This guide will teach you how to jailbreak FireStick and install popular streaming apps for free movies, TV shows, Live TV, Sports, and much more. This 2023 jailbreak method demonstrated here also works on FireStick 4K, Fire TV, FireStick Lite, new FireStick Max, and Fire TV Cube.
For an amazing streaming experience, make sure you follow everything step-by-step as shown in this guide.
Amazon FireStick is a trendy streaming device. This simple yet feature-rich device is a low-cost solution to convert any regular TV with HDMI compatibility into a smart TV.
FireStick lets you stream content from various online media and entertainment services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and several TV Networks.
That’s all wonderful. But, there is a significant drawback. You must pay a subscription fee to watch content through these entertainment services. And their subscriptions aren’t cheap. So they can burn a big hole in your pocket.
This is why we jailbreak FireStick. Jailbreaking allows you to get third-party streaming apps that give you free access to all your favorite movies, shows, live TV channels, sports, and more.
Legal Disclaimer: This tutorial is purely educational. FireStickTricks.com doesn’t own, host, operate, resell, or distribute any streaming apps, addons, websites, IPTV or services. The page contains some unverified services, and we are not certain whether they hold legal licenses to distribute the content. FireStickTricks.com does not verify the legality of each app/service in all regions. Do your due diligence if you use any of the unverified apps/services, and stream only content that is available in the public domain. The end-user shall be solely responsible for the media accessed.
What is a FireStick Jailbreak?
Jailbreak is a simple process of unlocking your FireStick and allowing yourself access to the bottomless pool of content on the internet.
When you jailbreak your FireStick, you get past the restrictions placed on your device when you first purchased it.
You can think of the jailbreaking process as bringing down the wall that stands between you and unlimited entertainment. One can modify their FireStick without causing any damage to the device by following a simple process that doesn’t require technical expertise.
Why Do You Jailbreak a FireStick?
The answer to this question is rather simple. You jailbreak your FireStick to enjoy unlimited/free streaming without burning a hole in your pocket. J
ailbreaking brings all the online streaming content within your easy reach. It unlocks the true potential of your FireStick device.
Whether you like to watch movies, TV shows, live TV, sports, or just about anything, jailbreaking makes it possible for you. With a jailbroken FireStick, you have instant access to whatever you want to watch.
You want to jailbreak your Amazon Fire Stick because that makes you a cord-cutter in the true sense.
Is It Safe & Legal to Jailbreak a FireStick?
Let me set your mind at ease: Yes!
Jailbreaking FireStick is both SAFE and LEGAL as long as you are not streaming any copyrighted content.
It is safe because it does not involve making any changes to the system files of your Fire TV operating system. So it is not like hacking an Android mobile or jailbreaking iOS.
You do not need root access to your FireStick operating system for jailbreaking. In addition, you are not manipulating any core-level files. All these things require a certain level of technical expertise. However, as I said, jailbreaking FireStick requires no technical knowledge. I am a layperson, and I could do the jailbreaking within minutes.
When you do the FireStick jailbreak, all you do is get certain third-party apps, which we have talked about later in this guide. These apps are not available on the official app store of Amazon. You do not have to program FireStick in any other way.
As for the legality, jailbreaking is 100% legal. You own the device and are free to do whatever you like with it. You are simply downloading some apps which are already used by millions.
It does not even void the warranty of your device. In fact, Amazon itself allows you to sideload such apps.
However, there is a word of caution for you. Jailbreaking in itself is legal. But, you are installing third-party apps that give you access to unrestricted content. These are not your regular apps from the Amazon App Store.
Do not overstep the legal boundaries by streaming copyrighted content. At FireStickTricks.com, we encourage you to be a good judge of your actions and stream the content available in the public domain.
Also, to safeguard your privacy, always use a VPN (more about it later).
How to Jailbreak FireStick
Although the Amazon Fire Stick jailbreak process isn’t exactly a cakewalk, it’s not some rocket science. So I have broken down the process into easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
Just ensure you follow them exactly as provided, and you will have a jailbroken FireStick within minutes.
You might have seen some fully loaded Firesticks for sale on the internet. Such streaming devices are usually sold at $40-50 above the retail price.
You don’t need to spend those extra bucks when you can do it all by yourself and, like I said, “within minutes.” Moreover, I have seen people facing legal battles for selling jailbroken FireSticks.
Just follow the steps mentioned below, and you’ll easily be able to jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick.
I have successfully run these steps multiple times on 2nd Generation Firestick with Alexa Voice Remote, FireStick 3rd Gen, FireStick 4K, 4K Max, Fire TV Cube, and Firestick Lite. I will also show you how to use Jailbroken FireStick in the later section of this guide. Stay tuned.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
Read: How to Install and Use Best VPN for FireStick
Step 1: Install APK Downloader on FireStick
The app from which we will install all our jailbreak apps is Downloader. And, you can install the Downloader app from the Amazon Store.
So, here is what we will do in this section – Install the Downloader app from Amazon App Store. Let’s get on with it now.
1. Go to the home screen of your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Note: Depending on your Fire TV OS version, your home screen may appear slightly different.
2. Select Find in the middle bar, followed by Search.
3. On the search window, type the app’s name, Downloader. Click Downloader in the search suggestions.
4. Click the Downloader icon on the next screen.
5. Choose Download (or Get) on the next window.
6. Wait for the Downloader app to download and then install it. Then click Open to launch the Downloader app.
7. Dismiss any prompts displayed when you use the Downloader app for the first time. But if it asks you to give it any permissions, ensure you Allow them all.
Later, you will start by clicking the section of the app highlighted in the image below. However, before that, we need to take care of something else. So, jump to the next section.
Step 2: Setting Up FireStick for Jailbreaking
First, you need to tweak a Fire TV Stick / Cube setting to allow the jailbreak process to work.
This native setting is all you need to tweak to get started.
You are NOT changing system settings or manipulating operating system core files.
This jailbreak hack is more straightforward than most people think. You don’t even need a computer. All you need is your FireStick, its remote, and an internet connection.
1. Power on your Amazon Fire TV Stick and wait for this home screen to load up.
Note: The following is the image from the updated FireStick OS. If you have the older version, it will look a little different.
2. Select the gear icon or cog icon in the middle bar (on the far right) to open Settings.
3. Now, choose the option My Fire TV.
4. On the following window, click Developer options.
Now, select Fire TV Stick and click it 7 times to enable Developer Options. If you’re still not sure how to do it, here’s a step-by-step guide to enable developer options.
5. First, switch ON the ADB Debugging.
6. Next, click Install unknown apps. This setting permits you to download apps from outside the Amazon App Store.
Note: On the older Fire TV OS, click Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it ON.
7. Click Downloader and turn it ON.
8. Press the back button on the Amazon Fire TV remote. It will take you back to the Settings window. Open Preferences.
9. Open Privacy Settings.
10. Turn OFF the following options to stop sharing the usage data after you jailbreak Fire Stick in the Privacy Settings:
- Device Usage Data
- Collect App Usage Data
11. Press the back button one time. You should now be back in the Preferences window. Click Data Usage Monitoring.
12. Now, turn OFF the Data Usage Monitoring setting on the next screen.
Step 3: Jailbreak Firestick
The first jailbreak app we are going to install is called Kodi. If you are unaware, Kodi is a media application that gives you access to the vast world of free entertainment.
It lets you watch your favorite movies, TV shows, TV channels, sports, kids’ content, and much more. Yes, you can stream anything you want. All you need is the right Kodi addons and builds.
We will jailbreak Fire Stick with Kodi using the Downloader app you just downloaded from the Amazon App Store.
Here are the steps:
1. Open Downloader. Click the URL text box as highlighted in the image below.
2. When this window is displayed, enter firesticktricks.com/kapk and click Go.
3. Wait for the Downloader app to download the latest Kodi APK file.
4. Now, we need to install Kodi. Select Install and click it.
5. Wait for the Kodi APK to install.
6. An App Installed notification will confirm that Kodi has been installed on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Great! Your FireStick is now jailbroken. Click OPEN to run Kodi.
If you want to open Kodi later, click DONE. You may open it later from the Your Apps & Channels list.
7. Kodi will take a minute to open if it is the first time. That’s normal. This is how the Kodi home screen looks.
Wondering what to do next? Kodi is a clean slate for now, with nothing to play. To learn how to use a jailbroken FireStick, keep reading.
How to Use Jailbroken FireStick
Now that you have jailbroken your Fire TV Stick, it is time you knew how to make the maximum out of your device.
However, before you start using your jailbroken Fire Stick, I want to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi or other streaming apps is visible to your ISP and Government.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick.
A VPN helps bypass online surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is Kodi-friendly and straightforward to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to distinguish between a legit and illegal source.
So, before using your jailbroken Fire Stick, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. This means you can use it freely for the first 30-days, and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Turn your Fire TV Stick on and Click Find, followed by Search.
Step 3: Now type Expressvpn in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it appears in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app for Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign In.
Step 6: Click the power button to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
Now that your Firestick is using a secured connection, it is time to start using your jailbroken FireStick / Fire TV Cube / Firestick 4K.
Even though you have installed Kodi, the FireStick jailbreak process is not yet complete. So installing the Kodi media player is just the start. We now need to learn how to use Kodi to stream free movies, shows, live TV, and more.
What you need to do now is install Kodi add-ons or builds.
- Kodi Addons: Follow our list of Best Addons for Kodi to start streaming on a jailbroken FireStick.
- Kodi Builds: Enhance your streaming experience with exciting Kodi Builds that provide interactive UI and preinstalled addons.
How to Jailbreak a FireStick (YouTube Video)
How to Jailbreak Fire Stick (ES File Explorer method)
You DO NOT NEED to follow this if you have already jailbroken your Firestick with the above-given method. However, if the Downloader app is unavailable in your region, you can use ES File Explorer to jailbreak FireStick.
Please note that sideloading is no longer available for free with ES File Explorer. Instead, you need a paid subscription that costs $9.99 every month. The app also offers a free 7-day trial.
Follow the steps below to jailbreak your Firestick:
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV.
- Open Developer Options.
- Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
- Go back to the Settings page.
- Open Preferences > Privacy Settings.
- Disable Device Usage Data.
- Disable Collect App Usage Data.
- Go to the home screen of your Fire Stick.
- Select the Search tool in the top-left corner.
- Type ES File Explorer using the Remote of your FireStick/ Fire TV/ Fire TV Cube.
- Click ES File Explorer when it shows up in the search results.
- Click Download.
- Wait while ES File Explorer is downloaded and installed.
- Click Open to run the ES File Explorer app.
- On the right part of the ES File Explorer, select and click the icon Downloader.
- Click +New at the bottom.
- Enter the URL https://www.firesticktricks.com/kapk in the Path field. Then, enter a name in the Name field.
- Click Download Now.
- When the Kodi APK file has been downloaded, click Open file.
- Click Install on the following prompt.
- Scroll down to the bottom right of the next window and click Install again.
- You will see the App installed notification soon. Great! You have a jailbroken Firestick now.
Best Jailbreak Apps for FireStick
Kodi is one great way to jailbreak FireStick. But it is not the only way. There are some fantastic apps you can install and start watching your favorite content in no time. You would like to explore our list of best jailbroken apps for FireStick. This list contains both official and unofficial apps. Also, here are some official free apps you can download from Amazon Store to watch movies, shows, live TV, and more:
Bonus Tip – Get an IPTV for FireStick
While your jailbroken FireStick/Fire Stick 4K gives you access to many free options to stream Live TV, there are some cost-effective, premium IPTV services you can use for a better streaming experience. The premium IPTV services are more reliable than their free counterparts. However, compared to the regular cable-TV subscription, they only cost a fraction. You can explore our complete list of premium IPTV services here, along with step-by-step installation guides.
Frequently Asked Questions
Jailbreaking is an entirely FREE process. While jailbreaking a Firestick, you sideload certain apps that give you access to unlimited movies, shows, live TV, etc., at no cost.
Jailbreaking FireStick simply means installing certain third-party streaming apps onto your device as if it’s just another day. Jailbreaking does not require any system-level changes. It also does not require any special technical knowledge. Just a basic understanding of how to sideload apps on FireStick is enough.
Jailbroken FireStick gives you unrestricted access to free content. However, you need to tread carefully.At FireStickTricks.com, we always advise our users to stream the content in the public domain and be a good judge of their actions. However, at the same time, we also advocate your right to privacy. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you always use a VPN with your jailbroken device.
You can watch almost anything you want if you have the right apps for jailbroken FireStick. Once you jailbreak FireStick, you remove all the restrictions and get access to movies, shows, live TV, sports, documentaries, and a whole lot more.
The jailbroken FireStick gives you access to the endless pool of media (including movies, shows, live Tv, and a lot more) available on the internet. By jailbreaking your streaming device, you end the limitations imposed by the manufacturer. After jailbreaking, you can install third-party apps like Kodi. In addition, Jailbroken FireStick helps you save money.
Technically speaking, what I demonstrated in this guide is not truly a jailbreak. The jailbreaking process requires tweaking an operating system and gaining access to the root files. What you did here is simply installed a few apps onto your FireStick. This means our jailbreak process is 100% risk-free.
You do not lose or void the FireStick warranty, as all you are doing is installing an app and not making any changes to the device software or hardware.
Any channel you want! After jailbreaking FireStick, you will have access to tons of third-party apps and channels. However, you can also continue using the official channels available via the Amazon Store. In addition, you may want to explore our list of best FireStick channels.
Ideally, it does not. Kodi is a lightweight application, and it does not have any significant or noticeable impact on the performance of FireStick. However, Fire TV Stick storage is limited, and if a lot of space has already been taken up, you may experience performance issues. Therefore, it would be a good idea to clear FireStick storage of all the clutter and unnecessary files. For instance, if you have installed any third-party apps on FireStick, delete the APK files to clear up space.
The Fire TV line of devices – including FireStick Lite, FireStick Max, FireStick 4K, and Fire TV Cube – are essentially the same. Therefore, the jailbreaking method we have provided in this post works just as well for FireStick 4K as it does for any other Fire TV device. You don’t need to do anything differently. I successfully followed the same jailbreaking steps on all Fire TV devices. Therefore, you can do the same. However, if you do get stuck with a unique problem, reach out to us via the comments section below. We will try to provide the best possible help.
You need an Amazon account to set up your FireStick the first time you use it. Therefore, you can jailbreak FireStick only once you have set it up.Unfortunately, there is no way to set up the device without an Amazon account. Hence, there is no way to jailbreak the device without the Amazon Account.
I am highly against buying a pre-jailbroken device. It is best to buy the original FireStick and use it straight out of the box. Those who sell you the jailbroken FireStick / Fire TV / Cube may have tampered with your software or hardware in other ways too. Moreover, there are many known instances where sellers of jailbroken FireStick are facing legal charges.
So, now you know how to jailbreak a FireStick and how FireSticks work after they are jailbroken. The jailbreak process involves the installation of FireStick jailbreak apps. Once you have done that, you may want to elevate your entertainment experience to the next level. That you can do with the best FireStick apps, Kodi Builds, and Kodi Addons.
I jailbreak Amazon FireStick every time I buy a new one. I have been using this jailbreak for years without any hiccups or hassles. So, I am confident it will work great for you too. But should you run into any trouble, feel free to drop us a comment below. I will do my best to take care of your issues.