Update Kodi on Firestick Easily in 2023 – Step-By-Step Guide

Kodi is an open-source media player supported over various devices. It’s been one of the most popular media streaming platforms since its release. Kodi has evolved over time; it has made many improvements with its software and productivity since its release. I will tell you how to Update Kodi on Firestick in this article.

How to Update Kodi on Firestick in 2023 – Simple Step-by-step Guide

Kodi is widely known for the availability of pirated from all around the web. Still, it is completely legal to use Kodi and stream the content open to the public domain. Kodi doesn’t have any service provisions of its own. It uses third-party addons that you can install individually according to your preference.

To know more about Kodi Addons, check out our list of Best Kodi Addons.

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Using third-party addons can expose your device’s security to potential attackers. You will read more on how you are exposing your IP Address and private data vastly, and how you can prevent that from happening further in this article (Update Kodi on Firestick). So, don’t skip any part and keep reading attentively.

Many Kodi addons provide unauthorized access to the copyrighted content, which you might not even realize when you are streaming. Your ISP can monitor your activity, and you may face legal actions from the authorities and your ISP. I will elaborate on that matter further in this article about how to Update Kodi on Firestick.

Kodi provides all kinds of media content that you can think of. Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Sports, Kids Shows, News, Music, Adults Corner, History, Infotainment, Video Game Streams, etc. This app has addons for all kinds of media content and can satisfy your wildest dreams.

You can also customize your Kodi experience by installing different Builds from different repositories. Kodi offers loads of Builds you can choose from according to your preference. Kodi Builds are popular amongst Kodi users because it comes with some of the great preinstalled addons and a more appealing layout.

Check out our article on Best Kodi Builds to know more.

Like I mentioned earlier, you’re putting your privacy at a huge risk when using third-party services. These services ask for permissions in the beginning if they can read, write, and edit your device storage data, along with some more administrator permissions which allow these apps/services to practically operate your phone.

There is one easy solution to this problem and many other problems. Always use a secure VPN when using an unverified app or service. It will protect you from exposing your privacy, and that’s not all. There are many other benefits of using a VPN. Read an elaborated passage on why you should use a VPN in the next segment.

Update Kodi on Firestick

Method 1: Update Kodi on Firestick with “Downloader” App


If you have installed third-party addons before on your Firestick, you’ve probably already done these steps. You can jump over this step if you’ve already done it before. There are four changes you have to make in the ‘Settings’ of your Firestick:

1. Enable ADB debugging, 2. Allow apps to install from Unknown Sources, 3. Turn OFF Device Usage Data, and 4. Turn OFF Collect App Usage Data. Follow this step-by-step tutorial, and you will be good to go.

Step 1. Navigate to Settings on your Firestick, select “My Fire TV,” and enable “Developer Options” by clicking on it.

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Step 2. Next, you’ll require to enable “ADB debugging” (optional but recommended) and allow Apps to install from “Unknown Sources” (this is mandatory.)

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Step 3. Turn OFF “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data” from Settings>Preferences>Privacy Settings.

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After successfully doing that, your Firestick will be ready for the installation of Kodi.


This method is the easiest and fastest method so far; in other words, the best method for updating Kodi on your Firestick. You just have to follow these steps in the correct order, and it will be done in less than 2 minutes. Downloader is available free of cost on the Amazon App Store. It makes the installation process smooth and convenient.

Select the “Search” option at the top left corner of the Firestick Home screen. Type “Downloader” and hit search.

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After successfully downloading and installing the “Downloader” app, there is only one step remaining before the installation is completed.


In this step, I’ll tell you how to download and update your Kodi to 18.7 Leia on your Amazon Firestick, the latest stable released version.

Step 1. Launch the Downloader app we just installed and click on the URL box (http://).

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Step 2. A popup keypad will now appear on the screen. Type https://howtofirestick.com/kodi.apk and click ‘GO.’

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Step 3. Let the required files download.

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Step 4. Once the download has finished, click on “Install.”

Step 5. Wait while the update processes.

Step 6. You will see the popup saying, “App installed.” Click on “OPEN” if you want to run the app or “DONE” if you want to run it later.

To open Kodi later, you will have to go to Settings>Applications>Manage Installed Applications>Kodi>Launch. You won’t find Kodi shortcut on the Home screen of your Firestick.

You can also press-and-hold the Home button for five seconds and click on Apps on the popup screen to launch Kodi.

If you’ve followed the steps mentioned above and still can’t update Kodi properly (which is unlikely), I am providing alternate methods.

Method 2: Update Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer

Downloader is a reliable source, and you should not face any difficulty updating Kodi with it. However, if you have a premium subscription of the popular file manager ES File Explorer, you might want to reconsider your options.

The free version of ES File Explorer does not support free sideloading of third-party apps any longer. You will require a premium subscription that costs $9.99 per month, whereas the Downloader is entirely free. If you have already installed Kodi using this method, you may skip this one.

  1. Power-On your Firestick.
  2. Go to Settings>My Fire TV.
  3. Click on Developer Options.
  4. Allow Apps to install from Unknown sources by clicking on “Apps from Unknown Sources.”
  5. Go to the Home page of your Firestick and click on the “Search” icon at the top left corner of your screen.
  6. Type “ES File Explorer” in the search bar and click on the app icon when the results appear.
  7. Follow the instructions showed on the screen to install “ES File Explorer” on your Firestick.
  8. Launch the app after it is successfully installed.
  9. Go to the section on the right side where you will see several icons. Click on the “Downloader” icon.
  10. Click on +New at the bottom.
  11. A popup will now appear. Enter https://howtofirestick.com/kodi.apk in the Path section and name it anything you may like.
  12. Click on “Download Now.”
  13. Let the app download.
  14. Click on “Open File” after it is downloaded.
  15. Then Click on “Install” when prompted.
  16. Click on “Install” one more time.
  17. That’s pretty much it. You have successfully updated Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer.

Method 3. Update Kodi on Firestick using AppStarter

If you have tried both of the above-listed methods and still can’t update Kodi on Firestick, give this one a go. AppStarter allows devices the installation of third-party apps hence, makes the installation process simpler and smoother.

Once again, you will need to allow the Apps to install from Unknown Sources, which you must have done by now if you have tried the instructions on the previous methods carefully. Then you will require to turn off Collect App Usage Data as mentioned in the previous methods. Install the “Downloader” app as we did in the first method.

After you have successfully done those things, just follow the steps listed below for a clean and easy installation:

Step 1. Run the “Downloader.”

Step 2. Click on the URL box (http://)

Step 3. A popup will appear in the next window. Enter https://howtofirestick.com/as4.apk and hit “GO.”

Step 4. After the AppStarter has downloaded, click on “Install.”

Step 5. Run the AppStarter after it is successfully installed.

Step 6. The first thing you will do is go to “Updates” in the menu located on the left side of the screen. Click on “Install” on the right side where it says Kodi.

Eureka. You have successfully updated Kodi on Firestick, finally. If this method fails you as well and you are still not able to install Kodi, well keep reading.

Method 4. Update Kodi on Firestick using FileLinked

FileLinked is a file-sharing tool that can also be used to sideload applications on Firestick. Follow this tutorial patiently to update Kodi on Firestick using the FileLinked app.

Step 1. Download and Install the FileLinked app from the “Downloader” app.

Step 2. Launch FileLinked App.

Step 3. You will be shown a window shown in the picture below. Type the code 54780130 in the text bar and click on Continue.

Step 4. Click on the “Download” icon next to the version of Kodi you wish to install.

Step 5. After the download is finished successfully, click on the play button next to it. Follow the instructions that are shown on the screen to install Kodi on your Firestick.

That’s it, buddy, you have successfully updated Kodi on Firestick.


Sean Horton
I’m Sean Horton, a self-proclaimed tech and TV geek from Austin, Texas. I’ve been interested in the world of technology ever since I was a kid. I used to get my dad to buy me different types of tech gadgets so that I could dismantle them and put pack together. This advanced to me building new toys out of existing ones while combining different parts.

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