There has been a bit of false information and confusion circulating regarding sideloaded apps, like Kodi, on the new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick interface brought on by the 188.8.131.52 software update. First and foremost, you can still sideload 3rd party apps on the new version/interface just as easily as you’ve always been able to. Second, you can still launch sideloaded apps, including Kodi, from the Fire TV home screen. This includes both the “RECENT” section and the “YOUR APPS & GAMES” section. If you can’t figure out how to do this, here is what you need to know.
For those wondering, the new Fire TV update/interface still has the option to enable ADB debugging and it still has the option to turn on Apps from Unknown Sources. The options have not been hidden. They are now located in the new “Device” menu of the settings section.
The main reason some people are unable to find their sideloaded apps in the new interface is because, by default, they are listed at the very end of your app list. The “Your Apps & Games” section of the new Fire TV interface lists all of your purchased/cloud apps first before it lists your sideloaded apps. So if you’ve installed and/or purchased dozens or hundreds of apps from Amazon, you have to scroll past the entire list before getting to your sideloaded apps.
The good news is your apps list is fully customizable, meaning you can manually arrange the list exactly how you’d like. Just highlight any app and press the menu button on your remote. A set of options will appear in the bottom right corner of the screen. If you select “Move to front,” the app will placed at the front of the list, where it will stay forever until you select to move another app to the front. This works for official apps and sideloaded apps.
The first 10 apps on your list of apps will be accessible directly from the Fire TV home screen. Again, this works for both official and sideloaded apps. If you’re still having trouble getting Kodi or other sideloaded apps from appearing on the home screen, see this guide for help.