Jailbreaking is a term that became popular among the Apple iPhone users which eventually allowed them to make significant changes to their iOS device that they own. Jailbreaking is often used to unlock several unknown and hidden features that a phone might have.
Today, most of the manufactures ship phones that already contains several applications like Amazon and Flipkart and a hell lot of apps from Google. Android users often jailbreak (known as rooting) their phones to get hold of these apps and not to mention unlock several other features that comes preloaded with Android phones that manufacturers don’t want the general public to see.
Introducing Amazon Firestick…
Firestick is a streaming device from Amazon that can be used with a smart TV. The best thing about Firestick is that it is of the size of a pen drive and can fit into any smart TV that has an HDMI port. With the help of the Firestick, your TV can do wonders for you.
You can access exclusive content from several sources like Netflix, Amazon’s own Prime Video, Hotstar, SonyLIV and a lot more. All the content available at these digital streaming services will now be available at your disposal through this Firestick, not to mention that you will obviously need to have a stable internet connection to fully reap the benefits.
But, the biggest drawback of Firestick is that you have to pay a monthly charge to access all these content apart from the initial payment that you make to purchase the FireStick. And because of this reason, the Amazon Firestick becomes really unaffordable for the majority of the users.
But, by jailbreaking a firestick, you can easily manage to get free content on your Amazon firestick device. Now, you must be wondering how we’re going to make this possible. Then, you must understand the whole process and follow this article carefully.
This process happens by installing some third-party apps on your amazon firestick device, which provides free content. One thing you should make note of right now is that the content available for free may or may not be legal and any use of these content is solely your responsibility.
In June 2015, KODI was removed from the Amazon App Store to stop the users from getting the content streamed for free. This was a step basically taken by the company to ensure that their partner streaming companies can still charge huge amount of money on monthly basis from their users.
Very few people actually know that Amazon Firestick is basically powered by Android OS and it means that a lot of free streaming applications can be installed on their Amazon firestick devices that will enable them to get content streamed on their TV without paying a premium for their services.
In this article, we will be going through several methods through which you can jailbreak your Amazon Firestick.
Method 1 – Jailbreaking Amazon Firestick by installing Kodi
Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application that is designed to look great on your big screen TV but is just as home on a small screen It is developed by the XBMC Foundation.
You can install KODI on your Amazon Firestick by following the steps mentioned below:-
a) Setup your Firestick with your TV with the help of the HDMI cable and then start Firestick.
b) Now, open the settings menu and click on Devices. Here, we are going to make some change in order to get KODI installed on our Amazon Firestick.
c) Once you are into the menu, look for Developers option and then click on it.
d) Inside the Developers option, turn on the “App from Unknown Sources”. Allowing this option will enable us to install several third-party apps
e) Once you have completed all the steps mentioned above, go back to your Home screen and then click on the Search bar, either through your remote or through navigating.
f) In the address bar, type Downloader app and Download it. After downloading, just open it.
g) Once you have opened the app, paste this URL – https://www.koditvz.com/download/kodi/ and hit Go. This will start downloading the .apk file that you need to install on your Firestick device.
h) After the file has been downloaded, a popup will appear with several options. Simply, select Install and complete the installing of the KODI media player on your Amazon Firestick. The installation process is pretty similar to the installing of an app in any android phone.
i) Now, once KODI has been installed, you can install several add-ons available on the internet that will enable to watch lots of content for free.
So, in this method, we installed KODI directly on the Amazon firestick. But, there might be some cases where due to some reasons we might not be able to install KODI directly on our Amazon Firestick.
Because of any reason, you were not able to get KODI installed on your Firestick, then you can follow the second method mentioned below.
Method 2 – Installing KODI through Aptoide TV
Aptoide TV is an optimised App Store for your Set Top Box and Smart TV. It is free to install and provides with good user experience even on a TV screen. It can be installed on any android TV like Firestick.
The process to install Aptoide TV is very similar to what we followed in the first method shown above. Still, I would be showing you step-by-step how to get Aptoide TV running on your Firestick.
a) Start your Firestick with the help of the HDMI cable.
b) Now, go to the settings menu and open Devices. In the devices menu, we will be doing some changes in order to get KODI installed on our Amazon Firestick.
c) Now, look for Developers option and then open it.
d) Inside the Developers option, click on the “App from Unknown Sources” and allow it. Allowing this option will enable us to install several third-party apps on our Amazon Firestick.
e) Once you are done with all the steps mentioned above, go back to your Home screen and then open the Search bar.
f) In the search bar, type Downloader app and Download it. After downloading, just open it.
g) Once, the Downloader app has opened, paste this URL – http://apkins.aptoide.com/AptoideTV-5.0.1.apk and then hit Go. Now, this will start the downloading of the Apotoide TV.
h) After downloading, simply install the app as shown in the first method and then open it.
i) Now, open the Aptoide app as shown below and look out for KODI in the app store and click on Install. The KODI app will get installed automatically and will be ready to use. Once the installation has completed, simply click on Open and this will open the KODI media centre.
Now, you can look for specific add-ons that you want to use inside your KODI media player. There are thousands of KODI add-ons for different purposes, like for live Sports, there is an addon named SportsDevil which is pretty good and have very good coverage of several sports. Similarly, for movies, there is an addon named Xumo that works great. You can search for add-ons as per your requirement on the Internet. There are plenty, and I’m sure this will never be a problem in case you want to enjoy high-quality content for free.
Is Using KODI Safe?
KODI is an open-source media player. It doesn’t have anything to do with the content that is streamed over their platform. A lot depends on the source that the addon is taking the content from.
There are several add-ons that show premium TV Shows and movies for free and they’re definitely not legal and use of those add-ons is solely your responsibility. Not to mention that these add-ons do take a heavy amount of content from various sources that may or may not be completely legal.
But there is a way through you can stay safe, while still watching great content for free through these add-ons.
How to Stay Safe while watching KODI?
Your priority should be to stay safe from any legal charges. During the use of KODI add-ons, you may have accidentally gone through copyright infringement materials, but there is a way through which you can keep yourself safe. There are various ways of doing this.
One of the most popular methods is to use VPN. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) creates a network through which you can route yourself to the internet. In simple words, it creates an extra layer of security between you and the internet. The use of VPN will keep you safe from any charges.
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KODI is a really good media streaming player. When combined with several third-party add-ons that are supported on their platform. It can do wonders by providing you with so much content of free. And the best thing is that it comes for free.
So, this was all about jailbreaking a firestick and getting KODI to work on it. Not to mention that, if you follow all the steps carefully, then you can easily get KODI running on your Amazon Firestick.