In this step-by-step guide, I will show you how to install Kodi 18.1 Leia and Kodi 17.6 Krypton on FireStick within 2 minutes. The same guide will also work for new FireStick 4K, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube. Before we start the installation steps, let’s start with a brief introduction.
Amazon Fire TV / Stick has already taken the video streaming market by storm. Ever since it came on the scene, it has been selling like hotcakes, thanks to its incredible ease of use and support for popular entertainment services like Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, and many others. To top it all, the Amazon FireStick comes with Alexa support. So just lie down on your couch and start navigating through everything just using your voice. You won’t even need to lift your fingers now. Isn’t it super cool!!!
However, as alluring as it might sound, there is just one slight bit of problem. Although a great amount of multimedia content is available free of cost, the premium contents come with premium price tags. This is definitely a bother for most users, and the biggest reason why users install Kodi on Firestick. Kodi is one of the best Amazon Fire Stick apps, which will open a new world of free multimedia content that might not even be available in your region or comes with an exorbitant price tag.
If you are already using Kodi on your Fire TV or Fire Stick and looking for just a simple update to 17.6 Krypton or Kodi 18.1 Leia, you should read this – How to update Kodi on FireStick.
How to Install Kodi on FireStick / Fire TV
Kodi for Fire Stick offers lots of streaming opportunities. The multimedia content offered by Kodi is indeed staggering. If you’ve decided to jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick, you are just at the right place. You’re about to learn how to install Kodi on Fire Stick in as many ways as possible. You can choose any of these methods to install Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick. So just hop on. And yes, before you start thinking, let us tell you that jailbroken Fire Stick is not illegal.
Note: We don’t encourage to use any software/hardware/service for accessing the illegal content. Please be a good judge of your actions.
STEP 1: Prepare Your Fire TV / Stick for Kodi Installation
Attention FireStick Users: Read before you continue
Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users' online activities. If found streaming copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick, you could get into serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend you to get a good FireStick VPN and hide your identity so that your movie viewing experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
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First of all, if you just purchased your Fire TV or Fire Stick, here’s how to set up Fire Stick for the first time. Now that you have set up your Stick successfully, prepare it for Kodi installation. You’ll have to make four tweaks. Enable ADB debugging, Turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources, Turn OFF Device Usage Data, and Turn OFF Collect App Usage Data. You can easily do all of this by following these steps:
#1: Just navigate to Settings on your Fire TV/Stick. Then select My Fire TV / Device and choose Developer Options.
#2: Now you’ll be required to do two things. First of all, enable ADB debugging (optional) and then turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources (mandatory)
#3: Now navigate to Settings and open Preferences > Privacy Settings. Now, just turn OFF the Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data.
Your Amazon Fire TV is now all set. Now we are a step closer to the Kodi installation.
This is by far the most popular, easiest, and fastest method for installing Kodi on Fire TV Stick. If you follow all the steps carefully, it won’t take more than 2 minutes. ES File Explorer is an amazing app and is available free of cost on Amazon App Store. It makes the Kodi installation process very smooth and convenient.
Just head to the Amazon App Store and search “ES File Explorer” for it. To go to Amazon Store, select Search option in the top-left corner of your FireStick home-screen.
Once you have downloaded and installed ES file explorer on your Fire TV or Fire Stick, we are just one step away to install Kodi.
In this step, we will learn to download and install Kodi 18.1 Leia / Kodi 17.6 Krypton on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. For those who are not aware, Leia 18.1 is the latest stable version as on the date.
#1. Launch ES File Explorer and then open menu situated on the left. Navigate to Tools> Download Manager> +New
#2: Now a pop-up menu will appear asking for Name and Path.
#3: To install Kodi Leia 18.1, in the Path field, enter https://www.firesticktricks.com/kapk and in the Name field, just put Kodi and click ‘OK’.
To install Kodi Krypton 17.6, enter https://www.firesticktricks.com/old in the Path field instead
#4: Now select Download Now which will begin the downloading process.
#5: Once the download is finished, click “Open File”
#6: Click “Install.”
#7: Once again, click “Install” and it will install the Kodi app on your FireStick in a few seconds.
You won’t find the Kodi app on your home screen, so just head to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Installed Applications -> Kodi -> Launch.
You may also press down the Home key/button on your remote for 5 seconds and click Apps on the pop-up screen to access Kodi.
How to Use Kodi on FireStick
Now that you have installed Kodi, it is the time that you know how to use it on Fire Stick for safe and sound entertainment. With Kodi, you will have access to the huge world of free content ranging from movies to TV shows and a lot more.
But, before you start using Kodi on your Fire TV / Stick, I would like to warn you that whatever you stream on Kodi is visible to your ISP and Government. If caught watching copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, Sports), you might end up in some serious legal troubles.
Thankfully, there is a way to continue enjoying your favorite content through Kodi without having to worry about who might be looking. What you must use is a trusted VPN service, which will mask all your internet activities from the web snoops. A VPN helps you bypass Internet Throttling, online surveillance, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN. It is the fastest VPN, which is the most important thing for a smooth streaming experience.
We never promote or encourage copyright infringements. But, we don’t want you to end up in the legal hassles either. Furthermore, we believe in the right to privacy and are its strong proponent.
So, before you start using Kodi on Fire TV / Stick, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Click HERE to subscribe to ExpressVPN service. There is a 30-day, full, no questions asked money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with it (which I see no reason why), you can request for the full refund within the first 30 days.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV / Stick and navigate to the magnifying glass (Search icon). You will find it on the extreme left. Now start typing “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Get” to download and install the ExpressVPN application on your Fire TV / Stick
Step 4: Once installed, launch the ExpressVPN app and login with Email ID/password that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription.
Step 5: Now click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server (see the image below). You can also change your preferred location by clicking “Choose Location” as shown in the image below. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can read more about using ExpressVPN with FireStick.
Now that your online activities are private, it is time to learn what to do next with Kodi on Fire TV Stick. As I mentioned earlier, you will not find any content on Kodi as it is a simple media player. To stream movies, TV Shows, or Sports, you will need to install different Kodi Addons / Builds. If you are totally newbie, here’s my step-by-step beginners guide to use Kodi.
Wondering how to get the best Kodi Addons or Builds on your Fire TV / Stick? Check out the links below which will help you install popular Addons and builds which are working fine and pulling quality streams.
- How to install Exodus Redux
- How to install The Magic Dragon
- How to Install Yoda Addon on Kodi
- How to Install Supremacy Addon on Kodi
- How to install Titanium Build
- How to install No Limits Magic Build
Video Guide For Installing Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick
You have successfully installed Kodi on Fire Stick. If this method doesn’t work, you can try other methods given below.
How to Install Kodi on FireStick Using Alternate Methods
ES File Explorer is a reliable app and you should normally face no difficulty installing Kodi on FireStick through it. But, just in case something goes wrong or you are looking for more installation options, here are the alternative methods.
How to Install Kodi on FireStick Using Downloader
Downloader is an app which can make the Kodi installation process almost a breeze. It can be used as an alternative to ES File Explorer. You can use this method if the above-mentioned method doesn’t work for you. You can learn more about Downloader app in our guide How to Sideload Apps on FireStick.
Follow the steps below to install Kodi on your FireStick:
- Power on your Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV
- Open Developer Options
- Turn On Apps from Unknown Sources
- Go to the Fire Stick homepage and navigate to the “Search” icon on the top left of your screen.
- Type “Downloader” and click on it when shows in the search results.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install the Downloader app on FireStick
- Once the Downloader app is installed, launch it. Now, click the blank space for URL
- A pop-up menu will appear asking to enter a URL
- Type firesticktricks.com/kapk for Kodi 18.1 Leia OR firesticktricks.com/old for Kodi 17.6 Krypton.
- Click GO
- Wait while Kodi is downloaded on FireStick
- Click Install when prompted
- That’s all. Kodi is now installed on your FireStick / Fire TV.
How to Install Kodi on Fire Stick Using AppStarter
If you’re somehow unable to hack/jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick using the above-mentioned methods, you should give this one a try. AppStarter allows the installation of third-party apps and hence makes the Kodi installation process quite simple and smooth.
Note: This method will only install the latest version of Kodi, which is Kodi Leia 18.1 as of this date. This method does not work for the installation of Kodi Krypton 17.6 on FireStick.
Needless to say, you will once again be required to turn ON Apps from unknown sources and switch Off Collect App Usage Data as mentioned in the first method. Once you’ve done this, install ES File Explorer as shown above in the first method.
After that just follow these steps to easily install Kodi 18.1 Leia on your Fire Stick and jailbreak it using AppStarter:
STEP 1: Launch the ES File Explorer
STEP 2: Click Downloader icon on the right side
STEP 3: Now a new Window will appear asking you for Path and Name. Put ‘https://firesticktricks.com/as4.apk’ for Path and put ‘appstarter’ for Name. Now click “Download Now”
STEP 4: Once the AppStarter is downloaded, click ‘Open File’ and then click “Install.”
STEP 5: After AppStarter is installed, launch it.
STEP 6: To install Kodi, first, go to “Updates” in the left side menu of AppStarter. Now click “Install” on the right side where it displays Kodi.
Kudos as you’ve successfully jailbroken your Amazon Fire Stick and installed Kodi on it using the AppStarter. However, if this trick also doesn’t work and you’re unable to jailbreak Amazon Fire Stick, then you can go to the next method.
How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV / Stick With FileLinked
FileLinked is an effective file sharing tool, which you can also use to sideload apps on FireStick. Here is how you can install Kodi 18.1 and Kodi 17.6 on FireStick using FileLinked app.
STEP 1: The first thing you want to do is install FileLinked on FireStick
STEP 2: Launch FileLinked
STEP 3: When you see the following screen, enter the code 54780130 and click Continue
STEP 4: Click the Download icon next to the Kodi version you wish to install
STEP 5: When the download is finished, click the Play button next to the version of the file you downloaded. Follow the onscreen instructions to install Kodi on FireStick
This is it. You can easily install Kodi on Amazon Fire Stick using any of the above-mentioned methods. Now sit back and enjoy the plethora of amazing multimedia content offered by Kodi. However, we will recommend you to stay wary of accessing pirated or illegal content. If you are new to Kodi, here’s my beginners guide on how to use Kodi. Also, check out how to use real-debrid to fix Kodi buffering issues. If you face any errors in the future, you can reset Kodi on FireStick and it will be as good as new.
All of these methods to install Kodi have been tried and tested by us and are perfectly working.
If you know of any other better way to install Kodi on FireStick or have any issues following any of these steps, feel free to drop your queries in the comments below.Liked the Guide? Don't Forget to Share with your Family & Friends
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