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How to install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV — Kodi's interface on a TV | Credit: Kodi

Trying to figure out how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV? We've got all the details you need. Streaming video fans are likely familiar with Kodi — and may even be familiar with its previous iterations, XBMC and Xbox Media Center. 

While the platform has a (well-deserved) reputation for delivering pirated content and the occasional piece of malware, it's entirely possible to use Kodi for legitimate purposes. You can organize your own media library and install a variety of unconventional add-ons, among other things. However, it's not equally easy to install for every system. If you're wondering how to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV platforms, then look no further.

While Kodi is simple to install on a laptop, getting it onto one of the best streaming devices is somewhat tougher. That’s ironic, considering the app’s interface is optimized for TVs. Still, installing Kodi on a Fire TV Cube or Fire TV Stick is easier than you might think. You don’t have to root your device, and you can accomplish the whole process in about 5 minutes, if you’re a quick typist.

We've just updated this story with the Amazon Fire TV operating system's new look.

Oh, and a bit of news if you've always wanted faster performance from Kodi on the Fire TV. Amazon has announced the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which is supposed to improve performance by 40%. We can't wait to test it.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: select Settings

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1. Open the Settings section. On the home screen, select the gear icon for settings.

If your Fire TV doesn't look like this, look for the Settings menu, and click Device.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: select My Fire TV

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2. Select My Fire TV.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: select Developer Options

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3. Click on Developer Options.

It should be the second option on the list.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Select Apps from Unknown Sources

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4. Select Apps from Unknown Sources

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Select Turn On

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5. Select Turn On.

If this setting is off, click it once to turn it on.

WARNING: Allowing installation of third-party apps can be a sizable security risk, as Amazon points out. In fact, Kodi installations on older Apple TVs were trivial to compromise. Installing Kodi on a Fire TV device involves a trade-off between security and convenience. Weigh your options carefully before installing.

There is also an outside possibility that installing third-party apps could cause your device to malfunction. If it does, simply factory-reset it and try a different installation. (If you're willing to take the risk again, that is.)

Oh, and we've got a ton more tips in our how to use the Fire TV Stick guide if you're trying to find ways to maximize the value of this device.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Acquire the Downloader app | Credit: Tom's Guide

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6. Acquire the Downloader app. There are multiple ways to install Kodi, but the simplest way is with the free Downloader app. You can find it in the Amazon Appstore.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Direct Downloader to the Kodi website | Credit: Tom's Guide

(Image credit: Direct Downloader to the Kodi website | Credit: Tom's Guide)

7. Point Direct Downloader to the Kodi website. The best URL to use is http://www.kodi.tv/download, but you can use other sources, if you prefer.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Select the Android app | Credit: Tom's Guide

(Image credit: Select the Android app | Credit: Tom's Guide)

8. Select the Android app. The Fire TV’s operating system is an Android branch, so the Kodi Android app will work just fine.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Choose the 32-bit installation | Credit: Tom's Guide

(Image credit: Choose the 32-bit installation | Credit: Tom's Guide)

9. Choose the 32-bit installation. In my experience, this version of the app works best with Fire TV devices, but you can try others if you want to experiment.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Click install | Credit: Tom's Guide

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10. Click Install. You can also use this screen to review Kodi’s permissions.

How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV: Customize Kodi to your liking | Credit: Tom's Guide

(Image credit: Customize Kodi to your liking | Credit: Tom's Guide)

11. Customize Kodi to your liking.

You can access Kodi just as you would any other app on the Fire TV. From here, you can share your media libraries, install add-ons and otherwise tweak Kodi to fit your taste. Bear in mind that if you’re using a Fire TV Stick, you’ll probably have to use a remote media server, whereas the Fire TV has a port for USB storage.

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Marshall Honorof

Marshall Honorof is a senior editor for Tom's Guide, overseeing the site's coverage of gaming hardware and software. He comes from a science writing background, having studied paleomammalogy, biological anthropology, and the history of science and technology. After hours, you can find him practicing taekwondo or doing deep dives on classic sci-fi. 

  • cowboys2000
    Folks, don't click this link. Go directly to www.amazon.com or your local electronics store.
    Reply
  • Alabalcho
    19706445 said:
    Folks, don't click this link. Go directly to www.amazon.com or your local electronics store.
    What's wrong with that link? It points to Toms' Guide, for Pete's sake!

    You won't find info on Amazon about how to install Kodi, nor will you in your local store. Your suggestion would be valid if OP was proporing a site where to buy FS from...
    Reply
  • thuggish
    Thank you so much for an article with a method that ACTUALLY WORKS!!!

    Why this isn't the first hit, and the subsequent nine hits, on google, is totally beyond me.

    FINALLY! THANK YOU MARSHALL HONOROF! YOU ARE THE ONE PERSON WHO KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT!
    Reply
  • pankaj.kalathiya8540
    Can anyone help me to install Kodi 18.1 on Firestick
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  • Alabalcho
    There is no difference for the Stick:
    - install a file manager on the stick (ES is available on Amazon app store);
    - enable "Install apps from unknown sources";
    - open a browser, go to Kodi page, download the APK for FireStick;
    - open the file manager, and click on the download, it will install, and Kodi icon will go on the home screen.

    This is one of the first link searching for "Kodi for amazon fire stick"

    You may want to try first older version like 17.x (it works for sure on my Stick), instead of jumping straight to 18
    Reply