Whether you enjoy streaming your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Fire TV Box or Amazon Fire TV Stick, you’re not getting the most out of your device unless you’ve installed Kodi onto it. That said, there are several ways you can go about doing this. Some methods available to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices are very easy, while others will take you longer. Nevertheless, every method we’ve described below should take no more than 15 minutes when all’s said and done.
Given that Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire Stick utilize 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 bit lengthier than what you’ll find with an Android TV box, but once you get the process completed, you should be good to go.
The BEST method we’ve listed below will require that you have the following:
There are also two other alternative methods you may choose to explore if ES Explorer for some reason does not work:
- The Apps2Fire app for Android mobile devices.
Our detailed walkthrough should help you better understand each of these methods, with screenshots included where relevant.
How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick
Before utilizing any of these methods, 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)
- Turn ON both ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown
Allowing Apps from Unknown is required to install Kodi for the all of the methods that we’ve included below. As Kodi is an unofficial app and not listed on Amazon App Store, 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.
The ADB debugging option is necessary in order to install Kodi on your Fire TV over your wireless network. This is required for the adbLink, Apps2Fire, and CetusPlay installation methods.
Best Method: adbLink
This method will require you to download both the adbLink application onto your computer (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, the previous version, 16.1 Jarvis, is still more popular. Feel free to download whichever version you prefer.
We suggest creating a new folder on your desktop and saving 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 Windows 10 machine):
- Ensure Apps from Unknown and ADB debugging have been enabled in your System Settings
- Go to Settings in your Amazon Fire TV/Stick
- 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 to work, you will need your computer and Amazon device to be connected to the same 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 Fire TV 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 in the 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 Kodi under Apps
Backup Method 1: Apps2Fire
This method must be completed using an Android mobile device. To install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick with Apps2Fire, you will also need to download the Apps2Fire app from Google Play. You will need to download the Kodi Android App as 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 your mobile 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 Fire TV/Stick to ensure the installation was completed. You should find Kodi on your Amazon 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 a poor-quality application. 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. Make sure you are searching under Apps and Games
- Locate ES Explorer and download the program to your device. You will find the app under Apps
- In ES Explorer, click on Tools on the bottom left
- In ES Explorer, click on the Plus Symbol at the bottom
- As mentioned earlier above will take some time if you are using the Fire TV or Fire Stick remote, so some patience is needed
- 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 open. Click Install at the bottom
Once this is complete, exit out of ES Explorer. You will find your Kodi application under Apps
A Special Note About ES File Explorer
While we won’t discourage the use of ES Explorer to download and install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices, we want to ensure that our readers understand some of the concerns over this program that exist within the wider community.
Prior to the summer of 2016, ES Explorer was a highly recommended application. As one of the few applications available for download on Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick 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 attracted enough attention for the app to get purchased 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 to speak, was the addition of a feature in mid-2016 called “Charging Booster”.
The “Charging Booster” feature was advertised to increase your phone’s charging speed by 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 the program. Eventually, the developer pulled the adware-heavy feature, but the damage had already been done.
ES Explorer is still far more ad-heavy than its original version. While it no longer contains the Charging Booster feature that caused so much grief and hatred for the once-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 this program to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick devices, but you may want to avoid 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 the Fusion or Indigo addon installer. Unfortunately, the Fusion/Indigo installer and its associated repository no longer exist. The absence of the easy installation method made possible by Indigo makes it more difficult for users on alternative Kodi devices, such as the Fire TV Stick, to create effective Kodi setups.
Here are a few alternatives:
Use the Ares Wizard Tool
Click here to access our Ares Wizard installation guide.
Ares Wizard is a small replacement 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.
Click here to learn more about CellarDoor TV builds.
CellarDoor is a newer Kodi build that 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 Builds section.
Design Your Own Amazon Fire TV Stick Build
There’s a little saying in the Kodi community: “The best build is the one you make yourself.” What does this mean? It means that you’ll have the most success with Kodi by constructing your own Kodi build, which includes downloading and installing a variety of different Kodi addons that best suit your own needs and preferences.
When you install a Kodi build, you’re getting a large number of Kodi addons, some good, some bad, and unfortunately, some that may not work. Part of the reason you end up with some non-functional addons is that Kodi builds often do not update the addons 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 work after they installed a build.
In most of those cases, the addons simply need to be updated. However, if the build utilizes now-dead repositories like Fusion, those addons never will be updated properly without a bit of tweaking.
Simply put, builds can be great if you’re a newcomer, but the best way to learn how Kodi works on your Amazon Fire TV Stick is to create your own build from scratch.
Here are a few key steps to handcrafting your own Kodi build on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Step 1A: Pick a skin, or download the build with a skin that you like.
This is a fairly easy step, although perhaps the toughest part here will be actually picking a skin that suits your needs or interests.
You can find a large number of popular skins right through the official Kodi repository. 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
- You can now search through 24 different skin options, including the popular 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 to switch to the new skin. Click on Yes
It may take some time for you to navigate around to your new skin. If you find you don’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, install it, then proceed to Step 1B.
Step 1B: If using a build, delete the addons you don’t want
Navigating the menu in different builds will look slightly different, so we can’t provide a detailed walkthrough of what this might look like for everyone. 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 get the 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 you want. Alternatively, you can use this method to get rid of all of your addons so you can start fresh with the just build’s skin, settings, and features.
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 Stick to 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 may want to curate your personalized Amazon Fire TV build to include only sports-related addons. If you’re a movie buff, you’ll want to find the best working movie addons. If you’re looking to extend your live TV options, you’ll need to do a bit of homework finding the best working IPTV Kodi addons.
Addons can come and go fairly quickly, so you’ll need to stay on top of where to find the 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 with the well-known Exodus Kodi add-on, for example, which is still available and still works, but as of now is no longer receiving updates. Additionally, some addons may simply move to different repositories, meaning they will fail to update properly if the included 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.
Additionally, some addons may simply move to different repositories, meaning they will fail to update properly if the included 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.
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