So you've bought yourself, or been equipped with, a pretty awesome Amazon Fire TV Stick and you're wondering what wonderful things you can do with it. Well, Amazon has done a pretty solid job of ensuring that hardware owners can have a pretty positive experience right away. In addition to the native apps installed, the hardware also offers access to all Amazon Prime content for subscribers, as well as the ability to install very complete apps from a number of big name providers directly from the App Store on the device.
Having said that, there is nothing more satisfying than tinkering with a new gadget and seeing only what is possible. With that in mind, we will take you on a journey to install the powerful Kodi Open Source Home Theater software on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Make yourself comfortable, we will have a great time.
As generally happens with relatively complex guides like this, it is necessary to have some elements before proceeding.
- A working Amazon Fire TV Stick – The theory behind installing or side loading the Kodi app actually applies to most Android devices, so if you have the larger Amazon Fire TV set-top box, the whole process should work.
- A computer : can be a machine running Windows, Linux or Mac OS X. The tools used in this guide are all cross-platform.
- An active broadband connection with a configured wireless network – Both the computer and the Amazon Fire TV Stick must be connected to the wireless network.
- About 15 minutes of free time and a little patience : This guide involves downloading small parts of the software from various hosting providers and installing software on a device via a wireless connection. It shouldn't take more than fifteen minutes, but patience is always a virtue in these situations.
Now that out of the way, let's jump straight into the process. For reasons of clarity, and to make the process as insane as possible, we have divided it into three distinct parts. This means that if you find yourself getting a little impatient at any time, you can go away at the end of a specific section and come back with renewed attention to get the job done.
Configuring the Amazon Fire TV Stick
As mentioned earlier, Amazon Fire TV Stick based on a modified version of the Android operating system. Strongly adapted to meet the needs of the Amazon product and the functionality it offers, but still Android under the hood. This means that, like all other Android devices, we can load apps on it. But we need to do some configuration in the first instance.
1. Using the supplied remote control for Amazon Fire TV Stick, access the Settings and then to the screen System .
2. Inside the panel System, find your preferences Developer options and click to log in.
3. Within Developer options you will be faced with options like " DebBd ADB " is " App from unknown ". Don't worry, turn them on or off as complicated as it will be. Make sure both of these options are set to" ON ".
4. Use the Back arrow on the supplied remote control to return to the system settings root. Find the option Information, then Preferences of network and click to log in.
5. Write down the IP address Amazon Fire TV Stick. We need this to connect our computer to the device via WiFi. Please note that Amazon Fire TV Sticks must have already been connected to WiFi for it to have an IP address.
Connecting a computer to the Amazon Fire TV Stick
Now that the little streaming device has been set up a bit, we need to make sure we can establish a connection via WiFi via a computer. There are several ways to connect the Fire TV Stick to a machine, but some of these include the extremely verbose process of installing and interacting with the Android SDK, which goes far beyond what is necessary if you are an individual simply looking to access the software. Kodi for streaming.
1. Fortunately, if you don't have the Android SDK installed, or you don't have the technical skills to go through that process, then there is a handy little app called adbFire which does a lot for us. This particular application also built for Windows, OS X and Linux which means it caters to all computer owners. Go to the official download page of adbFire and download the version for your operating system. You can also read in more detail the features offered by adbFire, such as SSH and SFTP without password and the ability to manage multiple Fire TV devices simultaneously.
2. When the application has been downloaded for your operating system, individualize it. If on Windows it is likely to be in the I folder my downloads . For OS X, this default setting Download, a unless it has been changed through the system settings. Unzip the package if necessary and access the executable file; this will probably be an exe or DMG file. Note, depending on the platform used, adbFire it can be downloaded as ZIP or as DMG.
3. Launch the application adbFire directly on your computer. Depending on the version downloaded, the interface may look a little different. For information purposes, the version used in this demo is shown in the screenshots version 1.31 running on Mac OS X. If you are using OS X be sure to install adbFire in the folder / Applications instead of simply running from DMG. In case Conversely, a consistent error will occur " Unable to create log file ".
4. Depending on the version, this part is a little different. In version 1.31 just click on the button that says New up. This is located under the header adbFire: Fire TV and Kodi Companion . In the resulting box, add the IP address previously copied into the process in the box Address . Add a description to make your device recognizable for future use. do click up Save .
5. As long as the correct IP address is entered and both Amazon Fire TV and the computer are on the same WiFi network, we should now have a stable wireless connection to the Amazon stick. time to install the program Kodi . First of all we have to download the Kodi APK by going to the download page and grabbing it (APK installation option). The current stable version at the time of writing v15.1 "Isengard" .
6. From the main interface window adbFire, click the button Install APK . Select the APK file you just downloaded in the previous step and click S in the displayed screen. Allow the application to complete the process via the wireless connection and install the Kodi APK on the Amazon device.
Running the Kodi application on your Amazon Fire TV Stick
It's all right and good to go through the complicated side loading process of the Kodi APK on the wonderful FireOS below that powers the Amazon Fire TV Stick, but what if you can't invoke the app and enjoy the features it brings? Exactly; not good at all. Fortunately, a walk in the park to run the Kodi app now installed.
1. On the Amazon Fire TV Stick and using the supplied remote control, use the menu on the left on the home screen to scroll down and select the option Settings .
2. From Settings, scroll right and select the option Applications . This is the part of the system that allows users to control manually installed applications and to view a complete list of all the apps that have been installed, either manually or through the Amazon App Store.
3. From the Applications context menu, scroll down using the remote control until you find the option Manage all installed applications . Select it to continue.
4. Now, scroll through the list of installed applications until you find what you are looking for. In this case it will be listed below Kodi .
5. Select the option Launch application after clicking to access the application Kodi / XMBC in tall.
And there we have it. An extremely powerful and functional Amazon Fire TV Stick that now has a working version of the fantastic software Kodi Open Source Home Theater in running on it.
If you experience problems installing Kodi on your Amazon Fire TV Stick, don't hesitate to ask in the comments section.