How To Install Kodi on an Android Smartphone

By | March 14, 2023

How To Install Kodi On a Android Phone 2017
Kodi is a very popular media center that, when combined with Add-ons, allows for streaming all kinds of content such as TV shows and movies.

In the past, Kodi was confined to a media center box such as a dedicated computer. Now Kodi can be installed on an Android phone or tablet, and play the same media anywhere bandwidth is available to stream content.

Kodi 20 Nexus is the newest version to be released and has some major updates and interface changes.

Kodi should install on any Android smartphone or tablet that has at least Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher installed.

To install Kodi on an Android phone or tablet and watch a TV Show/Movie is a two-step process.

First, we need to install Kodi then we need to install a program called an Add-on to stream the content.

Be sure to be connected to a WiFi signal unless you have an unlimited data plan, as streaming movies use a lot of bandwidth and data.

Below are written step-by-step instructions for how to do both first installing Kodi and then the popular Crew add-on.

Steps For Installing Kodi To an Android

The first step is to install Kodi from the Play Store or from the Kodi site.

Kodi Play Store Link

Kodi Website Link

It is much easier and automatic to install from the Play Store than the Kodi download page, but either option will work.

Once Kodi is installed on your Android, add-ons need to be added to Kodi to stream content.

Below are the full steps to enable unknown sources and install the popular Crew add-on.

Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in Kodi 20 Nexus

Kodi Matrix needs a box checked called Unknown Sources to install add-ons.

  1. Click the Settings Icon in the top left corner
  2. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 1

  3. Settings
  4. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 2

  5. Add-ons
  6. Steps to Setup Unknown Sources in 18 Leia Step 3

  7. Turn ON Unknown Sources
  8. A warning box will come up click Yes

Keep in mind there are many add-ons and it is best to have a few if one stops working.

Read Here To See a List of the Current Top Kodi Add-ons

Using a good VPN with Kodi is always suggested for privacy, security, and being anonymous. If you need a good low-cost VPN to use with Kodi, Try NordVPN; it has multiple high-speed servers with no throttling or logs.

* is not affiliated with Kodi, or any Addons or Builds. is a news and informational site which does not support or condone copyright infringement. Kodi should only be used with content that is bought and owned personally or is in the public domain.

How To Install The Crew Addon Into Kodi

  1. At the top left click the System Settings (Gear Icon)
  2. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 1

  3. Click File Manager
  4. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 2

  5. On the left click Add Source
  6. Click where it says NONE
  7. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 4

  8. Type in the URL:
  9. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2021 Step 5

  10. In the next box down name it Crew and click OK
  11. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2021 Step 6

  12. Double check everything is correct and click OK
  13. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2021 Step 7

  14. Go back to the main menu and click Add-ons
  15. Click the Add-on Package Installer Icon at the top left
  16. Click Install from zip file
  17. Click OK on the Warning popup and be sure Unknown Sources is set to on
  18. How To Install Kodi 19 Matrix Step 11

  19. A box will pop open select Crew
  20. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2021 Step 11

  21. Click
  22. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon Ver 34 Step 12

  23. Wait for the Repository to download and popup at the top right and say The Crew Repo Installed
  24. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2021 Step 14

  25. Click Install from repository
  26. How To Install Kodi 18 Leia Addon Step 14

  27. Click The Crew Repo
  28. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon 2020 Step 15

  29. Select Video Add-ons
  30. How To Install The Crew Kodi Add-on 2022 Step 17

  31. Click The Crew
  32. How To Install The Crew Kodi Add-on A Step 19

  33. Click Install
  34. How To Install The Crew Kodi Addon Nov 2021 Step 19

How to Stream A Video With The Crew and Kodi

After The Crew add-on is installed it will be located from the main menu under Addons–>Video Add-ons.
Kodi 17.6 Krypton Setup and New Exodus Install 2018 777
Finding a movie or TV show within the Crew is easy to do; what confuses most is how the servers work.

Once a video is selected to play a server list will come up with available streams. The Crew will take 10-30 seconds to pull in all the best server links.
A Guide To Kodi and Streaming Movies or TV Shows Server Links
Servers can become full and kick a connection or start to buffer, if this happens simply move on to another server.

Sometimes 4-5 servers will need to be tried before a good one is found.

The servers are simple enough to understand, basically if one becomes full and doesn’t allow any more connections, then a server that is not full needs to be found.



56 thoughts on “How To Install Kodi on an Android Smartphone

  1. Angelique

    Hi I downloaded 20.2 but can not find the instructions to load Nexus. The Crew doesn’t work. Can you please help?

  2. Ash Jones

    Whenever I go to upload the crew it doesn’t give me the : option it only gives me the ; option any suggestions on how to fix this other than get a wireless keyboard that could bluetooth to my phone…

  3. Robert Hilf

    Very cool information now I can watch my favorite shows at work, security guard job.

  4. Jay

    I got it installed on my note 9 but when I click on a show it doesn’t find any streams just says no streams found every time

  5. Shawna K Steele-hesson

    Thank you so oo much I have used configurations and had to uninstal and reinstall kodi twice. I followed your instructions, did it once and PERFECT. FRUSTRATIONS OVER THANK YOU

  6. Chuck

    Thanks so much for your great instructions! My buddy told me about KODI briefly, but wasn’t able to offer any installation instructions (I think his kid installed it for him, lol). After a quick internet search I found your instructions. I followed them, and am currently watching one of my favorite series! thanks again!

  7. Ankur Prasad

    Could anyone help me with step 12? I followed all the steps, rechecked it but I can’t see any .zip file there. So what should I do next?

  8. Michael

    Exodus isn’t installing. Stuck on srep 19. Please help.

  9. Michael Wilkinson

    Thanks a lot. Installed Covenant on firestick and tablet via your instructions. Both work brilliantly,better than Exodus now.

  10. Nicole

    I have tried restarting Kodi twice and every time I click Ares Project from step 15 and it says it can not connet to the repository. Any help?

  11. Durkster

    I’ve had a digixstream streaming box that was preloaded with all the great Kodi apps. I can’t live without that box. I recently upgraded my cell phone to a Samsung Note 8. Thanks for this fantastic step-by-step installation tutorial. It couldn’t have been any easier! I never would’ve figured this out myself. Now I can watch my favorite shows and catch up on my teams in bed or on the go. The world is a better place now. Thanks again!

  12. Jaime

    Can you download movies on an android device? I can download movies using the Velocity add-on from my computer, no problems, but when I try to do it from my Android TV or on any of my Android devices, nothing happens. Is this possible to do? It would be nice to have them right on my tv rather than transferring to a USB.

    1. Kathie Williams

      I followed your instructions exactly and was successful with installing Kodi on my Samsung Galaxy A14 5G phone. Thanks!!!

  13. David M P Davies

    New to mobile phones – installed the base kodi ok but have difficulty in navigating particularly whn heeding to do those operations which are kode by a back up button on a remote.


    Many Thanks


  14. Jason

    I am familiar with kodi and have it on all my devices but for some reason on step 12 nothing appears! I can’t click on a zip file cuz there isn’t one there, never had this issue before

    1. April

      I am having the same issue. I click the correct file on step 11 but nothing is there to unzip. I have uninstalled kodi and repeated the steps but still nothing. I’ve even waited to see if it was just slow accessing it but after 15 minutes, still nothing. I have double checked everything. This is frustrating!

      1. Crystal

        I uninstalled kodi and reinstalled it and it worked fine.

    2. Hope Marie Hester

      Did you figure it out because it’s doing it to me too.

  15. Anton Chetty

    Hi thanks kodi works fine

    I need some assistance please , I have an LG smart tv to which I want to screen share kodi from my android phone , I can watch kodi on my phone but cannot share to tv ….hovever I can share my you tube videos on screen share to my lg smart tv.
    I had tried chromecast but it does not pick up my tv .

    Please kindly assist

    1. Manny

      Both kodi and exodus add on installed perfectly only issue is static in tje audio as soon as I start up kodi and it continues on in tje streaming any suggestions on how to get rid of it?

  16. Nolly kouwenberg


    I try to do this, but with step 11 (click xvbmc) nothing happened.

    Can you help me out?

    1. Sonia Ellis

      It seems like nothing is happening but if you wait awhile you will see at the top right when it is installed

  17. tommy

    Im getting the error unable to connect after I name ares wizard and click OK. says couldn’t retrieve directory info. won’t do it on wifi or cellular data. galaxy s6

    1. Casey Lamperez

      You are having problems because Ares wizard is dead . Try no limit or wookie lee

  18. H. P. G.

    I used to use kodi on a galaxy j7,but when I installed localcast for the chromecast, my factory video player doesn’t work anymore. The only option that’s works is to use it thru chromecast. I uninstalled localcast, and videos still won’t play thru my device! What the hell just happened!?
    How do I get add ons to play thru my device again?

    1. Bob Genos

      Yeah same, the folder xvbmc wont open and it always redirects back to the original menu.

      Please send help

  19. Hugh Jardon aka: Mike Hawk

    yes, i can help. Here is step by step directions on how I can provide assistance:
    The word SMART in smart phone is there for a reason!!! I hope this helps!!

  20. Lindsi Agnew

    Okay so I got it to download, but for example the movie Snowman is literally bringing up a Santa Claus movie. Does that mean that none of the links have the actual movie yet?

  21. Josh

    I trying to install colossus from the respository and stated that it cannot connect to repository..

    Please help

    1. LaKendra Verner

      Go back a step and redo what you already did and try it that way I had to and after that it worked perfectly

  22. Jesse

    Best For Ah NetBox, I Think!!! Never Had An Easier Way For Android Solfware Till, Now. thank You!

  23. Taylor

    Can someone please help, I followed directions and got it to work for one TV episode. When clicking on TV shows now I get a …….. and when clicked on it pushes me back to the selection screen

    1. Kizzie L Baker

      I tried to do it step by step not working for me I keep having to install it over again it’s like it’s not connecting to the respos.itory

  24. Lake

    Thanks ,it works flawlessly on my S8 plus.
    For those complaining… Make sure your phone setting no just Kodi unknown apps are also checked or allowed. Other than it was easier than I thought.

    1. Taylor

      Hi what do u mean by making sure phone setting not just kodi unknown apps are checked and allowed? I’m thinking this might help my problem. TIA

  25. Kristina Nolen

    Woot!woot! I’ve had kodi on my firestick and finally got it on my Samsung galaxy s7. Love it. I also got it on my tablet an ellipsis 8 (I had to update it to lollipop but it was simple after that.) No issues installing or streaming. Thank you guys for putting these steps out there. Amazeballs!

  26. adriana

    i’m having the same issue it keeps saying could not connect to repository.


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