How to Jailbreak Firestick in 2019

Updated on: 20 February 2019
Updated on: 20 February 2019

The Firestick has completely transformed the way millions of people around the globe view TV. Despite its many advantages over normal TV, there is one element that many consider being a major flaw. While the Firestick offers a huge range of content via Netflix, Hotstar, and of course, Amazon Prime; all this content comes at a price. This means that people end up having to either spend quite a lot of money over time in order to enjoy the fullest potential of the product.

If you want to unlock the infinite potential of your Firestick without having to continuously spend money buying new content, then jailbreaking the Firestick, (which by the way, is not an illegal activity) can help you reach that goal with ease.

1. Why Is It Not Illegal To Jailbreak a Firestick?

When you buy a Firestick, you do not lease the Firestick, you pay a fee in order to obtain the ownership rights to that specific piece of kit. Once you undertake the transaction, the Firestick is then exclusively yours and is your private property. As such, you are free to do with that kit whatever you like.

If you are considering using you Firestick to view content this blocked in your country or for which you do not have the approved rights to view, then you should probably consider pairing the Firestick with a VPN.

It is important to note that while we are writing this article to help you know how to jailbreak your Firestick, we do not condone or encourage any acts of streaming copyrighted content.

2. Step-by-Step Instructions to Jailbreak a Firestick

An important point to mention here is that you do not need any equipment such as a PC, Laptop, or any other device in order to perform this procedure.

Step 1 – Head to the Firestick settings menu and follow this path
Settings>Device>Developer Options>Enable Unknown Sources Apps
Step 2 – Click on the ‘Turn On’ button in order to avoid the warning box
Step 3 – Turn on the ‘ADB Debugging’ option
Step 4 – Return to the settings menu and select ‘preferences.’
Step 5 – Scroll down and select ‘Advertising ID,’ then turn off the ‘Internet-based Ads’ option
Step 6 – Return to the Home Screen, then click on the ‘Search Icon.’
Step 7 – Type ‘downloader’ into the box and click to search
Step 8 – From the results, select the ‘downloader’ option. This is usually a bright orange button
Step 9 – Click on the download button to commence the downloading process. This is usually a circular orange icon that appears in the bottom left-hand corner
Step 10 – Wait for the download process to complete, then click to open the app.
Step 11 – Now you are in the app, you should be positioned on the home screen. Here, you will see a box with space to type in a URL. You then need to type in the following address:
Step 12 – Click ‘go’ in order to commence the download. The download process will automatically commence.
Step 13 – When you the wizard for Kodi pop up, you then need to click on the ‘install’ button.
Step 14 – Only when the install option completes, can you then click to ‘open’ the app.

This concludes the jailbreaking process. Now that you have installed Kodi, you are free to watch your chosen content by installing different ‘add on’s’ and ‘builds.’

This process will work on both Fire TV Stick and Fire TV.

3. What is Kodi?

If you are completely new to this, you may not have heard about Kodi yet.

Where have you been!?

Kodi is a type of application that will essentially unlock infinite potential in terms of being able to access the content you need going forward. From TV Shows, to film, sports and more; Kodi is a great tool to help give access to a huge collection of media.

It is essentially a free open-source piece of content that was developed initially by XBMC. To summarise, it is a cost-effective media streaming solution that is easy to use, and when used with a Firestick, it can unlock the door to limitless content.

If you want to access content, just download it and off you go.

4. Do you need a VPN with a Jailbroken Firestick?

A VPN is a good idea regardless of whether you are using a Firestick or not. It helps bolster your security as well as offering anonymity online. One of the reasons that people enjoy the benefits of a jailbroken Firestick with a VPN is due to the complete privacy a VPN can provide.

All online activities are shielded from the outside world, and your traffic will usually be fully encrypted as well. This means that nobody, not even your Internet Service Provider can detect what you do or where you go online.

If you have any security concerns whatsoever, these can be addressed fully with the use of a VPN. All of the top VPN providers will offer the reassurance of a zero data logging policy which means they will not store nor record any of the information pertaining to your online activities. However, this type of guarantee is usually only offered by a paid for VPN service and cannot be assured with free VPNs.

There are also some Wi-Fi providers that will block your access to streaming media services, and a VPN is an essential tool that can help you to navigate these hurdles.

If you are trying to access geo-restricted or location-specific content, a VPN can also help you change the appearance of your location, and thus open-up content opportunities that may otherwise be available in your location or country.

Simply put, if you want the freedom to access any content online securely, a VPN is a very cost-effective way to do this. With some of the leading providers on VPN services starting from just $3 per month, it is now easier than ever to get your own VPN to use with your Firestick or any other device you use to connect to the internet.

Written by: Elizabeth March

Advanced ITSEC Specialist Based in Cambridge, England, Elizabeth has held notable positions for a range of high-profile vendors and clients in the European IT Security and Communications Sector. As a former IT Trainer, Technical Specialist, and Product Manager; she transitioned into the role of an expert IT Copywriter in 2015. Since then, her works have been published globally, and she continues to help people easily decipher complex technical challenges and make informed decisions about their digital lives.

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