.
Step 13. After this, click the home button on your remote and let the application run in the background.
Step 14. After this, access the internet as per your want and stream freely and securely.
Step 15. When your streaming is over, you have to make sure to turn off the connection by clicking ‘disconnect’ in the Windscribe application.
This way, you can install and use the Virtual Private Network service. You can connect any Virtual Private Network service provider from the internet following the same steps similarly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here is some Frequently Asked Question which you might get in your mind while reading the article and going through the Jailbreaking and other included processes.
Q- What is the purpose of Jailbreaking a Firestick?
Ans- By Jailbreaking your firestick, you can install the 3rd party application, which is not available on the Amazon App Store. This lets you access an extensive library of on-demand movies and Tv-shows available on the thousands of streaming applications available on the internet.
Q- Is it safe to Jailbreak FireStick?
Ans- Yes this is completely safe, you just install via this some third-party apps, and you can easily undo this.
Q- Is Jailbreaking a Firestick Illegal?
Ans- No, since the process includes doing a minor change in the setting and the installation of other applications on your device to get most of the entertainment, it is not illegal and even does not defies any rules or regulations from the Amazon Firestick Service.
Q- Why is a VPN recommended?
Ans- The data you stream online such as the applications you install, the websites you surf and the games you play are all being monitored by your Internet Service Provider and also by some hackers and crackers. To make the connection more secure, the use of a Virtual Private Network is recommended.
Using a Virtual Private Network Service also lets you access the sites which are not available in your region. Different VPN services come with various features, and so, it is up to you to select which VPN you want to use. Some provide low-cost services but have fewer features while others have relatively high prices but have a lot of features. Using a VPN makes the hackers and crackers unable to monitor your streaming.
Q- What channels are free with a Firestick?
Ans- It all depends upon the streaming application you are using. If you want to go free, you can use Mobdro IPTV service, or if you want a high-quality service, you can opt for other applications while paying for the services you get.
Q- Is there a monthly fee for a Firestick?
Ans- No, buying a Firestick is a one-time investment. Further charges occur when you opt for any other streaming service. The costs can be one time or even on a monthly or yearly basis.
Q- What are the requirements to use a Jailbroken Firestick?
Ans- The essential requirement of a Jailbroken Firestick is a stable internet connection. Since most of the application including streaming of on-demand movies and TV shows, they require a fast internet connection and so, having one will make you get most of the streaming services.
Q- Will the firestick become damaged if we jailbreak it?
Ans- If you try other methods of jailbreaking, you cannot be sure if the firestick gets damaged or not. But the above process lets you jailbreak the firestick without damaging it. The damage is not done since we are not amending the hardware but are making minor changes in the settings of the operating system of the firestick and if you want, the amendments can be reversed to the parameters they were original.
Q- Can we undo a Jailbreak Firesitck?
Ans- Yes, since the process includes making modifications in the software, the process can be reversed by following the jailbreaking process in a reverse way. Undoing a jailbreaking will also won’t lead to any damage in your firestick USB.
Q- Can I gift or sell a jailbroken Firestick?
Ans- Jailbreaking is nothing but making minor changes in the settings and installing a few 3rd party applications in your device. If you want, you can gift or sell this jailbroken firestick to any person you wish to. All you have to do is buy a standard firestick USB, jailbreak it with the method mentioned above in the article, install the applications you want your gifted Firestick USB to have and unregister your account.
Since an amazon firestick will require you to login with your Amazon account at first, you will need to de-register it from your firestick device so that the account will not lead to any misuse. You can de-register your device means you can log out your account from your amazon firestick. You can do this from the settings options.
To do this, go into Firestick Settings > My Account > Amazon Account. Under your name, which you can see in this list, click deregister. Doing this, will not uninstall the applications that you have installed on your firestick device and so, after this, you can sell or even gift this firestick USB freely.
Although you can sell this USB, it is not recommended to do so. Selling a jailbroken USB having applications that provide free movies and TV shows can lead to copyright issues, and people related to the purchase are known to have legal troubles and jail time.
Q- Can I buy a Jailbroken Firestick?
Ans- Yes, when you can sell a jailbroken Firestick, why not go for buying one? Well, you can freely buy a jailbroken Firestick. But even when a jailbroken firestick is readily available, it is not recommended to buy one. Since such devices are known to be a fraud and face the issue of malfunctioning just after purchasing the equipment.
You can not do anything if such a problem occurs since the jailbroken devices will surely not come with a warranty or any guarantee. These devices are known to stop working only after 10 or 20 days of working and you surely would not want your purchase to go in vain or even your entertainment to stop.
The biggest issue is that you will not be able to fix an already jailbroken Firestick USB since you would not do not have any idea how the things or how the jailbreaking process works. And so, it is recommended to buy a standard Firestick USB and then go through the jailbreaking process.
Worry not, using the method of jailbreaking mentioned above, there will be no damage in your USB stick, and you can always undo the Jailbreaking process. This will also make sure that the firmware software of the Firestick USB is up to date with the latest firmware software.
Q- Are there any other jailbreaking methods?
Ans- There are various jailbreaking methods of the Firestick USB. You can find them on the internet. Some will include changing the software setting, while some will involve amending the hardware. You can try any of them. But going for the method mentioned above will make sure that your Firestick USB will not face any damage and following this method, the jailbreaking process can be undone at any instant.
So, here was the most reliable method to jailbreak your USB Firestick. I hope you liked it and for any further inquiries or suggestions, make sure to contact us in the comment section. Join us on Telegram for latest update.