The Amazon store offers apps for a huge range of streaming services, but keeping track of which shows are on which network can be difficult, plus some apps are only available in certain countries. Kodi simplifies things, allowing you to view all of your streaming addons in one place and offering access to services which might not be on the Amazon app store.
The problem is that Kodi doesn’t have an app in the Amazon store, either. As such, you’ll have to manually install it. This is easier than it sounds, though, and will only take a few minutes. It’s worth mentioning that you’ll need a 2nd-generation device or newer, meaning as long as your model number isn’t W87CUN, the steps below will work.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Remember: always use a VPN with Kodi
Despite what you might think, your online activities aren’t private. In fact, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and in some cases, even the government, can see exactly what you get up to. After connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN), though, your internet traffic is encrypted and cannot be read. This not only enhances your privacy, but it also makes it less likely that your ISP will throttle your connection for streaming frequently.
We recommend IPVanish: It’s a high-speed, lightweight service with strong security, apps for all of the most popular platforms, a no-logging policy, and reasonable unblocking capabilities.
Installing Kodi 18.3 on Amazon Firestick: A quick walkthrough
Looking for a quick, at-a-glance guide to installing Kodi 18.3 on Amazon Fire devices? Just follow the steps below:
- Start by allowing installation of apps from unknown sources if you haven’t already.
- Install the Downloader app from the Amazon app store.
- Enter “http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-18.3-Leia-armeabi-v7a.apk” (without quotation marks) into the Downloader app and click Go.
- Once the download is done, install Kodi. You’re now ready to start streaming.
Need a little more help? No problem: below, we’ll walk you through the process of installing Kodi Leia on your Firestick or Fire TV step by step.
How to install Kodi 18.3 on Firestick / Fire TV
Step 1: Allowing the installation of apps from unknown sources
Before we can install Kodi on your Firestick or Fire TV, we first have to enable the installation of apps from unknown sources. This setting exists to protect you from malware-carrying apps, but as we’ll be getting Kodi directly from the official site, there’s no need to worry. If you’d like, you can always turn this option off again once Kodi is installed.
From the home screen, click on Settings in the navigation bar at the top. Next, scroll along to My Fire TV, then choose Developer Options in the following menu. From here, just click on Apps from Unknown Sources. Note: several other guides recommend enabling ADB debugging as well, but this isn’t necessary unless you plan on manually transferring files from your PC to your Fire TV / Firestick.
Step 2: Installing the Downloader app
The easiest way to install apps which aren’t on the Amazon store is with the Downloader app. This app allows you to download the required .APK file directly, sidestepping the need to connect to the Firestick remotely or use a clunky mobile web browser.
If your remote control has a microphone button, you can simply hold this down and say “Downloader” to be taken directly to it. Otherwise, you’ll have to return to the home screen and press left on the remote control to open a search box. Now, type “Downloader” (without the quotation marks) and click search. When you’re ready, click the Install button to begin downloading the app.
Step 3: Installing Kodi Leia 18.3 with the Downloader app
Never download .APK files from third-party hosts. Sometimes, malicious third parties repackage legitimate apps with malware and upload them, looking to trick people into infecting their own systems. Most reputable services will offer a direct .APK download on their website, so there’s no need to use any other sources.
The Downloader app is pretty self-explanatory: you just enter the web address of the file you’d like to download and click Go. One of the best things about Downloader is its versatility; it lets you install not just Kodi, but any 32-bit app you like. To get started, click on the address bar and enter the following address (again, without the quotation marks) and click the Go button:
Kodi will now begin downloading and once it’s done, you’ll see a list of permissions that the app needs to run. If everything seems above board to you, click Install.
Step 4: Using and configuring Kodi
There’s actually very little configuration needed as Kodi works well with the Firestick. However, you’ll likely want to install some additional Kodi repositories and addons. We’d also recommend installing the Indigo tool as this not only makes it easier to perform routine maintenance but also enables you to install addons directly from Github instead of having to download zip files and find them later in the Firestick’s file system.
Can I get in trouble for using Kodi?
Kodi is not inherently illegal. It’s just a media center application, after all. However, the software has been unfairly targeted because of a small subset of developers who create addons that enable users to freely stream licensed content. If you only use official addons, there’s no reason why you’d get into any trouble.
So how can you tell if an addon is official or not? If you have to log in, if the addon’s name is just the name of a streaming service, or if it only offers content from one network, there’s a good chance you’re using an official addon.
On the other hand, if an addon claims to offer dozens of premium TV channels or recently-released movies, it’s almost certainly unlicensed. Third-party streams are usually very low-quality anyway, and when you consider that unofficial addons are more likely to be hijacked (as we’ve seen happen with MetalKettle and 13Clowns), it becomes clear that it’s simply not worth using unlicensed addons.
How to update Kodi on Amazon Firestick or Fire TV
Unfortunately, there’s no way to automatically update sideloaded apps. However, it’s quick and easy to install a new version of Kodi. First, we’ll have to uninstall Kodi completely. To do so, press the menu button on your remote control and press down until the Your Apps and Channels row appears. Click the See All button and scroll through the list until you find Kodi. Now, just hover over it, press the menu button, and choose Uninstall.
Next, we’ll need the .APK address for the latest version of Kodi. To find this, visit https://kodi.tv/download on another device and click on the Android icon, since that’s the operating system Fire TV devices use. Now, right-click the ARMV7A (32-bit) button and choose Copy link address (the wording may differ slightly based on which browser you’re using). Paste this address somewhere and type it into the address bar in the Firestick or Fire TV’s Downloader app.