How to Jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV Stick 2018
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How to Jailbreak the Fire TV or Fire Stick
Although the jailbreaking process for the Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick is not the easiest thing to do, it is not a problem if you are able to follow a few simple steps. You can buy a jailbroken Fire Stick from a lot of places on the Internet, but you can’t be sure what kind of software it is running and could pose a huge security risk to your privacy. Always be sure you do it yourself, or have someone you trust to do it for you. Just to be on the safe side.
Following this simple tutorial will get you on your way to watching free streaming video content from all over the Internet. We are going to show you how to jailbreak your Fire TV and/or Fire Stick quickly and easily. This tutorial is for the 2nd Generation Fire Stick with Alexa voice remote. We will also show you how to use your jailbroken Fire Stick or Fire TV so you can be up and running in no time.
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Preparing the Fire Stick for the Jailbreaking Process
The first thing you need to do is to tweak a couple settings on the fire stick to make it receptive to the jailbreaking process. We will not be using a computer to jailbreak the Fire Stick, but we will need to install a couple “unauthorized” apps in order to jailbreak the device completely. Obviously, your device will need to be connected to the Internet as well.
You must complete this step in order to jailbreak your Fire TV or Fire Stick. Go to the main Settings menu on the Fire Stick.
Click on Developer Options
Select Apps from Unknown Sources, and, if it is turned off, click it to turn it on.
Warning: Allowing installation of third-party applications can be a risk, and Amazon clearly warns you of that risk. However, our engineers here at Kodi America are not aware of any security threat to your network that could be carried out through your Fire Stick or Fire TV. That does not mean that some apps don’t exist out there that are malicious. Just use some good common sense and make sure you are installing apps that you trust.
Sometimes installing a third-party can cause the Fire TV or Fire Stick to malfunction. While this is very rare, you can overcome this problem by doing a factory reset on your device and things will go back to normal. You can try again. Maybe the install file was corrupted. But, we rarely see these types of problems.
Now, go back to the Home screen on the Fire Device.
Go to the Search screen on the device and search for “Downloader”.
Under Apps and Games you will see the Downloader app. Select to install the app.
You will see an icon to Download the app. Click this and the app will download and install.
The Download icon will change to an Open icon. Click this icon to open the app.
When asked if you want to allow Downloader to access photos, etc. click Allow. This gives the app access to the file you will be downloading and installing.
An informational popup menu will appear. Select OK to close it
Press the Select button on remote and the keyboard will come up.
Enter the following URL http://bit.ly/kodi176
Kodi will start downloading.
When it finished downloading, you will be asked if you want to install the file you just downloaded, choose Install
Kodi will begin installing on the Fire Stick or Fire TV.
Once Kodi is installed, click Open.
Now you will be presented with the main Kodi screen – click on the icon to exit Kodi (it is the leftmost icon below the Kodi logo) and return to the Fire TV or Fire Stick.
You should be back in the Downloader app at this point. Click Delete to get rid of the downloaded installation file.
Confirm that you really want to delete the file. Click Delete again.
Press the Home button on the Fire Stick remote to return to the Home screen.
Press and hold the home button on your Fire TV or Fire Stick remote until you see the following screen. Then select Apps
Long press on Kodi and then choose Move to move it to the front of your application list.
Click the Select button when you have Kodi where you want it.
Click the Home button on your Fire TV/Stick remote control to go back to the Home screen. You should see Kodi in the front of your Apps & Games section.
Your Fire Stick is now jailbroken. All you need to do now is to click on the Kodi Icon and Kodi will open. It might take a couple minutes when you open it for the first time, so be patient.
This is what the main screen of Kodi looks like right out of the box. It provides a lot of functionality and acts as a complete media center manager. But it doesn’t quite have the capability of streaming free movies and TV shows yet. Keep reading to learn how to unlock that functionality.
Install No Limits Build
Now that your Fire Stick or Fire TV has been jailbroken, you will need to install some Kodi Add-Ons. But, instead of installing them one by one, we always recommend installing a Kodi Build. And, as far as builds go, we have not encountered a better build than No Limits Build. Let’s do that now.
Open Kodi and click on the little gear icon at the top
Select File Manager from the menu
Click on Add Source
Click where it says “None“
Type one of the following:
Click Done. After clicking Done, Kodi will go out and check that the site exists. If it comes back with an error, just use one of the other servers.
Click the box under “Enter a name for this media Source” and type No Limits, then click OK
Go back to the Kodi Home Screen and click on Add-ons, then click the little box icon at the top left.
Click “Install from zip file”
Click No Limits
Wait a few seconds until you see the Add-on enabled notification
Now go back to the Kodi main screen and you will see that the Wizard has been installed.
Click to open the No Limits Wizard. Here you will see that there are several options to choose from. Generally, we recommend using the Firestick Lite versions. The Lite version still contains tons of add-ons, but they are limited to fit in the limited space available on a Fire Stick. If you have another device with more memory, then feel free to install the non-Lite version. Also, you can choose whether or not you want adult addons installed.
Once you decide which version you want to use, click on it to start downloading and installing it.
Once the installation has finished, you will need to force close Kodi if it doesn’t close on its own.
When you restart Kodi after the install, you will see that it looks completely different. You must wait until the menus finish rebuilding to continue the configuration.
At this point, you can choose to use the “Aeon Nox: SiLVO” default skin. This is an absolutely beautiful skin but can be difficult to configure. We prefer to use the “Estuary” skin. Here’s how to change it.
Scroll over until you see SYSTEM and click on it.
Then click on Interface
Select Skin from the left menu
Then click where it says Aeon Nox:SiLVO and choose Estuary from the menu that pops up.
You will be asked to confirm if you want to keep the change. Choose YES.
You will see that the skin has been changed.
If you go back to the home screen, you will see that there are now lots of add-ons installed.
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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
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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
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To open the IPVanish app once installed select the IPVanish icon from Your Apps & Games.
Note: If you are able to get the IPVanish app installed on your Fire Stick, but you lose network connectivity to Amazon services shortly after connecting, then it is likely you have a 1st generation Fire Stick which does not support our app.
If you follow this guide carefully, not only will you learn how to jailbreak your Fire TV or Fire Stick, you will also learn how to use your jailbroken Amazon Fire TV device to access a virtually unlimited source of media from all over the Internet.
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Now that you know How to Jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV Stick 2018, be sure to secure your connection with a VPN to keep your ISP from slowing you down, spying on you or blocking you. For more information, be sure to check out our article What is a VPN? Why do I need it?