This quick tutorial will show you how to update Kodi on Firestick in 2020.
The same process will also work on the Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Televisions. If you have any type of Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, this guide is for you!
This technique is important so can update Kodi without losing your valuable addons and configured settings.
Kodi is known for delivering numerous updates for each version of their app, so its important to know how to do this so you can keep things running optimally.
Updating Kodi on a Firestick or Fire TV is a simple process.
The technique explained below takes less than 2 minutes to complete.
In this tutorial, we are using a free application found in the Amazon App store called Downloader by AFTV News.
Below, you will find both a video tutorial and screenshot guide on how to update Kodi on Firestick, Fire TV, and Fire TV Cube.
As of today, Kodi 18.6 Leia is the current stable version of Kodi.
The video tutorial will provide a more detailed outline of the step-by-step instructions.
How To Update Kodi On Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube With Downloader In 2020
Watch the entire video below for complete details without missing any steps.
Important Note: Prior to updating Kodi, you should ensure that your favorite addons and/or build is compatible with the new version.
Kodi 18.6 Leia is the current stable release.
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Prior to updating Kodi, you should ensure that your favorite addons and/or build is compatible with the new version.
If you are using a Kodi build, you should change the skin back to default Estuary prior to going through the guide below. You can usually do this under System / Interface Settings / Skin in most builds.
Kodi 18.6 Leia is the current stable release.
Prior to updating Kodi on Firestick or Fire TV, we should first determine which version of Kodi we are currently running to ensure there is an available update.
1 Go to home screen of Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube
2 Hover over Settings menu item
3 Click Applications
4 Click Manage Installed Applications
5 Hover over Kodi
You will see the current version of Kodi installed on Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube on right-hand side,.
As of today, the current stable release of Kodi is 18.6 Leia so we are eligible for an update.
6 Go back to Firestick / Fire TV / Fire TV Cube home screen
7 Hover Over Settings
8 Click My Fire TV
9 Click Developer options
10 Click Apps from Unknown Sources and turn it ON
11 Return to Firestick / Fire TV Home screen, hover over search icon on top-left side of screen and type in “Downloader” and click it in the list below
12 Click orange Downloader icon
13 Click OK button on remote to begin download & Downloader will install
14 Click Open to launch Downloader
15 Click Allow (you may not see this prompt on older Fire TV models)
16 Click OK on the welcome window
17 Click OK button on remote to open the keyboard and type in the address for Kodi 18.6 which is troypoint.com/kodistable
The Kodi stable url above will always point to the most recent stable version so you will be able to use that same link even when new Kodi 18 updates roll out (18.3, 18.4, 18.5, 18.6, 19, etc.).
If you would like to update to the previous version which is Kodi 17.6, you will type in troypoint.com/k17
Click Go button after typing in address and Kodi download will begin.
18 Kodi download begins
19 Click Install when asked to update Kodi on Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube
20 Kodi will begin updating
21 Click Done
22 Click Delete to get rid of Kodi installation file and free up some valuable space on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube
23 Click Delete again to confirm
24 Go back to Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube home screen
25 Launch Kodi – if you don’t see it on the front page, scroll to the right under “Your Apps & Channels” heading and click “See All” as this will display all apps installed on Firestick
26 Kodi begins to load
27 Kodi Home Screen is displayed
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Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”
You may also find the IPVanish App in the Google Play Store for those of you who are using Android TV Boxes, phones, and tablets.
Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.
Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.
Step 5 – Click Download.
Step 6 – Click Open.
Step 7 – Enter your username and password to login. Your username is the email that you used to register for IPVanish service with and your password is automatically generated and emailed to you.
Step 8 – Click Connect button.
Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.
Step 10 – You will notice that your IP Address changes along with location of connection. You are now operating anonymously through your device.
Click the Home Button on your remote and the VPN will remain running in the background.
Congratulations! You are now protected by a VPN which means everything that you stream or access through your Firestick or Android TV Box is hidden from the rest of the world.
If you ever need to stop the VPN service, simply re-launch the application and click the DISCONNECT button.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Update Kodi without losing Data?
Yes, by following these instructions it will ensure you don't lose your valuable addons and configured settings.
What is the most recent version of Kodi?
Currently, the stable version of Kodi is Kodi 18.6 Leia. However, Kodi 19 is also in the works.
Can I Update a Kodi Addon?
To see if an addon has an update available, open My Addons within Kodi settings and select Update. Or, turn on Auto-update.