How to Install Kodi on a FireStick

By February 6, 2017Kodi

Below are 2 methods for installing Kodi on your Firestick. 1 uses ES File Explorer (no need for a computer) and the other uses adbLink (needs a computer). Both work fine. I also provide links to 16.1 and 17 so you can choose which you wish to try. 16.1 will be best but 17 is stable and you can give it a try if you want the latest version.


If you have a 2nd gen Fire Stick and a VPN account you can now install their VPN client on your Firestick using this guide (The guide has shows how to install IPVanish or PIA but if you know what you are doing you should be able to do it with any other VPN as long as you know a url to access the Android apk of your VPN provider)


 

Method 1 Using ES File Explorer

  • Select Settings
  • Select System
  • Select Developer Options
  • Select Apps from Unknown Sources and turn ON & Select ADB Debugging & turn ON
  • You will now see a warning message regarding unknown sources. Select OK you can turn off unknown sources later but we need it on to install Kodi
  • Go back to home screen and select Search type ES Explorer. Select Explorer and install it by selecting ‘Get‘ or ‘Download
  • Now launch ES File Explorer
  • Click Tools (on the left hand side of the screen
  • Select Download Manager – a screen will appear saying No download task is found
  • Click on New (with has a + sign above it)
  • A window will open asking you to add a path
  • Click the select button on your remote (the big round one at the top) and a window will appear with an input interface you can now type http://bit.ly/kodiarm161 for Jarvis or http://bit.ly/kodi17apk if you want to try Krypton
  • Click Next and a window will appear with an input interface you can now type kodi
  • Click Next
  • A new window will appear saying Download. Download will be highlighted so just click the select button on your remote
  • Kodi will now download
  • When completed you should see a Download Successfully notification
  • Select Open File
  • A new Window called Properties will appear
  • Select Install
  • A new Window will appear asking if you want to install this application
  • Select Install
  • Wait for the App installed notification
  • Select Open
  • Kodi is now installed on your Firestick and can be accessed via Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Launch Application

Use the great video below from TroyPoint if you get stuck. He uses a different URL for the download manager but either his or mine will work for you.

Method 2 Using adbLink

The guide below has no images but if you use this link you will see the same guide with images

How to Install Kodi on an Amazon FireStick:

  • Download Kodi 16.1 (Jarvis)APK file from here or Kodi 17 (Krypton) from here. Save it to a location you can easily access on your computer
  • Turn your Firestick on
  • Select Settings
  • Select System
  • Select Developer Options
  • Select Apps from Unknown Sources and turn ON & Select ADB Debugging & turn ON
  • You will now see a warning message regarding unknown sources. Select OK you can turn off unknown sources later but we need it on to install Kodi Now we need to find the IP Address of your Fire Stick. If you know how to find the IP address of anything on your network then you can skip these steps but if you don’t then this will show you how. If you know how it would be handy to go on your router and make the Fire Stick always use the same IP so you don’t have to look each time you want to push a file.
  • Select Settings
  • Select System
  • Select About
  • Select Network and make a note of the IP Address I would now download the zip file that you intend to push to your Fire Stick save it somewhere you can easily access. In this example I will use the SportsDevil zip which I have downloaded to my computer.

Now we need to download and install adbLink:

Download adbLink for Windows
Download adbLink for OS X 10.7 or higher
Download adbLink for Linux

  • Once you have downloaded and installed adbLink open it
  • Select New
  • In Description give your Fire Stick a name
  • In Address type the IP you made a note of earlier & select Save (you can ignore the rest)
  • Select Connect
  • You should now see the IP Address of the Fire Stick listed in Connected Devices
  • Select Install APK
  • Navigate to the location of the Kodi APK you downloaded in the first step and select it
  • You will now get a notification asking it you would like to install the APK. Select Yes
  • You will know if the apk is installing as you get a little notification in the bottom right of the window
  • You will get an Installed notification when complete. Select OK Kodi is now installed on your Firestick and can be accessed via Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Launch Application

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