Kodi 18.9 Updates: How to Install the Latest Kodi 18.9 on Firestick and Fire TV

If you didn’t know it yet, Kodi 18.9 Leia came to the scene in October 2020. This is the latest and so far the most stable version of Kodi. In this post, we look at the recent Kodi 18.9 updates and the changes, if any, that the new version comes with. I’ll also show you how to update your current Kodi to the latest version in a few simple steps.

If you haven’t been using or installed Kodi on your device, take it from me that Kodi is one of the best Firestick apps that you should already be having on your device. 

You can install it for both official and third-party add-ons. Just be careful with third party addons, some of them do not hold the proper lincenses and you might run into legel issues. These give you access to many types of content including movies, TV shows, live TV, sports, kids’ shows, documentaries, and much more. All you need to do is to find the right add-on for the content you want to stream and you’ll be good to go.

Kodi 18.9 Updates and Fixes

So, what comes with the latest Kodi 18.9 updates? Well, to be honest, the latest Kodi doesn’t come with any new feature but provides very useful bug fixes.

Most people thought the previous version, Kodi 18.8, would be the final release. But as it later emerged there were some important bug fixes that they had to address urgently, which is why the latest version was released. According to the official Kodi website, the latest Leia update was necessitated by circumstances beyond their control.

Technical changes in Cloudflare led to problems with HTTP access to any website using Cloudflare, for example, metadata sources. Kodi had to find a quick fix to the problem while they continue working on the next 19.x Matrix version.

As they were building a new code, they decided to work on other issues and regressions that users of Kodi 18.8 were experiencing.

The Kodi 18.9 updates have addressed the following issues according to the changelog published on the official Kodi website:

  • Fixed third-party changes to HTTP2 and SSL/encryption that affected internet access from Kodi by streaming add-ons and scrappers
  • Solved memory leak issues in TexturePacker
  • Fixed MediaCodec rendering
  • Solved problems caused by the inability of an event server to send raw key strikes
  • Fixed issues to do with directory navigation and start directories that were incorrectly set

In short, the latest Kodi 18.9 updates addressed bugs commonly found in the previous versions to give you a smoother and better streaming experience when using third-party add-ons.

You can read more about the Kodi 18.9 changelog on their official website or GitHub Milestone.

How You Can Update Kodi on Fire TV and Firestick to the Latest Version

If you still have an older version of Kodi, such as 18.8 Leia and older installed on your device, you may want to update to the latest Kodi 18.9 version for a better streaming experience.

The latest version has addressed some of the key bugs or issues in the previous versions. The good news is that it’s quite simple to update Kodi on your Firestick without even needing to use a computer.

Simply follow these simple steps:

1. Check If You Have the Current Version

Before you update Kodi, it’s important to first check which version of Kodi you’re currently running on your Firestick or Fire TV device. You also need to ensure that there’s actually an update available.

To check which version you have on your device, go to the Settings menu from the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV. Click applications, then go to manage Installed Applications and hover the mouse over Kodi.

On the right-hand side, you’ll see the current version of Kodi that you’re running on your device. If you have Kodi 18.8 Leia or an earlier version, you’ll be informed that there’s an update available.

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  • Your Country:  United States
  • Your City: Ashburn
  • Your ISP: Amazon Technologies Inc.

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2. Download and Install the Latest Kodi 18.9 Update

The next step is to download and install the latest update. Go back to the home screen of your Firestick or Fire TV. Click on Settings, scroll across to My Fire TV, then click Developer options and turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources.

Navigate back to the home screen and search for the FileLinked app in your device. If you don’t have FileLinked on your Firestick or Fire TV, check this guide and install it now!

Launch the FileLinked app and enter the WebSafetyTips store code – 11111111 (eight ones).

websafetytips code 111111111

Search for Kodi 18.9 (Latest Stable Release) and wait for it to download after you click on it.

kodi 18.9 leia via Filelinked
Click Install.
install Kodi 18.9 on Firestick

Hit Open after it has finished installing the latest version of Kodi on your device to open it right away.

open kodi 18.9

Kodi requires access to your device so just press Continue.

kodi 18.9 info

Allow Kodi to access your device by clicking Allow.

allow kodi

And that’s just how easy it is to get the latest Kodi 18.9 updates on your Firestick or Fire TV device.


You can also install the latest Kodi using the AppStarter application. For the guide, check here!

If you have followed the steps discussed above but the Kodi update fails to install on your device, you can always uninstall the previous version. You can do this by going to Manage Installed Applications and reinstalling Kodi 18.9 Leia again.

Let us know your experience or any issues you may be having when updating your Kodi to the latest version in the comments below!

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1 month ago

Thanks. How about builds? Every build I’ve tried recently says it has a bad url. PLEASE HELP!

1 month ago

I can’t get on kodi I did everything you guys said and still nothing it’s like it’s missing some steps

1 month ago
Reply to  James

Where do you think there is a missing step? Where are you encountering problems?

1 month ago

I never get the screen that says alloow kodi photos ect. Then it never download correctly from. There. Any help .i would love it thank you

1 month ago
Reply to  Kim

Does Kodi work for you even though you didn’t get the “allow” part?

21 days ago

Where can I found info on how to configure Kodi?

Last edited 21 days ago by PamieJay
21 days ago
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Darlene Herman
Darlene Herman
1 month ago

I am having the same problems noted recently here. I do not get any movies just 3 squares with files playlists video add-ons
The old Kodi showed movie , tv etc choices. Also, how do I delete all the other versions of Kodi and other movie sites I’ve added to my firestick???

29 days ago
Reply to  Darlene Herman

Have you tried to install any Kodi add-on?
You can check this guide to uninstall the apps you no longer like or use: https://www.websafetytips.com/how-to-uninstall-apps-on-amazon-fire-stick-devices/

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