Kodi App For Android: How To Download & Install Kodi On Android


Kodi box app is a media streaming player which lets you access all kinds of content on various devices. Though it was released in 2002, it gained popularity recently. Back then it was called XBMC(Xbox Media Center), in 2014, the creators behind it decided to change the name to Kodi. This article focuses on the Download & installation of Kodi app for Android.

Kodi is a 100% free, open source software that allows you to run media from all different places. It is supported by the majority of Operating Systems and runs on hundreds of different electronic devices that feed on these OS.  The Major OS that runs Kodi are Linux, Windows, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi, etc. You can watch locally stored media, Live TV, stream movies online, Videos, music, customize, and so much more with the player.

Downloading & installing Kodi on Android has never been much easier. The setup is now available in Google play store itself and based on your device’s configuration it automatically decides which version (ARM(32bit), ARM(64bit) or x86) of Kodi you need. You can also do the Manual Installation from the apk file which is present on the official site of the streaming media center. I’ll provide you with the download link but before that let us see how to enable installation for Kodi on Android.

How To Setup Kodi On Android

1. Enabling Installation

These steps are valid for most of the devices running Android.

For Android(Normal)

1.1   Locate the settings menu on your Android device and search for the “security” menu.

1.2   Enable “Unknown sources” option. This will allow you to directly install Kodi on android phone or tablet as easy as you would install it from Play Store.

For Android(TV)

1.1   From the Android TV launcher, scroll down to and select “Settings”.

1.2   From the “Settings” menu, scroll down and select the “Security & Restrictions” menu.

1.3   In the “Security & Restrictions” menu, turn on “Unknown Sources”.

2. Download

For Android (Normal)

You can either download Kodi app for Android devices through Google play store or from the Kodi.tv servers.

Download Kodi from Play store:

Developer: XBMC Foundation
Price: Free

Download Kodi from Kodi’s official website:

Click here on your Android web browser and select the Android icon. Most users will want to select the ARM file unless you have an Intel or AMD CPU. After clicking on the icon, you will have to manually select whether you want the 32-bit or the 64-bit version. Once selected, you may get a warning based on the browser you are using. Click OK to proceed & wait for the apk file to download.

For Android (TV)

2.1   Open the web browser(such as Chrome) either by voice command or by Sideload launcher.

2.2   Download Kodi tv in the same fashion as for Android (Normal).

3. Installing Kodi

If you downloaded Kodi from play store then it will automatically get installed. If you downloaded the apk file from the Kodi.tv servers then follow the below instructions:

3.1   Select the apk file for Kodi you just downloaded. You can select that using a file explorer or through the open files feature of the web browser.

3.2   After selecting the file you might be asked for the program to open it up with. Select “Package Installer” or “Google Play“.

3.3   You will get a confirmation box asking whether to install or cancel. Click on install.

3.4   Wait for the Kodi box package to install on your device.

3.5   All Done! Open Kodi app through the shortcut icon. The first time you run Kodi, it will take a bit longer as it installs the support files. It will open a lot faster for the second time.

kodi installed

How To Use Kodi App

Now you know how to download & install Kodi on Android device. But how to use it? The first time you run Kodi app, you won’t see it like the image shown above. It will be an empty media player without any content. something like this:

kodi basic

The Left side of the panel shows the navigation bar while the right side is where your library will show up. Kodi is a very customizable media player with a lot of potentials. It has a robust settings menu which you can access through the gear icon on the left side of the panel.

The settings menu has a lot to offer. You can completely change the way how Kodi works for you. Settings menu include:

kodi settings

Player Settings: Use this option to change the video, music, pictures, Blu-ray, and accessibility settings. It will help you to adjust skip rate, skip delay, languages, and many other things.

Media Settings: This will enable you to control how Kodi handles the media stored on your local device.

PVR & Line TV: This subsetting is for the live TV section and recording it. It is not applicable if you are using Kodi on your phone/tablet.

Interface:  Here you can change the look & feel of your media player. Change the skin, create a lock, set a screen saver, etc.

Profile: Manage the different profiles through this subsetting.

System: Here you can change the display, audio, input/output methods, power saving settings.

File Manager: Kodi also has a built-in file manager to access and move your files around. Through this subsetting, you can control the file manager.

Kodi is not only used to access the files that are stored locally but you can also watch live TV on it and even record it. It is also very handy in streaming online content through its add-ons & repositories. It has hundreds of add-ons that you can install the app itself.

How To Install Add-ons

kodi youtube

  1. Click on the Add-ons menu from the left panel.
  2. It will take you to the add-ons menu where you can select the type of add-on you want to install.
  3. The options include Video add-ons, Music add-ons, Android apps, Picture add-ons, etc. Once decided, choose the type of add-on you want to install.
  4. Browse through the different add-ons available and pick the one you want.
  5. Click on it and press install. That’s it, now enjoy it through your Kodi player.

kodi add ons

Wrap Up

That’s how easy it is to install and use Kodi app for android device. Because of its open source nature, there are a lot of updates that keep coming to the streaming player. Some of them are pretty cool while some can be unstable also. All in all, Kodi box is an amazing and very useful software which has a lot to potential and a bright future.

Howdy mate, I am sid. A software engineer by profession doing that 9 to 5 job working on Linux and SQL. My passion for writing & broadcasting useful info brought me into blogging. I like playing Table Tennis, Video games, reading novels, and also sleeping. In ReadVia.com- we try to provide exclusive and fun tech info. I hope you like the content posted here & find it useful.


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