Kodi is a program or application that allows us to view multimedia content on different platforms. It is an open source multimedia center , which allows us to view videos or movies, listen to music or view images. As we have mentioned Kodi is multiplatform, we can use it both in our smartphone , as in our Smart T V or computer .
There are many media players on the market, but there are really few that are as complete as Kodi . One of the main advantages it offers us is that it is capable of playing virtually any type of multimedia format. In addition, it allows us to organize all our content in various multimedia libraries.
The content does not need to be stored on the device itself, but we can have it on external hard drives or on any device with an Internet connection so that the program can access it. Since it allows us to connect to endless sources.
If you want to have a true multimedia center, with great versatility and easy to use, we will explain how to install it on your Android device . We will also see the main configuration options and talk about their famous Add-ons , which is really where the full potential of this application is. But first let’s see what Kodi really is for .
Main functions of Kodi
The main feature or function is to play multimedia content . To get the most out of it, it is best to install it on a Smart TV and we will have our particular Netflix completely free . But also with many more functions, since Netflix does not allow us to view images or listen to our favorite music.
Let’s see the main CHARACTERISTICS offered by this program:
Remote control : To make the use of the program as simple as possible, we can install a remote control for Kodi on our smartphone or cell phone , so we can comfortably handle all options from our mobile. The best known are Yatse and Kore .
Kodi PVR: We can watch live TV shows and even record them. For this the best known addons with Phoenix, Navi -X or Steam Engine . With them we can see countless channels, such as Fox News, Fox Sports , Cartoon Network, etc.
Kodi Add-ons : Add-ons allow us to add extra functionalides to Kodi . And that is what makes it really powerful.
Interface: we can customize the program interface to our liking, for this there are a variety of skins.
How to install and configure Kodi
The installation of Kodi is really simple and is also free . We simply have to enter Google Play, search for Kodi and click on Install. If you plan to install Kodi on a Smart TV, there is an optimized version for this type of device.
The first thing to do once installed is to change the language of the application, so that it is easier for us to use. To do this we open the application and follow the following steps:
- We look for the Settings or Configuration icon , which has the shape of a cogwheel . It is located in the upper left, just below the logo and above the main categories.
- A kind of control panel appears, we look for the Interface option , which is under Settings .
- Once on the Interface screen , we look for the Regional -> Language option . Here we select the language we want to use.
In addition to the language, you can customize a lot of program options. As we said there are a variety of skins so you can leave the application to your liking.
When we open the application for the first time, we see that we have a side menu with the different categories of your multimedia files. The main ones are Music, TV, Radio, Photos and Videos. If we click on any of them we will see on the main screen the files they contain.
For example, press videos and you will see on screen all the videos that Kodi has recognized. If you click on one of them a player will open so you can see it.
How to install and configure Add-ons on Kodi
The Add-ons are extensions that can add to Kodi to provide additional functions. Thanks to these extensions, we can provide the application with endless options to view virtually any content on the network. One of the best known Add-ons would be to install the YouTube extension , in order to see the video platform within Kodi .
To install these extensions we have 2 possibilities. Do it directly from the application’s own repository or install from external sources.
Install Add-ons with the Kodi repository
The easiest way to install extensions would be using the search engine itself that the application brings. But if we don’t know exactly what we are looking for, it may not be so useful. For this, the best option is to use the repositories . In these repositories we can find the most common and used extensions organized in different categories.
To access these repositories, we access the Add-ons menu found in the side toolbar . Once inside, click Install from repository . By giving it a list appears with the different categories. As we mentioned before, to install for example the YouTube extension , we would go to the video category. Once installed, we can access it from the main screen.
Install Add-ons from external sources
Installing extensions from external sources is very similar to installing Apks on our Android device. Before we can carry out any installation we have to give permissions. For this we go to the Cogwheel option -> System -> Add-ons -> Unknown origins .
The dangers of installing any type of program from external sources must be taken into account. As with mobile phones with apks , many of them may contain malware that affects our device. So we recommend that before installing any extension verify the origin of it and be from a reliable source. For example, it is endorsed by reputable members of the official Kodi forums .
These external extensions are usually in ZIP format. So to install it you have to download the Zip file to our device and then in the application say that we want to ” install an extension from a .zip file” .