Amazon firestick is a small device to convert any TV into a smart TV by plugging it into TVs HDMI port. And, it enables to stream movies, TV shows, music etc using the internet. Along with this, users can download and play games using Amazon firestick. Another interesting thing is, Amazon firestick allows you to download apps from the Amazon app store and use. But, Amazon store does not contain all popular apps and Firestick/ FireTV users are not allowed to download apps from sources other than Amazon store. Kodi is one of those popular apps which is not available in the Amazon store.
Hence, Firestick users are not able to get Kodi app directly. Although there is a way for Firestick users to get Kodi app, that is by sideloading the app!!! Sideloading is a process of installing apps on a device unofficially. Sideloading the apps on Amazon firestick can be done through three different methods. Let’s see how to sideload and install Kodi on Amazon Firestick.
Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application. Using Kodi application people can play games and watch TV shows, movies, sports, Live TV and much more for free! Collection of Kodi add-ons and Kodi repositories is called ‘Kodi build’. By installing a Kodi build, the user will get a list of add-ons, amazing Kodi skins and more. Hence, Kodi has become very popular. For security reasons, firestick will not allow sideloading of apps directly. Hence, the user needs to do some initial settings changes before sideloading Kodi app.
Step 1: Go to settings and then select your device Firestick.
Step 2: Then, click on ‘ Developer options’.
Step 3: Under developer options, turn on ‘ADB debugging’ as well as ‘apps from unknown sources’. Again select ‘ turn on ‘ to confirm download from unknown sources.
Step 4: Then, go to ‘settings’ again and select ‘preference à privacy settings’. Now, turn off ‘ collect app usage data’ and ‘ device usage data’.
After these initial settings, you can choose any method mentioned below to install Kodi on Firestick.
Method 1: Installation of Kodi on Firestick using Downloader app
Downloader is an app which enables you to download apps which are not available in the Amazon store. Downloader app is completely free of cost and ad-free. File size of this app is small, hence consumes very less device space. At first, the user needs to install downloader app and then they can sideload and install Kodi using downloader app on their Firestick. Downloader app is officially available in the Amazon store. Goto home screen of your Amazon firestick device and search for ‘ downloader’ app. Then, click on ‘get’ option to install the app. Once installation completes, you can see the ‘Downloader’ app in the Apps & Games section. Next, follow the below steps to install Kodi app on Firestick
Step1: Open downloader app on your device. You can several options in the vertical bar at the left side of the screen. Select ‘ Home’ from these options.
Step 2: A new window will appear now. You can see the URL field on the window. Press the select button on your remote to select the URL field.
Step 3: To install Kodi app, you need to download apk file of the app from its official website. So, enter the URL of the official Kodi app
Step 4 : After entering the URL, click on the ‘GO’ option. Kodi Apk file will start to download now.
Step 5: Kindly wait until the download completes. Then click on the ‘install’ option.
Step 6 : Now installation of Kodi app will start. After installation completes, you can see a notification on the screen.
This is how Amazon firestick user can install Kodi using downloader app.
Method 2 : Installation of Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer
ES file explorer is another app by using which firestick users can install Kodi. ES File Explorer app is available in Amazon store. Initially, download and install ES file explorer app on your firestick by following simple instructions on the screen. After installation, follow the below steps to sideload Kodi using ES file explorer.
Step 1: Open ES file explorer app on your device. You can find several options on the left side vertical bar. Select ‘ Tools’ option from the list.
Step 2: Next, select ‘download manager ‘ under tools.
Step 3: A new window will appear. Then, click on ‘+New’ option. A pop-up window will appear, enter official URL of Kodi apk file download link to download apk file of the app and type the app name in the specified space.
Step 4: Click ‘ download now’ and follow the simple instructions on the screen to complete the installation of Kodi apk file.
Method 3: Sideloading apps on firestick using Android mobile
For Android phone users, there is a simple way to sideload apps on your firestick. Using ‘Apps2Fire’ app Android users can sideload the apps they have in their Android phone to their firestick. Therefore, initially install Kodi on your Android device. Save Kodi apk file also on your Android device.
Step 1: Download and install ‘’Apps2Fire’’ app on your Android device.
Step 2: Got to ‘settings’ in the firestick home screen and select ‘ device’.
Step 3: Few options will appear on the screen now. Select ‘ developer options’. Then, enable ‘ADB debugging’.
Note: Note down the IP address of your firestick by navigating to settings à FirestickàNetwork.
Step 4 : Next, open ‘Apps2Fire’ app on your Android device. Click on the overflow menu icon ( three vertical dots)
Step 5: Now select ‘ setup’ and then enter the IP address of your firestick you have noted down earlier. Then click on the ‘save’ option.
Step 6: Go to the home screen of ‘Apps2Fire’ app and select the upload option at top right portion of the screen.
Step 7: Next, select Apk file of Kodi app which you have already saved on your device. And, tap on the ‘install’ option. Apps2Fire will install Kodi on firestick in the background. This is how Android users can install Kodi on firestick.
Firestick users can choose any above-mentioned methods to install Kodi and enjoy your free time by watching your favourite TV shows and Movies using Kodi app.