How to update an app on the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick

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This guide will cover how to check if a Fire TV or Fire TV Stick app has a pending update, and how to apply the update. It will also cover how to update sideloaded apps without losing your app data, including the special case of updating from XBMC to Kodi.

How to update Amazon Appstore apps

  1. From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick home screen, scroll down to the “App” section.
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  2. Scroll to the right until you reach the app you want to update.
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  3. If an update is available, an “Update” button will be present. Select the “Update” option.
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  4. If a popup appears, select “Update App Now”.
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  5. The app will download the new version and update. Once complete, the updated app will launch.
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How to update Sideloaded Apps

(For example, updating Kodi to a newer version without losing your settings)

  1. Download the updated APK to your computer
  2. Connect to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB
  3. Run the command:
    adb install -r C:\full\path\to\app.apk
    (Note: The -r in the above command is important. Also, replace C:\full\path\to\app.apk with the full path to your apk file.)
  4. Wait for a “Success” message to appear. This may take several minutes.

How to update from XBMC to Kodi

Upgrading from XBMC to Kodi is a special case due to XBMC changing its name to Kodi.

  1. Download the latest ARM version of Kodi for Android
  2. Sideload Kodi the way you would sideload any app.
  3. Launch Kodi on your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Kodi will detect the presence of XBMC and transfer your library, settings, and configuration files from XBMC to Kodi.
  4. Verify that your library, settings, and configuration have been applied to Kodi.
  5. Uninstall XBMC via the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s settings menu under:
    Settings > Applications > Manage All Installed Applications.

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44 comments
  1. Sunrise495 says:

    If one is using the stick, or the box, for streaming from the internet only, is there any benefit of upgrading from 13.2 to 14.x?

    Love the site. Keep it up.

    • Chef Elzar says:

      Yes there are benefits, such as improved hardware decoding support on android. Also, if you’re using it exclusively to stream from the internet that means you’re running old versions of plugins as well, which may have support dropped at some point, as well as meaning you don’t have the latest fixes for said plugins.

  2. josh says:

    Thank you for the guides. For those of us who installed tvmc instead of xbmc, how would the upgrade to kodi be different?

    • awdahelwidit says:

      rename:
      /sdcard/Android/data/ag.tvaddons.tvmc
      to
      /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.xbmc
      before opening 14.x for first time

      If you already opened kodi prior to renaming the above folder
      close the app
      delete /sdcard/Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi
      reopen

      Also it may be wise (regardless of which gotham fork user is running) to zip a backup of
      /sdcard/Android/data/(xbmc.tvmc.or.spmc.folder.name)
      before allowing kodi helix to migrate them. Otherwise there is no easy way to go back to a 13.x build should you experience issues on 14.x

      • josh says:

        thank you for the instructions. How do you rename? is it the basic dos command or a special adb command?

        • awdahelwidit says:

          Either the “mv” command from shell, or just use an app like ES file manager from within android

          • josh says:

            Thanks once again awdahelwidit, One last question for you or any other knowledgeable people. I have two firetv and one firetv stick. I have kodi setup exactly how I like it on one machine, with the channels I like and the interface I enjoy. Is it possible to extract that info and dump it on the other firetv and to the stick with or without installing kodi on them first? Or do I have to set kodi up all over again and those new machines?

  3. M3rlin says:

    B4 upgrading to kids check if your favorite plug in supports the new kids version, you might want to wait till the add on developer makes the necessary adjustments if needed

  4. M3rlin says:

    B4 upgrading to kody check if your favorite plug in supports the new kody version, you might want to wait till the add on developer makes the necessary adjustments if needed

  5. Paul says:

    I have a stooopid problem. Got the Firestick…connected to network….lost the remote and no longer have access to that network. Losing the remote was no big deal when I had the network as i used my iPhone application. But now I can’t sync my iPhone remote app to stick because I can’t set the sticks network without remote.

    Help?

  6. Matt says:

    Hi
    Trying to install helix 14.0 kodi on my aftv box. Had a older kodi version on already so I know it will side load with adbfire 1.15 but the apk file for the stable kodi 14.0 won’t side load …… Just keeps uploading thru the network but never tells me that “install successful ” …..

  7. Nick says:

    Matt,

    Same thing happened to me using adbfire 1.15. It seemed like it was stuck in an endless loop. (Not sure if it’s something with the new version of adbfire-1.15) I ended up using the command line…

    Reset the aftv box (unplug power, plug it back in)
    Restart the computer
    Now go into the unzipped adfire 1.15 folder (where the adbfire.exe file is)
    Shift-right click on an empty space and
    Click “Open Command Window Here”
    Type: adb connect XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX (your aftv ip address)
    Type: adb install C:\kodi-14.0-Helix-armeabi-v7a (or whatever the path and file name is)

    Hope this helps!

  8. Jim D says:

    Anyone know the correct way to update Kodi 14 to 14.1 on the FTV?

  9. Jim D says:

    I found out if you are using adbfire in ubuntu that you need to install adb in the terminal, the command to do that is: apt-get install android-tools-adb

    after that you can connect to the AFT without problem and do the update to 14.1 (or any apk for that matter)

  10. Kelvin D says:

    Can anyone advise me please
    I have just purchased a uk version AFTV and keeping reading that I can’t put Kodi on these new models is that correct?

  11. maddawg says:

    Finally updated my AFTV to kodi 14.1. Thanks for the instructions.

  12. Canuck says:

    On my FireTV, I’ve been trying to update from 14.1 to 14.2 but I keep getting:

    Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS]

    I’ve even restarted the FireTV but no luck. Considering that this is the first time that I’ve tried to update to 14.2 I’m not sure why I’m getting an ‘already exists’ error message.

    Does anyone have any tips that would allow me to install the update without losing my settings?

    Thanks.

  13. Catherine says:

    Canuck, same here. I found out that if you do adb install -r [file path of apk] that worked.

  14. Mincraft says:

    Hello,

    I don’t get get the update button for Mincrafte V11.1. Also after reboot there is no update.

    How do I force a appstore update on a app on the Fire TV?

    Regard

  15. Mark says:

    I lost all my saved apps on my fire stick. Is there a way to get them back? I don’t see the ones i like any more like Genesis, Lamina(I think that is the name) can you help/

  16. Los says:

    As of now, is there no way to update via adbfire? It never completes.

  17. Mike says:

    What does the -r do?

  18. Storm says:

    i’m a bit confused. I want to update to from Kodi 14.2 to 15.0 and this guide says that I should run a command in ADB but HOW do I run a command there? please some help anybody…? thanks

    How to update Sideloaded Apps

    Run the command:
    adb install -r C:\full\path\to\app.apk
    (Note: The -r in the above command is important. Also, replace C:\full\path\to\app.apk with the full path to your apk file.)

    • Mike says:

      You have to download the proper files to your computer. Search adb download to get the shell. It uses simple command line commands to connect your computer to your fire tv over the network. Note that the computer and fire tv have to be in the same network and you have to know your ip of your fire tv to command the adb shell to connect from your pc. Just download the latest kodi apk.

      1. Download adb off internet to your computer
      2. Download kodi 15.0 arm apk from official site
      3. Open adb on windows by clicking start and type cmd enter
      4. Type: adb connect to your amazon fire tv ip
      5. Right click the kodi apk on your pc and note the path name under properties
      6. Back to the adb shell type adb install -r The folder path name/kodifilename.apk
      7. Wait a couple of minutes and you should see success that you updated kodi

  19. Mike says:

    Thanks for the guide

  20. Matthew says:

    Hi. I originally got Kodi onto Fire Tv by downloading Kodi (14.2 at the time) and sideloading. Didn’t need to use computer/any commands.

    Will I be able to use this simple method to update 15 without losing addons/favourites/Kodi short cut on windscreen?

    Thank you for any help.

    Matt.

  21. Toni says:

    Hi

    I have my uk amazon fire tv since one month now and I think there is some issue with the apo updates. I don’t see the Update option in any of the apps installed. My netflix app is 1.1.5 build 147, which seems pretty old.

    So; do you think I have some problem with app update? Who can I be sure, is there some app that gets frequent updates so I can check it? The dates I ser in App Details are from 2014…

    UK fire TV, american amazon account, using unblock-us dns.

  22. Jeff says:

    A hint for people unfamiliar with typing a file path within CMD. I followed Nick’s advice above, but was getting a CANNOT FIND PATH error. I did not know this, but if the is a SPACE anywhere within the path name you must enclose the whole path in quotation marks.
    EXAMPLE:
    C:\Users\JohnSmith\Downloads\Kodi-x.x.x-v5a.apk is OK, but
    C:\Users\John Smith\Downloads\Kodi-x.x.x-v5a.apk IS NOT OK.

    Since there is a space between John & Smith, you have to enclose the whole path within “quotations” Like this.
    “C:\Users\John Smith\Downloads\Kodi-x.x.x-v5a.apk”

    Sorry, I did mean to dumb down forum, but I was unaware of this fact and thought it might be helpful to others.

    After I realized my mistake, updating from Kodi to Isengard was smooth as silk.

  23. Frank A. Rizo says:

    I need instructions on updating Kodi on FireTV Stick by using a Nexus 7 tablet. Do not have computer.
    I tried uploading Issengard to the Stick, which has Helix, but after upload notification from Apps2Fire app uploader, Kodi is still Helix.
    How ugrade apps on Stick using Android device, not a computer?

  24. I have a sling account but my amazon stick keeps telling me I need an updated version. There isn’t an update button under the sling app. How can I fix this?

  25. Vic says:

    I erased thumbnails on fire stick kodi 14.2 now I’m getting no dream how do I fix is there a reset?

  26. Stephen says:

    I pushed kodi across via my Galaxy S6 with the AGK Fire app. Is is possible to update to a new version of Kodi using this method?

    Thanks,

    Stephen

  27. Arturo says:

    I am not the saves tech person around. Can someone tell me where can I find a step by step on how to update my Kodi 14.2 installed on a amazon fire stick that I bought through ebay.

  28. jonathan wiltshire says:

    I am looking the new update path for kodi on amazon fire tv box plz anyone help I update my box manually

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