Installing Kodi on Android TV: Turning your Android TV box into a Kodi streamer
Kodi is a fantastic way to stream content to your TV from a computer or phone, and using Google’s Android TV is an excellent way to turn your “dumb” TV into a “smart” one.
While streaming Kodi to Chromecast is a little tricky, getting Kodi onto your Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield TV, or Android TV-enabled Sony, Philips, or Sharp TV, is an easy task. Here’s how you can get Kodi installed on your Android TV and start streaming your stored content onto the big screen.
Please note that many addons contain content that isn’t officially licensed, and accessing such material could be illegal. If the content is free but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.
Installing Kodi on Android TV
There are two ways to stream content from Kodi to Android TV. One way is to utilize its Chromecast functionality and stream Kodi via Chromecast. However, the other way is so much easier. Don’t even waste your time trying to fiddle around with Chromecast.
Installing Kodi the incredibly easy way:
- Download the Kodi app on your Android TV using Google Play.
- Configure the Kodi app to see the content you have stored on the network.
Installing Kodi the long-winded way:
If, for some reason, you can’t download Kodi from the Google Play Store, here’s another way to install it onto your Android TV device.
- Go to Android TV’s “Settings” panel and scroll to “Security & Restrictions.”
- Turn on “Unknown Sources” to allow for installing apps outside of the Google Play Store.
- On a PC, download Kodi for Android from Kodi’s download page. Depending on your hardware, you need to select the right version.
- Copy the downloaded .apk file to Google Drive or a USB drive and plug it into your Android TV.
- Using the TV, browse and access the .apk file using the Files by Google app or another file manager of choice. NOTE: Be careful when choosing a file browser since copycat apps with spyware and background adware are abundant!
- Open the .apk file to install Kodi, and follow the prompts. Kodi will work the same as if it was downloaded from the Google Play Store, except it will prompt you for security authorization.
- Configure Kodi so you can see the content you have stored in the network.
As previously mentioned, many add-ons contain content that isn’t officially licensed. Accessing such content could infringe on copyrights or lead to illegal use. It is the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws in their country regarding data and content.
Now that you have Kodi installed on your HDTV, have fun playing around with it and explore the features and options to make it yours! It also allows profiles so other users can customize it to suit their needs.