How To Install Kodi On Your Amazon Firestick [with Add-Ons]

Amazon’s Firestick is one of the best streaming devices as it is fast and turns Non-Smart TVs into Smart TVs. Firestick runs on Amazon’s Fire TV OS and has support for a large number of apps and services that can be installed right away from the Amazon App Store available on Firestick.

While there are a good number of apps to choose from in the default App Store, there are a good number of apps that are not available in the App Store of Firestick. This can be annoying. One of the most popular apps which is not in the App Store is the Kodi app.

What is Kodi?

You see, the Kodi app is an all-in-one entertainment hub for your TV. Whether you want to watch Movies, TV shows, or music that has been stored digitally on your own private server, Kodi lets you stream all of it for free. It is also a platform that supports a bunch of useful add-ons that can be installed for more features. Since it is open source, any developer can build add-ons for the platform.

How To Install Kodi On Firestick

The problem here is that the Kodi app is not available on Amazon Firestick by default and this is a huge problem for a lot of people, especially for those who have always been using Kodi on their phones, PC, and other devices. The solution for this problem? Sideloading the Kodi app. Here is our guide that shows you how to sideload the Kodi app on Firestick.

What is Sideloading?

What is sideloading you might ask? Well, it’s a process of installing apps that are not available on your Firestick’s App Store. You can easily install and use apps that might also not be available in your particular region. Sideloading is legal and safe to do. It is only safe if you download the app from its official and trusted sources on the internet. But, before we get to the steps of downloading and installing the Kodi app on your Amazon Firestick, you need to enable sideloading on your Firestick.

Is It Legal to Install Kodi on Firestick?

Kodi itself is a legal media application which means you can legally install it on any device that supports the app. But you need to get the Kodi app from a trusted source. Since Kodi supports external add-ons, there might be some add-ons that may not be legal so make sure to know about add-ons that you will be adding to the Kodi platform.

Now that you are aware of Kodi and Sideloading, let’s jump into the guide to installing Kodi on Amazon Firestick.

Enable Installation from Unknown Sources

Enabling Developer Options on your Amazon FireStick lets you enable the sideloading capabilities on your Firestick. Just like on an Android phone, you will need to allow installation from unknown sources. Any app that is not available in the built-in app store is considered an app from an unknown source. So here are the steps to enable developer options and apps from unknown sources on your Firestick.

  1. Power up your TV and Firestick. And select the correct HDMI source into which the Firestick is plugged.
  2. Once you are in the Firestick interface, use the navigation buttons on the remote to select the Settings menu from the home screen of your FireStick.
  3. Under Settings, choose the My Fire TV > About option.
    How to Install Cinema on Amazon Firestick
  4. Now select your Firestick (eg. Fire TV Stick 4K). Press or tap on it 7-8 times to enable developer options.
    How to Install Cinema HD APK on Amazon Firestick
  5. Go back one step and select Developer Options
  6. Scroll down and choose the ‘Apps from Unknown Sources‘ option. Enable it.
    How to Install Cinema HD APK on Amazon Firestick
  7. You can now sideload apps on your Amazon FireStick device.

Install the Downloader App

Once you have enabled sideloading on the FireStick, it is time to install the Downloader app. Downloader let you easily download APK files that are required for the process. And the best thing is Downloader is available on the App Store of Firestick. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the App Store on your FireStick device.
    How to Install Cinema HD APK on Amazon Firestick
  2. Select the Search option at the top and enter in Downloader.
  3. Front the search results, select the app that has a big orange icon.
    How to Install Cinema on Amazon Firestick
  4. Select the app and install it on your FireStick.
  5. With the Downloader app installed, it’s time to now sideload the Kodi app on your Amazon FireStick.

Sideload Kodi App On Amazon FireStick

We have now come to the final steps to installing the Kodi app on your Amazon FireStick. This is where you will learn how to not only download the app but also follow the same method when you want to update the Kodi app on your FireStick.

  1. From the home screen of your Amazon FireStick, select and launch the Downloader app that you just installed.
  2. Make sure to enable the JavaScript option under Settings.
    How to Install Cinema on Amazon Firestick
  3. Go back to the Downloader homepage and you will find a search bar. All you need to do is enter this URL https://kodi.tv/download/android/ (official site) and press the Go button.
  4. You will be taken to the Kodi Download page. Simply select the button that says ARMV7A.
    How To Install Kodi On Firestick
  5. The APK file for Kodi will now be downloaded to your Amazon FireStick.
    How to Install Cinema on Amazon Firestick
  6. Once the APK file is downloaded, you will see a popup from the Downloader app asking if you want to install the app. Select Install and wait.
    How To Install Kodi On Firestick
  7. Once done you can open the Kodi app. It will ask for Files permission. After giving the required permission and you can use Kodi.

How to Install Add-Ons on Kodi App

You can add Add-ons to make the Kodi app more useful. You can get add-ons either from the repository, app, or you can manually download and install through zip file. Its quite simple, here’s what you need to do.

  1. Open the Kodi app on your Firestick.
  2. Navigate down and select Add-ons.
    How To Install Kodi On Firestick
  3. Now look for the add-on you want to Install. If you want to Install them from Repository, choose the required option. The same goes for the Install from zip files.
  4. Here for example I am installing an add-on from the repository. Choose the add-on you want and then select the Install option available at the end.
    How To Install Kodi On Firestick
  5. You will see the Installation status. Once 100% is done, you can check it under my add-ons.

Conclusion

This concludes the guide on how you can sideload and enjoy using the Kodi app for your Amazon FireStick. You can follow these steps even for smart TVs that come with FireTV OS built into them. If you have doubts, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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