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How to download and install Kodi on a Fire TV Stick

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How to install Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV Stick: All you need to know to download and install the latest version of the Kodi software on your new Amazon streaming device.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV are two of the best streaming devices for Kodi. That's particularly true if you also want a slick media streamer for Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video. The downside is Amazon uses its own app store for its Fire TV range of products, and Kodi is not one of the supported apps.

Fortunately, you can sideload Kodi onto both devices. It used to be trivial to do this using ES File Explorer from the Fire TV directly. Sadly, updates to the Kodi download site mean this method doesn't work reliably, as it's exceptionally hard to select the right option.

Instead, why not use our more reliable method for installing Kodi? You'll need to have a PC connected to the same home network as your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. We've used the latest software update for the Fire TV Stick, as the old version has options in slightly different places. As a second option, we also show you how to install Kodi using your Android phone and the Apps2Fire app, which sends an Android app from your phone to your Fire TV device. This method may not work on newer 64bit smartphones, though, as the Fire TV devices require the 32bit version of Kodi.

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1) Enable apps from unknown sources and turn on ADB

By default, the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are set not to allow applications to be installed from outside the Amazon Store. To change this, go to Settings (the cog icon in the top-right of the interface), Device, Developer Options and toggle "Apps from Unknown Source" to On.

In the same menu, turn on ADB debugging, too. ADB (Android Debug Bridge) is the option that lets you communicate with a Fire TV over a home network, letting you remotely install an app.

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2) Find your Fire TV's IP address

To communicate with your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, you need its IP address. To get this, go to Settings, Device, About, Network. Note down the address listed under IP Address.

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3) Download Kodi

Now, you can grab the latest Android installation file from the Kodi website. Click the Android icon to bring up the pop-up dialog box, then select the ARMV7A (32BIT) link; if you select the 64BIT link instead, you will not be able to install the software and you'll get an error. A .pkg file will be downloaded to your computer: this is the Android installation file, which you'll need in the next step.

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4) Set up adbLink

The best way to install Kodi is to use the adbLink tool. This uses ADB to transmit the Kodi installation file that you downloaded, and then install it automatically on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick.

Download adbLink from jocala.com, and then install it on your computer. When the installation routine has completed, run the software. Click the New button. In the new dialog box that appears, enter a Description (essentially, any name that identifies your Amazon device), then enter the IP address that you noted down in the Address box. Ignore everything else and click Save.

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5) Install the package

Click the Connect button in adbLink to connect to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You'll see your device listed under Connected devices. Now click Install APK, select the Kodi .pkg file that you downloaded earlier, and click Open. When adbLink asks if you want to install the file, click Yes.

At the bottom of the screen, you'll see that it says 'ADB running', and a green status bar will slowly fill up. This will take a few minutes, so be patient while the software does its job; you'll be rewarded with a message that says 'Installed'. Click OK.

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6) Run Kodi

Back on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, go to the home page, and at the end of the Your Apps & Games section, you'll see a fresh Kodi icon. Select this and Kodi will start up. For future runs, Kodi appears in the Recent section.

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Method 2: Apps2Fire

If you don't want to use a PC, then you can use the Android app, Apps2Fire to install Kodi on your Fire TV device. This smart app beams apps that you have installed on your smartphone directly to your Amazon media streamer. As the Fire TV requires a 32bit version of Kodi, this method will not work with 64bit smartphones (newer models), and you may get an error.

1) Set up your FireTV and Android phone

First, you need to follow steps one and two in the adbLink section above. This will set your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick so that apps can be remotely installed. Now, on your Android smartphone, install Apps 2 Fire and Kodi from the Android App Store.

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2) Run Apps2Fire

Start Apps2Fire, and select the Setup option. Enter the IP address of your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick (as grabbed earlier) and then click Save. This configures the app so that it knows where to send installation packages from your phone to the receiving device.

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3) Install via Apps2Fire

Now select Local Apps in Apps2Fire, and scroll down the list until you see Kodi. If you don't see it listed, drag down on the list to refresh. Select Kodi and tap Install, and the media player will be transmitted to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. You'll see a progress bar so that you can track the progress of the installation. I've not found this method as reliable as adbLink; if the progress bar refuses to budge or you get an Installation failed error message, switch to the first method above. Once Kodi has been successfully transferred, you can run it from the Your Apps & Games section of the Fire TV's home page.

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And that's all you need to know to get Kodi on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Stream away!

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Let us know if you have any issues or other suggestions in the comments.

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