How to Update Kodi on Any Device – FireStick, Android, Windows, Apple

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You can install Kodi on almost every device. That’s the beauty of it. While updating the Kodi app from official app stores such as Google Play Store and Microsoft is easy, updating it on other OS platforms can be slightly tricky. In this article, I will share the steps to update Kodi on every device imaginable. I have included the methods for FireStick, Android, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi, MacOS, iOS, and more.

I will also show you how you can set Kodi to auto-update on devices that allow this.

Kodi is a popular streaming app known for its versatility and reliability. Kodi developers regularly come up with new updates to make app work flawlessly. The new updates generally fix bugs and remove malware and software glitches, if any. They also introduce new features and enhances security, thus improving the overall performance of the app.

So, how do you update Kodi?

If you have an Android or Windows device, you will be able to update Kodi rather easily. You just have to launch the respective App Store (Google Play Store Or Microsoft Store) and then find the Kodi app. After that, select Update option to install the update for Kodi. You can also turn ON automatic update for Kodi on these devices. As for FireStick, you need to reinstall the latest Kodi version from the official website of Kodi to update it. The same goes for Apple users.

I have provided detailed steps for each and every device below. Head to section that explains how to update Kodi on the device that you own and follow the steps.

Check Current Kodi Version

Before you update Kodi, you should find out the current version of Kodi installed on your device. If it’s already the latest version, you do not need to do anything. Here’s how you can check the Current Kodi version:

1. Go to Kodi Settings by clicking the Gear Icon

select the Gear Icon

2. Click System information

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3. Kodi version will be mentioned under Version Info as highlighted in the screenshot below.

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I have created separate sections for each device. These includes  FireStick, Android, Windows, iOS, tvOS, macOS, Linux, Raspberry Pi OS, and ChromeOS. We will discuss how you can update Kodi on all those devices one-by-one.

Note: I suggest using a trustworthy VPN like ExpressVPN at all times while streaming on Kodi to secure your privacy by hiding your actual IP address and removing geo-restrictions.

How to Update Kodi on FireStick

Kodi application is not yet listed in the Amazon App Store. Therefore, you have to re-install the latest version to update Kodi on FireStick devices.

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

I prefer using Downloader app to sideload Kodi on Fire TV devices. It’s by far the most user-friendly sideloading app.

Kodi Full Guide: How to Install Kodi on FireStick

Let’s learn how to update Kodi on FireStick:

1. Install Downloader app from Amazon app store. Or simply follow our guide: How to install Downloader

2. Make sure you have turned ON Install Unknown apps on FireStick before you install apps from sources other than Amazon App Store. Here’s how: Go to Gear Icon > My Fire TV, Developer Options > install Unknown apps> Turn ON for Downloader app

3. Launch Downloader app and click on the URL field.

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4. Then, enter kodi.tv/download and click Go

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5. Select Android

Select Android

6. Choose ARMV7A (32BIT)

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7. The app will download now. Wait.

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8. After the download is complete, click INSTALL.

click INSTALL

9. Wait for the installation process to finish.

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10. Click DONE. Now, you will have the latest Kodi version.

Click DONE

11. You may choose to delete the Kodi APK file as it is no longer needed. To do that, click Delete.

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12. Again, hit Delete to confirm.

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How to Update Kodi on Windows Devices

A lot of Windows users install Kodi in their device to stream content. There are multiple ways to update Kodi in Windows. You can update it from Microsoft Store, using a dedicated Windows-Installer Kodi addon, or from the official Kodi website.

Let’s learn how to update Kodi on PC or any other Windows-supported devices:

1. Using Microsoft Store

Kodi is listed in Microsoft Store. So, if you have downloaded Kodi from the Microsoft Store, you can easily update it from there.

Note: Do bear in mind that you will only see the Update option if your Kodi app has been installed from the Microsoft Store. If you have installed you Kodi from the official Kodi Website or other third-party sources, this method will not work. However, you can go ahead and install Kodi from Microsoft Store now and your previous Kodi version(installed from other sources) will be updated as well. I do recommend deleting the previous app to avoid any app package conflicts. 

Let’s learn how to do it:

1. Launch Microsoft Store on your Windows computer or laptop.

2. Look for Kodi.

3. If there’s any update available, you will see the Update option. Hit Update.

Turn On Automatic Updates for Kodi in Microsoft Store

Turning On auto app updates will ensure, your Microsoft apps (including Kodi) is updated automatically whenever there’s a new update available. For that, you need to make sure Automatic Updates feature is turned ON within the Microsoft Store Settings. Here’s how you can turn this feature ON:

1. Launch Microsoft Store.

2. Go to the Profile Icon at the top menu bar. And then select App Settings

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3. Now, make sure App updates (Update apps automatically) toggle is ON

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This feature will ensure that the apps installed via Microsoft Store will get updated automatically.

2. Using Official Website of Kodi

Even before Microsoft Store listed Kodi in its library, people used to update Kodi from its official website. All you have to do is, install the latest version from there.

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

Let’s learn how to do it:

1. Go to https://kodi.tv/download.

2. Then, select Windows.

select Windows

3. Now, you will get 3 Options- Installer  (64BIT), Installer  (32BIT), and Microsoft Store. I am choosing Installer (64BIT). Check your PC properties and then choose whether you need to install 32-bit or 64-bit.

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4. Let the download complete.

5. Now, you have to install Kodi from the downloaded file. Select Yes if asked for permission.

6. You will next see Kodi setup. Click Next and then follow the on-screen instructions to install Kodi. You will now have the latest version of Kodi that you’ve installed.

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3. Using Kodi Windows Installer Add-on

You can use Kodi Windows Installer Add-on to install updates of Kodi. It is listed in the official Kodi repository. You will get stable, unstable, semi-stable and experimental builds here. Let’s learn how to install it and use it to update Kodi:

1. Launch Kodi and select the Gear Icon (Settings).

select the Gear Icon

2. Then, choose Add-ons.

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3. Hit the Search option.

Hit the Search option

4. Type Windows Installer and click OK.

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5. Select Script- Kodi Windows Installer.

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6. Hit Install.

Hit Install

7. It will begin downloading and installing.

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8. You will get a confirmation message when it is fully installed.

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9. Again, hit Script- Kodi Windows Installer.

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10. Select Run.

Select Run

11. Choose whether you want to install stable, unstable, or other versions.

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12. Now, select the version you want to install.

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13. The update will start to download.

The update will start to download

How to Update Kodi on Android Devices (Smartphones, Tablets, Smart TVs, Android TVs, Nvidia Shield, etc.)

Kodi is listed in the Google Play Store. Therefore, updating it is very easy even if you have installed it from the official website of Kodi & not from Google Play store. Irrespective of the download source, you can update Kodi on Android from Google Play Store. Below are the steps to update it:

1. Launch Google Play Store

2. Using the Search tool, find Kodi and click its icon.

3. If any new version of Kodi is available, you will see the Update option. Simply, click the option and update Kodi.

Turn ON Auto-Update for Kodi on Android devices

You can also turn ON the auto-update feature for Kodi. This will ensure your Kodi app is up-to-date at all times. Here’s how:

Note: Screenshots have been taken on a Samsung smartphone! Steps may be different on other android devices.

1. Go to Google Play Store

2. Click the Profile Icon at the top

3. Now, click Manage apps and device

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4. Click Manage

Click Manage

5. Scroll down and click Kodi 

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6. Click the Three dots icon

7. Turn ON Enable auto update.

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Alternative Method: Using the Official Website of Kodi

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

1. Open any browser to go to https://kodi.tv/download

2. Select Android

3. Choose ARMV8A (64BIT)

Note: If your Android device is of 32 bit, you have to choose ARMV7A (32BIT)

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4. If you see this waring, click Download anyway. You will get this warning when you try to install apps from third-party sources.

click Download anyway

5. You will see the file getting downloaded.

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6. After the download is complete, open the file.

7. Then, click INSTALL.

click INSTALL

8. Let the installation complete.

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9.  Click Done or Open. Now, you will have the latest Kodi version running on your Android device.

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How to update Kodi on macOS Devices (MacBook, Mac Computers, etc.)

Mac users will not get Kodi updates automatically. It is because Kodi is still not listed in the Mac App Store. Therefore, you have to re-install the latest version of Kodi from Kodi website to update Kodi on this operating system.

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

Let’s learn how to update Kodi on macOS-supported devices:

1. Go to https://kodi.tv/download

2. Then, select macOS.

3. Next, hit Installer(64BIT). This will download the latest version of Kodi in DMG format.

4. After the download is complete, click the file twice for opening it.

5. Then, drag & drop Kodi file to the Applications section. Alternatively, you can press CMD and V keys simultaneously after opening Applications section.

6. Hit the Replace option when asked to replace the old Kodi version that you are currently using.


How to Update Kodi on iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

Kodi is not listed in the iOS App Store. Therefore, you can only update it from the official website of Kodi by reinstalling it.

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

Let’s learn how to update Kodi on iOS devices. We will divide the steps into three sections for ease of understanding.

Prerequisites:

1. Before you proceed any further, install Cydia Impactor on your PC. You can use any PC having macOS, Windows, or Linux.

2. Connect your PC with your iOS device.

Note:  Ensure iTunes is closed during the entire process. If it gets opened automatically, close it immediately.

1. Download Kodi from official website

1. Go to https://kodi.tv/download

2. Then, choose iOS.

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3. Select Installer (64 bit).

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4. The file will download. It will be in DEB format.

2. Convert the file in DEB format to IPA format

A) If you are using Mac PC, convert it by following the below steps:

1. Using an application like The Unarchiver, extract the .deb file.

2. Next, click the extracted folder to open it. Then, extract data.tar.lzma

3. Open the Applications folder after opening data folder that you just extracted. You will find Kodi file inside.

4. Next, create a new folder and name it Payload.

5. Then, move the Kodi file inside Payload folder.

6. Right-click Payload and select Compress ‘‘Payload’’.

7. Rename the extension from Payload.zip to Kodi.ipa

B) If you are using Windows PC, convert it by following the below steps:

1. Install 7Zip from its official website.

2. Right-click the file in DEB format & select Show more options.

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3. Then, choose 7Zip and hit Extract Here.

hit Extract Here

4. Then, right-click the data.tar file & select Show more options.

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5. Again, select 7Zip and select Extract Here.

select 7Zip and select Extract Here

6. Open the unzipped folder.

7. Don’t open the existing file (Kodi.app). Instead, create a new folder by right-clicking on any space and then selecting New & then Folder.

create a new folder

8. Name the new folder Payload.

9. Simply, cut the Kodi.app file by clicking Ctrl+X. And then, paste it into the Payload folder by clicking Ctrl+V.

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10. Now, right-click the Payload folder,& select Show more options.

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11. Then, select 7Zip & choose Add to archive.

select 7Zip & choose Add to archive

12. Name the archive Kodi.IPA and ensure the archive format is zip. Then, hit OK.

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3. Sideload Kodi via Cydia Impactor

1. Drag and drop the new file into Cydia Impactor. Also here, you will find a list of iOS devices. Select your device.

2. Now, enter your Apple ID and select OK.

3. Wait till the Kodi sideloading process is complete.


How to Update Kodi on tvOS Devices (Apple TVs)

Similar to iOS devices, installing or updating Kodi on tvOS devices is also tricky. You will have to install the app again in order to update it.

💡Quick Tip: I recommend uninstalling the previous Kodi version first and then re-installing it. Not uninstalling the previous version may lead to errors in some cases.

Let’s learn how to update Kodi on tvOS devices. We will divide the steps into three sections for ease of understanding.

Prerequisites:

1. Install Cydia Impactor on your PC running on either Windows, macOS, or Linux OS.

2. Then, using a USB cable, connect your Apple TV with your PC.

Note: In this case also, you have to ensure iTunes doesn’t remain open.

1. Download Kodi from Official Website

1. Go to https://kodi.tv/download

2. Then, select tvOS.

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3. Choose tvOS.

Choose tvOS

4. The file will download. It will be in DEB format.

2. Convert the file in DEB format to IPA format

Follow the same steps as given in the above method for iOS devices.

3. Sideload Kodi via Cydia Impactor

1. Drag & drop the newly converted file into Cydia Impactor. Now, select your device from the list of tvOS devices.

2. Type in your Apple ID and hit OK.

3. Let the Kodi app install.


How to Update Kodi on Linux Devices

You have to launch the Linux Terminal and run a particular command to update Kodi on Linux devices. This process is pretty similar when you are installing apps on Linux. Only the command run is different in both cases.  Let’s learn how to update Kodi on Linux-supported devices:

1. Start the Linux Terminal by pressing CTRL, ALT, and T keys simultaneously.

2. Then, enter the following commands one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade –with-new-pkgs

3. If there is no latest Kodi update available, it will say so. But if there is a new update available, you will be asked to continue the update by pressing Y key. The latest update will be downloaded in a few minutes.


How to Update Kodi on Chromebook

If your Chromebook supports Play Store, you can easily update and install Kodi on it. However, if it doesn’t support Play Store, the updating process can be a little tricky. We will talk about both the cases below:

1. Updating Kodi on Chromebook that Supports Play Store

In this case, you can directly open Google Play Store and update Kodi. This is how:

1. Launch Google Play Store application.

2. Look for Kodi and start it.

3. If there is a new update available, you will see an Update option. Click on it and the update will first download and then install.

2. Updating Kodi on Chromebook that Doesn’t Support Play Store

In this case, you will have to use a native Linux emulator to update Kodi. But firstly, ensure that your Chromebook supports Linux. Let’s learn how to do it:

1. We will have to switch on Linux on Chromebook first. This can be done by clicking Developers option in the Advanced section which itself can be accessed when you hit Settings.

2. Hit Turn On option.

3. Then, install Linux by following the on-screen instructions.

4. After Linux installation is complete, you will find a Terminal pop-up.

5. Enter the following commands one by one:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kodi

6. This will update Kodi on your Chromebook. Furthermore, if you are asked for any permission, allow it. If asked for confirmation, make sure you confirm.


How to Update Kodi on Xbox One

Kodi is listed in the Microsoft Store. Hence, updating it on your gaming console, Xbox One is very easy. This is because Xbox One also has Microsoft Store. Here’s how you can update Kodi on Xbox One:

1. Launch Microsoft Store on your Xbox One.

2. Look for Kodi.

3. If there’s any update available, you will see the Update option. Hit Update.

You may also choose to turn ON auto-update feature by going to Profile Icon> App settings> Turn ON App updates (Update apps automatically)

4. Wait for a few minutes till the new update of Kodi is installed.


How to Update Kodi on Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry PI OS is a Debian-based Operating system that is itself based on Linux. So, you can update Kodi on Raspberry Pi using somewhat similar commands that we used in Linux devices. This is how:

1. Start the Raspberry Pi Terminal by pressing CTRL, ALT, and T keys simultaneously.

2. Then, enter the following commands one by one:

Sudo apt-get update

Sudo apt-get install kodi

3. If any latest updates are available for Kodi, Raspberry Pi will automatically download and install it. Otherwise, you will be informed that you have already the latest Kodi version.

Wrapping Up

I hope this article has helped you update Kodi on every Kodi-compatible device. These include devices running on FireOS, Android, Windows, iOS, macOS, Linux, tvOS, Raspberry Pi OS, etc.

You will need to reinstall the Kodi app on FireStick in order to update it.

The process of updating Kodi is very easy on Android and Windows devices. This is because Kodi is available in both Google Play Store and Microsoft Store.

The Kodi updating process is a bit time-consuming in the case of tvOS and iOS devices. In these cases, you have to reinstall Kodi again to update Kodi.

That’s it! If you have any other doubts, feel free to ask us!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set Kodi to auto update?

You can only auto-update Kodi via Android devices and Microsoft Store. You need to turn ON auto-update feature in these devices. For all other devices, you need to update Kodi manually. To turn ON auto-updates on Android devices, go to Google Play Store > Profile > Manage apps & device > Manage > Kodi > Three dots icon > Enable auto update. For Microsoft Store, go to Microsoft Store > Profile > App settings > Enable automatic updates.

How do I update Kodi on Nvidia Shield TV / Android?

Nvidia Shield TV is an Android device. Therefore, you can update Kodi on it like any other similar Android devices. For that, you have to launch Google Play Store first and then hit the Search button to find Kodi. Open it and then, hit Update option if available to update the app. If automatic updates are ON, your Kodi app will be updated automatically.

How to update Kodi addons?

Kodi addons will be updated automatically if you tun on the auto-update feature. For that: go to Settings> Addons >My addons>choose the addon> turn on auto-update. This works great for official Kodi addons. However, may not always work for third-party addons. To update third-party addons, you might need to re-install the addon.