If you are using an older Kodi version (latest as on date is 17.6 Krypton) on your Fire TV / Stick, this guide is for you. I will show you how to update Kodi on FireStick or Fire TV without using a computer. The process is quite simple, however, you need to follow the steps carefully as mentioned in the guide so that you do not encounter errors at a later stage.
If you are a new user and haven’t installed Kodi yet, let me tell you it is one of the best Amazon Fire Stick apps that you can install on your device. Follow this guide to learn how to install Kodi on FireStick.
With the method covered in this article, you will learn how to update Kodi on Fire TV without losing any existing Add-ons or Builds. We will use ES File Explorer app to update the Kodi app. ES file explorer is a free app and is easily available via Amazon App Store. You can download and install it using the FireStick search option. If you have downloader app on your FireStick, you can use that too.
Note: If you are facing buffering problems on your Kodi, there are chances that it will be fixed with the new update. However, you can also check out our guide on Kodi buffering issues.
In this guide, I will use Amazon FireStick with Alexa voice Remote to show the update steps. Before you proceed for updating Kodi on your Fire TV / Stick, read the important instructions below.
Important #1 If you want to upgrade your Kodi version from Jarvis to Krypton, you might want to consider a clean install instead of an update. Several users have reported that they are encountering issues after updating Kodi 16.X to Kodi 17.X. Obviously, an upgrade from Jarvis to Krypton is a major one and some files might not be installed properly in the update process. In this case, I would suggest you follow the below steps.
Important #2 If you are upgrading any version of Kodi 17 Krypton to Kodi 17.6 Krypton, the update guide will work fine for you. For example, you can update Kodi 17.4 to Kodi 17.6 Krypton on your Fire TV without facing any errors. Also, you will not lose any data such as Add-ons/Builds or Skins that you are currently using.
Important #3 If you are upgrading from Kodi 16 to Kodi 17, I strongly suggest switching your skin to default Kodi skin that is “Estuary.” If the skin you are currently using doesn’t support Kodi 17, you will see only a Black Screen and will have no fixes except a complete reinstall of Kodi app.
To switch to default Kodi skin, go to Settings > Interface Settings > Skin. Here you will see all your Kodi skins. Simply switch to Estuary. You can also select “Confluence” or “Estouchy” as they also support Kodi 17.6.
How to Update Kodi on FireStick / Fire TV
Now that you know all the important points to keep in mind before updating Kodi on your FireStick with Alexa voice remote, let’s proceed with the steps. Don’t worry, no computer required 😉
Step 1: Prepare FireStick for Kodi Update
#1. Go to Fire Stick “Settings > Device > Developer Options. There you should see “Unknown Sources.” Make sure that this option in Turned ON.
#2. Go back to Settings > Applications > Collect App Usage Data. Now turn OFF “Collect App Usage Data.”
Step 2: Download Kodi Update on Fire TV Stick
The latest update available on the date is Kodi 17.6 Krypton. So, we will download the updated app on your Amazon Fire Stick device.
#1. Go to Fire Stick Search menu and type “ES File Explorer” and click on the name when it appears in the search suggestions.
#2. Download & install “ES File Explorer.” Once it is installed, open it.
#3. Look at the left sidebar menu options and navigate to “Tools > Download Manager.” Now click the ‘+’ icon as shown in the image below.
#4. A pop-up box will open. Enter “Path” URL as http://bit.ly/firekodi176 and type “Kodi176” in the “Name” box. Now click “Download Now”
Step 3: Update Kodi 17.6 Krypton on FireStick / Fire TV
Now that we have downloaded latest Kodi 17.6 update file on your FireStick. Let’s start with the final step of installing new Kodi update on FireStick.
#1. Once the update file is downloaded, click “Open File”
#2. Select “Install”
#3. You should see the installation screen with a message “Do you want to install an update to this existing application? Your data will not be lost”. Click “Install”
#4. Congratulations! The Kodi app on Fire TV Stick has been updated to the latest version 17.6. To verify the new update, launch Kodi, go to Settings > System Info and see the Kodi version on the right bottom of your display.
How to Use Kodi on Fire Stick Safely
If you are not using a FireStick VPN, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, Sports) might get you into legal trouble.
I always connect ExpressVPN on my FireStick, which is the fastest VPN for streaming. I suggest you do the same. A good VPN for Fire Stick helps you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
We do not encourage the violation of the copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you stream any content on FireStick with Kodi, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Get ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it freely for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for the full refund.
Step 2: On your Fire TV / Stick, go to “Search” option on the extreme left. Type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click “Download” button to install the ExpressVPN app for Fire TV / Stick.
Step 4: Open the app and enter your login credentials which you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click “Sign in”
Step 5: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more about using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
Video Guide: How to Update Kodi on FireStick
Update Kodi 18 Leia on Fire Stick
Kodi has officially released the ‘RC5’ version of the much awaited Kodi 18, codenamed Leia. Even though the release is public, it is still in the development stage. The developers have rolled out the version only for the real-time testing. Kodi itself says that the Leia version could be unstable and you may experience crashes.
However, if you would like to be among the early adopters, and bugs and crashes don’t concern you much, there is no reason why you shouldn’t update Kodi Leia 18 on FireStick.
Here is how you can install this version on your Fire TV or FireStick devices.
Points to remember before installing Kodi Leia 18 Update on FireStick
- As I have already said, the update is unstable and you may experience bugs and troubles. If you need a stable version, stick to Kodi Krypton and wait for the final release of Kodi 18
- You DO NOT need to uninstall Kodi 17.6 to get Kodi 18. The latest version will overwrite the older one
- Update to Kodi 18 from 17.6 retained all my add-ons and most of my settings. However, don’t take my word for it. We are dealing with an unstable version and things may turn out differently for you.
- The addons that worked with Kodi Krypton may or may not work with Kodi 18 Leia
Update Kodi 18 Using ES File Explorer
The first thing you want to do is install ES File Explorer on FireStick. Here is how you can do that:
- From the Kodi home-screen, select the search function on the top left (it is the search icon)
- Now, type in ES File Explorer
- Click ES File Explorer in the search results below
- Click the ES File Explorer icon on the next screen
- Now, click the ‘Download’ button to download and install the app
Now that you have ES File Explorer, follow the steps below to get Kodi 18 Leia on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
1. Once the app is installed, run ES File Explorer and expand Tools menu on the left. Now, click ‘Download Manager’ from the list of the options. Next, click ‘+ New’ on the right on the bottom
2. In the ‘Path’ field enter the URL https://www.firesticktricks.com/beta and enter Kodi18 (or any name you like) in the ‘Name’ field. Now, click ‘Download Now’
3. When the file has downloaded, click ‘Open file’
4. When you see the following prompt, click the ‘Install’ button to proceed
5. You will see another prompt on which you need to click ‘Install’ button one more time.
6. Wait for the app installed notification to appear
7. Now, go to your ‘Apps & Channels’ section and run Kodi Leia 18. This is how the welcome screen will look like.
8. Once Kodi 18 has loaded, you will see this home-screen. As you can see, it doesn’t look any different from Kodi 17.6. However, once you start exploring, you will discover many differences.
Update Kodi 18 Using Downloader App
You may also sideload and install Kodi Leia 18 on FireStick using the Downloader App.
Simply install the Downloader app on FireStick and follow these quick steps below:
1. Launch Downloader app and make sure ‘Home’ option on the left panel is selected. Now, enter the following URL in the URL field on the right: https://www.firesticktricks.com/beta
2. Click the ‘Go’ button to proceed
3. Follow the on-screen instructions as shown in the ES File Explorer method above and install Kodi Leia on FireStick.
Kodi Update Failed on FireStick?
If the above method to update your Kodi app isn’t working or if you are upgrading Kodi version 16 (Jarvis) to version 17 (Krypton), follow the steps below. In this method, we will go for a clean install and your existing data will be lost.
First of all, we need to uninstall the current version of Kodi from your Fire TV Stick. Follow the steps below.
#1. Go to Fire Stick Settings and open “Applications”
#2. Open “Manage Installed Applications”
#3. Navigate “Kodi” and click it.
#4. Click “Force Stop” to ensure that Kodi is not running in the background.
#5. Now click “Uninstall”
Now that you have removed Kodi from your Fire TV/Stick. We will reinstall Kodi 17.6 which is the latest stable release as on date. The steps are similar to the update method as shown above, however, you can also follow this link to check several other ways to install Kodi 17.6 Krypton on Fire TV Stick.Liked the Guide? Don't Forget to Share with your Family & Friends
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