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.
- From the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick home screen, scroll down to the “App” section.
- Scroll to the right until you reach the app you want to update.
- If an update is available, an “Update” button will be present. Select the “Update” option.
- If a popup appears, select “Update App Now”.
- The app will download the new version and update. Once complete, the updated app will launch.
(For example, updating Kodi to a newer version without losing your settings)
- Download the updated APK to your computer
- Connect to your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via ADB
- 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.)
- Wait for a “Success” message to appear. This may take several minutes.
Upgrading from XBMC to Kodi is a special case due to XBMC changing its name to Kodi.
- Download the latest ARM version of Kodi for Android
- Sideload Kodi the way you would sideload any app.
- 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.
- Verify that your library, settings, and configuration have been applied to Kodi.
- Uninstall XBMC via the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick’s settings menu under:
Settings > Applications > Manage All Installed Applications.