Kodi is a free and open-source media player with which you can play videos, music, images, podcasts, movies, TV shows, and more. It is available on all operating systems like Android, Windows, iOS, Mac OS, Linux, and Fire OS. The user interface is very user-friendly and there are a lot of plugins and addons available to stream media content from several services. Kodi 19 Matrix is the latest version of Kodi and it was released on 20 February 2021 to replace Kodi 18 Leia. When you find Kodi Matrix buggy or if any of your Kodi addons are not working after the Kodi 19 update on your Firestick or any Kodi compatible device, you can downgrade Kodi 19 Matrix to Kodi 18 Leia in easy ways.

Kodi 19 Matrix has come with a lot of exciting features and the use of Python 3 code for the addons breaks the compatibility between Kodi Leia addons with Kodi Matrix. And most Kodi addons are not ready to be migrated to Kodi 19 still. You will find only a few addons that are readily working on Kodi 19 from the huge list of best Kodi addons. So it is better to use Kodi 18 than Kodi 19 to use more addons to stream content. For demonstration, we have used Firestick here for this guide to downgrade Kodi. On Firestick, to downgrade Kodi 19 to Kodi 18, we have to uninstall Kodi 19 and install Kodi 18. Now lets us look at the procedure in detail.

Related: Detailed guide on how to install Kodi on Firestick.

How to Uninstall Kodi 19 on Firestick

1. Go to Firestick Settings and Open Applications.

click on application to uninstall Kodi 19

2. Then, open Manage Installed Applications.

select manage installed applications to uninstall Kodi19

3. Next navigate Kodi and click on it.

select Kodi from the list of applications

4. Now click on Force stop to ensure that Kodi is not running in the background.

5. Then, click on Uninstall.

click on Uninstall Kodi on Firestick

6. Now you have successfully uninstalled Kodi 19 on Firestick.

How to Install Kodi 18 Leia on Firestick

1. Launch your Firestick and connect it to the WIFI network.

2. On the home screen select the Search icon that appears on the Find menu.

click on Find to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

3. Next type and search for the Downloader app.

search for the Downloader app

4. Then, select the app from the search results.

click on the downloader app icon

5. Next click on Download to install the app on Firestick.

click on download to install downloader app on firestick

6. Once installed click on Open to launch the app.

click on open to launch downloader

7. Now return back to the home screen and select Settings.

click on settings to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

8. In that scroll down and select My Fire TV and click on it.

click on My Fire TV

9. Under My Fire TV click on Developer options.

click on developer options

10. Now click on Install Unknown apps.

click on install unknown apps to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

11. Select the Downloader app.

select the downloader app

12. Next turn on the Unknown sources to let Downloader access files.

13. Now open the downloader and type the Kodi 18 download file link https://bit.ly/2UqhsnC in the URL field and click on Go.

type the URL to download Kodi 18 to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

14. Once downloaded click on the Install button on the next screen.

15. Once installed click on Open to launch the Kodi 18 app on your Firestick.

Alternative Way

1. On your Firestick home screen click on the Find menu.

2. In that select the Search option.

click on Search to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

3. Next type and search for the ES File Explorer app.

4. Then, click on the app icon from the search results.

click on ES File Explorer app to install Kodi 18

5. Next click on Get or Download to install the app on Firestick.

click on download to install ES File Explorer on firestick

6. Once installed click on Open to launch the app.

click on open to launch ES File Explorer

7. Now on the ES File Explorer home screen click on Download Manager from the left side and select Downloader.

select downloader to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

6. Next click on the +New button from the bottom of the screen.

click on +new button to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

7. Now in the Path field enter the URL to download Kodi 18 and in the Name field enter Kodi 18.

type the URL to download Kodi 18 on Firestick

8. Once the APK is downloaded click on the Open file option.

click on open file to install Kodi 18 on Firestick

9. Then, click on INSTALL to install Kodi 18 on Firestick.

click on Install to downgrade kodi 19 to kodi 18

10. Once installed click on Open to launch the app and start streaming.

Related: Detailed guide on how to install Kodi on Windows.

How to Install Addons on Kodi 18 Leia

1. Launch the Kodi 18 app on your Firestick.

2. Next click on Addons.

3. Now click on the Package Installation icon from the top left corner.

4. Now tap on Install from repository.

5. Select Kodi add-on repository–> Video Addons.

6. Look for USTVNOW or any other video plugin to install.

7. Next click on Install and wait for the addon enabled notification.

8. Now go back to Kodi’s home screen.

9. Then, click on Addons—> Video addons and select USTVNOW.

To Conclude

Though Kodi 19 Matrix offers a lot of features, it lacks support for many addons as Kodi 18 Leia does. So you can use Kodi 18 to use more addons and stream lots. This guide would have surely helped you to downgrade Kodi 19 to Kodi 18 on your Kodi compatible device. If you have got any doubt ask them in the comments section.