How to Install or Update Kodi on a Android TV Box

By | December 26, 2016

How to Do a Clean Install Update of Kodi on a Android TV Box 2017
Updating Kodi on a Android TV box is something that needs to be done every so often as new versions of Kodi are released.
In this post I will show how to update Kodi to a new version such as Kodi 16.1 Jarvis, or 17 Krypton.

Things to Watch Before Upgrading a Kodi Box.
Since there are so many android Kodi boxes being sold it is always best to read the manual about the following things before doing a new install.
1… Does it have a hard reset?
Most boxes will come with some sort of hard/soft reset in-case you need to go back to the default settings.
While many do some dont but this is a good thing to know in-case something goes wrong with the new install.
2…How much internal space is available?
The amount of internal space available to download and install files can often be limited on a Kodi box, especially older ones.
Sometimes Kodi will need to be installed from a SD-card or flashdrive when not enough space is available.
3…Is your box hardware to old to upgrade?
Some boxes will not be able to be upgraded. Kodi is not specific when it comes to requirement since they are constantly upgrading and supporting so many operating systems.
In general it is best to have at least a dual core 2.0 GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM as a minimum, although ideally faster.
Some boxes will not be able to run the newest Kodi version, or if it does will be very slow.
Older version of Kodi can often work well and a new version simply be too much for older hardware. For example I have Kodi Isengard 15.1 installed on a box that is to slow to upgrade, and It still plays and streams videos fine.

How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box
In this example I am using a MX V android TV box that is running Kodi 15.0 Isengard to Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box 2017
The MX V has a S905 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 8 GB internal ROM.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Hardware info
While there may be some miner differences in screenshots the same basic process will apply to most any android TV box.
Step 1…
The first thing that needs to be done is to download the newest version of Kodi to your android box.
UPDATE: Kodi 17 Krypton has now been released. To install Kodi 16.1 Jarvis go here for the APK file download.
It can be downloaded directly from the Kodi site or from the Play Store.
In this example I am downloading directly from the Kodi site by opening a Browser and going to the Kodi download page.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box download
The ARM file is the one that needs to be downloaded for an Android TV box.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box ARM File
Alternatively you can copy it to a flash drive or SDcard using a computer and take it to your android TV box.
After Kodi is downloaded with a Browser it will be located in the Download folder in File Manager.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box File Explore
The downloaded Kodi file can be clicked on to install. If it is installing over a older version sometimes settings may not keep and add-ons can disappear. Installing add-ons into Kodi is not difficult if this happens.
Often it can be best to fully remove any previous Kodi installs and do a fresh new install. This is a personal choice and it never hurts to see how Kodi runs when installed over a previous version as it can always be removed, and a new clean install done.
Clicking the downloaded Kodi file will start the install. If the Install from Unknown Sources options is not set to ON, it will need to be set to ON before continuing.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Unknown Sources
Click the install button
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Click Install
It will begin to install
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Installing 2017
After it installs click the Done button and open Kodi. It should now be updated to the new version.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box First start
Going to System–>System Info will give the details of the new Kodi version and how many resources it is using.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Done 2018
Uninstalling a Old Kodi Version
Sometimes a old Kodi version will need to be uninstalled before installing a new version.
Doing a clean install can have also many benefits since it is a fresh new clean install.
Keep in mind once the old version of Kodi is uninstalled all settings such as add-ons and favorites will be gone and need to be reinstalled also.
To uninstall the old Kodi version go to Settings–>Apps–>Kodi–>Uninstall
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box Uninstall
Kodi 15.2 Uninstall
Once the old version is uninstalled go back to the download folder and click on the new version of Kodi to install it.
How To Install Update Kodi on a Android TV Box File Explore
Kodi will now need a repository such as Fusion to install your favorite addons.
Click here for how to install repositories and add-ons.
While most android TV boxes are the same sometimes manufactures change the layout or the steps involved for a setup.
Most will not have any issues doing a update but there is always the potential for possible problems with a unit.
Also if your box is a old unit it may be best to keep using the old version of Kodi installed as long as it is working. Updating a very old hardware can sometimes slow everything down as it doesn’t have the power to run the latest software.
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93 thoughts on “How to Install or Update Kodi on a Android TV Box

  1. matthew

    hi therei have a mxpro box that needs kodi on it bot it wont accept the latest kodi 17
    is there any other virsion or anything i can try

    1. Sandy

      U will need to update ur android version version to at least 5.o before the update do this through ur browser

  2. Nick

    I have a apollo wizard 2.1 error it won’t let me download a build help is appreciated.

  3. Paschal Njoku

    I have kodi 14.2 helix. I reset to factory default settings. However, I have been unable to reinstall it since after reset. Please I need a link to guide me on how to go about it.

  4. Pam

    Hi I just got an MQX android box from ebay. Had difficulties from the start. Was told to do a reset and uninstall the KODI on it and reinstall it. Did the reset, uninstalled it and tried to do the download. I showed the cursor download in top right hand corner but no pop ups or anything. Figured I go to the File browser folder and found the download. When I click on it, it says something about like can’t open because of parabase(i think) settings. Can’t download it from Playstore as it says version isn’t compatible with my machine.

    I have followed the you tube videos and advice but for someting that is so easy, I am having an extremely hard time. I’m just wondering if it’s me or it’s the box.

    Any advice would be appreciated.


    1. Sylvanna

      I’m having the exact same problem as u and I have the same old box. I already had Kodi 16.1 on mine but wanted to upgrade to 17 so my dumb self uninstalled it without backing it up. I now kno it’s not possible to download the newer versions on an older box…oh great!

  5. Scott

    I automatically upgraded on my nvidia shield box. But Wookie doesn’t work on kodi 17 krypton. Is there any way to restore 16.1?

  6. marcus hough

    Will the m8 box except kodi 17 as when it loads I get an error message at the end saying not , is there a way to get around this or do I need to get a different box u could recommend

  7. John Simmons

    Just found your website.
    I have an mx pro box and was told to upgrade Kodi, unfortunately I am not very technically astute and having uninstalled Kodi, cannot get any further.
    I was told that someone would take over my box over the internet and do the upgrade for me, but as yet he hasn’t been in touch, so I’m stuck.
    Is this something you can do ?

  8. Nicke

    I went through all the steps to download Kodi. I go in my download file and it is installed there but when I click on it to finish downloading it says file can not be opened. What do I do?

  9. Jon

    Hello, I uninstalled Kodi and Installed the jarvis. When I go to my downloads tab and try to click on down loads all I get is a green check mark. It doesn’t open to allow me to click on the downloaded file. Any suggestions? I have a MX V box model# s805.

  10. Nikki

    Im new to this my box has update needed i clicked it now says its blocked and go to settings but to do what…


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