How to update Kodi on Fire Stick

Mikaela Bray
Mikaela Bray | Contributing Writer
Last updated: January 6, 2021
How to Update Kodi on FireStick
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Using Kodi on your Amazon FireStick is a great way for users to get in touch with a wide range of high-quality streaming content. Kodi offers some of the latest and best TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more, giving access to users all over the world on a variety of streaming devices. Using Kodi on FireStick is a simple and effective way for users to connect with a wide range of content, but it is sometimes necessary to update your Kodi software, just like anything else on your device.

Updating Kodi on FireStick can be a headache for first-time users, but once you wrap your head around the process, it becomes much simpler. The main thing to keep in mind is that the updating process can be different between different versions of Kodi, and the problems that may occur can also differ between these versions. If you keep all this in mind though, it is rather simple to avoid confusing mistakes.

The main versions that users will want to update are 17.1, 17.3, 17.4, and 17.6. Knowing the version of Kodi you’re using will be the first step to updating your Kodi software on your FireStick device. You can check the version of Kodi you have installed on your device by navigating to the settings menu in Kodi.

From there you can navigate to the System Information tab, where you can check your version of Kodi. Once you have all of the information you need, you can begin the process of updating Kodi on your FireStick device. Make sure you understand the differences between each method before proceeding.

Updating Kodi on FireStick with Downloader

How to Update Kodi on FireStickThere are a couple of different methods that Kodi users can use to update Kodi on their FireStick device. Both of these methods use common FireStick apps to download and install the necessary update files. The first method is to use the Downloader app on your FireStick.

Method 1 – use the Downloader on your FireStick

  • Go to the Main Menu on your FireStick
  • Select Settings, then Device
  • Press Developer Options
  • Turn ADB debugging On, alongside Apps from Unknown Sources
  • Go to Preferences and click Advertising ID
  • Turn off Internet-based Ads
  • Return to the home page and press the Search button
  • Type in Downloader
  • From the search result list, select Downloader
  • Click Download to install Kodi on your Firestick
  • After downloading select Open to launch the downloader
  • Press OK and type in the following URL source:
  • The downloader will start downloading Kodi
  • When Kodi has downloaded, wait a few seconds and you’ll see it installed on the screen
  • Click Open and enjoy your media experience!

On your FireStick, access the Main menu, and navigate to the Settings section. From there, you can access the Developer options tab under the Device area of the menu. Once in the Developer options section, you can turn on ADB debugging, as well as Apps from Unknown Sources, which will allow you to download and install third party apps that wouldn’t normally be accessible.

After that, navigate back to the Preference menu, and click Advertising ID. In this menu, turn off the Interest-based Ads setting. After that, go back to the home page and click the Search button.

Search for “Downloader.” Navigate to Downloader in the result list, and click on it to download and install it on your FireStick. Once it is installed, you can open the app, and click OK.

Once in the Downloader app, users can use the app to access a download link that will download the update file onto their FireStick. Users can use the Following URL:, or search for another URL from a trustworthy source. Please note that visiting third party download sources can be unsafe, and it is recommended to use a VPN when accessing these services.

Once the download has started, you have to wait for the data to download onto your FireStick. Once Kodi is finished downloading, you can install Kodi by running the downloaded file. As always, make sure to only execute files from trusted sources.

Updating Kodi on FireStick with ES File Explorer

ES File ExplorerAnother popular app that allows users to easily update Kodi on FireStick is ES File Explorer. Much like with Kodi, users will want to enable the Allow apps from unknown sources setting within the Developer Options menu. If you forget how to do this, simply review the process detailed above.

Method 2 – update from the ES File Explorer

  • Go to the Main Menu on your FireStick and press Search
  • Type ES File Explorer and open it
  • Click Tools
  • Press Download Manager
  • Click +New at the bottom of the page
  • Enter the following path:
  • Press OK
  • Enter a name for your path, for example, Kodi 17.6
  • Click Download Now
  • Select Open File and the latest version of Kodi will be installed on your FireStick
  • Launch Kodi and enjoy!

Once the setting is enabled, navigate to the Search box in the main menu of your Amazon FireStick. Type “ES Explorer,” or “ES File Explorer” into the search box. When the results page appears, navigate to the ES File Explorer app in the list in order to begin downloading the file.

Just like with downloading and installing the Downloader app, you must wait for the app to download and install before opening it. Once the app is downloaded and installed, you can open ES File Explorer, and access the Download Manager from the Tools menu in the left-hand menu.

Clicking the +New option in the bottom menu will allow you to type in a download path, for which you can use the URL provided earlier, or another download source from a trusted website. For the Name field, simply put “Kodi.” Running the download will initiate the download for the Kodi update files.

Once downloaded, you can select Open File in ES File Explorer to install the Kodi update on your FireStick. Overall, this process is fairly similar to using the Downloader app and shouldn’t give users too much trouble comparatively. Both of these apps are commonly used and trusted, so there should be minimal problems as long as users are practicing safe browsing and download habits.

The importance of VPNs when using Kodi

When using Kodi to stream media on your home theater set-up, you can easily open yourself up to a wide range of threats if you aren’t properly prepared. Installing updates and accessing the service on a number of devices can cause a number of vulnerabilities which hackers and bad actors can use to steal your sensitive information. Navigating to threatening websites on your devices can also expose your system to unwanted malware and spyware that can slow down your device and steal your data.

For this reason, it is important to always stay safe when using services such as Kodi on your Amazon FireStick device. There are a wide range of VPN services on the market, which provide clients that are usable on platforms such as Amazon FireStick. These VPNs use strong encryption and specialized servers to keep your IP hidden from content providers, and your traffic protected from prying eyes.

There are some things to consider before deciding upon a VPN for streaming with Kodi on your Amazon FireStick. The strength of encryption they use, the privacy policy of the company that manages the VPN, and the legal jurisdiction they operate under can all determine whether or not a certain VPN is right for your area.

If you’re curious, you should look into different VPN services which offer specialized clients for the Amazon FireStick platform and try to keep yourself informed on all of the internet privacy solutions at your disposal when you update Kodi on your FireStick.

Read: Best VPN for Amazon Fire Stick

Further reading

There are a number of considerations to take before updating Kodi on FireStick. Educating yourself about all of the different content policies associated with Kodi, FireStick, and any streaming services you may be using is a good idea before you go playing with apps and files on your Amazon FireStick. When updating Kodi on FireStick, it is best to know exactly what you’re dealing and the versions and methods of what you’re working with.

If you want to learn more about the necessity of privacy precautions when streaming with Kodi on Amazon FireStick, look into the wide variety of VPN services available. Not every VPN is usable with FireStick, so some research may be necessary to find the best one for you.

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