How to Install Kodi on Your Chromebook

How to Install Kodi on your Chromebook

If you have a Chromebook Pixel, Asus Flip Chromebook, or an Acer R11 Chromebook, installing Kodi is pretty simple. Just head over to the Google Play Store and download the Kodi application to use it right now.

If you don’t have one of those three Chromebook models, though, you won’t be able to access Android applications from the Google Play Store. You need to wait for the Google Play Store to come to your Chromebook device so you can download, install, and run Kodi and other Android applications on your Chromebook…

Or do you?

With a little adjustment, you can actually get Android applications like Kodi on your Chromebook now—without the wait. Come along as we teach you how to get the Kodi app and install it on your Chromebook.

Activate Chromebook Build 53

Before we get into things, this process involves a few steps. If you feel iffy about messing around with settings on your Chromebook, maybe you should hold off. Otherwise, here we go!

The first step is to switch your Chromebook to build 53 of the OS, which (at the time of this article) is in Beta. To do this, go into your Chromebook settings. At the top of the page, click on “About Chrome OS.” In the About window, click “For more info…” and under “Channel” click on the “Change channel” button in gray. The options are “Stable,” “Beta,” and “Developer.” Choose the Beta channel. This allows you to access build 53 of Chrome OS, which is the version we want.

What switching to the Beta channel does is let your Chromebook use a newer, more experimental version of the operating system. It will have newer features than the “Stable” OS; it might also have more bugs than the “Stable” OS. And a word of warning: once you’ve switched to “Beta,” switching back to “Stable” will delete all the downloaded files from your Chromebook, so be sure to back up anything you need before making that change.

Once you’ve switched to the Beta channel, your Chromebook will need to update and restart. Once it’s restarted, you can move on to the next step.

Install and Use Arc Welder

Go to the Chrome developer page and download Arc Welder from this link. (If you try to download Arc Welder directly from the Chrome web store, it doesn’t show up. We’re not sure why this is, but use our direct link and you’ll be able to get it.)

Next, use a trusted APK download site so you don’t install viruses or malware on your Chromebook. We like to use APKMirror–it’s the one most recommended by the folks over at XDAdevelopers. Another one that’s okay is APKpure.com, but their APKs don’t always work as well as APKMirror’s do.

Once you’ve gotten Arc Welder installed and you’ve made your way to APKMirror, it’s time to choose which Kodi APK you’ll install on your Chromebook. Here’s how you’ll do that:

  • On your Chromebook, open the Arc Welder application.
  • Click on the plus (+) sign in the orange circle to “Add your APK.” This will open your Chromebook’s file folder. We like to save all our APKs to the Downloads folder; this is just the easiest way to handle things.         Add APK
  • The file folder will open. Select the Kodi APK file, then click the blue “Open” button in the bottom right corner. Kodi APK build
  • Now, in the Arc Welder app, you’ll see the Kodi app being built. Then you’ll see that it’s ready for testing.       Kodi Arc Welder
  • Once the Kodi app is ready for testing, click on the “Test” button in the lower right. You’ll see the Kodi application loading and preparing for the first run. You may have to wait for a little while before things get up and running, so have some patience with this part of the process.Kodi on Chromebook

Make Kodi a Chrome Extenion

The Arc Welder application will only allow one app at a time for testing. So what you’ll want to do next is add the APK as an extension with your Google Chrome browser. You can also do this with any other APKs that you download and wish to keep installed on your Chromebook. Here’s how:

  • Open the Google Chrome browser. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner, then scroll down to “More tools.” Click on “Extensions.”                                                                                          Chrome Extensions
  • Make sure that “Developer mode” is checked at the top of the page.                         Developer mode
  • Now click the “Load Unpacked Extensions” button in the top left, under where it says “Extensions.”  Load unpack ext
  • The download file folder will open again. When it does, select the KODI.apk_export file that Arc Welder created.
  • Select the “Open” button on the bottom of the file screen. The extension will then be added to your Chrome OS extensions. You’re going to see a pink warning box about the extension, but that’s okay. It should still work, although be aware that not ALL Android applications will.

That might seem like a lot of fiddling to get Android apps to work, but it’s faster than waiting for the Google Play Store to become available on your Chromebook. On the other hand, if all that seemed like a piece of cake to you, maybe you’ll want to add on to Kodi or customize Kodi even further.

Posted by Heather on September 5, 2016

27 thoughts on “How to Install Kodi on Your Chromebook”

Renee

September 11, 2016 at 12:40 pm

Hi, after the part where Kodi begins to set up and it says it is doing a first run, I get a icon appearing on the screen that looks like a puzzle with a sad face inside. It seems as if the application could not fully open. I am on a acer chromebook 11. Any solutions to this?

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Paul

January 14, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Kodi 14 is the only version that works aka 14.0 14.1 and 14.2

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vip

January 18, 2017 at 10:20 pm

yes! after downloading the later versions and getting the sad puzzle face, I downloaded the Kodi 14 and it works! thanks Paul!

Heather

September 12, 2016 at 10:46 am

Hi Renee,
Select the developer channel in the Chromebook settings, then your Chromebook should download the most current build and reboot. Once you get back on your Chromebook go to the settings again and scroll down to where it says to allow Android apps and check it off. Hope this helps.

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jay

September 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

I too am having the same problem as renee and im not finding an allow android apps option under settings

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hansenO

November 21, 2016 at 8:40 am

hi people kodi is stupid

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Heather

September 19, 2016 at 4:57 pm

Jay,
You’ll need to have the Acer R11, Asus Flip or Pixel Chromebook for the allow Android Apps option.

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Gary

September 22, 2016 at 6:24 am

I thought that these instructions were for people that don’t have the Chromebook Pixel, Asus Flip Chromebook, or an Acer R11 Chromebook?

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Heather

September 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

Gary,
These are instructions for those who don’t have the Google Play accessible Chromebooks. The comment before yours said they had the Acer R11, if you’ve got that one you will see enable Android Apps. If you have a Chromebook that’s not yet supported then, you won’t see the enable Android apps. Does that make sense?

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Brian Wilson

December 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

If you don’t have one of those three Chromebook models, though, you won’t be able to access Android applications from the Google Play Store. You need to wait for the Google Play Store to come to your Chromebook device so you can download, install, and run Kodi and other Android applications on your Chromebook… Or Do You. Yes you said this is for people without one of those 3 models.

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Heather

December 29, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Brian,
If you don’t have one of the 3 Chromebooks already able to install Android applications with the Google play store, you’ll have to follow the instructions to get them. At the end of that statement, I said Or Do YOU??

Wally Hale

October 14, 2016 at 4:15 am

Same issue as above, Kodi clears the cache, then gets to 100% in status bar while “preparing for first run” .. then you get the awwww snap image and it crashes. Acer c720 Intel

So close, yet so far!

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Wallly Hale

October 17, 2016 at 5:02 am

At least this article has guided me to installing other apps with this method! Good stuff, just a shame Kodi isn’t cooperating.

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jeff

October 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm

it wont let me even open the .apk file

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Kirve

October 19, 2016 at 2:28 pm

I get the Awww Snap! response as well… Acer 15 CB5-571. I’m in the Beta channel and have installed other apps with the ARC Welder…

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Heather

October 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Kodi can be finiky. Glad I’ve helped guide the way to installing other apps for all that have commented.

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Marylegh Brinton

November 4, 2016 at 4:49 pm

I have HP 14 Chromebook and I’m having the same problem as the previous comments. Have I done something wrong here?

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Michael

December 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Which version of the Kodi app has been successfully installed with this method? I’ve tried several different ones and keep getting errors. Other apks have installed and are running without any problems.

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Omar Khedr

December 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm

Hey Michael – I’ve had luck with version 14! Hope that works for you!

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Omar Khedr

December 10, 2016 at 1:39 pm

A bit late to the party but I had a question that I was hoping someone could help me with: I managed to install an older version of Kodi (14.0) that actually runs without crashing on my Toshiba Chromebook 2. However, when I try to add any add-ons to Kodi, it says that I’m not connected to the internet. I checked system info and it says I AM connected to the internet but doesn’t provide an IP address or Mac Address. Has anyone run into this problem? Is there a fix of some sort? Thank you for your help!

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Al

December 15, 2016 at 11:17 pm

tried this a couple times and get the message cant run obb, any solutions.I have a Samsung Chromebook model XE303C12 if that helps.

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Rory

December 24, 2016 at 8:52 am

I’m using an Acer Chromebook 14 and when I try to do the test run, it gives me the sad-faced puzzle piece. Any advice?

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Sarah

December 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

I have an Acer Chromebook 15 and get the same error as Rory above. I also have google play enabled, what’s going wrong here?

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Ezguith

January 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

Hi, all im seeing is the blue Kodi icon when i press the “test” button. It opens, but it seems as if it wont do anything but show the blue Kodi icon. Any help?

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Ezguith

January 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

If it helps i have the HP Chromebook 11 CB2.

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Rox King

January 22, 2017 at 7:17 am

APK’s that work after testing with Arc Welder: KODI Version 14.0 – Version 14.2

Probelm: Can’t connect to server error message.

Any fixes ?

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stewart

January 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

I just have a regular samsung chromebook. I followed all of the steps with the beta mode, arc welder, apk mirror, all of that. I got kodi to load up and it says clearing cache then it says preparing for first run. when it pulls up it .shows the bar for pictures, videos, music, programs, and system. At the bottom there is a message moving across the screen saying “could not connect to network server”. I’m using wifi so how can I get kodi to connect to the internet?

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