If you like to access your media online, the chances are you have already come across Kodi.
If not, then you soon will. Because Kodi, which was formerly known as XBMC, is building quite a reputation as many people’s media software of choice.
It is quite simply the best piece of online streaming software on the market at the moment, giving users access to an enormous range of online content, including films, TV shows, and sport.
What’s more, Kodi is open source which means it is easy-to-use, customisable, and very flexible.
It also allows you to stream this content directly to your TV. This can be done via pretty much any internet connected device you can think of, but by far the most popular method is through streaming sticks.
And of all the streaming sticks out there, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is the clear market leader at the moment. So, how do you install Kodi onto the Amazon Fire TV Stick?
It used to be a very simple process as Kodi was available in the Amazon app store and could be easily downloaded.
That is sadly no longer the case, but despite this, the easiest and most commonly used way you can now download Kodi onto your Amazon Fire TV Stick is still a quick and simple one to follow.
How to download Kodi onto the Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Firstly, you will need to plug your Amazon Fire TV stick into your TV, either directly using a USB port, or via the HDMI adaptor cable provided with it.
Amazon recommends ensuring that the Fire TV Stick is connected to a power supply when being used, either via another USB connection or using the power adaptor provided.
If this is the first time you have used the Amazon Fire TV Stick, follow the (really) simple setup instruction included with the device and on screen.
- Once your Amazon Fire TV Stick is connected to your TV, you will need to go to Settings, then System, and then Developer Options. Under this option you will see an item called Apps from unknown sources which will be set by default to Off. Change this setting to On and then say Yes to the pop-up box which follows.
- Use your remote to return to the home screen and then head to the Apps menu. Under the submenu called Popular Fire TV Apps, you will see an app called ES File Explorer. Download and Install this app by following the onscreen instructions. Don’t worry, it’s free.
- Open ES File Explorer and on the left-hand screen, navigate down to Favourites, and then in the drop-down menu which opens up to Add. You will then be prompted to enter a source. Type in “http://kodi.tv/download“. It can be a bit of a pain using the remote to do this. Check you have entered it correctly and then hit Next.
The text you have entered will now disappear. Don’t worry, you are now being asked to name your new App. Type in Kodi and then press Next again, before then selecting Add.
- You should now see a new Kodi link on the menu on the left-hand side of the page. If it isn’t there, repeat part 4 again, and make sure you have selected Add and not Cancel at the end. Once it is there, open the link.
- This will open up the Kodi download site. Scroll down the page until you see the Kodi Android Apps. Select the ARM version of the app and click on it. Nothing will happen. That’s fine. Nothing to worry about.
- You now need to navigate down to the menu at the very bottom of the page. In the far right corner is an option with three dots. Select this and then click on Open in new Browser. This will make ES File Explorer download Kodi onto your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
The download can take a few moments, so don’t worry, just be patient for a while.
You should see a spinning circle and then you will be prompted to click the Open File option and then Install. A new box will open with app permissions details. Scroll down to the bottom and the click on Install again.
Selecting this will cause a progress bar to open which tells you how your download is progressing. Once it has finished, you are done.
It might seem a slightly convoluted process on paper, but that is because we have included every last detail to ensure there is no confusion for even the most novice of users.
Rest assured, it is a simple process that should take no more than five to ten minutes of your time.
And as you will soon find out, the rewards for installing Kodi far outweigh any inconvenience the download process might cause you.