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. 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 also to check out my Firestick Beginner’s Guide.

The Amazon Firestick is undoubtedly 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 as 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 realise 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 add-ons that provide access to freely available content on the content provider’s website.

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

What is the latest version of Kodi?

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 most 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 undoubtedly 100% legal. However, it is impossible to verify if unofficial (or third-party) add-ons you may choose to install are legal or not. With this in mind, it is unlikely that most 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 add-ons with a VPN

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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.
GET NORDVPN

WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 79.248.214.33

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.
GET 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! Once you have jailbroken your Firestick, installing Kodi is surprisingly more straightforward than most people think. This guide will show you 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

As Kodi isn’t available from the Amazon app store, you must sideload it onto a Firestick. In order to do this, you must jailbreak your Firestick. However, don’t worry; this is not as difficult as it may seem. Despite what you may think, this only requires a straightforward change to your Firestick settings. Find out how by following my quick guide, How to Jailbreak an 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. First, 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.

  1. Open Downloader, then select the Search box.
  2. Enter 28907, then select Go.
  3. Press the Menu (or Options) button on your remote 2x to enter full-screen mode.
  4. Move down the page to view the Media Players section.
  5. Select Kodi.
  6. Move down the page to view the Stable Version 19.4 (Matrix) section.
  7. Select Fire TV (Including Firestick).
  1. Wait for the file to download.
  2. Then select Install.
  3. Once the app has finished installing, select Delete 2x to remove the installation file, as it’s no longer required.

Kodi is now installed!

How to Use Kodi

1. Install an Addon

Now that you have Kodi, your next step will be installing an add-on. That is because simply installing it onto your device is not enough. To use it to its full potential, you’ll need add-ons. These add-ons give users access to free content such as movies, shows, live TV channels, sports, music, radio stations, and news.

Please look at my list of the best Kodi Add-ons to install an add-on that suits your needs. As has been noted, add-ons are split into two categories. Official and unofficial. Unofficial (or third-party) add-ons 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 add-ons to stream copyrighted or unlicensed content is unlawful and could get you into trouble. Therefore, a VPN is recommended 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: 79.248.214.33

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.
GET NORDVPN

WARNING YOUR IP ADDRESS IS: 79.248.214.33

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.
GET NORDVPN

2. How to Use an Addon

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

  1. Open Kodi then tap down the menu on the left so that Add-ons is highlighted.
  2. Tap to the right then select one of your Video add-ons.
  1. Select from any of the categories to browse. You may even see sub-categories to choose from depending on the add-on.
  2. Find the movie or TV show you want to watch and select it.
  3. The add-on will start to scrape streaming links from online sources.
  4. You’ll then see a list of available links.

Select a link, then sit back and enjoy!

Final thoughts

Despite the rise of free streaming apps such as Cinema HD and BeeTV, Kodi is still widely used as a powerful media player. Once you have a few add-ons 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. Although, of course, you can do much more with it, such as installing a build, linking your media, recording live TV, and playing games. Select one of the following options if you’d like to discover more.

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