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This article will teach you how to Jailbreak a Firestick.
How to Jailbreak Firestick Quick Steps
- Install Downloader app through Amazon App Store.
- Turn on unknown sources under settings.
- Sideload new app store called Aptoide.
- Sideload Kodi media center.
- Install 3rd party Kodi addons, streaming apks, games, and more.
The guide below will provide important details pertaining to the five quick steps listed above.
By doing this, you will have access to thousands of free movies, TV shows, sports, live channels, games, 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 Fire TV Stick 4K which was released on October 31st, 2018.
This tutorial also works with the new Fire TV Stick Lite and 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick, which were released in September 2020.
The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular IPTV Box and Streaming Device available today due to its low price and simple jailbreak process.
What is Jailbreaking an Amazon Firestick?
Jailbreaking a Firestick 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 hence the title of 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 an Amazon Firestick!
Once we have jailbroken the Firestick, we can sideload 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, we have you covered.
Below are some retail stores that may carry this device.
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.
We 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 or check out our article below for more options.
Or, if you are looking for a completely hands-free experience, you may want to consider jailbreaking the Amazon Fire TV Cube.
The Fire TV Cube has the same capabilities as the Firestick but with some added features.
This includes a built-in speaker, 16 GB of storage, and far-field voice control.
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Jailbreak Firestick Instructions
Below, you will find both a video tutorial and a 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.
Below, you will find a screenshot guide on how to Jailbreak Firestick for both the new and old interface.
Screenshot Guide – New Fire TV Interface
If you are using a Fire TV Stick Lite, 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick, or 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube, follow the steps below for jailbreaking your device.
NOTE: Not all devices will have this interface as it is slowly rolling out to Firesticks and Fire TVs.
1. From the home screen of your device, hover over the Find option.
2. Click Search.
3. Search for and select Downloader.
4. Choose the Downloader app.
5. Click Download.
6. Wait for the app to install.
7. You will then encounter Downloader Ready to launch message.
8. Return to the home screen and open Settings.
9. Click My Fire TV.
10. Choose Developer options.
11. Click Install unknown apps.
12. Find the Downloader app and click it.
13. This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. This will enable side-loading or “jailbreaking” abilities on your device.
Screenshot Guide – Old Fire TV Interface
The following screenshot tutorial will take you through the simple steps necessary of how to jailbreak Firestick.
This first set of instructions are for those using the old Fire TV interface.
This includes the Amazon Firestick 4K, Fire TV Televisions, 1st gen Fire TV Cube, and older models of the Amazon Firestick.
If using a Fire TV Stick Lite, 3rd Gen Firestick, or 2nd gen Fire TV Cube, refer to the instructions for the new interface that follows.
The first thing we will do is install an application called Downloader and enable unknown sources.
1. From your home screen, find the search icon and type Downloader.
2. Click on the Downloader icon.
3. Click Download.
4. Wait for the app installed message. Click Open or Launch now.
5. Choose Allow.
6. Click OK.
7. You are now on the main screen of Downloader, return back to your device’s home screen.
8. From the home screen of your device, hover over Settings.
9. Within the Settings menu scroll to the right and choose My Fire TV.
10. Click Developer Options.
11. Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
Important Note: For those using the Firestick Lite, 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick, or 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube, click Install unknown Apps.
12. Find and click Downloader. You will notice it says “ON” which will enable unknown sources for app installation.
That’s it! After you jailbreak Firestick, you can now side-load hundreds of 3rd party apps using Downloader on your streaming device.
You can check out our list of Best Downloader Codes for quick installation of popular 3rd party apps.
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 that will provide access to thousands of apps not available within the Amazon App Store.
I will also provide suggestions on which applications you should install onto your jailbroken Fire TV Stick so you can enjoy free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, and much more.
NOTE: All applications in our Rapid App Installer have been scanned by VirusTotal and are completely virus-free.
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.
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 with 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.
Once the Downloader app is installed, we will then install a Google Play Alternative App Store called Aptoide TV.
This 3rd party app store has thousands of applications not available within the Amazon App Store. This is when the fun begins!
Follow the steps below to install this Alternative App Store on your Firestick/Fire TV.
1. Open the Downloader app.
2. Click Allow.
3. Click OK.
4. Click the Browser tab on the left menu.
5. Click the URL bar and type in the following address https://tv.aptoide.com/ and then click the Go button
- Note: This app is hosted at tv.aptoide.com
6. Scroll down and click Download Aptoide TV.
7. Wait for Aptoide TV to download.
8. Click Install.
9. Click Done.
10. A pop-up window will appear, click the Delete button. This is necessary to free up your Firestick’s or Fire TV’s storage space.
11. Confirm by selecting the Delete button again on the screen.
12. Locate and select Aptoide TV from your Apps & Channels list.
13. Launch Aptoide TV.
14. Click OK.
15. Click Allow.
16. You will now have access to Aptoide TV on your Firestick/Fire TV.
Although Aptoide TV is an excellent app, it may not have the most recent stable version of Kodi which is 19.1.
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.
If you are new to Kodi, we have you covered. The in-depth guide below will explain everything you need to know about this software and how to get the most out of it.
Use the following instructions to install Kodi on a Firestick/Fire TV:
Step 1 – Open the Downloader app
Step 2 – Click the OK button on the remote to open the keyboard and type in the address for Kodi 19.1 which is troypoint.com/kodistable.
Click the Go button after typing in the address and Kodi download will begin.
Step 3 – Click Install on the Kodi setup page.
Step 4 – Click Done once Kodi has been installed.
Step 5 – Click Delete to discard the Kodi 19.1 installation file as this will free up valuable space on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube.
Step 6 – Click Delete again.
Step 7 – Launch Kodi and click the continue button.
Step 8 – Click Allow.
Step 9 – Wait a few seconds for Kodi to load.
Step 10 – You are now presented with Kodi 19.1 Matrix home screen on Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube.
That’s it! You have installed Kodi 19.1 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.
Luckily, we 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.
Or, you can check out the following popular TROYPOINT Kodi Guides that stay constantly updated with the best add-ons and builds for your streaming enjoyment:
One of the most popular Kodi addons that have been around for years is The Crew.
Installing The Crew is a fabulous way to get access to Movies and TV Shows for streaming.
Follow the instructions below to install The Crew and get streaming!
How to Install The Crew Kodi Addon
- Launch Kodi
- Click the settings icon
- Click System
- Hover over Add-ons menu item and turn on Unknown sources if not already on
- Click back on remote to go back to the System page
- Select File Manager
- Click Add source
- Click <None>
- Type the following URL exactly how it is listed here – https://team-crew.github.io and click OK
- Highlight the box under the source that you just typed in and enter a name for this media source, type “crew” or any other name you would like to identify this source as, and click OK
- Click your back button on the remote or keyboard until you are back on the System screen
- Choose Add-ons
- Click Install from zip file
- Choose “crew” or another name you assigned the media source in the previous step
- Click repository.thecrew-0.0.1.zip
- Wait for The Crew Add-on installed message to appear
- Click Install From Repository
- Choose The Crew
- Click Video Add-Ons
- Choose The Crew
- Click Install
- Kodi will then prompt the message below stating “The following additional add-ons will be installed”, Click OK
- Wait for The Crew Add-on installed message to appear
- Choose if you want to execute the setup wizard when the popup appears, I chose No
- Click the back button until you return to the home screen, then scroll down and click Add-ons
- Scroll over and select The Crew add-on
Installation of The Crew Kodi Addon is now complete. Enjoy!
With Kodi and other addons or builds installed on your device, it is important to make sure you protect yourself when using this software.
The best way to do so is by installing a VPN on your Firestick. A VPN will encrypt your IP address making your online activity completely anonymous.
TROYPOINT suggests using IPVanish for your VPN needs due to its blazing fast Download Speeds and easy-to-use application.
IPVanish is the Best VPN for Streaming and works fabulously on the Amazon Firestick.
Jailbreak Firestick Apps for On-Demand Movies & TV Shows
Kodi (already installed via instructions above)
Undoubtedly, 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:
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 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 known for its large amount of media sources that provide 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 its spot at the front of the line.
As of now, this is the most popular streaming application available for the Fire TV Stick and Fire TV.
Ad-Free Cinema HD
One of the biggest complaints regarding Cinema HD is the overabundance of ads.
Learn how to install the ad-free version of Cinema HD via the guide below.
Follow the screenshot guide below to install Cinema APK on your Firestick/Fire TV:
1. Launch Downloader and type the following URL exactly as shown here and click Go: cinemaapk.com
- This app is hosted at cinemaapk.com.
NOTE: This can also be installed using the following Downloader code – 28009
2. Scroll down and click Download Now.
3. Wait for the file download to finish
4. Click Install
5. Click Done
6. You will next be prompted to delete the temporary file. Click Delete
7. Click Delete again
That’s it! You can now access Cinema APK from your Applications tab.
For complete installation instructions and details regarding the Cinema APK app, use the guide below:
There are several reasons why Firestick users love Stremio. This app is a little different than most as it requires signing up for service.
However, users can sign up anonymously and use a VPN to enjoy flawless streaming with this app. Because the app requires registration, your content will sync across all streaming devices and be accessible on any platform.
Stremio offers add-ons similar to Kodi that users can install for Movies, TV Shows, and more. The best addon available is a torrent addon so be sure to have your VPN on when using this app.
TeaTV is a very popular Firestick app that has been around for quite some time. This app provides a great selection of free Movies and TV Shows for streaming.
TeaTV has also recently updated to version 10.0 and is working great again!
TeaTV includes all the “bells and whistles” of a solid application like many others on this list. This includes integrations for external media players, Real-Debrid, Trakt, Subtitles, Favorites, and more.
For more information on this app and how to install it, refer to our TeaTV tutorial below.
Peacock TV is one of the Best Free TV Apps released by NBC in mid-2020.
This service features free movies, TV shows, live channels, NBC original programming, and other content.
In addition to the free plan, Peacock TV users have the choice of upgrading to Peacock Premium or Peacock Premium Plus.
For more information on this app and how to install it, check out our Peacock TV guide below.
Syncler is an excellent streaming application that is gaining popularity among those jailbreaking their Firestick.
This app appears to be a fork of the once-popular TVZion and works similar to Kodi or Stremio.
In order to access movies and TV shows, you must install outside add-ons/providers and also have Real-Debrid.
Syncler is also on our list of Best Firestick Channels.
View our Syncler tutorial for more details and instructions.
Many are familiar with Vudu, however, the only way to access this popular service on a Firestick is by sideloading.
Vudu is an online video on demand (VOD) streaming service that offers thousands of movies and TV shows. This includes hundreds of free titles!
Instead of paying a monthly fee, with Vudu, you can pay for Movies or TV Shows individually for renting or owning.
Refer to our Vudu on Firestick tutorial for more information and instructions.
You may have heard of Morpheus TV from a few years ago, and this streaming app is now back!
This updated version of Morpheus TV has a slick interface and provides integrations for Real-Debrid and Trakt users.
Check out our tutorial for more details and instructions on installing Morpheus TV.
Smart YouTube TV
Are you tired of seeing ads on YouTube? Look no further than the Smart YouTube TV application!
This streaming app provides ad-free playback for all of your favorite YouTube videos on any jailbroken Firestick/Fire TV.
This APK features an identical layout to the official YouTube app and has all of the most popular categories.
Check out our tutorial below for more information on Smart YouTube TV and how to install this app on the Firestick/Fire TV.
Viva TV is an excellent streaming app that is gaining popularity among Firestick/Fire TV users. Currently, it is working great with tons of high-quality links in 4k and 1080p quality.
Viva TV also has great Real-Debrid and Trakt capabilities as well as subtitles, external video players, and more.
Check out our Viva TV tutorial below for more information and how to install the app.
For a complete list that is always updated with the best streaming apps, TROYPOINT suggests the Best APK’s List.
Note: If you are looking for the direct sources that these APKs populate streaming links from, I suggest viewing our lists below.
- Best Free Movie Websites
- Putlocker Alternatives
- CouchTuner Alternatives
- Project Free TV Alternatives
Also if you are a fan of anime/cartoon content, you will want to visit our guides below.
Apps for Live TV
Using one or more of the apps above will allow you access to free Movies and TV Shows. However, this is not the only content users can enjoy with a jailbroken Firestick.
We can easily install apps to stream Live TV as well, oftentimes for just a small monthly fee.
By installing an IPTV Service (Internet Protocol Television), users will have access to their favorite channels found in cable and satellite packages.
This is a great way to eliminate cable and cut the cord entirely!
This is especially popular among sports fans looking to watch their favorite teams. Check out the guides below for more details on streaming live sports.
For everything else, IPTV, check out our resource pages below.
Users can also install a Free IPTV service or application on a Firestick or Fire TV. However, these often buffer and are not as reliable as a paid IPTV Service.
Many are familiar with Mobdro, however, this free IPTV app was recently shut down. See our article below for more information and the best alternatives.
Many Firestick users that stream unverified IPTV services/apps on their devices also run a VPN for IPTV.
Apps for Miscellaneous Utilities
Mouse Toggle for Firestick & Fire TV
Some of the applications 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.
MX Player for Firestick & Fire TV
MX Player is an external video player that can easily be installed within your favorite app. When using many of these free streaming apps on a Firestick, you will find most of the default video players don’t always work the best.
Oftentimes, using MX Player will result in little to no buffering for all your Movie and TV Show selections. This is a must-have application if you are going to jailbreak a Firestick and use the various streaming apps.
Another added bonus of MX Player is its ability to integrate Subtitles. You can refer to our OpenSubtitles Tutorial for more information on that.
Aptoide TV App Store (already installed via instructions above)
One 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 that 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.
For those who wish to browse the internet on their Firestick or Fire TV, this can easily be done.
In the past, users had to side-load a Browser such as Chrome or Firefox to use the internet. However, there are a few options for Browsers now available in the Amazon App Store.
TROYPOINT suggests the Silk Browser created by Amazon. Its interface was designed to work with the Firestick and Fire TV and is a great all-around Browser.
Speed Test for Firestick & Fire TV
Many users often have buffering problems with their Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and one of the first things that should be checked is the download speed on the device.
Many Firestick users also connect a Firestick Ethernet Adapter for a more reliable and faster connection.
Check out our detailed guide below where we show how to install Analiti and test speeds on the Firestick/Fire TV.
TROYPOINT does not verify the legality or security 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, app developers, and hackers may log what you are accessing online if you aren’t connecting through a VPN.
In addition, some of the apps that you would want to download are restricted by the Amazon App Store since they are unverified apps.
However, you can side-load them into your device without using the official app-distribution method with the help of a VPN for Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube.
I use IPVanish on all of my streaming devices and I suggest that you do the same.
VPN Kill Switch Alternative
Knowing when your VPN disconnects is crucial, especially when streaming with APKs or Kodi Add-ons.
Many VPN apps don’t provide a kill switch or they don’t work properly and this is the next best thing!
This VPN Kill Switch Alternative app is called “VPN Safety Dot” and can be installed on the Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Android TV Boxes.
With this app installed, users will always know when their connection is safe via VPN.
This is a great tool in granting peace of mind whenever streaming on your device. Use the link below to install this VPN Kill Switch Alternative on your preferred device:
Scan your Firestick for Viruses & Malware
It’s very important to ensure that the apps within your Firestick are virus/malware-free. That’s where VirusTotal comes in handy.
VirusTotal is an application that allows users the ability to scan any file up to 550 MB for free via their online portal.
This usually takes only a few seconds and you will know whether or not the file contains any malware or not.
Using VirusTotal will ensure any files you use on your Firestick are virus-free and malware-free.
For more information on VirusTotal and how to use the application, refer to our tutorial below.
Because of its side-loading capabilities, the Firestick is able to be used for other activities such as gaming.
With the help of 3rd party application, you can easily turn your Fire TV device into an old-school gaming console.
This will allow you to emulate popular gaming systems such as GameBoy, Atari, Nintendo, PlayStation, and more.
Users can play all their favorite games from different consoles in one location.
Happy Chick is a game emulator that works on nearly any device imaginable including the Amazon Firestick.
It features all the popular games such as Mario Kart, Pokemon, and more. Best of all, Android phone users can simply download a virtual controller app and play it on your television!
You can dive deeper into retro gaming by installing RetroArch along with a USB drive for maximum storage!
In addition to streaming Movies/TV Shows and gaming, the Firestick is also a great source for music apps.
There are hundreds of music apps available for your Firestick/Fire TV.
Music apps on the Firestick allow you to stream music for free, play songs for offline playback, create your own music and even play music-based games.
Some of the best Firestick music apps include Google Play Music, Poweramp, Fildo Music, MusVid, Soundcamp, Tidal Music, and many more.
For more information on these music apps and how to install them on your Firestick, see our guide below.
Although we have covered several of the best Firestick apps available, be sure to check out our popular guide below for even more great Firestick apps.
Installing and using some of the applications above may take up valuable space on your Firestick device.
With only 8 GB of storage on the Fire TV Stick 4k, users often run out of space which will slow down your device.
Luckily, there is a storage “hack” that Firestick users can implement that will increase internal storage.
This isn’t the only “hack” or trick that Firestick owners can take advantage of to get the most out of their device.
There are tons of hidden settings and features that can be tweaked or adjusted for faster streaming, easier usability, and much more.
TROYPOINT has created a list of tips and tricks that will enhance your streaming experience completely.
While streaming apps and APKs are a fabulous way to get on-demand content, you may sometimes encounter buffering.
One way to ensure a no-buffering experience is by using a Media Server such as Plex with your Firestick or Fire TV.
Plex allows users the ability to download content such as Movies, TV Shows, Home Videos, Pictures and more.
You can then access these files via a server-client app on tons of devices including Firestick and Fire TV.
We have created an in-depth resource guide that will tell you everything you need to know about Plex and how to set it up on your Firestick.
Update Your Firestick Interface
If you are not a fan of the UI (User Interface) that is provided on Firestick devices, you can edit this to suit your preferences.
In order to do so, we must sideload a Launcher that will alter the device’s interface.
This is one of the solutions highlighted in our Block Ads on Firestick tutorial.
With this launcher installed, you can upload your own background images, move apps, and more.
One of the main reasons for the Firestick’s popularity is the provided remote that is included with purchasing the device.
With Amazon’s latest upgrade of the Fire TV came an improved remote as well. This device added power control buttons, volume, mute, and more.
However, users of this remote and other versions of the Fire TV or Firestick remote have experienced issues in the past.
That’s why we put together some Firestick remote guides that will help if you experience issues, or looking for remote alternatives.
Check out these Firestick remote articles below for more information.
Reduce Firestick Buffering with Real-Debrid
Real-Debrid is a premium streaming service that will alleviate Firestick buffering for most streaming apps and Kodi addons that serve on-demand content such as Movies and TV Shows.
Real-Debrid is becoming increasingly popular among Firestick users, and I personally wouldn’t bother using these free streaming apps or Kodi addons without it.
This premium service works flawlessly on the most popular streaming apps including Cinema HD.
The same can be said for pairing Real-Debrid with Kodi as well. It works phenomenally with popular addons such as Exodus.
For more information on Real-Debrid and how to sign up for the service, check out the link below.
After several hours of testing, we also narrowed down the best working apps and addons for Real-Debrid users. Check out our article below for that.
For other methods to help reduce buffering, refer to our Firestick buffering tutorial below.
For more jailbreak tutorials, check out the guides below if you own alternative devices.
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Is Jailbreaking a Firestick Legal?
The short answer is Yes, Jailbreaking a firestick is 100% legal. This is a question we receive on a daily basis.
While jailbreaking became a popular term for Android mobile and iOS devices, the process for a Firestick is different.
By enabling Unknown Sources within settings, we are simply allowing for the installation of 3rd party apps that have not been vetted by Amazon.
While installing these apps is not in any way illegal, streaming some of the content within these is.
That is why it is important to only use these applications for Movies and TV Shows that are available in the public domain.
One other thing to note when using these “unverified” applications is that we do not know the developers of these various apps.
This makes using a VPN in conjunction with them extremely important to protect your data and security.
See also, Is Kodi Legal?
History of Jailbreaking 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 of 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 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 which use their own OS (Operating System).
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 that can all be installed onto a jailbroken Firestick.
These Android applications are often referred to as APK’s and can provide users with tons of free content.
TROYPONT has created a Best APK’s list that is constantly updated with the Best APK’s for streaming Movies, TV Shows, and more.
Before learning how to jailbreak Firestick, you must register for a free Amazon account if you haven’t already done so.
You will use your Amazon login credentials when first setting up your Fire TV Stick.
NOTE: If you are a new Firestick owner, make sure to check out the TROYPOINT Firestick Setup Guide which will show you step-by-step how to get started with your device.
Jailbreak Firestick FAQ
What does a jailbroken Amazon Firestick do?
It 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.
Can I jailbreak a Fire TV Stick 4K?
Yes, our method will work on Fire TV Stick 4K, 1st & 2nd Gen Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Televisions.
Is jailbreaking a Firestick illegal?
No. It is not illegal to “jailbreak” a Firestick or Fire TV. However, what you access after you have jailbroken it may be illegal. Always use a VPN as outlined on this page so you can use your Firestick anonymously.
What channels can you get for free with a Firestick?
Due to the thousands of applications available for the Firestick, you can access all channels for free often found on expensive cable or satellite packages. Refer to the IPTV applications mentioned above.
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 outlined above teach how to install and use free services.
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 must also register for a free Amazon account as you are required to log into the device when you first turn it on.
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. Or, perform a complete reset on your device through the settings panel.
Can I sell a jailbroken Firestick?
Due to copyright laws, we 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 issues.
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. Yes, you can buy a jailbroken Firestick but we don’t recommend it. 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.