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Android Set up Kodi on Android - here's how


Kodi is the Swiss Army Knife among media players: the open source tool not only plays a huge number of video, audio and photo formats, it also offers countless extensions. For example, the media libraries of the public broadcasters or the YouTube program can be called up with Kodi. This not only works on media center PCs, but also on the go! Kodi offers a full implementation for Android. This means that you can use practically all functions of the media center on your smartphone or Android tablet. Fortunately, Kodi connoisseurs do not have to get used to it, because the operation and range of functions correspond to the PC version.

Install Kodi for Android

Installing Kodi for Android is a breeze - at least if you have an Android with access to the Google Play Store. Just search for “Kodi” in the Play Store or visit this link to install Kodi over the web:

If you do not have access to the Play Store or if Kodi is officially not considered compatible with your device, you can also install the Android app manually. First download the current Android version from this link: As a rule, you can use the 64-bit version (ARMV8A). If that doesn't work, try the 32-bit release of Kodi.

Manual installation requires Allow Android apps from unknown sources. Up to Android 7 you will find the corresponding option in the Security settings from Android. Activate the option "Unknown originStarting with Android 8, you allow the installation on an app basis. For example, if you download Kodi with the Chrome browser and then open the APK file, the system asks for permission to install it. Complete installation of Kodi.

Kodi on Android: Set the language

Setting up Kodi on Android basically works exactly as you may already know it from the PC and the Raspberry Pi. After the installation you should first adjust the language of the Mediacenter. This is how you do it:

  1. On the Kodi home page, tap the Gear icon.
  2. In the menu that opens, tap on "Interface settings"And switch left to the"Regional”.
  3. Tap on "Language”And select“German”To switch Kodi to German. Of course, you can also use any other language.
  4. Under "Regional"If necessary, the option"Keyboard layouts" on "German (QWERTZ)" around. You can also select the region from the preselection “Belgium” to “Germany”To convert. This is especially interesting for Kodi extensions that adapt your information to the selected region.

Kodi for Android: Activate the touchscreen skin

Immediately after installation, Kodi for Android isn't optimally tailored for touchscreen controls. But that can easily be changed! With “Estouchy”, the developers provide an alternative surface that provides, among other things, larger buttons and is therefore more “finger-friendly” than the standard skin. To activate Estouchy, open the Kodi settings and switch to the "User interface - skins”. Here you place on the right under "Skins”The surface around. Another tip: Via the link "MoreYou can download and install additional free Kodi skins. The description usually provides information on whether the corresponding solution is touch-compatible or not.

Kodi on Android: add media sources

Just like the desktop version of Kodi, you need to add media sources on Android too. These are folders on the internal storage of your smartphone or on the network from which Kodi can play videos, music and photos. We'll show you the process for a folder with video files as an example, but setting up music and the like works the same way.

This is how you do it:

  1. On the Kodi home page, tap "Videos”. In the menu that appears, select "Files - add videos”.
  2. In the next menu tap on "Search”. Kodi now shows various sources. In addition to the internal file system (... which is listed as “external storage” depending on the system), you can also select devices in the network and UPnP media servers. For example, if you want to play video from a Plex server or network hard drive, the sources for that pop up here.
  3. Choose the appropriate one folder and tap on "OK”. In the next step, tap again on "OK”.
  4. You can now optionally add another Activate media scraper. Scrapers automatically check the folders for content and retrieve the relevant data. For example, select the “Series” scraper when adding a series folder. For this to work, the files must be named so that Kodi can recognize the content. If you do not want to activate a scraper and only play the files, select the entry “None” for “This folder contains”.
  5. Apply the selection with "OK”. The corresponding media source is now available in the Kodi main menu under “Videos”. You can now easily play the files found about it using Kodi for Android.

In this way you can import and play sources in Kodi for all media types. This works both with files that you have saved directly on the Android and with network sources.

In this post we explain how to install Kodi addons.

Use Kodi alternative SPMC

In addition to Kodi, SPMC is another alternative in terms of mobile media centers. SPMC is a development branch of Kodi specifically designed for certain Android devices. Especially on TV boxes like that Nvidia Shield TV or the Xiaomi Mi Box SPMC runs smoother than the official Kodi port in certain scenarios. The focus on Android development instead of a multi-platform solution also ensures that SPMC requires fewer resources than Kodi.

In terms of operation, the two media center solutions hardly differ. Most of the features you use on Kodi will also work on SPMC. The installation of the Kodi alternative from the Google Play Store ( or as an APK download ( koying / SPMC / releases) can be worthwhile at least on a trial basis if the official Android Kodi causes problems. Unfortunately, SPMC developer Koying has announced that it will stop developing SPMC. Version 16.7.4, published in spring 2018, will probably be the last edition of SPMC if nobody takes over the open source project. In our tests, however, the SPMC version still worked well and is therefore worth at least a look.