Amazon's streaming hardware is great. Whether you're using the Fire TV Stick or Fire TV box, you've got access to a host of apps and streaming services.
But sometimes, it's nice to have a little more control over all your media needs, and bring your subscriptions together with your own stored content and every other bit of media you've got lurking on your hard drive.
Kodi is a handy open-source tool which allows you to do just that. When combined with Amazon's hardware, you've got yourself a serious streaming setup for very little money.
Here's how to install Kodi on a Fire TV Stick and Fire TV box. Note that this is not the standard way of installing apps, so proceed with caution.
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How to install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV
1. Firstly, turn on your Fire TV Stick and go to the Settings menu. From here go to System > Developer Options and find the "Apps from unknown sources" option. Turn this on and click Yes in the pop-up box. You should also enable ADB Debugging.
2. Return to the home screen and install ES File Explorer, which can found under the Popular Fire TV Apps section. Alternatively you can search for it or follow this link using the browser.
3. Once installed, you should be able to use the file explorer to download third-party apps such as Kodi. Open ES File Explorer, select Favourite, then Add. Enter "http://kodi.tv/download" and click Next.
4. Enter "Kodi" into the box that appears and hit Next again. Now select Add.
5. A new Kodi link should appear in the left-hand panel. Click on it and find Kodi Android apps. Now, select the ARM version. Nothing will happen, but don't worry – this is normal.
6. Navigate to the three dots in the bottom-right corner, click on them, then click on Open in New Window.
7. A spinning circle in the top right of the image indicates the app is busy. This can last for a while, so be patient.
8. A download box should eventually appear, asking for permission to install. Agree to this and, once the file has downloaded, select Open File and Install. When the app permissions dialogue box opens, press down on the remote until you can select Install from the options at the bottom of the box.
9. You should now be able to open Kodi from within the Apps section of the Fire TV home screen.
That's it. Users have reported mostly positive results by using the above method, but let us know if it works for you in the comments below.
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