Have you recently bought a jailbroken Firestick from a person or website with that it would play free TV shows, movies, and sports? These work great for some people, but a lot of folks are uncertain how to get them configured once they have them. I’m going to walk you through all the steps you’ll want to take to make sure you fix everything so it is set up properly.
Also, these tips should still work great even if you just bought your Firestick straight out of the box, so go ahead and check this out either way!
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Check Firestick Version
Before we get started, the first thing that I would highly suggest you do is to make sure that you have the most up-to-date FireOS version. You always want to be running the latest Amazon operating system on your Fire TV. To check which FireOS version you have, first go to the home menu, and then follow these steps:
- Go to Settings from the Home menu
- Scroll to Device and click it
- Then click Fire TV
You’ll be able to see which version of Amazon’s OS you’re running listed under the Software Version details.
Fix Jailbroken Firestick
Now on to the main event. Here are a few steps you can take to fix your jailbroken Fire Stick, or just get it optimized for future use.
Turn Off Tracking / Fix Privacy
Big companies like Amazon are always going to want to track your data when you’re using they’re products. I strongly recommend that you turn all data tracking off in order to fix your Firestick privacy settings. Once they have this data, you have absolutely no say in how it is used or who has access to it. Here’s how you can turn that off:
- Start from the Main Menu
- Then go to Preferences
- Scroll over to Privacy Settings
- We want to make sure that the Device Usage Data is turned off
Turn on ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources
Now we’re going to make sure you’ve got your settings configured to allow a lot of the very best 3rd party apps you’re going to want to use with your jailbroken Firestick:
- From the main screen of your Fire TV, select Settings.
- Select My Fire TV and then Developer Options.
- Turn on ADB Debugging.
- Then turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
This will allow us to use a lot of the best apps that we’ll use to stream free TV shows and movies right to your Amazon Fire Stick.
Install Downloader on Firestick
Now that you’ve enabled 3rd party apps, we’ll need to install Downloader. Just like you might imagine, this is going to allow you to download some of these great content streaming apps. To do this:
- Select Home button
- Type Download using the keyboard on the Fire TV app on your phone OR you can press down the microphone button your Firestick remote and say Downloader
- Once we have that we’re going to download and install it
This is a free app, and it’s one that I use all the time. You’re definitely going to want to have this set up on your Fire TV.
Once you open Downloader, you’ll see a prompt that asks you to “Enter the URL of the website you want to load or the file you want to download.” In the field below that, you’ll want to enter:
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Once this file has finished downloading, you’ll want to install and open Filelinked from the prompts that present themselves on your screen.
This app is a one of stop shop for thousands of great streaming apps. You can use to get Kodi, or whatever you need. Today we’re going to be looking to get two different apps one for movies and TV shows, and another for live TV.
Once you’ve installed and opened Filelinked, you’re going to be prompted to enter a code. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way:
- Enter the code 85810914
- Next hit continue
This will take you to a new screen where you can download multiple apps from a single location. So here are the apps I recommend downloading now!
Installing Cinema from Filelinked is easy. It should have already populated in the list that appeared after you entered your code. You’re just going to use the download button (arrow pointing down) first. Then once it’s downloaded you will click it again and install it.
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As you might have guessed from the name, this is a solid app for movie streaming, and is one of the most popular apps for Firestick users. Once you’ve installed it, you can open it up and start watching movies right away!
By now, you already know how this works. You’re going to install Modbro the exact same way you did for Cinema. Once again, look for the download button next to the app you’re looking for, download, and then install. It’s really that easy.
If you want another code with even more options for great streaming apps you can download, watch my video below. It covers some of the same steps we covered in this article, so you can follow along with the video if you prefer that, but there’s also tons of content that we weren’t able to get into here. I highly recommend you taking a moment to check it out!
Install VPN to Fix Firestick
One thing we’ll never be able to recommend enough on this site is the importance of using a good VPN to protect your privacy. There are tons of great reasons why you don’t want big companies, the government, or hackers looking in on your browsing content or history. Not to mention being able to get around firewalls that try to censor the content you have access to.
As a final step, I would recommend installing a VPN on any internet capable devices you may own. This guide will show you how to install a VPN on all your devices. Happy streaming!