How to Jailbreak a Firestick

How to Jailbreak a FirestickThis article will show you how to jailbreak a Firestick which will provide access to thousands of free movies, TV shows, sports, live channels and more.  The same process will also work for the Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and televisions running the Fire TV OS.

This guide is compatible with the new Fire TV Stick 4K which was released on October 31st, 2018.

The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular streaming device available today due to its low price and simple jailbreak process.

What is jailbreaking, you may ask?  It is the process of removing restrictions imposed by the manufacturer to allow for the installation of unauthorized software.

Technically, we aren’t actually jailbreaking the device because we aren’t installing modified firmware.  But, this is how new cord-cutters search for this topic and that is how we came up with the title for this post.  We are glad you found us!

When jailbreaking most electronics such as phones or tablets, many times we are required to install modified firmware.  You can think of firmware as the operating system for the device.  Fortunately, we aren’t required to do that with a Fire TV Stick!

Once we have jailbroken the Firestick, we can side-load applications onto the device that we normally can’t get through the Amazon App Store.  By doing so, your Firestick will have access to thousands of free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, and more.

What Stores Carry Firesticks?

If you don’t own a Fire TV Stick and you want to get started with this tutorial today, I have you covered.  Below are some retail stores that may carry this device.What stores carry Firesticks?

Best Buy, Staples, Target, Fry’s, Radio Shack, Gamestop, B and H, Amazon Books, Electronic Express, Shopko, Toys R Us, Sears, P.C. Richard & Son, Meijer, HH Gregg, Fred Meyer.

I would suggest placing a phone call to the retail stores listed above to ensure the Firestick is in stock.

If you don’t have one of these stores near, you may purchase the Firestick directly through the Amazon Website.

History of Jailbreaking a Firestick

The Firestick comes equipped with the Amazon App Store, which allows us to install applications easily onto our streaming device.  Each of the applications within this App Store must be approved by Amazon.

Since the Firestick was first released in 2014, Amazon has taken a strong stance against applications that promote free and low-cost streaming capabilities.  The most notable ban was in June ofFirestick App Store 2015 when they removed the popular Kodi media center application from their app store.

When Kodi was removed from the Amazon App store, users started jailbreaking their Firesticks so that they could still install this popular application.  This also opened the flood-gates for many other free and low-cost streaming applications that could be installed as well.

Most people don’t realize that the Amazon Fire TV Stick is powered by the Android operating system.  This differs from other popular streaming devices such as the Roku and Apple TV where those boxes use their own firmware/OS.

Since the Firestick is powered by the Android operating system, it opens up a world of endless possibilities for those who jailbreak it.  Android is the most popular operating system in the world to date with over two billion active users.  Because of this popularity, there are literally millions of Android applications available and they can all be installed onto a jailbroken Firestick.

How to Jailbreak a Firestick

Below, you will find both a video tutorial and screenshot guide that will show you how to jailbreak a Firestick.

I suggest watching the video tutorial first because I go through important details that you won’t find within the screenshot guide.

Video Tutorial

Important:  The new Fire TV/Stick update that was recently released changes the location of where you turn off App Usage Data.  You can find the App Usage Data under Settings / Preferences / Privacy Settings.  I also suggest turning off Data Monitoring as well in the same area.  Older Fire TV devices or models that haven’t been updated won’t include these privacy options, proceed to installing the alternative app store if these are now available on your Firestick/Fire TV.  

The video below was created prior to this update so you will see me turning this option off in a different location.  

 

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Screenshot Guide

The following screenshot tutorial will take you through the simple steps necessary to jailbreak a Firestick.

Step 1 – Go to the home screen of your Firestick by clicking the home button on remote

Go to Firestick Home Screen

Step 2 – Hover over the Settings menu item

Hover over the Settings menu item

Step 3 – Click Preferences

Click Preferences

Step 4 – Click Privacy Settings – you may not see any of these options on older Fire TV devices or systems that haven’t been updated, if so proceed to How to Install Alternative App Store below.

Click Privacy Settings

Step 5 – Turn off both “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data”

Turn off both of these

Go back to previous screen by clicking back button on remote after changing these settings to “Off”.

Step 6 – Click Data Monitoring

Click Data Monitoring

Step 7 – Turn off Data Monitoring

Turn off Data Monitoring

Note:  If you are using a newer Fire TV/Stick, you will access the “App Usage Data” section by navigating to Fire TV Settings / Preferences / Privacy Settings.  I would also suggest going into the “Data Monitoring” tab and turn off that option in there as well.

Step 8 – Click back button, return to the previous screen and click the My Fire TV

Click My Fire TV

Step 9 – Click Developer Options

Click Developer Options

Step 10 – Click Apps from Unknown Sources

Click Apps from Unknown Sources

Step 11 – Click Turn On button

Click Turn On button

We have now jailbroken our Firestick by allowing for the installation of applications that aren’t available within the Amazon App Store.

Most guides stop after this but I will take it a step further and show you how to install an alternative app store which will provide access to thousands of apps not available within the Amazon App Store.  I will also provide suggestions on which applications that you should install onto your jailbroken Fire TV Stick so you can enjoy free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, and much more.

How to Install Alternative App Store on Jailbroken Firestick

Next, we will install a free application called Downloader from the Amazon App Store.  Downloader is a must-have tool for all of us who have jailbroken Firesticks.  It will allow us to download and install various applications from the Internet that aren’t available within the Amazon App Store.

Most of my installation tutorials on the TROYPOINT Website use the Downloader app.  You will find links toward the bottom of this tutorial that will take you to the most popular guides.

Step 1 – Go to Home screen of your Firestick by clicking Home button on remote

Go to Home screen of your Firestick by clicking Home button on remote

Step 2 – Hover over search icon and type in “Downloader” highlight it and click it

Hover over search icon and type in "Downloader" highlight it and click it

Step 3 – Cick Downloader icon

Cick Downloader icon

Step 4 – Click Download button

Click Download button

Step 5 – Click Open button

Click Open button

Step 6 – If you are presented with this dialog, click Allow button

If you are presented with this dialog, click Allow button

Step 7 – Click OK button on update notes

Click OK button on update notes

Step 8 – Click Settings menu item on left side of screen

Click Settings menu item on left side of screen

Step 9 – Click Enable JavaScript checkbox

Click Enable JavaScript checkbox

Step 10 – Click Yes button on JavaScript Warning

Click Yes button on JavaScript Warning

Step 11 – Click Home button

Click Home button 

Step 12 – You are now back on Home screen of Downloader, click OK button on remote to open keyboard

You are now back on Home screen of Downloader, click OK button on remote to open keyboard

Step 13 – Click Clear button on the keyboard

Click Clear button on keyboard

Step 14 – Type in the following address troypoint.com/app and then click Go button

Type in the following address troypoint.com/app and then click Go button

Step 15 – Download for Aptoide TV will begin

Download for Aptoide TV will begin

Step 16 – Click Install

Click Install

Step 17 – Click Open button

Click Open button

Step 18 – You are now presented with a remote-control friendly user interface

You are now presented with remote-control friendly user interface

Step 19 – Top Apps is a great location to find quality streaming applications

Top Apps is a great location to find quality streaming applications

You may find that some applications within Aptoide TV are not the most recent version.  Most of the time, this doesn’t matter since many applications will prompt you to update if there is a new version available.  Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for Kodi.

As of this post, Aptoide TV does not include the most recent stable version of Kodi which is 17.6.  Below, I will show you how to install the most stable release.  The shortcut that you type into Downloader within this guide will always point to the most up-to-date stable release of Kodi.

Jailbreak Firestick Kodi Instructions 

Step 1 – Open Downloader app

Open Downloader app

Step 2 – Click OK on remote to open keyboard

Click OK on remote to open keyboard

Step 3 – Click Clear button on keyboard

Click Clear button on keyboard

Step 4 – Type in troypoint.com/kodistable and then click Go button

Type in troypoint.com/kodistable and then click Go button

Step 5 – Click Install button

Click Install button

Step 6 – Click Open

Step 6 - Click Open

Step 7 – Kodi will launch

Step 7 - Kodi will launch

Step 8 – You should now be presented with Kodi home screen on your jailbroken Firestick

You should now be presented with Kodi home screen on your jailbroken Firestick

Now that you have one of the most popular streaming apps installed on your jailbroken Firestick or Fire TV, you need to install some addons.

Many new Kodi users spend hours looking for the best addons to install.  I have already done the work for you and created the following guide that will have you up and running in a matter of minutes with the best addons that actually work.

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Kodi doesn’t do much without the popular 3rd party addons that provide free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports and more.

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Below, you will find some of the best streaming applications available for those who have a jailbroken Firestick.

Please note that you can choose from the list of what you would like to install.  Feel free to install some of them or all of them.  It is always good practice to install at least two applications from the same category so if one doesn’t yield the results you are searching for, you can try the other.

The following applications will get you running quickly with free on-demand movies, TV shows, and live channels.

Apps for On-Demand Movies & TV Shows

Kodi (already installed via instructions above)

KodiUndoubtedly, the most popular streaming application available for side-loading onto a Firestick is the media center app Kodi. Kodi is an all-encompassing application that uses add-ons for streaming content and more.

If you would like to learn how to install Kodi on a Firestick or Fire TV, use the link below. This step-by-step guide will provide you with 5 separate way to get the application on your device:

How to Install Kodi on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

Once Kodi is on your device, you can now install the add-ons which will grant access to tons of Movies, TV Shows, Music, Live Television, and so much more. TROYPOINT has created a list of the Best Kodi Add-Ons for all different categories.

If you would like to learn how to install the Top Kodi Add-ons with just the click of a button, I highly recommend my Kodi Supercharge Guide. With this Supercharge Guide, you won’t have to install each add-on individually. Instead, I will show you how to install a Kodi Build that holds multiple functioning add-ons in one installation.

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Cinema APK

Cinema APK is an Android application that provides thousands of free movies and TV shows.  This lightweight application works fabulous on the Firestick and Fire TV.

Users will enjoy a friendly user-interface that will provide hours of entertainment.

Cinema APK is know for its large amount of media sources that provides buffer-free playback.

The free application allows both streaming and downloading for playback at a later time.

Terrarium TV recently announced that there would be no more updates for their popular application but Cinema APK is ready to take their spot at the front of the line.

As of now, this is the most popular application available for the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV.

How to Install Cinema APK on Firestick & Fire TV

Morpheus TV

Morpheus TVA Firestick jailbreak isn’t complete without the new popular application called Morpheus.

Morpheus provides thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows that can be accessed within a user-friendly interface.  The great thing about Morpheus is that there are no annoying ads like many of the other applications on this list.

Morpheus also does a great job syncing with the popular Trakt service so you can keep track of your watch-lists. Use the link below to learn how to install Morpheus TV on your Firestick or Fire TV device:

How To Install Morpheus TV

Apps for Live Television Streaming

Mobdro

MobdroMobdro is another live video streaming service that works great on a Firestick. This application scours the internet for live streams from around the world and broadcasts them on the app. If you are looking for a free Live TV service, Mobdro is the choice for you.

Because the service is free, it may be spotty at times. That is why TROYPOINT always recommends an IPTV Service such as The Players Klub for reliable live television. However, Mobdro is a great free alternative that many users find suitable for their viewing needs.

To learn how to install Mobdro on a Firestick, click the link provided below:

How to Install Mobdro on Firestick

Kodi Solutions

kodi solutionsKodi Solutions is an IPTV service that costs only $5 per month and serves up over 4,000 live channels often found within expensive cable or satellite offerings.  Sports fans will love this service because it provides unlimited access to all of the professional season-pass packages and PPV events.  You will never miss your favorite team again whether its NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL.

Kodi Solutions is much more dependable than free services such as Mobdro due to the fact that they invest in quality servers that broadcast the streams.

Users will also notice that most of the channels within Kodi Solutions are served in HD quality where free apps such as Mobdro often come as standard quality (SD)

How to Install Kodi Solutions on Firestick

Apps for Miscellaneous Utilities

Mouse Toggle for Firestick & Fire TV

Mouse ToggleSome of the application that you side-load onto your Firestick or Fire TV won’t work well with the remote control.  The reason for this is because many of these Android applications are designed for phones and tablets, not televisions.

The Mouse Toggle app will allow us to use a virtual mouse on the Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube.  This is a must-have utility if you are going to jailbreak a Firestick or Fire TV.

How To Install Mouse Toggle on Firestick & Fire TV

Aptoide TV App Store (already installed via instructions above)

Aptoide TVOne huge drawback of the Firestick and Fire TV is that it doesn’t include Google Play Store.  It comes with its own Amazon App store which doesn’t include many of the popular apps found within Google Play.

The term jailbreak has often been used to describe installing a 3rd party app store on a device so maybe this tutorial here is more fitting in terms of this definition.

Although we can’t install Google Play on our Firestick or Fire TV, we can install another App store which works great with the remote control.  Aptoide TV provides many of the popular apps that are normally found within Google Play.  It also includes free streaming applications that aren’t available within Google Play so, in my opinion, this is a better choice anyway.

How To Install Aptoide TV On Firestick & Fire TV

IPVanish VPN

IPVanish

TROYPOINT does not verify the legalities of any applications covered on this Website. Users should always use a VPN in conjunction with these free or low-cost streaming solutions to protect their identity and security.

Your Internet Service Provider, government, and hackers may log what you are accessing online if you aren’t connecting through a VPN.

I use IPVanish on all of my streaming devices and I suggest that you do the same.

How To Install VPN For Firestick

Jailbreak Firestick FAQ

Below are the most common questions that I receive from people looking for information on how to jailbreak a firestick.

What does a jailbroken Amazon Firestick do?

A jailbroken Firestick allows you to install applications that aren’t available within the Amazon app store.  There are thousands of free streaming applications that can be installed that serve up free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, and more.

What channels can you get for free with a Firestick?

The popular Mobdro IPTV app mentioned above provides access to thousands of live channels typically found within expensive cable and satellite packages.  You may also opt for a more reliable service with better quality by paying $5 per month for the Players Klub service.

Is there a monthly fee for a Firestick?

No, unless you purchase a subscription to one of the applications that require a monthly fee.  Most TROYPOINT tutorials teach how to install and use free services.

Is jailbreaking a Firestick illegal?

This is a question that TROYPOINT receives on a regular basis. To answer this question as simply as possible, no. It is not illegal to “jailbreak” a firestick or fire tv device. There are numerous functions available when jailbreaking your firestick that does not infringe on any laws or regulations.

One of the most used features of a jailbroken fire tv or stick is watching movies and TV shows. There are tons of movies within the public domain that are available for viewing for all. Use the link below for a list of the Best Public Domain Movies:

Best Public Domain Movies & How To View Them

However, if you would like to use the device to view Movies & TV Shows not available in the public domain, a VPN is strongly suggested to protect your privacy.

Without a VPN, your Internet Service Provider, government, and hackers may monitor what you are streaming through your Firestick.

A VPN will encrypt your connection to the Internet, making it impossible for others to see what you are accessing online.

I personally never use my jailbroken Firestick without first connecting to IPVanish VPN because I don’t trust what my Internet Service provider does with my streaming logs.

What are the requirements to use a Jailbroken Firestick?

Most of the applications that you run on a jailbroken Firestick require high-speed Internet.  You can easily test the Internet download speed on your Firestick by using the following tutorial.

How to Test Internet Download Speed on Firestick

You must also have a wireless router so you can connect the Firestick to the Internet.

Will my Firestick become damaged if I jailbreak it?

No, we aren’t manipulating the hardware of the Fire TV Stick in any way so there is no harm done by jailbreaking it.

Can I undo jailbreak on Firestick?

Yes, simply go through the screenshot tutorial above in reverse direction.

Can I gift or sell a jailbroken Firestick?

Yes, you can do this by installing the desired applications and then deregister the device.  When the new user turns it on, she/he will be prompted to input their Amazon username and password.  The applications that you installed on the device will be available.

To deregister a Firestick go into Fire TV Stick Settings / My Account / Amazon Account (your name should be listed here) / click Deregister

IMPORTANT:  Due to copyright laws, I do not suggest selling jailbroken Firesticks that include applications that provide free movies, TV shows, IPTV, etc.  Those who sell these devices have been known to face legal troubles and jail time.      

Can I buy a jailbroken Firestick?

Yes, you can buy a jailbroken Firestick but I strongly suggest not doing so.  With this hobby, it is important that users learn to keep their device updated themselves and functioning properly.

Most people who purchase jailbroken Firesticks wonder why their device stops working after a few months or sometimes weeks.  It is because they didn’t configure it themselves and they have no idea of how things work.

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Kodi 18.0 is currently out on aptoide tv

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I have a Fire Stick that had been reprogrammed with KODI but was mistakenly reset. I have tried to install Downloader but when I try to install I receive a purchase message no matter how often I repeat the process of jail breaking, WHY

Troy
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Hello, the purchase message means that you don’t have a credit card on file in your Amazon account. You need to do this even to install the free apps such as Downloader.

Carole Johnston
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Carole Johnston

Hi Troy, is there a way I can pick up uk football and rugby please? Thanks

Troy
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Troy

Hi Carole, IPTV is your best bet – https://troypoint.com/iptv/

Jesus Escamilla
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Jesus Escamilla

What’s the best app to stream live sports

Troy
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Troy

Hello, you need to use an IPTV service for reliable live channels – https://troypoint.com/iptv/

Doug Carder
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Doug Carder

Hi Troy is there any way to make you tube live tv work with fire boxes or shield?

Lisa
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Lisa

Hi Troy, When I went to applications to turn off the data sharing, the option wasn’t there. I was able to do it in my preferences. Does this mean I am being monitored?

Troy
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Troy

Hi Lisa, see my screenshot tutorial above. Amazon changed the menu items in one of their recent updates so it doesn’t match what I have in video but the settings are still there. Under “Preferences”.

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Jail breaking works fine on my new 4K firestick here in Australia but I’ve seemed to have lost access to prime video. It gives a 5055 error and if I reset to factory and start with prime video first it says the app is now unavailable? I removed it and tried to search for it but no joy. Strange thing is even the apps are now limited and only showing Japanese sponsor banners on the Videos and Movies tab at the top. Even Alexa (4K version) on the remote is now no longer working. So another factory reset and still… Read more »

Troy
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Troy

This isn’t due to jailbreaking. More than likely you are seeing this when your VPN is on. Turn off your VPN and Prime will work. Some paid services now block access to VPNs.

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Hey troy I’m having a problem downloading Kodi on the fire stick. Its says downloading but is says error: unknown host

Troy
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Troy

Hi Erick, see this – https://troypoint.com/unknown-error-occurred-check-url-connection/ If that doesn’t fix it that means there is something wrong with your Internet. Unplug your router and cable modem for a few minutes from power and plug back in. Do the same with your Fire TV Stick/Fire TV.

Jhon
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Jhon

I have my vpn going and I still can’t get movies to go on durex? Any clue what it may be?

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Can i get all live nfl games with jailbroken firestick gen 2