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Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Fire TV & FireStick, Fix It, How To, Kodi, Kodi Fire TV News, PC, Streaming, Tech | 61 comments

How to Fix “Fire Stick Kodi Not Working”

How to Fix “Fire Stick Kodi Not Working”

Did Kodi stop working on your Fire Stick?  Keep reading!

What happened to cause Kodi to stop working on my Fire Stick?

Fire Stick Kodi not working?  Usually when Kodi stops working on your Fire Stick, it means an update was released for Kodi and TVAddons no longer runs properly on your out-of-date version of Kodi.

But sometimes you have a more physical problem, like your fire stick overheating or losing a network signal!  Either way, you can get Kodi working again with a re-install of Kodi, a USB fan, or a new WiFi router (depending on what’s causing your issue – you may need more than 1!).

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How to Fix “Fire Stick Kodi Not Working”

Possible Causes for Your Fire Stick Not Working and SOLUTIONS for Each:

The list below shows you the most common causes for your Fire Stick not working.  Below the title for each are the instructions to fix the problem.  The list is sorted from MOST likely to least likely to cause your Fire Stick Kodi not working problems.

Psst.. Believe it or not, Scenario #1 below is most likely your issue!

Scenario #1:  Your Fire Stick is overheating.  This is VERY common.  Get a small fan and plug it in pointing at your FireStick.

Fix your Fire Stick overheating with a USB fan

Fire Stick Kodi Not Working? Try a USB fan!

The FireStick has quite a bit of power for its small size.  This means that it generates a lot of heat and has no active heat dispersion method like air-cooling.  So do it yourself! Buy a small fan for about $10 (they even make fans that work off of USB power these days), plug it in and place it pointed at your FireStick.

This should cool the little guy down so you can stream movies for hours without your Fire Stick Kodi not working due to overheating!

If you’re not sure whether your fire stick is overheating or not, touch it.  If it feels hot, then it’s overheating.

Scenario #2:  The Kodi app sometimes experiences a glitch or some other problem.  Re-Install Kodi and TVAddons to try and fix it.

Fire Stick Kodi Not Working? Re-install Kodi!

Try re-installing Kodi and TVAddons

Try re-installing Kodi and TVAddons to get your FireStick working again, using these steps:

  1.  Re-install Kodi and re-install your TVAddons.  These days, it seems that using AGKFire or Apps2Fire is the most surefire way to install Kodi on FireStick.  We have video install tutorials for installing Kodi on Fire TV using Android, iPhone, etc.  But check out our Install Kodi on Fire Stick page anyway to see all the ways to re-install Kodi.
  2. After you’ve re-installed Kodi, install TVAddons.

How Do I Re-Install Kodi?

Re-install Kodi by simply removing your existing Kodi installation first, then installing it again.  Do this by going to System > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Remove Install Application.  Once it has been removed, simply install Kodi by using one of the methods on our How to Install Kodi on FireStick page.

 Scenario #3:  Your Fire Stick is losing its connection to the network.

Fire Stick Kodi Not Working fixes updated daily

Buy a new router for stronger WiFi to your Fire Stick

Fire TV losing network connectivity is a very common cause for your Fire Stick Kodi not working.  Basically, the WiFi in the FireStick is only so good.  And it has a limited range.  So if your WiFi router is far away or puts out a weak signal, there are a few things to try:

  1. Move your router closer to your FireStick
  2. Move your Fire Stick closer to your Wifi / router
  3. Eliminate obstacles that are between your FireStick and the router
  4. Get a newer, better router for about $20
  5. See Situation #2 above (Overheating) – Your fire stick could lose network connectivity if it’s overheating.  So fix it by adding a small fan next to your FireStick.
  6. Your ROUTER could be overheating (VERY common).  Most cheap routers do seem to overheat.  So once again, put a small fan next to it to cool that puppy down!  If you’re not sure, hold your hand on your router – if it’s hot, it’s overheating and most likely causing your network connection to be slow or simply just drop out.

 

Wrap-Up

So there you have it – the three most common causes for your Fire Stick Kodi not working issues.

Try these fixes and let us know if you have any suggestions on our Facebook page :).

Happy streaming!

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61 Comments

  1. how do I reinstall kodi

    • Hello! You can re-install Kodi by simply removing your existing Kodi then installing a new Kodi. You can remove Kodi by going to System > Applications > Manage Installed Applications > Kodi > Remove Install Application. Once it has been removed, install Kodi by using one of the methods on our How to Install Kodi on FireStick page. If you need more help, let us know! Thanks, KFireTV

    • Hello my sport in the firestick won’t work it keeps coming up two many things playing at once I went on the log and it won’t let me stop them have u any suggestion how I can get it off thanks

      • Hello,

        I recommend trying a different TV Addon. If that doesn’t work, try to re-install Kodi.

    • When watching a movie it stops 5 mins into it(with a critical low on storage pop up)

  2. I have followed all the instructions to download kodi to my Fire Stick and they’ve all worked fine up until I get to the installation bit. In ES Explorer I’ve added Kodi and can open that and can select Android ARM and click on that but it then does nothing (repeatedly). I have tried dropping to the More option on the bottom toolbar and selecting Open in another Browser, but it just takes me back to the ES Explorer homepage every time. no troubleshooting I can find covers what to do if Kodi doesn’t download. Please help!

    • Hello Louise,

      If the ES Explorer installation method isn’t working for you, we suggest using a mobile device to sideload Kodi.

      Check out method Method 2: Install Kodi using a sideloader app.

      If Method 2 doesn’t work for you, try Method 3: Install Kodi using ADB Fire

    • Hi again Louise,

      In response to your comment, we created a new page:

      http://kodifiretvstick.com/down

      If you input this into your ES File Explorer, it should allow you to download the Kodi Installer ZIP file free and clear (and will allow you to avoid the rather complex Kodi download page at http://kodi.tv).

      Then you simply have ES File Explorer open the Zip file, then launch the installer from within the zip file! We added the instructions for this on our Install Kodi on FireTV page.

      Please let us know if you need more help. And thanks again, Louise!

  3. Just happened this morning. After the startup, Fire Stick seemed updating itself. Then, Kodi stops working. It says something like ‘this not an Amazon installed app’. Does anyone else has this problem?

      • A wonderful job. Super helpful innaimotrof.

        • Thank you!

    • Yes I do

  4. I follows the steps but does not give me the option to configure it to my fire stick(gives me option to Mac,Windows,Android,idevices,
    Appletv, and Linux) don’t know what to put

    • Hello Joe,

      It sounds like you may have downloaded the non-ARM version of Kodi. Either that or you need to scroll down on the list of Operating System options it gives you (Mac, Linux, etc). “Fire TV” should be an option there.

    • Hi Joe,

      There is a second method for installing TVAddons on Firestick: Use the Add On Installer zip file instead of the Config Wizard zip file.

      We have updated our page that has directions for installing TVAddons one-by-one:
      http://kodifiretvstick.com/install-kodi-on-fire-stick/#install-tvaddons

      Go to that link and try Method B: Install TVAddons using Add On Installer.

      Let us know if you still need help. Thanks Joe!

    • I am forever indebted to you for this intiamrfoon.

  5. After I did everything and installed kodi just fine, I’m having trouble with the add ons, after I down loaded fusion files and then I go to the wizard part it’s not giving me an option to configure it to the fire stick all other options are there. Did I miss a step

  6. Your fusion add ons is not working, why do you keep deleting my comments

    • Hello Joe,

      The comments are not deleted but are instead kept in an Approval queue and must be approved before they appear on the site. We have approved all of your comments and we appreciate your questions & input.

      Thanks!

  7. I have the same problem as Joe. I’ve followed your revised instructions and got Kodi downloaded now (se earlier thread). I’ve also got Fusion downloaded but when I try to download AddOns it fails. I don’t have Fire TV as an option so I’ve repeatedly tried to download via the Android option (one set of instructions said that would work if the Fire TV option failed). The downloading screen appears, but the %bar never moves and after a short time I get an ‘Config Wizard Error’ message in the bottom right hand corner. Been trying for days now. Can you help?

    • Hi Louise,

      There is a second method for installing TVAddons on Firestick: Use the Add On Installer zip file instead of the Config Wizard zip file.

      We have updated our page that has directions for installing TVAddons one-by-one:
      http://kodifiretvstick.com/install-kodi-on-fire-stick/#install-tvaddons

      Go to that link and try Method B: Install TVAddons using Add On Installer.

      Let us know if you still need help. Thanks Louise!

  8. I think I have downloaded everything properly but I still haven’t been able to watch anything for free only Bravo lol can someone please help !!!!

  9. Black screen what do I do. Remote won’t turn it on…

  10. Movies won’t show just see title of movie

    • Hello,

      Try re-installing Kodi and reinstalling TV Addons.

  11. Can anyone help please, my fire stick has all of a sudden started playing up and I have no idea why?? I can play and load certain programs like Zem TV and a couple of others but sites like Sport Devil, Exodus, Turk will not work for love nor money. Ive tried to clear the whole stick and start again, I’ve also updated to latest edition of Kodi and finding myself getting frustrated and having to watch the same shit on tv as my Mrs downstairs as my man cave has taken a hit. If someone could help you would seriously be making me very happy…

    • Hi Chris,

      Sorry to hear that! I recommend trying the Config Wizard – install the Config Wizard after you install Kodi.

      It’s possible that your ISP is blocking Kodi TV Addons all of the sudden.

      If so, you can use my tutorial video on how to Unblock TV here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdMzsDkOoIY

      Good luck!

  12. most of the channels on my kodi no longer work. I continue to either time out or it says no stream available. Nothing is playing on 1Channel and exodus is now useless. Nothing is streaming or getting a source. what can i do to fix this? I have uninstalled and reinstalled kodi, i have updated, I have researched and researched. It is happening on all of my fire sticks.

    • Sorry to hear that! I recommend trying the Config Wizard – install the Config Wizard after you install Kodi.

      It’s possible that your ISP is blocking Kodi TV Addons all of the sudden.

      If so, you can use my tutorial video on how to Unblock TV here:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdMzsDkOoIY

      Good luck!

  13. It won’t let me install Kodi on my Firesticks is there a new update out blocking it. Please help

    • Hi Johnny,

      Which methods have you tried? There are at least 4 methods for Installing Kodi on Firestick:
      1) Install Kodi on Firestick using Android
      2) Install Kodi on Firestick using iOS (iPhone / iPad)
      3) Install Kodi on Firestick using PC (ADBLink)
      4) Install Kodi on Firestick using ES File Explorer

      I have youtube videos and blog articles on how to do each one.

      Here’s my youtube channel:
      http://youtube.com/kfiretvnews

  14. Hello my firestick is not working properly. It keep kicking me out of kodi. A message keep popping up saying critically low on storage I have less than 500 mb of storage on my device I need to uninstall enough apps to fix. I uninstalled all the apps except kodi and cleared cache on kodi nothing works can you please help me.

    • Hello Rico! I recommend resetting your Firestick to factory default settings.

  15. Hi, I really appreciate your site and order if you can help. I’ve tried every install method with ES and it simply will not download Kodi. The error messages vary but the latest attempt:
    Kodifirestick.com/down : webpage not available
    Bit.ly file: Wall Street Journal Page Unavailable
    Jodi website: clicking on the ARM download has zero activity. Nothing happens

    Has ES or Amazon recently updated a blocking patch or something?

    I can’t even download the Sideloader app from the App Store!

    What’s up?

  16. Hello,

    I was following video directions on how to clean my Fire Stick.
    I must have done something wrong. I still have Kodi, but each time
    I I click Video I get (Files, Playlists & Video add-ons.
    I lost all my channels. What do you suggest I do from here.

    Thank You,

    • Hi Myrna,

      I recommend you try to go to Video Add-Ons and see if there are any addons in there. If not, you can install them on your own pretty easily using one of my tutorial videos on my youtube channel:
      http://youtube.com/kfiretvnews

      Thanks!

  17. After updatingon its own this morning my fire stick doesn’t work. There are no listings under kodi and i cant find exodus anywhere. HELLLP!!

    • Hi Takara!

      This is pretty common. In this case, it’s best to re-install Kodi and TV Addons. I have tutorial videos for all of that on my youtube channel:
      http://youtube.com/kfiretvnews

      Good luck!

  18. I trun my amazon tv on go into kodi and it puts me to a screen that says pic videos music program system and wont let do any thing wont let me in to kodi any help

    • Hi Danny,

      The screen that says “PICTURES VIDEOS MUSIC PROGRAMS SYSTEM” is actually the Kodi screen.

      That is Kodi’s dashboard. From the Kodi dashboard, you can select VIDEOS to see if any TV Addons are installed.

      If not, I recommend you check out my youtube channel to see how to use Kodi and Install TV Addons:
      http://youtube.com/kfiretvnews

  19. I install kodi with the tvguru adds and everything works great. No issues. Then 2 days later I turn it on and there’s nothing there. The initial system screen is on like I need to re-install the whole program again. I’ve done the entire sequence twice and it’s happened for the 3rd time just this morning. What do I do?

    • Hi Dennis,

      I’d recommend trying a different way of installing Kodi and/or TV Addons. If the Config Wizard is causing these symptoms, it would be worth a try to use the Addon Installer instead – install a fresh installation of Kodi then use the Addon Installer to install individual TV Addons.

      Here’s a link to my youtube channel with tutorial videos on the various ways to install Kodi:
      http://youtube.com/kfiretvnews

  20. Hi, my problem is my fire stick tells me it’s connected to the network, I then launch kodi which also says it’s connected however when I have tried to update kodi it tells me cannot update no connect to network, any ideas how to solve and by the way you will be replying to someone who was born in the fifties

    • Hello,

      The Firestick can appear to be “connected” just fine, but your actual Internet connection may have some other issue(s). Sometimes a modem or router will overheat or “die” (sometimes slowly, not all in one shot) which can result in a device appearing to be connected, but being unable to actually use the Internet.

      I would check on your modem and/or router and make sure they’re not overheating!

  21. Hi here’s my problem, when I load my fire stick it tells me it’s connected to the network, when I launch kodi It’s telling me it’s connected however when I try to update kodi its telling me unable to update not connect to the network any ideas

    • Hello,

      It sounds like Kodi needs to be re-installed. I recommend you re-install Kodi.

  22. Hi, my problem is my fire stick tells me it’s connected to the network, I then launch kodi which also says it’s connected however when I have tried to update kodi it tells me cannot update no connect to network, any ideas how to solve and by the way you will be replying to someone who was born in the fifties

    • Hello!

      I think I replied to another comment just now for the same thing, but basically it sounds like your network has issues.

  23. Hi, my kodi remote is acting up. Every time I try to swipe left or right, it won’t let me. In order for me to swipe up or down, I have to swipe left or right and I’m not sure what the problem is. I think the Tv updated my fire stick remote and I do not like it at all. Do you know if there is any way to get my firestick back to normal ?

    • Hi Gianni, are you using the Kore remote?

  24. My brother accidentally bought something on here and since then it won’5t load any kind of show or movie. Anything i can do sonit can work again?

    • Hello,

      You can try resetting the firestick / fire tv to factory default settings.

  25. I need help my firestick just keeps going back to the main screen that says firestick tv. It’s not hot by touch…what do I do

    • Hi Alana, sorry for the late reply!

      Does it just continuously go back to the “splash screen” that shows the fire tv logo? If so, it may be defective. Some Firesticks are just “bad”, but they don’t go bad until a while after they’ve been used.

      If you can at all get to the main menu, try to Reset to Factory Default settings.

  26. My firestick keeps giving me a “help tip” upon launch, telling me that a mouse does not work with it and to go to settings and change that setting. I do not have a mouse set up or is it an option in my settings. I can’t get past that screen to access Kodi at all.

    • Hi Mike,

      I suggest you try a “Mouse app”. If you have an Android or iOS phone, you should be able to download a free mouse app that works on Fire TV. This should be able to simulate an actual mouse that uses your phone’s screen like a touchpad on a laptop.

      Other than that, you can try a Bluetooth keyboard / mouse combo, or bluetooth mouse.

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