Turn your Android phone or tablet into a Kodi media hub

Whether you want to manage the various media on your Android smartphone or tablet, or stream content to and from multiple devices, Kodi’s support for Android gives you an easy way to do it.

However, the Kodi Android wiki FAQ page explains that the Kodi Android app is primarily intended for Android-based set-top boxes that spend most of their time connected to a TV and are powered by a remote. That said, Kodi is still compatible with many Android devices with an official app available on the Google Play Store.

As of Kodi v17, only devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher are supported. Also, the Kodi Android app has been designed with bigger screens in mind, especially for those five inches or more. Kodi does not recommend using the app on smaller phones.

If your Android smartphone or tablet fits your needs, you’re ready to go.

How to install Kodi on Android

For most Android smartphones, the Kodi app installation process is going to be very simple, and it can be done in one of two ways:

  • Launch the Google Play Store app , search for and select the Kodi app , and then install it.
  • You can also go directly to the Google Play page for the Kodi app.

After installing the Kodi app, you are ready to start uploading your media library or adding it to the app, for example with Kodi Movies and TV addons.

The Kodi app page on Google Play Getting the Kodi app for Android is easy.

Installing Kodi for Android tablets is the same process as for smartphones. However, one case where the experience may be different is when the device does not have the official Google Play Store app. Although this may be rare on smartphones and tablets from major manufacturers, Kodi still has a way to install the Android app without the Google Play Store.

How to Install Kodi on Android Without Google Play (Sideloading)

For devices that do not have access to the Google Play Store and require additional loading of the Kodi app, you will first need to determine if your device is running a 32-bit version of Android or a 64-bit version with an installed system. a 64-bit chip (SoC). Kodi also has different instructions for devices with Intel SoCs. You can learn more in the Kodi Android FAQ or read about mobile processors and SoCs.

If you have access to Google Play, it is advised that you use it to download apps rather than upload them to the side.

To install Kodi without Google Play :

  1. Go to the Kodi download page.

  2. Select the Android option , and then choose the 32-bit or 64-bit option, depending on your device’s hardware and operating system.

  3. Download the corresponding Android APK file, which can be transferred to the internal storage of your Android device and installed.

  4. Install the APK file and Kodi should install successfully on your Android device.

If you go the non-Google Play route, you may need to enable app installs from unknown sources on your Android devices before attempting to install the app.

  • Depending on your device, you may need to navigate to Settings > Security , and then check the Unknown sources box .
  • Devices running Android 8.0 Oreo may require you to go to Settings > Apps > Special Access , select , then select Install unknown apps or Install other apps . This will take you to a screen where you can select Google Chrome to allow the download and installation of Android APK files.

Once you’ve installed Kodi, you’re ready to watch movies and TV, listen to music, or stream content from the Web or other host devices you’ve set up with Kodi. If you are concerned that your version of Kodi is not the same as other versions you have seen on the web, you may have seen special versions of Kodi that can give the media player a custom look.