The Kodi app, previously known as the XBMC is a digital media streamer used to stream movies, TV, sports, music, play games, IPTV, and more. Kodi gets a lot of updates from its developers frequently to enhance the performance of the app and to get rid of bugs. In this article let us see how to update Kodi on firestick to its latest available version.

But you cannot update the Kodi app like you update any other app, because the app doesn’t let you update itself from within the application. Also, there are not many ways to update the app to the newest version. So every time when Kodi gets an update you need to uninstall Kodi app on your Firestick or any Kodi installed device and make a fresh install.

That being said, you will need to reinstall Kodi addons and tweak your settings back. As you are making a fresh install all your old data will be lost and many of the addons may not work with the newest version.

The same update procedure applies to Firestick / Fire TV 4K and Fire TV Cube.

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Getting your Firestick ready

The Kodi is a third party app, so make these changes on your Firestick settings to proceed further.

#1 On your Firestick, go to Settings.

#2 Go to My Fire TV.

My Fire TV

#3 Click Developer options.

Developer Options

#4 Turn ON ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources. A pop up appears as a warning message. Click Turn ON.

Warning: It is always recommended to use a VPN while streaming third party apps on firestick. The Government and ISPs are constantly tracking the users and in case of you streaming any copyrighted content like movies, sports, TV shows, etc it becomes easy for the government and ISP to track your identity which may lead you face serious troubles. It is better to sign up with a free Firestick VPN service to experience hassle-free streaming.

Ways to Install Kodi on FireStick

As mentioned above, Kodi is not completely legal and so not officially available on the Amazon app store, so you need to sideload it on your firestick. You can use these sideloading apps to install Kodi on Firestick.

  • Downloader
  • ES File Explorer

Steps to Install Kodi on Firestick using Downloader

#1 Open the Downloader app on firestick. If you don’t have it previosuly, firstly install Downloader app. Refer link: Install Downloader App for Firestick.


#2 Paste the URL on the empty field and click Go.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#3 The browser on the Downloader app will load the Kodi official download page. Scroll down and click on Android.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#4 You will land of the latest version of Kodi v18.2 Leia. Select the ARMV7A (32BIT) or ARMV78 (64BIT) based on your device.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#5 As soon as you click, the file will start downloading.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#6 Click Next to proceed with the installation process.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#7 Click Install.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#8 You will see a app installed notification. With that click Open.

Install Kodi on Firestick

#9 The Kodi on Firestick will open and you can see the same similar interface you see on other devices.

Install Kodi on Firestick
Install Kodi on Firestick

Steps to Install Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer

Follow the steps below to install Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer.

#1 Open the ES File Explorer app on firestick. If you don’t have it already see how to Install ES File Explorer on Firestick.

es file explorer on firestick
es file explorer on firestick

#2 From the left side bar open Tools.

Tools on ES File Explorer

#3 Click Download Manager icon from the list of tools.

#4 From the bottom, click + New icon.

#5 Enter the URL of the file and the name. Click Download now.

#6 You can see the file downloading with the progress bar. Once the download is complete, click Open file.

#7 The downloaded file opens on the firestick. Click Next.

#8 Click Install.

#10 Once the installation is complete, click Open.

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To Conclude

Updating Kodi on Firestick is an important process to keep your Kodi app alive on firestick. As Kodi will give you certain errors at times, like buffering issues, playback issues, slow performance due to cache, and more. When you update Kodi you may get rid of these issues and get an uninterrupted media streaming experience from Kodi on firestick.