For advanced users, a jailbroken FireStick is a good thing. Even though you can use the Amazon FireStick just fine with official apps from the App Store, the real treat is to get a FireStick that has been “jailbroken.” It lets the Amazon FireStick live up to its full potential and lets you install third-party streaming services for a never-ending supply of entertainment.
I have a jailbroken firestick. What’s next? But you might be wondering, “Now that I’ve unlocked my FireStick, what do I do?” You’ve come to the right place, so don’t worry. I’ll show you how to use a jailbroken FireStick so you can get the most out of it.
In this post, I’ll answer every question you’ve asked. I will talk about how to change your privacy settings, how to hide your identity online, the best jailbroken FireStick apps, and a lot more. Stay with me until the end if you want to know everything.
The thing is, a jailbroken FireStick won’t help you in any way. It is just a normal FireStick that can be loaded from the side. To get the most out of a jailbroken FireStick, you need to install the right apps, third-party streaming services, and add-ons.
Disclaimer: This tutorial is just for learning. FireStickTricks.com doesn’t own, host, run, resell, or distribute any streaming apps, addons, IPTV, or services. Some of the services on the page haven’t been checked, and we’re not sure if they have legal permission to share the content. FireStickTricks.com does not check if each app or service is legal in every country. If you use an app or service that hasn’t been verified, make sure to do your research and only stream content that is in the public domain. Media access will be the sole responsibility of the end user.
I Have a Jailbroken FireStick, Now What?
“Now that I’ve jailbroken my FireStick, what should I do?” is one of the most common questions I get from readers of FireStickTricks.com.
You need to make changes to the jailbroken FireStick’s settings menu before you can start installing third-party streaming services from unknown sources.
Not sure why? Amazon collects data about how you use your device and apps so they can make their products and services better. By default, data monitoring is turned on. Your FireStick comes with all of these options turned on by default. You should turn them off because you want to stream content through third-party streaming apps, which are often not available in the Amazon Store.
If Amazon or your local internet service provider (ISP) sees that you use third-party streaming apps a lot on a jailbroken FireStick, it won’t look good and could get you in trouble.
If you followed our guide to jailbreaking FireStick, you have already done what you need to do to turn off all the privacy-invading settings on FireStick.
If not, I strongly suggest that you follow the steps below to change your jailbroken FireStick’s privacy settings.
1. Modify Privacy Settings on Your Jailbroken FireStick
Users who say, “I’ve jailbroken my FireStick. What should I do now?” Sometimes, people start adding apps from other sources. Before you do that, you need to change the FireStick settings to protect your privacy. So, Amazon and IPS providers can’t see what kind of content you’re using the device to access.
I already told you that the privacy settings are turned on by default. So, Amazon can learn about user habits and preferences, show relevant internet-based ads, and improve the next version of FireStick in general.
If you turn off these options, it won’t change how you want to use your FireStick. Also, it’s always best to stay as anonymous as possible when using a FireStick to watch free content.
Follow the step-by-step instructions below to get rid of your FireStick’s intrusive privacy settings.
1. Open FireStick’s home screen and move the cursor to the right to find the Settings menu.
2. Click on “Settings.”
3. From the next menu, click Privacy Settings.
4. Turn OFF the options to Collect App Usage Data and Device Usage Data.
Note: You can choose if you want interest-based ads to be ON or OFF. Right now, I’m going to turn mine off. If you turn off Interest-based Ads, Amazon may start showing you ads and suggestions that have nothing to do with what you’re interested in. If that bothers you, you can use the same steps to turn on Interest-based ads on Fire Stick from the Privacy Settings menu.
Don’t go back to the home screen of the Fire Stick just yet. You still need to change an important setting.
5. Press the “Back” button on your remote to go back to the “Preferences” menu, then choose “Data Monitoring” from the list of options.
6. To turn it off, choose “Data Monitoring” from the next menu.
Go back to the home screen on the Fire Stick, and you’re good to go.
You have successfully protected the Fire Stick from being used and monitored for data. Now, Amazon can’t tell what kinds of things you watch on your Fire TV Stick.
2. Install a FireStick Optimized VPN
You have jailbroken your FireStick or Fire TV and are excited to stream your favorite content for free. But before you start, I want to let you know that your ISP and the government can see everything you stream online. This means you might get in trouble with the law if you stream free movies, TV shows, or sports.
You have protected your Fire Stick from Amazon, but what about your Internet service provider (ISP) and the government? Yes, they can see what you’re streaming on your FireStick.
There is a foolproof way to keep your ISP and the government from knowing what you do when you stream. You just need a VPN for Fire Stick that works well. A VPN will hide your real IP address, which is 126.96.36.199, and help you get around online surveillance, ISP throttling, and content restrictions based on where you live.
More importantly for many users, the streaming apps you want to use with a jailbroken iPhone or iPad will not work. FireStick may let you stream content that hasn’t been paid for. You might stream content that is illegal in your area without even knowing it. After all, it’s not easy to tell the difference between legal and illegal content on a given service in a given area.
So, watching copyrighted content on a Fire Stick that has been “jailbroken” can get you in trouble in the future. To avoid this, you should make sure your Fire TV has a reliable VPN service installed.
ExpressVPN is the fastest and safest VPN, and I use it and recommend it. It works with all kinds of streaming apps and is easy to set up on Fire TV or Fire Stick.
ExpressVPN is faster than its competitors because it has a large number of servers all over the world. The company also offers security that will keep you safe while you browse. Want to add a cherry? ExpressVPN lets you get your money back within 30 days. If you’re not happy with the service, you can get your money back in full, no questions asked, within a month.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick or Fire TV, let’s look at how to use ExpressVPN to keep other people from seeing what you’re doing.
Step 1: CLICK HERE to sign up for ExpressVPN. You can get your money back in 30 days. That is, you can use it for free for the first 30 days, and if you’re not happy with how it works (which is very unlikely), you can get your money back in full.
Step 2: Turn on your Fire TV Stick, then go to Find, then Search.
Step 3: Now, type “Expressvpn” (without the quotes) into the search bar and choose ExpressVPN from the list of results.
Step 4: Click Download to put the ExpressVPN app on your Fire TV/Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login information you made when you signed up for ExpressVPN. Click Sign in.
Step 6: To connect to a VPN server, click the Power icon. So, that’s it. With the fastest and best VPN for FireStick, your connection is now safe.
You can also read more information about how to use ExpressVPN with Fire TV/Stick.
3. Scan Your FireStick for Malware
This is another step you should take with a jailbroken Fire TV Stick, especially if you bought it from a third-party online store.
First of all, I don’t recommend buying a jailbroken FireStick from a third-party seller. FireStick is easy to jailbreak at home by yourself. So why pay someone else more money to do it?
Even if you bought a jailbroken FireStick from a reputable seller, you should scan the device for malware, security issues, or harmful files.
There are a lot of third-party apps, Kodi add-ons, APK files, and apps from unknown sources on a jailbroken FireStick. The person who installs these apps and services on a jailbroken FireStick may not have downloaded them from safe or verified sources. This could make your Fire Stick less safe.
During this process, the vendor may have unknowingly installed apps on your Fire TV Stick that contained harmful files. On the surface, these apps look the same as the official ones, but if you look deeper, you’ll find that they have trackers and harmful codes that can steal personal information, payment information, and more.
Before you use a jailbroken FireStick to stream free movies, TV shows, and live channels, you should run a full scan on your device.
If you followed our instructions to add third-party services and Kodi add-ons to your FireStick, you can safely browse the content on it. We check each web address with VirusTotal and only recommend official, trusted places to get apps and services for a FireStick that has been jailbroken.
I think you should read our guide on the best antivirus software for your FireStick. You can use the detailed instructions to choose and install antivirus software on your FireStick that has been jailbroken.
4. Download Popular Apps
If it’s not used with third-party apps and services, a jailbroken FireStick is just as boring as an original FireStick 2nd/3rd gen, FireStick Lite, or FireStick 4K.
After all, what’s the point of jailbreaking a FireStick if you’re only going to use it with apps from the Amazon App Store? You jailbroke the FireStick so you could install apps that aren’t in the Amazon Store or on the Fire OS operating system, right?
If you used our guide to jailbreak your FireStick, you probably already know about some of the popular jailbroken FireStick apps. If you didn’t follow our guide, you should definitely go back and check out the apps we suggested at the end.
We also have a separate article about the best apps for FireSticks with the Fire OS operating system that have been “jailbroken.” It has apps from many different categories, like VPN services, browsers, streaming apps from third parties, and Kodi addons. Read the article to find out what the best apps are for a jailbroken FireStick and how to get them.
5. Make Use of Kodi
Do you know why jailbreaking Fire TV Sticks became a popular thing to do? Back in November 2014, Amazon showed the world the first generation of Fire Stick devices with an operating system called Fire OS. It let all kinds of apps and services into the Amazon App Store.
After getting more and more popular, Amazon tightened the rules and started getting rid of apps that had content that wasn’t licensed and broke the rules.
kodiKodi, a popular free streaming service from a third party that you could get from the Amazon Store, was kicked off the Amazon App Store because Amazon changed its rules. Then, people started jailbreaking their FireSticks so that they could sideload the Kodi app.
Kodi is an app that cord-cutters can’t do without. Also, it’s not enough to just install the Kodi app on your Fire TV, FireStick Lite, or FireStick 4K. To get the most out of Kodi, you need the right add-ons and builds.
I know it can be hard for people to get the Kodi APK and figure out which are the best Kodi addons and Kodi builds for Fire Stick. Each topic has its own set of guides. Check them out if you don’t know what to do.
Let me correct the record. Kodi itself is a 100% legal app. The Google Play Store is the official place to get it. If the app hosted content that wasn’t licensed, Google wouldn’t let it exist.
The problem starts when you start adding add-ons and builds from third parties to the app. They may offer free movies, TV shows, live TV channels, and other videos that aren’t legal to stream in your area. So, we always tell people who use Kodi to use a VPN like ExpressVPN to hide their online identities.
6. Buffering-Free Streaming on Jailbroken FireStick
Apps and software like Netflix, Prime Video, and Disney+ are very popular for a reason. They let you stream without any problems and don’t need to be put on FireSticks separately.
Have you ever wondered why Netflix almost never buffers and how it works so quickly and smoothly? Amazon Web Services (AWS) is used by the company to host its user data and its list of movies and TV shows.
AWS is the best web hosting service, and it has data centers all over the world. That’s why you can usually stream on apps like Netflix and Disney+ without having to wait for the video to load.
We can’t say the same thing about streaming apps from other companies. Since they give away or charge very little for their content, they can’t pay for a high-end host to store it. They depend on cheap options that might not give them good streams.
Still, don’t give up. Here’s where an app called Real-Debrid from a third party comes in. Real-Debrid is a great help for people who stream for free.
The service calls itself a “multi-hoster” and gives its subscribers access to premium streaming sources. If you want to stream movies and TV shows in full HD quality from sites that work better, you should try Real-Debrid.
Learn how to set up Real-Debrid on FireStick by reading our guide. It has everything you need to know about Real-Debrid.
Wrapping Up — Use Jailbroken FireStick Like a Pro
A jailbroken FireStick device alone won’t work wonders for you. To make streaming on FireStick more fun, you need the right ingredients. Don’t forget to use ExpressVPN to stay as anonymous as possible while you’re at it.
I think you should read this guide again, pay attention to what I say, and then start using your jailbroken FireStick like a pro. You might also want to save this page so you can come back to it whenever you wonder, “I’ve jailbroken my FireStick. What do I do now?”
Know anyone else who is wondering, “Now that I’ve jailbroken my FireStick, what do I do?” Tell them about this article! Leave a comment if you have any questions or need help.
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