How to Install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV in just 2 minutes


How to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV

Published by on April 4, 2017 in VPN & Privacy

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The Android-based Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are popular devices for Kodi fans to take advantage of. Not only do you get all the channels and functionality of Fire TV, Kodi opens up a whole new range of add-ons and streaming channels.

While many Youtubers and Ebay merchants sell Fire TV Sticks and Fire TVs with Kodi-pre-installed, we recommend you steer clear of these and install Kodi yourself. Those pre-configured “piracy boxes” often contain malware and malicious add-ons that steal your data, inject advertisements, or use your device as part of a larger botnet among other nefarious activities.

The process for installing Kodi on a Fire TV is the same as for a Fire TV Stick. Both devices, so long as you are using the 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick or newer, use the same Android-based Fire TV operating system. Note that the Fire TV has more powerful hardware and the storage can be expanded with an SD card, so it will run Kodi faster than the Stick and allow you to download more content.

There are several ways to install Kodi on a Fire TV, three of which we’ll outline here with step-by-step instructions. There are other methods using ADB and other tools, but frankly they are overly complicated. One of these simple methods should get you up and running much faster.

Prepare your Fire TV

Before we begin, we need to allow the Fire TV to install apps from unknown sources.

  1. Boot up your Fire TV and go to Settings > System
  2. Scroll down to Developer Options
  3. Toggle on Apps from unknown sources and confirm

You can now use apps from outside Amazon’s app ecosystem, including Kodi.

Use a VPN with Kodi

While using Kodi, you may want to unblock geo-locked content or hide your streaming activity from your ISP. The best way to accomplish both of these is to install a VPN. We highly recommend everyone connect to a VPN before streaming or downloading content on Kodi.

Short for virtual private network, a VPN encrypts a device’s internet traffic and routes it through an intermediary server in a location of your choosing. This provides you with a new IP address and masks your internet activity from your ISP, making everything you do online more private.

You will need a VPN that is fast, takes your privacy seriously and has no data cap. We recommend IPVanish which fit’s these criteria, is the most popular VPN with the Kodi community, works with all Kodi add-ons and is one of the more straight forward VPNs to install on a Fire Stick or Fire TV.

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Learn how to install a VPN on an Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV in this tutorial.

Method #1: Download and install Kodi on Fire TV with the Downloader App

While there are several ways to install Kodi on a Fire TV Stick, this is by far the easiest. It doesn’t require a second device or a file explorer app. Instead, we’ll use the Downloader app to get Kodi directly from the official website. It works will all versions of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, including first-generation models.

  1. Boot up your Fire TV and use the Search box to find the Downloader app. As of time of writing it has an orange and white logo. Make sure you are in the Apps and Games category
  2. Select the app with your remote and click the Get or Download button
  3. Downloader should automatically install, after which the Get or Download button will turn into an Open button. Click it
  4. In the URL field on the Downloader app, enter the direct download URL for Kodi. For a stock, stable ARM release of Kodi 17.1 Krypton (latest version as of time of writing), enter http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-17.1-Krypton-armeabi-v7a.apk
  5. Double check the URL is exactly correct and hit the download button
  6. Kodi will download and you’ll be prompted with an app installation menu. Select Install
  7. Kodi is now installed. Select Done and back out to the main menu
  8. You can launch Kodi from the Apps section of the main Fire TV menu. Make sure to turn on your VPN first!

Method #2: Download and install Kodi on Fire TV with ES Explorer

If for some reason the Downloader app in method #1 doesn’t suit you, ES Explorer is a tried-and-tested download that works in a similar manner.

  1. Boot up your Fire TV and use the search bar to find the ES File Explorer app. Make sure you are in the Apps and Games category
  2. Select the app with your remote and click the Get or Download button
  3. The app will automatically download and install. Click the Open button once it’s finished to launch ES File Explorer
  4. Navigate to the Tools > Download Manager in the left sidebar of ES Explorer
  5. Select the + New tab at the bottom of the screen
  6. Input the the direct download URL for Kodi into ES File Explorer. As of time of writing, the latest stable ARM Android release of Kodi 17.1 Krypton is http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-17.1-Krypton-armeabi-v7a.apk
  7. Double-check the URL is exactly correct. Name the file whatever you like, such as “Kodi”, and click the Download Now button
  8. Once downloaded, you’ll see a prompt with two open options. Choose Open file and then Install on the following prompt
  9. Kodi will download and you’ll be prompted with an app installation menu. Select Install
  10. Kodi is now installed. Select Done and back out to the main menu
  11. You can launch Kodi from the Apps section of the main Fire TV menu. Make sure to turn on your VPN first!

Method #3: Sideload Kodi onto Fire TV from another Android device using Apps2Fire

If you prefer to get the latest version of Kodi from Google Play instead of a direct download APK, and you have another Android device with access to Google Play lying around, you can use Apps2Fire to install Kodi on your Fire TV.

  1. Boot up your Fire TV and from the home menu go to Settings > System > About > Network
  2. Jot down the IP address of your Fire TV device
  3. On your second Android device, download and install Apps2Fire from Google Play
  4. On the same Android device, download and install the latest version of Kodi from Google Play
  5. Launch the app and tap the menu icon (three dots) in the top right corner
  6. Tap Setup
  7. Under IP address of your Fire TV, enter the IP address
  8. Tap Save
  9. Tap the menu icon (three dots) again and select “Upload Apps”
  10. Tap Kodi under Local apps to upload it to your Fire TV
  11. The app should automatically install on your Fire TV
  12. You can launch Kodi from the Apps section of the main Fire TV menu. Make sure to turn on your VPN first!

Best Kodi builds for Amazon Fire TV

While many users will get along fine with stock Kodi, others might prefer to forego the work of installing all the add-ons and repositories needed to stream the content they want. An easy way to hit the ground running is with a Kodi build with all of your favorite add-ons pre-installed.

If you’ve already got Kodi installed and want to try a new build, make sure you perform a fresh install first.

Fire TV Sticks aren’t exactly powerful pieces of hardware, so you’ll want lightweight builds that won’t drag down performance. With that in mind, here’s a few builds to consider:

Wookie Lite

This simple build comes with an interface that resembles the official Krypton version of Kodi. At 204MB, it nets you live and on-demand TV, movies, sports, and kids content. Content is accessible directly from the home screen. It comes with an add-on installer, which makes it much easier to install more of your favorite add-ons without a keyboard. Salts, Exodus, Specto, Velocity, and Phoenix all come pre-installed.

Horus

At less than 100MB, Horus is a tiny Kodi build designed to run on less powerful devices. It’s extremely quick and supports all of your favorite add-ons, including Exodus. The interface is minimalist, links are up-to-date and and the menus are well-organized. The Echo Wizard feature gives you access to community builds and special advanced settings. A bar above the main menu shows how much of your system resources are being used in real time.

Fire TV Guru

Fire TV Guru caters specifically to Fire TV and Fire TV Stick users. It comes with several popular add-ons pre-installed and includes categories for live and on-demand TV shows, movies, sports, and kids. An adult content option is available in the setup wizard. The developers say the build should run well on Fire Sticks without much lag.

Wullies Mini

Wullies Mini is resource-light and its 142MB size fits nicely onto an Amazon Fire TV Stick. Not only that, it deletes unnecessary files each time you launch Kodi to keep the build as lean as possible. Phoenix, Sanctuary, Exodus, and Evolve are among the pre-installed add-ons. You also get categories to browse like sports, movies, TV shows, comedy, music, and live TV.

Aqua

Aqua is a lightweight build with a pleasant underwater theme. The community wizard allows you to install the build without wiping the old one first. You can set how often you want the wizard to clean out Kodi to keep it as lean as possible. Supports Realdedbrid, Trakt, and Favorites. There’s also a special motorsports section just for racing fans.

Amazon Fire TV Stick” by Hedwig Storch licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons



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