This article will show you how to Jailbreak Firestick.
By doing this, you will have access to thousands of free movies, TV shows, sports, live channels, and more.
The same process will also work for the Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and televisions running the Fire TV OS.
This guide is compatible with the new Fire TV Stick 4K which was released on October 31st, 2018.
What is Jailbreaking an Amazon Firestick?
Jailbreaking a Firestick is the process of removing restrictions imposed by the manufacturer to allow for the installation of unauthorized software.
Technically, we aren’t actually jailbreaking the device because we aren’t installing modified firmware.
But, this is how new cord-cutters search for this topic and that is how we came up with the title for this post. We are glad you found us!
When jailbreaking most electronics such as phones or tablets, many times we are required to install modified firmware.
You can think of firmware as the operating system for the device. Fortunately, we aren’t required to do that with an Amazon Firestick!
Once we have jailbroken the Firestick, we can sideload applications onto the device that we normally can’t get through the Amazon App Store.
By doing so, your Firestick will have access to thousands of free movies, TV shows, live channels, sports, and more.
What Stores Carry Firesticks?
If you don’t own a Fire TV Stick and you want to get started with this tutorial today, we have you covered.
Below are some retail stores that may carry this device.
Best Buy, Staples, Target, Fry’s, Radio Shack, Gamestop, B and H, Amazon Books, Electronic Express, Shopko, Toys R Us, Sears, P.C. Richard & Son, Meijer, HH Gregg, Fred Meyer.
We suggest placing a phone call to the retail stores listed above to ensure the Firestick is in stock.
If you don’t have one of these stores near, you may purchase the Firestick directly through the Amazon Website or check out our article below for more options.
Where to Buy Amazon Firestick
Or, if you are looking for a completely hands-free experience, you may want to consider jailbreaking the Amazon Fire TV Cube.
The Fire TV Cube has the same capabilities as the Firestick but with some added features.
This includes a built-in speaker, 16 GB of storage, and far-field voice control.
Is Jailbreaking a Firestick Legal?
The short answer is Yes, Jailbreaking a firestick is 100% legal. This is a question we receive on a daily basis.
While jailbreaking became a popular term for Android mobile and iOS devices, the process for a Firestick is different.
By enabling Unknown Sources within settings, we are simply allowing for the installation of 3rd party apps that have not been vetted by Amazon.
While installing these apps is not in any way illegal, streaming some of the content within these is.
That is why it is important to only use these applications for Movies and TV Shows that are available in the public domain.
History of Jailbreaking Firestick
The Firestick comes equipped with the Amazon App Store, which allows us to install applications easily onto our streaming device.
Each of the applications within this App Store must be approved by Amazon.
Some popular apps available in the Amazon App Store include HBO Max, Netflix, YouTube, Disney Plus, Downloader, and more.
Since the Firestick was first released in 2014, Amazon has taken a strong stance against applications that promote free and low-cost streaming capabilities.
The most notable ban was in June of 2015 when they removed the popular Kodi media center application from their app store.
When Kodi was removed from the Amazon App store, users started jailbreaking their Firesticks so that they could still install this popular application.
This opened the flood-gates for many other free and low-cost streaming applications that could be installed as well.
Most people don’t realize that the Amazon Fire TV Stick is powered by the Android operating system.
This differs from other popular streaming devices such as the Roku and Apple TV which use their own OS (Operating System).
Since the Firestick is powered by the Android operating system, it opens up a world of endless possibilities for those who jailbreak it.
Android is the most popular operating system in the world to date, with over two billion active users.
Because of this popularity, there are literally millions of Android applications available that can all be installed onto a jailbroken Firestick.
These Android applications are often referred to as APK’s and can provide users with tons of free content.
Before learning how to jailbreak Firestick, you must register for a free Amazon account if you haven’t already done so.
You will use your Amazon login credentials when first setting up your Fire TV Stick.
Jailbreak Firestick Instructions
Below, you will find both a video tutorial and a screenshot guide that will show you how to jailbreak Firestick.
Below, you will find a screenshot guide on how to Jailbreak Firestick for both the new and old interface.
Screenshot Guide – New Fire TV Interface
If you are using a Fire TV Stick Lite, 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick, or 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube, follow the steps below for jailbreaking your device.
NOTE: Not all devices will have this interface as it is slowly rolling out to Firesticks and Fire TVs.
1. From the home screen of your device, hover over the Find option.
2. Click Search.
3. Search for and select Downloader.
4. Choose the Downloader app.
5. Click Download.
6. Wait for the app to install.
7. You will then encounter Downloader Ready to launch message.
8. Return to the home screen and open Settings.
9. Click My Fire TV.
10. Choose Developer options.
11. Click Install unknown apps.
12. Find the Downloader app and click it.
13. This will turn Unknown Sources to On for the Downloader app. This will enable side-loading or “jailbreaking” abilities on your device.
Screenshot Guide – Old Fire TV Interface
The following screenshot tutorial will take you through the simple steps necessary of how to jailbreak Firestick.
This first set of instructions are for those using the old Fire TV interface.
This includes the Amazon Firestick 4K, Fire TV Televisions, 1st gen Fire TV Cube, and older models of the Amazon Firestick.
If using a Fire TV Stick Lite, 3rd Gen Firestick, or 2nd gen Fire TV Cube, refer to the instructions for the new interface that follows.
The first thing we will do is install an application called Downloader and enable unknown sources.
1. From your home screen, find the search icon and type Downloader.
2. Click on the Downloader icon.
3. Click Download.
4. Wait for the app installed message. Click Open or Launch now.
5. Choose Allow.
6. Click OK.
7. You are now on the main screen of Downloader, return back to your device’s home screen.
8. From the home screen of your device, hover over Settings.
9. Within the Settings menu scroll to the right and choose My Fire TV.
10. Click Developer Options.
11. Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
Important Note: For those using the Firestick Lite, 3rd Gen Fire TV Stick, or 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube, click Install unknown Apps.
12. Find and click Downloader. You will notice it says “ON” which will enable unknown sources for app installation.
That’s it! After you jailbreak Firestick, you can now side-load hundreds of 3rd party apps using Downloader on your streaming device.
We have now jailbroken our Firestick by allowing for the installation of applications that aren’t available within the Amazon App Store.
Most guides stop after this but I will take it a step further and show you how to install an alternative app store that will provide access to thousands of apps not available within the Amazon App Store.
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