How to Jailbreak Amazon Fire TV Stick Using Kodi

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a handly little device that plugs directly into a TV's HDMI input and provides the ability to stream a wealth of online content from services like Netflix and Crackle, as well as the company's own online video library. While the Fire Stick certainly offers an impressive and ever-expanding share of content, many users choose to jailbreak their device by installing an application called Kodi–a free media player that helps facilitate access to even more shows and movies through the help of third-party add-ons.

What You Need

Before getting started with the Kodi installation process, make sure that you have the following items ready.

  • Amazon account: You may already have an Amazon account that you used when first setting up your Fire TV Stick. If not, you can create a free account by clicking on the Start here link found in the Accounts & Lists drop-down menu on the Amazon home page.
  • Wi-Fi connection: Your Fire TV Stick should already be connected to a Wi-Fi connection. If not, follow our step-by-step tutorial to get online.
  • VPN software (optional): While not required, some Kodi users choose to utilize VPN software for privacy and security purposes. A couple of recommended VPN apps which run on Amazon Fire TV Stick are IPVanish and PrivateVPN.

Allow Apps from Unknown Sources

In order to install Kodi on your Fire TV Stick, you must first configure the device to allow for the installation of applications that originate somewhere other than Amazon's Appstore.

  1. Using your Fire TV Stick remote, select the Settings option located at the top of the screen.
  2. Scroll to the right and select Device.
  3. Choose Developer options from the Device menu.
  4. The DEVELOPER OPTIONS menu should now be visible, with the Apps from Unknown Sources option set to OFF. Select this option to enable it.
  5. A warning message labeled Apps from Unknown Sources will now appear. Select the Turn On button.
  6. You should now be returned to the DEVELOPER OPTIONS menu, with the Apps from Unknown Sources option now labeled ON.

Downloader App

Kodi

Next you'll need to install the Downloader app, available free of charge from the aforementioned Appstore.

  1. From the Home Screen, scroll to the left so that the Search interface appears.
  2. Begin typing in the word Downloader using the on-screen keyboard. At some point, the autocomplete feature will show Downloader in the suggested results list. Scroll down and select Downloader.
  3. Select the Downloader app image, which should now be displayed in the APPS & GAMES section.
  4. Details of the Downloader app will now appear. Select the Get button.
  5. The app will now be downloaded and installed. Once complete, you'll be returned to the previous screen. Select the Open button at this point.

Downloading and Installing Kodi

Downloading and installing Kodi

You're now ready to download and install Kodi, the final hurdle to jailbreaking your Amazon Fire TV Stick.

  1. The main screen 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://.
  2. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter the following URL: http://kodi.tv/download.
  3. Select the Go button.
  4. A warning message may now appear, informing you that JavaScript is disabled. Select the OK button.
  5. The download section of Kodi's website should now be shown in a browser window. Scroll down and select the Android button.
  6. Multiple instances of the latest version of Kodi will now be displayed. Select the button representing the 32-bit release, as shown in the accompanying screenshot.
  7. 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 the INSTALL button, located in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  8. When the App installed message appears, select the OPEN button.
  9. If the installation was successful, Kodi should now launch on your Fire TV Stick.

What to Do Next

Now that Kodi's been installed it can be accessed each time you use your Fire TV Stick via your installed apps list or in the Recent section.

In order to get the most out of Kodi, however, you'll want to install some of the aforementioned add-ons. Our in-depth guide to using Kodi can help you get started.