Here’s how you can enjoy all the spectacular benefits of Kodi on your Xbox One. Beginning its journey as a small piece of software for the original Xbox in 2002, it took a long time for this media player app to come back for Xbox One. Kodi is a versatile and high-quality video and audio media player app that enables you to play locally stored audio and video files along with those stored on the home network or online servers.
Below we’ll go through the steps on how to install and setup Kodi on your Xbox One. We’ll also cover some of the important points and highlight the must-know details about Kodi one should know while using this amazing app.
How to Install Kodi on Xbox One:
Being based on work-in-progress v18 “Leia” edition, the Kodi for Xbox One is still in its Alpha stage and lacks the features of many other mature versions. But this does not take away all the fun from it; rather you can use the app as you would any other Xbox app. Just follow the below steps:
- Switch on your Xbox One.
- Make sure it is connected to the home Internet.
- Sign into your Xbox Live Profile.
- Search ‘Kodi’ in the Xbox Store. You may not find it there if the ap is pulled out temporarily for some reasons.
- If you find it, set the app to download.
- Now if it gets stuck on ‘Pending’ then select the three-pip button next to the status and click ‘Download Now’.
- Once the app is installed in your Xbox, you’ll get a prompt notification to run the app along with a long-press Xbox button. Chances are there you can even find it on your Home Display as soon as it is downloaded.
Key points to tackle the limitations of Kodi Alpha for Xbox One:
We have already mentioned that Kodi is still in its Alpha stage lacking many of its features. Also, it is not much user-friendly. However, the features not yet implemented still have their place in the interface. This can mislead you and waste your lot of time in pursuit of using them which eventually won’t work.
First, Kodi doesn’t support external hard drives or USB sticks so don’t bother much for it. Secondly, you won’t be able to use the majority of local network streaming methods. While using MacBook or Window PC, it may use SMB (SAMBA) or even AFP (Apple Filing Protocol) for Apple Products. For now, Kodi for Xbox One only supports NFS. You can also see ‘AirPlay’ Streaming in its interface but it won’t work either so again, we have to wait for the developers to comfort us with its evolved version.
How to prepare your laptop for the network update:
Let’s learn how to prep your laptop or desktop for the upcoming updates allowing you to stream over the local network more easily with the help of SMB.
If using MacBook or any other OS X System,
- Click System Preferences > Sharing
- Select the File Sharing entry
- Enable the File Sharing Option
- Now specify the particular folder that contains the video or music you want to access in Kodi.
If using Windows 10,
- Go to Control Panel
- Select Network and Sharing Center
- Click the Advanced Sharing Settings link
- Enable Network Discovery and File and Printer Sharing
- Go to Windows Explorer you can right-click any folder
- Select Properties then navigate to the Sharing Tab
- Click Advanced Sharing and then Share to add it to the shared catalog.
Add-ons for Kodi
You’ll find your Kodi particularly empty when you install it on your Xbox One as it doesn’t populate itself with any sources. You can add some Add-ons for Kodi Alpha. From the Repository, which is basically a barrel full of extra parts or add-ons you can add to Kodi. Some of the essential add-ons include iPlayer WWW, YouTube, Guardian, Plex, Classic Movies, Radio, and Twitch.
Stick with the repository of add-ons offered by Kodi and you can’t really go wrong anytime. Although there is a lot of space of updates, it’s a great way to enjoy your favorite music and videos on Xbox One.