How to Install and Use Kodi

In this guide, you will learn how to install and use Kodi in order to stream movies, TV shows, live TV and more. Firstly, we will take a look at how to install it. Secondly, we will take a look at how to use it.

Kodi can be installed on almost any device e.g. Firestick, Fire Cube, Nvidia Shield, Android box, Chromecast, phones, tablets, PC and more. However, Kodi cannot be installed from the Amazon app store. In order to install it on a Firestick, it must be sideloaded. By following this guide, you’ll be able to install and use Kodi on any Fire TV device. If you are new to using a Firestick, be sure to also check out my Firestick Beginner’s Guide.

The Amazon Firestick is certainly the most popular streaming device on the market right now due to its low price and ability to jailbreak it with just a few simple tweaks. It’s a perfect streaming device for beginners as well advanced users who wish to cut the cord.

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What is Kodi?

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Kodi is a free and open source media player application developed by the Kodi Foundation, a non-profit technology consortium. Kodi is available for multiple operating-systems and hardware platforms, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

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It’s important to realize that installing Kodi does not give you access to any content. With this in mind, you must provide your own content from a local or remote storage location. Or, additionally, Kodi allows the installation of official third-party addons that provide access to content that is freely available on the content provider’s website.

However, what Kodi has typically grown in popularity for over the years is the ability to install unofficial (or third-party, addons). These addons provide free content such as movies, TV shows, sports, live TV channels, and more.

What is the latest version of Kodi?

Presently, the stable version of Kodi is v19.4 (Matrix), released in March 2022. When a newer version is released, it is generally released through an Alpha/Beta/Release Candidate model. These pre-releases can cause problems for some people, so until the majority of bugs are ironed out, a new version is not yet considered the “stable” version.

In May 2022, the first Alpha release of Kodi 20 (Nexus) became available. This is a major release, so there are many new features. However, as v20 is still in development, it is recommended to install and use v19.4 (Matrix).

Is Kodi Legal?

Yes, Kodi is certainly 100% legal. However, it is impossible to verify if unofficial (or third-party) addons you may choose to install are legal or not. With this in mind, it is unlikely that the majority of links scraped from databases and websites hold the proper licencing for distributing the content. In reality, this means you will be unlawfully streaming copyrighted content. Doing so could get you into legal trouble. Accordingly, you may prefer to use unofficial addons with a VPN

WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 116.220.134.123

Your online activity is open to threats and snooping from your ISP, hackers, or governments. For that reason, a VPN can help to protect and defend you against any attacks. Using a VPN can also unblock access to the internet in countries where the internet is censored and can bypass other geographical restrictions.

In order to stream anonymously, stay protected, and unlock the internet, I recommend using NordVPN.

Legal Copyright Disclaimer: As has been noted, streaming copyrighted content is unlawful and could get you into legal trouble. On account of this, we do not condone the streaming of copyrighted content. Therefore, check your local laws for streaming content online before doing so. Consequently, the information on this website is for general information and educational purposes only. 

Can I Install Kodi on a Firestick?

Absolutely! In fact, once you have jailbroken your Firestick, installing Kodi is surprisingly easier to install than most people think. This guide will show you step-by-step how simple it is, even if you’ve never tried it before. The following steps are relevant to all Firesticks, Fire Cubes, and Fire TVs.  

How to Install Kodi on a Firestick

Find out how to install Kodi by following along with the video. Or follow along with the written instructions below instead.

1. Jailbreak Your Firestick

Kodi isn’t available from the Amazon app store, it must therefore be sideloaded onto a Firestick. In order to do this, your Firestick must be jailbroken. Although, don’t worry, this is not as difficult as it may seem. Despite what you may think, or have been told, this only requires one simple change to your Firestick settings. Find out how by following my quick guide How to Jailbreak a Amazon Firestick

If you are using an Android device such as an Nvidia Shield, Mecool box, phone or tablet, Kodi is available for download from the Google Play store. Simply search for it then install it from there. 

2. Install Kodi

Once your Firestick is jailbroken, you should also have the Downloader app installed. You can then install Kodi from my Downloads page. Find out how by following the steps below.

How to Use Kodi

1. Install an Addon

Now that you have Kodi installed your next step will undoubtedly be to install an addon. That is because simply installing it onto your device is not enough. In order to it to its full potential, you’ll need addons. These addons give users access to tons of free content such as movies, shows, live TV channels, sports, music, radio stations, news and more.

Take a look at my list of best Kodi Addons in order to install an addon that suits your needs. As has been noted, addons are divided into two categories. Official and unofficial. Unofficial (or third-party) addons generally provide free streaming of movies, TV shows, live TV channels etc. to which they do not own the rights to do so. Consequently, using unofficial addons to stream copyrighted or unlicensed content is unlawful and could get you into trouble. It is therefore recommended to use a VPN for safe and anonymous streaming online. With this in mind I recommend using NordVPN. The information contained within this guide is intended explicitly for information purposes only.  

WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 116.220.134.123

Your online activity is open to threats and snooping from your ISP, hackers, or governments. For that reason, a VPN can help to protect and defend you against any attacks. Using a VPN can also unblock access to the internet in countries where the internet is censored and can bypass other geographical restrictions.

In order to stream anonymously, stay protected, and unlock the internet, I recommend using NordVPN.

2. How to Use an Addon

Once you’ve installed an addon, you’ll be able to find it in the Add-ons section. Open your addon and browse the content that is on offer then select something to watch. Find out how by following the steps below.  

Final thoughts

Despite the rise of free streaming apps such as Cinema HD and BeeTV, Kodi is still very much widely used as a powerful media player. Once you have a few addons installed, in reality, that is all you need. In general, there are rarely any circumstances in which the average streamer needs to go beyond these basics. Of course there is so much more you can do with it such as install a build, link your own media, record live TV, and play games. If you’d like to discover more, select from one of the following options.

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