How to Jailbreak a Firestick

This article will show you how to jailbreak a Firestick which will provide 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.

The Amazon Firestick has become the most popular streaming device available today due to its low price and simple jailbreak process.

What is jailbreaking, you may ask?  It 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 a Fire TV Stick!

Once we have jailbroken the Firestick, we can side-load 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.

Jailbreaking, Sideloading, and Rooting the Firestick

When you install an app on a piece of hardware without going through the main channels (iTunes App Store, Google Play, etc.), it’s called sideloading. A lot of the time you won’t be able to sideload an app without first jailbreaking or rooting the device first. Fortunately, this isn’t the case for Amazon Fire TV owners. Whether you own a Fire TV or a Fire Stick, you can quickly and easily sideload apps without having to worry about rooting the device first.

It’s important to note that there is no software method of jailbreaking an Amazon Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV tablets and Fire TV set top boxes are a different story, but if you’re trying to gain root access to a Fire Stick, you have to go through a complicated process of cracking open the casing and soldering points on the actual hardware. It’s a messy process that the entire Fire TV community recommends against doing, as it can seriously damage your device. The good news is because you can sideload apps on Fire Sticks out of the box, you don’t need root access in the first place.

How to Sideload Apps on Fire TV Stick

The Amazon Fire TV coding community has made a number of methods available for sideloading content onto your Fire Stick. Some require a PC on the same Wi-Fi network, whereas others are simple app downloads that open a channel for adding apks to your device. A few methods are more straightforward than others, so we’ll cover those in the guides below. Simply choose the one that sounds easiest for your home set up, then let the sideloading begin!

Preparing the Fire TV Stick to Sideload

Fire Sticks are almost ready to sideload as soon as you take them out of the package. Once your device is hooked up to your TV, you’ll need to toggle one of the default options to allow installing from external sources. This is a safe procedure that only takes a second to complete. It’s also a necessary step before you can sideload.

  1. Go to your Fire TV Stick’s settings page located at the top of the home menu.
  2. Scroll right and choose “Device”

3.Move down to “Developer Options”

4. Set Both ADB Debugging And  “Apps from Unknown Sources” to ON

5. Accept the warning message about installing external apps.

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Sideloading on Fire TV Using The Downloader App

The simplest way to sideload software onto your Fire Stick is to use the Downloader App. The method is completely free and doesn’t require any command line configuration or PC software. You’ll have to manually type URLs into the interface using the Fire TV remote, but apart from that the entire process couldn’t be simpler.

  • Open the Amazon Appstore on your Fire TV.
  • Search for Downloader and install the program.
  • While that installs, find the direct URL for the file you want to add to your Fire Stick.
  • Run Downloader and type the URL directly into the box. You can also use the built-in browser to navigate the web, but it’s much easier to use your PC to get the link.
  • Click Settings menu item on left side of screen
  • Click Enable JavaScript checkbox
  • Click Yes button on JavaScript Warning
  • Click Home button
  • Download the file through Downloader. Once complete, you can install it by selecting “Files” within the interface.
  • Sideloaded apps will appear on your Fire Stick’s main page along with the rest of your software.

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