Firestick is the most popular streaming device which turns your normal TV into a smart TV by simply connecting it to your TV’s HDMI port. Firestick is an Android OS supported home entertainment device. You can stream several contents online using a number of apps available for Fire devices. Firestick and Fire TV comes with Amazon App Store which allows you to download and install the various apps on to the Firestick or FireTV. The Amazon App Store is included with many of the Google Play apps to install. Despite this why do people jailbreak firestick? Let us see that in detail.

You can watch live TV and on-demand contents using apps from mulitple sources other than the Amazon store. As Firestick is a fork of Android, you can sideload apps easily and this process is called as jailbreaking firestick. When you install apps from other sources it is called as jailbreaking your Amazon Firestick or Fire TV.

If you prefer to stream movies, TV shows, live TV and any of your favourite contents from the third-party apps, you need to Jailbreak your Firestick to install jailbroken channels & apps. Jailbreak is done to let your Firestick accept apps from third-party sources.

Steps to Jailbreak or Unlock Firestick & Fire TV

Jailbreak or unlock means side-loading third-party apps on to the Firestick. Jailbreak refers to removing the restrictions for third-party apps installed. To Jailbreak your Firestick, you need to modify the default Firestick or FireTV settings.

Step 1: To Jailbreak or unlock your Firestick or Fire TV, you need to create Firestick Account, it is done form its official website

Step 2: Plug your Firestick to HDMI port on your TV

Step 3: Click on the Home button on Firestick or Fire TV remote, the Firestick home screen appears on your screen

Step 4: Navigate to Settings menu option

 Firestick settings

Step 5: Now select Preferences option

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Step 6: Click on Privacy Settings

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Step 7: Under privacy settings, you need to turn off Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data options

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Step 8: Back to Preference option screen and choose Data Monitoring

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Step 9: Turn off Data Monitoring option

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Step 10: Press the Back button on your remote, and go to the settings page

Step 11 : Select My Fire TV or Device option

My Fire TV

Step 12: Click on Developer option

 Firestick settings

Step 13: Click on Apps from Unknown Source to enable it

 Firestick settings

Step 14: Click Turn on from the prompt to enable this option

 Firestick settings

That’s it. Now your Firestick or FireTV is Jailbroken, you can install third-party apps directly onto your device by using downloader app, ES File Explorer, or any other file manager app capable of installing apps on Firestick.

The two most commonly used apps to sideload third-party apps on to the Firestick are.

  • Side-load using Downloader app
  • Side-load using ES File Explorer

How to Jailbreak Firestick Using Downloader app

Downloader is an official app to install which is found on Firestick Amazon App Store

Step 1: Go to the Firestick Home screen

Step 2: Click the search bar to search the App Store

Step 3: Type Downloader in the box. Select the app from the search results

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Step 4: Click on the Download button from the Downloader information screen to start the installation

Step 5: When the installation is complete, click Open

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Step 6: Click Allow and choose Settings from downloader menu

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Step 7: Click on Enable JavaScript option

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Step 8: Click Yes from the prompt

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Step 9: Then click on Home, it will take you to the Downloader home screen

Step 10: Now you have to enter the third-party app URL [For Example Titanium TV (http://bit.ly/2LLLieS)] on the Downloader address bar.

Step 11: Click Go, the apk file will start downloading

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Step 12: When the download is completed, click next and then click Install

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Step 13: Once the Installation is done, click Open to enter into the app

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How to Jailbreak Firestick Using ES File Explorer app

ES File Explorer app is also commonly used as a File Manager app on Firestick or Fire TV to install apps. It also functions as a downloader on Firestick for side-loading third-party apps on to the Firestick.

Step 1: Go to the Firestick Home screen

Step 2: Open the App Store or Navigate to the search bar

Step 3: Search for ES File Explorer app and open the same from the search result

Step 4: Click on Download icon from the app information screen

Step 5: When the download is complete, click on Open

Step 6: Select Tools option on the left side and then choose Downloader option (or) Click on the Downloader icon directly from the right side

Step 7: Click on + New icon from the bottom of the screen

Step 8: A small window open with Path Field and Name field. Here, enter your app’s URL in the path field and Name of the app in the name text box (Example. Titanium TV)

Step 9: Click on Download Now button for the app to start downloading

Step 10: When the downloading is finished click Open File and then click Install

Step 11: Once the installation is done, click on Open to enter into the app

Now your app home page is displayed on your Firestick or Fire TV screen.

Read also: Install Vudu on Firestick / Fire TV

How to Jailbreak Firestick Using Kodi

You can also use Kodi app to jailbreak firestick. Firestick users generally use Kodi to jailbreak. But in general, you can use any third-party app to jailbreak firestick. Having said so, Kodi on firestick is a good choice for you to jailbreak firestick as you get a lot of Kodi addons for firestick. See this guide to easily jailbreak firestick by installing Kodi on firestick.

Now your Firestick or Fire TV is jailbroken to install all your apps from various sources. While you are using a third-party app on a jailbroken Firestick, you are recommended to use a strong VPN for Firestick to hide your streaming activities from government and ISPs. Jailbreaking is a legal process, and not illegal as many say on the internet. But you may face difficulties when you stream any inappropriate contents. You need to update Firestick or Fire TV to work without any issues.