Kodi is a free open-source media center application which can be installed on any Android device such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Nvidia Shield, Android Box & Android smart phones.
The Kodi application allows you to install different Kodi Addons and Kodi Builds to stream movies, tv shows, live tv and live sports.
Installing the Kodi application on the Amazon Firestick and other android devices is very simple and takes 2 minutes.
Below you will find the full step-by-step screenshot guide on how to install Kodi on Firestick and Android devices.
You can also follow along with the video guide above to install Kodi on firestick if you prefer that.
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
IMPORTANT: Please see steps below if you don’t see Developer Options on your screen.
IMPORTANT: If you don't see Developer Options, click on About once under the My Fire TV section.
Notice how Developer Options is missing from the screen below.
Once you click on About, hover over Fire TV Stick and click the OK button on your remote 7 times to become a developer.
When you click the back button now, you will see that Developer Options appears as an option under the My Fire TV section.
Now you can select Developer Options.
Step 5: Turn on ADB Debugging and Apps from Unknown Sources
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
Step 4: Click on Open to open the Downloader app
Step 5: Once the Downloader app opens, click Allow then click OK
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 cordcuttersanonymous.com/ipv then click Go
Step 2: When prompted, click Install. Now IPVanish VPN will install onto your firestick
Install Kodi 20
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 20 for the best experience since it is the most recent version of Kodi with the best Kodi Addons moving towards this version.
Kodi 19.5 works well but the addons are slowly being phased out with plenty of great Kodi Addons already moving over to Kodi 20.
The cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodistable download link will always point to the latest stable Kodi version.
How to Install Kodi 20
Step 1: Go to the URL area in Downloader and type in cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodistable then click Go
Step 2: When prompted, click on Install. Now Kodi 20 will install onto your firestick
How to Install Kodi 19.5 Matrix, Kodi 18.9 Leia or Kodi 17.6 Krypton
Older versions of Kodi can be installed using the instructions below.
Step 1: Go to the URL area in Downloader and type in the URL below of the version of Kodi that you want to install, then click Go.
Kodi 19.5 Matrix – cordcuttersanonymous.com/195
Kodi 18.9 Leia – cordcuttersanonymous.com/189
Kodi 17.6 Krypton – cordcuttersanonymous.com/176
Step 2: When prompted, click on Install. Now Kodi will install onto your firestick
NOTE: We highly recommend installing Kodi 20 Nexus using cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodistable as is it's the most stable version to date with all Kodi Addons moving towards this version.
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.
Now that we are all set up with Kodi & IPVanish VPN, let’s load the best official Addons onto Kodi.
Step 1: Click on Add-Ons on the left hand side from the Home Screen of Kodi
Step 2: Select Install from repository
Step 3: Select Video add-ons
Step 4: Install any Kodi Addon that you want from the list.
You can do this for as many Kodi Addons as you would like.
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.
Once you install the best streaming services into Kodi you have access to all of your addons right in the Kodi application
Now you can install the Best Kodi Addons now that you are all setup with Kodi. You can see the extensive list below for the best legal Kodi 20 Matrix Addons from the Official Kodi Addon Repository.
Crackle is a free video-streaming service Kodi addon that allows users to watch TV shows and movies, all completely free of charge with absolutely zero buffering and zero ads.
Crackle has hundreds of top rated TV Shows and Movies to choose from, with new content being added every week, so you'll never be short on things to watch including some anime.
You can add your favorite Movies & TV Shows to your Favorites in Kodi then easily access it from the home screen of Kodi under the Favorites section.
NewsOn Kodi Addon is an addon for the Kodi media center that provides access to local TV news from over 200 stations across the United States.
It allows users to stream live and on-demand news broadcasts directly from their Kodi interface.
This is a must-have addon if you want to stream live local news channels from the US for free.
You can add your favorite local news station 24/7 live stream to your Favorites in Kodi then easily access it from the home screen of Kodi under the Favorites section.
The Radio Kodi Addon is a complementary software package for the Kodi media center.
It extends the functionality of Kodi by adding a comprehensive internet radio streaming capability.
Users can access a large collection of radio stations, search for stations by genre, location, or language, and listen to live radio streams all within the Kodi interface.
It is under the Music Addons section, not the Video Addons section.
You can add your favorite radio stations to your Favorites in Kodi then easily access it from the home screen of Kodi under the Favorites section.
BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
iPlayer WWW Kodi Addon is a plugin for the popular open-source media center software Kodi.
It allows users to access and stream content from the BBC iPlayer, which is the online television and radio broadcasting service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The addon enables users to watch live and catch-up TV up to 6 hours going backwards, as well as access a vast library of BBC programs.
The use of the iPlayer WWW Kodi Addon is only legal for use in the UK, where the BBC's iPlayer service is available and intended for use by UK residents located in the UK.
Using the addon in any other country may infringe on copyright laws and could result in legal consequences.
The iPlayer WWW Kodi Addon blocks specific material from being distributed to those with an IP Address outside of the UK.
Documentary Heaven is a great Kodi Addon that gives you access to tons of amazing full-length documentaries.
A lot of these documentaries are extremely interesting and you may find some that you have never heard of before.
It is worth installing and checking out all of the free documentaries if any peak your interest – the library is quite large.
The South Park Kodi Addon is a third-party addon for the Kodi media center that provides access to all episodes of the popular animated TV show “South Park.”
The addon allows users to watch the latest episodes of the show directly from their Kodi interface ad-free.
The supported countries are the ones that can legally view episodes from http://southpark.cc.com or http://www.southpark.de in their country which includes The United States and Denmark.
Some parts of this addon may not be legal depending on your country of residence – please check with your local laws before installing.
The PBS Kodi Addon is a complementary software package for the Kodi media center that provides access to PBS, the American public broadcasting service.
The addon allows users to watch live and on-demand video content from PBS, including full episodes of popular shows such as “NOVA,” “Masterpiece,” and “Antiques Roadshow,” directly from the Kodi interface.
Pluto TV is a free streaming service that offers 70+ free Live TV Channels including CBS News, Fight Network and the ESPN network.
The Pluto TV addon also has a huge selection of Catch-up content and VOD's that allow you to watch top shows and new movies anytime you like with this free IPTV addon similar to Netflix.
Note: This addon can be very glitchy at times however in most Kodi versions.
Freeform is a free Video on Demand service that has thousands of hours of exclusive content from top TV shows and movies.
Freeform has all the latest episodes from popular TV Shows like Pretty Little Liars, Shadowhunters and The Fosters.
When you watch TV and free movies with the Freeform Kodi addon it's always a great easy-to-use interface.
Plex is one of the best Kodi Addons to use as a Kodi Media Center. Plex allows users to access their media library from any device, including TVs and gaming consoles.
Plex also has some great advanced features such as parental controls and support for multiple users on the same account.
Popcornflix is a Kodi Addon that lets you watch 100's of full-length Hollywood Movies and TV Shows all completely free.
Watch popular movies like Star Trek, Disney Classics and tons more! The quality of the videos that Popcornflix offers are amazing and there's always plenty to choose from to stream movies.
Trakt is a Kodi Addon that allows you to manage all of your favourite TV Shows, Movies and other media from one easy-to-use interface.
When you use Trakt with Kodi it creates an exciting new way to track everything you watch letting you know which episodes you've seen and even rate them.
Youtube is a Kodi Addon that brings you all of your favorite YouTube content right within Kodi.
It has an extensive library so there's always something to watch with most videos having multiple links for different qualities.
Twitch is a Kodi Addon that lets you watch all the latest video game streams directly through Kodi.
You can view top games, players and tournaments or even check out your favorite streamers channels right within this addon!
Vimeo is a Kodi Addon that let's you access to tons of awesome High Definition videos.
It has 100's of great categories so finding awesome videos is easy, plus it also lets you search for video titles directly in the addon.
OpenSubtitles.org is a Kodi Addon that lets you add subtitles directly to your movie and tv show library with just one click of a button.
This means that if you ever get tired of looking for the right subtitle file, then this addon will save you time and effort while making sure that your movies and shows are 100% accurate in terms
Ted Talks is a Kodi Addon that uses an automatic video stream finder to search the web for the best high quality streams available.
This addon has some great features like auto-play, easy-to-use navigation and has a massive library so you'll never run out of new content.
World Star Hip-Hop
World Star Hip-Hop is a Kodi Addon that allows you to stream the best World Star videos right within Kodi.
The Addon is updated in real-time so you can always stay up-to-date with the latest viral videos and Hip-Hop news.
LiveLeak is a Kodi Addon that brings you the latest and greatest videos from around the internet.
It has some amazing features like: HD streams, fast loading times and more. Warning: this Kodi Addon may be graphic for those under the age of 18.
Fox News is a Kodi Addon that allows you to watch Live News, Breaking News and Video Highlights all in one place.
It has some nice features like Favorites so you can customize the content you want quick access to.
The Google Drive Kodi Addon is a brand new addon that allows you to stream and download all kinds of files right within Kodi.
Watch movies, listen to music, read ebooks and watch live TV (if it's in your zip file) this addon will allow you to easily access all kinds of media directly in Kodi.
NBC Sports Live Extra
NBC Sports Live Extra is a Kodi Addon that lets you live stream millions of events each year, including NHL Hockey, NFL Football and Cycling.
It has access to the latest sports programming across dozens of different channels so you'll never miss your favorite team play again. This is one of the best sports addons for Kodi.
MLB.TV is a Kodi Addon that lets you watch MLB Baseball for free right within Kodi.
It has access to tons of live tv stations and archives so you can watch all the games, plus it has dozens of different categories to choose from.
NHL.TV is a Kodi Addon that lets you watch NHL Hockey for free right within Kodi.
It has access to tons of live tv stations and archives so you can watch all the games, plus it has dozens of different categories to choose from.
Red Bull TV
Red Bull TV is a Kodi Addon that allows you to watch live sports for free right within Kodi.
It has access to tons of live tv stations and Red Bull stations for extreme sports viewing, plus a massive archive of epic video content as well.
IMDb Trailers is a Kodi Addon that lets you watch some of the latest movie trailers right within Kodi.
It updates new trailers every day so there will always be fresh content to choose from.
Multi Weather a Kodi Addon that lets you watch live TV through your kodi software, the addon has access to live channels so you'll never be bored again.
Always stay up-to-date on the weather and big weather events.
NOAA a Kodi Addon that gives you access to weather emergency alerts, flood watches and more. It uses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to help make your life safer.
This addon is fast and reliable so you'll always know if there's an incoming storm or other dangerous conditions outside.
Gismeteo is a Kodi Addon that you can install directly within your kodi media player so you can stay up-to-date with the latest weather reports.
It has a massive library of live tv channels and weather stations, so you'll never miss out on big weather events again.
SubScene Subtitles is a Kodi Addon that has the largest library of subtitles for movies & TV shows.
It updates daily with new films, series and episodes so you'll never be bored. This is a good backup addon to OpenSubtitles.org.
Soundcloud is a Kodi Addon that allows you to listen and download music directly through Kodi. It has an extensive library of songs and album info including lyrics.
This addon also features: Autoplay, Favorite Tracks, Music Player Support and it's always being updated so keep checking back for new stuff!
Matrix Visualization is a Kodi Addon that restores the Kodi feel. It features multi-media home theater entertainment center so you can enjoy powerful music visualization and more.
It has tons of different themes to choose from.
RSS Podcasts is a Kodi Addon that brings you all the latest news, sports and entertainment content right within Kodi.
It has tons of amazing different podcasts that you can stream completely for free right within Kodi. The
Shoutcast is a Kodi Addon that allows you to play your favorite online radio stations directly within Kodi.
It has hundreds of different categories like Hip-Hop, Pop, Country and lots more so there's always something for everyone!
Mixcloud is a Kodi Addon made for all DJ's, producers & music fans. Mixcloud has millions of mixes that you can listen to on demand!
It also allows you to keep up with your favorite DJ's and shows them what you think by giving them likes and comments.
Follow the steps below to install Kodi on your firestick:
- Go to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options
- Toggle On “Apps from unknown sources”
- Search for the app “Downloader” from the home screen
- Download and install the Downloader application
- Type in the URL area “cordcuttersanonymous.com/ipv” and click Go
- Install IPVanish VPN when it finishes downloading
- Type in the URL area “cordcuttersanonymous.com/kodistable” and click Go
- Install Kodi when it finishes downloading
- Create your username and password for IPVanish VPN
- Login to IPVanish VPN and connect to a USA server
- Open Kodi > Add-ons > Install from repository > Video Addons
- Select the addons you want to install from the official list
- Click on Install > OK
- Repeat steps 13 & 14 for as many Kodi Addons as you want
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need a VPN When Using Kodi?
We always recommend using a VPN with zero-logs like IPVanish VPN when using Kodi. The reason is Kodi is an open-sourced software that allows anyone to develop addons and builds. Many of these addons and builds are susceptible to the developers tracking your data and selling it.
If you don't want your personal data to be harvested and sold for advertising purposes, it's always recommended to use a good VPN service with Kodi that will also hide your IP address to prevent your ISP from spying on you. Additionally, a VPN can be used to unblock content that is geo-restricted or blocked by your ISP.
IPVanish VPN has a 30-day money-back guarantee so you can try it on unlimited devices risk-free.
Which Kodi Version Should I Use?
When using Kodi on Fire TV, you should use Kodi 20 (Nexus) currently.
Kodi 20 (Nexus) will have the newest Kodi Addons and Builds.
As Kodi 19.5 (Matrix) is slowly being phased out, the best Addons are moving over to Kodi 20 (Nexus).
Over time Kodi 19.5 (Matrix) will be completely outdated, so it is best to move over to Kodi 20 (Nexus) 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.
What About Third-Party Kodi Addon Repositories?
We recommend staying away from third-party addon repositories. The reason is that a lot of these repositories contain addons that have copyrighted content and additionally are traditionally laced with malware and spyware to infect your devices.
We would recommend avoiding third-party Kodi Addons such as Exodus Redux, Magic Dragon Repo, Seren, Venom, Fen, The Crew, DejaVu, Aio, Exodus Addon, Gaia, Genesis, Placenta, Sports Devil, Yoda and many others.
What Other Services Can Be Used With Kodi?
When you have Kodi installed, whether it be on a phone, computer or android device you can always add in additional services. Some of the major services used with Kodi are Trakt, GitHub, a real-debrid account and Premiumize. These services are great additions to working Kodi Addons found in the Official Kodi Repository.
These can help you form playlists, improve scrapers, provide streaming links for video-addons and improve functionality of Kodi. Most services can be used with Kodi 20 Nexus and Kodi 19.5 Matrix or Kodi 18.9 Leia along with most Kodi Builds.
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