Whether you like streaming your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon FireTV Box or Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’re not obtaining the most out of your device unless you’ve installed Kodi onto it. Well, there are several effective ways you can go about doing this. Some techniques available to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stickdevices are suprisingly easy, while other methods will take you longer. However, every method we’ve illustrated below should take no more than 15 minutes when all’s said and done.
Considering that Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick make use of a somewhat pared down version Android, you’ll find that you can install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV much easier than on an iPad, iPhone, or any other Apple mobile device. The process is still a bitlengthier than what you’ll find with an Android TV box, but once you get theprocess completed, you should be good to go.
The BEST method we’ve listed below will require that you have the following:
- A Windows, Mac or Linux computer, using the adbLink application for yourdesktop or laptop.
There are also two other alternative tricks you might select to explore if ES Explorerfor some reason does not work:
- The Apps2Fire app for Android mobile devices.
- The ES Explorer program from Amazon’s App Store.
Our detailed walkthrough should help you better understand each of these methods, withscreenshots included where relevant.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick
- 3 A Special Note About ES File Explorer
- 4 Addons for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
- 5 Kodi Builds for Amazon Fire TV
Before we Proceed
We strongly advise to try using a VPN when employing Kodi. Kodi users have been known toreceive copyright infringement notices for streaming movies, sports, and TV shows through various addons. If you would like to keep your streaming habits private, our recommendation is IPVanish – a complete privacy solution for Kodi users. It’s also worth noting that purchasing a 12 month subscription will give you two months free.
How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick
Before making use of any of these techniques, we suggest you do the following things first.
- Go to the Settings section of your Amazon Fire device (this will look different, depending on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick generation)
- Scroll over to System
- Turn ON both ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown
Allowing Apps from Unknown is required to install Kodi for the all of the techniques, which we’ve illustrated below. As Kodi is an unofficial app and not listed on Amazon AppStore, enabling this will allow you to install Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV/Stick. Although you can find Kodi on the Google Play Store, Amazon has far stricter requirements for the apps it listed on its official store.
Best Method: adbLink
This method will require you to download both the adbLink application onto yourcomputer (Windows, Mac or Linux) and the version of Kodi you wish to use. While the most recent build of Kodi (as of February 6, 2017) is version 17, Krypton, theprevious version, 16.1 Jarvis, is still more popular. Feel free to download whichever version you prefer.
We advise to create a fresh folder on your desktop and save both programs into that folder. However, you can save these programs anywhere you’d like.
To complete this process, do the following. (Example completed on a Windows10 machine):
- Ensure Apps from Unknown and ADB debugging have been enabled in yourSystem Settings
- Go to Settings in your Amazon Fire TV/Stick
- Go to System
- In System, click on About
- In About, write down your Amazon Fire TV/Stick’s IP Address. Also, make a note of which wireless network your device is connected to. For this method towork, you will need your computer and Amazon device to be connected to thesame wireless access point
- On your computer, open up the adbLink application
- In adbLink click on New at the top of the screen
- In the new window, give the type in any name (preferably just Kodi or the name of your computer)
- Next to Address, type in the IP Address you copied from your Amazon FireTV device
- Make sure the Media Center of Choice is Kodi on the right. Click Save
- On your adbLink home page, click on Connect at the top
- Once connected, you will see your Amazon Fire TV/Stick IP Address show up inthe box labeled Connected Devices
- Next, click on Install APK on the center left
- Find your Android APK file, click Open and then Yes
- You will see the installation process occurring at the bottom of the window
- You will see a small window pop up once the installation is complete. Click OK
- To ensure the installation worked, check your Amazon device and check for Kodiunder Apps
Backup Method 1: Apps2Fire
This method must be completed using an Android mobile device. To install Kodi onAmazon Fire TV/Stick with Apps2Fire, you will also need to download theApps2Fire app from Google Play. You will need to download the Kodi Android Appas well.
Download Kodi (mobile app version)
Complete the following steps exactly as described:
- In your Amazon Fire TV/Stick, open System
- In System Settings, select About
- In About, locate and write down your Amazon device IP Address
- Also, make note of the wireless access point. This process will only work if yourmobile device and Amazon device are on the same network
- Open your Apps2Fire app on your mobile device
- Tap and scroll to the right to find Setup
- Under Setup, enter your Amazon device IP Address
- Tap on the Fire TV Apps menu to ensure your devices are connected
- Tap on the Local Apps tab, and then select Kodi. Tap to install
- Once the Apps2Fire app shows a completed installation, check your Amazon FireTV/Stick to ensure the installation was completed. You should find Kodi on yourAmazon device under Apps
Backup Method 2: ES File Explorer*
To install Kodi on your Fire TV device, follow the directions below in order:
*Note: ES Explorer, while once highly recommended by app reviewers, is now considered to be a poor-quality app. We’ve explained why this is below the installation guides.
- Ensure Apps from Unknown has been enabled in your System Settings
- From your Amazon Fire TV/Stick home screen, click on the search option
- Type in ES Explorer. Apps and Games
- Locate ES Explorer and download the program to your device. You will findthe app under Apps
- In ES Explorer, click on Tools on the bottom left
- In ES Explorer, click on the Plus Symbol at the bottom
- For Path type in the following file path exactly: http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-17.3-Krypton-armeabi-v7a.apk
- As told above it will take some time if you are using the Fire TV or FireStick remote, so some patience is required.
- After entering the file path, give the file a name (KODI is fine)
- Once complete, click Download Now
- Once the download is complete, a completion window will pop up. In this window, click Open File
- Another window named Properties will pop up. In this one, click Install
- The Kodi installation screen will burst out. Click Install at the bottom
A Special Note About ES File Explorer
While we won’t discourage
Prior to the summer of 2016, ES Explorer happened to be a highly recommended app. As one of the few applications available for download on Amazon Fire TV and FireStick to help download and install unofficial applications, the program was highly lauded. It worked very well and was simple and easy to use. Android users of all stripes also enjoyed the file manager for their Android mobile devices, making the app one of the most popular on the Google Play Store.
One app developer and reviewer called the original version of the app “ugly yet extremely functional and worthy.” ES Explorer’s popularity eventually gained enough attention for the app to get bought from the original developer by a third party. Slowly, but surely, the new party in charge began attempting to monetize the app by adding in bloat and unnecessary additions. All of the added spam and ads made users and app reviews angry. However, the “straw that broke the camel’s back”, so tospeak, was the addition of a feature in mid-2016 called “Charging Booster”.
The “Charging Booster” feature was advertised to step up your phone’s charging speed by approximately 20%. Those who tested it out concluded that this was a false claim. Furthermore, Charging Booster apparently acted as an adware program, an inclusion that ultimately caused a number of Android app reviewing websites to rescind their support for theprogram. Eventually, the developer pulled the adware-heavy feature, but the damage had already been done.
ES Explorer is still far more ad-heavy compared to its original version. While it no longer contains the Charging Booster feature that caused so much grief and hatred for theonce-beloved program, it also never fully pulled the large amount of ads and other feature bloat that it started to include over time. You can purchase a “Pro” version of the app now for $2.99, yet this version is not particularly worth it – there are other apps currently on the market that do the same thing for free. You may still use thisprogram to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices, but you may want toavoid this option if you’re conscious about adware.
Addons for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
If you’re looking to install addons onto Kodi, you may have been hoping to use theFusion or Indigo addon installer. Unfortunately, the Fusion/Indigo installer and its associated repository no longer exist. The absence of the easy installation technique made possible by Indigo makes it more difficult for users on alternative Kodi devices, such as the Fire TV Stick, to create efficient Kodi setups.
Use the Ares Wizard Tool
Ares Wizard is a small substitute for the TVAddons Indigo tool. Ares Wizard allows you to quickly install a variety of different addons. While the Ares Wizard has far fewer addons available than Indigo/Fusion, it does keep up with some of the more popular addons, such as Exodus.
Use a Super Repository
A super repository is an addon repository, housing a huge number of addons. Most addons exist in a developer-made repository. However, some repos have dozens, and at times hundreds of different addons. Using a Super Repository cuts down the time it takes to find and install great addons, although they don’t often come with addoninstaller programs.
Kodi Builds for Amazon Fire TV
One popular way to put addons on the Amazon Fire TV stick is to do so with a build. A Kodi build is an updated version of Kodi, which includes a huge number of pre-installed addons. Most Kodi builds also change the look and feel of Kodi, adding in a new skin that creates new options for users, or faster access to different Kodi features.
For Amazon Fire TV users, a build is often a great way to reduce the amount of time it takes to install addons onto your Fire TV device.
There are two ways Amazon Fire TV users get builds: sideloading the build using thesame Kodi installation method provided in this review or via purchasing an after-market Amazon Fire TV Stick from a third-party dealer who has already preloaded the buildonto it.
Do not purchase a Fire TV Stick or Box with a build already installed on it. It isillegal in some countries for sellers to offer these devices.
While you can still legally buy these devices, the person selling it to you might be breaking the law in your country.
Our suggestion is that if you want a Fire TV Stick build, you should make the effort to install one yourself. There are several builds that will work perfectly for yourAmazon Fire TV devices.
Wookie is a classic Kodi build that’s been around for quite some time and is a fan favorite. Wookie comes loaded with a decent number of popular addons, which you’ll find easily accessible via its add-ons menu.
CellarDoor is a newer Kodi build, which offers the benefit of some extremely good looking layouts. You’ll find a good number of popular addons here, as well.
For more popular builds, or to keep up with Kodi builds, check out our Kodi Buildssection.
Design Your Own Amazon Fire TV Stick Build
There’s a little saying in the Kodi community: “The best build is the one you makeyourself.” What does this mean? It simply means that you’ll have the most success withKodi by constructing your own Kodi build, including downloading and installinga variety of various Kodi addons that best suit your own needs and preferences.
When you install a Kodi build, you’re obtaining a huge number of Kodi addons, some good, some bad, and unfortunately, some that might not work. Part of the reason youend up with some non-functional addons is that Kodi builds often do not update theaddons they include. This is why, quite often, those who install builds end up having to go through the process of installing new addons or updating them anyway. Quite often, you’ll find well-known Kodi communities, such as the subreddit Addons4Kodi, filled with Amazon Fire TV Stick owners asking why some popular addons don’t workafter they installed a build.
In most of those cases, the addons simply need to be updated. However, if the build makes use of now-dead repositories, including Fusion, those addons never will be updated in the proper way without a bit of tweaking.
Simply put, builds can be great if you’re a newcomer, but the best way to learn howKodi works on your Amazon Fire TV Stick is to create your own build fromscratch.
Step 1A: Pick a skin, or download the build with a skin that you like.
This is a relatively easy step, however, the toughest part here will be choosing a skin that suits your needs or interests.
You can find a large number of popular skins right through the official Kodi repository. In order to locate and try out different skins, do the following:
- Go to Addons
- Go to the Package Symbol
- Go to the Official Kodi Addon Repository
- Click on Look and Feel
- Click on Skin
- You can currently search through 24 different skin options, including thepopular Confluence skin that was the main Kodi skin before Kodi Version 17
- When you find a skin you like, click on Install
- After the download is complete, you’ll get a message asking you if you want toswitch to the new skin. Click on Yes
It might take some time for you to navigate around to your fresh skin. If you find youdon’t like it, you can always switch back by doing the following:
- From your Kodi home screen, go to Settings
- Click on Interface Settings
- In the Skin section, click on Skin and then click on Estuary
- When prompted if you want to change to that skin, click on Yes
If you’re downloading a build instead, find a Kodi build that suits your needs, installit, then shift to Step 1B.
Step 1B: If using a build, delete the addons you don’t want
Navigating the menu in different builds will look a bit different, so we can’t offer a detailed walkthrough of what this might look like for everybody. However, the most basic way to delete any unwanted addons is to do the following:
- Go to your Addons section in your Kodi build
- Select the addon, press and hold the select button on your Fire TV remote to getthe menu to pop up, and then go to Information
- On the Information page, click on Uninstall
You can do this with each addon that you want to be removed from your build. This is a simple way to “refresh” your build to whittle down to just the addons youwant. Alternatively, you can use this method to get rid of all
Step 2: Find an install the Kodi addons that you want
Once you have the skin you want, or you’ve curated your desired build down to only the included addons you want to keep, you can now personalize your Fire TV Stickto better suit your needs.
Think about the type of addons you want to have included in your personalized build. If you’re a sports fan, you might be eager to curate your personalized Amazon Fire TVbuild to include only sports-related working movie addons. If you’re looking toextend your live TV options, you’ll need to do a bit of homework finding the bestworking IPTV Kodi addons.
Addons can come and go fairly quickly, so you’ll need to stay on top of where to findthe best working addons for different purposes. Even the addons you are using right now might stop working if the developer decides to call it quits. Such was the case withthe well-known Exodus Kodi add-on, for example, which is still available and still works, but as of now is no longer receiving updates. Moreover, some addons might simply move to different repositories, meaning they are going to fail to update properly if theincluded repositories that the build uses are not changed. Such difficulties may leave Fire TV Stick feeling a bit miffed at seemingly broken addons that were previously working.
Aside from that, some addons might simply move to different repositories, meaning they will fail to update properly if the included repositories that the build utilizes are not changed. Such difficulties may leave Fire TV Stick feeling a bit miffed at seemingly broken addons that were previously working.
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