The Ultimate Guide to Jailbreaking Your Firestick

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is probably the most popular Android streaming device in the world. Coming in at under $50 for a 4K Ultra HD ready device. You can access thousands of channels and content from all the top media providers in one place. From Amazon Prime and Netflix to BBC iPlayer and HBO.

In this mega guide, we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Jailbreaking your Firestick.

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  • Your activities are hidden from your ISP, the government, and from the apps you are using.
  • You can access additional movies and TV streams.
  • ISP attempts to throttle are thrwarted thus reducing buffering issues.
  • Geographically restricted content like Netflix and Hulu can be unblocked.

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Why Use a Firestick to Stream?

The Firestick is powered by a Quad-Core 1.7Ghz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, this tiny dongle packs a powerful punch.

There isn’t much you can’t do with it. 

One drawback that the Firestick has, is you need to pay for a subscription to the massive range of 3,000+ channels that they provide you access to.

You work through Amazon’s portal, and if you want to access streamed media for free then you’re going to need to jailbreak your Firestick.

What Does Jailbreaking Your Firestick Mean?

Jailbreaking means changing the original purpose that a device was intended for. With phones, this could mean allowing it to access application stores outside of Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Jailbreaking your Firestick simply means that you are allowing it to access programs that are not part of the officially recognized application you can download in the Amazon App Store.

There is no danger to your device, nor is it illegal. The device has been bought by you and you are free to do what you like with it.

Must-Have Applications and Step By Step Guides to Jailbreaking Your Firestick

There are three things we need to do before we start looking at Filelinked Kodi and all the awesome add ons and builds we could install on our Jailbroken Firestick. Starting off with allowing our Firestick to download applications from unknown sources.

Turning on Unknown Sources

  1. Your Firestick should be plugged into your TV and on. Start from the Home screen
  2. Click Setting which you will see at the top of your screen, off-center right above the banner
  3. Select My Fire TV
  4. Click Developer Options
  5. Under “Apps from Unknown Sources” turn it from off to on

Great, now we’re ready to download 2 applications which will be essential for downloading other applications along the way including Kodi.

ES File Explorer App

This application is a great way for “sideloading” applications onto Kodi, as well as organizing your files. The Amazon Firestick doesn’t really have a file explorer built into its user interface, due to it being a streaming app.

Sideloading simply means the transfer of a file from one device to another. You would upload an application from your computer onto your Firestick using ES File Explorer, as the Firestick has no inbuilt function to accept a file upload.

Through ES File Explorer you can access a host of great applications including Downloader which we will also need.

Download ES File Explorer using these simple steps:

  1. From the Firestick home page, go to search (the lens icon in the top left-hand corner)
  2. Type in “ES File Explorer”
  3. Download and Open

Downloader App

Now you’ve got ES File Explorer you can access Downloader, through which you’ll be able to download Kodi and lots of other great TV streaming applications like TV Zion and Cinema HD

  1. Open ES File Explorer
  2. Click Tools the Download Manager
  3. You’ll see an icon that says “Downloader”
  4. Click “+ New” which is at the bottom of your screen
  5. Through here you can download files from a URL straight onto your Firestick

Jailbreaking your Firestick is now complete! How easy was that?

You could pay twice as much for someone to do it for you or do it yourself in less than 5 minutes.

But, before you get all excited and start downloading all our recommended applications and Kodi builds and add ons, we recommend you get a decent VPN first.

Why Do I Need a VPN After Jailbreaking Your Firestick?

Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is legally required to log everything you do on the internet. What websites you look at, how long you spend on them and how you move from site to site.

The chances are if you want to watch free content online, like the latest movie blockbuster, or an episode of a US TV Show not available elsewhere then the content you are watching is illegal.

Large media providers work closely with ISP’s to block websites, particularly torrent sites which give links to content that is not allowed to be distributed.

Before you start worrying about getting caught, getting a VPN from one of our top 3 providers can easily solve all your problems:

  • A Virtual Private Network (VPN) allows you to remain anonymous online. It does this by creating an “encrypted tunnel” between the application on your device and the VPN’s Domain Name. This encryption is done using Open VPN’s 256-bit AES encryption. It’s unbreakable and the same used by the US Military
  • A VPN prevents your ISP from snooping your browsing and knowing what you are doing online, therefore meaning they are unable to block the destination of your traffic
  • A VPN can also prevent your internet connection being slowed down at busy times or due to the amount of data you use
  • You can also use a VPN to access content restricted by your region. So, using a VPN you could log onto a US Server to access US Netflix if you had a UK Netflix subscription.

For top Tier 1 service providers, who have a great reputation and own all their own infrastructure we recommend IPVanish, Express VPN or Nord VPN.

What Apps to Use After Jailbreaking Your Firestick

In the rest of this guide, we are going to give you an in-depth guide of the best applications to download, as well as getting the best out of Kodi on your Firestick.

How to Install Filelinked

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Filelinked is a brilliant tool for downloading large packets of files from trusted users, saving you the trouble of having to download them one by one by yourself.

Previously known as Droid Admin, Filelinked has been around for years, used as an anonymous file messaging service. You can download it from the Amazon store, or through the Downloader app using the following steps:

  1. Run Downloader from your Amazon Firestick
  2. Click the URL field and type in https://www.filelinked.com/ and download the File linked app
  3. Click “Install”
  4. Once downloaded, delete the APK file
  5. You also need to go to https://www.filelinked.com/ and create an account there
  6. Now when you want to access a Filelinked account, you start the application on your Firestick and type in the code for the files you want to download

Where to find Filelinked Codes

You can find tonnes of Filelinked codes online, just make sure they are being referred by a trusted website. 

There is no inbuilt Malware scanner in Filelinked so always use caution, the following codes have been tried and tested as safe, but if you ever in doubt we recommend you use a professional malware scanner like Malwarebytes.

Here are some of our favorites:

  • 35746417 – TV Zion, one of the best TV streaming applications out there
  • 67817931 – Tea TV, another great TV streaming application
  • 22222222 Pin: 4754 – APK Time file store, which gives you access to a massive range of great TV streaming applications including Morpheus TV, Cyberflix, Cinema HD and Bee TV, as well as 50+ others. One of the most complete file stores available on Filelinked
  • 85810914 – Different version of Kodi and the Aptoide store, an alternative to the Google Play Store
  • 96031172 Pin: 1234A range of Terrarium clones, the infamous but now defunct original TV streaming application
  • 38069272 – Joe’s Place several great applications for Firestick
  • 74238464 – Great file store for movies lovers, a wide range of apps including Movies HD and HD Cinema
  • 39983887 – Various builds and add ons from One nation one of the best repositories on Kodi
  • 80409018 – Large variety of builds for Kodi 18
  • 44427643 – Mark Peters – 100+ Kodi Builds and repositories with direct links

As you can see from above, some Filelinked stores need PINs and others don’t. Just click enter when it asks you for a PIN.

You can Google around for many more, but these should really give you everything you need.

Alternative App Stores to Download Movie Applications

Under the Filelinked codes, you may have seen talk of TV streaming applications. These are separate to Kodi and their add ons (though some do have Kodi add ons as well)

They serve as stand-alone Android applications. But they can’t be accessed from the Google Play Store. You’ll need to go through an alternative Android application site, which has less strict admission for applications. Also, Google won’t allow any application that stream copyrighted material illegally. 

To download any of the below, just type the URL into Downloader.

You can use:

Aptoide

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Download from: https://www.aptoide.com/en/home

Aptoide, is the third biggest app store in the world and you’ve probably never heard of them. They have over a million applications on their store, compare to the 2M+ on Google, and 1.6M+ on the Apple app store.

They come first on our list, purely due to the amount of choice and the excellent Malware scanning system they have on their platform. This means that any app you download from Aptoide is guaranteed to be virus-free. Also, you can automatically sync and update all your applications just like Google Play. Make sure to read our article on Aptoide.

APK Time

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Download from: https://apktime.com

APK Time is very cool and can also be downloaded through Filelinked. It’s basically a one-stop-shop for the 75+ best TV streaming applications as well as a host of other categories. 

Imagine it being a big application, that holds individual applications within itself. So, it can be navigated like a library

The fact that the apps are ranked based on the number of downloads and uses, means you can always have access to the top trending applications for TV streaming. A word of caution, they have no inbuilt Malware software, so stick to top applications which would be deemed safe based upon the number of users interacting with the application. Read our article on APK Time.

Mobilism

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Download from: https://mobilism.online/

Mobilism is a massive app store, 300K+ applications, and 600K+ eBooks. There isn’t anything you can’t find in the store. It’s a bit of a hodgepodge of applications, and users submit files which are then up or downvoted by users.

They have an active and loyal community. You can become a premium member to download directly from their servers or stay free and just plow through a few ads. Again, the apps aren’t checked, and anyone can upload so it pays to be cautious.

Best Android TV Streaming Applications

Here are our top 5 choices, for the best Android TV streaming applications:

TV Zion

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Download from: https://zionapp.live

Probably the best TV and movie streaming application out there. They offer a slick Netflix style interface and a heap of features. Integrate with Trakt and Real Debrid for high-quality links, fully customizable home screen, autoplay and auto next function, custom link filtering for torrents, as well as detailed stats to help you find the best working link.

You can also pay for a premium subscription starting from $1.50 a month which lets you stream directly from torrents, access high-speed servers and an advanced met detection service for the best links. Make sure to read our article on TV Zion.

Unlock My TV

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Download from: https://unlockmytv.com/#downloads

Unlock My TV scrapes active web sources to bring together a massive selection of media, including HD links. The application is completely free but does serve in applications ads. You can watch trailers in the application, as well as use the kid’s mode to block them from seeing adult content. Compatible with Real Debrid and Trakt and has a good search and filter function. What makes Unlock My TV great is all links are scanned prior to being added, so are safe and working. Read our article on Unlock My TV.

Cyberflix

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Download from: https://cybermedia.cloud/

Cyberflix is the best completely free and ad-free Android TV streaming application out there. Supported by a massive fan base. Cyberflix has an identical UI to Terrarium and offers a massive selection of media. You also get an inbuilt TV calendar, as well as an intelligent search engine to find the titles you are looking for. Slick and compatible with Real Debrid and Trakt. Updated regularly and an active community means bugs are reported and fixed quickly. Make sure to read our article on Cyberflix.

Typhoon TV

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Download from: https://typhoontv.gq/

Probably the hottest TV streaming application out right now. You’re not even required to register to use the application. They have a slick user interface and access to a massive media library with HD and 4K streams. You can download content and watch offline, as well as access fast servers and a Live TV calendar. The application also supports Chromecast as well as being compatible with Real Debrid and Trakt. Read our article on Typhoon TV.

Cinema HD

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Download from: https://cinemaapk.com/

Also known as Cinema APK, Cinema HD has been around a while and stayed stable and popular. Great content library with consistently working links, as well as the ability to download any movie and watch offline. They have a large collection of movies in HD. What makes the application great is it’s free and has no ads. You can also use Kid’s mode to block content. Compatible with Real Debrid and Trakt. Make sure to read our article on Cinema HD.

Live Lounge

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Download from: https://i4apps.co.uk 

Live Lounge is a great simple application that has grown increasingly popular in 2019, with live streams and scrapers from top films, TV shows, and radio. Make sure to read our article on Live Lounge.

How to Install Kodi

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You’re not really doing yourself justice unless you have Kodi installed on your Firestick.

Kodi first came around in 2002 and is now on its 18th major version. Originally designed as a piece of homebrew software, it has developed into one of the most popular open-source media players globally for several good reasons:

  • Plays most codecs (file types) making it able to easily play any media file
  • Turns your TV into an all in one entertainment centers for music, videos, and pictures
  • Has a 10-foot user interface, which allows Android applications to be scaled properly to any TV size, and navigated using a remote control
  • Downloaded over 50 million times and run by the XMBC Foundation as well as a team of core developers who keep the software updated, with new major updates released annually as well as regular patches and minor updates
  • 100% free and legal
  • Access to the Kodi add on a library which has roughly 1,000 add ons, but thousands of add ons from unknown sources giving you access to almost any type of movies, TV show or other media you can think of, for free

Kodi is easy to install on a Firestick using the following steps:

  1. Open Downloader on your Firestick
  2. Enter the following URL: http://www.kodi.tv/download
  3. On the menu interface select and download the Android version
  4. Choose the 32-bit version and install
  5. Allow the device to have full access to your device and network

Best Kodi Builds for Firesticks

A build is a blueprint to set up Kodi just how you want it. This saves a lot of time, by downloading a custom-made build which has been pre-developed.

The build will come with a pre-set skin, and add ons, saving you the trouble of finding and downloading everyone add on, as well as pre-set features and settings.

Save yourself time and get one of our recommended builds.

One thing to bear in mind with the Firestick is that with 1GB of RAM it can struggle and potentially crash with larger builds.

Builds can vary in size from 50MB to 400MB+ if you want your Firestick to run at optimal speed, we recommend builds that are less than 300MB in size.

How to Install a Build on Firestick

Below are template instructions for installing a build, when you read through our top 3 Kodi Builds for Firestick, just substitute the URL for the <Insert URL> part in the instructions:

  1. Start Kodi and from the Home Screen go to settings, the gear icon in the top left-hand corner of the screen
  2. Turn on Unknown sources
  3. Make sure that Unknown sources are turned on or you won’t be able to access Diggz from its URL
  4. Go back and click File Manager
  5. Click add source and then “Add None”
  6. A pop-up browser will come up with a URL bar <Insert URL>, occasionally the build URL may change, if it doesn’t work, check Google to find a working mirror. Make sure you are downloading it from the same repository (file store) to avoid malicious or infected files
  7. Name your source
  8. Return to Add ons menu then click the box icon above video add ons 
  9. Click install from Zip file then click your file and then install from repository
  10. When the installation finishes choose your build and accept all settings
  11. Always install a Fresh Build, and then restart Kodi
  12. Your new Build will be installed!

Top 3 Kodi Builds for Firestick

The Amazon Firestick is a great device, but for some of the larger builds, it may lack the RAM to allow the Build to run smoothly. This could lead to an out of sync interface or even forcing the application to crash.

With its 1GB RAM we have found that it’s better to go for simpler builds which are 400MB in size or less. You really aren’t missing out on anything. Builds that are much bigger than 400MB+ tend to have a lot of bloat and multiple options, as well as 100+ add ons, many of which you will never use.

Here are our top 3 picks for a great build for your Firestick:

Xenon

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Download from: http://diggzrepo.ddns.net   

Coming from the popular Diggs Fire Builds, this is our largest build coming in at 400MB. Xenon has a massive range of great add ons, including Numbers, Exodus Redux and Scrubs v2. They even have 13 categories which include Kids Zone and Arcade Games. The UI is lovely and includes an intelligent recommendation system. Make sure to read our article on Diggz Xenon.

Xanax

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Download from: http://xanaxrepo.com/repo/ 

Xanax comes in around 300MB and is our smallest build and comes from the makers of the massively successful Durex build. It also has 40 of the best add ons going. There is a great range of skins, so you don’t have to be stuck with one look. You can also access Live TV, Adult sections and Kids TV. Read our article on Xanax.

Titanium

titanium kodi build

Download from: http://repo.supremebuilds.com 

This build comes in at just under 400MB and has been specially formatted to work with the Amazon Fire Stick. You get a big range of the top add ons including Maverick TV, Sports Devil, and Supremacy. As well as decent functioning Live TV options. Make sure to read our article on Titanium.

Best Kodi Add ons

Kodi add ons, are parts of a build which offer access to a specific service or type of media. You could get an add on just for Live TV, or sport.

There are thousands in the Kodiverse and they can all be installed using the same instructions as Builds and then found on your add ons menu.

Here are our top add ons everyone on Kodi should have:

Exodus Redux

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Download from: https://i-a-c.github.io/

Exodus Redux is currently one of the most popular add ons on Kodi. Due to it using Open Scrapers which delivers consistently working high-quality links, which are updated by the community. They also have a great UI, a smart search function that makes it easy to find your favorite titles. As well as a wide range of foreign language streams. Make sure to read our article on Exodus Redux.

The Magic Dragon

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Download from: http://repo.rubyjewelwizard.com 

Dating back to 2017, The Magic Dragon has been known by various names. Watch trailers before you commit to a film. Great selection of media including 4K and HD links. Try to Catch Up TV and watch the favorite episodes that you have missed. As well as a good selection of music, sports and Kids channels. Read our article on The Magic Dragon.

Destiny of Deathstar

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Download from: http://ezzer-mac.com/repo 

Bringing together two very popular add ons, as Deathstar has become defunct. You get a massive range of media, including M3U8 and Ace streams, which means you get media from a wide range of add ons. This add on, combines 40 different add ons into one place. Read our article on Destiny of Deathstar.

Numbers

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Download from: http://cellardoortv.com/repo 

Numbers have been going strong since 2018. Beautiful UI, and tonnes of links from popular torrent sites. They have an intelligent search function, an active developer, as well as a massive library with a broad range of categories. They have a good selection of foreign shows as well. Read our article on Numbers.

Seren

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Download from: https://nixgates.github.io/packages 

Seren is one of the hottest add ons at the moment, as it is a custom-coded add on from the makers of the Inception Add on, which means it doesn’t have the bloat of other add ons, which tend to be forks of old code bases.

Get functions like Next up, Auto Play, Auto Next, and super-fast scrapers. You can even build your own custom scraper list and download and watch content offline. Make sure to read our article on Seren.

Release BB

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Download from: https://bugatsinho.github.io/repo 

This is an innovative add on which streams links from cut scene groups, who see content before anybody. So, they provide fewer links, but they all work. Plus, they have HD and 4K streams, as well as intelligent recommendations based upon your previous viewing habits. Make sure to read our article on Release BB.

Venom

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Download from: https://123venom.github.io 

Another newer add on with cool features like the Up Next function, which currently only Seren has on Kodi. They also use a newer system of scrapers called Open Scraper which has proven to be more reliable when it comes to being updated. Read our article on Venom.

UK Turks Playlist

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Download from: https://addoncloud.org/ukturk/install 

An old school add on which was first released in 2016. It recently had its 6th major update and is now back and better than ever. The massive back catalog of content, better speed, and great scrapers. Trustworthy and reliable.  Make sure to read our article on Mobdro.

Best Live TV Applications

Mobdro

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Download from: https://www.mobdro.bz/

Mobdro is the King of Live TV applications. Driven by great developers and a thriving online community. You can even pay for a premium subscription for a measly $2.99 a year which gives you offline streaming. It features thousands of channels with a sleek and easy to use UI and an option to turn off adverts. You can also access HD streams.

Live Net TV

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Download from:  https://www.livenettv.sc/

Live Net TV has a great selection of Live TV channels from over 20 countries. Including, sport, music, and entertainment, as well as cooking, movies, and documentaries. Make sure to read our article on Live Net TV.

Red Box

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Download from: https://myredboxtv.com/redbox-tv-ak/

Choose TV channels from 17 different countries, with a selection of channels almost as big as Mobdro.  You also have a Kids section and can flag dead links. Also, you have the option for password protection, as well as a specific section for Movies and TV Shows from different countries.  Read our article on Red Box.

Best Sports Applications

Kodi really does have a great selection of sports add ons. Whether you want to watch this weekend NFL games, catch with Premier League Football, or watch some snowmobile racing there is something for every.

Here are our 3 favourite Kodi add ons for Sport for Firestick TV:

Sports Devil

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Download from: http://www.lvtvv.com/repo/ 

The daddy of sports add ons, many other add ons feed off the streams from Sport’s Devil. You can easily search through top premium sports channels and find almost anything you are looking for. Old, reliable and dependable. Read our article on Sports Devil.

cCloud TV

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Download from: http://www.lvtvv.com/repo/ 

Brilliant all in one add on, dedicated to sports, you can find everything here and organize by country and sport. Easy to navigate this beautiful UI. Make sure to read our article on cCloud TV.

Net Stream Sports Hub

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Download from: http://streamarmy.co.uk/repo/ 

One of the years hottest sports add on, you can find almost any live sport here including:

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Boxing 
  • NFL
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
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