If you are using an older Kodi version (the latest as on date is 19.1 Matrix) 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 the Downloader app to update the Kodi app. Downloader is a free app and is easily available via the Amazon App Store. You can download and install it using the FireStick search option. If you have a 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.
How to Update the latest Kodi 19.1 Matrix on FireStick (not recommended)
Kodi 19.1 Matrix is the latest official release of the Kodi application. However, this latest version has been designed using the upgraded Python programming language. As a result, most third-party addons DO NOT work on Kodi 19 yet.
This is the reason why we DO NOT recommend upgrading to Kodi 19.1 until the 3rd party addons have been re-coded to be compatible with this version.
However, if you still wish to get Kodi 19.1, enter the URL firesticktricks.com/matrix in the Downloader app. I have provided the steps to get the Downloader app on FireStick in the next section of this guide.
On the other hand, if Kodi automatically upgraded to Kodi 19.1 and you want to get Kodi 18.9 Leia back, you can do that by using the download link firesticktricks.com/k189 in the Downloader app. Make sure you uninstall Kodi 19.1 before you install Kodi 18.9.
How to Update Kodi on FireStick / Fire TV
Below are the complete step-by-step instructions to update Kodi on 2nd generation FireStick with Alexa voice remote, FireStick 4K, and other Fire TV devices including Fire TV Cube.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
Step 1: Prepare FireStick for Kodi Update
1. Go to FireStick home screen and then navigate to Search > Find
2. Search for the app named Downloader and follow the on-screen instructions to install it on your device (to learn more about the Downloader app, follow our detailed guide on it.)
3. Go to Fire Stick “Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options. There you should see “Install Unknown Apps.” Click it!
If your FireStick hasn’t updated to the latest interface, click Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it ON instead
4. Click and turn ON the unknown sources for the Downloader app
4. Go back to Settings > Preferences > Privacy Settings > 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 19.1 Matrix. However, since most addons aren’t compatible with Kodi 19, I will show you how to update to both Kodi 19.1 as well as Kodi 18.9 Leia.
1. Open the Downloader app you installed earlier. On the right side, click the URL box
2. A pop-up keypad box will open.
For Kodi 18.9 Leia, enter the URL as https://www.firesticktricks.com/kapk
For Kodi 19.1 Matrix, enter https://www.firesticktricks.com/matrix
Step 3: Update Kodi on Firestick / Fire TV
Now that we have downloaded the latest Kodi update file on your FireStick. Let’s start with the final step of installing the new Kodi update on FireStick.
#1. Once the update file is downloaded, click “Install”
#2. Wait for Kodi APK to install
#3. When “App Installed” message is displayed, it means Kodi has been updated on FireStick
#4. Congratulations! The Kodi app on Fire TV Stick has been updated to the latest version. 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 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 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 a full refund.
Step 2: On your Fire TV / Stick, go to the “Search” option. Type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results
Step 3: Click the “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
How to Update Kodi Using the ES File Explorer App (Alternate method)
You may also sideload and update Kodi on FireStick using the ES File Explorer App. This is an alternate method. If you have already used the Downloader app for this purpose, there is no need to follow this method.
Note: ES File Explorer is no longer free. To sideload apps, you will need to pay $9.99 per month. That is why I recommend using the Downloader app.
Simply install the ES File Explorer app and follow these quick steps below:
- Launch ES File Explorer app
- On the right, select and then click the Downloader icon
- Click +New at the bottom
- Enter this URL https://www.firesticktricks.com/kapk in the Path field and any name in the Name field
- Click Download Now
- Wait for Kodi APK file to download
- Click Open File
- Click Install
- Wait for a few seconds while Kodi installs on your device
- Click “Open”
- That’s all. You have the latest Kodi update on your Fire Stick / Fire TV.
Kodi Update Failed on FireStick?
If the above method to update your Kodi app isn’t working, 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 19.1 Matrix which is the latest stable release as of 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 on Fire TV Stick.
I have provided the complete set of instructions to update Kodi on Amazon FireStick in this guide. These instructions work on all Fire TV devices including FireStick 2nd Gen, FireStick 4K, and Fire TV Cube.
The latest version of Kodi is 19.1 Matrix. This version was released in May 2021.
Kodi is totally legal and safe. You can download Kodi from Microsoft Store on Windows 10 and Google Play Store on Android mobile devices. These stores do not host any apps without thorough scrutiny. In fact, they would never host an illegal or unsafe app.
What you need to remember is that Kodi uses third-party addons for streaming. If you are streaming copyrighted content, then it could be both illegal and unsafe.
Everything you can think of. You can install both official and third-party addons on Kodi for all sorts of content including Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Live TV, Sports, Documentaries, and whatnot. The idea is to find the right add-on for the type of content you wish to stream.
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