I hope everyone had a happy Prime Day this year. And I also hope you bought yourself a few Fire Sticks while they were insanely cheap. But, whether you received one as a gift, or bought one yourself, you might be asking yourself what you can do with it. Well, there is a reason that the Amazon Fire TV devices are so popular. It’s not because you can run tons of official apps on it. It’s not because of the library of Amazon original content. It’s because they are super easy to hack.
In the old days of Android hacking, it was necessary to “jailbreak” a device in order to run third-party apps. But with the Amazon Fire TV family of devices and all the new “unofficial” apps available today, you are always just a few clicks away from turning your boring old Fire Stick into a shiny new entertainment powerhouse. In this article, I’m going to walk you through the process step-by-step.
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In order to get from an out-of-the-box Fire Stick to a fully functioning entertainment system, there are a few steps involved. The first of which is to get your VPN installed and running. That is the easiest part of the formula.
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Go to Apps at the top of your home screen
Select the Categories option
Select the IPVanish VPN app
Select the Get button
Select the Open button to launch the IPVanish app
You will first be prompted to enter your IPVanish Username and Password to login to the application. If you don’t yet have an IPVanish account Click here to get an incredible 57% discount on IPVanish VPN Service. Please make sure to select the Remember Me box so you don’t have to enter it each time then select LOGIN
Once you are logged in, you can choose a location and click the CONNECT button or you can go to the options to select a specific server
Once you are connected, you can go back to your home screen and all of your applications will be routed through the VPN and your data will be sent over the secure connection.
Now that your connection is secure, let’s move on to installing the cool apps!
Install Stremio for On-Demand Movies and TV Series
The hottest app available for streaming all the free content you can imagine is called Stremio. Stremio brings you practically EVERY movie and TV series ever made. On-demand and in HD. This incredible app is easy to use, and simple to install. We will be installing Stremio and all the other apps in this article from the KodiAmerica.com Jailbreak App Vault.Let’s get that up and running. Go into the Amazon App Store on your Fire Stick and search for the Downloader App. It’s an official Amazon app and it’s free. If you need help installing that app, you can follow my tutorial How to Install the Downloader App.
Open the Downloader app and type the following address in the address bar. https://get.droidadmin.com/. Once you enter that URL and click GO, the FileLinked application will download automatically. Just follow the prompts to get it installed.
Once you have it installed, you just have to open the app. The only thing you need to do here is to input my unique code.
Once you have entered the code and clicked CONTINUE, you will be taken to the KodiAmerica Jailbreak App Vault. You will see Stremio on the list. The version may be a little different than the one in the illustration, but there is usually only one choice for Stremio in the Vault. Scroll down until you have highlighted the little download icon beside Stremio and click it.
Stremio will start downloading
When the download has finished, the download icon changes to like a PLAY button. Click it.
You will be asked if you want to install Stremio. Click INSTALL
Stremio will begin installing
Once Stremio is finished installing, you will be asked if you want to open it. Click OPEN
You will see the Stremio splash screen
You will be asked if you want to allow the application to send anonymous error reporting data. It is up to you whether you want to do this. I choose not to just because I can’t be sure what information is being sent.
When asked if you want to log in or register, choose to register. You can enter any random/fake email address in the registration box. Then you will be asked to create a password. Just use something you will remember in case you want to use this login again in case you need to reinstall Stremio.
Once you are logged in, you will see three little lines at the top left corner of the screen. Use your mouse or remote to click there to bring up the menu. We will need to install some add-ons, so scroll down and click on Add-ons.
You will see a list of the official Stremio add-ons. What we are interested in are the community add-ons. So, let’s switch over to view those. Select where it says Official and click on it. Then select Community from the list that pops up.
Once you have selected Community from that list, you will see a screen with the Community add-ons.
These add-ons use BitTorrent technology, so you will want to get your VPN connected before you start using these add-ons. Click here for a great discount on IPVanish VPN service.
It is very simple to install an add-on. Just scroll down and click install on any of them. Some of the add-ons I recommend you go ahead and install are Juan Carlos 2, PirateBay, RAR and Popcorn. I’ll show you how to do it by installing the Juan Carlos 2 add-on.
Scroll down until you have highlighted the Install button on the Juan Carlos 2 add-on in the list of Community add-ons. Click on Install
You will be asked if you are sure you want to install it. Confirm by clicking Install
You will see that, in the add-ons list, the button for Juan Carlos 2 has changed from Install to Uninstall. That means it is installed. To uninstall the add-on, simply click the Uninstall button. You can install and uninstall add-ons as many times as you like.
Continue to install RAR, PirateBay, and Popcorn. Feel free to install any of the others as well. Once you are finished installing add-ons, click the back button to go to the home screen of Stremio.
Select one of the movies from the home screen that you would like to watch. In this case, I chose The Avengers. Click on it to bring up the details page.
The details page contains all the information about the movie as well as a list of streams available. You can also see which add-on found the stream. You can see that the top one is the Juan Carlos 2 add-on, and PTB means PirateBay. Click on the stream you want to play.
Stremio will start downloading bits of the torrent file until it has enough to start streaming. It uses the actual movie title logo as the progress bar. I think that’s a cool touch. When the logo is fully lit up, the movie will start to play.
Now that you have Stremio installed, you will also want to install an app to get live TV. Mobdro is the best app for this. Unfortunately, Mobdro has some fairly intrusive ads. But will also be installing Blokada to take care of those ads.
Installing Mobdro and Blokada
We will be installing Mobdro+Blokada from the App Vault as well. Open the FileLinked app from the Apps menu.
Check to be sure it is correct, and if it isn’t, then enter the code 47356537
Once you are sure the code is entered correctly, press CONTINUE to enter the KodiAmerica.com Jailbreak App Vault.
Scroll down in the list until you see Mobdro. Click on the download icon and Mobdro will begin downloading.
You can see the download progress.
When the download has completed, the download icon changes to an install icon. Click on the install icon to begin installing Mobdro
You will be shown the list of permissions that Mobdro requires. Scroll down until you see the option to install and click Install
Mobdro will begin installing
When Mobdro is finished installing, select Done and click on it.
You will be back at the Jailbreak App Vault apps list screen again.
Repeat the process for the Blokada app.
Click DONE to go back to the App Vault
Press the back button on your Fire TV remote to exit out of the App Vault app list screen. You will be asked if you want to leave. Click Yes
Then click the back button again to completely exit the KodiAmerica.com Jailbreak App Vault. Press the home button on your remote to go back to the home screen of your Amazon Fire TV device. Then long-press the home button again like you did before and choose apps. Let’s go back to the apps screen and look for Blokada. It will most likely be at the bottom of the list because you installed it last. Click on it.
You will see an info screen when you first start Blokada. It explains the settings that are already set for you. Those are all good, so just click Continue.
You will then be sent to the Blokada home screen. Your cursor is already on Notifications.
Click once to turn off notifications.
Click DOWN once on your remote one time and you will have the Power button selected at the bottom right of the screen. Click it and it will turn sort of pink or orange as Blokada starts up.
Once Blokada starts up, the Power button will turn orange.
Blokada is all set. You won’t really ever have to open it again. It just sits in the background and blocks ads. That’s exactly what we want it to do.
Now, go to your apps screen again by long-pressing the home button. This time we will want to open Mobdro. So, click on its icon.
Then you will see the Mobdro Main Menu. You may be prompted to update Mobdro. If so, then let it update.
On the Mobdro home screen, you will see recommendations, etc. Let’s scroll down to the channels menu to see what’s on.
There are tons of live channels to watch here. As far as free IPTV solutions, Mobdro is certainly one of the best ones available. For this example, open ABC.
It will buffer a bit in order to fill up the buffer, and then start playing. Looks like the news is on.
At this point, you are all set. Just use Stremio when you want to watch a movie or TV series on-demand and Mobdro when you want to watch live TV. Remember, only use these apps if you have a high-quality VPN installed and active on your device. IPVanish is the only way to go in my professional opinion.