Kodi (previously referred to as XBMC—Xbox Media Center) is a free, powerful, open-source application developed to offer users with a thrilling entertainment experience—especially if live streaming movies, television programs, and sports defines your being.
The software is available for a wide range of operating systems as well as hardware platforms; it can operate on everything, from an Android tablet to an Amazon Fire TV stick.
Kodi’s growing popularity is mainly associated to its Android version.
Initially released in 2004, Kodi is regularly improved by a large number of software developers from around the world. The newest version, codenamed Kodi 17 Krypton, is yet to be officially released.
After installation, you can customize it by adding add-ons or builds to enhance its functionalities, which are also available for free.
For Kodi 17 Krypton to work well on any android device, you need to have Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher installed.
Setting up Kodi on Android (both mobile and TVs), and streaming your favorite content from the Internet, is a two-step process:
- First, you’ll need to download and install Kodi, and thereafter
- Install an add-on for streaming content from the Internet.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to complete the two processes.
Step 1: How to install Kodi on an Android device
Depending on your preferences, you can choose any of the following three ways of downloading Kodi:
- Downloading the latest version from the official Kodi download page
- Downloading directly from the Google Play Store (the easiest option)
- Sideloading it by utilizing the most recent APK (Android Application Package)
To download Kodi from the Google Play Store, click the “install” button, and wait for the installation process to be completed automatically for you.
After the installation is complete, you’re ready for the thrill.
On the navigation menu on the left-hand section, you’ll find various categories, such as movies, TV shows, music, add-ons, pictures, and others.
Step 2: How to install an add-on for streaming content
Thereafter, you’ll need to install an add-on for Kodi to incorporate functionalities not natively available on the software.
There are several handy Kodi add-ons you can choose to add, and get the most out of the software.
There are two main ways of adding add-ons to Kodi:
- Installing add-ons from Kodi’s in-built browser
- Installing add-ons from remote repositories
a) How to install add-ons from Kodi’s in-built browser
The latest Kodi version has an in-built add-on section on the main menu where users can search for add-ons to install.
On the add-on section, you can find add-ons already installed on the software—and categorized into different groups, such as video, music, and many more.
If you need to browse other add-ons to add, just click “install from repository”, as indicated below.
Thereafter, click “Kodi add-on repository” and begin browsing the different available categories.
For example, under video add-ons category, you can find an add-on called “Twitch”.
To install it, just select it and click “install”, and wait for the magic to happen.
The installation process will take place in the background, and you’ll be notified once it is complete.
You can follow the same process to add as many add-ons as you may require. Kodi’s official repository has several add-ons you can install.
Here are some notable ones:
- YouTube: Allows you to watch interesting videos on the Internet
- Ted Talks: Allows you to access the popular inspirational talks from Ted
- Reddit Viewer: Allows you to access feeds from Reddit
After downloading any add-on, you can configure its settings to meet your needs.
Also, if any add-on is giving you trouble, you can look for a solution on the official Kodi forum or by performing a quick Google search about the problem.
On the forum, you can find threads having important information on how to solve the most common add-on issues.
b) How to install add-ons from remote repositories
Some amazing add-ons are not available in Kodi’s official repository for various reasons, such as being too new or the developer may have not submitted it for approval.
Regardless of the reason, installing add-ons from remote repositories is easy.
It is a relatively straightforward two-step process:
- First, enable third-party repositories, and then
- Install the third-party add-on.
i) How to enable third-party repositories
On the main Kodi menu, select the “settings” icon located on the top left corner.
Thereafter, go to “system settings” and “add-ons”, and ensure “unknown sources” is activated.
After “unknown sources” has been turned on, you can safely install add-ons from remote repositories.
ii) How to install third-party add-ons
A good source for third-party add-ons for Kodi is the TVAddons.ag repository. After you’ve set up the repository, you can easily install any remote add-ons you need.
Here is a step-by-step process on how to set up TVAddons.ag repository and use it to install your favorite add-ons.
- Head to Kodi’s home screen and highlight “system” and then “file manager”
- Select the “add source” icon located on the right side of the screen
- Select the text box that displays “<none>”
- Using the displayed on-screen keyboard, type this URL: http://fusion.tvaddons.ag/. Then, click the “done” button
- Under the “enter a name for this media source” heading, type “fusion” and click the “done” button
- To finalize the TVAddons.ag set up process, press the “ok” button located below “add files source” window
- Once the external repository has been set up, you can now use it to install your favorite add-ons. To do that, go back to the main Kodi menu and click “settings” under “system”
- Select the “add-ons” tab
- If the “first run help…” screen pops up, press the “ok” button
- Choose the “install from zip file” option
- Select the “fusion” source
- Choose the “kodi-repos” folder
- Select the “english” folder
- Choose the repository file which has the add-on you intend to install. In this example, we’ll add the popular Exodus add-on
- Click the “install from repository” option
- Select “exodus repository”
- Click “video add-ons”
- Click “exodus”, and then install
- You can now access the Exodus add-on on the main menu by navigating to the “add-ons” tab and then to “video add-ons”. You can use the add-on to find a movie, a TV show, or a film to watch.
That was not difficult, or was it? After setting up Kodi on your android device, you can now stream all types of content from the Internet, and keep yourself entertained—even whilst blogging.
Apart from the Exodus add-on mentioned in this guide, there are several others that can enable you make the most of Kodi. So, go ahead and explore them from the available repositories.
Remember to do enough background check to ensure the add-on you want to install is safe and not fraudulent.
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