How to Install Kodi 18 Leia on Firestick

Updated on: 20 February 2019
Updated on: 20 February 2019

If you have a Firestick and want to install Kodi 18 Leia, this guide provides you with a step by step process to follow to help you easily install this within a matter of minutes. Once you have completed the process, you will know how to get Kodi 17.6 installed along with Kodi 18 Leia.

First of all, a friendly word of caution. At present, Kodi 18 Leia is not considered to be a completely stable release. However, if you don’t mind a few pesky bugs, then you won’t mind this at all.

1. About Amazon Firestick

Whether you know of it as Fire TV or the Amazon Firestick, it is essentially the same thing. As most of you who are reading this will know, since coming onto the streaming scene, it has revolutionized the way in which people access and stream content online.

With superb offers by service providers such as FireStick, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and more, this has caused sales to skyrocket. Another feature that people love is that the Amazon Firestick comes with Alexa support as well. This really is the icing on the cake when it comes to ease of use, and it is a product that is transforming the lives of millions of households and individuals across the globe.

However, as tempting as it might be, there is one major drawback that people eventually realize once they have purchased their Firestick. Despite the amount of content that you can access, and lots of which is for free, if you want access to premium content, you need to pay a premium price. At the start, the joy of the Firestick can overtake the need to consider how much money you are collectively spending on content. But once that initial honeymoon period is over, it can soon start to add up and become more of a hindrance than a joy.

This is the main reason people decide to install Kodi on their Firestick. It is probably considered to be one of the best apps for your firestick and with good reason. When you use Kodi, you instantly unlock an enormous amount of content, some of which would not otherwise be available in your region.

If you are looking to update your Kodi 18 Leia or to 17.6 Krypton, you can follow a separate process which is also outlined below for your convenience.

2. Is it legal to install Kodi on a Firestick?

Yes. There are no legal issues with installing anything onto your Firestick. Once you have paid for the device, it becomes your property. A term that is often referred to as jailbreaking, however, please be reassured that there are no concerns with you performing this installation.

The main issue that surrounds the legal concerns linked to this is when people use their device to stream content that is considered to be illegal within their region. This could be due to the fact that the user does not have permission from the copyright holder to view the content, it could also be content that your ISP or government decide to restrict your access to.

There are many ways in which copyright owners, ISP’s, and government institutions are able to detect your online activities, and this is how they know whom to target for any such breaches. However, if you use a VPN, then your activities will remain completely untraceable. Regardless of which sites you visit or what content you stream, any such activities will not be able to be traced back through your connection or via your PC.

Now, let’s get started with how you can install the Kodi software onto your Firestick.

3. Stage 1 – Get your Firestick Ready

First of all, you will need to go through the registration process for your new Firestick. Once this is set-up, you can then get ready to install your new Kodi software. There are just three small things you need to take care of at this point.

1. Enable ‘ADB Bugging’
2. Turn ON ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’
3. Turn OFF ‘Collect App Usage Data’

For the first two points on the list above, you need to head over to the settings menu. Once you are there, looking for system/device, then select ‘developer options.’

For the third point on the list, head back to the settings menu, except this time, you need to select ‘Applications.’ Then simply switch off the app usage data option.

4. Stage 2 – Downloading and Installation of the ES File Explorer

While there might be other people who explain a different way to install Kodi, this is easiest and quickest way to perform this operation. If you have not heard of this app already, the ES File Explorer is pretty damn cool, and what’s more, it’s completely free of charge. Getting this installed first will help make the entire installation of Kodi nice and easy.

In order to locate this app, just head over the Amazon store and type in ‘ES File Explorer.’ Download. Install.

5. Stage 3 – Installing Kodi onto the Firestick

This next step is quick and easy, and once complete, you are ready to start using Kodi on your Firestick or Fire TV.

First of all, you need to launch the ES File Explorer and find your way to the open menu that you should easily find located on the left-hand side of your screen. The navigational path is Tools>Download Manager>New.

1. A pop-up menu will now appear and ask you for the PATH and the NAME.
2. In the Name field, simply type in Kodi, and in the Path field, you need to enter this address: 
3. Click OK
4. Select the option to download now, and this will start the process
5. Once the download has completed, you can then click to open the file.
6. Click Install.
7. Viola! You are done!

Before you go, please note the Kodi app will not appear on your home screen.

Follow this file path in order to launch your new Kodi App.

Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Launch

You are now ready to use your new Kodi app to watch the content of your choice!

Written by: Elizabeth March

Advanced ITSEC Specialist Based in Cambridge, England, Elizabeth has held notable positions for a range of high-profile vendors and clients in the European IT Security and Communications Sector. As a former IT Trainer, Technical Specialist, and Product Manager; she transitioned into the role of an expert IT Copywriter in 2015. Since then, her works have been published globally, and she continues to help people easily decipher complex technical challenges and make informed decisions about their digital lives.

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