Important: Each of the 5 methods outlined below will work as described with the new 2nd Generation Fire TV Stick and all other Fire TV/Fire TV Stick models.
I have now developed 5 different tutorials on how to install Kodi on Fire TV which I have outlined below. The first and third videos below do not require that you use a computer for installing Kodi.
In my opinion, the easiest method is the first tutorial outlined within the list below since you don’t need a computer. You simply install a free program from your Amazon Fire TV App Store and install Kodi onto your Fire TV or Stick through that. Pick the tutorial below that works best for your situation!
In the following video tutorials, I am going to show you how to install Kodi on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You may ask what is a Fire TV? The Fire TV is a streaming media box manufactured by Amazon that you hook up to your television and it allows you to watch online tv shows, movies, etc. The Fire TV Stick does the same thing as the box but it is less expensive and easier to conceal than the actual rectangular box.
If you are trying to decide whether you want to install Kodi on a Fire TV or Stick, here are a few things to consider. The Fire TV Stick has less processing power so it won’t be as snappy as the Fire TV. Also, The Fire TV Stick does not have expandable storage like the actual Fire TV. The Fire TV allows you to add additional storage through a micro sd card or USB thumb drive.
In these video tutorials, I am showing you how to install Kodi on Fire TV stick and not the box. However, the same instructions will apply for each device. There are quite a few tutorials on the Internet today that show you how to install Kodi on Fire TV but this one will go through every step in detail so you won’t mess anything up.
You may ask yourself why you would want to install Kodi on Fire TV? Kodi is an open source media center that allows you to stream movies, television shows, home videos, pictures, and more over your local area network or stream from the Internet through various Kodi Addons.
Kodi Shortcut Not Displaying Under Apps Section On Fire TV/Stick Home Screen?
Some people have reported the problem of Kodi not displaying under the apps section on the Fire TV home screen following installation. More than likely, this is due to having out-of-date firmware on your device. To fix this, go into Fire TV Settings / System / About / and scroll down and click the “Check for System Update” button. If there are updates to be installed, install all of them.
If this doesn’t work, another solution is to go into Fire TV Settings / My Account / Deregister your device and then register again with the same login details.
What do you do after you learn how to install Kodi on Fire TV or Stick? Be sure to use the form at the top of the page to register for my free guide on how to supercharge your Fire TV. Within that guide, you will learn how to install the best Kodi Addons which will provide endless movies, tv shows, sports, live tv, children shows, and much more.
Important: Many Internet Service providers keep a close eye on what you are downloading/streaming through your connection…how intrusive is that?? I strongly suggest that you invest in an inexpensive VPN service and enjoy a private connection to the Internet.
Steps Necessary On How to Install Kodi on Fire TV Outlined in Video Below Instructions
Easiest! Method #1 – Install Kodi on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick with Downloader, which is a free application available in Amazon Fire TV/Stick App Store.
Special Note: Amazon has pushed out a new update for those who have a 2nd Generation Fire TV or Fire TV Stick which includes a new user interface. I have included two videos below which demonstrate the easiest way to load Kodi onto Fire TV or Stick specific to each respective interface.
New Fire TV/Stick User Interface
Old Fire TV/Stick User Interface
- Go into Fire TV Settings / Developer Options and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. You may also turn on ADB Debugging and/or USB Debugging as well since this may help with future sideloading that you may perform.
- Exit to home screen and navigate to the search button. Type in the box – Downloader – and click download or get to install it.
- Launch Downloader.
- Type the following address in the box that reads “Enter the URL of the file you want to download – http://troypoint.com/kodistable and then click the Next button.
- Click the Download button and go through the installation process.
- Launch Kodi to ensure it has installed correctly.
Method #2 – Install Kodi on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick with Download Manager within ES Explorer.
Refer to the video tutorial below for detailed instructions that take you through every step. Below the video is a short summary of what I teach in the tutorial.
- Go into Fire TV Settings / Developer Options and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources.
- Exit to home screen and go into search and type in search box – ES Explorer – select Explorer and install it by clicking the “Get” or “Download” button.
- Launch ES Explorer app and input the following address into Download Manager – http://troypoint.com/kodistable and name it KODI.
- Click the Download button and Kodi will download.
- After Kodi downloads, you will be presented with installation screen. Click the install button on this screen and Kodi will install.
- Exit to home screen and ensure that Kodi is now listed under your apps section. Launch Kodi to ensure it is working properly.
Method #3 Install Kodi on Fire TV or Stick with adbLink and computer. Works with Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Be sure to watch video below for detailed instructions. Information below the video provide a general synopsis of steps taken throughout tutorial.
- Plug your Fire TV or Stick into your television and go through the setup process including registering your Amazon account with the device.
- Go into Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options / and turn on ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources.
- Go into Network under the About tab and write down your local ip address.
- Go into Networks and write down the Wireless Access point that you are connected to.
- One your computer, make sure that you are connected to same wireless access point as Fire TV or Stick
- Use your computer and download adbLink, Kodi, and ES Explorer. Links located below video.
- Install adbLink.
- Connect adbLink to your Fire TV device by typing in connection settings with ip address from previous step.
- Click “Install APK” within adbLink, browse for Kodi and sideload it. Repeat same process for ES File Explorer.
adbLink Download – http://jocala.com/
Kodi Download – http://www.kodi.tv/download
ES File Explorer Download – http://www.estrongs.com/?lang=en
Method #4 Install Kodi on Fire TV with tablet/smartphone and apps2fire – Requires Android tablet/phone. Both tablet/phone and Fire TV/Stick must be connected to same wireless network/router.
The video below will provide detailed steps on install Kodi onto Fire TV/Stick with apps2fire. Steps below video will provide general outline of what video covers.
- Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources and USB Debugging by going into Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options.
- Go into About tab and hover over Network button. Write down your IP Address.
- On your Android phone or tablet, search for the app apps2fire within the Google Play Store and install it.
- On your phone or tablet, in Google Play Store, search for Kodi and install it as well.
- Open apps2fire and click the setup tab. Input the ip address of your Fire TV that you want to install Kodi onto.
- Click Fire TV Apps menu item at top and make sure Fire TV or Stick is connected to tablet or phone.
- Once you confirm connection has been made, click the button at top that reads Local Apps. Choose Kodi from the list and then install.
- Once apps2fire shows as installed, go back to Fire TV and launch Kodi to ensure program is working properly.
Method #5 Install Kodi on Fire TV with AppStarter and ES Explorer.
Please refer to video below for detailed instructions on this process. The steps outlined below the video only provide a general summary of tasks completed within video.
- Go into Amazon Fire TV Settings / System / Developer Options / and turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. While you are in there, you can also turn on usb debugging as well but not required.
- Sideload ES File Explorer via video above.
- Launch ES File Explorer.
- Expand the favorites tab within ES Explorer, click the add button and add the following source – http://fireunleashed.com/as – name it Fire or any other name you would like. Click the add button.
- Scroll down under the Favorites Tab and click the source that you added in Step #4. The Fire Unleashed Web site will open within ES File Explorer.
- Click the link on the page that reads, “CLICK HERE TO INSTALL APPSTARTER”. Click Open Folder. Then, click the .apk file to install program.
- After program is installed launch AppStarter.
- Click the Updates button on the left side of AppStarter.
- Click the Install Button on the right-hand side of where it displays Kodi.
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