Written by: Elizabeth March
If you want to get Kodi on your Firestick, without having to go through the process of using your PC, then help is at hand! This post offers a straightforward, no-nonsense approach to installing Kodi directly onto your Firestick with ease.
Simply put, the Firestick is something you can plug into the HDMI port of your TV, and it gives you access to more programs and movies than you would normally be able to view. It is similar in concept to the Amazon TV box, although it does not yet have the same power. With a Firestick, you can stream content in full High Definition from services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime. There is also the option to stream music from services like Spotify, along with a huge range of games that can be bought from the Amazon App Store.
You can install apps directly onto the Firestick, and by far, one of the best apps you could place onto it has to be the Kodi app.
The first point we are going to address in this post is the legality of installing Kodi onto a Firestick. Reassuringly, it is legal to do with your Firestick as you please once you have purchased the device. As you have paid to buy the product from a manufacturer or store, that property is yours in totality.
The reason people choose to install Kodi onto their firestick is predominantly to open up access to more content, at a lower cost (free). It is a media center type of software that makes streaming content a breeze.
The term side-loading simply means that you add the capability to your firestick to also run Kodi alongside its current process. This boost the functionality of your firestick and enables you to access a greater amount of content via the different Kodi add-ons that are available.
In the following steps, we intend to break down the process of installing Kodi onto your Firestick and have outlined a step-by-step guide that tells exactly what you need to do in order to get Kodi in place without even having to touch a PC or laptop!
Please ensure that you follow each step exactly as outlined in the guide; a failure to do this could result in the installation not working correctly and having to start the process again from the beginning.
Once complete, you will have all the power of the Kodi app firmly in place on your Firestick.
Please ensure that you have gone through the Firestick registration process fully before starting this process.
Step 1 – Connect your Firestick to your TV by inserting it into the HDMI slot and power everything up.
Step 2 – Using your remote control, find your way to the main setting menu for your device. Select ‘System,’ then select ‘Developer Options.’ In order for the installation process to run smoothly, you need to ensure that you set the ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ setting to ‘on.’
Step 3 – Head over to the ‘applications’ option and then set the ‘Collect App Usage Data’ to the ‘off’ setting.
Step 4 – Find the search function, then manually type in ‘ES File Explorer.’
Step 5 – Once you have located the ES File Explorer, you will need to select the option to download it, and then wait for the installation to occur and complete.
*If you get an error message that states something similar to this ‘’ES File Explorer install, you can delete its unused apk to save 4.88MB’’, then proceed with this and select ‘OK to Save Space.’
Step 6 – Once this has installed fully, a pop-up message will likely appear that states something similar to ‘found a newer version, do you want to update this now?’. If this option does present, then please proceed through and click ‘update’ in order to get the very latest and greatest version on your device.
Step 7 – On the very left-hand side column within the ES File Explorer, you now need to select the ‘add’ button. You will then be presented with a pop-up that states ‘Add to favorite’ – there are typically two options that will appear, these are the Path and the Name. Please enter the below details exactly as they appear:
Once you have entered these details, you can then select ‘add.’
Step 8 – Now you need to head over to the left-hand side column and scroll down to the ‘Kodi’ option. This is essentially the bookmark you just created in the previous step. Click on this and wait for the loading process to complete.
Step 9 – When the loading is complete, you will then see a bright green android icon. Directly beneath this icon, there will be two different links where is says ‘OR APK INSTALLATION.’
The initial link will state ‘ARM,’ and the secondary link states ‘x86’. You need to select the ‘ARM’ link which is essentially an ARM version of the Android. When you click this, it will download the Kodi app as an APK file.
Step 10 – Once you have completed this step and downloaded it correctly, you should be presented with a pop-up that confirms everything has been successfully downloaded. On the pop-up, you will then be able to click a button to ‘open the file.’
Step 11 – A further pop-up will appear that presents three buttons. These are:
Cancel / Market / Install – You need to choose the ‘Install’ button.
Step 12 – This is the final step of the process. A pop-up will appear which asks you if you would like to install the application. When presented with the options, you will need to again, select ‘install.’ This will then install Kodi as an application on your Firestick.
There is a likelihood that you will be faced with a further pop-up that might say something similar to this, “Kodi installed, you can delete the unused APK to save 62.44 MB”. Once again, please click ‘ok.’ The app will then confirm itself as being installed.
Now, you have fully completed the process, and you have installed Kodi on your Firestick without needing your PC!