How to Update Kodi in 2020

Keeping your Kodi updated is the best way to prevent all kinds of technical issues with this application. Luckily for us, this procedure doesn’t take a lot of time, and it’s easy to do. Therefore, you don’t really have an excuse for using an obsolete version of Kodi, even if you have plenty of locally stored content and a bunch of addons installed. So, if you’re looking to learn how to update Kodi in 2020, you’ve come to the right place.

First, let’s go over some basic information, helping you understand what it truly means to update Kodi. You’re accustomed to updating apps on your iPhone or Android device by visiting your device’s App Store and tapping on the “Update” button. Well, Kodi doesn’t update in the same way, which means that you’ll need to keep it updated manually. In essence, this is done by reinstalling a new Kodi version over your existing Kodi installation. This way, all of your custom content is saved, and only new bits of code are applied.

GOOD TO KNOW: The latest version of Kodi is Kodi 18.7 “Leia.” If you’d like to learn what’s new in this and the previous iterations of this application, make sure to check our central article on Kodi 18 Leia.

To make this article as helpful as possible, we’ll go over pretty much all of the platforms natively supported by Kodi. So, here’s which platforms we’ll cover in our guide on updating Kodi in 2020 (feel free to click on any of the following quick-jump links to learn more).

Windows

The easiest way to update Kodi on Windows is via a script called ‘Kodi Windows Installer.’ Kodi’s team developed this script, so you can count on it being safe to use. So, here’s our step-by-step guide on updating Kodi on Windows (if you’ve installed Kodi by downloading it from its official website).

  • On your Windows PC, use any Web browser to open the overview of the Kodi Windows Installer script. Then, click on the blue-colored ‘Download’ button and a ZIP file should download to your computer;
  • Now, open Kodi and click on ‘Add-ons’ using the main menu. Click on the open box icon in the top-left corner and choose the ‘Install from ZIP file’ option;
  • Navigate to the path of your recently downloaded ZIP file. If you can’t find it, move the file to your Desktop, and then use Kodi to navigate to C:Users(username)Desktop. Then, click on the ZIP file;
  • After a few moments, the script will be installed. Go ahead and open it by choosing ‘Add-ons’ from the main menu. The addon will show you a list of categories, so make sure to select ‘Released’ to install the latest publicly available version. Kodi will now finalize the procedure on its own, and you’ll need to restart the application. That’s it!

Once again, the method above applies to Kodi installations downloaded from its official website. In case you’ve downloaded Kodi using the Windows App Store, you need to use that App Store to update Kodi. To learn more about all of those methods, check our guide on installing Kodi on Windows.

macOS

There is only one way to update Kodi on macOS, and that is by reinstalling the application. This will save all your content and simply update the new code over your existing setup. So, here’s how to update Kodi on macOS.

  • Visit Kodi’s official website using any Web browser, and click on ‘Download‘ using the website’s navigation bar;
  • Now, scroll down and select ‘MacOS.‘ Make sure that the ‘Recommended’ tab is selected and click on the button that says ‘Installer (64bit)’, which will download the latest Kodi installation file available in the DMG file format;
  • Once the file is downloaded, open it by double-clicking on it;
  • And lastly, drag-and-drop Kodi’s application file onto your Application folder. You’ll be asked whether you want to replace the existing file, so confirm your decision.

As you can see, this process is exactly the same as when you install Kodi on macOS. So, use the provided link to go to our dedicated article, where you’ll find helpful screenshots and additional information.

Linux

As Linux users already know, applications are typically installed on this operating system by typing a series of commands. Therefore, it’s not surprising to see the same procedure is applied to updating Kodi. Here’s how to update Kodi on Linux.

  • First, run the Terminal interface (CTRL + ALT + T);
  • Input this command first: sudo apt-get update and confirm by pressing Enter;
  • Then, use this command: sudo apt-get upgrade;
  • And finally, input this command: sudo apt-get dist-upgrade;
  • That’s it! Kodi will now be downloaded and updated to the latest available stable version.

Of course, if you have a Linux distribution with the Software Updater app included, you can use this utility. In case something goes wrong, you can return one step and install Kodi on Linux once again from scratch. This is the safest way to avoid any potential issues.

Android

Android users rely on the Google Play Store to download and install apps, where their operating system does all the heavy lifting. With this said, you can use the Play Store to update your apps, including Kodi.

  • Launch the Play Store on your Android device;
  • Click on the hamburger button in the top-left corner;
  • Then, select ‘My Apps & Games;’
  • If new updates are available, this is where you’ll see them. Click on ‘Update’ on the right side of the screen to update Kodi.

In case you’ve ‘sideloaded’ Kodi on your Android device (which is often the case with Android boxes and Android TV devices), you’ll need to reinstall a new version of Kodi over the existing installation. To see how this is done, read our article on how to install Kodi on Android, where you’ll find everything you need to know.

Amazon Fire TV / Fire TV Stick

Sadly, you can’t download Kodi on FireOS using the Amazon App Store. However, there are several methods of getting Kodi to work on your FireOS device, as this is an Android app, after all. So, here’s our general description of how to update Kodi on FireOS.

  • First, you need to download a handy app called ‘Downloader’ found on Amazon’s App Store. Then, open the app and navigate to https://kodi.tv. This will open Kodi’s official website on your Fire OS device;
  • You need to click on ‘Download’ and then click on the Android logo. Make sure the ‘Recommended’ tab is selected, and then click on ‘ARMV7A (32BIT).’ This will download Kodi’s installation file to your Fire TV Stick.
  • Open the file and then proceed with the installation. This will basically install a new version of Kodi, without messing up with your custom content.

Basically, to update Kodi on FireOS, you need to reinstall the application. If you need a reminder of how this is done (along with helpful screenshots), here’s how to install Kodi on FireOS devices.

Xbox One

By default, your Xbox One will keep all your games and apps updated automatically. Still, there might be a glitch in this process, which is when you need to update apps manually. So, here’s how to update Kodi on Xbox One (S and X).

  • Press the Xbox button on your gamepad to open the guide on your screen;
  • Select ‘My Games & Apps;’
  • Now, on the left side of the screen, select ‘Updates’;
  • If there’s an update to Kodi available, this is where you’ll get to download and install it.

We recommend you to fully automate this process by going to Settings > System > Updates. This is where you set your Xbox to automatically apply the latest updates, including system and app/game updates. And also, in case you’d like to go with a fresh install, here’s how to install Kodi on Xbox.

iPhone & iPad (iOS)

Sadly, Kodi is missing from the iOS App Store. Even though this application offers a fully-featured iOS app, Apple can’t allow its presence on the App Store. That’s why you need to use a workaround when installing Kodi on iOS.

Clicking on the provided link will take you to our in-depth guide on installing Kodi on iOS. This is where you’ll see two methods, depending on which platform you use on your computer (which is needed to install Kodi on your iPhone/iPad). To update Kodi, you actually need to reinstall it. However, we do suggest completely removing Kodi from your iOS device first, and then installing it from scratch (which will eliminate any custom content you might have added).

Chrome OS

In case you’ve bought your Chromebook during the last year or so, you probably have access to the Google Play Store. If that’s the case, all you need to do is to update the app through Google’s app store – which means that your Chromebook will do the job on its own.

As noted in our article on how to install Kodi on Chrome OS, there are two additional ways to get Kodi on notebooks without the Play Store. You can use ‘Arc Welder’ for this purpose and then turn Kodi to run as a Chrome extension. Even though this method is considered experimental, it’s your best bet of running Kodi right now. And if you wish to update the application, you basically need to reinstall it on your Chromebook.

Apple TV (tvOS)

Similar to how things work on iOS, Kodi isn’t available on Apple TV – at least not via the tvOS App Store. Kodi is a slightly different type of application, and Apple can’t allow it to access all of the system resources, which means that Kodi doesn’t meet the guidelines. However, sideloading Kodi on Apple TV is entirely possible.

If you want to update Kodi on Apple’s media streamer, you need to repeat the procedure of installing Kodi on Apple TV. Use the provided link to read our hands-on guide, detailing different methods.

Nvidia Shield TV

Nvidia Shield TV is powered by Android TV, meaning that you can find Kodi in the Play Store and easily download it from there. In addition, your Shield TV will automatically update Kodi when a new update is published. However, it’s also good to know how to update Kodi on Shield TV manually:

  • Open the Google Play Store on your Shield TV;
  • Now, select ‘My Apps;’
  • This is where you’ll see a list of installed apps as well as any updates available;
  • Finally, you can update individual apps from here, or you can click on ‘Update All’ to update all of them at once.

If you’d rather install Kodi from scratch, we have a helpful article for you. Here’s how to install Kodi on Nvidia Shield TV, the easy way.

Raspberry Pi

Assembling your own Raspberry Pi computer can be a highly educational process. If you already know how to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi, you know that you can use LibreELEC. To install Kodi 18 Leia, you actually need to update your LibreELEC installation, so here’s how that is done.

  • Open Settings > LibreELEC/OpenELEC;
  • Navigate to ‘System,’ which is where you’ll see the ‘Updates’ section;
  • Select ‘Update Channel’ and choose the ‘Main Version;’
  • Next, select ‘Available Versions’ and choose the latest available version;
  • Confirm your decision, and LibreELEC will update on its own.

In case you encounter any problems, or if you want to start with Kodi from scratch, here’s how to install Kodi on Raspberry Pi.

Smart TVs

Kodi is available on a wide range of smart TV models. However, those who use Android TV are in the best possible position. Here’s how to update Kodi on those smart TV models:

  • Open the Play Store on your Android TV;
  • On the left side of the screen, select ‘My Apps’;
  • This is where you’ll see the list of available updates. Select ‘Kodi;’
  • Finally, select ‘Update,’ and your Android TV will do the rest.

As noted in our article on how to install Kodi on smart TVs, non-Android TV models need to rely on screen mirroring, meaning you need to update Kodi on the device you have it installed, and then mirror the screen of your device to your smart TV. Make sure to use the provided link, where it’s all nicely explained.

Further Reading

So, what’s next after you update Kodi? Well, you can import your media library, install third-party extensions, and plenty more. Here are some resources that can help you take full advantage of this highly capable application.

Dear readers, that would be all on how to update Kodi. If you have anything to say or ask, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. We’ll do our best to provide a timely response.

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