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How to install Kodi on your Chromebook

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Kodi has been making waves as the self-proclaimed “ultimate entertainment center”, and that’s not a bad description. The app lets you access and manage your media content across all your devices. It’s compatible with many video and music formats, and it’s a handy picture gallery. It’s also free and open-source if that’s your thing.

Can you use Kodi on Chromebook? The short answer is yes. The longer answer is 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 a lot easier if you have access to the Google Play Store. Let’s dive in with the different ways to install Kodi on your Chromebook.

More: What is a Chromebook and what can it do?

Install Kodi on Chromebook devices through the Google Play Store

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If your Chromebook supports Android apps and has access to the Google Play Store, this will be easy. Simply download the app and you’re good to go.

  1. Launch the Google Play Store app.
  2. Search “Kodi” (the Kodi app should be the first search result).
  3. Click Install.

That’s it. You now have Kodi for Chromebook and you’re ready to stream.

Also: Here are the five best Kodi apps for Android

Install Kodi on Chromebook devices without Google Play Store

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Not all Chromebooks come with the Google Play Store or support Android apps. Don’t let this discourage you, as you can still use Kodi by following a few extra steps (Okay, quite a few).

First, you’ll want to make sure you’re running the current, stable version of Chrome OS. Usually, your Chromebook will automatically update its OS every six weeks, but it’s always best to double-check.

Here: How to update your Chromebook

  1. Open up your Chrome browser and go to Settings.
  2. Click the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) at the top left of the screen.
  3. Select About Chrome OS.
  4. Hit Check for Updates.
  5. If you aren’t already up to date, the download will start automatically.

Next you’ll want to install ARC Welder, an Android development app. It’s made mostly for developers, but it has other uses — like installing Kodi on Chromebook laptops.

  1. Go to the Chrome Web Store to download ARC Welder.
  2. Use the Chrome launcher to install the app.

Because you can’t use the Google Play Store, you’ll need to find an .APK file of Kodi. This is where you want to be careful, as a lot of third-party sources aren’t reliable places to download files. APKMirror is one that is generally trusted by developers, so it’s a good place to download Kodi. APKPure is another solid option if you can’t use APKMirror for whatever reason.

  1. Open ARC.
  2. Click on the plus sign (+) in an orange circle (should read “Add your APK”).
  3. In the list, select the APK you downloaded.
  4. Click Open at the bottom right.
  5. Once you’re done, you’ll be given some options for how to run Kodi. Make sure you select landscape orientation and your form factor is set to tablet.
  6. Click Test.

Kodi should launch on your Chromebook, and you’re good to go.

Install Kodi on Chromebook using the Kodi Chrome extension

Google Chrome Settings Icon for Kodi installation

ARC, unfortunately, doesn’t allow you to use multiple apps at once. That means you have to test Kodi every time you want to use it (remember, this is a tool for developers). There’s a workaround, though. You can set Kodi as a Chrome extension.

  1. Open a new Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner of your browser.
  3. Scroll down to More Tools.
  4. Select Extensions in the drop-down menu.
  5. Check the Developer mode box at the top of your browser, if it isn’t already checked.
  6. Click Load Unpacked Extensions at the top left.
  7. In the window that opens, locate your Downloads folder and find the Kodi .APK file you created with ARC.
  8. Click Open at the bottom of the window.

This will create a Kodi extension in your Chrome browser you can click on and launch anytime.

Install Kodi on Chromebook using the Linux app

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If you’re lucky enough to have a Chrome OS laptop that supports Linux apps, installing Kodi just got very simple.

  1. Check our guide on how to install Linux apps on Chromebooks to get your Chromebook ready.
  2. Open the terminal and run this command without the quotation marks: “sudo apt-get update”.
  3. Now run the following command: “sudo apt-get install kodi”.
  4. Launch the app and enjoy!

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