Kodi has made waves as the self-proclaimed “ultimate entertainment center”, and that’s not a bad description. The app allows you to access and manage your media content on all your devices. It is compatible with many video and music formats, and it is a convenient image gallery. It’s also free and open source if that’s your thing.
Can you use Kodi on your Chromebook? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that it can get more complicated depending on which Chromebook you own. Regardless of the model of Chromebook, you will be able to install Kodi, but it will be much easier if you have access to the Google Play Store. Let’s dive into the different ways to install Kodi on your Chromebook.
More: What is a Chromebook and what can it do?
Install Kodi on Chromebooks through the Google Play Store
If your Chromebook supports Android apps and has access to the Google Play Store, it’s easy. Just download the app and you are done.
- Start Google Play Store app.
- Search for “Kodi” (the Kodi app should be the first search result).
- Click Install.
That’s all. You now have Kodi for your Chromebook and you’re ready to go.
Also: Here are the top five Kodi apps for Android
Install Kodi on Chromebooks without the Google Play Store
Not all Chromebooks come with Google Play Store or support Android apps. Do not let this deter you, as you can still use Kodi by following a few extra steps (Okay, a lot).
First, make sure you are running the current, stable version of Chrome OS. Usually, your Chromebook automatically updates its operating system every six weeks, but it’s always best to double check.
Here: How to update your Chromebook
- Open your Chrome browser and go to settings.
- Click on the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left of the screen.
- Select About Chrome OS.
- Hit search for updates.
- If you are not already updated, the download will start automatically.
Next, you want to install ARC Welder, an Android development app. It’s made primarily for developers, but it has other uses – like installing Kodi on Chromebook laptops.
- Go to the Chrome Web Store to download ARC Welder.
- Use the Chrome launcher to install the app.
Since you can not use Google Play Store, you need to find an .APK file with Kodi. This is where you want to be careful, as many third-party sources are not reliable places to download files. APKMirror is one that is generally trusted by developers, so it’s a great place to download Kodi. APKPure is another solid alternative if you can not use APKMirror for any reason.
- Open ARC.
- Click on the plus sign (+) in an orange circle (should read “Add your APK”).
- In the list, select APK you downloaded.
- Click Open at the bottom right.
- When you are done, you will get some options for how to run Kodi. Make sure you choose landscape orientation and that your form factor is set to tablet.
- Click Test.
Kodi will launch on your Chromebook, and you’re ready to go.
Install Kodi on your Chromebook using the Kodi Chrome extension
Unfortunately, ARC does not allow you to use multiple apps at the same time. This means that you have to test Kodi every time you want to use it (remember this is a developer tool). However, there is a solution. You can set Kodi as a Chrome extension.
- Open a new one Chromium browser.
- Click on the three stacked dots at the top right of your browser.
- Scroll down to More tools.
- Select Addition in the drop-down menu.
- Verify developer mode box at the top of your browser, if it is not already selected.
- Click Load wrapped extensions at the top left.
- Find your in the window that opens Downloads folder and locate the Kodi .APK file you created with ARC.
- Click Open at the bottom of the window.
This creates a Kodi extension in your Chrome browser that you can click and launch at any time.
Install Kodi on your Chromebook with the Linux app
If you are lucky enough to have a Chrome OS laptop that supports Linux apps, the installation of Kodi was very simple.
- Check out our guide on installing Linux apps on Chromebooks to get your Chromebook ready.
- Open the terminal and run the command without quotes: “sudo apt-get update”.
- Now run the following command: “sudo apt-get install kodi”.
- Launch the app and enjoy!
Those looking for more Chromebook tips, tricks and recommendations can take a look at the links below!