HOW-TO:Install Kodi for Android

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Installing applications on Android is quite easy compared to many other platforms, although it is somewhat different from other platforms. On this page we list the steps needed for basic installation an uninstallation.

Note: XBMC v13 "Gotham" now has hardware video decoding!

Enabling installation

At the moment XBMC isn't available yet through the Google Play Store. To be able to install apps that do not originate from Google Play Store you will have to do some steps to allow this. By default this is disable however it's quite simple to turn this on.


Download XBMC for Android from our servers. Official stable builds can be found here:


Installing the XBMC app package is as simple as just finding the .apk you just downloaded and opening it up. You can do this either though the download menu in the web browser or selecting it with a file explorer.

If you are new to XBMC you might wish to check out this section of the wiki: First time user.

Tidy up

After XBMC has installed you can delete the downloaded XBMC APK file to save some disk space.


To update XBMC for Android simply follow the normal install steps with the newer version. All your settings and files will be preserved as they are located in a different place in the userdata folder. Be sure to make a backup of the userdata folder when doing updates in case something goes wrong.

Note: Since XBMC for Android is signed with our own signatures you will be able to install all succeeding versions without a problem. If you are using a non-official version not signed by us you may be required to un-install XBMC and you will loose all your settings due to this. Be warned before trying.


To un-install XBMC just go to your Android settings menu and select "apps". From there you will be able to un-install XBMC like any other Android app.

Note: Unlike other OSes, uninstalling XBMC on Android will also erase your userdata folder and all of your settings.