How to Update Kodi 18.5 on Firestick (Working Method: 2020)

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As Kodi is gaining popularity, updates are required from time to time. The latest version of Kodi (Kodi Leia 18.5) is faster, and ten folds better than the older Kodi version.

This one is giving us all the more reasons to love Kodi, with enhanced features and smooth user interface. If you are reading about Kodi for the first time, sweat not! Here is our guide on how to jailbreak Firestick and use Kodi, as well as how to install Kodi. Make sure you give it a read!

Since we are always experimenting with our tech toys, we came across this amazing method of updating your Kodi on your Firestick device without using a computer. We will walk you through in our step by step guide. The steps are fairly simple to follow, make sure you are following them completely to avoid any inconveniences while updating.

Kodi is one of the best Amazon FireStick apps, and you will definitely enjoy using it after you have updated it to the latest version.

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At times, Kodi users get worried about losing their Kodi Addons or any other downloaded features. With Thos guide you do not have to worry about that. In this article you will learn how to update your Kodi without losing any of your installed add-ons.

For most of our downloads we use the ES File Explorer app, which is available for free on the Amazon App Store. You can now easily download it using the Amazon App Store. We always recommend using the ES File Explorer app from Amazon App store whenever it comes to downloading or anything to do with Kodi.

The app ensures fast and reliable download. There are other alternate ways as well. One of them is if you have downloader app on your Firestick, you can download that as well.

Note: if you are worried about buffering issues, chances are it will be automatically fixed as the new update comes.

How to Get Started with Updating Kodi on FireStick / Fire TV

To get started, please know that updates are all available on the 2nd generation FireStick, Fire TV, Fire TV cube and other Fire TV devices as well. In order for the successful update you would have to follow all of these steps as it is as well.

Attention FireStick Users: Important Notice Before You Continue Reading!

While most of you may or may not know, Governments and ISPs worldwide have a strict check on their users online activities. In case, any copyrighted content is found streaming, you can land into serious consequences which may be as severe as suspending of your online account. Please know, that your current IP is visible to everyone. We therefore urge you to get started with a reliable Firestick VPN immediately. This will help cover your identity via VPN’s multiple servers, while giving you the premium viewing experience.

IPVanish has been the fastest and most reliable secure VPN we have come across so far. Their servers are widespread and strictly secured. The VPN is very easy to install and user-friendly on every device including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you are not sure about the app, it comes with a 7-day money back guarantee with a refund. IPVanish also has a very attractive deal in which, when paid for a whole year subscription you can avail 67% discount on your annual plan!

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#1 Turn ON the steric for ‘Apps from Unknown Sources’ (mandatory).

#2: Follow these steps one by one:

  • Go to Settings.
  • open Preferences and navigate through to the Privacy Settings
  • turn OFF the Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data
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Your Amazon Fire TV will be all set and ready for Kodi installation.

STEP 2: Install the ES File Explorer App

In our experience and also in most Kodi users experience, this method has been the safest, most convenient and fastest way of installing Kodi. If you follow the following instructions step by step you will have Kodi installed in less than a minute.

For this installation method, you will require the ES File Explorer app. The app is an amazing tool for a smooth Kodi installation. In order to access the ES File Explorer app, download the app from Amazon App Store.

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As you download the ES File Explorer app on your Fire TV, you are only a step away to install Kodi.

STEP 3:  Easy Steps to Install Kodi on Your FireStick

Kodi Leia 18.5 is the latest and much more stable version of Kodi. In this step we will help you install Kodi. Stay tuned folks!

#1. First things first, shoot up your ES File Explorer. Go to the Tools options, and then click on the Download Manager option, followed by +New.


#2: You will immediately see a window pop up which will be asking for a Name and Path field.

#3: To start the installation process of Kodi, please enter https://firestickjailbreak.net/kodi-apk in path field and in place of name, write Kodi and Tap on OK.

Similarly in the Name field, just put Kodi and click ‘OK’.

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#4: Click on ‘Download Now’ after which the downloading will shortly begin.

#5: After the download is finished, click on the “Open File”.

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#6: Tap on “Install.”

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#7: Again, click on “Install” and Kodi will be installed on your device in no time.

Since the Kodi will not show up on your home screen, please follow these step by step options and click on each one after the other:

  • Go to application, then click on Mange Installed Application. You will see Kodi as an option, Click on it and Tap on Launch.

The other way is clicking on your Home button for more than 5 seconds and then click on the ‘Apps’. You will find Kodi in the Apps.

How Can I Use Kodi on Firestick?

Kodi and Firestick goes hands in hands. with your Kodi successfully installed on your Firestick, you can now access a huge collection of free content. Kodi in our opinion and from our experience is a must have app if you have most recently purchased Firestick. from TV shows to video streaming, Kodi has a lot to offer to its users. Install Kodi right away folks! You will thank us later.

To ensure your activities remains hidden without any compromises, you must have a good VPN with you at all times. Most governments and ISP service providers always have an eye on whatever you do online. Therefore, we strongly urge you to invest in a good VPN.

In our personal experience, IPVanish has been one of the fastest and most reliable VPN with a smooth user interface and almost null log policy. IPVanish VPN has multiple servers with strong security check, ensuring your connection stays anonymous on one of their many servers.

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  • On your FireStick device, go to the homepage and type in and search for ‘IPVanish VPN’ in your search bar.
  • Click on the IPVanishVPN you see in your search.
  • Click on ‘Download’.
  • Once downloaded, you would need to register with the username and password information you must have provided while registering.
  • Once signed-in, click on ‘Connect’.
  • Soon you would be connected. You can disconnect from the connection whenever you wish to stop using a VPN.

Once your Kodi is installed, the possibilities of exploration with Kodi are uncountable. Kodi itself is a simple media player, therefore to make the most out of it you would have to install Kodi builds and Kodi add-ons. if you are new to Kodi, please check out about Kodi add-ons and Kodi builds on our website.

Method of Updating Kodi 17.6 Krypton on Fire Stick

Many former Kodi users are still fond of Leia’s 17.6 version. So if you still want to continue with this version, we have a method of updating this version as well. Here is our guide for the installation instructions.

Another way to Update Kodi 17.6 Using the ES File Explorer App

You have to install you ES File Explorer on Firestick first. Here is how you can install ES File Explorer.
  • Go to the search bar on the main home screen.
  • Type in the ES File Explorer.
  • Click on the app.
  • Click on the ‘Download’ button to download and install the app.
Now that the ES File Explorer is installed, follow these simple steps to get the Kodi 17.6 Krypton on your Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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1. After the app is installed, run the ‘Downloader’. Click on ‘+New’.

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2. You will now see a ‘Path’ field. In the path field enter following URL https://www.firestickjailbreak.net/old, as for the other ‘Name’ field write Kodi 17.6 and then click ‘Download Now’.

3. Once the file is downloaded, click on ‘Open file’.

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4. On the following prompt, click on the ‘Install’ button to proceed

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5. On another prompt, click on ‘Install’ again.

6. Now wait for the app installed notification to pop-up.

7. on the option ‘Apps & Channels’ section, run Kodi 17.6 Krypton.

How Can You Update Kodi 18.5 Using Downloader App?

Side loading Kodi Leia 18.5 and updating it on Firestick using the Downloader App.

Once you have downloaded the Downloader App, you can simply follow these steps below:

  1. Launch the Downloader App.
  2. Go to the ‘home’ option.
  3. Enter the URL https://firestickjailbreak.net/kodi-apk in the URL field on the right.
  4. Click on ‘Go’.
  5. Let the Kodi APK file download.
  6. Click on “Install”.
  7. Kodi will be installed on your device shortly.
  8. Click on “Open”.
  9. You have the latest Kodi update on your Firestick!

What can You do when Kodi Update Fails on your FireStick?

In case Kodi has failed to update on your device. Follow these tested methods below. Please know your existing data will be lost.

Step 1: Immediately Uninstall Kodi from Fire TV Stick

First things first, uninstall the current downloaded version of your Kodi from your FireStick.

#1. Go to the main Firestick Settings and open the “Applications”.

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#2. Open the “Manage Installed Applications”.

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#3. Navigate to “Kodi” and click on it.

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#4. Click on the “Force Stop” to stop Kodi in the background.

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#5. Click on “Uninstall”.

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Step 2: Make sure you have Reinstalled Kodi App on FireTV  

Following these simple steps, will ensure your Kodi is updated and running smooth. Make sure you have bookmarked this guide and are rechecking for any latest updates from time to time.

For any other methods please let us know in the comments section below, to help our other readers use Kodi better.

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