How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick – Setup Kodi on Amazon Fire TV

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Whether you enjoy streaming your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Fire TV 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 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 FIVE methods we’ve listed below will require that you have the following:

  • The Downloader program from Amazon’s App Store

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  • The CetusPlay app for Android mobile devices

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  • The Apps2Fire app for Android mobile devices

Our detailed walkthrough should help you better understand each of these methods, with screenshots included where relevant. Of the methods out there, we believe that the easiest methods are using CetusPlay or Apps2Fire from your Android mobile device, or using Downloader or ES Explorer from your Android Fire TV or TV Stick.

Before you proceed

You can easily install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick, but you may want to install a VPN on your device as well. In years past, some Kodi users have received copyright infringement notifications from their ISPs. This is not common, but it is a concern for Kodi users in general. Our recommendation for the best VPN program to secure your identity while using Kodi is IPVanish.

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How to Install Kodi 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)

Amazon Fire TV

  • Scroll over to System

Amazon Fire TV

  • Turn ON both ADB debugging and Apps from Unknown

Amazon Fire TV

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 its official listed apps.

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.

Method: Downloader program

Downloader

To complete this process, complete all of the following steps in the exact order prescribed:

  • Ensure Apps from Unknown has been enabled in your System Settings
  • On your Amazon Fire TV/Stick home screen, click on the Search option
  • Type in Downloader, making sure you are searching under Apps and Games

Amazon Fire TV Downloader

  • With Downloader selected, click on Install

Amazon Fire TV Downloader

  • After Downloader is installed, you will find the program under Apps

Amazon Fire TV Downloader

  • The above will take a while to type in when using the Fire TV or TV Stick remote, so some patience will be needed
  • Click Done once you’ve typed in the APK address
  • On the Kodi, install screen click on Install at the bottom

Amazon Fire TV Kodi

  • Once installation is complete, you should find Kodi on your device under Games and Apps

Method: ES File Explorer*

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

ES Explorer

  • In ES Explorer, click on the Plus Symbol at the bottom

ES Explorer

  • The 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

ES Explorer

  • Once the download is complete, a completion window will pop up. In this window, click Open File

ES Explorer

  • Another window named Properties will pop up. In this one, click Install

ES Explorer

  • 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

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 utilize. 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.

Download adbLink

Download Kodi

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
  • Go to System
  • In System, click on About

adbLink

  • 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

adbLink

  • On your computer, open up the adbLink application

adbLink

  • 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)

adbLink

  • 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

adbLink

  • 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

adbLink

  • 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

Method: Apps2Fire

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 Apps2Fire

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

apps2fire

  • 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

apps2fire

  • 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

Method: CetusPlay

CetusPlay Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick

Like with Apps2Fire, this method must be completed using an Android mobile device. To install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV/Stick with CetusPlay, you will also need to download the CetusPlay app from Google Play. You may also need to download the Kodi Android app to get this work as well.

Download Apps2Fire

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 CetusPlay on your Android mobile device
  • At the top, tap Manage Connections. Locate your Amazon Fire TV device and click to pair

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  • From the CetusPlay home screen, select the Menu options and then App Center
  • Find the Kodi app at the top and select Install

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  • Kodi should install onto your Amazon Fire TV. You should find it located 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 with 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 simply to avoid the chance of malware.