How to update KODI on your Android TV box (with pictures)

Please note. There are two methods in which you can update Kodi. Each method has its own advantages. Method 1 will permit you to back up your addons, which is a wonderful idea if something should go wrong. It will also let you set up the supported up addons onto other devices with Kodi installed. Method 2 will keep both the addons and construct (the appearance and individual customisations) of this box, but you’ll be not able to take the addons with you. Both work, take a little while to finish, but are relatively straightforward.

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Our guide starts just below the important upgrade announcement

Important

Before we delve too deep into this article I think it’s best to remind those familiar with Kodi (and those new to it) that it’s an ever-evolving system. Due to the nature of the beast many add-ons come and go, most often without warning or fanfare. Most of the time you won’t even be aware that your favourite add-on has been shut down as it will often continue to work, but as time goes by you’ll begin to notice fewer and fewer links are working. This is simply due to the add-on being abandoned and new fresh links not being picked up. That’s why it’s super important to stay on top of the game and check here on a regular basis for new Kodi add-on releases. Again, if your favourite addon no longer works it’s not a problem with your device or Kodi, the individual behind the add-on has simply walked away from developing it further to keep it running

If your box operates Android 4.4.4 or old you won’t have the ability to upgrade to Kodi 17 or newer. Any device that runs Android 5.1 or newer can upgrade Kodi to newer variants.

To locate your variant head to settings>Abdout device. It should let you know what version of Android you’ve got.

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I believe we will all agree that KODI is a kick ass program, and something that a lot of us just simply adore. But as lots of people may have discovered, upgrading KODI in your Android TV box, be it an MXQ, M8 or comparable box isn’t an easy task. You’ll find it is stuck on the factory installed version of KODI, which may be weeks, or even years out of date. So how can you fix that? How do you upgrade KODI in your Android TV box, even if you’ve tried everything else?

As many of you that have bought these boxes, which we also stock at amazing prices, have noticed, deleting and reinstalling the KODI program will also delete all the add-ons. Not good. You can perform a factory reset of the box and find all the add-ons back again, but in doing this it will revert to the factory installed KODI. Again, not a terrific thing.

OK, I’ll acknowledge it. I hunted high and low for a solution. I thought I’d come across one but in the last thing I got the dreaded warning “cannot install app, conflicting signature.” The update had failed. But at the end I got it upgraded, and today I’m going to share my secret with you.

Please note. This method may be used to downgrade your version of KODI to more secure versions also. It’s a lengthy process and may take half an hour to finish, but once done you will be extremely satisfied with the outcome.

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Method 1

Method 2

Attention!

Please make sure that all add-ons are completely current and there are no add-ons running in the background. Make sure that you follow the steps to the letter. But if something does go wrong a simple factory reset of the box will return it to factory condition with all the programs and add-ons.

Method 1

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What you will need

Must have: SD card or USB drive

Nice to possess : USB mouse and keyboard

Now for step 1.

Step 1 Backup your KODI add-ons

If you wish you can skip the backup part and download the file from here. The addons may be out of date and need an update when installed . Once downloaded copy the zip file into a USB drive. I strongly suggest going through the whole process so you’re familiar with it.

Open KODI and visit programs

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Select program add-ons

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If USB-SDCARD WIZARD is not on this screen select “get more…” If you see USB-SDCARD WIZARD miss another picture

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Select and empower USB-SDCARD WIZARD

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Select USB-SDCARD WIZARD and you’ll see this popup. Select “Configure”

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Insert a USB or SD card. Click on “Choose USB/SDCARD Destination”

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Select that the USB or SD card. In my scenario it was sda1. Click OK then OK again. Please be sure you only pick the USB drive rather than a folder within the USB drive. Failure to pick only the proper USB drive will lead to a no valid path error. The thumb drive could be named anything, so have a careful look.

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Go back to the popup screen and choose open

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Select Backup

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If you only want to save your addons select “Backup just your addons”

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Leave it to run until completed. Once done this step is complete.

If you get an error message along the lines of “ÜSB-SD Card Wizard error – check logs” change the backup location to the local device (the hard disk of this box) and save it there. Once saved enter your Android file manager and copy the files to the USB drive.

Step two Delete KODI

You can delete KODI two ways. One is simply visiting the Play shop and deleting the program there and another is by visiting settings.

Delete from the play shop

Open Google Play (you will need to be signed in to do this)

Type in KODI from the search bar and pick it

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Click on uninstall

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Delete through configurations

Go to preferences and click apps

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Click on Kodi

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Click on uninstall

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Wait a couple of seconds and KODI will be gone.

Step 3 Download KODI

Enter Google Play, and in case you haven’t logged in or do have a Google account yet please create one and sign in.

In the top search bar type Kodi and pick the very best result wiith the Kodi icon. Select the button.

Some Android boxes won’t permit you to set up KODI via the Play store. Sometimes it’ll just fail. It is uncommon, but when it does occur follow these steps to set up KODI again with the integrated browser and program installer.

Open the browser on the TV box

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search for “KODI download”.  Select the KODI download connection (normally first outcome )

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Click on ARM below the Android download aqnd the download will begin

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Next visit settings.  Under device management – click allow installation of programs from unknown sources. A popup will appear and select OK

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Go to downloads and see if the download is complete.

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Step 4 Install KODI

Go to program installer

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Select Local Disk

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Click on the KODI file you downloaded

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This box might look slightly different. Just select install

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Give it few minutes and KODI will return.

Step 5 Installing USB-SDCARD WIZARD again

Open KODI and Choose system>file manager

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Select add source

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Select “none”

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Type the following EXACTLY http://xunitytalk.me/xfinity and choose Done

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Highlight the box underneath Enter a title for this particular media Source, kind xfinity or some other title you want & Select OK

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Go back to your Home Screen and choose system

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Select addons

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Select Install from zip file

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Select xfinity

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Select XunityTalk_Repository

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Wait for Add-on enabled notification

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Select Install from Repository

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Select .XunityTalk Repository

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Select Program Add-ons

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Select USB-SDCARD WIZARD

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Select Install

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Wait for Add-on enabled notification

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Select USB-SDCARD WIZARD AGAIN and follow the installation steps as you did in step 1. Don’t create a backup here. Just set the destination then go to the next step.

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Step 6 Getting your add-ons back

Open USB-SDCARD WIZARD

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Select Restore

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Select the file that you backed up

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Give it a few minutes to add All the add-ons back into your KODi install

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Method two

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Step 1. )

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Click on programs

Step 2.

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Click on file browser (can be file manager)

Step 3

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Click on Android

Step 4

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Click on information

Step 5

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There’s going for a document called org.xbmc.kodi. Hold OK on this file and you will be given the choice to rename it.

Step 6

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Change the name of the file to something quite easy. Here I included a few z’s to the start of the name. It needs to be a very simple change since it’s going to need to be transformed back a bit later.

Once done click OK

Step 7

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Go back to the home screen and click on settings then programs.

Step 8

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Click on Kodi

Step 9

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Click on uninstall

Step 10

Enter Google Play, and in case you haven’t logged in or do have a Google account yet please create one and sign in.

In the top search bar type Kodi and pick the very best result wiith the Kodi icon. Select the button.

Some Android boxes won’t permit you to set up KODI via the Play store. Sometimes it’ll just fail. It is uncommon, but when it does occur follow these steps to set up KODI again with the integrated browser and program installer.

Open the browser on the TV box

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Step 11

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search for “KODI download”.  Select the KODI download connection (normally first outcome )

Step 12

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Click on ARM below the Android download aqnd the download will begin

Step 13

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Next visit settings.  Under device management – click allow installation of programs from unknown sources. A popup will appear and select OK

Step 14

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Go to downloads and see if the download is complete.

Step 15 Install KODI

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Go to program installer

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Select Local Disk

Step 17

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Click on the KODI file you downloaded

Step 18

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This box might look slightly different. Just select install

Give it few minutes and KODI will return.

Step 19

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Follow the instructions from step 2 to 6 and rename the file back to org.xbmc.kodi

Congratulations. You are now back up and running with the most recent version of Kodi

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That concludes our guide. We hope that you found it informative and helpful. Please remember to check back here on a regular basis for more guides, tips, tricks and latest news.

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