How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV (also known as XBMC)
UPDATE Feb 2017 – VPN guide reference due to ISPs picking up on Kodi users
To get the most out of Fire TV, you really need to get Amazon Prime. The service is expanding all the time and there are always free trials on there for a full month! At the moment you get music, and excellent streaming service and you can make your money back in free delivery if you regularly use amazon anyway!! You can get a free trial to Amazon Prime by clicking the link below
Not sure what a Fire TV is? Take a look on Amazon.
Some time ago I had a pretty decent Android phone with XBMC (Kodi) installed but I found it sluggish. It even feels a bit sluggish on my 2011 Mac. However, it did not feel at all that way on the Fire TV Stick. It was fantastic I have to say it. Very surprised. Well done Amazon.
I should say I wasn’t in the market for one of these but I happened to have near enough the amount needed in Amazon vouchers so I went for it. So glad I did.
To squeeze every last drop of value out of your Amazon Fire TV stick, you might want to sideload some applications from the Google Play store, for example. A popular application is Kodi and this is the focus of my guide. However, you can use it to install any apk you wish. Just bear in mind that not all apps will be compatible due to interface restrictions (remote versus a touch screen).
Why would you want to install Kodi?
- bypass Amazons restrictions,
- get way more apps from the google play store,
- stream local media,
- play old school games on emulators,
- play android games on your TV,
- use Plex or similar media streamers,
- stream your Android phone to your TV,
- use Airplay from an apple device to the Fire TV,
- use streaming ‘services’ that perhaps you shouldn’t be able to.
But it is an extremely competent media centre product, it always has been, even going back to the days when it was quite literally an Xbox Media Centre.
I’m sure there are more reasons but lets just say that it won’t do you any harm to install Kodi on Fire TV.
Anyway, here is a guide. In fact this page will expand no doubt to cover the various flavours of install but first things first, lets just get straight to it and install Kodi onto your Fire TV Stick.
If you haven’t bought a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick yet, get one from Amazon first. If you use the link below you will be supporting the site.
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DISCLAIMER: Clearly this is done at your own risk, you knew that right?!
How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV
Some Preinstall notes:
- You will NOT be rooting the device
- You WILL be able to use Amazon Fire TV exactly as was intended
- You WILL be able to remove Kodi if you need to return it
Step 1: Pre-requisites
- Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Wifi Connection
- A computer (Windows, Mac or Linux)
Llama, adbfire, firestarter
- Optional: Download any other apks you would like to use
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- Kodi / XBMC (obviously!)
Download the latest version of Kodi for your Fire TV Llama apk Download the Llama ape here
Windows| Mac| Linux
- Firestarter apk
Step 2: Installing Kodi onto your Fire TV Stick
Enabling the Developer Options
Navigate to Settings > System > Developer Options > Enable ADB Debugging (set this to ON)
Enabling App installations from Non Amazon sources
Navigate to Settings > System > Developer Options > Apps from Unknown Sources (set this to ON)
Step 3: Find your Fire TV’s IP Address
Navigate to Settings > System > About > Network
Make a note of the IP address as you will need it later
Step 4: Open adbfire
there are multiple pieces of software and routes to this, but I think this is the simplest so humour me
adbfire looks broadly like his depending on your platform
This part of the process is pretty simple, and very methodical so I will lay the steps out one by one
1) Click Set up Device
2) Type something in the description box (shown below) and enter the device IP address you wrote down earlier.
3) Uncheck the “Fire TV Updates On” box
4) Click Save, this returns you to the previous screen.
5) Click Connect and make sure the dab server is running (see the bottom of the screen where it should say “adb running”. You should also see the words “Device connected” in the very bottom right.
6) Select Install apk, and navigate to the download location of the Kodi file you downloaded earlier
7) once you select and open it, wait until the process finishes and a “Installation Complete” window pops up.
Kodi is now installed. But we have work to do!! Exit adbfire and restart the program (this shouldn’t be necessary, but worked for me after experiencing a hang.
8) Repeat steps 6 and 7 for the Llama apk and once the installation complete window pops up you can either exit or install any other apks you might want.
Thats it, Kodi is installed. At present though, if you want to use it, its a bit of a chore. So now we are going to put install Firestarter, this allows you to launch Kodi and any other app from a main menu just like any other app.
To maintain the best service and ensure you don't get any letters from your ISP ALWAYS use a vpn with Kodi. Not only will you get far more content avoid traffic management, but your streaming activity will be kept private from your ISP.
and here are some recommended providers
This section is really quick, so I’m going to list the steps in short form. Just follow them 1 by 1 and this won’t even take 5 minutes.
The section below regarding Llama is no longer required.
Instead follow this guide on How to Launch Kodi or any other app from the Main Menu using Firestarter.
Go to the apps menu > Entertainment Download any application that you like that has an icon you like that you NEVER want to use (think of it as a sacrificial app)
I use InstaTV in the Entertainment section. It has a nice TV logo and i’m never going to want to use it Install the application Navigate to your app list by going to Settings > Applications > Manage All Installed Applications Select Llama from the list When it starts follow these steps exactly Go to Events tab and click the ‘+’ button Select Add Condition Select Active Application Select InstaTV from the list Select Add Action Select Run Application Select Kodi from the list
You can now exit Llama. Each time you click on InstaTV, Kodi will start. Magic.