How To Use Kodi
It’s easy to get to grips with Kodi, but if you’re new to it, then you may want to take a look at this quick guide.
Familarise yourself This is the main Kodi interface. It’s simple enough, with a bar running across the centre containing various options including Pictures, Videos, Music, Programs and a section that allows you to delve into the settings. We’re going to look at the videos first, so navigate to the Videos option and select it.
The Kodi browser Kodi is able to browse for files on your device, and it does so with an intuitive interface. To get going, click on the option for Files. You can then look for locally stored folders and videos to play. It’s always a good idea to have some good housekeeping at this point, otherwise searching will become a pain.
Produce a playlist You can also quickly produce playlists. These are great for bringing lots of related video together, but they have the advantage of automatically updating depending on the rules you create. Just click ‘Playlist’ and fill in the form, giving it a name, adding rules and selecting whether you want to impose any limits.
Add Video Sources It’s good to get into the habit of placing your media in a certain location. You can tell Kodi what your video sources are, with the app allowing you to make use of local media, file shares, removable USB drives and so on. By clicking ‘Add’, you can have multiple sources, making for a comprehensive media centre.
Get Add Ons To get the very best out of Kodi, you need to obtain some add-ons – packages that allow you to add features and functions depending on your needs. There are dozens and
dozens of them created by third parties and the Kodi team, and you can find suitable video add-ons by selecting ‘Get More’.
Finding add-ons Simply scroll down the list of addons, reading the descriptions in the right-hand box and working out if it will work well for you. Don’t worry about making any mistakes. The add-on manager under the System tab of the home page lets you work all sorts of magic on them so have a delve around.
Play some music As well as video, you can also enjoy listening to music, pulling media from various sources. Go to the Music tab, and you’ll find it works in much the same way as Video, allowing you to locate various tunes stored by the likes of Amazon MP3, iTunes and on your local drives.
Stay in control As you’d expect, you have full control over your media, letting you rewind, fast-forward, skip, play, pause and so on using the on-screen playing functions. A visualiser will appear after a while, to give you a nice visual representation of your tunes. Any movies you watch will appear in the background when you switch to the main screen.