Why do you jailbreak a FireStick?


The answer to this question is rather simple. You jailbreak your FireStick to enjoy unlimited/free streaming without having to burn a hole in your pocket.

Jailbreaking 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.


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 the operating system of your device. It is not like hacking an Android mobile or jailbreaking iOS.

You do not need root access to your FireStick operating system for jailbreaking. You are not manipulating any core-level files. All these things require a certain level of technical expertise. However, as I said, jailbreaking FireStick does not require any 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 some 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 you 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 either. I have broken down the process into easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Just make sure 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 $40-50 above the retail price. You really 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 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, FireStick 4K, 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.

Read: How to Install and Use Best VPN for FireStick


Step 1: Install APK Downloader on FireStick

Jailbreaking is all about installing the third-party APKs on FireStick devices for free streaming. The Amazon App Store does not have these apps. To install third-party streaming apps, you need a facilitating application. That’s because Amazon Fire TV Stick does not support direct download through the browser (like you do it on your Android mobile).


The app from which we will install all our jailbreak apps is Downloader.


So, here is what we are going to do in this section: Install 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: If you still have an old Fire TV OS, your home screen will appear a little different

2. Select Find in the middle bar followed by Search

Note: For older FireStick OS, select the Search option available in the top-left corner of your Fire TV (it is the lens icon you need to choose)

3. On this Search window, type the name of the app Downloader

Click Downloader in the search suggestions displayed on the Amazon FireStick window

4. Click the Downloader icon on the next screen


5. Choose Download (or Get) on the window that appears next

6. Wait for the Downloader app to download and then install

Click Open to launch the Downloader app

7. Dismiss any prompts that are displayed when you use the Downloader app for the first time

Later, you will start by clicking the section of the app highlighted in the image below (where it says http://). However, before that, we need to take care of something else. So, jump to the next section.


2. Select the gear icon or cog icon in the middle bar (on the far right) to open Settings

Note: On the older FireStick OS, highlight the menu bar on the top and navigate to the Settings option on the far right

3. Now, choose the option My Fire TV

4. On the following window, open the item Developer Options

5. First, switch ON the option ADB Debugging


6. Next, click Install unknown apps

This gives you permission 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 to the Preferences window

Click Data Monitoring

12. Now, turn OFF Data Monitoring on the next screen

Step 3: Jailbreak Firestick

Now, we will start installing different streaming apps starting with Kodi 19. If you are not aware, Kodi is a media application that gives you access to the huge world of free entertainment. It lets you watch your favorite Movies, TV 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 Fire Stick with Kodi using the Downloader app that you just downloaded from the Amazon App Store. Here are the steps:

1. Open Downloader. Click the URL text box where it says http://

2. When this window is displayed, enter the following URL:

Click GO

3. Wait for the Downloader app to download the Kodi 19 Matrix APK

4. Now we need to install Kodi. Select Install and click it.

5. Wait for the Kodi APK to install

6. 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 19 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. 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 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 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. 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 on your Fire TV Stick, and Click Find followed by Search.

Step 3: Now type Expressvpn in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up 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 that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”

You can also read more detailed info on using 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 yet not complete. Installing Kodi media player is just the start. We now need to find out how to use Kodi to stream free Movies, Shows, Live TV, etc.

What you need to do now is install Kodi Add-ons or Builds.

Kodi Addons

Kodi does not have any media of its own. The media needs to be sourced from the internet. And, to do that, you need the Addons.

There are hundreds of Kodi addons on the web from various independent developers. However, only a few of these addons offer quality streaming.

We have handpicked a few dozen addons and put them in a separate guide on Best Addons for Kodi. Once you have Kodi, you will want to start installing Kodi add-ons.

Here is a quick look at some of the top add-ons from this list for free movies, shows, and more:

1. Venom Addon (Movies and TV Shows)

Venom is one of the best Kodi addons for on-demand content these days. Not only does it have a huge content library, but it is also fetching tons of quality streaming links.

Install Venom on Kodi

2. The Crew (Multipurpose)

If you are looking for an all-in-one addon for Movies, Shows, Live TV, Documentaries, Sports, and various extras, try The Crew. It is a lightweight addon that works great on FireStick

Install The Crew addon Kodi

3. Seren (Movies and TV Shows)

Seren is an on-demand addon for tons of movies and shows. It is a Real-debrid-based addon with tons of high-quality streaming options.

Install Seren Addon on Kodi

4. Shadow (Movies & Shows)

Shadow is a very popular Kodi addon presently. This add-on offers a huge content catalog and pulls lots of working streams.

Install Shadow on Kodi

5. Nemesis (Multipurpose)

Nemesis is yet another all-in-one addon that deserves some attention. This addon is doing a phenomenal job pulling top-quality links. It is an all-in-one add-on offering movies, shows, TV, and more.

Install Nemesis on Kodi

Kodi Builds

You need Kodi addons to stream free movies and shows. Kodi Builds, on the other hand, are optional. However, they can truly enhance your Kodi experience on Fire Stick.

Kodi Builds organize your Kodi interface in a more streaming-friendly way. The default Kodi skin is not just boring, it is also not very usable. The builds lend your Kodi a whole new interface and an exciting way to use Kodi. In other words, they make Kodi more happening.

So, when you jailbreak FireStick with Kodi, I recommend that you also get a Kodi build.

Another great benefit of Kodi builds is that they come with preinstalled addons. You don’t have to install them separately.

Just like for the addons, we have prepared a list of the Best Kodi Builds as well. Here are the top picks from the list:

1. Misfit Mods Lite

Misfit Mods Lite is one of the popular builds for Kodi. This build offers a slick, clutter-free, and easy-to-use interface. It packs tons of preinstalled video add-ons for movies, shows, live tv, and more. Try it!

Install Misfit Mods Lite Build

2. Xenon Build

This is another build you would want to take a shot at if you are looking to upgrade your Kodi interface. Neat design and loads of top-rated addons make this build a must-have.

Install Xenon Build on Kodi

3. SG Wizard Builds

SG Wizard offers many great builds that work great on all Kodi-supported devices. It also features many popular addons for all your streaming needs.

Install SG Wizard Builds on Kodi

Also, check out our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide for Kodi that will help you learn how to use Kodi.


So, now you know how to jailbreak a FireStick and how do 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 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.

Дима Снегур
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