Step-by-Step Guide on How to Install Kodi on Any Device

Updated: 19 July 2021
Updated: 19 July 2021

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In this guide, you will learn how to install Kodi on various devices.

What is Kodi

Kodi is an open-source media software designed for home entertainment. The media software is free to download and can be installed on virtually any computing device. Kodi lets you stream trending movies, TV Shows, IPTV, sports, live events and more.

Below in this guide you can find step-by-step instructions on how to install Kodi on Android, Windows, macOS, iOS, AppleTV and other smart TVs.

Related guide: What is a VPN and how it works

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Is it Even Legal to Use Kodi?

It is legal to use Kodi; however, you can get into trouble by using third-party add-ons. This is because these add-ons partly offer links to pirated content, and this infringes copyrights. This issue has attracted negative publicity against Kodi, as various governments and copyright agencies are against copyright infringement.

Due to reason, most third-party add-ons are blocked by ISPs. Furthermore, manufacturers of various pre-loaded Kodi boxes have also been sued. Additionally, several Kodi users have received DCMA warnings for streaming copyrighted content illegally via third-party add-ons.

All these cases demand the use of a good VPN to keep your activities secure and private. A VPN also will help you gain access to geo-restricted content while giving you fast speeds to stream HD content.

We recommend ExpressVPN if you want to use Kodi with third-party add-ons.

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How to Install Kodi on Any Device and Platform

Kodi is compatible with multiple home devices, including your smartphone, smart TV, Android TV, Firestick, PC, and more. Subsequently, you can also install Kodi on various platforms, like Windows, Android, iOS, macOS, tvOS, Raspberry Pi and Linux.

This guide gives you a simplified step-by-step guide on installing Kodi on various devices and platforms.

How to Install Kodi on Android Devices

Kodi offers an Android app available on Google Play Store. Unlike other platforms, the installation procedure doesn’t require Sideloading but a simple search, click and download process.

Here’s how you can install Kodi on your Android device:

  • Open Play Store.
  • On the search bar, type Kodi.
  • Select the top Kodi result (Kodi foundation) and click install.

How to Install Kodi

This action will download and install the app automatically. Open when finished to use Kodi.

How to Install Kodi on Fire TV Stick and Fire TV

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is a popular Android-based device that plugs into your TV via an HDMI port. Firestick is similar to Fire TV, bar a few physical features. Thankfully, these devices share the same installation procedure.

Note, the Amazon store doesn’t have the official Kodi app yet. Therefore, you have to sideload the APK file and do a manual install. But first, you have to ensure your Fire TV Stick/ Fire TV device has permissions to install third-party apps.

Here’s how (we used the Fire TV Stick 4K with the latest update):

1. On the Firestick home screen, navigate to Settings and select My Fire TV.

Install Kodi on Fire TV

2. Go to Developer options.

Kodi Fire TV Developer Options

3. Enable ADB debugging and also “Allow apps from Unknown Sources.”

Install Kodi on Fire TV Settings

Since Firestick runs on a fork of Android, we’ll download a regular Kodi APK file. To download the file, you have to have a Downloader app that’s readily available on the Amazon store. If you don’t have it:

1. Go back to the home screen, under Find, select Search and type “Downloader”.

2. Click on the first-choice orange app named Downloader.

Kodi Fire TV Downloader

3. Click “Get” to download and install Downloader into your Firestick.

Kodi Fire TV Downloader Install

After the installation is complete, open the app and proceed to download and install the Kodi app.

Therefore, on the Downloader app:

1. Navigate to the URL field of the app, and type this link: http://www.kodi.tv/download and click “Go”.

Kodi TV Download

2. You’ll see the official Kodi website on the screen. Scroll and select the Android option.

3. Next, you’ll see multiple download options. We recommend the “ARMV7A (32BIT)” option as it works well than the 64Bit version.

Kodi TV Dowload Options

The download process takes a few seconds to finish, and installation will begin. Once it’s done, open Kodi and customize it to your liking. You might be prompted to delete the APK file afterwards.

How to install Kodi on Windows PC

Windows users get two options on how to install Kodi. First, you can choose to download the Kodi app instantly from the Microsoft store. Alternatively, you can also opt for the offline app from the official Kodi website. This guide covers both download options.

To download directly from the Microsoft Store:

1. To download directly from the Microsoft Store:

Install Kodi on Windows - Dowload Page Layout

2. On the search bar, type Kodi.

Windows - Install Kodi Search Bar

3. Select the top Kodi result and click “Get”.

Get Kodi on Windows

4. The app will automatically download and install.

Install and Launch Kodi TV on Windows

Once the installation procedure is done, click “Launch” to open the app.

If you prefer downloading the app from the website, here’s how you can do it:

1. Navigate to the official Kodi website download page and select Windows.

Download Kodi From Official Kodi Website

2. Download the correct version of your PC version, whether 32-bit or 64-bit and proceed to installation.

Install Kodi From Official Site

If you don’t know the version of your PC’s operating system, here’s how to check it:

  1. On your PC’s keyboard, click the Windows start button and “R” simultaneously.
  2. You’ll see a pop-up search bar on the screen. Type “dxdiag” and tap “OK”.
  3. Find out Windows Version

  4. Moments later, you’ll see a screen pop-up that displays information about your PC, including the version of your operating system.
  5. Windows Operating System Information

How to Install Kodi on macOS

The procedure is pretty much similar to that of a Windows PC. However, Kodi gives a macOS app that only compatible with Macs running OS X 10.13 or higher. To install Kodi on your Mac:

  1. On your Safari browser, navigate to: https://kodi.tv/download/macos to download
  2. Click the “Download” button to start. Safari will automatically mount the DMF file.
  3. Install Kodi on Mac

How to Install Kodi on iOS

Unfortunately, Kodi is not available on the iOS App Store. As such, you need a third-party app like TweakBox to install the streaming app. Subsequently, you can’t download TweakBox directly from the App Store.

Thankfully, here is a guide on how you can get it:

Kodi Tweakbox iOS

  1. On your iPhone/iPad, visit https://www.tweakboxapp.com/
  2. Follow the on-screen wizard to download the app profile. You might be required to allow specific permissions to download.
  3. Once the TweakBox profile has downloaded, visit your iPhone settings page, and you’ll see the just downloaded profile at the top of the page.
  4. Click open and follow the on-screen instructions to finish.

Visit the home page of your phone and search for TweakBox to start the process of installing Kodi on your iPhone. Next, navigate to the Apps tab and search for Kodi, and click to install.

How to Install Kodi on Apple TV

The process of installing Kodi on Apple TV is somewhat lengthy. But with enough practice, the whole procedure becomes more straightforward. In this guide, we used Apple TV4.

Note, the Apple TV 4K lacks a USB-C. As such, you’ll have to use Xcode on macOS with a wireless connection if you’re to sideload Kodi onto the Apple TV box. To get macOS 0n your Windows PC, we recommend installing a virtual machine. Alternatively, refer to Hackintosh for more.

On the downside, this method dictates that you re-install Kodi every 7 days if you’re using a free Apple development account.

Before we get started, confirm you have the following requirements beforehand:

  • Apple TV4 running on tvOS 9 or higher.
  • Windows PC running Windows 7 or higher.
  • USB-C cable to connect Apple TV4 to your PC.
  • Download Kodi .deb file for tvOS from: https://kodi.tv/download/tvos
  • Install the latest version of iTunes.
  • Cydia Impactor program that you can use to sideload Kodi on your Apple TV4.

Of importance, the Cydia Impactor only accepts the .ipa format of Kodi. As such, you’ll have to convert the .deb to .ipa. Here’s how you can convert the .deb file to .ipa format:

  1. Download the 7-zip software and install it on your Windows PC.
  2. Download the official .deb file for tvOS from https://kodi.tv/download/tvos
  3. Save the .deb file in a separate folder and right-click to extract the files.
  4. 7-ZIP Install
    Followed by:
    TVOS Kodi

  5. Open the extracted files folder and select “data.tar”, and right-click to extract with 7-zip.
  6. Kodi on TV OS

  7. Once you have the data folder, open and navigate to the Application folder and locate a folder named “Kodi.app”
  8. Kodi App on TVOS

  9. Next, create a new folder and name it Payload (ensure the name has a capital “P” letter).
  10. Drag the “Kodi.app” folder and drop it into the Payload folder.
  11. Right-click on the Payload folder, select 7-zip and then select the “Add to archive” option.
  12. Kodi TVOS

  13. Once the new window pops up, ensure that the archive format is in zip format before naming the file Kodi.app and click OK.
  14. Kodi.app

If you’ve followed every step to this point, we can now install Kodi on Apple TV. Here are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Ensure your Apple TV4 is connected to a power supply and turned on before we proceed.
  2. Connect your Apple TV4 with your computer using the USB-C and ensure it’s turned on. If you notice a pop-up from iTunes or other programs, close them.
  3. Extract the Impactor zip file on your Windows PC and open the Impactor.exe file. Don’t opt for the “Run as Administrator” for Cydia Impactor.
  4. Kodi Fire TV

  5. Wait for your Apple TV4 device to detect the Cydia Impactor before dragging and dropping the Kodi.app file into the Impactor.
  6. Kodi AppleTV 4k

  7. Next, Cydia Impactor will prompt you to enter your Apple ID. Please type a valid Apple ID and click “OK”. This action will prompt Cydia Impactor to begin installing Kodi on your Apple TV4.
  8. Once the installation is complete, navigate the Kodi app on the main screen of Apple TV4 and open it to customize.

Note that you’ll have to repeat this process every 7 days if you’re using a free Apple dev account. Hence keep the .ipa file on your Windows PC.

How to Install Kodi Smart TVs and TV Boxes

A good percentage of Smart TVs and TV Boxes run on Android and support Google Play Store services. Therefore, installing Kodi on these platforms is pretty straightforward:

  1. Turn on your Smart TV or TV Box and connect it to an internet connection.
  2. On the Smart TV section, look for the Play Store icon and launch it.
  3. Search for Kodi and click install.

Note, you can also refer to the process of installing Kodi on Android devices if you’re stuck somewhere on the Play Store.

If your Smart TV doesn’t use Android, such as Lg (Web OS) and Samsung, you will need to use an Android TV box or Fire Tv Stick.

Wrap Up

This guide gives detailed steps you need to install Kodi on any compatible home device. Remember that Kodi requires a constant internet connection to work. Moreover, Kodi is legal home-theatre software, but its third-party add-ons often compromise it.

Moreover, your privacy and security while using the internet should be a priority. Therefore, we recommend that you connect to a stable and reliable VPN when using Kodi.

You can find our VPN reviews here: VPN Reviews

FAQ

Is Kodi legal?

Yes, Kodi is a legal home entertainment software in many regions around the world. However, most of its third-party add-ons aren’t.

Do I need a VPN when using Kodi?

Yes, it’s highly recommendable to connect to a stable and reliable VPN before using Kodi. A high number of Kodi’s third-party add-ons provide links to pirated content, which is considered illegal in many regions around the globe.

To avoid receiving a DCMA warning and possible penalties, use a VPN. A good VPN gives you online anonymity and gains access to geo-restricted content.

Is Kodi a free software?

Yes, Kodi doesn’t require any subscription fee. However, if you use premium VPNs, you’ll need to pay for the online protection service.

Do I need other apps after installing Kodi?

After installing Kodi, you need to install add-ons. Add-ons help you to stream different content such as TV shows, movies, and so on.

Written by: Justin Oyaro

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Tech and Cybersecurity Expert Justin is a cybersecurity expert with over 5 years of experience that stretches across various technological realms. He is a valued expert in cybersecurity, Cord-cutting, Cryptocurrency, Smartphones, How-tos and other related fields. Justin has written authoritative content for multiple Cybersecurity websites and blogs on matters regarding privacy and security. He also does pen test on tech products such as smartphone applications and websites. When he is not writing, Justin spends most of his time on the latest tech trends and Android Studio. Justin is also a degree holder in Information Systems Technology and Master of Computer Applications (M.C.A.), University of Adelaide.

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