If you like to have a well-structured multimedia library always at hand and surely you know an applications like Kodi. Heir to the multimedia player XBMC (Xbox Media Center), Kodi is a multimedia manager that makes it easy for you to access the multimedia files that you save on your local network or USB drives connected to any of your compatible devices like mobiles, tablets, televisions … almost anything goes as long as it has Android as the operating system.
After the timely change of name, it was in 2015 when Kodi made the leap and debuted in the Google Play Store to facilitate installation on any device.
Kodi on Play Store is a blessing. It means that downloading and installing Kodi on any android device is as easy as any other application. But, it does not mean that this is the only way to get Kodi. if for any reason the play store path doesn’t work, you can still get Kodi.
How to download and install Kodi on Android TV
Here we tell you how to install Kodi on your Android TV-based device from the official Play Store, then from the Kodi official download page. This guide was realized on the Mi TV Stickdevice. No matter what your Android TV device is the process should be the same since the OS is Android TV.
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Install Kodi from Play Store
The Kodi app is available on Google Play so you won’t have too much trouble installing it on your Android TV.
You just have to access Google Play and search for Kodi using the search bar. Make sure to install the XBMC Foundation application.
Then you just have to start the app and start configuring it.
Install Kodi APK file from Kodi website
If for any strange reason, other than not having searched the application correctly, the Kodi application does not appear in Google Play, all is not yet lost since you can download the installer APK file from the Kodi website.
Getting Kodi is very easy and here we are going to see how you can get it on an Android TV device without having to go through the application store.
The process will take th
- First, we will install the Downloader app from the Play Store
- Second, we will enable installation from unknown sources for the Downloader app
- Finally, we will find, download and install the APK file
If the first two steps are already done for you, then skip directly to the third one
Install Downloader app on Android TV
The first thing you need to do is to install the Downloader app, a powerful browser, and file manager specifically designed for android TV-based devices, and this is what interests us the most since we will use it to download any APK from an outside source.
Say that the Downloader app is available in the official Play Store, so you can download it directly to your Mi TV Stick.
Open Play Store, search Downloader, then install and open the application
Once launched it will ask you to grant permission to access local storage. Since this is a file manager, it will need your permission to function. Just press Allow
Most importantly, you will have to activate the browser option for this app. To do so, a plug-in must be installed. In the search box type, the following address: browser.aftvnews.com a press GO
Wait for the download to finish then press Install.
When the installation process is over, press Done.
It will take you back to the previous screen, here you should select Delete to get rid of the installation package and free storage space.
Next, confirm the deletion
That’s it, your browser is now ready to use. just go to the search box, type an address, or a query to start surfing the net. And this is exactly how we are going to find and install apps on Mi TV Stick device.
Enable Installation from unknown sources
Since you are going to download and install Kodi from the official website which is a third-party source. The first thing you have to do is enable installation from unknown sources. If not already done, just follow these steps:
Launch Mi TV Stick and click on the “System Settings” Icon.
Select Device Preferences
Go to Security and restrictions
Enter Unknown sources option
Allow Downloader app to install from unknown sources
Download and install Kodi APK
After having enabled installation from unknown sources, your device can now install any app you want from outside the official Play Store.
Once the Downloader app is ready to use, all you have to do is click on the Browser option and use the search bar to download any application in APK format.
To install Kodi APK, follow the steps below:
Launch the Downloader app and in the search box and type kodi.tv/download then press GO
This link will take you to the download page of Kodi official website
In the new screen that opens you will have to choose the operating system in which you are going to use Kodi (in this case Android).
Be careful because it is important to download the compatible version. In my case and for this guide, I have used the 32-bit version.
Select and click on the compatible version for your device. The download should start immediately.
Once the file downloaded, press Install
Now click Done to go back to the previous screen
Delete the installation package
Confirm the deletion
That’s it, you can now use Kodi on your Android TV device.
Upon this process, Kodi should appear in the app drawer of your device. Just go and open the app as you normally do.
Now, it is time to configure your Kodi to make the most of it. Follow this link to see how to configure Kodi for the first time and start adding content from your local storage.
Kodi has earned a great reputation among users not only for its ability to offer you a well-organized library but also for its flexibility to support extra add-ons. The Media center has its add-ons repository which is rich indeed. Everything you get from the official Kodi repository is legal. So, no copyright issues to be afraid of.
The most interesting Kodi addons are hosted in third-party repositories that you need to find and install to watch tons of high-quality content. Check the links below to explore more about Kodi:
- Install official and third-party Addons On Kodi
- Create a backup for your Kodi data and settings
- The Best Kodi addons for Movies and TV Shows
- Reset Kodi to default settings on Windows PC
- Install Kodzi Program addon on Kodi
- Add an IPTV m3u file to Kodi