Kodi has made waves as the self-proclaimed “ultimate entertainment hub,” and that’s not a bad description. With the app, you can access and manage your media content on all of your devices. It’s compatible with many video and music formats, and it’s a handy picture gallery. It’s free and open source too, 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 Chromebook model, you can install Kodi. However, it’s a lot easier when you have access to the Google Play Store. Let’s see the different ways you can install Kodi on your Chromebook.
More: What is a Chromebook and what can it do?
Install Kodi on Chromebook devices from the Google Play Store
If your Chromebook supports Android apps and has access to the Google Play Store, it’s easy to do. Just download the app and off you go.
- Start the Google Play Store App.
- Search for “Kodi” (the Kodi app should be the first search result).
- click To install.
That’s it. You now have Kodi for Chromebook and are ready to stream.
Also: Here are the five best Kodi apps for Android
Install Kodi on Chromebook devices without the Google Play Store
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 taking a few extra steps (okay, some).
First of all, you’ll want to make sure you’re running the latest, stable version of Chrome OS. Typically, your Chromebook automatically updates its operating system every six weeks. However, it’s always best to double-check.
Here: How to update your Chromebook
- Open your Chrome browser and go to the settings.
- Click the hamburger icon (three horizontal lines) in the top left of the screen.
- Choose Information about Chrome OS.
- Beat Check for updates.
- If you are not already up to date, the download will start automatically.
Next, you’ll want to install ARC Welder, an Android development app. It’s mostly designed for developers, but has other uses too – 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’t use the Google Play Store, you’ll need to find an APK file from Kodi. This is where you should be careful as many third party sources are not reliable places to download files. APKMirror is one that developers generally trust, so it’s a good place to go to to download Kodi. APKPure is another solid option if you can’t use APKMirror for some reason.
- to open BOW.
- Click the plus sign (+) in an orange circle (should read “Add your APK”).
- Select from the list APK You downloaded.
- click to open bottom right.
- Once you’re done, you’ll be given a few options for running Kodi. Make sure you select the landscape orientation and your form factor is set to tablet.
- click exam.
Kodi should launch on your Chromebook and you are good to go.
Install Kodi on Chromebook using the Kodi Chrome Extension
Unfortunately, with ARC, you cannot use multiple apps at the same time. That means you’ll have to test Kodi every time you want to use it (remember, this is a developer tool). However, there is a workaround. You can set Kodi as a Chrome extension.
- Open a new one chrome Browser.
- Click on the three stacked dots in the top right corner of your browser.
- Scroll down to More tools.
- Choose Extensions in the drop-down menu.
- Check the Developer mode Box at the top of your browser if it is not already checked.
- click Load unpacked extensions top left.
- In the window that opens, find your Downloads Folder and find the Kodi .APK file that you created with ARC.
- click to open at the bottom of the window.
This will create a Kodi extension in your Chrome browser that you can click and launch at any time.
Install Kodi on Chromebook using the Linux app
If you’re lucky enough to have a Chrome OS laptop that supports Linux apps, installing Kodi is now very easy.
- Check out our guide on installing Linux apps on Chromebooks to get your Chromebook ready.
- Open Terminal and run this command without quotes: “sudo apt-get update”.
- Now run the following command: “sudo apt-get install kodi”.
- Start the app and enjoy!
Those looking for more tips, tricks, and recommendations for Chromebooks can check out the links below!