If your Chromebook has Google Play, installing Kodi is easy.  All you have to do is search for Kodi on Google Play and then click the install button to get the Kodi Android app.  But if your Chromebook doesn’t have Google play, installation will be a bit tricker– but you may still be able to pull it off.  Read on to read some advice about how to install Kodi on Chromebooks.


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If you have Google Play, installing Kodi is easy

All you need to do to install Kodi on a Chromebook that has Google Play is type “Kodi” into the Google Play search bar and then click “install.”

A screenshot of Google Play on Chromebook

Once the installation is complete, you’re good to go.  Just pull up Kodi and use it just like you would any other kind of Chromebook app.

Here’s how to install Kodi if you don’t have Google Play

If you have an older Chromebook, you may not have the ability to download Google Play apps.  However, you may still be able to get Kodi if you follow the steps listed below.

Step #1: Get Chrome OS 53

To find out if you can upgrade or not, open up your Chromebook’s settings.  Click “About Chrome OS.”  Then, click “Fore more info…”  You should now see a section that says “Channel” and a “Change channel” button underneath.

A screenshot that shows you how to find the “Change channel…” button on Google OS

In order to find out which version of Chrome you have, look at the number next to version.  The screenshot above indicates that the current Chrome OS version is Chrome OS 32.

You can click the “Change channel” button to see if you can upgrade to Chrome OS version 53 or later.

Note: Depending on what kind of Chromebook you have, you may have to select the “Beta” or “Developer” channels to get Chrome OS 53.

A screenshot of a settings page that shows the three different Google OS channels
Don’t get alarmed by the fact that the Developer channel has the word “unstable” next to it.  All that means is that you might be more likely to run into glitches and bugs when you use your Chromebook.  You can always switch back to “stable” mode if glitches prove to be too much of a problem.
Note: Switching from “beta” to “stable” mode will delete all your downloaded files.  Be sure to back everything up before you make the change. 

Step #2: Get Arc Welder

Arc Welder is a tool that Google developers use to work on new software.  However, you don’t need to be a developer to download and use it.  Just follow this link to get to the Arc Welder download page and then click “install.”

Step #3: Download a Kodi APK

Next, you’ll need to connect to a Android application package (APK) site and download a Kodi APK.
There are many APK sites out there.  However, some are more trustworthy than others.  We recommend that you use the popular APK site APKMirror to download the Kodi APK.
Once you find the Kodi APK, pick the version that matches up with your Chromebook system and download it to your downloads folder.
A screenshot of the APKMirror Kodi APK download page
Check out APKMirror’s “handy FAQ” link if you’re not sure which Kodi APK version to download.

Step #4: Configure Arc Welder

Here’s how to setup the Kodi APK on Arc Welder.

First, open up the Arc Welder application on your Chromebook. Click the plus sign in the orange circle next to add your APK.  This will open your Chromebook’s file folder.

A screenshot of the Arc Welder developer program
A screenshot of the Arc Welder developer program

Now, navigate to wherever you downloaded the Kodi APK file.  Select the Kodi APK file, then click open.

A screenshot of Kodi APK installation files
A screenshot of Kodi APK installation files

Wait a few seconds for the Kodi APK to load.  When it’s ready, you’ll see the test your app screen depicted below.

A screenshot of the "test your app" screen on Arc Welder
A screenshot of the “test your app” screen on Arc Welder

Now, click on the “Test” button in the lower right.  It’ll take several minutes for Kodi to initialize the first time you run the test.

A screenshot of Kodi running for the first time on Arc Welder
A screenshot of Kodi running for the first time on Arc Welder

Once Kodi loads, you can use it just like you normally would on any other platform.

Turn the Kodi APK into a Google Chrome extension

The Arc Welder application allows you to run Kodi on Chrome OS, even if you don’t have Google Play.  But what if you don’t want to go through the long process described above every time you want to run Kodi?

Thankfully, there’s a solution.

Here’s how to turn the Kodi APK into a Google Chrome extension.

Open up Google Chrome. Click the three dots in the top right-hand corner, then scroll down to more tools. Next, click extensions.

A screenshot of Kodi running for the first time on Arc Welder
A screenshot of how to get to the “More tools” menu on Google Chrome

Make sure that developer mode is checked at the top of the page.

A screenshot of how to select developer mode in Google Chrome
A screenshot of how to select developer mode in Google Chrome

Click the load unpacked extensions button in the top left.

A screenshot of how to find the "Load unpacked extensions" button in Google Chrome
A screenshot of how to find the “Load unpacked extensions” button in Google Chrome

If you’ve already tested the Kodi APK with Arc Welder, you should be able to find a file called KODI.apk_export.  Select it to add Kodi to your Chrome OS extensions.

Note: Don’t worry about the pink warning box around Kodi.  It just means that the extension wasn’t created in the “normal” way.  

Once you have Kodi setup as a Google Chrome extension, you can use it just like a normal extension.  Just click the Kodi icon when you’re ready to use Kodi.

Now that you’ve got Kodi, install some 3rd party addons

The first thing you might want to do after you setup Kodi is try out a few 3rd party addons.

3rd party Kodi addons are made by developers that are not affiliated with (or endorsed by) the people that make the official Kodi software.

With 3rd party addons, you can stream just about any type of content you can imagine: HD movies, TV shows, live sports games, anime, documentaries, foreign language channels, cartoons and much, much more.

The best part about 3rd party addons is that they are nearly all of them are 100% free.

Here are some links to some addon guides that will help get you started:

Are Kodi 3rd party addons legal?

You don’t have to give out your email, sign up for free trials or wade through pop-ups to use 99% of all 3rd party Kodi addons.  As a result, many Kodi users are opting to cancel their cable subscriptions.

For now, you can still legally stream any type of content you like in the United States, CanadaIndia and the European Union.

For more info about the legality of Kodi, read this article:

Check out these awesome 3rd party sports addons

Sports fans love Kodi because it allows them to watch games that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see.  Here are just a few of our best articles about 3rd party sports addons.

Where can I get more addons?

The best way to quickly discover and download new addons is through Kodi repositories.  Repositories are also known as “repos.”

The best 3rd party repos come with menus that allow you to easily browse and install new addons.

Another good thing about repositories is that they keep your addons up-to-date.  If you download an addon without also installing the repository that goes with it, you’ll miss out when the developer pushes out updates.  If you don’t get the updates, your addons will eventually stop working.  Stream sources go up and go down all the time.

For more info about Kodi repositories, read this article:

How can I change the way Kodi looks?

The default version of Kodi is easy enough to use, but its design is a little bit plain.  If you want to change the way Kodi looks, what you need is a new Kodi skin.

Check out the article below to view screenshots of 10 of Kodi’s most popular skins.

What are Kodi builds?

Kodi build are all-in-one packages that change the look and feel of Kodi and also come with a set of hand-picked addons.

If you want to quickly try out a bunch of new addons that you may have never heard of before, Kodi builds are your best bet.

Here are 3 of our favorite builds.

Wookie

A screenshot of the Wookie build

Team Wookie is a group of 4 Kodi developers that work together to create builds, wizards and addons for Kodi.

“WE ARE LIKE A HAIRIER VERSION OF THE SPICE GIRLS, READY TO OFFER YOU THE MUST HAVE BUILD IN SPMC AND KODI.” – WOOKIESPMC.COM

For more about Wookie, check out this article:

Ultra TT

A screenshot of the Ultra TT build

The team at Top Tutorials are behind one of the most maintained and updated builds there is: Ultra TT.   Ultra TT is lightweight, fairly well-organized, streamlined and ultra fast.

For more info, check out:

Apollo

A screenshot of the Apollo build
A screenshot of the Apollo build

Apollo is the biggest Kodi build I’ve encountered so far.  Even though it’s a little sluggish compared to lightweight Kodi builds, it looks great, has a ton of addons and comes with a full-featured installation wizard that advanced Kodi users will love.

For more info, check out:

  • Raina Hood

    How long should it take to load? Still don’t see the Krypton screen

  • Ashley Meyers
  • Ashley Meyers

    Literally about to throw my laptop across the room

  • Rigid gamers

    how do i download kodi jarvis

  • Marc

    I have Kodi installed on my Acer R13 but the touch controls seem “off” and it’s really hard to select what I want. Any way to fix this?

  • Brian Alexander

    Hello I have a Toshiba CB 2 2014 and i Kodi 14 loads but then it says No network connection
    . Any idea how to resolve this issue?

    • Hi Brian, the hack described above is very experimental and doesn’t always work. You may want to try using this tool to install a Kodi-based linux operating system like KodiBuntu or OpenElec: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton

  • Mike Buckland

    I have a Samsung Chromebook Pro. I installed Kodi from the Play Store. When I open it it is very small. When I click full screen it crashes every time. Known issue? Any workaround?

  • Ben

    Hey, I installed Kodi on my Acer R11 Chromebook through the Google Play Store with no issues. However, I can only play on-demand content. I can’t play any live streams from IPTV’s and I tried a lot of different ones. I even enabled the RTMP Input with no luck. Any ideas what I can do to resolve this?

    • Alex Munkachy

      Hi Ben,
      What type of IPTV live streams are you having trouble with exactly? Are you trying to pipe your cable TV signal into Kodi, or are you trying to us live TV addons like USTVNow to get live streams?

    • Hi Ben,
      What type of IPTV live streams are you having trouble with exactly? Are you trying to pipe your cable TV signal into Kodi, or are you trying to us live TV addons like USTVNow to get live streams?

      • Ben

        Its happening to IPTV add-ons I use directly on Kodi. It does not happen to any other stream. Only live streams through IPTV add-ons. I could stream live content through apps outside of Kodi.