Kodi for beginners

Author: Tammy   Date Posted:27 February 2018 

Chapter 1: What is Kodi?

Kodi began its life close to fifteen years ago. It was originally known as XMBC, which stood for Xbox Media Center. However, Kodi went through a lengthy development process. Today, this application supports various operating systems and mobile platforms.

On its official website, you’ll see that Kodi is being advertised as the ultimate home theater software. This is means that Kodi isn’t just a media player that can be used to play movies, music, and other media. Instead, you can look at this application as your personalized library of content. Aside from storing different types of files, it is also open to Web-based media streaming.

Kodi can be used as your family’s entertainment center. It can be a place to store your entire library of movies, TV shows, family videos, photos, as well as music. You can also use it to browse YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, or Spotify. However, you can open an entirely new world via third-party addons. These act as applications within Kodi capable of streaming media files. Don’t worry, we will be talking about that later in the article.

Chapter 2: How to Install Kodi?

Step 1: Uninstall old version of Kodi (If any)
  1. Go to Setting 
  2. Go to Apps
  3. Choose and Select KD Player/ KDMC / TVMC / KODI
  4. Choose Uninstall
Step 2: Download new version of Kodi
  1. Select the link above and Download new version of Kodi
  2. Save the file to your USB as name the file as Kodi 17.6
Step 3: Install new version of Kodi
  1. Plug USB to USB port of the box (A message USB is Connect should pop up)
  2. Go back to Android Screen
  3. Go to Setting
  4. Go to Apps
  5. Find and Select AppsInstaller
  6. Choose your USB
  7. Find & Select Kodi 17.6
  8. Install


Chapter 3: Configure Kodi’s Settings

If you continue reading our Beginner’s Guide to Kodi, you’ll get to learn what to do after you install Kodi. First, we will be dealing with configuring Kodi’s settings. We will talk about eliminating unneeded options, optimizing the application’s performance and making sure you’re ready to add locally stored content.

Pick a New Language

By default, Kodi comes in English. However, there’s a wide selection of languages that you can choose from. Aside from picking a new language, you can also change your time zone and pick a new keyboard system. What this means is that you don’t have to use the standard QWERTY layout.

  • From the Home Screen, go to the Settings menu;
  • Pick ‘Interface Settings’;
  • From the left-positioned menu, select ‘Regional’;
  • Now pick a new region, language, character set and more.

Disable RSS Feed

By default, you will see an RSS feed at the bottom of Kodi’s window (or screen). In the majority of cases, you won’t benefit from this unless you’re really dedicated to knowing what’s happing with Kodi’s developers. This will also save some processing power, which is of vital importance for low-end computers, mobile devices, and older Raspberry Pi models.

To disable RSS feeds in Kodi, do the following:

  • From the Home Screen of Kodi, go to Settings using the Gear icon;
  • Pick ‘Interface Settings’;
  • Find a tab that says ‘Other’;
  • Disable the RSS feed.

Enable AirPlay Streaming

AirPlay is Apple’s streaming technology that is compatible with iOS and macOS devices. Unsurprisingly, Kodi supports AirPlay making it easier to stream content from your Apple devices. There’s no reason not to take advantage of this amazing feature, especially if run Kodi on a TV.

  • Open the Settings menu and go to ‘Service Settings’;
  • Now pick ‘AirPlay’ from the left-placed menu;
  • Enable AirPlay.

Add Multiple Users

As we said earlier in this guide to Kodi, you can use this software as your family’s home media center. Furthermore, you can add several users and associate them with your family members. That way, everyone can customize Kodi according to their needs.

  • Go to the Settings menu and click on ‘Profile Settings’;
  • In the left-placed menu, click on ‘Profiles’. This is where you can add and remove user profiles. Make sure to adjust their roles as well. For example, you don’t want your children to have access to Kodi’s settings.
  • In the ‘General’ tab, you can adjust login options. For example, if you don’t want other users to access your account by default.

Chapter 4: Add Media to Kodi

In the next step of our guide to Kodi, we’ll talk about adding locally stored media. You probably have a collection of your favorite movies or TV shows stored on your computer. Aside from that, many of us have huge music and photo libraries. You can import all of those files to Kodi and access them from a single place.

There are different ways to add media, and we’ll cover all of them. In case you need additional info, don’t forget to read our in-depth article on how to create a media library in Kodi.

Import Locally Stored Files

When you open Kodi, you will be greeted by its Home Screen. On the left side, you will see the main menu consisted of different content categories. If you click on any of those, you’ll see a button on the right side that says ‘Enter Files Section’. You will be asked to navigate to your libraries, where you add different kinds of files. After some time, you will see all those files imported into Kodi.

Import Network-Based Files

You can also use a remote location for your content library. For example, a cloud storage or an external media hub that is connected to your home’s Wi-Fi.

To add a network location, pick any content category from Kodi’s main menu. For example, let’s add photos that are stored online. We will click on the ‘Pictures’ tab in the main menu, and then we’ll click on ‘Add Pictures’. A new window will appear where we’ll pick ‘Browse’. You will now see an option that says ‘Add network location…’. This is where you can set up different options and add remotely located files. If you’re unsure about how to set up these options, you can find that information at your online storage provider’s website.

Use External Drive Files

Next, we’ll also cover external drives in this guide to Kodi. The process is quite similar to adding a new network location. Here’s how to add images that are on an external drive after you’ve connected it to your computer or any other device:

  • Click on ‘Pictures’ in the main menu;
  • Now go to ‘Add Pictures…’ and you will see a window named ‘Add Picture Source’;
  • Click on ‘Browse’;
  • Finally, navigate to your external drive and add the media.

Chapter 5: Install Apps

This wouldn’t be a helpful guide to Kodi if we didn’t mention add-ons. These have the power to expand Kodi’s capabilities and to bring new types of content. The world of Kodi add-ons is incredibly large. You can find thousands of useful add-ons that can be installed from all over the Web. However, these are separated into two distinctive categories: official and unofficial add-ons.

Official Apps for Kodi

Developers of Kodi have their own repository of addons. These are so-called official add-ons which means they are maintained and offered via Kodi’s own software. Here’s how to browse the current selection.

  • Open Kodi and navigate to ‘Add-ons’ using the main menu;
  • Click on the ‘Download’ button located in the left-placed menu;
  • Now you’ll see different categories. One of the most popular categories is ‘Video Add-ons’. Here you can find great add-ons dedicated to streaming.
  • Once you find an add-on, click on its name and you’ll see an overview. Hit ‘Install’ to finish this procedure.
  • The newly installed add-ons will be placed in the ‘Add-ons’ section of Kodi.

Chapter 6: Customize Kodi Using Skins

As you know by now, Kodi is a highly customizable application. This also applies to its default UI (User Interface). The latest version of Kodi (version 17.6 – codenamed Krypton) brings a highly polished and fluid interface that also performs well. However, we love Kodi’s freedom of customization. This is why we can’t finish our guide to Kodi without mentioning a few skins. You can install skins for Kodi in a matter of minutes and they can completely change Kodi’s appearance.

  • Those of you don’t like Kodi’s blue interface can go with a hue of green with the Chroma Skin. You can install it in just a few clicks.
  • We’ve been hearing a lot about Google’s material design. Some of those design principles were applied to the Unity Skin. If you like flat design, you should definitely try that one.

  • Renegades TV skin for Kodi is designed for those who like futuristic, yet someone visually aggressive design. You can often hear people talking about this skin as the ultimate Kodi skin for games.
  • Finally, there’s a so-called Classic Skin that brings graphics inspired by popular movies and video games. These allow you to show your appreciation if you’re a loyal fan.

Final Words…

The truth is that Kodi is a comprehensive application. It will probably take some time until you learn all of its tricks. However, we hope that this guide to Kodi will bring you the basics when it comes to this home theater software.

In case you’d like anything to add, feel free to use the comments section. We’re always ready to listen to what your readers have to say and we’d gladly help with any issues. In addition, we’d appreciate if you could share this article with other Kodi users. Thanks!

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