In this guide, you will learn how to jailbreak FireStick and install popular streaming apps for free movies, TV shows, Live TV, Sports and a lot more. The jailbreak method demonstrated here also works on FireStick 4K, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube.
Amazon FireStick is an incredibly popular 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 a variety of online media and entertainment services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, Hulu, Hotstar, and several TV Networks.
That’s all wonderful. But, there is a major drawback. You must pay a subscription fee in order to watch content through these entertainment services. And, their subscriptions aren’t cheap; they can burn a big hole in your pocket.
This is where FireStick jailbreak comes into the picture. 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. And, yes! jailbreaking a FireStick is totally legal. You have bought the device, you own it and you can do with it whatever you like. However, if you stream pirated content on it, it would be illegal and hence your problem buddy!!!
Disclaimer: We do not encourage or promote streaming copyrighted content. Please be a good just of your actions.
How to Jailbreak FireStick
Although Amazon Fire Stick jailbreak process isn’t exactly a cakewalk, it’s not some rocket science either. I have broken down the process in easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Just make sure you follow the instructions exactly as provided and you will have a jailbroken FireStick within minutes.
You might have seen some Jailbroken FireSticks for sale on the internet. Such devices are usually sold $40-50 above the retail price. You really don’t need to spend those extra bucks for a jailbroken FireStick, 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 closely 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 and FireStick 4K. I will also show you how to use Jailbroken FireStick in the later section of this guide. Stay tuned.
Attention FireStick Users: Read before you continue
Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users' online activities. If found streaming copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick, you could get into serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend you to get a good FireStick VPN and hide your identity so that your movie viewing experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
I use ExpressVPN which is the fastest and most secure VPN in the industry. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon Fire TV Stick. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you don't like their service, you can always ask for a refund. ExpressVPN also has a special deal where you can get 3 months free and save 49% on annual plan.
First, you need to tweak a FireStick setting to allow the jailbreak process to work. This native setting is all you need to tweak to get started. You are NOT infiltrating any system settings or manipulating any operating system core files. This jailbreak hack is simpler than most people think. You don’t even need a computer. All you need is your FireStick, its remote, and an internet connection.
1. Select Settings on the FireStick home-screen using your remote (the menu bar option on the far right on the top)
2. Now select and click My Fire TV (or Device on FireSticks with older software)
3. Open Developer Options on the next screen
4. Now simply enable or switch ON: Apps from Unknown Sources
5. Click Turn on when prompted
This is all you need to do to prep your FireStick for the jailbreak process. Let’s move to the next part.
Step 2: Install ES File Explorer on FireStick
ES File Explorer happens to be a wonderful File Manager application. At the same time, it is also a very handy sideloading tool for Amazon FireStick and other Android devices. This app is free and you can download it within a minute from the Amazon App Store.
You will need ES File Explorer to jailbreak FireStick and install different streaming apps on it. It is absolutely free and you can download it easily from the Amazon App Store.
1. Go to the FireStick home-screen and use your remote to select the Search option (lens icon) in the top-right corner of the display
2. Now search for ES File Explorer using the on-screen keypad. Click ES File Explorer when you see it in the search results
3. Click the ES File Explorer icon on the next screen and Download on the screen that follows
4. Click Open to launch the ES File Explorer app
Step 3: Jailbreak FireStick
Installing Kodi is the last step to jailbreaking FireStick. Kodi is a media application that gives you access to the huge world of free entertainment. It lets you watch your favorite Movies, Shows, TV Channels, Sports, content for Kids and a lot more. Yes, you can stream anything you want. All you need is the right Kodi Addons and Builds.
We will jailbreak FireStick with Kodi using the ES File Explorer app that you just downloaded from the Amazon Store. Here are the steps:
1. Open ES File Explorer. Click the Downloader icon on the right part of the home screen
2. Click +New on the bottom
3. When this window is displayed, enter the following URL where it says Path:
Type Kodi 18 in the Name section (you may also leave this section blank)
Click Download Now
4. Wait for the ES File Explorer app to download the Kodi APK
5. Click Open file
6. Click Install
7. Click Install on the window that appears next
8. Wait for Kodi app to install. It should not take more than a minute or two
9. App Installed notification will confirm that Kodi has been installed on FireStick.
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.
10. Kodi will take a minute to open if it is the first time. That’s normal. This is how the home-screen of Kodi looks like.
Wondering what to do next? Kodi is a clean slate for now with nothing to play. Just keep reading this guide to learn how to use a jailbroken FireStick.
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 would like to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi or other streaming apps is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, Sports) might get you into legal trouble.
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 you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is Kodi friendly and very easy-to-install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of the copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start 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. Meaning, 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 the full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV / Stick and go to “Search” option on the extreme left. Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Download” to install the ExpressVPN app for Fire TV / Stick.
Step 4: Open the app and enter your login credentials which you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”
Step 5: Click the Power icon 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 using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
Now that you are secured, it is time to start using Kodi on your Fire TV/Stick.
As I have already said, Kodi doesn’t host any content of its own. You will need to source the content from outside. One way is to play the media saved on your local storage. However, that’s not where the real worth of Kodi lies. The biggest advantage of Kodi is that it opens the doors to the vast world of free content on the internet.
Our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide for Kodi will help you get started in no time.
Video Add-ons for Kodi
The very first thing you need to start streaming content is a good video addon for Kodi. Addon is the plugin that lets Kodi connect to the media world on the internet and play your favorite content. Kodi cannot do it alone, without a suitable addon. There are literally hundreds of addons out there for Movies, Shows, Live TV/IPTV, Sports, Kids’ Content, and a lot more. Our comprehensive list of best Kodi addons covers the video add-ons in all these categories. Here are some of my personal recommendations:
Unlike the addons, you don’t necessarily need a Kodi build to start watching your favorite content. However, I recommend using builds as they dramatically enhance your overall Kodi experience. One of the biggest benefits of having a build is that it comes with multiple preinstalled addons. You do not need to install them separately. Most builds are preloaded with the popular and working addons. The builds also offer a graphical transformation to the Kodi interface. With the builds, Kodi usually becomes more user-friendly and easier to interact with. Our list of Best Kodi Builds introduces you to the most useful and trending builds. Here are my recommendations:
Video Guide to Jailbreak Amazon FireStick
How to Jailbreak FireStick (via Downloader)
While ES File Explorer is an excellent app, it may not necessarily work for every user. Therefore, I am showing you how to Jailbreak FireStick using the Downloader app. Follow the steps below.
- 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 FireStick
- Select the Search tool in the top-left corner
- Type Downloader using FireStick Remote
- Click Downloader when shows up in the search results
- Click Download
- Wait while Downloader is downloaded and installed
- Click Open to run Downloader app
- On the right part of the Downloader, Click in the URL field
- Enter the URL firesticktricks.com/kapk and Click Go
- When the Kodi APK file has downloaded, click Open file
- Click Install on the next ES Explorer 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 jailbroken FireStick using Downloader
Best Jailbreak Apps for FireStick
Kodi is one great way to jailbreak FireStick. But it is not the only way. There are some FireStick jailbreak apps you can install and start watching your favorite content in no time. Whether you like to stream TV Shows, Flicks, Live TV Channels, Sports, Kids, these apps have it all covered.
Disclaimer: I can’t vouch for the legal status of these apps. Users must NOT use any recommended apps for accessing copyrighted streams. I recommend watching only free content that is available in the Public domain and is free from any copyrights.
I will now introduce you to some of the best jailbreak apps.
Note: To install and use these jailbreak apps, you must set up your FireStick as you did for Kodi. Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options and enable Apps from Unknown Sources
Cinema APK for Movies and TV Shows
Cinema APK is one of the best apps to watch on-demand movies and TV shows on FireStick. This Android app is designed to be completely compatible with FireStick remote. It has a huge database of content, which is regularly updated. You will find the new content within minutes after its release.
Formerly known as HDMovies, Cinema APK gives you plenty of playback options. It uses high-quality scrapers to fetch the best working streams from the internet. You can play the videos in up to 1080 HD resolution. With Real-Debrid integration, the app scrapes even superior quality streams. You can also sign in to your Trakt account within Cinema APK to sync your watchlist, history, etc.
This lightweight app is easy to install. Let me show you how:
1. Open ES File Explorer app and click the Downloader icon on the right
2. Enter the following path: https://www.firesticktricks.com/cinema
Enter cinema or any desired name
Click Download now
3. Click Open file > Install on the next two prompts on ES File Explorer
Click Install on this window
4. Click Done to open the app later or click Open to run it now
Mobdro for Live TV Channels
Mobdro is one of the most preferred apps to watch Live TV on FireStick for free. The app has a comprehensive library of TV channels in various categories including News, Shows, Movies, Sports, Music, Gaming, Animals, Tech, Spiritual and more. There are more than 300 channels from the US, UK, Canada, and other countries to choose from.
The app offers a simple user interface allowing you to easily browse the channels. Mobdro is a lightweight app that works almost flawlessly on FireStick. Mobdro is safe and does not require any signup or registration. It lets you get started immediately. I recommend Mobdro as a must-have app to those who want to watch Live TV channels.
To install Mobdro, follow these steps:
1. On the ES File Explorer app main-screen, click the Downloader icon on the right
2. Type in the following URL: https://www.firesticktricks.com/mob
Enter any name you like
Click Download now
3. Click Open file > Install on the next two prompts on ES File Explorer
Click Install on this window
4. When the installation is complete, click Open and run the app (or Done to use the app later)
Swift Streamz for Sports Channels
Swift Streamz is primarily a Live TV/IPTV app for FireStick. However, after having used several apps, I realized that it has the biggest collection of working Sports channels. Therefore, I personally consider Swift Streamz as the best option to watch Live Sports.
The Sports section of this app features more than 180 channels. A lot of them are from the USA. You will also find plenty of international sports channels from the UK, Canada, Asia and more.
Whether you want to watch Soccer, American Football, WWE, F1, Basketball, Basketball, Golf, Cricket, Swift Streamz has sports channels for you. All you need to do is install the app, go to this Sports TV section and pick your favorite Sports channel.
To install Swift Streamz, follow these steps:
1. Go to the right side of main-screen of the ES File Explorer app and click Downloader icon
2. Enter the following URL: https://www.firesticktricks.com/swift
Enter any name you want (such as ‘swift’)
Click Download now
3. Allow a minute or two for the file to download. Click Open file > Install on the next two prompts on ES File Explorer
Click Install on this window
4. Wait while Swift Streamz installs. Now click Open and run the app (to access the app later, you may click Done)
If you have followed everything that I have shown above, you should be able to stream anything for free, let it be movies, TV shows, Live TV, or sports.
FAQ: Jailbreak FireStick
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding FireStick jailbreak process.
Is it safe to jailbreak FireStick?
Technically speaking, what I demonstrated in this guide is not truly a jailbreak. The real jailbreaking process requires tweaking an OS and gaining access to the root files. What you did here is simply installed a trusted, safe and legal third-party app called Kodi onto your FireStick. This means, our jailbreak process is 100% risk-free.
Do I lose warranty on Amazon FireStick when I Jailbreak it?
You do not lose or void FireStick warranty as all you are doing is installing an app and not making any changes to the device software or hardware.
What can I do with my Jailbroken FireStick?
When you jailbreak FireStick with Kodi, you allow yourself the opportunity to watch free movies and shows. But, for that, you need to install Kodi addons first. Add-ons are easy to install and we have several guides to help you. You can check our list of best Kodi Addons here.
Does Fire Stick Jailbreaking cost anything?
Jailbreaking is a completely safe process and does not cost you anything. While jailbreaking, you install Kodi, which is free. Kodi has plenty of free addons that let you watch movies, shows, live TV etc. at no cost. However, if you want to use the premium addons or services, you will be required to pay the subscription fee as per the requirements.
Does jailbreaking slow down my FireStick?
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, FireStick storage is limited and if a lot of space has already been taken up, you may experience performance issues. 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, make sure you delete the APK files to clear up space.
How do you Jailbreak a FireStick 4K?
2nd Gen Fire TV Stick and the new Fire TV Stick 4K has the same interface. I have tested this guide on FireStick 4K and it works fine. If you have 4K FireStick, go ahead and perform the above steps without hesitation.
Is it okay to buy a pre-jailbroken Amazon FireStick?
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 may have tampered with your software or hardware in other ways too. Moreover, there are many known instances where sellers of jailbroken Firesticks are facing legal charges.
So, that is how you jailbreak FireStick with Kodi and gain access to unlimited free content for nonstop streaming. The jailbreak process is not only easy but also completely risk-free. All you need to do is install a popular and widely trusted third-party app Kodi or 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 Kodi builds, top Kodi addons and best FireStick apps.
I have been using this jailbreak for several months without any hiccups or hassles. 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.Liked the Guide? Don't Forget to Share with your Family & Friends
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