I have a Jailbroken Firestick, Now What Do I Do to Make the Most of It?

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 6 Mar 2022

Jailbroken Firestick

A jailbroken Firestick offers so many exciting features that you wouldn’t want to have it any other way. It gives you unprecedented access to third-party Firestick apps and services, opening up unlimited avenues for entertainment. 

If you have gone through the process of jailbreaking your Firestick and are still wondering how to get the most out of it, you’ve come to the right place. 

How to go about Using a Jailbroken Firestick?

As you might already know, a jailbroken Firestick is an unlocked device. It allows you to install and download third-party streaming services that aren’t available on the official app store.

But before you start installing those services, you need to make specific tweaks to your Firestick’s settings. Only then should you go ahead and start installing 3rd-party streaming services from unknown sources.

Want to know why? To improve their users’ experience, Amazon collects your device and app usage data. Amazon also monitors the data you’re sending and receiving from your device. 

Since you’re going to stream content using 3rd party streaming apps, you should disable these settings. Otherwise, you might get into legal trouble if your ISP or your government finds you streaming copyrighted content.

How to Modify Settings on a Jailbroken Firestick?

By default, the privacy settings on your Amazon Firestick are enabled. This allows Amazon to observe and monitor your streaming habits. There’s also an excellent chance of your ISP snooping in on your online activity.

As a result, even if you aren’t a massive supporter of privacy, turning these settings off is a must, especially when streaming content sourced from unofficial repositories. 

Here’s how you can disable these settings related to privacy:

Step 1: Head over to the Firestick home screen. 

Select “SettingsAmazon Firestick Settings menu with Settings icon highlighted

Step 2: Under Settings, click on the Preferences option.Amazon Firestick Settings menu with Preferences highlighted Step 3: The following screen will display a list of options. 

Select Privacy Settings.The Amazon Firestick Preferences menu with Privacy Settings highlighted

Step 4: Turn off these two options: Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data. Privacy Settings menu, showing Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data

Step 5: Return to Step 3 by pressing the back button. 

It will take you to the Preferences menu. This time, however, select the option Data Monitoring.Amazon Firestick Preferences window Data Monitoring highlighted

Step 6: Turn OFF Data monitoring from the following menu, and you’re good to go.Amazon Firestick Preferences window Data Monitoring ON highlighted

Congratulations! Your Firestick is now safe from data monitoring.

How to Install VPN Services on Firestick?

Modifying your Firestick’s privacy settings would only prevent Amazon from snooping in on your online activity. Your ISP could still keep an eye on the data you’re sending and receiving on your device. 

To avoid surveillance and steer clear of any legal trouble while consuming copyrighted content, it’s recommended to use a reliable VPN service (like ExpressVPN) while streaming content on Firestick. 

ExpressVPN will protect your online identity, ensuring nobody can trace your original location from your IP address. It also has an automatic kill switch that will turn off your internet connection when your VPN connection falters.

Here’s how you can download and install ExpressVPN on your Firestick:

Step 1: Head over to the Firestick home screen. Select “Find” and then “Search.”Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons

Step 2: Type ‘ExpressVPN’ and press enter.ExpressVPN installation option on Firestick

Step 3: Start the download and wait until it’s complete. 

Once the download is complete, your device will automatically begin installing ExpressVPN.

Step 4: Once the installation process is complete, sign in to ExpressVPN by entering your login details (email and password) 

ExpressVPN account login

Step 5: The only thing left to do now is connect to a server location. You will see the connecting symbol on the screen. Click on it and let the VPN automatically connect you to a reliable server location. ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlighted

How to Scan Firestick for Malware?

Scanning a jailbroken Firestick for malware is necessary, especially if you have got your device jailbroken from a third-party retailer. Some retailers install third-party addons with trackers that could monitor and steal your private data.

For this reason, it’s recommended to jailbreak your Firestick yourself. The process is extremely easy and there are lots of tutorials online explaining everything from start to finish. You should thus not leave it to a 3rd-party.

However, if the deed has been done and a third-party retailer has already jailbroken your Firestick, the only thing you could do now is install antivirus software. One that could scan your device for harmful files. 

Amazon Firestick supports a handful of antivirus apps. However, most of them aren’t available on the official app store. You’re thus left with no choice but to sideload them from 3rd-party sources. 

Some of these antivirus software programs include:

  • Bitdefender
  • Webroot
  • Malwarebytes
  • VirusTotal

Most Popular Apps for Jailbroken Firestick

Why do people jailbreak their Amazon Firestick? To enjoy apps and streaming services that aren’t available on the official app store. Here are some of the most popular apps you can sideload on your Firestick:

CyberFlix TV APK

CyberFlix TV APK is one of the most popular third-party apps for streaming content on Firestick. Its simple, user-friendly interface, ever-expanding content library, and rock-solid reliability have helped it garner many plaudits.

CyberFlix TV will enable you to stream movies, drama series, TV shows, and lots of on-demand content. The best thing about this streaming app is that it’s free. You won’t have to pay a penny to watch your favorite content.

Live Net TV

Live Net TV is another app highly preferred by Firestick users. It works seamlessly on Amazon Fire TV Stick and supports various video formats. You can thus adjust the streaming video’s bitrate according to your internet connection’s speed.

The unique thing about this particular app is that it features many channels from regions like Europe, USA, and Canada. Its interface is quite user-friendly, too, making this app easy to use for users who haven’t tried similar apps before.

HD STREAMZ

If you’re a sports enthusiast with a jailbroken Firestick, HD STREAMZ deserves a place on your device. The app features an exciting list of live TV channels that broadcast live sports from around the world. 

HD STREAMZ app has a user-friendly interface and is absolutely free, so you can get started quickly with their streaming without any hassle.

Most Popular Firestick Kodi Addons

Kodi could partly be blamed for the craze behind jailbroken Firesticks. Back when this media player was still available on the official Amazon app store, users could quickly turn to Kodi to stream their favorite pieces of content.

They had no reason to get their Firestick jailbroken. It was only after Amazon removed Kodi from its app store – which was back in 2014 – that Firestick users started thinking seriously about getting their device jailbroken.

You cannot blame those users, given the high-quality and massive range of content Kodi offers via its addons. That’s why, in this section, we’re going to highlight some of the most popular Firestick Kodi addons:

VENOM

Venom is a relatively new addon. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a fan favorite. It offers top-rated content and provides a wide range of categories to choose from, including movies, shows, live channels, etc.

Venom is backed by a team of robust developers who keep it up to date, meaning you can count on this addon to provide you with the latest collection of titles.

MORPHEUS

Morpheus addon is famous for its massive movie library. It offers an extensive collection of titles ranging from new releases to old ones. However, it isn’t only movies that you can stream using Morpheus. 

This addon also contains a wide range of TV shows, documentaries, stand-up comedy, and so much more. Its user-friendly interface makes it a cinch to use for beginners who haven’t used similar apps before.

4K

4K addon is one of the best Kodi has to offer. Apart from supporting 4K streaming features, it also supports services like Real Debrid, Premiumize, and All Debrid. And it is also compatible with Trakt integration.  

Once you’ve downloaded the 4K addon, you will see multiple options (such as Main Section, Movies by Year, Movies Genres, Settings, among others) on the home screen. Use these options to find and stream your favorite piece of content.

How to Enjoy Buffer-Free Streaming on Jailbroken Firestick?

Since third-party streaming apps offer their content for free or at minimal charges, the streaming quality is not the same as that provided by official apps such as Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+.

That is mainly because third-party services don’t use high-end hosts for delivering content. The usage of average or even below-average file hosters hurts the quality of content they’re offering.

Which is why we suggest that you use Real Debrid on Kodi. It’s a service that gives its users access to premium file hosters. Real Debrid also lets you optimize the download speed for a better all-around streaming experience.

All you have to do is create a Real Debrid account and integrate it into Kodi to start streaming. You can also use a free version, but bear in mind that it only works for a limited number of hours every day (between 6 am and noon).

If you’re serious about your streaming, it’s recommended to switch to the paid version. Subscriptions begin at $4.64 per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it legal to use a jailbroken Firestick?

Jailbreaking Firestick isn’t illegal. No one is going to come after you for jailbreaking your Amazon Fire TV Stick. The problem may arise when you watch copyrighted content on your device. 

In such a scenario, you might land into trouble with your ISP and/or your government. That’s why we have suggested that you use a reliable VPN (like ExpressVPN) while streaming your favorite content.

How much does a jailbroken Firestick cost?

The price of a jailbroken Firestick is higher than that of an original Firestick. But as mentioned before, jailbreaking is a simple process that can be done at home, so there’s no reason you should be paying anyone to do it.

Which channels are free with the jailbroken Firestick?

Jailbreaking a Firestick won’t give you access to any free channels. It will be the apps you download after jailbreaking your Firestick that will determine whether (or if) you get any free channels.

Is jailbreaking a Firestick worth it?

Absolutely! It will allow you to download all sorts of third-party services that make the experience well-rounded.

Conclusion

A jailbroken Firestick can do wonders for your streaming experience. So rest assured that unlocking it is worth all the minor difficulties and inconveniences that you’ll come across on the way.

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