The only thing keeping you super entertained in this quarantine would be Kodi. It has become one of the most reliable and user-friendly platforms for your Android TV Box and a one-stop to avail features of all ideal TV boxes. But if the installation procedure seems a bit puzzling, then don’t worry, we got you covered!
With this step by step guide for Kodi Android TV Box Set-up, you will be able to enjoy your favorite shows and online content in no time!
- First, make sure that your personal Google account is functional, if not then create one now for free and log in your TV box with that account.
- Before installing Kodi, you must check if the device’s OS is compatible with the version of Kodi you are installing. If you are downloading the latest version (18.6), then the Android Operating System downloaded must be 5.0 or higher.
- Now open Google Play Store application on your Android TV box.
- Type Kodi in the search bar to find the Application
- Choose the first application which is developed by the XMBC Foundation and press Install
- Next, you will receive a notification stating that Kodi is downloaded
- Open Kodi’s app and check if it is operational on your Android Box
You may need assistance if you are an amateur at setting up the latest version of Kodi. But we are here to help!
When you will open the Kodi’s application, the main menu will appear and different categories will appear: you may see the headings of Radio, TV Shows, Movies, Pictures, and Add-ons.
Several categories that you view will be content-specific. If you are in a mood to watch Thor, you will search for it and then select it from available results. Next, a context menu will appear which will display different options about the movie, Thor. Observe the image below to get a better idea about how you can begin watching the movie, view additional options, and label it as already watched.
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Set-up a Video Library at Kodi
Creating your Media Library is an essential part of setting up Kodi. But make sure that the format of your video files saved is compatible with Kodi. Thi format me be different from the regular and usual movies and videos’ format.
Now you will learn about Filename. The unique filename helps Kodi identify every individual file and distinguish it from the rest. The process of Kodi extracting data from files, like Filename is referred to as Scrapping.
Organize Kodi’s Media Library
If you are tired of seeing a chaotic Media Library, then choose either of the two below mentioned options to organize your media in an orderly way:
- Create a single folder consisting of all the media files you own
- Create an individual folder for every TV show, video, and media file to keep them separated
If you mention the year of media file’s release or creation in brackets along with the name, it will make the work (scrapping) of Kodi easier to discern between your files.
Set-up Your Kodi’s Music Library
The latest Kodi version is more automated and allows you to easily fill your Music Library. Now, when you will add a new source, automatically the system will ask for your consent to scan all the music files in the folder. You didn’t have this luxury earlier. Now you wouldn’t have to open the context menu and manually select the “Scan to Library” option.
Create Your Photo Library
With Kodi, you can add pictures in the Media Library with your favorite music and videos! You may not find advance and complex features like those available in the photo viewer of Kodi. But what are add-ons for? With the correct and reliable add-ons, you can create your personalized and customized Photo Library.
Populate your Library with media files
The process to add different media files, irrespective of their type (videos, movies, music, etc), in the Library is quite similar.
Let’s review how to add Pictures in the Media Library so you get the basic idea. Follow these guidelines:
- Choose the category of Pictures
- Select the add pictures option only
- Next, you need to mention the source of the picture, Choose the Browse option as you may not remember the file path word-by-word.
- Via scrapping, Kodi will identify all the drives connected and data stored in them
- For this example, the SMB device contains pictures that are to be transported.
- Manually search for the folder where pictures are saved and open it
- If you have located the correct folder, select OK to move forward
- Now you will reach the Picture source window and the path will be mentioned
- Type in the Folder’s name, like in this example its Pictures. Then click OK.
- Now, you will be redirected to the Pictures category and you can open and see your folder
I hope that this guide will help you setup Kodi on Android TV Box to make it more versatile and entertaining. Don’t forget to install the VPN since Kodi is an open-source platform and you never know what’s downloading with the community add-ons. The VPN will protect your device from data compromise and will maintain optimal privacy while you are online.