How to Install Kodi 18.9 or 19.1 on Firestick & Android Devices In 2 Minutes!


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Kodi is a media center application you can install on any android device such as your Amazon Fire TV Stick, Nvidia Shield, Android Boxes & Android smart phones. The Kodi application is amazing because it allows you to connect Addons and Builds that allow you to access movies, tv shows, live tv and live sports.

Once you install the Kodi App onto your device with the simple step-by-step guide below you can then install the best Kodi Addons and Builds to watch live sports, live tv, movies or tv shows.

Let’s begin the simple install process that will take less than 2 minutes to do. The process is the same for all android devices. I will show you how to do this on the Amazon Fire Stick below (once you install Downloader on any Android device the process is exactly the same). Easy screenshot tutorial below. So grab your Fire Stick remote and follow-along!

Turn on ADB Debugging & Apps from Unknown Sources

Step 1: Go to the Home Screen on your Fire TV Stick by clicking the Home Button on your Fire TV Stick Remote

Step 2: Go to Settings on the Home Screen of your Fire TV Stick


Step 3: Select My Fire TV from the menu of options


Step 4: Select Developer Options


Step 5: Turn on ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources


Install Downloader

Step 1: Go back to the Home Screen on your Fire TV Stick by clicking the Home Button on your Fire TV Stick Remote


Step 2: Go to Find and then click on the Search button. Search for Downloader


Step 3: Select Downloader from the list of options and click Download. Now Downloader will install onto your firestick

Downloader APK

Step 4: Click on Open to open the Downloader app

Downloader APK Open

Step 5: Once the Downloader app opens, click Allow then click OK

Install IPVanish

When installing Kodi onto your device, you absolutely need to use a VPN.

A VPN will make you anonymous online by masking your IP address and encrypting your personal data.

You absolutely want to use a VPN with Kodi since it is an open-source software where developers of Addons or Builds can harvest your personal data and sell it.

Make sure to use a good VPN like IPVanish VPN which has a zero-log policy and the fastest connection for Fire Stick devices. They also have a 30 day money-back-guarantee so you can use it on your firestick risk-free.

Please stay away from free VPNs since they will harvest your personal data and sell it. They are free for a reason!!!

IPVanish VPN can also be installed from the official Amazon App Store by searching for it from the Home Screen of your firestick.

Step 1: Go to the URL area in Downloader and type in then click Go

Step 2: When prompted, click on Install. Now IPVanish VPN will install onto your firestick

IPVanish VPN Install
IPVanish Install

Install Kodi 18.9 or 19.1

Now that we have IPVanish VPN installed, we are going to install Kodi.

Kodi is a media center application you can install on any android device such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick.

The Kodi application is amazing because it allows you to connect the best Kodi Addons that allow you to access movies, tv shows, live tv and live sports.

We recommend you install Kodi 19 for the best experience since it is the most recent version of Kodi with the best Kodi Addons moving towards this version.

Kodi 18.9 works well but the addons are slowly being phased out with plenty of great Kodi Addons already moving over to Kodi 19.

The download link will always point to the latest stable Kodi version.

How to Install Kodi 19.1

Step 1: Go to the URL area in Downloader and type in then click Go

Kodi Stable

Step 2: When prompted, click on Install. Now Kodi 19.1 will install onto your firestick

Kodi Install
Kodi APK

How to Install Kodi 18.9

Step 1: Go to the URL area in Downloader and type in then click Go

Kodi 18.9

Step 2: When prompted, click on Install. Now Kodi 18.9 will install onto your firestick

Kodi Install
Kodi APK

Setup IPVanish VPN Before Using Kodi

Now that we have Kodi installed always make sure to have the VPN running in the background to protect yourself.

This is a very important step to do before loading any Addons or Builds onto Kodi.

IPVanish has a zero-log policy and the fastest connections for firestick so you can stream all your favorite content with no buffering.

They also have a 30-day money-back guarantee so that you can try it on your firestick risk-free on unlimited devices.

Step 1: Create your Username & Password for IPVanish VPN.

Step 2: You will receive an activation link to your email address to activate your account. Make sure to click the activation link to activate your account!

Step 3: Go to the IPVanish VPN app on your Fire TV Stick, then enter your username and password, then select Login

Step 4: Once you login it IPVanish VPN, go up to the gear icon in the top right-hand corner and click on it

Step 5: Make sure that Start IPVanish is checked to On

Step 6: Make sure that Startup Connection Action is set to Connect to Fastest Server

Step 7: Make sure that Scramble is checked to On

Step 8: Make sure that Country is set to United States for the best streaming experience

Step 9: Click Connect then click OK to connect to the VPN server

You are now connected to the IPVanish VPN server.

This means your IP Address & location is now changed to the IPVanish zero-log server.

This means whatever you stream now will be completely anonymous with no trace back to you.

Additionally, your personal data is now encrypted from the developers of these third-party Kodi Addons & Kodi Builds.

Installing Official Kodi Addons

Now that we are all set up with Kodi & IPVanish VPN, let’s load the best official Addons onto Kodi.

These Kodi Addons are completely legal and included in the official built-in Kodi Addon repository.

Step 1: Click on Add-Ons on the left hand side from the Home Screen of Kodi

Kodi Add Ons

Step 2: Select “Install from repository”

Kodi Install From Repository

Step 3: Select “Video add-ons”

Kodi Video Addons

Step 4: Select the Addon you would like to install from the Official Kodi Addons List

Pluto TV

Step 5: Select “Install”

Pluto TV Kodi Addon

Step 6: Select “Ok”

Pluto TV

You can do this for as many Kodi Addons on the list as you would like.

Kodi 19 Addons

Please stay away from illegal third-party addons & builds since they most likely contain copyrighted content. Avoid third-party apps like Cinema HD, Mobdro or Terrarium since they host copyrighted content.

Stay within the Official Kodi Addon Repository to ensure you don’t have exposure to malware, viruses and copyrighted content.

Once you install the best streaming services into Kodi you have access to all of your addons right in the Kodi application

Best Legal Kodi 19 Addons

Here is the recommended best legal Kodi Addons you can install directly from the Official Kodi Addon Repository of Kodi 19 (Matrix).

Feel free to install the Addons that get you the content you are looking for. The following are ranked in order starting with the best.

Top 5 Best Free Movie Addons

  1. Crackle
  2. Pluto TV
  3. Freeform
  4. Plex
  5. Popcornflix

Top 5 Best Free Live TV Addons

  1. Pluto TV
  2. BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
  3. Plex
  4. NewsOn
  5. PBS Kids

Top 5 Best Free Live Sports Addons

  1. BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
  2. Pluto TV
  3. Red Bull TV
  4. NBC Sports Live Extra
  5. MLB.TV

Top 5 Best Free Video Addons

  1. YouTube
  2. Twitch
  3. Ted Talks
  4. World Star Hip Hop
  5. LiveLeak

Top 5 Best Free Music, Radio & Podcast Addons

  1. SoundCloud
  2. RSS Podcasts
  3. SHOUTcast
  4. MixCloud
  5. Radio

How to Install Kodi on Fire TV Stick (Shortened List)

Follow the steps below to install Kodi on your firestick:

  1. Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options
  2. Toggle On “Apps from unknown sources
  3. Search for the app “Downloader” from the home screen
  4. Download and install the Downloader application
  5. Type in the URL area “” and click Go
  6. Install IPVanish VPN when it finishes downloading
  7. Type in the URL area “” and click Go
  8. Install Kodi when it finishes downloading
  9. Create your username and password for IPVanish VPN
  10. Login to IPVanish VPN and connect to a USA server
  11. Open Kodi > Add-ons > Install from repository > Video Addons
  12. Select the addons you want to install from the official list
  13. Click on Install > OK
  14. Repeat steps 13 & 14 for as many Kodi Addons as you want

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Best VPN for Firestick?

IPVanish has long been the best VPN for Android devices.

This is because IPVanish has a strict zero-log policy. This means anything you access while connected to the VPN server will never be documented.

Additionally, IPVanish has the fastest connections for Fire Stick devices along with a very low cost which makes it a top-tier VPN.

The IPVanish VPN app can be found in the Amazon App Store, Google Play Store or the Downloader application using the URL to install IPVanish VPN for Firestick / Fire TV.

IPVanish now has a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can test it out risk-free.

Which Kodi Version Should I Use?

When using Kodi on Fire TV, you should use Kodi 19.1 (Matrix) currently.

Kodi 19.1 (Matrix) will have the newest Kodi Addons and Builds.

As Kodi 18.9 (Leia) is slowly being phased out, the best Addons are moving over to Kodi 19.1 (Matrix).

Over time Kodi 18.9 (Leia) will be completely outdated, so it is best to move over to Kodi 19.1 (Matrix) for the best user experience.

What Devices Can I Use Kodi On?

Kodi will work on all android devices with ease. This includes but is not limited to, Fire TV Devices, Fire TV Cube, Android TV Boxes, Nvidia Shield etc.

Kodi installation on all of these firestick devices and android devices is very easy when using a good VPN service.

You can also install Kodi on PC or Mac, but I recommend just sticking to Android devices that do not contain sensitive personal information.

Can I Get Into Legal Trouble Using Kodi?

Installing Kodi is legal and completely safe.

Where you may run into legal trouble is with the Addons & Builds you are using with Kodi.

It is advised to only use Kodi Addons and Builds that are verified as legal and that have proper copyright licensing for their content they provide.

If you use third-party Addons or Builds, it is recommended to only use them for content on the Public Domain to be safe if you cannot verify the licensing they have.

Always use a good VPN with zero-logs to hide your IP address & encrypt your personal data when using Kodi Addons or Builds.

The use of a VPN with zero-logs will always make your streaming activity completely anonymous.

Legal Copyright Disclaimer – Cord Cutters Anonymous does not verify the legal status of any application, addon, build or service. It is the user's sole responsibility to ensure they are not streaming or downloading copyrighted content. We recommend only using these apps to access content that is available on the Public Domain. We do not condone piracy or the streaming/downloading of copyrighted content of any kind. We adhere to all valid DCMA takedown requests. Read our full disclaimer.

VPN Disclaimer – We do not condone the illegal use of VPN services. The consumption of pirated content that is normally paid for is not approve or endorsed by Cord Cutters Anonymous. All VPN services should be used for legal recreational purposes only. If you are using a VPN to access a service from abroad, please read that service's terms and conditions.

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2 thoughts on “How to Install Kodi 18.9 or 19.1 on Firestick & Android Devices In 2 Minutes!”

  1. I have a Nvidia Shield 4k device with Kodi. Recently I received an update to Kodi 19.1 and all my app’s stopped working. I have tried everything (Downloader – Sideloading – etc.) including some of your solutions shown on this web page but none of them work. My device will not install anything except Kodi 19.1 from the Google Play store. My Nvidia Shield device will not even let me install any previous versions of Kodi. Do you know if Nvidia Shield, Google or some one else has implemented some sort of blocking function to prevent any install outside of the Google Play Store ????

    1. From my understanding there hasn’t been any blocks put on the NvidiaShield for installing third-party apps.

      Try using this guide to install the Downloader app on Nvidia Shield to allow apps from unknown sources:

      Once you do that go ahead and uninstall any version of Kodi you have installed.

      After that type into Downloader – that should then allow you to install Kodi 19.1 on your device. You may have to go back into apps from unknown sources and allow Kodi as well on the Nvidia Shield. Hope this helps!

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