How to Use Kodi? [GUIDE]

Kodi is a Media Player

A media player is a software that can play media on your device. Media is anything that is Video, Audio or Images. But, most media players, including Kodi, are more widely used to play videos and audios. VLC is a classic example of a media player, which is extensively used for video and audio playback.

How to use Kodi?

Kodi lets you watch video content, such as movies and TV shows, and play audio such as songs.

Installing Official Kodi Add-ons

  1. Launch the Kodi application if it is not already open.
  2. Select the Add-ons option, found in the left menu pane.
  3. At this point, there are several ways to view the various add-ons available in the official Kodi repository. One is to use the Add-on Browser, which lists add-ons from all repositories that you have installed broken down into the following categories: Video, Music, Program, and Picture. To access the browser, select the Enter add-on browser button in the particular category that you’re interested in.
  4. For this tutorial, however, we’re going to browse and install add-ons directly from the official Kodi repository. To do so, first, click on the package icon; located in the upper left-hand corner of the Add-ons screen.
  5. Select the Install from the repository option.
  6. If you have an unofficial repository already installed, you will now see a list of available reports. Select the one labeled Kodi Add-on repository with Team Kodi listed as its owner. If you have not installed any other repositories, you will be taken directly to a list of over a dozen folders found within Kodi’s official repo. These include a wide range of add-on categories that allow you to stream audio and video content, view still images and even play games. If you’re interested in a particular add-on, select its name from the list.
  7. You’ll now be taken to the details screen for that add-on, displaying information about the specific package. Select the Install button, found towards the bottom of the page, to enable the add-on in your Kodi application.
  8. As soon as the installation process begins, the real-time progress percentage will be displayed next to the respective add-on’s name. Upon completion, your newly enabled add-on will have a checkmark to the left of its name; meaning that it is now available for use. If you select the add-on once again from the list, you’ll now notice that several other buttons have been activated towards the bottom of the screen. These allow you to disable or remove your new add-on, configure its settings as well as modify whether or not it will be updated automatically when a new version becomes available. Most importantly, you can launch the add-on and begin using it by selecting the Open button. Installed add-ons can also be opened from Kodi’s main screen as well as from the individual category sections (Videos, Pictures, etc.).

Installing Unofficial Kodi Add-ons

As mentioned above, any add-ons installed from a repository other than those managed by Team Kodi are not officially supported. While many unofficial add-ons do not possess any detrimental qualities, others may contain security vulnerabilities and malware.

Perhaps more concerning for the XBMC Foundation is the number of unofficial add-ons that are utilized to stream copyrighted content including movies, music, TV shows and sometimes even live broadcasts of sporting events and other feeds. It is not surprising, however, that these are some of the most popular add-ons with Kodi users. In the end, you have to decide on whether or not you want to download such add-ons.

Lifewire does not condone the illegal streaming of copyrighted material.

  1. Launch the Kodi application if it is not already open.
  2. Select the Settings button, represented by a gear icon and located directly below the Kodi logo in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. The System interface will now be visible. Select the option labeled System settings.
  4. In the lower left-hand corner of the screen should be an option labeled Standard, accompanied by a gear icon. Select it twice so that it now reads Expert.
  5. Select Add-ons, found in the left menu pane.
  6. To install unsanctioned add-ons, you first need to allow Kodi to trust unknown sources. This presents a potential security liability but is a necessity if you wish to take this route. Select the button found to the right of the Unknown sources option.
  7. You should now see a warning message, detailing the possible dangers involved when enabling this setting. Choose Yes to continue.
  8. Return to Kodi’s System screen by hitting the Esc key or its platform-specific equivalent once.
  9. Select the File Manager option.
  10. In the File Manager interface, double-click on Add source.
  11. The Add file source dialog should now appear, overlaying the main Kodi window.
  12. Select the field labeled None.
  13. You will now be prompted to enter the path of the repository that you want to add. You can usually obtain this address from the repository’s website or forum.
  14. Once you’re done entering the URL, select the OK button.
  15. Type in the name of the repository in the field marked Enter a name for this media source and select OK. You can enter any name that you desire in this field, but note that it will be used to reference the source path throughout the application.
  16. You should now be returned to the File Manager interface with the newly created source listed.
  17. Hit Esc twice to return to Kodi’s main screen.
  18. Select Add-ons, located in the left menu pane.
  19. Select the package icon, located in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
  20. Choose the option labeled Install from zip file.
  21. The Install from zip file dialog should now be displayed, overlaying your main Kodi window. Choose the source name that you entered in Step 15. Depending on the host server’s configuration, you may now be presented with a set of folders and sub-folders. Navigate to the appropriate path and choose the .zip file for the repository that you wish to install. You can also utilize this option to install a repository from a .zip file located on your hard drive or removable disk. Some sites allow you to directly download the file required to install their repository.
  22. Your installation process will now begin, usually taking under a minute to complete. If the repository was installed successfully, a confirmation message should briefly appear in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  23. Select the Install from the repository option.
  24. A list of available repositories should now be displayed. Select your newly installed repo.
  25. You may now be presented with a list of add-ons at the top level, or a list of categories and sub-categories containing packages within each; depending on how the particular repository is set up. When you see an add-on that you may be interested in, click on its name to open the details screen.
  26. Each add-on’s details screen contains relevant information about the package along with a row of action buttons at the bottom. If you’d like to try out a particular add-on, select the Install button on this screen.
  27. The download and installation process will now begin, with its progress shown in the form of completion percentage. As is the case with official Kodi add-ons, you may notice notifications in the upper-right hand corner of the screen stating that other add-ons and plugins are also being installed. This only occurs when the add-on that you chose is dependent on the presence of other packages to function correctly. If the add-on installation was successful, there should now be a checkmark next to its name. Click on this name.
  28. You should now be returned to the add-on’s details screen. You’ll notice that the rest of the action buttons found in the bottom row are now available. From here you can disable or uninstall the package, as well as modify its settings by selecting the Configure button. To launch the add-on and begin using it, select Open. Your new add-on will also be accessible from the Add-ons section on the Kodi home screen, as well as in its respective add-on category (i.e., Video Add-ons).

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How to use Kodi on firestick?

STEP 1: Prepare Your Fire TV / Stick for Kodi Installation

First of all, if you just purchased your Fire TV or FireStick, here’s how to set up Fire Stick for the first time. Now that you have set up your Stick successfully, prepare it for the Kodi installation. You’ll have to make four tweaks. Enable ADB debugging, Turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources, Turn OFF Device Usage Data, and Turn OFF Collect App Usage Data. You can easily do all of this by following these steps:

#1: Just navigate to Settings on your Fire TV/Stick. Then select My Fire TV / Device and choose Developer Options

#2: Now you’ll be required to do two things. First of all, enable ADB debugging (optional) and then turn ON Apps from Unknown Sources (mandatory)

#3: Now navigate to Settings and open Preferences > Privacy SettingsNow, just turn OFF the Device Usage Data and Collect App Usage Data

Your Amazon Fire TV is now all set. Now we are a step closer to the Kodi installation.

STEP 2: Download and Install ES File Explorer

This is by far the most popular, easiest, and fastest method for installing Kodi on Fire TV Stick. If you follow all the steps carefully, it won’t take more than 2 minutes. ES File Explorer is an amazing app and is available free of cost on the Amazon App Store. It makes the Kodi installation process very smooth and convenient.

Just head to the Amazon App Store and search “ES File Explorer” for it. To go to Amazon Store, select Search option in the top-left corner of your FireStick home-screen.

Once you have downloaded and installed ES file explorer on your Fire TV or Fire Stick, we are just one step away to install Kodi.

STEP 3: Install Kodi on FireStick

In this step, we will learn to download and install Kodi 18.5 Leia on your Amazon Fire TV Stick. For those who are not aware, Leia 18.5 is the latest stable version as on the date.

#1. Launch ES File Explorer and then open the menu situated on the left. Navigate to Tools> Download Manager> +New

#2: Now a pop-up menu will appear asking for Name and Path.

#3: To install Kodi Leia 18.5, in the Path field, enter and in the Name field, just put Kodi and click ‘OK’.

#4: Now select Download Now which will begin the downloading process.

#5: Once the download is finished, click “Open File

#6: Click “Install.”

#7: Once again, click “Install” and it will install the Kodi app on your FireStick in a few seconds.

You won’t find the Kodi app on your home screen, so just head to Settings -> Applications -> Manage Installed Applications -> Kodi -> Launch. 

You may also press down the Home key/button on your remote for 5 seconds and click Apps on the pop-up screen to access Kodi.

Now that you have installed Kodi, it is the time that you know how to use it on Fire Stick for safe and sound entertainment. With Kodi, you will have access to the huge world of free content ranging from movies to TV shows and a lot more.

How to use Kodi on pc?

The installation process for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 & older are different. We cover both as follows. 

3.1 Windows 10

If you have Windows 10, you can download the official version of Kodi from Microsoft Store. Here is how you can do that:

  • Click ‘Cortana’ search button and type in ‘Kodi’ (without quotes)
  • Kodi icon will show up on the search results in ‘Start’ as the ‘Trusted Microsoft App’. Click the Kodi icon
  • You will be taken to the Microsoft Store. Click the ‘Get’ or ‘Download’ button
  • Let Microsoft Store do the rest for you
  • In about a minute or two you will have installed Kodi on your Windows 10 PC

3.2 Windows 8.1 & Older

If you have Windows 8.1 or an older version of Windows, you may still download Kodi directly from the official website

Open the website and when you are on the home-page, click ‘DOWNLOAD’ on the top-right (or directly go to

Scroll down until you see the logos of the supported devices/platforms.

Click the Windows logo

Make sure you have selected the Recommended tab on the next window

Click INSTALLER (64 BIT) if you have a 64-Bit computer. Click INSTALLER (32 BIT) if you use a 32-Bit PC.

4. Mac OS

Kodi is not listed on Apple’s App Store, but there is a macOS version on the official website of Kodi. You must have Mac OS 10.8 X or higher running on an Intel processor for Kodi to work. Follow the steps below to install Kodi Leia on Mac:

Open in the Safari web browser (Safari will auto-mount the DMG file). Scroll down and click the ‘MacOS’ logo

Make sure the ‘Recommended’ tab is selected on the pop-up window. Click INSTALLER (64-BIT)

Follow the usual process to install the app on your Mac computer

How to use Kodi on android?

This one is easy. Kodi is not only popular, but it is also trusted by Google. Unlike Amazon FireStick or Fire TV, you don’t have to sideload (or manually install) Kodi on Android mobiles & tablets. You will find the Kodi app on the Google Play Store.

Only trusted and safe apps make it to the Play Store. Since Kodi is there, it gives us the assurance that it is verified and safe.

Here is how you can install Kodi on Android:

  • Open Play Store
  • Lookup for Kodi
  • Follow the onscreen instructions and install Kodi

It’s this easy!

Android Smart TV and TV Boxes support Google Play Store. Since Kodi Krypton is an official entry in the Play Store, installing the app is pretty straightforward.

  • Turn on your TV (if you are using Android TV Box, make sure it is connected to the TV)
  • When the home-screen loads up, click the Play Store (or Google Play) icon
  • Lookup for Kodi app
  • Follow the on-screen instructions and you will have Kodi in a couple of minutes

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