How to Install Kodi 19.1 on Firestick & Fire TV (NEW Kodi Matrix Update 2021)

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 24 Oct 2021

Installing Kodi on Firestick opens up a new world of streaming possibilities as you will be able to stream anything online, from classic movies and documentaries to live sports and the latest blockbusters. While the “vanilla” Amazon Firestick provides loads of streaming possibilities thanks to the hundreds of apps available on the store, this simply doesn’t cut it as these apps don’t really speak the “free and unrestricted” language that is music to the ears of most streamers. However, the streaming platform and media center is not yet available on the Amazon Fire Store, and we don’t see it coming any time soon either. This shortcoming has led many Firestick users to look for ways to “jailbreak Firestick,” often done through Kodi.

In this guide, we’ll show you the easiest – and safest – way to install the latest version of Kodi on Firestick (Kodi 19.1 Matrix), a method that also works on the Fire TV Cube. We’ll also explore three alternative installation methods, how to configure the app for streaming, and how to use ExpressVPN to stay hidden.

TLDR: How to Install Kodi on Firestick - A Quick Overview

If you are in a hurry, here’s how you can get Kodi running in a few steps:

  1. Install Downloader
  2. Allow Unknown Sources
  3. Download Kodi through Downloader
  4. Install Kodi when prompted
  5. Turn on your VPN
  6. Explore the new possibilities!

How to Install Kodi 19.1 on Firestick?

Installing Kodi 19.1 on Firestick is done through a method referred to as sideloading. This is simply the process of installing apps that are not available on the official store, and it normally requires a few steps.

Step 1: Install Downloader

Downloader is an app that facilitates the entire process of downloading and installing third-party apps. The app is available on the official store, so users can install it in a few minutes.

  1. At the home screen of your Firestick, go to Find and then click Search.

Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons

On the window that opens, start typing Downloader, then choose from the search suggestions to find the app.
Amazon Firestick Search menu with Download. Search for Downloader

Downloader should now display as the first option. Click it.

Amazon app menu with Downloader highlighted

  1.  Click Download to install the app on your device.
    Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick

Step 2: Prep your Firestick

This step involves setting up your device to allow Downloader and other apps to install third-party apps. You may also need to maximize privacy by preventing Amazon from spying on you.

Allow “Unknown Apps” on My Fire TV

To do this:

  1. Go back to the home screen. Select Settings, then click My Fire TV.Amazon Firestick Settings menu with My Fire TV highlighted
  2. Select Developer options.Developer options highlighted in the My Fire TV menu, find Developer options.
  3. Now, if you are using Firestick Gen 2, Firestick 4K, or Fire TV Cube, you can allow all sources to install apps by simply clicking Apps from Unknown Sources to turn it on, then accepting the pop-up by clicking Turn On.Apps from Unknown Sources categorized under Developer Options in My Fire TV settings
  4. If you are using Firestick Lite or Firestick Gen 3, you’ll need to give permission to Downloader specifically. Click Apps from Unknown Sources, select Downloader, and accept the prompt to change the state below Downloader by switching it to On.

Your device should now allow you to install third-party apps.

Turn Off the Snooping Settings

By default, Amazon collects data on how you use your device and the various apps you have installed. You can turn off this setting through two functionalities. 

The first is “Device Usage Data,” which collects personal data for marketing and product improvement. The information collected is used to customize marketing information for you. The second is “App Usage Data,” which collects data to determine the frequency and usage duration of particular apps. When you leave both of these turned on, you allow Amazon to analyze your data, which also consumes your bandwidth and processing power.

If this sounds invasive to you (if?), go back to settings then:

  1. Click PreferencesAmazon Firestick Settings menu with Preferences highlighted
  2. Select Privacy Settings
    The Amazon Firestick Preferences menu with Privacy Settings highlighted
  3. Turn off “Device Usage Data” and “Collect App Usage Data.”
    Privacy Settings menu, showing Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data

That should stop big brother from spying on you.

Step 3: Download & Install Kodi

Now that everything is set, we can go ahead and install Kodi 19.1.

  1. Go to Applications and open Downloader. If you are opening it for the first time, you’ll need to give it permission to access the device storage.Permission dialog asking to allow Downloader to access photos, media and files on your device with Allow and Deny options
  1. Now, type https://kodi.tv/download in the URL bar and click Go.Downloader form has a field below Enter a URL or Search Term to type the Kodi download URL
  1. The webpage should open. Scroll down to the “Select your Platform” section and select Android.In the Kodi download page, choose Android among Windows, Linux, Raspberry and Apple icons
  1. Choose the ARMV7A (32-bit) version as it works well with all Firestick and Fire TV Cube versions.In the Kodi Android Recommended settings page, options under Kodi v19.1 (Matrix) include Google Play, Huawai App Gallery, ARMV7A (32BIT) and ARMV8A (64BIT)
  1. Kodi should start downloading.Kodi 19.1 on Firestick dialog box shows File download progress with Cancel button
  1. After the download is complete, you’ll be prompted to install the app. Click Install.Dialog box with Install option for Kodi 19.1 on Firestick
  1. After the installation, click Done
    Kodi 19.1 dialog box confirms App installed with Done and Open options
  1. Downloader should now give you the option to delete the downloaded file and save space. Click Delete and confirm the action.Confirmation dialog box with Delete and Cancel buttons asks if you want to delete /sdcard/Downloader/kodi-19.1-Matrix-armeabi-v7a.apk

Kodi should now be the last app in your applications folder. If you wish to move it, highlight it, then click the menu button on your remote. This will give you several options. Click Move. From there, drag the app to where you’d like it and click Ok.

You can now open Kodi. On the first launch, the app will notify you that it requires access to your device media and files to function then ask you for storage permission, which you can grant by clicking allow.
Permission dialog with Allow and Deny options asking to allow Kodi to access photos, media and files on your device

Kodi 19.1 should now launch.

Kodi 19 Matrix Home Page on first launch appears with Enter files section and Remove this main menu item buttons

How to use Kodi on Firestick

Once you install Kodi on Firestick, you will realize that the app doesn’t provide any content. All you can do with Kodi in its original state is organize and stream content that you own.

However, you can set up the program to let you stream pretty much everything on the internet. This is done by installing Kodi addons. 

Kodi Addons

Kodi addons are small programs that enable Kodi to access online content by scrapping for links from the internet and then neatly organizing them according to the type of content.

These addons are grouped into two categories:

  • Official Kodi Addons
  • Third-Party Kodi Addons

Official Kodi addons are addons that have been approved by the XBMC Foundation, the group behind Kodi. These addons do not in any way facilitate copyright infringement, and they can be installed from the official Kodi repository (all addons are housed in containers known as repositories).

Third-Party Kodi addons are developed by thousands of independent developers and have not been approved by Kodi as official addons. This can be because they have not yet been submitted or facilitate the streaming of legally questionable content.

Unofficial Kodi addons are the popular of the two types as they provide access to unrestricted content. Installing such addons on Kodi to bypass streaming restrictions is what is generally referred to as jailbreaking Firestick. 

However, if you decide to use any third-party Kodi addon, you should do so privately and anonymously. We’ll show you how to use ExpressVPN to stay hidden.

How to Install Kodi Addons

To start using Kodi, you need to choose the addons that you will install. Most of them specialize in either Sports, Live TV, or Movies & TV Shows. A few specialize in other niches such as gaming, and others offer pretty much everything.

Official Kodi addons can be installed from within Kodi using a process similar to step 4 in this section. However, to install third-party addons, you’ll first need to install the repository that hosts the addon. This will require you to enable unknown sources (used to this by now, huh?), install the addon’s host repository, and then install the addon from the repository.

In this guide, we’ll install Asgard Kodi Addon, an all-in-one addon hosted by the Narcacist Repo. You will also be able to install other addons hosted by the same repo.

Step 1: Enable “Unknown Sources”

This only needs to be done once, and it only requires three steps:

  1. While at the Kodi homepage, open Settings by clicking the cog button on the top left side.
    Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  2. While on the system page, select System.
    Kodi System option in settings
  3. Hover over Addons and enable Unknown Sources by toggling the button beside it. Accept the warning.
    Under Settings/System category, choosing Add-ons shows Unknown sources with an on-off slider button

Your Kodi app can now install repositories from third-party sources.

Step 2: Add the Narcacist Repo Source

Every Kodi repo has a source URL. For Narcacist Repo, it’s http://www.narcacist.com/repo

  1. Go back to Kodi Settings and click File Manager.
    Kodi File Manager in settings
  2. Click Add-Source.
    In Kodi File Manager, Add source appears as an option
  3. Now, type http://www.narcacist.com/repo into the window that opens. To identify the repo, type Narcacist in the text box below that and then click OK.
    The Kodi Add file source dialog box has a field to enter the paths for the media locations and below it, to enter the name for the media source then OK and Cancel buttons

Step 3: Install Narcacist Repo

  1. To install the repo, go back to the Kodi home screen. Click Add-ons from the left side menu options.
    Kodi home page shows Add-ons on the left navigation menu
  2. Click the open box icon on the top left side.
    Kodi install icon from the repository option under Add-ons
  3. Select Install from Zip File. Kodi will warn you that addons installed through this method won’t be updated automatically. Just accept by clicking OK.
    Kodi install from zip file
  4. Select Narcacist.
    Kodi install from Narcacist Repo zip file
  5. Click on repository.NarcacistWizard.zip.
    Narcacist repo installation wizard
  6. You will receive a notification when the repo installs successfully.
    notification for successful Narcacist repo installation

Step 4: Install Asgard Kodi Addon

Now, we can finally install Asgard.

  1. While on the same page, click Install from repository.
    Kodi install from repository option under Add-ons/Add-on browser
  2. Select Narcacist Wizard Repository.
    Narcacist Wizard Repository option under the Add-ons/Install from repository category
  3. Select Video Add-ons and then click on Asgard.
    Asgard Kodi Addon within Narcacist Repo
  4. Click Install.
    Asgard Kodi Addon installation option
  5. Kodi will now show you the dependencies that it will install along with the addon. Just click OK.
    Kodi Asgard Addon dependencies permission notification with OK and Cancel buttons
  6. Asgard Kodi Addon will install, and Kodi will then notify you after the installation is complete.
    Asgard Kodi Addon successful installation notification

You can find the new addon on the Kodi home page under Addons.

Kodi home page with Asgard Kodi Addon
However, before you open it, it’s crucial that you get your VPN up and running first.

If you’re still considering which Kodi addon to use, we’ve already done the research for you and listed our top recommendations in this article: Best Kodi Addons

How to use ExpressVPN to Stay Hidden on Firestick?

Kodi has been made popular by the thousands of third-party addons available on the internet. However, these addons are also the reason why Kodi is not available on the Amazon App Store. This is because the links they provide are not vetted, and the content is sometimes pirated.

Your ISP can tell what you are accessing whenever you use such addons, and copyright trolls can also track you down. Further, some Kodi addons use torrent links, and ISPs in lots of countries block such content.

Before you access anything on Kodi, you should install a reliable VPN such as ExpressVPN. This is the best VPN for streaming due to its excellent speeds and ability to bypass all restrictions. You can check our industry experts’ updated review of this VPN service here: ExpressVPN Review. And here’s how to set it up on Firestick.

Step 1: Sign Up with ExpressVPN

The first thing you need to do is create an account with the VPN service. Doing so is quite straightforward, and it only requires an email address and a payment method. Signing up for the VPN is risk-free as you will be protected with a no-questions-asked 100% money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the service, you can ask for a refund within 30 days!

Step 2: Install ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN provides a Firestick app on the Amazon Store, so installing it is quite straightforward.

  1. At the home screen of your Firestick, go to Find and then click Search.
    Amazon Firestick Find menu with Search highlighted
  2. On the tab that opens, type ExpressVPN and click the quick suggestion below to search for the app.
  3. The ExpressVPN app should now be displayed as the first option. Click it.
    Amazon Firestick Express VPN highlighted on home screen
  4. Click Download, and the app will be installed on your deviceExpressVPN installation option on Firestick

Step 3: Sign In & Connect to a Server

ExpressVPN should now be available in your app gallery. Go ahead and open it.

From there:

  1. You will be required to log in or create an account. Choose Sign In.
    Sign In option on ExpressVPN
  2. Now, provide your email address and password. If you have not created an account yet, you can do so here.
    After you log in, Firestick will notify you that ExpressVPN will monitor your traffic. This is just because your traffic will be tunneled through their Network. In reality, you are hiding it from your ISP. Just click OK..

    Amazon Firestick connection request screen
  3. You can now secure your connection with just a single click!
    ExpressVPN home screen with Connect button highlighted
  4. Instead of connecting to the suggested server, you can also choose one among the 194 locations available.
    ExpressVPN VPN Locations screen
  5. There are also lots of features that you can explore, such as split tunneling, protocol selection, auto connection, and apps and website shortcuts. You can then connect to a server when you are satisfied with the settings.ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlightedAfter hiding your online activities, you can now go back to Kodi and start streaming!

2 Alternate Methods to Install Kodi on Firestick

Using Downloader is the easiest way to install the latest version of Kodi on Firestick, but it is not the only method. If, for whatever reason, it doesn’t work for you or you’d like to use a different one, below are two alternate methods you can use.

Note that all three methods will still require you to enable “Apps from Unknown Sources.” You can follow the instructions under “Step 2: Prep your Firestick” to do so.

How to Install Kodi 19.1 on Firestick using File Explorer?

File Explorer works pretty much like Downloader in terms of installing apps on Firestick. However, the app is much more than that as it is a fully-fledged file manager. You can explore it further after installing it, but here’s how to install Kodi 19.1 using File Explorer.

Step 1: Install File Explorer

File Explorer is readily available on the Amazon Store. This means that you can install it within a few minutes, so go to Find> Search > File Explorer > Install. The process is the same as that of installing Downloader.

Step 2: Enable Unknown Sources

If you are using Firestick Lite and Firestick Gen 3, you’ll need to give File Explorer exclusive permission to install apps on Firestick. Just like with Downloader, head to Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options > Apps from Unknown Sources > File Explorer.

Step 3: Download and Install Kodi

Open File Explorer and give the app permission to access your file storage system. From there:

  1. On the side menu, scroll down and click Tools, then Download Manager.
    Download Manager on File Explorer
  2. Click New on the lower side.
    Adding new download file on File Explorer
  3. Unlike Downloader, File Explorer only uses direct download URLs. Enter the URL https://bit.ly/3kRbUf1 (Kodi 19.1 ARMV7A 32-bit ). You don’t need to enter a name as it will be automatically given. After that, click Download Now.
    Kodi 19.1 download URL on File Explorer
  4. The file will now be downloaded.
    Dialog box indicating download progress of Kodi 19.1 on File Explorer
  5. After it’s complete, you’ll get an Open File option. Click it
    Open File option on File Explorer upon successful Kodi 19.1 download
  6. File Explorer will now give you several options. Click Install.
    File Explorer Kodi install option
  7. Click Install once more.
    Kodi 19 install option
  8. After the installation, click Done or Open.
    Kodi dialog box confirming App installed with Open and Done options

Go ahead and enjoy Kodi.

How to Install Kodi 19.1 on Firestick using AppStarter?

AppStarter requires a longer process than the previous two methods, but it provides the ability to update your Kodi to the latest version. This makes it one of the best ways to install the app on Firestick.

Step 1: Install Downloader

The first thing you need to do is install Downloader or File Explorer using the procedures given above. For now, we’ll use Downloader to install AppStarter, which we can then use to install and update Kodi.

Step 2: Enable Unknown Sources

To allow Downloader to install AppStarter and other apps in the future, you’ll need to enable “apps from unknown sources.” This procedure is found under ‘How to Install Kodi 19.1 on Firestick’ Step 2.

Step 3: Download and install AppStarter

Now, we can go ahead and install the app.

  1. Open Downloader and type https://bit.ly/3zKX5Rk in the URL bar and click Go.
    Adding AppStarter URL on Downloader
  2. After the download is complete, you’ll be prompted to install the app. Click Install.
    Option to install AppStarter on Firestick
  3. After the installation, click Done.
    Done option closes AppStarter installation wizard
  4. Downloader should now give you the option to delete the downloaded file and save space. Click Delete and confirm the action.
    Confirmation dialog box has Delete and Cancel buttons to delete /sdcard/Downloader/AppStarter-v4.0 apk

AppStarter should now be available in your applications library.

Step 4: Install Kodi using App Starter

Launch AppStarter  then:

  1. Select Updates on the side menu.
    Updates option on File Starter main page
  2. You will see Kodi as an option. Click the Install button beside it.
    Kodi 19 installation option on AppStarter
  3. Kodi should start downloading.
    Download progress indicator for Kodi on AppStarter
  4. After the download is complete, you’ll be prompted to install the app. Click Install.
    Kodi 19 installation option AppStarter
  5. After the installation, you click Done or Open.
    Option to launch Kodi 19 on Firestick

The app should now be available on your device.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Jailbreaking Firestick?

Unlike mobile devices, jailbreaking Firestick simply means installing third-party apps that allow free streaming. Kodi is the app that is mostly associated with the term. 

Is Kodi on Firestick Legal?

Although Kodi is not available on the official store, installing it is completely legal. What matters is what you access and your local laws. But since you can’t really determine the legality of everything you can access on Kodi, we highly advise that you turn on ExpressVPN before streaming anything on Kodi.

How do I remove Kodi from Firestick?

Kodi can be deleted just like any other Firestick app. Go to Applications, highlight Kodi, and click the menu button. You’ll get an option to uninstall the app.

How do I update to the latest version of Kodi?

Whenever a new version of Kodi is released, you can update it using the same process as installing the app for the first time. If you used AppStarter, just open the app and use the update option.

Wrap Up

Installing Kodi on Firestick will help you maximize the power of the device and take your home entertainment to another level. You will be able to enjoy movies, shows, live TV, sports, documentaries, and more without worrying about geo-restrictions. The guide above should show you how to install and use the app as well as how to stream privately and anonymously.

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