How to update to Kodi 17.0 Krypton on Your Android TV Box

The highly anticipated Kodi 17.0 Krypton was released earlier this month and tests reveal that it works perfectly on all Android TV boxes sold by Astro TV Boxes Canada. Kodi 17 will be pre-installed on all Android boxes sold from February 17th onward with the exception of the Minix Neo U1 which has it’s own custom version of Kodi named XBMC for Minix. Kodi 17 does work on the Minix Neo U1 and if you must have it you’ll just have to install it on your own using this guide and install your own add-ons since it uses a different data folder than XBMC for Minix.

Note that this new version of Kodi is only compatible with Android 5.0 and above, so if you have an older device such as the M8S, MXQ, Minix Neo Z64, M8, etc. you will not be able to install this update. The reason for this is that the companies who manufacture the CPUs for these devices will never update their source code to support a newer version of Android because it’s not financially feasible for either them or the device manufacturers because focus needs to be put on newer hardware and software combinations.

You can install the update directly from Google Play Store by logging in with your Gmail or Google account or following the steps below if you don’t have a Google account and don’t wish to make one. I would highly recommend you make a Google/Gmain account so you can install other apps and games and get the best possible experience out of your smart device.

Installing or updating Kodi 17 outside of Google Play Store (You should have ES File Explorer installed for these steps, all Android TV boxes sold by Astro TV Boxes come with this pre-installed):

1. Open Browser or Chrome from the home screen or under All apps and type in the address bar then press Enter or Go on the keyboard (on-screen or USB)

2. Click on kodi-17.0-Krypton.apk and when prompted choose to open with ES Downloader and click [Always].

3. When the file is finished downloading click [Open file] and then Install on the next two windows.

The next time you open Kodi it will begin migrating add-ons to the new system and then it will start installing updates after that completes. This could take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes depending on your internet connection speed and the processing power of your device. Just leave it do it’s thing until you don’t see any more update notices at the bottom.

If you can’t install the update because you have KodiX TV installed instead of Kodi, here’s what you need to do to preserve your current Kodi setup (add-ons and settings):

1. Open ES File Explorer under All apps

2. In the left menu click Local to reveal the sub-menu items.

3. Click on 0 (zero) under Local

4. In the right window navigate to Android > data

5. Click and hold on the folder named org.xbmc.kodi until a check box appears

6. Click the Rename button at the bottom of the screen

7. Rename the folder to org.xbmc.kodi.bak and click OK

8. Wait for the renaming process to complete and then press back (or right-click if using a mouse) a few times to exit ES File Explorer back to the home screen.

9. From the home screen navigate to Settings (gear icon) > Apps

10. Find KodiX TV in the list and click on it then click Uninstall and confirm that you wan to uninstall the app

11. Go back to the home screen and then go to All apps > ES File Explorer

12. Click on 0 (zero) under Local

13. In the right window navigate to Android > data

14. Click and hold on the folder named org.xbmc.kodi.bak until a check box appears

15. Click the Rename button at the bottom of the screen

16. Rename the folder to org.xbmc.kodi and click OK

Now exit back to the home screen and then follow the steps at the beginning of this post to install Kodi 17.0 Krypton

Note: Pictures of the process will be added soon for those who prefer visual steps.