Do you know- Firestick Jailbreaking can save your monthly subscription charges. It's quite an easy process. I'll explain everything in detail.
This guide can save a minimum of $100 for sure. I'm writing the complete process to jailbreak Fire TV Stick (2nd & 3rd gen) and Fire TV Cube.
In this tutorial post, I'm going to show you the step-by-step process to jailbreak a firestick. Recently, I've got many queries on my email that- how to jailbreak a firestick?
I've answered everything in detail… Keep reading this guide…
Once you jailbreak your firestick, you can watch free movies, tv shows, live tv, sports, news, trending videos, etc… Even, if you having a Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Pendant; the same process is applicable for all the devices. It means you don't need to look for another Amazon Fire TV jailbreaking tutorial for other media streaming devices.
Can we really jailbreak a firestick?
Amazon Firestick is an incredibly popular cord-cutter device that supplies all the entertainment needs on user demand. It has gained insane popularity in the past three years. Fire TV Stick (formally Firestick) is an Android-oriented operating system specially designed for TV and wider screen devices. It's not purely Android OS but, supports almost all Android apps.
The 2nd generation Fire TV Stick aka Firestick is powered by Fire OS 5 which is equivalent to Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) while the 3rd generation Fire TV Stick (supports 4K+HDR) is based on Fire OS 6 which is equivalent to Android 7.1.2 (Nougat).
Now, a question is arising- can we jailbreak a firestick? And my answer to this- Yes we can jailbreak a firestick without a PC. Since Firestick is running over the Android operating system, means there endless methods to customize things by doing some tweaks.
Just we need to download some necessary apps to jailbreak a firestick. Now, you may ask- is firestick jailbreaking illegal? Here in this guide, we are going to talk about that in detail. But, before proceeding, we need to understand, what is firestick jailbreaking?
What is firestick jailbreaking?
When the first-generation Fire TV Stick released in 2014, Amazon took strong action against the applications which provide free and low-cost streaming content. Amazon removed many movie applications from their App store which provides free movie streaming content. Just after a year (2015), Kodi was also removed from the Amazon app store.
Undoubtedly, Kodi is a world popular media streaming application that provides a bunch of free movies and tv shows via their official as well as unofficial add-ons. It was a big shocking situation for Kodi lovers because a source of free movies and tv shows has gone from the app store.
After that, people started looking for firestick jailbreaking methods to install Kodi and other similar applications that provides low cost and free streaming options. Since Fire OS is an Android-based operating system, hence it brings an option to sideload Kodi and other free movie applications on firestick by jailbreaking Fire OS. The process of sideloading some popular free streaming apps are known as firestick jailbreaking.
In simple words- “Jailbreaking firestick is the process of removing restrictions imposed by Amazon to allow firestick to install unauthorized apps“. Once you bypass the restrictions, you can sideload applications and software from external sources.
How to jailbreak a Firestick?
You probably found some websites are selling jailbroken firesticks and charging almost double the price of a Firestick. Here, I'll show you how to jailbreak firestick in just a few minutes. This way, you can save your money which you decided to buy a jailbroken firestick.
Follow these steps-
Step- 1: Go to Firestick Home screen
First and foremost, press the “Home” button on your Firestick remote to jump on the Firestick home screen directly.
Step- 2: Go to Settings
By default, Amazon implemented many restrictions on a brand new Firestick but Fire OS is a customized version of Android. Hence, we have the freedom to tweaks and modify the default setting. Before jumping to the jailbreaking method of Firestick, we need to do little changes. Using the right-side button of the Alexa remote, jump to the “Settings” option.
Step- 3: Select Preferences
Here, you'll find an option “Preferences” inside your Firestick settings. Scroll your remote there and press the “Select” button.
Step- 4: Choose Privacy Settings
Here we need to modify some default settings so that we are able to jailbreak it. Using your Fire TV remote, select the “Privacy Settings” option.
Step- 5: Disable Device Usage Data
Amazon collecting anonymous data of Firestick users to improve their software and other product improvements. Turning OFF this option prevents developers to collect your data. However, it's not a completely safe method to keep your activities anonymous. I strongly recommend you to use a VPN on your Firestick to play safe and stay secure.
Step- 6: Select Turn OFF
Ignore any warning/notification. Select the “Turn OFF” button before jumping over Fire TV Jailbreaking steps.
Step- 7: Disable Collect App Usage Data
Here is another option you need to disable before jailbreak a brand new firestick. Turn OFF the “Collect App Usage Data” option on your Fire TV.
Step- 8: Turn OFF App Usage Data
Step- 9: Ensure Device Usage Data and App Usage Data are disabled
Here you have to cross-verify that, both “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data” options are turned OFF. Check the image below for reference purposes.
Step- 10: Select Data Monitoring
Press the back button on your remote and select the “Data Monitoring” option.
Step- 11: Turn OFF Data Monitoring
Turn OFF Data Monitoring option on your Fire TV Stick.
Step- 12: Ensure Data Monitoring disabled
This is the last step of preparation. Now, we will jump to the Fire TV Stick Jailbreaking process and install Kodi on Firestick. Ensures Data Monitoring option is set to OFF mode.
Step- 13: Back to Firestick Home
Press the Home button on your Firestick Remote to jump over Firestick Home. Here we again go inside the Firestick settings to jailbreak it.
Step- 14: Go to Settings
Step- 15: Select My Fire TV
Using your Firestick remote, scroll right and select “My Fire TV” option.
Step- 16: Go to Developer Options
Step- 17: Select Apps from Unknown Sources
Step- 18: Allow Apps from Unknown Sources
Allow Apps from Unknown Sources will remove the restrictions by Amazon. Now, your Firestick is completely jailbroken. You can install any apps on your Firestick which are not available on Amazon App Store.
But… Hold ON…
We are going to jailbreak Fire TV Stick with Kodi in the next steps. Follow them carefully…
Step- 19: Install Downloader on Firestick
Downloader by AFTV News is an extremely popular download manager app for Firestick. It provides fast downloading and direct installation of APK files on a Fire TV Stick.
Downloader for Firestick (AFTV News) is not available on the App store. Hence, you need to perform some additional steps to install Downloader App on Fire TV Stick.
The process is quite long, but I've written a separate guide on- How to Install Downloader (AFTV News) on Firestick.
It's a one-time installation process… But, it worth installing. Read the above guide.
Step- 20: Open Downloader
Go to Your Apps & Channels list and open the Downloader app.
Step- 21: Go to Settings
Step- 23: Select Yes
Step- 24: Go to Home
Step- 25: Enter download address
Now, here you have to type https://www.firetvtricks.com/kapk and select “Go“. A file will start downloading. Check the below image.
Step- 26: Wait…
As soon as you hit the go button, a file will automatically start downloading. The file size is 86.8MB and it'll take a couple of seconds to finish the download.
Step- 27: Select Install
Here, your Firestick is almost ready to install Kodi. Just select the “Install” option to begin the installation process.
Step- 28: Wait… Kodi is installing
The file size is about 86MB and it will take around 20-30 seconds to install. The time is dependent on your Fire TV Stick configuration. So, wait until the installation process gets finished.
Step- 29: Select Done
Boom! Kodi Apk has been installed on your Firestick. Now, you can install any good Kodi addon to enjoy free streaming on your Firestick. Select “Done“.
There is nothing many tedious steps in Firestick jailbreaking. Basically, Firestick Jailbreaking is a process of installing free streaming applications like Kodi, Cinema HD, Titanium TV, Showbox, Tea TV, Morph TV, Bee TV, and other apps on Fire TV Stick. Now, many people are asking that- Is Firestick Jailbreaking Legal?
So, there is no straightforward answer to this…
If you Jailbreak Firestick with Kodi and use official add-ons (copyright-free content) to stream licensed videos, movies, tv shows (for example Netflix, YouTube, Prime Videos, etc.) then Firestick Jailbreaking is legal. However, it's strongly recommended to use a VPN before streaming anything on Kodi.
Many apps like Terrarium TV, Titanium TV, Cinema HD, Showbox, etc. are providing copyrighted content. Now, here it's illegal and anytime you'll receive a legal notice against piracy.
In short, Jailbreaking Firestick is not an illegal activity if you not violate any copyright policy.