How to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick: Use the low-cost dongle to stream TV shows and films
If you want an easy way to watch TV shows and films with Kodi, it's worth using a Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of our favourite gadgets, because it combined a low price with great usability. For only £35, the the Amazon Fire Stick dongle is a cheap way to make any TV bang up to date with a range of on-demand streaming services – so you can watch everything from Jessica Jones on Netflix to The Grand Tour Amazon Prime TV – when it comes out of course.
But the Amazon Fire Stick can actually do more than that. The Fire TV Stick is also compatible with Kodi, an awesome piece of open-source software that lets you stream content from the internet, watch your locally stored media – and even play retro video games. If you’ve already got a Fire Stick, or want to try out Kodi on a low-cost device you can move around the house, this tutorial is probably for you. Here’s how to install Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
Tip: The £34.99 ($39.99) Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best Kodi streaming devices. It’s wireless, cheap and delivers a solid stream.
How to install Kodi to an Amazon Fire TV Stick
Uploading Kodi to your Fire TV Stick will give you a lot of extra content, as well as the ability to run interesting add-ons – and it only takes a few minutes to set up.
To start the process, users must first navigate to settings and then select Developer Options. To use Kodi, you’ll need to make sure “Apps from Unknown Sources” is turned on. This will let you run apps from outside Amazon’s app ecosystem, including Kodi.
Next, you’ll need a file-management program, or a way of manipulating files on your Fire TV Stick. ES File Explorer is one of the most popular ones, so search for it in the Appstore before downloading it. If you can’t find the app using the Fire TV Stick’s search function, simply head to the browser via the following link http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008K6HN8I and deliver the app to your dongle remotely.
As well as being a great way to manage local files, ES File Explorer also makes it possible to easily download third-party content. Navigate to the left of the program to “Add’ and you’ll be presented with a box to fill in.
In the textbox marked “Path”, you need to enter the following download address for Kodi: http://kodi.tv/download. Then add the link to your favourites.
- You need to click on the ARM link once – it’s a bit fiddly to find, but play around with the cursor and you’ll get there with a bit of patience.
- Once you’ve clicked on the ARM link nothing will happen – but don’t panic, this is totally normal. You just need to navigate your way to the three dots in the bottom right hand corner, click on them and select Open in New Window.
- A dialogue box will now appear, asking for permissions to install. Go ahead and agree to them, Kodi will begin downloading and installing.
- You can now open Kodi from the Apps section on the Amazon Fire TV's homescreen.