How to use Kodi on Android: our complete guide

Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free media player, it allows to read a very large number of formats, but also to watch streamings or listen to music via podcasts. Here’s a little tutorial on how to use Kodi on Android. 

Before attacking the tutorial, let’s see what Kodi is and what it does.

What is Kodi?
Kodi (formerly XBMC ) is a free media player. It was created for the first Xbox, it is the successor of the Xbox media player. But the development team then carried the software so that it can run natively under the GNU / Linux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, Android and iOS operating systems. As a Media Center, Kodi can play most audio and video file formats, and display images from any source. It also gives the ability to play video streaming or podcasts with the addition of addon.

Here is the list of formats that can read Kodi (and yes there are many):

Physical support  : CD, DVD, Video CD (including DVD-Video, VCD / SVCD and Audio CD / CDDA)
Extensions Formats  : AVI, MPEG, WMV, ASF, FLV, MKV, MOV, MP4, M4A, AAC, NUT, Ogg, OGM, RealMediaRAM / RM / RV / RA / RMVB, 3GP, VIVO, PVA, NUV, NSV , NSA, FLI, FLC, and DVR-MS (beta support)
Video Format  : MPEG-1, MPEG-2, H.263, MPEG-4 SP and ASP, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), HuffYUV, Indeo, MJPEG, RealVideo, QuickTime, Sorenson, WMV, Cinepak
 Audio Formats : AIFF, WAV / WAVE, MP4, MP3, AAC, AACplus, AC3, DTS, ALAC, AMR, FLAC, RealAudio, WAVPack, Mpeg + .
Photo / Picture formats  : BMP, JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, MNG, ICO, PCX and Targa / TGA
Subtitle formats  : AQTitle, ASS / SSA, DC, JACOsub, MicroDVD, MPsub, GMO, PJS, RT, SMI, SRT, SUB, VOBsub, VPlayer
However, Kodi is not the easiest to use, which is why we offer this tutorial to teach you the basics.

How to install Kodi on Android?
Here’s nothing too complicated, whether you use your Android smartphone, tablet or box, you just have to go to the Play Store and install the application. There is also a remote control application to manage Kodi from its smartphone if for example it is used on the computer.

Here Kodi is installed on your Android device, let’s now use it.

How to use Kodi to play a video?
First of all you have to change the language of the application. Actually by default it is in English.

On the Kodi home page, go to “System” and then “Settings”

Then in “Appearance”
Select “International” then “language” and press “French”

Now the real subject: play a video . The advantage of Kodi is that it supports an incredible number of formats, so there is very little risk that your video can not be read. You can play videos that are both on your device or on your MicroSD card or on a USB flash drive or an OTG external hard drive .

Go back to the main menu, go to “Videos” and click on “Files”

Here again “Files”
You will then see your MicroSD card with its name (here “3131-3461”) or “sda1” for your USB key or external hard drive

To play a video from your internal memory click “add video source”, “browse” and select “external storage” and press “OK”, now you will see your internal memory as “0” have given

Here you have access to all your videos
Of course the manipulation will be the same for the images and for the musics . We will move on to the most interesting subject of Kodi which is the ability to add Addons or extensions. This allows many things like adding themes, streaming directories , radios or podcasts, image banks or even YouTube videos .

How to install extensions on Kodi?
These extensions are mostly in .zip files and they are found all over the net. To simplify the task, you can find a large number on the Kodi website . Once you have downloaded the extensions, follow these steps:

Open Kodi then select “System” then “Settings”
Go to “Extensions”

Then “Install from a Zip file”
Then select “External Storage”
Here in the “Download” file you must have the files you have downloaded

Click on one of the downloaded extensions and Kodi will install the extension
If the extension is made to play streaming, you will find it under “Videos” then “Extensions”. For those concerning images or music it will be in the tab “Extensions” of the corresponding categories. The others, such as the appearance or addition of weather, can be found in “Programs” and then “Extensions”.

To avoid having to download and install the extensions one by one, you can also install a repository or repository .

How to install a repository on Kodi?
The best known of all is SuperRepo which has no less than 2,400 extensions, we will take it as an example. To install it, you need the address of the repository, here it is ” “.

Go to “System” then “File Management”
Press “Add source”

Add the address:, where there is marked “none” write the name of the source here “SuperRepo”
Press “OK”

Now let’s install the repository. Go to “System” then “Settings” and “Extensions”
Here as before, press “Install from a zip file”
You will then find the file “SuperRepo” select it and then choose “Jarvis” the current version of Kodi as you were told recently
Select the file “All” then the corresponding zip, here “”, here the installation starts

To access your extensions, go to “System”> »Settings»> »Extensions» »» Install from the repository »

Select “SuperRepo All”, you now have access to all extensions in the repository by category

Now I’ll let you go through all the extensions and take the ones you need. An example if a streaming extension interests you, you have to install it via the repository and then in the main menu in the “Videos” tab then “Extensions” you will find your extension. If you do not know what an extension is, I invite you to do a Google search before installing it .

Now, you now have the basics to use Kodi. If you still have questions, feel free to ask them, the editor will be happy to answer them.

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