Sideload Kodi on Firestick (Install WITHOUT ES File Explorer)

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This UPDATED tutorial shows you how to Sideload Kodi to Fire Stick or Fire TV in less than 5 minutes.  To summarize this process as simply as possible, we install a sideloader app onto an Android device – then use the sideloader app to transfer (or “sideload”) Kodi to our FireStick.

Don’t worry – To Sideload Kodi on Firestick or Fire TV is easy!

So if you still would like to try to sideload Kodi to your FireStick, continue reading.  If you’d like to skip to the faster, easier method that requires no Androids, watch our How to Install Kodi on Fire Stick 2017 YouTube video.

Kodi Firestick Download & Install

This is the official download page for Kodi. Click on “ARMv7” to download the Kodi Firestick install file!  Then proceed with the directions below to Sideload Kodi to Firestick or Android TV Box.

How to Sideload Kodi to Firestick:

Sideloading Kodi is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to install Kodi on Fire Stick & Fire TV.  Use the steps below to Sideload Kodi or any other Android app to Fire TV or FireStick.

Or watch the KFire TV YouTube video tutorial on How to Install Kodi with a Sideloader App (at the top of this post).  The best sideloader apps for Fire TV are Apps2Fire or AGK Fire (I personally prefer Apps2Fire – link below – because it’s easier to find!):

  1. On your Android phone, install Kodi from the Google Play Store.

    Install Kodi on Firestick

    Download Kodi from Google Play Store

  2. Install Apps2Fire (get it here) or AGKFire (here) from the Play Store on your Android phone.  Launch Apps2Fire after it’s installed.

    Apps2Fire sideloader for installing Kodi on Firestick

    Apps2Fire sideloader

  3. Then, get your Firestick’s IP address.  You can get your Firestick’s IP address by going to “Settings” from the Firestick Home screen.  Then select “Network”.
  4. After you have your Firestick’s IP address, enter your IP address into the “Setup” tab of the Apps2Fire or AGKFire app.

    Here's where to enter the Firestick IP Address into apps2fire

    Apps2Fire IP Address

  5. Go to the LOCAL APPS tab of Apps2Fire

    Apps2Fire Kodi install

    Go to Local Apps in Apps2Fire

  6. Find Kodi in the list of “Local Apps” (which means apps that are installed on THAT device), select Kodi from the list of local apps, then press INSTALL.
  7. Kodi will transfer, or install, or “sideload” to your Firestick.
  8. Then just find Kodi in your Firestick’s Apps list and launch Kodi on your FireStick!
  9. Finally, install TV Addons, secure your streaming connection, and play Mario Kart 64 on your Fire TV.
  • Optional:  Instead of installing Kodi onto a secondary device, you can just download the Kodi APK file here.  Then use Apps2Fire to “Open” the APK file and install it on your Firestick.
  • Recommended:  Set up a Kodi VPN in about 5 minutes.

Problems?  If sideloading Kodi gives you trouble, try the Install Kodi on FireStick 2017 Method, try the older Install Kodi on FireStick with ES File Explorer method, or use ADBLink (see our guide on Installing Kodi on Firestick with ADBLink for PC/Mac/Linux).

How to Install TV Addons After Installing Kodi:

Questions?  Ask in the comments below.

Can I Sideload Kodi to Other Devices?

Yes!  You can sideload Kodi to just about any Android device.  This includes Android TV Boxes, Amazon Fire Tablet, Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Stick and many other Android devices.  So have fun and sideload apps to all of your Android devices!  We recommend that you sideload a “Cleaner” app to clean up your FireStick.  Or check out our Fire Stick Optimization guide.

Wrap Up

If you have a problem sideloading Kodi, ask on the KFire TV YouTube channel, or search for “install Kodi” in the search box on the KFire home page.

Ian (KFire TV Admin)

Ian (KFire TV Admin)

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12 Comments
  1. Sup Anthony! Of course. The email has been sent. Hope it works – if not, let me know.

    Here’s the link to the tutorial video on How to Install kodi on Firestick / Fire TV using iPhone or iPad:
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=up-sSdCqh8E

  2. I can’t find the side loader for fire tv. Do you know if it is still available?

  3. Hey there is no side loader in App Store any more? Suggestions to get kodi??

  4. Hello,

    I recommend you try this new method to install Kodi 17 Krypton on Firestick:

    Here’s the written guide to install Kodi 17 on Firestick without needing a phone:
    In the search box at the top of the KodiFireTVStick.com home page, enter “Install Kodi 17”

  5. Hello,

    Sorry, it’s no longer available.

    I recommend you try this new method to install Kodi 17 Krypton on Firestick:

    Here’s the written guide to install Kodi 17 on Firestick without needing a phone:
    (Go to KodiFireTVStick.com home page and Search for “Kodi 17”)

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July 31, 2016

I run this website! My purpose here is to help people stream great content to their devices. With over 10 years of IT experience, I strive to educate the people who visit this site with the best, most up-to-date information available. If an article on this site helped you, then help me back by leaving a comment on my YouTube channel. Or subscribe to our mailing list for streaming add-on updates and a 60% off VPN coupon code.


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