Installing Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV
Don’t be fooled by scammers saying they are “jailbreaking” your device. Anyone can install Kodi simply by following the steps below.
- From the Fire TV Home screen, select Settings
- Enable both the ADB Debugging and the Apps from Unknown Sources options. If you have the new Fire Stick interface, this is found in Settings > Device > Developer Options. If you have the old interface, go to Settings > System > Developer options.
- Go to Device -> About -> Network, and take note of the Fire TV’s IP address
- Install ES Explorer by searching for it and installing it from the Amazon App Store
- Start ES Explorer and expand the “Tools” menu in the left column. From underneath “Tools,” select “Download Manager”
- Press the “Right Button” on your remote, then highlight and click “New” at the bottom of the screen.
- Type in the direct link to the Kodi file for Android in the Download dialogue box. (As of 11/13/17, the link is “http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-17.5.1-Krypton-armeabi-v7a.apk”. However, check to make sure this is the latest at http://kodi.tv/download ). Click “Download Now”
- When the download completes, select “Open File”, then on the next box select “Install”
- Next, the Kodi installation screen will come up. Click “Install” again. Once the app installs, click “Open.” Kodi is now installed and will start.
- Access your device settings. In the Settings menu, click Device. This is where you can control your app installation permissions.
- Click on Developer Options. It should be the second option on the list.
- Enable Apps from Unknown Sources. If this setting is off, click it once to turn it on.
- Acquire the Downloader app.
- Direct Downloader to the Kodi website. The best URL to use is http://www.kodi.tv/download, but you can use other sources, if you prefer.
- Select the Android app. The Fire TV’s operating system is an Android branch, so the Kodi Android app will work just fine.
- Choose the 32-bit installation. In my experience, this version of the app works best with Fire TV devices, but you can try others if you want to experiment.
- Click Install. You can also use this screen to review Kodi’s permissions.
- Customize Kodi to your liking. You can access Kodi just as you would any other app on the Fire TV. From here, you can share your media libraries, install add-ons and otherwise tweak Kodi to fit your taste. Bear in mind that if you’re using a Fire TV Stick, you’ll probably have to use a remote media server, whereas the Fire TV has a port for USB storage.