How to setup a Kodi (XBMC) Android TV Box – Step-by-step guide

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145 Responses

  1. Karena says:

    Hi ya,
    I was fI’ll owing along with the video, which was great 😊 but when I went to select a movie to watch it’s come up with “Playback failed” one or more items failed to play. Check the log file for details.
    Can you please help?

  2. Levon says:

    I just got ott tv box h.265. I’m looking forward to using it. I have a question. Can this box be connected wirelwireless?

  3. Korisa says:

    What’s the best app for me to find sports channel like tsn

  4. Rmoo says:

    I have tried EVERYTHING AND NOTHING WORKS. I have an MX android box that came with everything pre-installed. I accidentally reset the whole box and now it has nothing on it…. have tried backing up a different box and restoring it on this one, doesn’t work. I have tried installing from a zip file using all the and xbmchub etc…. i go to addons and I can’t even install the addon installer…..NOTHING WORKS.

    • admin says:

      I suggest you start with a new Kodi Installation, where you can download from kodi website – choose Android ARM version. Then install Addon Installer on your Kodi, and then use addon installer to install other addons.

  5. Jaime says:

    I bought a Kodi box at Christmas. It was preloaded and set up and working great. We turned it on to watch one day and exodus was gone, we watched under go movies instead, then we turned it on again a bit later and all the addons were gone. There was nothing there at all. I have tried following the setup for addons and nothing works

    • admin says:

      Try to go to SYSTEM – Add-ons – My Addons – Video Addons – Exodus – update. Do that for the addons that stopped working. If the addons are not in “My addons”, then you will need to install it again. I recommend to use the Addon Installer, which you may have already under Programs in your Kodi installation.

  6. Deanna Bucci says:

    Hi, have had our Leelbox since Dec. And love it, our contract with direct tv is over next month and cant wait to be able to cancel our cable. I talked my aunt into gettimg 3 of them, one for each of her tvs. We have the same question though. We have both gone to add ons, enabled certain ones and a few we tried putting in favorites But dont know which favorites it goes to, we looked througb them all and couldnt find them. Is there a add on favorites folder or list somewhere we are not seeing it? It cumbersome to go through an entire list of preloaded add ons just to get to the ones I enabled. Note: after reading everyone elses frustrations of having to install the add on installer then find add ons I have to just be thankful for what is loaded.

    • admin says:

      Hi Deanna. If you go to the Kodi home screen, on the bottom left corner you will find a star icon, thats the favorites 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    Hi i purchase a box and it has no apps on it so now I’m setting it up what apps for movies and tv show do you recommend I install?

  8. Gregory Hakanson says:

    I have a streaming box with KODI pre installed, but I don’t know how to get Live TV on the box or the banner. Can you please help me. I need step by step instructions. I’m 72 years young and trying my best to stay up with technology.

    • admin says:

      Hi Gregory. First, check if you have the kodi addon – Addon Installer (location: Kodi – PROGRAMS – PROGRAMs ADDONS – Addon Installer). If not, there is instructions in this article to install Addon Installer.
      When you have it installed, just open this addon installer and search for the following addons:
      – Freeview
      – Filmon
      – UK Turk Playlist

      Install one by one just clicking in the addon and then the button install.

      After installing them, you will find these addons under VIDEOS in the main Kodi menu. These addons will give you access to LOTS of channels 🙂

  9. Liam says:

    Hi on kodi it want play hd films keep asking me to go openpair and I pair it but only work for 4 hours and go off anyway I can keep it pair all the time

    • admin says:

      You can select another server from the list instead of openload.

    • Sheila says:

      Liam click on exodus and a list of things will show. Open tools then click on playback. On the right side it will say hosters with captchas. Turn that off and you won’t receive any more pairing.

  10. Alex says:

    Hi I have a issue with my screen when I open the Cody there’s a little box comes as a viewing for the screen to exit slip down from the top spot and got it and I cannot get rid of that I don’t know how I can do that if you would please help me with that thank you

  11. Chris says:

    Ok, got the box hooked it up following the above video everything is fine go to movies using channel 1 like you said in video and no videos will play says err. Can’t find link. It appears in the bottom right hand corner it also says see log for more details. Then I tried a few more and same thing over and over. The last time it said err 1 channel err, check log for details.

  12. Ahmed says:

    Could anyone tell me how to replace a remote control for that receiver

  13. Diana says:

    Can you please help me with steps on how to install amazon prime video on my android tv box?

  14. Kate says:

    What do you suggest for live TV? I would like to watch ABC, CBS but when I click on these through ustvnow nothing opens up. It says “loading” and then that disappears and I am back to the channel selection screen. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      You need to go to ustvnow website and subscribe for free. Then you need to login in your ustvnow addon and you may also need to subscribe IPVanish to mask your IP to an US IP if you are outside of USA.

  15. Jake says:

    I just recieved a otto box. I plugged it in, hooked hdmi to tv….no picture. Power is on. Placed hdmi in another slot..nothing. Used another cable..nothing. Plugged another device to hdmi and that works. Please help

  16. Tabatha says:

    Hi! Your video was wonderful in helping me figure this out. However, we got it mostly for sports games, but i cant seem to find the ‘digitele sports’ addon anywhere! Is there a way to download it or add it to the box? Thank you!

  17. Davinder Singh says:

    i am unable to watch full screen movies or videos on the browser. I have Kodi MXQ Pro. Do not know what s wrong. Full screen button on the browser does not make the full screen. Do i need to install any app or it will never work on the browser.

    • admin says:

      On the browser? Why do you need to use the browser? You can watch anything through Kodi or an app like youtube. You may be trying to play flash players, which have some incompatibilities with mobile devices.

  18. Maria Anaya says:

    Hello, I just received my tv box Kodi 16.0 or 16.1 and unfortunately I have not been able to stream or watch absolutely anything on my box/tv/kodi, I really would appreciate it if you could possibly give me a hand as to what am I doing wrong or what do I need to do to to get it to work please please please

    • admin says:

      Hi. Did you try Exodus? If exodus doesn’t work there is something wrong. Please make sure that your box is connected to the internet. Try to open chrome browser in your box and access any website to test if it’s a problem with internet.
      If the browser test works, try to update the addons. To update for e.g exodus, follow these steps:
      – Go to system
      – Addons
      – My Addons
      – Video Addons
      – Select Exodus
      – Click “Update”

      If your internet is working and exodus is updated, you should be able to access and stream without any problem.

  19. Becky says:

    Recently purchased my ott box. All worked fine when upstairs plugged in had latest movies and add ons worked. Moved it downstairs and now the add ons won’t load it says uk turks playlist error check error log. I’ve tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it. Also updated exodus but still won’t work. Please help?

    • admin says:

      Can’t you access Exodus movies / series? Or just Uk Turk? On UK Turk you may be trying to access Geo Locked content that you can only unblock it using a VPN.

  20. Brad says:

    Someone changed the custom domain to for channel 1. Since I can’t reset the box I was wondering what the original domain is for channel 1

  21. Raymond says:

    Hi, I recently bought a MXQ Pro Box with all the Apps fully loaded onto it, I plugged in the Ethernet cable and HDMI and turned it on, Joy as it was working fine, I managed to start watching programs and films that I hadn’t been able to watch before via Exodus app and Phoenix app. However when I went to watch via Exodus late yesterday evening I had noticed that the Apps looked different and the Apps within the App was now missing, It looks as if it somehow reset to factory settings as I had to Addon Kodi app which I didn’t before.
    Does the MXQ Box upgrade in the background when not in use? How do I get the Exodus App to work as when I added it, it says no steaming available for Exodus? Do I need to do a full factory reset?

    • admin says:

      Hi there. The box doesnt update by it self. If you still have Exodus installed but it just stopped working, this solution should work for you:

      • Open Kodi
      • System
      • Add-ons
      • My Add-ons
      • Video Addons
      • Select Exodus
      • Update

      When an add-on stop working, just update it following the steps above 🙂

  22. Bob Boyle says:

    Hi there your information was absolutely great and as a new box owner it helps me however in order to make changes as per your information ,could you inform me if I need to have any other connection on the box or do I just use the flicker in the same way .My wife is a great Coronation Street fan and is finding it very difficult to get the program and no doubt there is an easy way.. I appreciate your help and your information which is very good Thanks again Bob

    • admin says:

      Hi Bob. Thanks for appreciating my work in this blog. Can you please explain your problem in a different way, I didn’t understand.

  23. Cecilia says:

    Hi I’ve just bought the Tonbux T11 , connected to wifi went on to kodi n genesis but won’t play any films , not in exodus either….anything that’s in my list of add ons won’t play…

    • admin says:

      Let’s make it work then.
      1- First thing to try is to go to kodi > system > add-ons > My Add-ons > video add-ons > click in the add-on that is failing > click update.
      The step 1 should fix, but if not, it means that your ISP (internet service provider) is blocking the these sources. To fix that:
      2- Subscribe the VPN that I recommend in the end of my article. The VPN will make your traffic anonymous and your ISP wont be able to block the streams anymore.

      If the solution 1 doesnt work, the solutions 2 will definitely work.

  24. John says:

    Just bought IPVanish VPN black Friday deal through your link! Amazing deal!!! 😀 I’m accessing stuffs that I couldn’t before and I also feel much safer 🙂

    • admin says:

      Yes it’s the best deal ever from IPVanish! Hope you got the 1 year subscription to take the deal for the whole year. Because if you guys just subscribe for one month, then if you want to renew you will pay the normal price. Its awesome to get 50% for as much you can 🙂

  25. martyn jackson says:

    hi admin i hope you can help me with a problem i have got, i bought a mx pro kodi box anyway somehow i messed it up so after hours of messing i went to factory settings and reinstalled the box everything seemed fine apart from when i clicked on kodi and i was empty so i clicked on add more but most were not English could not find any of my usual channels

    • admin says:

      Hi. When you click “add more” on kodi you will get just addons with 100% legal content. If you want addons to watch movies / series / channels you will need to install repositories or install the addon “Add-on Installer”. Add-on Installer is an easy way to install other add-ons, you just need to search for the addon and click to install. In this article I teach how to install the “Add-on Installer”, take a look 🙂

  26. Lochs says:

    I set up KODI on a friends mxq pro box,it worked fine until my friend took the box home.Once he run kodi at his house none of the addons that worked 5 minutes earlier at my house worked (no streams/sources) he was connected to the internet,I went over and everything appeared fine..just no sources…please help

    • admin says:

      Hi Lochs. Looks like yours Friend ISP (internet service provider) is blocking him. In this post I recommend a VPN, take a look, that will fix your problem, because your ISP wont be able to track your traffic when is enabled.

  27. Keith jones says:

    My TVs set hasn’t got a hdmi socket at the back can I use another lead or adapter

  28. Laura says:

    Hi, I bought the box and when I plug it in I see blue lights but my tv does not recognize anything is plugged into the hdmi port and nothing pops up. I’ve tried multiple hdmi cords, power cords and even bought a different remote to try. No luck! Any advice? Thanks

  29. Gemma says:

    Quick question i have a kodi box and it had all sorts already one when i bought it but i pressed a button and now ive lost everything what can i do to get channels back please

  30. Monique says:

    Hi, I’ve recently bought this box and it has kodi installed already, but it won’t let me watch anything, movies, cartoon, sports, tv channels, what can I try?

    • admin says:

      Try the Exodus addon. If it works, it means that the addons that you’re trying to access are geo blocked, so you need a VPN. If Exodus doesnt work, it means that you may need to update the addons, to do that go to settings – addons – my addons – vídeo addons – select the addons you want to update and press the update button.
      Hope it helped

  31. Sophie says:

    I can’t get either remote to connect please help!!!

    • admin says:

      Which remote? The normal or the mini keyboard?
      1 – check the battery
      2 – For mini keyboard you will find a mini USB close to the battery, plug it in your box and turn your remote on.
      3 – if it still doesn’t work, contact the vendor.

  32. jason says:

    I’ve downloaded fusion to my box wen I click on it I get network is not connected but wen it did work I downloaded phoenix to my box I watch a film turned my box off and now all I get is unplayable stream

    • admin says:

      Did you try more streams to see if you get the same error?
      If yes, tou may need to update the addon. go to settings – addons – my addons – video addons – select phoenix – update

  33. George Lorimer says:

    Hi hope you can help I have a Mxq box I can not get into setting to connect for Internet what comes up is kodi setting.

  34. gary says:

    hi how do you get live sports on your video you jump staight to digi tele and i cant find it anywhere

  35. Stephanie says:

    I’ve bought the ott tv box m9x..but when I go to GOtomovies or genesis or phoenix, when I click on movies, nothing shows. When I find movies on other apps (1channel) and click on it, it shows an error and states I should check the log. But where is that log?

    • admin says:

      Genesis is now discontinued. I recommend you to use Exodus. Phoenix always worked, you just may need to update it (go to settings – addons – my addons – video addons – Phoenix – Click Update.

      1channel is a geo locked addon, which means that you need a VPN like IPVanish. Exodus is not geo locked and for me its the best addon for movies and tv series.

  36. RS says:

    I cant for the life of me get this to work anymore. When I first got it I had a few problems with some channels but generally Exodus worked, Stream all Sources and some others. But now none of them work. Generally I can get into the channel list and get into the genres or search or list by type etc, but then when I click one of these options it doesn’t load up any shows/movies.

    It’s notifying me of a system update but then says “check failed check your OTA argent”. I have no idea what this means. Please help :'(

    • admin says:

      That should mean that you need to update your box firmware. On the box main screen go to settings and you should find some update option.

  37. Jea says:

    Can someone please explain why everything disappearing from my kodi. Movies and TV and everything that was there is no longer there .it’s getting very frustrating as there is nothing there for me to watch

    • admin says:

      Did you update kodi? when you update kodi, you loose the addons. But you can easily install the ones you like the most, using the Addon Installer. This addon should be under “Programs” addons in your kodi main navigation. With addon installer opened, just search for the addon you want to install and click to install it. If you dont have addon installer installed, here is the guide how to install Addon installer

  38. Frederica says:

    Hi, I have Installed my box but when I Open one channel and click through no movies or TV shows show up?

    • admin says:

      Hi. 1Channel is a geo blocked addon, which means that you need a VPN to geo unblock it. I recommend IPVanish.
      But there is an awesome addon to watch movies and tv series that is not geo blocked – Exodus. Enjoy

  39. Kenny says:

    What is the best add on for live tv

  40. Peta says:

    I have just bought the Trongle X3 and with all the tutorials about i have managed to install addons. You guys are very clever and thank you for your time.
    The problem i have is turning it off. I click on the off on the bottom left of screen then it says exit and freezes. I have to know go back to the hdmi and change to watch tv. How can i stop this or is there another way to turn it off. Really appreciate your help cheers

    • admin says:

      Hi, Thanks!
      That happens a lot, but its not a problem! If you want to exit from kodi and go to the box main screen, just click in the home button in your box remote control. If you want to turn your box off, you don’t really need to close Kodi, you can just turn it off in the power button in your remote control. Hope it helped you.

  41. Darren says:

    Hi got the mxq box recently , exodus is already installed on it and show box but I either get streaming unavailable or log file error , my dad has the same box which I Just go on videos and it searches through many providers to find any film and then plays it for you without any problems . Any ideas on what may be the problem ?

  42. donald says:

    each time i go into movies error comes up (check the log for more info)
    how do i get around this

    • admin says:

      You should try an addon that doesnt use geolocation. An excellent addon: Exodus.
      Or if you want to watch content blocked by geolocation you need a VPN. I highly recommend IPVanish VPN.

  43. Barry says:

    HI I have my android MXQ all set up but when I go to a Movie or show it will not connect due to URL?

  44. iam thinking of buying android box what do do suggest
    sky has blocked the websites i used

  45. Rod says:

    When you’re inputting your WiFi password, how do I get the keyboard on the screen, to go “upper case” so I can input numbers too? It seems that there is no field available to input numbers! So if your existing WiFi password contains any numbers, you can’t set this device up at all? What’s the solution, please?

    • admin says:

      well, you should have a button in the keyboard to change to numeric keyboard and a SHIFT (or up arrow) to change to uppercase

  46. Leslie bonner says:

    Hi can not get key board up on m8s Kodi box to input Internet password ,can you help please.

  47. Mark says:

    I’ve just bought an infinity tt TV box and I can’t even get bbc 1 I can’t get no channels films or anything. I did want to get rid of my Sky TV so I’ll be returning this waste of money pretty sharply unless you can help.

    • admin says:

      For movies and tv series install the addon Exodus in Kodi
      For freeview channels I suggest the Android App TV Player

      For other channels I suggest the Kodi addons UK Turk Playlist and Phoenix

  48. Ian says:

    I cant get back to my home page. ive pressed the the home button and the return button but it only takes me back to my apps page. Any ideas?. Cheers Ian

  49. Kerry says:

    Hi just bought a Mxq box but once it’s plugged in it does not load past the mxq start up page. Any advice?

    • admin says:

      There is something wrong with your box. I recommend you to return the box and buy some box from the top listing in this blog.
      Please use our forum next time.

  50. Terry says:

    I have an Mxq box and can watch films but can’t see how to down load

    • admin says:

      Kodi is to stream content, not to download. If you want to download and store in your box you can as well, but you need to download from a website / service that allow you to download the film. You can also use your PC to download and pass it to the box with an usb drive.

  51. amanda says:

    some of my films have a tick next to them when i have watched them, but others dont after watching the film, how do i get all my films to have a tick next them after viewing

  52. Lisa says:

    I can’t even input my wifi password. The remote control does not allow me to and the keyboard which came with the box doesn’t seem to respond to anything I do to it. Neither have come with any instructions … really frustrating

    • admin says:

      That’s odd.
      The keyboard has an usb in the back, plug it to the box, turn on the keyboard and you should be fine. If still doesnt work try to charge the keyboard, it has to work.

  53. Bevla says:

    Hi can someone help please. We have purchased a tt gv box with the plan to watch programmes etc on it. However we have issues when we try to use 1 channel or Phoenix, it’s not actually playing anything. It shows the tv or movies option but keeps coming up with an error. I’m getting ready to throw this box out the window! I’ve see you have recommended IPVanish, how do I go about doing that so can use the box? Treat me like an idiot as I truly have no clue 😬

    • admin says:

      It should be your internet provider blocking that sources. You can also try exodus addons, it may work 🙂
      If it doesnt work you should try a vpn. Yes I recommend IPVanish. You just need to find it in Play Store and install it. And then buy a plan with them which is very cheap and login in your app. Then to mask your IP you just need to select a country in the IPVanish app.

      Don’t through your box away, the VPN should work, but you can also try to change your internet service provider, virgin media is quite good 🙂

    • bob says:

      If you are with one of the big ISPs in the UK, have you remembered to turn off parental controls through your ISP account. If you have Virgin Cable, it is called Virus Safe. If you have Sky, theirs is called Sky Shield, etc.

  54. How do you install a vpn

  55. Gary says:

    I’ve just bought one of these and plugged it in , the blue light is on but my to is just playing as normal , how do I get the box to work?

  56. Trudy says:

    I have just got my mxq and when I go onto kodi, I get xfinity talk and nothing just blue screen, no option boxes like TV, movies,sports,system.
    How do I go to paradox, there’s nothing to go into system.. Help me please

    • admin says:

      Don’t you have the Kodi menu with vídeos, música, programa, etc? Thats really odd, but if so, I recommend you to uninstall kodi and install it again

  57. Maria says:

    I have satellite which I want to cancel…I going to try and connect my kbox should I unplug the satellite when I try to connect the kbox to the TV. All I need to do connect the HDMI to the box and TV and plug it in is that right….I have xfinity for Wi-Fi will that work….

  58. Ivan says:

    Hi there.
    I’ve setup an MXQ Kodi box and everything seems ok until I select a movie or YouTube etc.
    The following message appears: Upload Error.
    Can you please advise how this can be resolved.
    Much appreciated.

    • admin says:

      It looks like it’s some internet connection problem. Did you try to open Chrome Browser in you box and access a website? If it doesn’t work it can be because you didn’t put your wifi password correctly.

  59. al says:

    Will a streaming box work on a 480 dpi tv

  60. Bill says:

    How can I get hobo for free.

  61. Alan says:

    hello I have just got my Kodi box and I am following your instructions on loading the fusion add on, everything is fine until I click on Install from zip file. I don`t get the screen you do. All I get is 3 options
    start- here

    If I click on any of these nothing happens HELP

  62. Ben says:

    I bought the tonbux m8s and have had no preonlems with the video addons, but I cannot get TV to enable, I have followed many online videos on how to do it but it keeps failing and saying check log, can you help as this is so frustrating as trying to instal infusum too. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Did you install IP TV list? If you did everything alright you may need a VPN (I suggest IPVanish in the end of my articles).
      There are also many addons that gives you access to international channels. For example Phoenix and UK Turk Playlist

  63. Ray says:

    Just bought XBMC MXQ box,have connected it to the HDMI input on the TV and plugged in and it wants to keep turning my tv on and off.Do I have to disconnect my Sky box?

    • admin says:

      That happens because when you switch the HDMI port with your TV Remote, the box gets a signal and turns on. What you can do is, when you finish with your box, switch to other HDMI port in your remote and then turn off your box. Another thing you can do is unplug the HDMI when you finish watching in your box, and then turn it off

  64. B Sparks says:

    Hi I’ve just set up my MXQ quad core android 4.4 tv box which is supposedly jail’s all set up and connected to power and wifI however when I click into phoenix or movies no films come up we have kodi installed would it by my Internet provider who are blocking it? I’m in the UK and we have BT broadband
    many thanks

    • admin says:

      Did you try other plugins? You may need a VPN, I recommend IPVanish

      • tomatojayne says:

        I am in the uk and had trouble with primewire (1channel)… apparently some of the bigger service providers for broadband have blocked us using these. I tried the VPN suggested but made no difference at all.. however… I did find Exodus and that worked a treat 🙂 xxx

        • admin says:

          Primewire (1channel) is very hard to make it work. You will need to change the url in the settings. So just use Exodus, is much better and it always work! 🙂

  65. rachel says:

    I have just bought one off these and it won’t turn on should I have got a plug adapter for it? In my box I got hdmi cable and the box

    • admin says:

      Hi Rachel. You need to plug a Power Adapter. Didn’t you get one in the box?
      Which tv box did you buy btw. The safest is to buy a box that we recommend in this blog.

  66. Cannot get KODI as set up shows on YouTube please explain why not.

    • admin says:

      Hi Terry. Which box do you have? if you buy a box from a link shared by us in this blog, you’ll have kodi pre-installed, as we just recommend Boxes with kodi. Maybe you bought a box without Kodi installed, so I recommend you to search in youtube how to install it. It’s not that hard.

  67. M smith says:

    I have deleted my android box back to factory settings, how can I get the box back to as it was when I first bought it as it has nothing on it now

  68. Sandie says:

    I have recently returned to England and most of my apps have no content how do you set the box to the USA and what is the best for this

    • admin says:

      If the problem is the country, it should mean that is your new internet service provider that is blocking content. You can always use a VPN like IPVanish and set it to other country.
      Do you have Phoenix installed? if you don’t, before use a VPN, try to install it and see if it works for you.

  69. Li Harris says:

    I cannot get this work work. I have loaded onto my TV and when trying to select the films it just whirs for literally a second saying loading then nothing more. Tried the other channels ie cartoons etc and nothing will load very disappointed as recommneded by three others and they had no problems at all.

    • admin says:

      That normally means that your internet provider is blocking the servers that provides that content.
      I suggest you to try other addons like phoenix, it normally works fine at least with virgin media. Project Free TV worth a try too.

      If it keeps blocking your content, I suggest you to use a VPN like IPVanish and choose USA to mask your IP. It will solve that.

      Hope I helped you, enjoy!

    • Jeanna says:

      Update the Genesis to Exodus

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