How to Update Kodi on a Fire Stick

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Update Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick


So you've succeeded in jailbreaking your Amazon Fire TV Stick with Kodi. There are many important reasons to keep Kodi on your Amazon Fire Stick up-to-date, including security patches and ensuring the software continues to function correctly with the latest add-ons.

Some add-on developers aren't as quick to issue required compatibility updates for their specific programs, though, meaning upgrading Kodi to the latest version may have the opposite effect and render an add-on useless. That said, it's almost always a good idea to have the latest build installed, as the downsides are minimal and quite rare.

Here's how to update Kodi on an Amazon Fire Stick.

Allow Apps from Unknown Sources

To get started, you first need to ensure your Fire Stick is configured to trust app installations from unknown sources. This setting would have been enabled when you first installed Kodi but may have been turned off since. Take the following steps to confirm it's still active.

Configuring Kodi to trust apps from unknown sources
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  1. Using your Fire Stick's remote control, select Settings, found towards the top of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the right and select Device.
  3. From the Device menu, choose Developer options.
  4. Turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. If it's already active, do nothing and move on to the next section of this tutorial.
  5. If you turned this setting on, a warning message labeled Apps from Unknown Sources will appear. Select Turn On.
  6. You'll be returned to the Developer Options menu, with the Apps from Unknown Sources option activated.

Obtaining the Downloader App

The next step in the process is to download and install the Downloader app from Amazon's Appstore, unless you've already done so in the past. If not, follow these instructions accordingly.

Installing Downloader from Amazon's appstore
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  1. From the Home Screen, scroll to the left so the Search interface is visible.
  2. Begin typing the word "Downloader" using the on-screen keyboard. As you type, the autocomplete feature will show the Downloader app in the suggested results list. Scroll down and select this option.
  3. Select the Downloader app image, which should now be displayed in the Apps & Games section.
  4. Details of the Downloader app will now be provided. Press the Get button.
  5. The app will be downloaded and installed. Once complete, you'll be returned to the previous screen.

Updating Kodi to the Latest Version

You're now ready to update Kodi to the latest stable version, done by taking the following steps.

Installing the Android version of Kodi
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  1. Launch the Downloader app if it is not already running.
  2. The main interface of the Downloader app should be visible. Select the address entry field, located below the Enter the URL of the website heading and prepopulated with http://.
  3. Enter the following URL using the on-screen keyboard:
  4. Select Go.
  5. A warning message may appear, letting you know JavaScript is disabled. Select OK.
  6. The download section of Kodi's website should now be visible within a browser window. Scroll down and select Android.
  7. Multiple instances of the latest stable version of Kodi will now be displayed. Select the button representing the 32-bit release.
  8. Note: Newer Fire Sticks can support the 64-bit version of Kodi, so you have the option of trying to install that if you wish. If you aren't sure if your Fire Stick supports 64-bit applications, you can either play it safe and install the 32-bit version or try the 64-bit build and revert back to the older one if it fails to install and/or run properly.
  9. The Kodi installer will now be downloaded. Once complete, you'll be prompted to confirm whether or not you want to install the application. Select Install, located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  10. When the app installed message appears, select Open.
  11. If the installation was successful, the latest stable version of Kodi should be launched on your Fire Stick.