How to Install & Update Kodi on Amazon FireStick [New UI]

Even though Kodi is one of the most popular media players in the world, it’s a bit tricky to install or update Kodi on the Amazon FireStick and Fire TV.

Even worse, most of the tutorials online are either very vague, out of date, or both. In fact, while I was working on my review of the latest Amazon Fire TV Cube, I couldn’t find a single tutorial that showed the correct way to install Kodi on the new Amazon FireStick UI.

In this article, I’m going to show you step-by-step how I installed Kodi 19 (Matrix) on the new FireTV interface. I’m using the Fire TV Cube, but the process is the same for the FireStick and FireStick Lite as well.

It’s worth noting that even though I’m detailing the process for installing Kodi on the FireStick and Fire TV Cube, it’s exactly the same steps you’ll need to take to upgrade an existing Kodi installation.


How to Install Kodi on Amazon FireStick & Fire TV Cube

Before we start, there are two things that you’ll need to do first. We’ll be using the Downloader App from AFTVNews, so if you haven’t already, make sure you’ve got it installed on your FireStick.

It’s one of my favorite apps, not only for my Amazon FireSticks, but also for all of my Android TV devices as well. It makes sideloading APK files super-easy.

Best of all, you don’t need to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge), so no PC is required!

Second, you’ll need to give Downloader permission to install apps from unknown sources. So let’s do that now.


Enable Apps from Unknown Sources

In the new Fire TV UI, scroll all the way to the right on the center menu. You’ll see a gear icon, which will take you to the Settings menu.

Scroll down and click on the My Fire TV icon.

New FireStick UI. Click My Fire TV

Click on the Developer Options menu.

New FireStick UI: Click Developer Options

Then click on the Install Unknown Apps setting.

New FireStick UI: Click Install Unknown Apps

Previous versions of the Fire TV OS only allowed you to turn this setting on or off for all apps globally. That presented a security risk, since it was easy for an unscrupulous developer to take advantage of this loophole.

Allowing the permission at the app level is much more secure.

In my case, I enable Install Unknown Apps permissions for Downloader and the X-Plore file manager, and leave it disabled for everything else.

New FireStick UI: Enable Install Unknown Apps for Downloader

Once the permission is enabled for Downloader, head back to your home screen.


Downloading Kodi on FireStick

We’ll complete the rest of the installation with the Downloader app. However, if you prefer another web browser to download your APK files, you can use that instead.

In my experience, the Downloader App is by-far the easiest method to sideload an app on your device.

Open the Downloader App by clicking on the icon in the Your Apps & Channels tab of your FireStick.

Your Apps & Channels menu. Click on Downloader App

In the center of the Home tab is a URL\Search bar.

Click into it and type in kodi.tv.

Type Kodi.tv in the URL search bar

This takes you directly to the official Kodi website.

Depending on when you’re reading this tutorial, it may look slightly different than the image you see below. However, there will always be a Download section on the menu, or a Download Now button.

Click on either to continue.

Kod.tv official  website in the Downloader App

They’ll both take you to a page where you can select your operating system.

Since Fire TV OS is based on Android, click on the Android icon to continue.

Select Android on the Kodi website

This gives you a couple of different options, so let’s narrow it down a bit.

The first two are easy. The Amazon FireStick and Fire TV Cube don’t have the option of downloading from the Google Play Store or the Huawai App Gallery by default, so we can rule those out.

That leaves the 32bit and 64bit versions of Kodi.

Download the ARMV7A 32-bit version of Kodi for FireStick and Fire TV

A quick check of the official Amazon Fire TV Device Specifications shows that all current FireSticks and the Fire TV Cube are 32-bit devices, so that rules out the ARMV8A (64Bit) download file.

Click on the ARMV7A (32Bit) button to continue.

Kodi APK file successfully downloaded

This starts the download process. The Kodi APK file is only around 75MB, so it should only take a few seconds to download.

The installation process should begin automatically. If it doesn’t, click on the Install button to continue.

Installing the Kodi APK file on FireStick

Once the installation process has finished, remember to delete the Kodi APK file to save space on your FireStick.

Deleting the APK file after installation

Opening Kodi on FireStick

In a perfect world, Kodi will add an icon to the Your Apps & Channels tab, just like any other app would.

Kodi app icon on the Your Apps & Channels tab of the new FireStick UI

Sometimes, that doesn’t happen. Actually, it didn’t for me when I was taking screenshots for this tutorial.

Here’s how to open Kodi on your FireStick when there’s no icon shortcut.

On the Settings tab, click on the Applications icon.

Applications Icon on the Settings menu

Then click on Manage Installed Applications.

Manage Installed Applications menu

Scroll down until you find Kodi.

Kodi app summary screen on the Manage Installed Applications menu

Once you click on Kodi, you’ll see a sub-menu where you can change permissions, uninstall the app, or clear the data or cache if you’re having problems.

But we’re going to click on Launch Application to open Kodi directly from the FireStick menu.

Launching the Kodi app manually on FireStick and Fire TV

This should take you directly to the Preparing for First Run splash screen, before launching into the Kodi UI.

Kodi 'Preparing for First Run' splash screen

Once you go through this process once of manually force-starting Kodi from the FireStick menu, an icon will appear on the Your Apps & Channels tab.

In my case, I did have to reboot my device before it appeared, but you may not have to. If you run into any issues, Kodi has pretty detailed log files that will usually point you in the right direction. You can find out how to access the Kodi log files in my tutorial here.

Tim Wells

Tim Wells got his first computer at the age of ten and hasn't stopped tinkering ever since. After discovering Android TV boxes in 2013, he created a popular Android PC Review website and guided it to over 8 million pageviews before stepping away in 2018. After a brief hiatus from the industry he's back at the helm of AndroidTVNews.com to bring Android TV and TV boxes to the forefront of the streaming world. When he's not writing, he spends as much time as he can with his beautiful wife and his bulldog.

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