HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Android TV

1 Enabling installation

At the moment KODI isn't available yet through the Google Play Store. To be able to install apps that do not originate from Google Play Store, you will have to do some steps to allow this. By default this is disable however it's quite simple to turn this on.

2 Download

Download Kodi for Android from our servers. Official stable builds can be found here: You need to either select the ARM or x86 version depending on your hardware.
Note: If ES File Explorer does not show up on the Google Play Store on your device, you may be able to go to the Play Store on you PC and install it from there.

3 Installation

Installing Kodi on your Android TV device is simply a matter of opening ES File Explorer (or other file management app), navigating to where you saved the .apk, either on your LAN or USB drive attached to the device, then selecting the .apk and following the on-screen instructions.
If you are new to Kodi you might wish to check out this section of the wiki: First time user.

4 Tidy up

After Kodi has installed you can delete the downloaded Kodi APK file to save some disk space.

5 Update

To update Kodi on Android TV, simply download the new version and follow the same Installation instructions above. All your settings and files will be preserved as they are located in a different place in the userdata folder. Be sure to make a backup of the userdata folder when doing updates in case something goes wrong.
Note: Since Kodi for Android is signed with our own signatures you will be able to install all succeeding versions without a problem. If you are using a non-official version not signed by us you may be required to un-install Kodi and you will loose all your settings due to this. Be warned before trying.

6 Uninstall

To un-install Kodi just go to your Android TV settings menu and select "Apps". From there you will be able to un-install Kodi like any other Android app.
Note: Unlike other OSes, uninstalling Kodi on Android will also erase your userdata folder and all of your settings.
Step 4: Select Ok.    
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KODI Entertainment Center runs on many types of hardware platforms and one of the most popular is the Android platform. Android is light weight and easy to setup and use. It also has the most problems especially when preinstalled or sold by companies who do not provide software updates or support.

In 2013 when the XBMC Foundation released the beta version of XBMC for Android, it exploded across the world. At the time Android was still in the beginning stages of working out a overall device compatibility issues with H/W hardware acceleration video playback.

The problem is, there are so many different types of Android hardware, when Google releases their open-source Android OS software, hardware manufacturers must rewrite the coating to work in the compatible with the hardware they sell. This means they must test and continually update to work out any bugs.

When XBMC was made available for Android there was a rush to fill the demand and sadly the market was flooded with inferior Chinese preloaded and outdated crap. Without going a further I'm going to get to the point, there are a list of devices that are recommended by the official creators of KODI The XBMC Foundation; to specifically to run their software XBMC/KODI/TVMC etc.

The devices they recommend  are all official android devices and are guaranteed to work properly with XBMC/KODI. We are here to help you do what you enjoy, streaming TV movies! We take pride in providing you with the correct information which gives you the results you're looking for. You can trust that we are not here to sell you anything but rather provide you with information that saves you money.
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