How to Hack a Fire TV Stick to Install Kodi Fast and Easy

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Easy Steps to Hack Your Amazon Fire TV Stick Without a Computer

Follow our latest version to hack your Fire TV Stick. You can download and install Kodi in minutes.

The following directions show you how to hack a Fire TV Stick and install the latest Kodi Leia 18, Krypton 17 or Jarvis 16, so you can watch free movies and cable TV.

This is the easiest and fastest way to download and install Kodi 16 Jarvis on your Fire TV Stick without having to use a computer. The only thing you’ll need is a free HDMI port to plug in your fire tv stick. Because of that, you actually don’t even have to hack or root your system in order to install Kodi. This way, there is absolutely no risk of bricking your Amazon streaming device.

You’ll need to change two system settings and download ES File Explorer app (free) to your Fire TV Stick. Follow these super simple steps to have Kodi installed in minutes.

Hack Your Fire TV Stick and Install Kodi 16 Jarvis, Krypton 17, Leia 18

Step 1: Install a VPN From IPVanish

You’re in the process of installing Kodi to your Fire TV Stick, so chances are you’ll be streaming movies and tv shows within the hour. Do yourself a huge favor and get a VPN from IPVanish. The government has been cracking down hard on illegal streaming. As a result, Kodi users have been targeted as potential copyright infringers. If you can find a VPN from somewhere like, you’ll have a much easier time with the entire process.

VPN’s hide your identity online and prevent your ISP from obtaining any logs of your internet activity. VPN’s also prevent your ISP from blocking streaming servers which can be very frustrating trying to use Kodi. Take 2 minutes and get a VPN from IPVanish.

Step 2: Change Your Fire TV Stick System Settings

On your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, navigate to Settings>System>Developer Options

Amazon Fire TV Stick Hack system developer options for kodi
Amazon Fire TV Stick Developer Options

Turn On ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources. This will enable your Fire TV Stick to install Kodi.

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Enable applications from unknown sources on Amazon Fire TV Stick
Enable ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources on Amazon Fire TV Stick Hack
ADB Debugging and Unknown Sources Enabled on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Step 3: Install ES File Explorer

From your Fire TV’s main menu, Search for the app ES File Explorer and install it. Please note, you must type in the whole name “ES File Explorer” and hit search to find the app. it does not show up in Amazon’s suggested search terms.

Amazon Fire TV Stick Hack ES Explorer Download Step
ES File Explorer Download on Amazon Fire TV Stick

Open ES File Explorer and on the left side, click Tools to open that menu. Now select Download Manager.

On the bottom of the screen Select the + New button and when the window pops-up type in http://kodi.tv/download name it Kodi Jarvis or whatever Kodi version you want and then click Add.

Fire TV Stick Hack For ES Explorer to Install Kodi

Select + NEW at the bottom of the ES Explorer Screen
Fire TV Stick Hack For ES Explorer to Add Kodi to ES File Exporer
Type in the path http://kodi.tv/download and name it Kodi. Click Add

Select Kodi from the bottom left side of the screen.

Select Kodi from the bottom right corner to launch the download screen
You’ll see Kodi at the bottom the list on the left side in ES Explorer. Click it to Open

Step 4: Installing Kodi to the Fire TV Stick

The Kodi Download page will open and show all of the available devices your can download Kodi software for. Select the Android APK Installer.

Select the Kodi Android Installer for your Fire TV Stick
The Kodi Download Page Will Open On Your Amazon Fire TV Stick

Kodi will start to download to your Fire TV Stick. Wait until it completes before continuing.

Kodi is downloading to Fire TV Stick from ES Explorer

When Kodi finishes downloading to your Fire TV Stick, you will see a success window. When that open, select Open File to continue.

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Kodi has downloaded successfully. Select Open File to continue.

On the next step, select Install to continue with the Kodi installation.

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Select Install to continue installing Kodi to your Fire TV Stick

If you are updating an older version of Kodi, you will see another window confirming the updated application. Click Install on this screen as well.

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Once Kodi has installed, click Open and Kodi will prepare to run for the first time on your system. This may take a moment, but once complete, Kodi will load faster the next time you open it.

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Kodi is now installed on your Amazon Fire TV or Firetick. To launch it from your Amazon home screen, navigate down to System>Manage Applications scroll down and select Kodi and then click Launch.

For easy step-by-step directions to add SuperRepo and 3rd party add-ons with access to free movies, TV shows, live sports, live tv, PPV and much more: Click here for our easy guide to add SuperRepo.

SuperRepo no longer includes SportsDevil. It is recommended that you add Fusion Repo to Kodi also so you can install other great add-ons like SportsDevil. Click here for our simple step-by-step article to add Fusion Repo.

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40 Discussion to this post

  1. Mitch says:

    Having trouble getting mobdro to run in kodi. Everything I select comes back with error. Thanks for help

    • christie Sagredo says:

      I Having trouble getting to run in kodi , In not able to install , come back with an error . Have 17 version.

      Thanks !!!

  2. Yusuf Malik says:

    Hi
    I’ve managed to download Es File explorer and am able to open the kodi download page. However, when I click on the ARM link the download does not start. I’ve tried it several times but with no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • admin says:

      ES Explorer has altered the way they handle .apk files now. We’re working on a fix for this.

      • Francisco says:

        Alls I had to do was hold down the ok button on my fire tv remote clicking it does not engage the download but holding it down does get it started

    • matt says:

      try clicking the play button to start the download

  3. Ty says:

    I’m having the same problem

  4. joe nobody says:

    try double clicking the link –

  5. Sharon says:

    I’m having the same trouble as well – double clicked and still nothing??

  6. jose says:

    if i buy the amazon fire stick an does matter the version that im going to buy

    • admin says:

      No, it doesn’t matter which one you buy. They’re all hacked the same way.

  7. xdevilsownx says:

    Double-clicking the download link for me – new FireStick, straight out of the box an hour ago.

  8. Burnthestick says:

    Same issue. Double clicking and holding does not work.

  9. Julie says:

    When I get to the “tools”, there is no “Download” to click on. There is “downloader” but when I click there it says there is nothing there. I can’t get to the place to go to kodi

  10. Jordan says:

    All, just look at the link on your computer and instead of adding a bookmark, go to the downloads manager and add new download, typing in the link ie: “http://mirrors.kodi.tv/releases/android/arm/kodi-16.1-Jarvis-armeabi-v7a.apk”

    This will just download the apk straight to you stick and you can install from there ;)

  11. ROBERT WHEELER says:

    Is there a fix yet for downloading KODI? Double clicking and hitting the play button does nothing

  12. Rogo says:

    If I get the 4K version, is there a lot of content in 4K? Or is it not worth it?

    • admin says:

      There’s a lot of 4K content available from Amazon, however the 4K content on Kodi is minimal.

  13. RN says:

    Here is the small URL to type for the same download APK file, Save you pain in typing the long url in the remote.
    “http://tinyurl.com/hycxhew”

  14. Zach says:

    Neither of the above links are working for me. And I can’t click on the ARM link on the website. What can I do next?

  15. fred says:

    I have an Amazon Fire Stick from 2 years ago. After I download ES File Explorer, I get a message saying “Insufficient USB power detected. Use the included USB cable and Amazon Power adapter for proper installation.” I am using the USB and Amazon Power adaptor though.

  16. fred says:

    I have an Amazon Fire Stick from 2 years ago. After I download ES File Explorer, I get a message saying “Insufficient USB power detected. Use the included USB cable and Amazon Power adapter for proper installation.”

  17. Jaclyn says:

    When I go to download es file explorer it says I have to make a purchase??

  18. cj says:

    I cant even find the app ES file explorer on my firetvstick, I found ES explore….

    • admin says:

      Search using the full name and then click into Apps and Games from the search results. It doesn’t show up in Amazons auto fill suggestions, but it’s definitely there. Alternatively you can go to Amazon.com from your computer and search for it there and have it sent to your FireTV or firestick.

  19. SR says:

    I got as far as finding the zip file and could not find it anywhere? This was after I clicked on ARM & the download completed. I was stuck from this point on. Any suggestions?

  20. KD says:

    I’m trying to download FS File Explorer but once I attempt to click it after searching, it says the file can not be found. Help!

    • admin says:

      You typed FS File Explorer…It’s ES File Explorer
      Try that

  21. Kate says:

    We get to the install part – it seems like it’s doing it, but then APP NOT INSTALLED

    • LISA says:

      SAME THING IS HAPPENING TO ME!

    • admin says:

      Do you have enough hard drive space to install it? If you have a ton of games and apps already installed you may want to remove some and try it again.

  22. Frank says:

    Do I have to create an Amazon account to start?

    • admin says:

      Yes, if you have an Amazon FireTV or Fire stick. It’s free to start an account.

  23. Doug Eppley says:

    I just received my new Fire TV Stick and connected it to my Vizio 48 inch Smart TV. I installed kodi 17.0 Krypton beta 6 (that was the newest version I could find. When installed fusion, red button, metalkettle and dimitrology, they all were showing as setup with no errors, but they would work. I followed every version step by step as directed. Any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
    Thank you

  24. Sherry says:

    Now when I open KODI to watch movies on the left hand side where there used to say “movies” that I could click on to watch movies is no longer there. How do I get it back?

  25. Arnold Johnson says:

    Just bought a fire-stick today following the instructions to get it going the problem is not able to connect to server What I’m I doing wrong

    • John says:

      What step are you at when it says it is not able to connect to server? Make sure you’re using a VPN. If you’re at the step of trying to stream and a link says it can’t connect to the server,just try another link. Some links don’t work.

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