There are many ways to setup your new Kodi box or setup. You can easily use Configurator for Kodi by clicking web and video link above. Or here is a complete Kodi setup guide. This is intended for new and inexperienced Kodi users who might not know some of the tricks to get a fully functional Kodi setup with minimal effort!
So you have a brand new Kodi box that you unbox, plug in, and launch for the first time. Where now? How do you get all of the movies, TV shows, and live streams that you were promised? Follow this guide!
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Step 1: Meeting Dependencies
There is a python coding module called “common” for Kodi which contains all sorts of add-on routines to help Kodi developers. If you install any add-ons that use these routines, but don’t have the common module installed, you will get a “dependencies not met” error. So, before we begin, lets install the right common module:
- Download the latest common module by clicking here and save it onto a USB sick or somewhere else your Kodi device can read from.
- From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > Add-ons > Install From Zip.
- Select the common module zip you saved above and wait for the add-on enabled notification. That’s it!
Step 2: The Community Portal or a Kodi Wizard
The second step you should do when you launch Kodi for the first time is install a Kodi wizard add-on that contains community builds inside of it. The most popular Community Build add-on is called The Community Portal. Think of Community Portal like an app store for your Kodi box. This will give you access to download and install any Kodi add-on ever. However, we will use Community Portal to access a special section inside of it called Community Builds.
Community Builds are pre-packaged builds for Kodi with all add-ons, settings, skins, and customization already completed for you by someone else! This means that you don’t have to spend days researching and finding the best add-ons yourself, because someone else has already done the work for you. And while Community Portal is one of the most popular Kodi wizards available, there are tons of others if you Google “Best Kodi Wizard”. Kodi Tips has featured the SilenceROM build, which is in The Community Portal, but we’ve also featured the SpinzTV build, which is in its own repo. We’ve linked to our guide for SilenceROM and SpinzTV so that you can read up on each before you decide which one is right for you.
To install The Community Portal:
- From the Kodi main menu, navigate to System > File Manager > Add Source > <None>
- Enter the address “http://noobsandnerds.com/portal”.
- Enter in a name for the source like “community portal”.
- Press OK to exit out of that screen and head back to the main menu.
- Navigate to System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip.
- For Total Installer, click on your “community portal” host > “Community_Portal.zip”.
- And that’s it! The Community Portal can be found by going into your Kodi Program add-ons.
To install the spinzTV Repo:
- From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > File Manager > Add Source > <None> and enter “http://repo.spinztv.com”. Click the box below and give it a name such as “SpinzTV”. Click OK.
- From the Kodi main menu, go to SYSTEM > Add-ons > Install From Zip > SpinzTV > repository.spinztv.zip > Wait for the add-on enabled notification.
- Install From Repository > SpinzTV Repository > Program Add-ons > SpinzTV Wizard > Wait for the add-on enabled notification.
- The SpinzTV wizard can now be found under your Program Add-ons and the “Spinz TV Wizard”
Step 3: Register on the NoobsAndNerds Forums
NOTE: This step is only necessary if you’ve installed The Community Portal above. If you installed the SpinzTV wizard or another one, you do not have to do Step 3 or Step 4.
Now that you have The Community Portal installed, you have to register for a free account on the NoobsAndNerds forums. Why? NoobsandNerds is the host for Community Portal and Community Builds and in return for access to Community Builds, they ask that you register for a free account on their forums. This way, if you have any special requests or support questions for the Community Build developers, you will know how to get there.
To register at NoobsandNerds:
- From your computer/phone/table, navigate to http://www.totalxbmc.tv.
- Click on “Forum/Support” to go to the forums.
- On the navigation bar, click on “Register” and follow through the prompts to create a new user account on the forums.
- After you have created an account, check the email you registered with and confirm your new account.
Step 4: Sync your NoobsAndNerds account to The Community Portal
Now that you have an account setup, you need to sync up with Community Portal on your Kodi box so that the add-on knows to give you access to the Community Builds section.
- From your Kodi Main Menu, navigate to Program > Add-ons
- Hover over top of The Community Portal and press the context menu, then select “add-on settings”
- In the first “Login” tab, enter in the username and password you used to register on the forums.
- In the “Community Builds” tab, choose a backup storage location and check the button below it to make sure that Kodi can write to that folder. If your Kodi box has a removable SD card or USB Stick, you should be able to point to a directory on those away from your hard drive storage to make sure that you aren’t touching any Kodi system files.
Step 4: Install A Community Build
Community Build Install With The Community Portal:
With your Community Portal now setup, launch it from the Program add-ons menu. If there is an update, Community Portal will automatically update itself when you launch it.
If you’ve entered your NoobsandNerds forums credentials properly, the add-on should say “Welcome *user*” when you go into it. If it doesn’t, try re-entering your username and password in the settings above.
If all goes well, follow these instructions:
- Head into the Community Builds Section
- You can now browser through a bunch of great builds. You can also sort by things like “Most Popular” and “Recently Added”. Here are some Community Builds compatible with Kodi 15 Isenguard. Kodi Tips recommendsSilenceROM as one of our favorite community builds because of how polished it is and how often it is updated. It can be found by sorting by “Most Popular”.
- When you select the Community Build you’d like, you have four options for installing. Since this guide is for new Kodi setup users, choose the fresh install option. If you want to keep your Movie/TV add-ons or profile settings, you can pick the option that makes the most sense for you:
- Fresh Install: This will wipe all existing settings before installing the build.
- Install build but keep your current Library & Profiles
- Install build and keep your current Library
- Install build but keep your current profiles.
- When you choose your install, Kodi will prompt you whether or not you want to create a backup of your current setup. Once again, if you have a fresh install you can choose no. If you have a setup already, you may want to backup in case something goes wrong.
- At this point, Community Builds will install.
- Once the build is installed, a “guisettings” fix will be applied, which applies extra skin settings. With the latest version of Total Installer, this will happen automatically. If it doesn’t, the option to apply “guisettings” should be right underneath the four installation options listed above.
- Kodi will force a shutdown after it has finished applying the guisettings. Some Android boxes do not allow Kodi to force close itself so if this fails for you, simply unplug the power from the back of your Android box for 10 seconds and then plug it in and re-launch your Kodi setup.
Community Built Install with the SpinzTV Wizard:
- Under your Program Add-ons, launch the Spinz TV Wizard you installed above, and click on Premium lite.
- The SpinzTV build will now download and install itself! At the end of it, you will be asked to force close Kodi and the next time you launch it, the SpinzTV build will take over and launch!
- Note: After you load each iVue and FTV guide for the first time, go into the settings of each one and set the guide file back to 24 hours. By default, this build won’t ever download a new guide file just in case you don’t use the live TV aspects of the build.
When Kodi restarts, your community build should have been applied and it will launch into a custom skin full of add-ons and a fully functional Kodi setup!
Do some exploring, check out your menus, adjust skin settings, play around, test things out. Your Kodi setup is now complete!
Optional Kodi Tips & Tricks
There are some further tips and tricks that Kodi Tips recommends you do after your community build is installed if this is your first time using the software. All of these steps are completely optional and are dependent on your preferences.
Kodi Zoomed In Screen Fix
Does your Kodi screen look a little zoomed in, cutting off some text and menus? This is a common problem depending on your Kodi setup and is very easy to fix!
- From the main menu, navigate to SYSTEM > Settings > Appearance
- Click on your “Settings Level” until it is set to either the Advanced or Expert level.
- Under the “Skin” section, scroll down until you see the “Zoom” field and set this to your liking. Generally, -4% works well.
Add To Library
One of the first things you should learn how to do is how to add your favorite Movies and TV Shows to your library. Depending on what Community Build you installed, it will have main categories like “Movies” and “TV Shows” and then sub-categories under each that link you to Kodi add-ons such as Genesis, SALTs, Primewire, or 1channel. If you click on the main “Movies” or “TV Shows”, this will take you into your library for those media types. From within each add-on, you can add shows to your library and then find them here quickly in the future.
Simply highlight a TV Show or Movie in an add-on like Genesis, bring up the context menu, and click “Add to Favourites”.
If for some reason this doesn’t work, it’s because your Genesis (or whatever add-on you are using) Library isn’t synced to integrate with your Kodi library. The fix for that is easy! Here are the instructions for Genesis, however all video add-ons will work roughly the same way.
- Launch Genesis, then select Tools > “GENESIS : Library”
- Highlight (do not click) on “GENESIS : TV Folder”, bring up the context menu, and select “Set Content”.
- Select “this directory contains” and keep selecting this until it says “This directory contains TV shows”. Click “OK” and then “Yes”.
- Once the scan is complete, back in the “GENESIS : Library” screen, highlight “GENESIS : Movie Folder”, bring up the context menu, and select “Set Content”.
- Change “This directory contains” until it reads “This directory contains Movies”. Click “OK” and then “Yes”.
LazyTV is a great program add-on that makes watching TV shows on Kodi way easier. Two of the main features of Lazy TV are:
- Automatically get prompted to watch the next TV episode after watching in an add-on like Genesis or SALTs so that you don’t have to manually select the next episode.
- Set certain shows in your library to “randomize” so that you can lazily watch a random episode of a TV show without manually having to choose. I set certain sitcoms like Friends or Seinfeld in this mode where the storyline of the show is not that important.
To install LazyTV, follow our instructions guide here.
TV Show – Next Aired
The Next Aired program add-on for Kodi presents all of the shows saved to your library in a TV Guide table format so that you can see what days new episodes air! This is great for keeping up to date with new shows. If you’ve cut the cord on your TV service provider in favor of Kodi, the Next Aired is a great way to keep tabs on your shows and any new episodes.
To install the Next Aired add-on, follow our instruction guide here.