Here is the best, most up-to-date way to do the Jailbreak Firestick process.  I personally tested all the best Firestick streaming apps and made this jailbreak tutorial for everyone to enjoy.

How do I jailbreak Firestick?

Watch my step-by-step YouTube tutorial (scroll down).  Or follow the written steps below (in the “How to Jailbreak Firestick & Install Best Apps” section below) to jailbreak your Firestick.  When you’re done, your Firestick screen will look like this and will have these apps:

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Jailbreak Firestick "after" screenshot

Your Firestick screen will look like THIS when you’re done with this tutorial

Note about “jailbreak” terminology:  By the way, I know that technically the Firestick doesn’t need to be “jailbroken”.  But the phrase “jailbreak a Firestick” has taken on a life of its own, so this article shows you how to install THIRD-PARTY apps on your Firestick (which is like jailbreaking an iPhone in a way).  Anyway – keep reading to install great third-party apps on your Firestick!

Here’s my YouTube tutorial on how to do the ULTIMATE Firestick Jailbreak:

How to Jailbreak Firestick & Install Best Apps

Step 1:  Install Downloader

First we install the Downloader app on your Firestick.

  1. Select the Search icon in the top left part of the Firestick home screen
  2. Enter the word “downloader” into the Search box
  3. Select the word “Downloader” by navigating to it and then press the Center button on the Firestick remote
  4. In the search results, under Apps & Games, select Downloader
  5. Press “Download
  6. Then press “Open” to launch Downloader

Now that Downloader is installed, we use it to install APK Time.

Step 2:  Install APKTime

Now we install our app store: APK time.

  1. In Downloader, enter the address http://bit.ly/apktimeforfirestick
  2. Then press Go 
  3. When Firestick launches the APK Time installer, press “Install
  4. Then press “Open” after APKTime is finished installing

Now that APK Time is installed, we use APK Time to install our first set of apps.

APKTime Bug Alert (Minor):  There seems to be a “bug” in APKTime which can be confusing.  Basically, this happens when you scroll down and then want to scroll back up.  But APKTime won’t let you scroll up until you press the Down button once first.  Be aware of this and just deal with it – it’s worth it.

Step 3:  Install These Movie & TV Show Apps from APKTime’s “Entertainment” Section

Install these apps listed under the “Entertainment” section in APK time using the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the “Entertainment” section in APK Time
  2. Now scroll down until you see the app Crowns Lite.  
  3. Press the Download button and wait for the installer to launch
  4. Then press “Install
  5. When the app is finished installing, select “Done
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 with these apps:   Cyberflix, Freeflix HQ, MediaBox, OneBox HD, and UKMovNow.

Now that our first set of apps is installed, we use APK Time to install our second set of apps.

Step 4:  Install These Live TV Apps from APKTime’s “Live” Section

Then install these apps in the “Live” section of APK time

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  1. Navigate to the “Live” section in APK Time
  2. Now scroll down until you see the app CKay TV
  3. Press the Download button and wait for the installer to launch
  4. Then press “Install
  5. When the app is finished installing, select “Done
  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 with these apps:  Freeflix TV, Live Lounge, Live NetTV, Redbox TV, and “TV Tap Pro – Firestick and Android Boxes”.
  7. IMPORTANT:  Finally, go Back to the APKTime homescreen,  Then select the “Fire Devices Only” section and install AppStarter.

TIP:  In the final step above, we install “AppStarter” to replace the stock Firestick menu with a simpler, better one.  If you haven’t installed the “AppStarter” app yet, then go install it now in the “Fire Devices Only” section of APK Time.  The AppStarter Firestick app gives you an easy way to manage all the Apps on your Firestick.  We use AppStarter in the next section to customize our app layout.

Step 5:  Set up “AppStarter” so you can easily launch all these new Firestick Apps

In this step, we do a few things:  First we start up a replacement launcher for Firestick.  Then we rearrange your apps in the launcher.  Finally (in the “BONUS” section below), we install “onboot” to start your new launcher automatically after your Firestick starts up!

  1. Launch the “AppStarter” app by going to the Firestick Homescreen > Settings > Applications > “Manage Installed Applications” > AppStarter > Launch Application
  2. Now highlight an app
  3. Then hold down the Center button on the Firestick remote to “long-press” on the app
  4. Then use the Up / Down / Left / Right buttons on the Firestick remote to move the app icon to one of the top 3 rows in AppStarter.
  5. Repeat until all your favorite apps are rearranged the way you want!  Personally, I put the MOVIES & TV SHOW apps in the top row.  In the second row, I put LIVE TV APPS, and in the third row I put MUSIC apps.  In the fourth row, I put my Utilities like Downloader, APKTime, Aptoide, ES File Explorer, etc.

“OnBoot” BONUS:  To make the AppStarter start automatically after you start your Firestick, do this:

The app “onboot appstarter” allows you to select an app your Firestick will automatically start after Firestick starts up.  This app works great from my experience.  But it does take some time after your Firestick launches to auto-launch an app.  For example, right after my Firestick shows the Firestick Homescreenm it takes about 25 seconds for my Firestick to “autolaunch” my preferred launcher (which is AppStarter).

  1. Open the Downloader app
  2. Enter the address bit.ly/onbootfs
  3. Wait for the file to download and then launch
  4. Press “Install
  5. Then press “Open
  6. Now select “AppStarter” after the “onboot” app launches
  7. Restart your Firestick
  8. Wait 25 seconds for AppStarter to launch automatically!

You can select any app you want to start automatically on Firestick.  I just prefer to auto-launch “AppStarter” since it’s my favorite launcher for Firestick.  For more launcher options, see the section below!

Firestick Launchers

You have a few choices for Firestick launchers.  My favorite is AppStarter because of its simplicity.  But there’s another one called ___________ that allows for more customization.  Use whichever one you want (they both work in conjunction with the “onboot” app I show you how to install below).

  • App Starter:  This launcher is my favorite because it’s simple and easy to use.  I put my movie apps in the top row, my Live TV apps in my 2nd row, music apps in the third row, and utilities in the fourth row.
  • Top TV Launcher 2:  This Fire TV launcher allows for very advanced customizations.  Find it in the “Tools” section of APKTime.
  • Fire TV Home:  This is the default (aka “stock”) Fire TV home screen
  • Leanback Launcher:  I couldn’t get Leanback Launcher to work on my Firestick.

Optional: Step 6 (Music Apps)

Install music apps from the “Music” section in APK time, and install Utilities

  • Pandora
  • Spotify
  • TuneIn Radio
  • TinyTunes
  • MusVid

.. and I actually use YouTube for most of my Firestick music streaming.  The YouTube app should already be installed on your Firestick.

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You’re done with the Firestick Jailbreak!

Now sit back and enjoy tons of streaming TV options.

 

Downloader Links used in this tutorial:

APKTime:  http://bit.ly/apktimeforfirestick

OnBoot for Firestick:  http://bit.ly/onbootfs

AppStarter:  (Coming soon)