The Amazon Firestick and Fire TV devices are extremely popular in the streaming community. So much so that for some time, Amazon was out of stock. A big reason for that is because of the functionality it offers. Of course, installing Kodi is only one of the programs you can use with this device. When you receive one of the devices from Amazon, they do not come preloaded with the program. That is where our Kodi installation guide for Fire TV and Firestick will come in handy. We recommend using this with ExpressVPN.
If you have done some looking around, you may have noticed that there are 3rd party vendors that sell Kodi preloaded on the device. Though it sounds like a good idea, we do not suggest getting one. That can potentially open you up to malware, advertisements, and other malicious programs that may be hidden in the Firestick or Fire TV. Instead, adding Kodi with a clean install is easy to do.
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There are no differences in the way these two devices operate. Because of that, you can use these directions on either one. Fire TV has more powerful equipment and storage that may be expanded by using an SD card. As you might imagine, Kodi will run more smoothly than it would on the Firestick. Just make sure you are using at least the second generation. Before you use it for the first time, you will want to use a VPN. Our recommendation for Fire TV and Firestick is ExpressVPN. Let’s get started on this process now.
Kodi Preparation Steps for Fire TV and Firestick
- When the boot screen comes up on your device, go to Settings > System.
- Then, go to Developer Options.
- From here, find Apps from unknown sources, turn it on, and press the confirm button.
Get Kodi With the Downloader App
- Search for the Downloader app when the boot screen comes up. If you would rather browse for it, you can find it in the Utilities category.
- That will start the download. When it is finished, click Open.
- Enter the address http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/ and choose the most current version.
- Select Install.
- When finished, click the Done button and return to the main menu.
- You are now ready to install a build or the individual add-ons.
Get Kodi by Using the ES Explorer
- From the search bar on the boot screen, find the ES File Explorer application. If you would rather browse for it, it is located in the Apps and Games category.
- When the download is finished, click Open.
- Now, you will see several options. Select Tools and then Download Manager located on the left side of ES File Explorer.
- At the bottom of the screen, look for a heading that says New +.
- Now, enter the address http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/.
- You should now see the various versions of the program. Look for the most current version. The file should end in .apk.
- Select the Download Now button.
- After it is done, choose Open File and then Install.
- Click Done and return to the main menu.
- Add a build or individual add-ons from inside the Kodi program.
You are now ready to start enjoying your install. If you plan on using builds, keeping the size to 200mb and lower is a safe bet. Of course, it will still run with heavier builds but expect some slowdowns or lag. Even though using a small build is not at crucial with the Fire TV version, it will serve you well.