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How To Update Kodi On Android TV BoxThis article will teach you how to update Kodi on Android TV Box by using Google Play Store that comes installed with most devices.

Most of the time when you purchase an Android TV Box, it will more than likely have Kodi loaded but it will be out of date.  Since Kodi comes out with new updates on a frequent basis, this will probably be one of the first things that you will want to do when you boot up your new Android TV Box.

I am a huge Fan of the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and unfortunately, the process to update Kodi on those devices isn’t as easy as an Android TV Box.  The reason for this is because the Fire TV doesn’t include Google Play Store and they also don’t allow Kodi within their Amazon App Store.  This is a huge benefit of owning an Android TV Box as they are easy to update Kodi.  I wrote a guide on how to update Kodi on Fire TV or Fire TV Stick and you can use that to update your Amazon device if you have one.

Below, you will find the steps necessary on how to update Kodi on Android TV Box.  You will also find a video as well that I recommend you watch for a more detailed process.  As of this tutorial, the latest update is Kodi 17.4.

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How To Update Kodi On Android TV Box Steps – Kodi 17.4 Krypton

  1. Register for a Google Account if you don’t already have one.  It is free.
  2. Launch the Google Play Store on your Android TV Box.
  3. Login with your Google Account credentials that you setup in step #1 above.
  4. You will be asked to setup a payment options, but you can click “Remind Me Later” since Kodi is free so we won’t be paying for anything.
  5. You will be asked if you would like to backup your Google Apps, settings, etc. for your Android TV Box, this is completely up to you.
  6. After you finish the login process, you will be presented with the home screen of the Google Play Store.
  7. Click the three horizontal lines in the top right-hand corner and then click “My Apps”.
  8. After you do this, your applications will be listed and if Kodi is not up-to-date, it will be listed in that section as well.
  9. If you would like to update all of the applications at once, click the “Update All” button or if you would like to only update Kodi, click the Kodi application within the list.  After you do this, it will open a screen specifically for Kodi and you will then click the update button within that screen.
  10. After the update has been applied, launch Kodi to ensure that Kodi has updated on your Android TV Box.

Please post your questions or comments in the Comments Section below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Video Tutorial

In this video, I am using the MXQ Pro 4K Android TV Box, however this process will work with any Android TV Box which has Google Play Store installed.


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IMPORTANT!  Many Internet Service Providers are starting to block access to Kodi addons, builds, and wizards.  To avoid receiving threatening letters regarding copyright violations on your part, you must use a VPN service while using Kodi.  A VPN service will encrypt your Internet connection and hide your ip address so your provider doesn’t know what you are streaming or downloading.   

Click here for tutorial on How To Install VPN on Android TV Box

2017-08-22T11:07:53-05:00 By |Android TV Box, Kodi|100 Comments
  • Des Keech

    Hi Troy,
    Cant get my M8S Pro android box to update fro, Isengard to Jarvis. I get to play store but when I click on Kodi 16.1 icon I get Uninstall or Open but not update.

    If I hit three lines in playstore tag line I can get to my apps but no update for Kodi showing as needed.

    Help please.

    • Mike B

      16.1 is jarvis

      • Des Keech

        Yes I realise that. What I meant was if I click on 16.1 (isengard) in play store I only get open or uninstall, I don’t get update option. I don’t want to do clean install and loose all my set up.

        • 16.1 is the latest stable version available. The others are beta versions.

        • firefox599

          back up your whole setup to a sd card, after installing usb wizard from the xunity repo, uninstall then install xunity repo and usb wizard, go to usb wizard and do full restore

    • If you still can’t get it to update, I would suggest uninstalling Kodi and then reinstall.

  • Snagglepusbucket

    Bro-in-law’s Google TV’s Kodi wasn’t working after migrating from an obsolete video add-on to its successor. Could get to list of movie sources, and select one to play, but always got “no stream available.” Tried reinstalling video add-on, but never got the “Add-on enabled” message.

    None of this was internet connectivity issues, because Kodi was fully working on my phone – – but he had an older version: 15.2, where my phone claimed version 17. Decided to try reinstalling Kodi, but winged it before coming here. Deleted Kodi 15.2, created Google account, got into Play Store, downloaded and installed Kodi 16.1 “Jarvis”. (Download took over 2 hours. Is that normal?) Now Kodi starts up, displays splash logo, but crashes back to the Android “desktop” before getting to the top-level menu.

    I’m wondering whether Kodi 16.1 isn’t compatible with Android 4.4.2 which the device is running. Tried updating Android but got a message “Check Failed! Check your OTA Server Argent” – – whatever that means. Stuck.


  • Brick Pappi

    Does kodi v17 work with the mxq S805 android tv box ? Anyone who may know please tell me.

    • Hello, yes, it should work fine. But, not all addons and builds work properly with it right now. Still not stable release.

      • Stacy Snorf

        How can I revert back to an older version instead of the version 17 that is in the Google Play Store on my G-Box device?

    • Bojan Radovanovi?

      I have problem with installation…
      One of my favorite addons requests kodi 17,but i just can’t install it… Not from Play store as developer, not from kodi site…

  • Dave Ulrich

    I have a XBMCMART Android box and when I go to my apps on the Google store the only thing that comes up is you tube.Is there something else I need to do?

  • Matrell McClain

    I tried updating my mxq box to Kodi 17 via play store and it says”this version is incompatible with this device”…then I try the other ways and once it finish downloading it says some type of parsing error. Can anyone help me with this issue?

  • Scott Clark

    my MXQ S805 box doesn’t have the google play store on it and I have no access to Kodi. Help?

  • Kodi is still in Google Play Store. No changes on my device.

  • Kodi is still in Google Play Store. Nothing has changed on my device.

  • NyMargarita

    I just received a preloaded Tx1 box. I’ve connected to my wifi, but I am unable to access nearly everything. When trying to open Netflix, google settings or play store, it says it cannot be reached. You tube won’t open at all and I can get into kodi addons until right before the screens with tv or movie titles show. Can you help me?

  • William Burden

    One observation: If Google Playstore was NOT used to install Kodi on your Android box, you will not see Kodi as an installed in My Apps so you will have to select ‘All’, uninstall, then re-install it to force an upgrade. You will lose any builds, favorites, etc. so backup. Inmost cases this is not a big deal and a quick re-install of your ‘build’ will put everything back in place. I was able to upgrade 2 boxes and re-install my ‘build’ of choice in less than 15 minutes.

    • Steve Rager

      Select “all” from where and “uninstall” from where? Thanks! I believe my mbox 5.1 kodi pre installed explaining why kodi is not listed in my apps and is not available for upgrade thru play store.

  • Cathy Da Silva

    I updated. Now when I try to open kody I get a black screen then it goes back to home screen almost instantly. What now?

    • Thomas Morgan

      Need to do from fresh start its prob because you didnt have the default skin on before updating

  • Steve Rager

    I have an mbox version 5.1 with Kodi 16.1. Kodi wasn’t downloaded from the Play Store since it does not show up in My Apps. I have downloaded 17.1 files from the Kodi site, but the install fails every time. Any ideas? Would a data reset to factory settings be the way to go or a fresh install? I’m stumped and really wanting to upgrade! Thanks!

    • Karl Goldsmith

      I had the same problem with my V88 updating to 17.0, failed every time. So did a fresh install.

      • Steve Rager

        I did a fresh install and data reset, still no luck. Going to uninstall Kodi and try installing from the Kodi website. If that doesn’t work, I just read two great reviews of a much better streaming box that is very tempting and reasonably priced!

    • Stu Mac

      Not sure how you have downloaded Kodi 17.1? If the Google Play store on your tv box doesn’t work ….try downloading the 17.1 version to a usb drive or simm card….load this onto your tv box and search your downloadd files, install it….should work!

      • Steve Rager

        I uninstalled Kodi from my android box, then installed 17.1 from the Kodi website. Solved the problem!

    • Try downloading another .apk maybe. I thought my system was a 64bit ARM. But it was 32. Install went through but now won’t load. Have Android 5.1.1. Going to try a reinstall.

      • Uninstalling Kodi and re-installing from my .apk again worked. So for anyone stuck in this situation, maybe back up your configuration first. I didn’t really care, so I uninstall/reinstalled clean.

  • Shannon Fraser Lee

    I just got a Kodi box and it is stuck on the main screen with a message on top that says
    “New Version Available….” cancel or update but everything is frozen??? It also keeps asking me about cloud tv

  • Roger Campe

    Just went to update Kodi through Google Play. When I click on the Kodi Icon it says, “Your Device isn’t compatible with this version.” I have an Android Streaming Box.

    • kevin

      I am having this same issue. Unable to open Google Play Store. Can’t even remove it to reload. Any help would be appreciated.

      • Chris Delay

        same problem… what we should do?

        • Gerald Price

          You’ll either have to upgrade your box OS or get a new box. Just make sure it has OS 6.0 on it.

  • DP

    Currently am not able to upgrade to 17.1 through Play Store, only gives me the option to uninstall or open but my Kodi version is only 16.1. Do I need to uninstall the current version?

    • Paula Mary Sherren

      I have the same issue. Looking forward to an answer.

      • Marge Benedict

        Same here and I just bought this box. Really looking forward to an answer! Thanks!

    • Baz Howard

      I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled and now on 17.whatever now stuck as to how to use it!!!!

  • martin huerta jr

    I have the MXQ Box and is saying “Your devise isn’t compatible with this version” any help will be appreciated

  • Jason Thibodeaux

    I’m having trouble updating my MXQ box to three newest kodi. The Android version my box has is 4.2.2 and it says that’s the latest version for the MXQ box also. Anyone know of some way I can get it to update to the newest version?

  • Stu Mac

    I had the same issues when attempting to upgrade to Kodi 17.1 Krypton…..I had 4.2.2 loaded as well….the problem is that the chipset in these older Android boxes isn’t compatible with 6.0 or anything higher than 4.2.2. You need a minimum of 5.1 to install Kodi 17.1. Only solution that I know of is to upgrade your tv box or settle with Kodi 16.1.

    • Jason Thibodeaux


    • De Fra

      You can install E box MC which allows a 4.2 machine to run a version of Kodi 17 runs just fine on older machines

  • See second video above for reinstalling.

    • Only seeing one video, but will try reinstall.

  • Michael Rivera

    I see a lot of people asking how to update their Android Box so that they can use KODI 17. I have not found a way but if you happen to have either a laptop or Android based smartphone then you can send Kodi 17 to your device via IP address.. the steps are somewhat simple 1) download kodi 17 apk on your pc also download adblink on your smartphone the app is app to fire.. adblink == go to new and where is says address enter the Ip address that connected to your device ( go to setting network and you will see your ip address )
    on a smart phone make sure your connected to the same internet connect and scroll down the list in app to fire and locate kodi and click send .. ADBLINK after putting the Ip address as the address give it a name and click save. Once save click new locate the name click connect then go to browse and locate your save kodi apk on your pc and click send.. Once it sent through Ip address using those programs KODI will be on your system

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  • Brian Santillan

    Anyone have a Z-Stream box? Im having the same issue trying to update to Kodi 17 and to android 5

  • Keith Cummins

    I have lost Kodi on my Cocoon media player and have a weird launcher which doesn’t allow me to reinstall Kodi. How do I get Kodi back?
    Confused Old Fart

  • Kari Mackenzie

    We have lost everything on ours when we did the update to 17. No exodus, or Phoenix or any channels. Any ideas on how to get it all back???

  • Neil James

    I have a q android box (6.0.1 Android) with Jarvis pre-installed. No matter what I do, it just won’t have Krypton. Do I need to uninstall Jarvis first and will Krypton install if I do, or should I just leave it alone?
    Thanks in advance.

  • Vicki Haley

    My box is not working. When I turn it on it shows MBOX, nothing else. What is MBOX?

  • Diana Pabon-Rafiq

    I have a qbox version 5.1.1 and there’s an app already installed called kodi update, when I click it, it says download failed. I’m trying to update kodi to the latest version
    On my list of apps that need updating, kodi isn’t on there
    Please kindly help me

    • Kevin-Paul Johnson

      I am having this same issue. Can someone advise on how to proceed from this point? Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    • Kim

      Uninstall Kodi then reinstall it. It will take you right to Kodi 17. I tried it and it worked for me. Then go to youtube and they will show you how to install the working add-ons.

  • De Fra

    Do the same subtitle vulnerabilities exist on Kodi 16??
    I have an old box running this still, is it safe?

  • Adrienne Spence

    How can I disable audio description on kodi

  • DaMario Mitchell

    Will I lose every add on that I have after I update? I heard this can happen.

  • Aras Kassem

    On my box it doesn’t say UPDATE kodi it says Open and i have 16.1 Jarvis

    • Mon S

      I have the same question but on a different product. Since I just logged in with a google play account and my android Box came preloaded with kodi, it won’t show anything needs to be updated. The only option I have is to uninstall or open. I don’t want to lose anything on kodi so I didn’t uninstall. Any advice?

      • Aras Kassem

        I uninstalled and reinstalled it from Google play, you can download all the add ons again or download a fancy build….

        • Mon S

          I tested it on an android box we don’t use, doing so erases all my data within the application. Even though I use the same login for the Google play store it doesn’t show on my second android box that I have downloaded it

          • Aras Kassem

            I’m not sure actually look it on YouTube there’s lot’s of videos to help you

      • Kim

        Uninstall Kodi and then reinstall it. When you reinstall it it will take you right to Kodi 17. It worked for me.

    • Kim

      Uninstall Kodi and then reinstall.

  • Tradd Edwards

    It says cannot praise !!!

  • Arch00

    I am trying to update to KODI 17.3 from KODI 17.1. Using the instructions, when I open the installed apps on my adroid TV box, I don’t see KODI listed at all. When I click on ALL, it doesn’t show KODI, however it shows all my apps on my smart phone. If I go to the Google playstore, I honly have the option to uninstall or OPEN. there is no choice to INSTALL. If i select OPEN, I just get my current KODI 17.1 app. Please advise.

    • Karen Williams

      Karen Williams
      I am having the same issue as Arch00. What do I do if Kodi is not showing up in my apps even if I clicked on all and still doesn’t see Kodi. Is this happening because someone else did my android box for me and now that person is nowhere around to update it. WHAT DO I DO?

    • Kim

      Uninstall Kodi and then reinstall it will take you right to Kodi 17. I tried that and it worked for me.

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  • Jennifer-Adam Billy

    I’ve added Kodi 17.3 but I seem to have issues and it may be with my area pulse build. I like the areas pulse build and how it’s set up but it seems buggy. Not all the addon are loading URL’s are failing and then some reason it just went back to the KODI screen but with all the build addons listed but the actual build was gone. Does anyone else have a better build suggestion for 17.3 Krypton?

  • samuelstorns

    Kodi doesn’t show in my apps. So I searched for Kodi and Google Play says it is not compatible. I have android 4.4.2 and I am unable to update that.

    • Unfortunately, new Kodi 17.3 Krypton requires Android 5.0 or higher.

  • Kim

    I tried to download Kodi 17 and I get a message that says the app is not installed. Is there anyway I can uninstall the download and then reinstall it?

    • This error means it is already installed. You can confirm by going into Settings / Applications / Manage Applications / and Kodi should be in that list.

      • Kim

        Troy first let me say Thank you for getting back to me I appreciate that. Second I am not using the fire stick. I’m using an android tv box. So is the procedure the same or maybe a little different? Also my box is 6.0 so it should be compatible.

        • Kim, you can still get into your Applications menu on your Android Box through Settings and then find the Apps section.

          • Kim

            Ok Troy Kodi is in my apps and my downloads. But when I click on it to install it. I get a message that says app is not installed. What can I do to correct this?

          • Kim

            Troy just wanted too let you know that I finally got Kodi 17. I had to uninstall Kodi 16 completely. Once I did that I was able to successfully install Kodi 17. I have another question for you. I tried to add an add-on and I put in the wrong info. Is there anyway I can erase it and retry it. Please advise.

          • Kim

            Troy can you give me any input. Thanks

          • David Small

            Kim I found that I can remove from the file manager list of addons by long press on left click opens a menu page. One option is to delete entry. EG long press on say Exodus you can remove entry from page. Or simply type in addon again without errors, then name it different to your wrong entry. So you know which is the correct entry (Just change one letter or add/remove one ) So if listed as ABC change to ABC1 hope this helps

          • Kim

            Troy as always thanks for your help. That helped me on the regular Kodi 17.3 build. Now I’m having the same problem on the no limits build. I have 2 Ares I need to delete one. Please advise . Thanks

  • Sym JU

    Help! The streams are not playing at all and they seem limited in number not matter the show I select the same streams appear. Sighs

  • Owen Michael Thomas

    Hi I have a android box and when I go to use it there is no add ons at all or when I go to update my box it won’t install it

  • Julie

    I updated my new MXQ pro 4K box to kodi 17.3 but when I got into kodi there is nothing there. It says “Your library is currently empty. In order to populate it with your personal media, enter “FIles” section, add a media source and configure it. After the source has been added and indexed you will be able to browse your library”.

    I tried to click on addons but nothing happened.

    Please help me!!

    • Cindy Zadorozny

      Same thing just happened to me

      • Robin McKenzie

        I am having this issue as well can someone help me please

        • Therooke

          You need to install the right repositories to get the addons you want. Kodi starts off blank basically. Search for how do I install xxxx. Xxxx being the addon you used to use to watch your stuff.

    • Adam Worts

      I also have this issue. Did you sort it out Julie

  • Tom Metcalf

    I seen where you were using a wireless keyboard with mxq 4k box. I tried connecting one but this box says it doesn’t have BT connectivity. Any insight on how you connected would be helpful.. thanks!

  • Chris

    When I go to install after I download kodi 17.3 it says there was a problem parsing the package any ideas

  • Katie Jones

    Hi so after I go into my apps it just says “checking for updates” and continues to load for a very long time. Nothing eventually ends up loading.

    Also I can’t figure out how to change user accounts for Google play.

  • Anne Simmons

    What if kodi isn’t listed as an app in my apps?

  • Yvette Gibbs

    Can’t get the kodi update too install on my Android box please help thanks..

  • Yvette Gibbs

    What’s the latest kodi update!?? The one that everyone is using now…

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  • Jenn Stoker

    Kodi isnt listed in my apps to be updated. Its only showing FB, Netflix, Twitter and Skype.
    Should i download kodi since it isnt listed??

  • Mandy Sparks

    I cant even get to google play it keeps saying go to settings and uninstall the updates, but theres no uninstall button, please help , im just a girl..

    • Therooke

      Do a factory reset on your boxthen try again.

  • Aizuddin Harizan

    I just update and upgrade my kodi to kodi 17.3.. after that im having problem updating the add on. Keep getting failed to update/install notification. Any idea why and how to fix?

  • Jennifer Ann Hakze

    I’m tring to update kodi on an android box it dosnt even show the kodi app to install what?