Are you wondering how to jailbreak your FireStick device? We can help.
Jailbreaking is the process of reconfiguring your Amazon Fire TV Stick, so that you become able to take complete control of your Fire TV stick. A jailbroken FireStick empowers you to delete any built-in apps you don’t want and install any other apps you like instead, whether or not they are available through the Amazon App Store.
The good news is that jailbreaking a FireStick is both quick and easy to do. In a matter of minutes, you could be holding your newly jailbroken Fire TV stick in your hand and be ready to access streaming apps and services you didn’t have access to on a few moments before.
Having said that, there are a few things you should consider and be aware of, so in this article, we are going to cover quite a lot of ground, including why you should jailbreak your FireStick, the things you need to be either cautions about or keep in mind before jailbreaking your FireStick, how to jailbreak your FireStick, and what you will gain access to as a result of having jailbroken your FireStick!
And if by some chance you are still left with any unanswered questions by the time you have made it to the end of this article, you will find a FAQ that will hopefully provide you with any missing puzzle pieces.
All right, without further ado, let us get started.
Is it a good idea to jailbreak your FireStick device?
If you are reading this, you have probably already decided that you want to and are going to jailbreak your Fire TV stick, but are you even aware of the full scope of the advantages that come with jailbreaking your Amazon fire stick?
Here are a few solid reasons why you might want to jailbreak your FireStick.
Take complete control of your Amazon Fire TV stick
Nothing beats the feeling of having complete control over your devices. After all, who other than you should be able to decide which apps and services you have at your fingertips?
When you jailbreak your FireStick, you gain full control over it. You gain the ability to remove inbuilt streaming apps, and add new, third-party ones instead as you see fit. Jailbreaking your FireStick is the only hack that will enable you to completely customize the apps and streaming services on your FireStick.
Access more streaming apps
Jailbreaking a FireStick device is also sometimes referred to as ‘sideloading’ for the simple reason that jailbreaking or side loading your device allows you to install various third-party streaming apps on your device that you wouldn’t have access to otherwise. Normally, there are plenty of apps and services that you cannot access from your FireStick, including any that are not available through the official Amazon App Store. Fortunately, jailbreaking your Fire TV stick is the only way to get around the restrictions.
These are just some of apps and services you will gain access to with a jailbroken FireStick: Crackle, PBS Kids, Documentary Heaven, Pluto TV, NewsOn, Freeform, Plex, Popcornflix, BBC iPlayer, Trakt, Twitch, YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks, Fox News, Google Drive, NBC Sports Live Extra, Red Bull TV, IMDb Trailers, Mixcloud and many, many others. Another way of putting it would be to say that, once your Fire TV Stick is jailbroken, you are going to have access to a true smorgasbord of streaming apps.
Are there any risks involved in jailbreaking a FireStick?
The advantages are obvious, but are there any risks involved in jailbeaking or using a jailbroken FireStick?
Watch your warranty
Before jailbreaking your FireStick, it is important to be aware of the fact that tampering with your Amazon device in this way is going to void your warranty.
We believe that this is a risk worth taking, but if you are not confident in your ability to follow the technical instructions that are going to lead you to a fully jailbroken FireStick, you should ask a more tech savvy friend to help you, or abandon the idea.
Step by step guide to jailbreaking your Fire TV Stick
Once you know the simple steps which we share in this article, you will be able to firebreak your device in a matter of minutes.
Are you ready to jailbreak your Fire TV Stick? Here are the simple steps you need to take.
Step 1: Turn on ADB debugging + Apps from Unknown Sources
The first thing to do when you want to jailbreak your Amazon Fire TV stock is to turn on ADB debugging, as well as the ability to download and access apps from unknown sources (That is to say from sources other than the official Amazon App Store.
You turn on ADB debugging by pressing the ‘Home’ button on your Amazon Fire TV remote. This takes you to the Home Screen, from which you can navigate to the ‘Settings’ menu. Once you are in ‘Settings’ you will see an entire menu of options from which you can select the relevant device – in this case, select the ‘My Fire TV’ option.
Once you have selected ‘My Fire TV’ you will be presented with a new menu of options for different settings. The one you need to find is called ‘Developer Options.’ Under ‘Developer Options’ you will find ‘ADB debugging’, which you will find switched off as the default setting, as well as ‘Apps from Unknown Sources,’ which is also switched off per default. Switch both of these to ‘On,’ and you are already for the next step. It is important that you click install unknown apps, or you will not be able to install third party apps later on in the process.
Step 2: Install the Downloader app from the Amazon App Store
Once you have switched on both ADB debugging and the ability to access apps from unknown sources, it is time to install the Downloader app from the official Amazon App Store.
This step in the process is wonderfully easy. Simply return to the Home screen on your Fire TV device by pressing the ‘Home’ button on your Fire TV stick.
Then, go the ‘Find’ tab and then press the ‘Search’ button. Type in the words ‘Downloader app,’ and then select the Downloader app from the list of options that comes up in your search results. Click ‘Download,’ and your new Downloader app should begin to self-install.
Once your Downloader app has finished downloading, click on ‘Open’ to open the app. When your Downloader app launches, click ‘Allow’ followed by ‘OK’ in response to the promptings that appear on the screen.
You haven now activated the Downloader app and are ready to take the next (crucial) step towards a fully jailbroken FireStick.
Step 3: Install a VPN
The third step in this process is to install a VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your Fire TV device. This step is vitally important, particularly if you find yourself worrying about potentially exposing yourself to legal issues by broaching copyright infringement via the streaming apps you download with your newly jailbroken FireStick.
A Virtual Private Network obliterates the potential problems that might arise from having your activities tracked online. For those who are not familiar with what a VPN does, it is essentially a private, untraceable connection that allows you to access the internet in a way that is completely anonymous and untraceable.
There are many good reasons to sign up with a reputable VPN service, including protecting yourself against being tracked, monitored or hacked. There are plenty of individual hackers, companies and even law enforcement out there that are all too happy to track individuals’ internet usage. By getting yourself a VPN, you are keeping your identity, passwords and online activities away from prying eyes.
Naturally, having a VPN is as great way of ensuring security and privacy, and it is esprecially a good idea for anyone considering streaming and downloading content that might infringe on copyright.
Later on in this article, we cover some of the best VPN providers to hopefully help you narrow down your search. We very strongly recommend that you do not move onto the next step of this jailbreak guide before you have signed up for and activated a secure VPN to protect yourself against any potential risk of copyright infringement and subsequent persecution by law enforcement.
Needless to say, step 3 is going to differ depending on which VPN service you decide to go with. Usually the prices of signing up and activating VPN on your device is completely straight-forward and only takes a few minutes.
Step 4: Install Kodi (versions 18.9 or 19)
All right, we assume that you have installed and activated a VPN before moving to this step of the jailbreaking process. If you have, good, you have just covered your own virtual tracks and ensured that you can stream and download the content and the apps you want with peace of mind.
The next step consists of installing Kodi (either version 18.9 or 19 are acceptable). If you are not already familiar with Kodi, it is a media app which allows you to access a vast variety of films, TV shows, live TV channels and sports via Kodi Addons.
For the best, most seamless experience it is recommended that you Install Kodi 19, but if your particular Fire TV stick happens to be a slightly older model the newest version of Kodi might not be compatible with it – in which case, Kodi 18.9 is perfectly fine, too. The reason why Kodi 19 should be your first choice is that it has the newest Kodi Addons, and more and more of the best Kodi Addons are migrating to the newest version of Kodi, so having the newest version simply ensures that you always have plenty of entertainment choices at your fingertips.
You can install Kodi via this download link: cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodistable (This link will always take you to the newest, most stable version of Kodi).
To install Kodi on your device, either click the link or copy and paste it into your browser before pressing ‘Go.’ Either way, you will be taken to the download site. Click ‘Install,’ and voila, thee newest version of Kodi will begin to download automatically you to your Amazon FireStick.
If you are unable to install the newest version of Kodi on your device, there is no reason to despair. Simply go to this link instead: cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodi189 and install Kodi 18.9. The installation process is exactly the same, whether you are installing the latest version of Kodi or the slightly older version.
Step 5: Set up VPN before launching Kodi
Setting up and launching your VPN is crucial before going ahead and loading any Kodi Addons onto your Amazon Fire TV stick. You do not want to miss this step – if you do, you might as well not have bothered with the VPN.
When choosing a VPN, it is wise to go with a provider that offer a strict no-logs policy, meaning that no logs are ever kept of your online activities, including your streaming and downloading activities. Another criteria to look for is a lightning-fast VPN connection. After all, it is no fun waiting for ages while your Kodi Addons are downloading.
Activating your VPN works slightly differently depending on which VPN provider you decide to go with, but here are the usual steps to setting up your VPN and making sure it is active on your Amazon Fire TV Stick:
The first thing to do is to head on over to your chosen VPN providers website and setting up a username and password. The VPN service is then going to email you an activation link, which you need to click on to make sure your VPN account has been activated.
Now, go to the VPN provider’s app on your Fire TV stick and log in by enter your username and password. Once inside the VPN app, navigate to settings and make sure the VPN is switched to ‘On’ or ‘Active.’
In addition to making sure your VPN is up and running, there are a number of other VPN settings that are beneficial to consider. One is to ensure the the Startup Connection Action function is set to ‘Connect to Fastest Server’ for the most seamless experience. Another is setting the Scramble feature to ‘On,’ so that all of that all of your personal data and online activity is fully scrambled and impossible to track.
Finally, you want to set your Country to ‘United States’ regardless of your real location, because this gives you access to the vastest array of streaming and downloading possibilities. And, as far as we are concerned, having more choice is always preferable. Once you have set your location to the US, click ‘Connect’ and then ‘OK.’
Your VPN service is now in action, and you are ready to rock. With your VPN activated, you are now able to stream and download content to your heart’s content, without ever having to stop and worry whether your activities, including your app usage data, can be tracked. On top of this, your personal data is protected and encrypted, leaving you free to browse and enjoy content without any third parties being able to track, trace, hack or harvest your information.
Step 6: Install Kodi add-ons
Finally! You have made it to the sixth and final step in the jailbreak process. You’ve earned a pat on the back, and now comes the fun part: Installing all of the Kodi Addons you want on your Fire TV Stick.
All of the Kodi Addons are completely free and legal to download, as they are all included in the built-in Kodi repository. Finding and downloading Kodi Addons is a rather intuitive and easy process, but if this is your first time downloading Kodi Addons, we’ll still walk you through it.
To brows and download Kodi Addons, open up Kodi ‘s Home Screen and click on the ‘Addons’ tab, which you will find on the lefthand sidebar. This takes you to a new menu of options – select the option called ‘Install from repository.’
The repository menu lets you narrow down your search by offering you different categories of Addons to choose from, including music add-ons, picture add-ons, program add-ons, video add-ons and many others.
Most likely, you are going to want to start by downloading some video and TV streaming Addons, so select the video add-ons option, and then select any free streaming apps you like from the list that comes up.
One thing to keep in mind as you pick and choose the Kodi add-ons you want on your jailbroken Amazon Fire Stick is to steer clear of Cinema HD, Terrarium and any other streaming apps that contain copyrighted and therefore illegal content or pirated content. The fact that you are technically able to download all the apps you want on your jailbroken device, whether legal or illegal, does’t mean you should. As long as you keep to the Addons and popular streaming apps contained within the official Kodi Addons repository, you’re golden.
Step 7: Enjoy!
That’s it! Provided that you have followed all of the steps detailed in this guide to the FireStick jailbreak process, you should now be in possession of a fully jailbroken device that lets you install apps, stream movies and enjoy oodles of free entertainment.
If you are among the many FireStick users who have never used a jailbroken FireStick before, you will soon find yourself wondering how you coped before you had a jailbroken FireStick and were able to sideload apps not available via the official Amazon App Store, stream live TV, enjoy unlimited free movies.
How to pick a VPN for FireStick users
We have already hinted at how important it is to sign up with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider before going ahead and sideloading third-party apps onto your Fire TV device. To reiterate, the reason you need a VPN is that you want to protect your personal data from being harvested, and you want to cover your tracks in terms of your streaming and downloading activities so that these cannot be tracked and or monitored.
A VPN helps you achieve ‘invisibility’ by encrypting your connection and scrambling your data, so that no one, whether law enforcement or the various third-party apps you download, are able to track and trace your activities back to you. Having a secure VPN comes with the added bonus of disguising your geographical location, which is extremely useful if you want to be able to stream content that is geo-locked and therefore only accessible from certain locations. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that you set your location the United States, regardless of your true location, as this opens up the best selection of streaming apps and services from the App Store and beyond.
There are many VPN options out there, but not all of them are created equal. Here are a few important points to consider when looking at VPN services.
Consider level of privacy and security
The first and primary thing you want your VPN provider to offer is security and privacy. Generally speaking, you want to avoid the free VPN service options, since they tend to collect your personal information themselves. As one notable tech blogger put it, free VPN services are free for a reason.
As well as avoiding the free VPN services out there, another thing to consider in terms of privacy and security is server location. This may sound odd, but where a VPN provider is based is going to impact the level of privacy they are able to offer you. If the VPN provider you choose is based within the US, the UK, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, the ‘Five Eyes’ policy shared by these countries means that they may exchange your personal data. Although there usually is no reason for your VPN provider to share your data with government or law enforcement within the Five Eyes jurisdiction, this is still a possibility that it is worth being aware of. If you can, go with a VPN provider based in Switzerland, the Virgin Islands, or anywhere else where the provider is legitimately able to provide you with military-grade security. If you want to be absolutely, stone cold certain that your VPN provider is not going to collect app usage data or share any information about you, go with a VPN service provider outside of the Five Eyes jurisdiction that operate with a strict zero-logs policy.
Consider connection speed
Something else to consider as you make your selection of VPN provider is connection speed. After all, is there anything worse than a slow or constantly buffering streaming device?
These days most VPN are lightning-fast, but it still makes good sense to read what it says about connection speeds on the provider’s website, as well as to read a few independent reviews (If the connection is slow, reviews tend to mention it in the first few sentences)!
Best VPNs for Fire TV Stick
We understand that choosing the right VPN can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we have rounded up some of the best choices for FireStick users.
Hopefully, this shortlist will help you narrow down your search for a great VPN provider. Each of the VPN services mentioned here performs well in terms of security, safety, compatibility with Fire TV devices, and price point. While none of them are free (For reasons we have discussed above), they are all very reasonably priced.
Without further ado, these are the best VPNs for streaming content on FireStick devices.
At just $1.59/month, CyberGhost is one of the most reasonably priced VPN services out there. What’s more, CyberGhost also offers a both impressive and comprehensive service enabled by over 7,000 servers in over 90 countries across the globe.
CyberGhost is located in based in Bucharest, Romania – far beyond the reach and jurisdiction of Five Eyes. The level of privacy and security offered by the service is second to few, as CyberGost promises best-in-class encryption, a strict zero-logs policy, killswitch, malware protection and even anonymous payments in Bitcoin.
CyberGhost makes a fantastic choice for FireStick Fire TV users, because of the high level of security provided, combined with the incredible value for money.
To install CyberGhost on your FireStick, first sign up for a CyberGhost subscription via the CyberGhost website. Then, turn on your Amazon FireStick and go to Find < Search. Or, if you are using an older FireStick, find the search option in the top left corner. Now type in ‘cyberghost’ and press the ‘CyberGhost VPN’ icon when it appears on the next screen.
Click ‘Download’ and wait for your new VPN to download before opening it. Once you have opened the CyberGhost app. You will now see a screen with a code made up of randomly generated numbers and letters.
Navigate to cgvpn.info/link on a browser using either your computer or smartphone. Log into your CyberGhost account using your username and password, then enter the code when prompted. Finally, click the ‘Power’ button and you are up and running.
Another fantastic VPN for FireStick users to consider is ExpressVPN.
ExpressVPN is headquartered in the British Virgin Islands and controls a fleet of 160 servers spread across 94 countries.
ExpressVPN taps you into next-level encryption, incredibly fast connection speeds (Which is precisely what you want for your streaming devices, including your Fire TV devices), as well as 24/7 customer support and a 30-day money back guarantee, in the extremely unlikely even that you are not 100% satisfied with your ExpressVPN service.
To install ExpressVPN on your Fire TV Stick, first head on over to the ExpressVPN website and sign up for a VPN subscription. Then, power on your Amazon FireStick and navigate to Find < Search. Type in ‘ExpressVPN’ and select the appropriate icon when it comes up on the next screen.
Click ‘Download,’ and wait for the app to download automatically. Once it has finished downloading, open the app and sign in using your username and password. On the next screen you will be asked to ‘Help improve ExpressVPN.’ Select ‘OK’ if ExpressVPN collecting anonymous reports is all right with you, and select ‘No thanks’ if you do not want to share anonymous reports with ExpressVPN.
On the next screen you will see a ‘Set Up Your VPN’ prompt. Click ‘OK.’ The next screen after that displays a ‘Connection request’ prompt, to which you just click ‘OK’ again, and you’re done!
If you wish, you can change your location settings to the United States by navigating to Current location < All locations and selecting the United States from the list of options. Changing server location to the US helps you by opening up a much bigger range of live TV channels and free streaming applications.
IPVanish is doubtlessly one of the best VPN services for Amazon FireStick users and those who love streaming content. IPVanish offers unlimited simultaneous connections – just an added bonus to be aware of.
IPVanish can boast a whopping 1,900 servers distributed throughout 75 locations around the globe. IPVanish offers a reliable level of privacy and security enabled by OpenVPN, IKEv2 protocols and next-level encryption. Having said that, IPVanish falls within the Five Eyes jurisdiction, since its parent company, StackPath, is based in the US.
To install IPVanish on your Amazon FireStick, start by signing up for an IPVanish subscription. Then, navigate to Find < Search via your FireStick’s Home Screen. Type ‘IPVanish’ into the search field and select the appropriate icon when it comes up in your results.
Click ‘Download’ or ‘Get,’ and the IPVanish app should start downloading automatically. Once your download is complete, open the IPVanish app and login using the username and password you set up during the on-site signup.
Once logged in, find and click the ‘CONNECT’ option from the menu on the left hand side. This connects you the default browser, but if you would rather use another you are able to manually select a different option by clicking on either of the options ‘Country,’ ‘City’ or ‘Server,’ all of which are also found in the lefthand side menu.
NordVPN is a very powerful VPN service, whether we are looking at it in terms of jailbreaking FireStick devices, streaming and downloading content, or disguising your online activities in general.
NordVPN offers plenty of wiggle room, as evidence by over 5000 servers scattered throughout 60 different countries. NordVPN can’t beat the unlimited simultaneous connections offered buy both IPVanish and Surfshark, but the six it does offer is probably all most people will need.
NordVPN is often touted as the best VPN option on the market, and while it is a very solid choice, it has to be said that NordVPN lacks the extremely high level of security offered by CyberGhost, the lightning fast internet connection speed of ExpressVPN, and the unlimited simultaneous connections offered by IPVanish or Surfshark.
To install and launch NordVPN, first head on over to NordVPN’s website and set up your account. Next, navigate to Find < Search from your FireStick’s Home Screen and type ‘NordVPN’ into the search field. When the NordVPN icon comes up on the following window, click ‘Download.’
Once NordVPN has been downloaded onto your FireStick, open it and log in using your login credentials and click ‘Connect now’ to get started.
Private Internet Access
Wirth nearly 30,000 servers distributed across 78 countries worldwide, Private Internet Access sports the the largest fleet of servers among the VPN provider on this list.
Despite being based within the US, Private Internet Access offers its clients a high level of privacy and security, enabled by AES 256-bit encryption, leak protection, IP masking, as well as automatic killswitch and firewall features. What’s more, Private Internet Access can boast lighting fast connection speeds.
If you want to download and activate Private Internet Access on your Fire TV Stick, this is how to go about it:
First things first, head on over to the Private Internet Access portal and set up your account. Next, navigate to Find < Search from the Home Screen on your Fire TV device and type ‘Private Internet Access’ into the search field when it appears. Select the Private Internet Access icon from among the search results and click ‘Download.’
When Private Internet Access has finished downloading and installing, open it and log in using the credentials you set up when you signed up for your VPN user account. Once logged in, you are going to have to allow PIA access, so that the VPN can function optimally. Doing this is simple – just keep clicking ‘OK’ in response to the on-screen promotions until you have completed the connection request.
Finally, press the in-app power button to activate the VPN. This connects you to the default server for your location, but if you want to manually change your server, you can. We recommend opting for a US-based server for the best streaming experience using your new VPN.
Surfshark is a fabulous option for those who are looking to jailbreak Fire TV devices on a budget. Surfshark controls over 3,200 servers distributed throughout 65 different countries.
Despite its low price point, Surfshark has much to offer, including military-grade AES 256-bit encryption, killswitch, data leak protection, a strict zero-logs policy and camouflage mode, so you can be sure all of your online activities are kept safe and secure. As an added bonus, Surfshark can boast unlimited simultaneous connections, so there is never a limit to how many devices you are able to connect at the same time.
All in all, Surfshark is one of the best VPN services for streaming and downloading content in general, but in particular if you are looking to sideload apps onto Amazon Fire TV devices.
If you want to download and activate Surfshark on your FireStick, follow these simple steps.
The first thing to do is to navigate to Find < Search from the FireStick Fire TV Home Screen. Type ‘Surfshark’ into the search field and wait for the Surfshark icon to appear, then select it and click ‘Download’ or ‘Get.’
When Surfshark has been dowloaded onto your device, launch it by opening the app and logging in using your credentials. Now, click ‘Connect’ to activate your VPN. Et voila!
Top 10 Kodi 19.3 Matrix Addons
Now that you have a jailbroken FireStick in hand, where do you even begin – which streaming apps and services should you download first?
If you are just getting started with your newly jailbroken FireStick, this is our suggestion of the top ten apps we think everyone should immediately sideload and enjoy.
Crackle is a 100% free streaming app jam-packed with popular TV shows and movies. Content on Crackle usually loads super fast, with no buffering or wait time.
What’s more, countless hours of new TV episodes and movies are added to Crackle on a weekly basis, so every time you return to the app there is going to be plenty of fresh new content to choose from. If you start your jailbroken FireStick adventure anywhere, start it by downloading Crackle.
The kids in your household are going to love the PBS Kids streaming app. PBS Kids is a fantastic addon, bursting with literally hundreds of well-loved Hollywood movies and Disney classics, all completely free of charge.
With new movies and TV episodes being added on an ongoing basis, you can be sure that there is always plenty of new content to choose form, and plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
Documentary Heaven is a fabulous streaming app for documentary film lovers. Here is an app that gives you access to an absolute treasure troves of fascinating documentaries, including many that you might not have seen before.
Documentary Heaven is updated with new titles fairly regularly, and the existing library on this streaming app is already huge – so what are you waiting for? Go explore.
In Pluto TV we have another 100% free streaming service with over 70 TV channels to surf between.
The channels you will find on Pluto TV include live TV channels like CBS News, Fight Network and ESPN, as well as plenty of popular TV shows and movies. In other words, Pluto TV is like an entire planet of streamable entertainment in and of itself.
NewsOn is, as the name suggests, a steaming survives dedicate to live news TV channels.
With NewsOn, you will be able to tap into live TV channels from the US, the UK, and Canada. Channels on NewsOn are divided into categories, so you are in control over the kind of news you want to watch.
Freeform is an on-demand streaming service with untold hours of content, which primarily consists of top TV shows and movies.
While some streaming services mainly focus on catch-up content, Freeform delivers all of the newest episodes of many popular and current TV shows. In short, Freeform is definitely a worthwhile app to download and should be part of your jailbroken Fire TV stick selection.
Plex is a fantastically useful and versatile app which allows you to access your library of media content from any device – yes, including Amazon Fire TV devices and gaming consoles as well as from regular computer browsers.
Plex is a good option to have if you want to have the ability to access your media library from your Amazon Fire TV, or from any other device for that matter. Plex has a number of additional features that might come in handy, such as parental controls and multiple user seats.
The name of this streaming app kind of gives it away – Popcorn flix is a movie and TV streaming app, and a pretty wonderful one at that.
Popcornflix lets you stream and enjoy thousands of TV shows and Hollywood blockbusters, completely free. Once you have downloaded Popcornflix and start exploring its vast library of content, you’ll be delighted to find plenty of Hollywood super hits, Disney movies and even multiple seasons of Star Trek.
BBC iPlayer, or iPlayer WWW, is an incredibly popular Kodi add-on, as it taps you into a wealth of live TV channels as well as catch-up TV and freshly released TV episodes on demand.
The BBC iPlayer interface is sleek and easy to navigate, and all of the content, from drama to comedy, is available in HD.
On a sidenote, the BBC iPlayer is currently only available in the UK.
Trakt is a media management app that lets you organise and curate your favorite movies and TV shows in one convenient place.
Using the Trakt app you are able to easily keep tabs on your favorite TV shows and other streamable content – just imagine never loosing track of where you are in the series you are watching!
If you are someone who likes watching foreign movies, you absolutely need to add OpenSubtitles.org app to your jailbroken Fire TV Stick app collection.
If you are a sports fan, there are plenty of ways for you to enjoy live sports and entertainment via your Fire TV device – MLB.TV is just one option among the many that are out there once you have jailbroken your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
MLB.TV is a baseball streaming service that taps you into plenty of live TV channels so you will never have to miss a MLB baseball game.
Speaking of sports, NHL.TV is another great streaming service that the sports fans among us are going to love.
NHL.TV enables hockey fans to watch all of the hockey games across multiple live TV channels and categories.
Other Kodi 19.3 Matrix Addons to check out
The streaming apps and other services we have presented you with in the previous section of this article comprise just a tiny fraction of the possibilities that are out there, once yo have a jailbroken FireStick at your command.
As you will soon discover yourself once you start browsing and sideloading apps, there is no shortage of entertainment options. Here are just a few more suggestions of the best apps to check out if you have a jailbroken Fire TV Stick: BeeTV, Sapphire Secure IPTV, Cinema HD, Mobdro, Titanium TV, FreeFlix HQ, YouTube, Twitch, Vimeo, South Park, Ted Talks, World Star Hip-Hop, LiveLeak, Fox News, Google Drive, NBC Sports Live Extra, Red Bull TV, IMDb Trailers, Multi Weather and Mixcloud.
How to jailbreak your FireStick FAQ
Is it illegal to jailbreak a FireStick?
If you are worried that jailbreaking your FireStick might be illegal, we have good news for you: Jailbreaking your FireStick is perfectly legal – after all, if you have purchased it legally, it is your property.
But while you can do what you want with your own possessions, streaming copyrighted content via the third-party apps you gain access to via a jailbroken FireStick might still land you in trouble. Copyright laws might vary depending on where you live, but in general accessing pirated content is considered illegal and is often enforced with steep penalty fares.
Thankfully, there is a solution that allows you get around this minor obstacle, completely legally. Signing up for a VPN (Virtual Private Network) account with a credible VPN service is the way to go, as it prevents your device from being tracked. It follows that if no-one is able to track your device usage data, no-one will know what content you access and from where you access it.
How do you jailbreak a FireStick step by step?
Jailbreaking a FireStick can be done in just a few, relatively easy steps, and it only takes as couple of minutes.
Step one is to enable downloading apps from other sources nu going to Settings > My Fire TV > Developers Options > Apps from Unknown Sources. Once you are here, turn this feature on.
Step two us to install the Downloader app on your Fire TV stick. The Downloader app is available from the official Amazon app store.
Step three is to download any apps you want, via the Downloader app. To find apps, type in the exact APK path for the app you want to find into the Downloader app, search and install.
Your side-loaded apps should appear on your apps list along with all of your usual streaming apps.
What does jailbreaking your FireStick do?
Jailbreaking your FirStick essentially sets you free from the built-in strictures that the Amazon Fire TV stick comes with when you purchase it. Your Fire TV stick is essentially locked and only able to access certain features, apps and service via the official Amazon App Store – until you jailbreak it.
With a jailbroken (which is also referred to as side-loaded) Fire TV stick, you gain the ability to not only uninstall and delete unwanted built-in apps, but also, most importantly, downloaded any other apps you want on your device, including some that are not available from the Amazon App Store. A few examples of apps that are only available via a jailbroken Fire Stick include YouTube, Twitch, BBC iPlayer, Ted Talks, Fox News, Google Drive, NBC Sports Live Extra, Red Bull TV and countless others.
What channels can you get on a jailbroken FireStick?
You will be able to access such a wealth of TV channels and streaming services on a jailbroken FireStick device it will blow your mind.
Here is just a small selection of the many options you will have available:
Crackle, PBS Kids, Documentary Heaven, Pluto TV, NewsOn, Freeform, Plex, Popcornflix, BBC iPlayer, Trakt, Ted Talks, Fox News, NBC Sports Live Extra, Red Bull TV, BeeTV, Sapphire Secure IPTV, Cinema HD, Mobdro, Titanium TV, FreeFlix HQ and many, many more.
When you jailbreak a Firestick is everything free?
Jailbreaking your FireStick does not automatically give you free access to any apps, it merely means that you unlock your FireStick so that you become able to download (or sideload, as it is often called when downloading apps to jailbroken FireStick devices) apps from a much greater variety of sources, rather than jus the official Amazon App Store.
What happens when you jailbreak a FireStick?
When you jailbreak a FireStick, you essentially unleash its full potential.
With a FireStick that has not been jailbroken, you are limited to the best apps available on the official Amazon App Store. While there are certainly many great options on there, having to stick to a curated selection of apps can be a limitation. With a jailbroken FireStick device you circumvent this limitation, as it enables you to download apps from other sources, like the Google Play store and others.
Can you get in trouble for using a jailbroken FireStick?
To jailbreak an Amazon Fire TV Stick is perfectly legal, as is using one to stream and access content from across the globe.
Where there is a potential for trouble is if you stream copyrighted content, such as copyrighted movies. Consuming copyrighted content is considered illegal in most territories, so it is recommended that you stick to the free apps that don’t infringe on copyright.
Having said that, there is a way to easily get around the issue of potentially having your streaming and downloading activities be monitored and tracked by government or law enforcement, and that is to sign up with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) provider. If you are accessing the internet via a VPN, no one will be able to track and monitor what you are streaming or downloading.
Can you get local channels on a jailbroken FireStick?
Yes, absolutely. With a jailbroken FireStick, you will be able to stream local channels from across the globe, including those that are local to your specific location.
All you need to be able to stream local news and local sports is a jailbroken Amazon Fire TV Stick – no antennae or cable necessary!
Have you jailbroken your Amazon FireStick?
If not, you are currently missing out on a wealth of streaming apps and services that aren’t normally available to Amazon FireStick users.
There are plenty of apps that only become available to those who jailbreak or side load their Amazon Fire Stick device, and in this article, we hope we have provided you with the clear instructions you need to be able to firebreak your own device and take full control of the content you want to gain access to.
Jailbreaking a FireStick can seem like a daunting task, but in fact the process can be done in just a few step and does not take very long at all. You will need to be careful, though, as tampering with your device is going to void Amazon’s warranty – so only do it if you trust that you possess a reasonable degree of technical know-how. If you don’t, we suggest getting a tech savvy friend or family member to help you out.
Jailbreaking your Fire TV device is going to unlock a new world of streaming possibilities – YouTube, Twitch, Crackle, PBS Kids, Pluto TV, NewsOn, BBC iPlayer, Ted Talks, Mixcloud and Popcornflix are just a few of the streaming apps a side-loaded Fire TV stick will give you access to.
So, what are you waiting for? Get side-loading, and you could be enjoying a wealth of new streaming apps just a few minutes from now.