Software update 18.104.22.168 has added the ability for sideloaded apps, like Kodi, to appear on the Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick’s Home screen in the “Recent” list. Some people are finding that, even after the update, Kodi is not appearing on the Home screen. This isn’t because Kodi is being blocked or disabled or anything like that. Here’s how to correct the glitch and make Kodi show up on your device’s Home screen.
This post was updated on October 26, 2017.
The following are several things you can do to make Kodi appear on the Fire TV home screen. You should try them in the order they’re listed on this page. If the first fix doesn’t work, move on to the next one, and then the next one, and so on.
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Check your software version
Kodi and other sideloaded apps will only appear on the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick home screen if your device is running software version 22.214.171.124 or newer. Check your device’s software version by going to Settings > System > About, and make sure the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick is on 126.96.36.199 or newer. If you’re not on that version or newer, there’s no point in continuing and trying the next items.
Sync and Restart
Go to the Fire TV Settings area and scroll all the way to the right and select the “My Account” option. Scroll down and select the “Sync Amazon Content” option. Then press Back and select “Device” form the main settings menu. Scroll down and select the “Restart” option. After your Fire TV restarts, wait about a minute before pressing any buttons on the remote so that it has a chance to fully populate the app list.
Have a credit card linked to your Amazon account
If the Amazon account you used to register your Fire TV does not have a billing address and credit card associated with it, apps will not appear on the Home screen or in the Apps section. So, be sure your Amazon Wallet has a valid payment method. (Thanks to Rick in the comments for this tip!)
Kodi & sideloaded apps are at the bottom of the new interface
Starting with software version 188.8.131.52, there is a new Fire TV interface. All sideloaded apps, like Kodi, are usually at the very bottom of the “Your Apps & Games” section after they’re installed. To get to the “Your Apps & Games” section, press and hold the Home button on the remote and select the “Apps” shortcut. Scroll all the way down to see if Kodi is at the bottom. If it is, simply highlight it and press the menu button on your remote. Then select “Move to front” from the set of options that appear in the lower right corner of the screen. If it is not at the bottom, look for it mixed in somewhere among your other apps on the list.
Launch Kodi from Fire TV interface
There are several ways to launch apps through the Fire TV interface. You should try launching Kodi all ways in hopes that the Fire TV registers it as a recent app and adds it to the Home screen.
If you have the new interface (v184.108.40.206 and newer):
Scroll down the home screen to the “YOUR APPS & GAMES” row. Then scroll all the way to the right and select “SEE ALL.” Now scroll through this list until you find Kodi and launch it. Kodi will probably be at the very bottom. You should also go to the Fire TV’s settings section, scroll to Applications, down to Manage Installed Applications, then find Kodi and launch it from there.
If you have the old interface (v220.127.116.11 and older):
Scroll down to the Apps sections of the main Fire TV interface and launch Kodi from there. If Kodi is not in your Apps section, it’s okay, just continue with this step. Next, while on the Home screen, double press the Home button on your remote to bring up the App drawer and launch Kodi from there. Lastly, navigate to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and launch Kodi from that list.
Add Kodi as a Favorite app (v18.104.22.168 and older only)
Usually, if Kodi isn’t appearing on the Home screen, it also doesn’t appear in the Apps section. But, if Kodi does appear in the Apps section only (and you’ve verified your Fire TV is on version 22.214.171.124 or newer), then try marking Kodi as a favorite app in the Apps section. Then launch Kodi and see if it appears on the home screen. (Thanks to scofield27 in the comments for this tip!)
Delete Kodi from your Amazon purchase history
Check your personal Amazon app library and delete Kodi if it is one of the apps on the list. To see your app library list, click here or select “Your Android Apps & Devices” from the account menu on Amazon.com. If Kodi is on the list, click the “Action” button next to Kodi and select to delete the app. Then, go to your Fire TV’s Settings > My Account menu and click the Sync Amazon Content option. Then restart your Fire TV and, once the Fire TV is back up and running, launch Kodi and see if Kodi shows up on the home screen.
Clear Amazon’s Appstore app data
On your Fire TV, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and find the Appstore app. Select it and then select the Clear data option and then the Clear cache option. Then restart your Fire TV and, once the Fire TV is back up and running, launch Kodi and see if Kodi shows up on the home screen.
Deregister and register your Fire TV
Go to Settings > My Account > Amazon Account and then select Deregister. This will log you out of your Amazon account on the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick. Then you just need to log back in with the same account. Doing this will not uninstall any of your apps or clear any of your app data. If you’ve blocked updates on the device, they will remain blocked. After logging back in, restart your Fire TV and, once the Fire TV is back up and running, launch Kodi and see if Kodi shows up on the home screen. (Thanks to Trevor in the comments for this tip!)
Uninstall and Reinstall Kodi
Uninstall Kodi by going to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications and selecting Kodi from the list and then choosing the Uninstall option. Then sideload Kodi back onto your device using any method you want. Remember that uninstalling Kodi will delete all of your Kodi settings, plugins, and data, so you may want to backup Kodi first. After reinstalling Kodi, restart your Fire TV and, once the Fire TV is back up and running, launch Kodi and see if Kodi shows up on the home screen.
If you’re rooted, try installing Fire OS version 126.96.36.199
If your Fire TV is rooted with TWRP custom recovery installed, you could try installing pre-rooted ROM version 188.8.131.52. The reason for this is there is explicit code in that version that deliberately places Kodi on the Home screen after the OS installs. If your Fire TV is on version 184.108.40.206 or newer, it is safe to downgrade. You can always re-install a newer pre-rooted ROM after this step. Be sure Kodi is already installed before installing pre-rooted ROM version 220.127.116.11.
Factory reset your Fire TV
If you’ve done everything above and Kodi is still not appearing on your device’s home screen, the only thing left to try is factory setting your device. Before doing so, be sure you’re aware of what factory resetting means. After factory resetting, you will need to go through the initial setup process again, where your device will try to download the latest update, so if you’re rooted or trying to avoid an update, be sure you’re prepared. Also, don’t forget to re-block updates afterwords, if that’s something you’ve done, because a factory reset will re-enable updates. Obviously, after factory resetting, you will need to reinstall Kodi. You perform a factory reset by going to the Settings > System menu and selecting the Reset to Factory Defaults option. Or by following this guide if you’re rooted. After you’ve reset your device and reinstalled Kodi, if it still does not appear on the Home screen, follow this guide again from the start.