So you have this Fire Stick or Fire TV box with Kodi on it. You’ve been having issues lately, and you’re thinking (or you’ve been told) that you should update Kodi to the latest version. But, you may have lots of questions, like…
- Where can I find the update for Kodi on Fire Stick?
- Do I need to uninstall Kodi before I install the new one?
- Will I lose all my add-ons or settings when I update Kodi?
In this post, I will answer these questions and hopefully demystify the whole process for you.
Where can I find the update for Kodi on Fire Stick?
The reason this post is geared towards Fire Sticks is because the Kodi app is not listed in the Amazon App Store and therefore needs to be installed (side-loaded) manually.
In most other cases like an Android box with Google Play Store or a Windows 10 PC, the Kodi app is available in the store and updates automatically.
Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t make it that easy. But, the good news is that it’s not that hard to do once you get the hang of it.
Now, that specifically answer the question, you can download the file to update Kodi from https://kodi.tv/download. Click on the Android icon and select “ARMV7A (32BIT)”.
But first, you will need to choose which installation method you are going to use. My Kodi installation tutorial for Fire TV Stick covers both methods…
Do I need to uninstall Kodi before I install the new one?
Don’t be ashamed if you’re a bit confused about this. If you’re searching how to update Kodi and all you find are tutorials on how to “INSTALL” Kodi, it can be a bit confusing until you have this bit of knowledge…
You can install Kodi like new right over top of your existing old version of Kodi. So the answer is “no”, you don’t have to uninstall Kodi before installing the latest version.
Will I lose all my add-ons or settings when I update Kodi?
The short answer is no. All of your add-ons remain intact when you install the latest version of Kodi on top of your existing Kodi.
The longer answer is that sometimes there are compatibility issues between your add-ons and the newer version of Kodi. It’s possible that updating Kodi might break some add-ons. Often times, when it’s a known compatibility issue, Kodi will give you an error message explaining that the add-on is broken and has been deactivated. If that happens to one of your add-ons that you like using, do some research on that add-on to find out if there is a different repository that you can install to receive updates for that add-on and make it compatible.
Remember to protect your privacy when using Kodi
Kodi has been under a ton of scrutiny lately. Legal battles have been mounting all over. Please keep yourself safe from any potential issues by using a VPN on your Fire Stick.
If you’re not familiar with VPNs or why you need it, read my 4 Reasons Why Kodi Streamers Need a Kodi VPN.
Leave your comments below. I would love to answer any other questions you might have or help out if you’re having an issue.