How to Install & Use Kodi 21.0 on FireStick (July 2024)

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In this comprehensive guide, I will demonstrate how to efficiently install Kodi 21 Omega in just two minutes. The instructions provided are applicable to a variety of Amazon devices, including FireStick 4K, 4K Max, Fire TV, FireStick Lite, All-New FireStick 4K, All-New FireStick 4K Max, and Fire TV Cube. Before diving into the installation process, let’s begin with a brief introduction.

What’s Kodi?

Kodi, originally developed as XBMC (Xbox Media Center), is a free and open-source media player renowned for its safety and versatility. Initially designed for the Xbox in the early 2000s, Kodi has evolved into a robust platform available across major operating systems such as FireStick, Android, Linux, iOS, Windows, and Mac.

With Kodi, users can effectively organize and enjoy digital media, including TV shows, movies, and series, thanks to its support for various audio and video formats. Its intuitive interface and user-friendly design enhance usability, allowing seamless navigation across features.

A standout feature of Kodi is its extensive addon support, available from both official and unofficial sources. These addons significantly expand Kodi’s capabilities, enabling users to access live TV, a vast array of content, integrate with various services, and more.

Is Kodi Safe & Legal?

Concerns regarding the safety and legality of Kodi, an open-source media application, are understandable. Kodi itself is a secure and legal application widely available on major app platforms such as the Google App Store and Microsoft Store.

It is important to note, however, that while Kodi itself is safe and legal, caution is advised with third-party addons. These addons are developed by external sources, and their safety and legality can vary. There have been instances where unofficial addons contained malware.

To mitigate risks associated with third-party addons, it is recommended to use reputable VPN services like ExpressVPN. A VPN helps protect your privacy by encrypting your internet connection, preventing potential exposure of your IP address to authorities or your Internet Service Provider (ISP). This additional layer of security also safeguards your streaming and download activities from unauthorized access.

Why Choose Kodi for FireStick?

The Amazon Fire TV/FireStick stands out as one of today’s leading streaming devices, valued for its affordability, user-friendly interface, and seamless access to a wide range of entertainment options from the comfort of home. It supports premium streaming services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, and many others.

However, the costs associated with these premium services can be prohibitive for many users, necessitating multiple subscriptions to access desired content. This is where FireStick distinguishes itself. Fire TV offers a dependable solution for enjoying movies, TV series, documentaries, live channels, and more without incurring subscription fees.

Through open-source media applications like Kodi and various other Amazon FireStick apps, FireStick provides access to essential entertainment sources without the inconvenience and expense of high-cost subscriptions.

Note: If you are currently using Kodi on your Fire TV or FireStick and are seeking a straightforward update to version 21.0 Omega, instructions for updating Kodi can be found here.

Step 1: Install the Downloader App

The Downloader app stands out as the preferred and efficient method to install Kodi on your Fire TV Stick. By following these steps diligently, the installation process typically takes no longer than 2 minutes.

Downloader is a highly regarded application, freely accessible via the Amazon App Store. It streamlines the Kodi installation, ensuring a seamless and user-friendly experience.

1. Navigate to the middle bar on the FireStick home screen and select “FIND”. Proceed by clicking on “Search”.

2. Locate and select the Downloader app from the search results.

3. Proceed with downloading the app.

After successfully downloading and installing the Downloader app on your Fire TV or Fire Stick, you are just steps away from installing Kodi.

Step 2: Prepare Your FireStick for Kodi Installation

Installing Kodi on FireStick is straightforward with the correct guidance. Follow these steps to set up your FireStick for Kodi installation:

1. Launch FireStick and navigate to the settings icon (cogwheel) located at the right-hand side of the icons bar.

2. Choose the “My Fire TV” tile found at the lower-left corner of the screen.

3. Navigate to Developer Options.

Note: If Developer Options are not visible, go to Settings > My Fire TV > About. Select Fire TV Stick and click it 7 times to enable Developer Options. For further assistance, refer to the step-by-step guide on enabling Developer Options.

4. Activate ADB debugging (optional) by turning it ON.

5. Depending on your Fire TV Stick model, you will see one of the following options:

  • Install unknown apps
  • Apps from unknown sources

If you see Install unknown apps, click on it and proceed to the next step (step 6). If you see Apps from unknown sources, click on it to enable the setting, skip step 6, and proceed directly to step 7.

6. Turn ON the option for the Downloader app.

7. Go to Settings and select Preferences > Privacy Settings. Turn OFF both Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data.

Note: This step is optional but highly recommended for privacy concerns.

Step 3: Install Kodi on FireStick

This step guides you through downloading and installing Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. The latest stable version is Kodi 21.0 Omega.

1. Launch the Downloader app and click the URL box.

2. To install Kodi Omega 21.0, enter and click “GO”.

Note: does not host any APKs or URLs. The URL provided redirects to an external source.

3. The download process will commence.

4. Once the download is complete, click “Install”.

5. Wait for the installation to finish.

6. Upon installation, you will see an “Installed” message. Click “OPEN” to start the Kodi application. If you prefer to open it later, click “DONE”.

Please note that the Kodi app will not appear on your home screen by default. To create a home screen shortcut for Kodi, press the Home button on your remote for 5 seconds and click “Apps” on the pop-up screen to access Kodi.

Using Kodi on FireStick: A Professional Guide

Having installed Kodi, it is essential to learn how to use it on your Fire Stick for a secure and enjoyable entertainment experience.

Kodi provides access to a vast array of free content, including movies, TV shows, and more. However, it is crucial to note that your streaming activities on Kodi are visible to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) and the government. Streaming copyrighted content without proper authorization could result in serious legal consequences.

Fortunately, there is a way to enjoy your favorite content on Kodi while maintaining your privacy. Utilizing a reliable VPN service can conceal your internet activities from potential surveillance.

A VPN can help you bypass internet throttling, online surveillance, and geo-restrictions on content. I recommend ExpressVPN for its speed and reliability, which are critical for a smooth streaming experience.

We do not promote or condone copyright infringement and strongly advocate for the right to privacy. Therefore, to use Kodi on your Fire TV/Stick securely, follow these steps to set up ExpressVPN:

Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN which offers a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you can request a full refund within the first 30 days.

Step 2: Power on your Fire TV/Stick, select “Find,” followed by “Search.”

Enter “ExpressVPN” in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it appears in the search results.

Step 3: Click “Get” to download and install the ExpressVPN application on your Fire TV/Stick.

Step 4: Launch the ExpressVPN app and log in using the email ID and password associated with your ExpressVPN subscription.

Step 5: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. You can change your preferred location by selecting “Choose Location.” Your connection is now secure with the fastest and most reliable VPN for FireStick.

You can learn more about using ExpressVPN with FireStick. With your online activities now secured, it’s time to explore the next steps for using Kodi on your Fire TV Stick.

As previously mentioned, Kodi is merely a media player and does not host or provide content. To stream movies, TV shows, or sports, you will need to install Kodi Addons or Builds.

If you are new to Kodi, I recommend following my comprehensive step-by-step beginner’s guide.

Are you looking to find the best Kodi Addons or Builds for your Fire TV/Stick? The links below will guide you through installing popular Addons and Builds known for delivering high-quality streams:

  • How to Install the Crew Addon
  • How to Install the Asgard Addon
  • How to Install Misfit Mods Lite Kodi Builds.
  • How to Install Doomzday Kodi Builds

Installing Kodi on FireStick Using Alternative Methods

If you have already installed Kodi on FireStick using the Downloader method, you may skip this section.

Downloader is a reliable application and typically facilitates a smooth installation of Kodi on FireStick. However, if you have a premium subscription to the widely-used file manager app, ES File Explorer, you might prefer using it instead.

Please note that ES File Explorer no longer supports free sideloading of third-party apps. A premium monthly subscription, costing $9.99, is required. In contrast, Downloader is entirely free.

Note: An unofficial version of ES File Explorer is available, which unlocks all the premium features at no cost.

Installing Kodi on FireStick Using ES File Explorer

For detailed information on ES File Explorer, refer to our guide on “How to Install and Use ES File Explorer on FireStick.” Below are the steps to install Kodi on the Amazon Fire TV Stick:

  1. Power on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
  2. Navigate to Settings > My Fire TV.
  3. Open Developer Options.
  4. Enable Apps from Unknown Sources.
  5. Return to the Fire Stick homepage and select the Search icon at the top left of your screen.
  6. Type ES File Explorer and select it from the search results.
  7. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the ES File Explorer app on FireStick.
  8. Once the app is installed, launch it. Navigate to the right where you see several icons and select the Downloader icon.
  9. Click +New at the bottom.
  10. A pop-up will appear. In the Path section, enter and enter any name of your choice in the Name section.
  11. Click Download Now.
  12. Wait while Kodi is downloaded on FireStick.
  13. Click Open File.
  14. Click Install when prompted.
  15. Click Install again.

Kodi is now successfully installed on your FireStick / Fire TV.

How to Install Kodi on FireStick Using AppStarter

If you encounter difficulties installing Kodi via the Downloader app or ES File Explorer, consider using AppStarter.

Similar to Downloader, AppStarter facilitates the installation of unofficial apps or apps from unknown sources. The installation process closely mirrors that of Downloader, requiring the installation of third-party apps on your FireStick and the disabling of the Collect App Usage Data feature. These adjustments follow the same steps as those for the Downloader app.

Once you have made the necessary changes, follow the steps below to install Kodi via AppStarter:

1. Navigate to your Fire TV home page and click the Apps icon located at the right-side corner of the icon bar.

2. Select the Downloader tile from the list of apps.

3. Click the URL box highlighted in the provided image.

4. A new window will appear. Enter and click “GO.”

5. After AppStarter is downloaded, click “Install.”

6. Once AppStarter is installed, launch it. To install Kodi, go to “Updates” on the left-hand menu of AppStarter, and click “Install” on the right side where it displays Kodi.

Congratulations, you have successfully jailbroken your Amazon Fire Stick and installed Kodi using AppStarter.