Kodi is one of the oldest and most popular home theater software solutions available, and for good reason. Sporting a slick interface that utilizes gorgeous art for all of your movies, TV shows and music, Kodi is an attractive front end for any living room.
Despite the fact that a few illegal “addons” are dragging the Kodi name through the mud, Kodi is still a fantastic way to consume your media. Kodi has been ported to a number of different devices and operating systems, including Android. This is good news for Amazon Fire Stick owners, since the Fire Stick runs a modified version of Android called FireOS. In a few simple steps, you can install Kodi on Fire Stick with minimal effort or know-how.
Prep Your Fire Stick
Installing Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick has to be done through a process called “sideloading.” By default, almost all Android devices only allow the installation of apps through an authorized app store. In the case of the Fire TV stick, by default you can only download apps through Amazon. Since the Kodi app isn’t available on the Amazon app store, you need to install it manually.
The ability to do so isn’t enabled out of the box for security reasons. However it is really easy to do so. Fire up your Fire TV stick (that was corny, my apologies) and head to “Settings.” From there scroll over to “Device” and hit “Select.” Scroll down to “Developer Options” and hit “Select.” You’ll notice that “Apps from Unknown Sources” is switched off, but you’ll want to turn that one on. This will enable you to download and install apps that don’t come from Amazon’s Appstore.
Get the Downloader App
After you’ve enabled the ability to sideload apps, head back to the home screen of the Fire TV stick. Select the magnifying glass icon on the left side of the screen. An on-screen keyboard should appear. Type in “downloader” and select it. The Downloader app should appear. This app allows you to download files from the Internet onto your Fire TV device. Select the Downloader app and hit “Get” to download and install it.
Note: You will need an Amazon account in order to download apps from the Amazon Appstore. If you do not already have one, you will need to create one in order to obtain the Downloader app.
Download and Install Kodi
Once the Downloader app is finished installing, open it. Upon opening the app you will see an address bar. Select it and an on-screen keyboard will appear. Type in https://kodi.tv/download and select “Go.”
Once the Kodi website has loaded, scroll down and select “Android.” There are two options here: “Release” and “Nightly.” The “Nightly” build is experimental and unstable, so stick with the official “Release” versions. The one you’re going to want to grab is the one labeled “32-bit.” At this point the Kodi app will download to your Fire TV stick.
When the download is finished, you’ll be prompted with a list of permissions Kodi needs to function properly. Finally, select “Install” and Kodi will install on your Fire TV stick. Once it’s finished, you can enjoy everything Kodi has to offer on your Amazon Fire TV stick!
Do you own an Amazon Fire TV device? Have you installed Kodi on a Fire Stick? Did the method you used differ from the one outlined above? Let us know in the comments!