Many people ask us what it means to “Jailbreak” a FireStick or Fire TV. In this article we’ll discuss what it means to jailbreak you Fire TV. We’ll also cover the different ways people jailbreak their Fire Sticks.
In this article we’ll also provide a step-by-step article on how to install Kodi.
Kodi is one of the more popular open source apps you can use to personalize the way you stream movies, series, live tv (aka IPTV), and live sporting events, including pay-per-view.
Kodi can also be used to manage your own media library. For instance, someone who has archived their DVD and CD collections can hook up a hard drive to a device with Kodi installed. Kodi will autodetect the media and gives you an interface so that you can play your content on just about any device.
What it mean to “Jailbreak” a Fire Stick or Fire TV
When you hear people raving about Jailbroken FireSticks, what they are referring to is modifying the Fire TV operating system in a way that will allow you to install third party apps that are not approved for release on the Amazon App Store.
This process is technically called “side-loading” apps on Fire TV. For our own purposes, we use the terms Jailbreaking a FireStick, Unlocking a FireStick, side-loading a Fire TV Stick, and jailbreaking a Fire TV interchangeably.
The most popular third party app is Kodi as it has become synonymous with Jailbroken streaming devices. Kodi is an app that was originally created for the Xbox long before it officially supported all of the streaming functionality it has today, but since then it has been modified to run on almost any device.
Because Kodi is open source, many developers create their own addons. You can think of addons as apps within Kodi itself. These Kodi addons will allow you to access TV shows, live TV, live sports that you cannot access via the Amazon Fire TV operating system itself.
The following guide will teach you how to install Kodi 17.4 and begin to unlock your Amazon Fire stick and Fire TV Box. It’s pretty easy once you know what to do, but for the less technical folks out there you can always purchase one from our partners at Techlife.tv with all the best Kodi TV and Movie addons preloaded.
While the process below is spelled out for you step by step with pictures, some of people find it easier to learn with video. For those people we have included a video guide at the bottom of the page.
How To Install Kodi Krypton 17.6 on Fire Stick and Fire TV
Before proceeding, we highly recommend streaming via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). By connecting through a VPN, all of your internet traffic will be encrypted and hidden from your internet service provider.
Our favorite, most reliable VPN service for streaming media on Fire Stick and Fire TV is IPVanish. For more information about protecting yourself with VPN as well as an instructional video on how to install IPVanish on your Fire TV please see our article here.
1. From your Fire TV Home Screen, navigate to Settings>System>Device
2. Scroll down and select Developer Options
3. Turn Allow apps from unknown sources ON
4. Navigate back to the Amazon Fire TV home screen all the way to the left to Search. Type in Downloader. As you are typing, you should see the option to select Downloader App.
5. Select Download and then Install.
6. Open Downloader
7. Select Allow
8. Where it says to enter a URL enter http://kodi.tv/download and then select Go
Tired of typing with the remote control? This super convenient Fire TV keyboard will save you a lot of time and hassle. Worth its weight in gold if you use your device often.
9. Once the page loads, you can use the navigation pad on your remote like a mouse. Place the red cursor over ARMV7A (32 BIT) (The top one where it says Release) and hit enter on your Fire TV remote.
10. Select Install in the bottom left hand corner.
11. After the confirmation, go back to the Amazon Home Screen. Findthe section called YOUR APPS & GAMES and scroll all the way to the right select See All.
12. Scroll down and hover over the Kodi Icon. DO NOT SELECT IT YET!
13. With the Kodi Shortcut Highlighted, hit the menu button on your remote.
14. A menu will pop up in the bottom-right hand corner of your screen. Select Move To Front. This will send Kodi to the front of your home screen and save you a lot of time in the future.
15. Now the Kodi shortcut will live on the front page of your Fire TV menu as shown below.
How To Jailbreak and Install Kodi on Fire TV (Video Instructions)
Congratulations, you have made it through the most important step of jailbreaking your Amazon Fire TV device.
The next step is to install the best Kodi add-ons that will allow you to access movies, TV shows, live TV and sports. We have up to date tutorials for all of best Kodi Add-ons, as well as tutorials on how to install some Kodi alternatives.
A note on “Kodi Builds” and “Wizards”
We always recommend installing add-ons individually rather than one-click “Kodi builds.” While these builds are a convenient way to get a lot of add-ons really fast, they not allow the individual add-ons to update automatically which is crucial to keeping your device up and running smoothly. We also find that builds are loaded with a ton of content you won’t ever need, and end up bogging down your device.
Streaming is becoming riskier every day. The NSA collects over 40 Billion internet records every month. Content creators are employing advanced anti-piracy tools to track you down, collect evidence on you for legal purposes, block you and send you cease and desist letters leading to further action.
It’s only a matter of time. They are very determined to throttle your freedoms and the end result is the same – they want your money.
But with a VPN you are invisible to all of them. Not even your ISP will be able to see any of your online activity. The government, the NSA, they will all be blind.
US-based IPVanish boasts many excellent qualities that we look for in a VPN: it’s fast, and has about 1,000 server locations spread across the globe. This is an old stand-by for us that we still heartily recommend.
Private Internet Access is a great VPN service for someone looking for something a bit more affordable. It’s just about the cheapest option out there, but still has a respectable amount of functionality.
VyprVPN is a solid VPN choice with few drawbacks. This Swiss service operates about 700 servers, with a great spread of about 70 countries. The “Chameleon Protocol” it offers for premium subscribers is nice, but some customers may be turned off by the limited number of devices they can connect.
TunnelBear is a quirky Canadian VPN service that may be a good choice if you are just looking for something reasonably priced and extremely user-friendly. This company clearly prides itself on it’s colorful, intuitive layout that virtually anyone should be able to figure out right away.
TorGuard is a US-based VPN provider with a lot going for it, despite it’s relatively high price. As the name suggests, this service is built for torrenting, so if that’s your game, TorGuard might be the one for you.
The irreverently-named Hide My Ass is a popular VPN service with what is probably the broadest range of servers of any company out there. Based in England, it operates over 800 servers out of an impressive 220+ countries. However, it’s logging policy has left some users concerned about how safe their privacy really is.
While not technically free, Gears TV is an app with 500+ live TV channels. It includes league passes for live streaming every NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB games as well as all PPV events for only $15 a month.
In our experience, Gears TV was the app that felt the most like a real replacement for cable. It collects all of the popular channels and major sports in one place and provides reliable, high-quality streams for a fraction of the price. Reliable streaming in an easy to use app has quickly made Gears TV the number one choice for sports fans, cord cutters, and streamers with Fire TVs.
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Neptune Rising has quickly become one of the best Kodi add-ons for 2018, due to it’s clean layout, expansive content collection, and stability. It evolved from the Covenant addon, so it should be familiar to users of that program. You can find it in the always-reliable Mr. Blamo repository, the most recent update cleaned up the interface and improved it’s speed. We highly recommend this add-on for all your streaming needs.
Movie Theater Butter is a great new Kodi addon for 2018 that uses the Covenant/Incursion code. It has tons of TV shows, movies, and new releases to choose from. The best feature is that it automatically chooses the best, most stable stream for you, so you don’t have to muck around with a bunch of broken links before you find a decent one. We think this is one of the best new addons for Kodi out there, and we highly recommend it!
Maverick TV is an add-on that focuses on live TV and movies, with hundreds of channels and new releases to choose from, many in HD. For PPV, unfortunately there is no dedicated section at this time.
However, you can find PPV events through other sections of this Kodi add-on. We suggest the Maverick Live Sports category, as it is updated daily with most of the interesting PPV content. Maverick Sports and IPTV live also may have content you are interested in.
We suggest trying to locate and select the PPV event at least 30 minutes before the event start to ensure a solid connection.
Chronos is a great Kodi addon for users looking for German content. If you are interested in live streaming TV from that region, Chronos should interest you. There are a wide variety of TV shows, Movies, and Sports to stream.
For you animal lovers out there, Dogs Bollocks is another great Kodi add-on for 2018 that can be found in the always-reliable Maverick repository.
It is a rebrand of the Pyramid add-on that was taken over by new developers. This program includes all the streaming TV, movies, and sports you expect from a quality add-on, as well as a wide selection of music and kids programming.
It is quickly becoming popular among Kodi users, and certainly worth checking out.
The original Genesis was perhaps the most popular add-on of all time, and this offshoot lives up to it’s predecessors stature, with tons of streaming TV, sports, and movies. We are glad to see this one back, and highly recommend it
Genesis Reborn is a fork that replaces the original Genesis add-on, which was shut down.
The source code has been improved for this iteration, and it is more streamlined and stable now.
Triton is a great Kodi addon for streaming TV and Movies. It has been recently updated for 2018.
Triton combines multiple addons from the Soulless development team into one easy-to-use platform. It includes the Boxset Kings, Revelations, and Hit List addons in one place. You can find new releases, box sets, HD movies and more here. Highly recommended
Placenta is a newer fork off the popular Covenant/Exodus add-on. It offers a wider range of content, and can be found (along with other great Kodi add-ons) in the Mr. Blamo repository. This repository has been updated recently, and seems to be stable source for all your TV and movie streaming needs.
Poseidon is a great new Kodi add-on that is quickly gaining popularity among fans of streaming.
It should have a familiar feel to anyone who has used the Genesis, Covenant, or Exodus add-ons. The layout is streamlined and easy to navigate, and it has a particularly good movie section that allows you to break down the category by genre, year, director, actor, and Oscar winners.
It does not currently provide sports or IPTV, but the categories it does offer are reliable and quick to load.