Streaming content is a big part of our day-to-day entertainment. Thanks to Netflix and the introduction of over a dozen streaming services, watching content on your TV’s big screen without haggling with the cables has become a new norm. Sure, Covid19 has also played its part in popularizing these streaming services. You can now watch old classics along with the latest original content with just a single press of your remote button.
Similarly, there are now over a dozen streaming devices to stream content. If you’re not familiar with any of these tabletop streaming gadgets, then Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is an excellent place to start. You can get its base model for just a paltry amount of $29. Besides, purchasing its entire ecosystem is also super easy and affordable. Not to mention, due to Amazon’s Prime shipping, everything arrives at your doorstep within a couple of days.
But, there’s a minor inconvenience. Because it is a part of Amazon, the installation setup application asks for your Amazon account information whenever you set up your Firestick. You have to enter your Amazon account details to proceed. While this isn’t really a problem for most users, as almost everyone has an Amazon account these days, not everyone is comfortable linking their personal Amazon account with their home media system.
If you are one of such people, this article is for you. We are going to be teaching you how you can set up your Amazon Firestick without linking it to your personal account. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on as we delve into the step-by-step process.
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Purchasing a Firestick
Of course, the very first thing you need to do is purchase a Fire TV Stick. But, you should know this one simple trick. If you purchase your device from Amazon with the help of a standard Amazon account, it will come preloaded with your account details. So, you should avoid it altogether and instead go for a used Firestick from a place like Craigslist, eBay, or any other online store. You can also pick your Firestick by ordering through a second Amazon account. You can also purchase it from your personal amazon account and then delink your Amazon account from the Firestick later. Delinking your account removes it entirely from the device. But, it may still be an invasion of privacy for privacy-conscious folks out there.
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Can I Really Bypass Amazon Firestick Registration?
Of course, every problem has a solution. While Amazon makes it really hard to use Fire TV Stick without any Amazon account, there are some workarounds to protect your privacy at all costs. Below we will be discussing some ways you can bypass Amazon Firestick registration with ease.
When you first plug your device into the switch, connect it to a TV and turn it on, it automatically boots into a setup page. On this screen, you are asked to enter your Amazon credentials to proceed further with the installation process. If you don’t enter the details, you are unable to access its full feature set. This is the problem!
Not everyone wants Amazon to know they are the owners of a particular Firestick device. If you are one of them, you have two options. These will be discussed below:
Option 1: Set up your Firestick with your own account
This is a pretty simple method to keep your personal information separate from your entertainment hub. However, suppose you aren’t ready to share your personal information with Amazon even once. In that case, you may have to consider the second method. In this method, you do have to share your details once. Here’s how to proceed with this method.
- Connect your Firestick to your home network and TV
- When the device prompts for your Amazon account details, enter them.
- Now load any content management application such as Kodi on your device
- Then navigate to your amazon account by following this navigation path:
- Settings > My Account > Amazon Account
- Now select the option to “De-register.”
- Finally, use an application like Appstarter to continue using the Fire TV Stick without an amazon account.
Once you are done, you can rest assured that Amazon will no longer be able to track your activity with the help of the Fire TV Stick. You can then continue streaming with any app you like. Cool, right?
Option 2: Set up your Fire TV Stick with an empty account
If you are a little more paranoid about your privacy, consider going with a second or a phony account to set up your device. Here’s how you can proceed with this method:
- First of all, get a prepaid visa gift card. You can also go with a prepaid Visa credit card if you don’t have the gift card available.
- Then set up your new Amazon account. Use a fake name to register and add your gift card details or visa cards details as the payment method.
- Register your device.
While it seems fairly simple, there’s one major issue. Gift cards that work right out of the bat are hard to find. Besides, the cards that require you to enter the 3 digit CVV code when you pay for something won’t really work here.
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Therefore, we suggest getting a full-fledged prepaid visa card if you are unable to find a gift card. With a full-on prepaid visa card, you can associate it with your Amazon account and then use it to purchase something else. This way, all the Amazon account will cost you is the initial fee, which is hardly $5.
You can also sign up using a virtual credit card. There are many services like Privacy.com that allow users to create virtual cards and then use them as a payment method. You can also limit your spending amount this way. A virtual card acts just like a physical card.
The final step is installing your favorite applications to enjoy the content. As you know, Fire TV Stick works with applications. You can download some from the official Amazon app store or get some from third-party sources online without paying any money. We suggest starting with Kodi. It’s one of the most popular open-source media players today. It works as a media player and a home theater PC client, and a home media center. Moreover, it allows you to watch unlimited content from all over the world without charging you a dime.
Fire TV Stick Alternatives
Sure, Amazon’s empire is huge. It has not just Fire TV Stick but a dozen other devices in the same lineup of streaming devices. Sometimes you just want to turn the other way and opt for an alternative. Of course, if you got one of Amazon’s Fire lineup of devices as a gift, then there’s no need to look for any alternatives, but otherwise, you might want to take a look at one of these Firestick alternatives.
Roku is the best choice if you don’t want to create a new Amazon account or share your private information with Amazon. It’s one of the last big players in the streaming industry, which isn’t owned and managed wholly by a multi-billion dollar corporation. While it was initially built specifically for Netflix, they have now expanded its functionality to include almost any streaming service you can find today. What’s more, it also has several models which make picking a suitable device according to your budget pretty easy.
Google recently updated its Chromecast to include a full-fledged interface and a remote. Now this family of Google’s streamers makes for a very decent Amazon Firestick alternative. As a cherry on top, Google’s Chromecast costs the same as Fire TV Stick, i.e., $49. So, you won’t even have to shell out the extra money.
3. Android TV
Android TV is an OS by Google. It comes on devices like Nvidia Shield TV, Android TV, and more. If you are not too keen on Firestick, consider getting a device that comes with Android TV, and you will still be able to enjoy all the streaming ecosystem. This is because Android TV also uses the same apps which you use on Fire TV Stick.
4. Gaming Consoles
In case you already own a gaming console such as Xbox One, Xbox X, PS 4, or PS5, or a similar. You can skip the FireStick and just utilize your console as a streaming device. These gaming consoles work in a similar way and offer a similar experience.
5. Apple TV
Sure, Apple’s latest foray into the TV industry in the form of Apple TV comes at a steep cost for the consumers. Even the base 1080p model is super expensive when you compare it with similar streamers. But if you are already a part of Apple’s ecosystem with multiple gadgets, then nothing is better than getting the Apple TV for your streaming needs too.
Today privacy is a major concern for many people. If you don’t want to share your personal details with Amazon while using their streaming device, Fire TV Stick, then you can try one of the two workarounds we shared in this article. Likewise, if you are truly concerned about your privacy, you can go with either of the five Firestick alternatives we shared above.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I skip the Amazon Fire tv stick registration process?
Unfortunately, as of writing this article, there is no way to just skip the registration process.
Is There a Monthly Fee For Amazon Account For Firestick?
No, there are no monthly charges to use the Amazon account for Firestick. However, if you use any of their premium services like Prime Video, you will be charged every month. Otherwise, you can use any free apps such as Cinema HD, Cyberflix, Terrarium TV or Tea TV, etc. to watch movies, tv shows, documentaries, sports, live TV events, and more absolutely free of cost.
How to Create a Fake Amazon Account for Firestick?
Easy peasy, lemon squeazy. All you need to do to create a fake Amazon account for Firestick is create a second email address. You can then use this secondary email address to sign up for Amazon.
Why is my Firestick not working?
There can be any issue with your device. Take a look at our detailed troubleshooting guide [Link troubleshooting article here] to know what could possibly be wrong with your streamer.
Can You Set up Amazon Firestick without Amazon Account?
Unfortunately not. You cannot set up an Amazon firestick without an Amazon account. You need an Amazon account at least once to complete the setup process.
Can I Set Up a Firestick Without a Credit Card?
Same answer as above. No, unfortunately, you cannot set up your firestick device without using a credit card as a payment method.
- 1 Purchasing a Firestick
- 2 Can I Really Bypass Amazon Firestick Registration?
- 3 Account Registration
- 4 Installing Applications
- 5 Fire TV Stick Alternatives
- 6 Final Thoughts
- 7 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)