Install XBMC/Kodi on Nexus Player

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The Nexus Player is a great device but installing XBMC/Kodi is not straight forward.  Follow these steps to get it installed and running in no time.

  • Setup your Nexus Player and connect your Google account.
  • Go to the Play store in your web browser on a desktop or laptop and install ES File Explorer to the Nexus Player.
  • Install Chainfire’s Sideload Launcher as well. It allows you to see the non-optimized apps you are installing from the main Nexus Player launcher.
  • Go to the Settings Menu on the Nexus Player and Navigate to the bottom and enter the Security & Restrictions menu. Enable unknown sources so you can sideload apps.
  • Download the x86 apk to your desktop from http://kodi.tv/download
  • Now you have a choice, either share the file from your computer or network share, or copy it to an USB thumb drive and connect it to the Nexus player with an OTG USB adapter cable (micro USB to USB connector.)
  • (USB Install)
    • Enable developer mode: navigate to the About menu in the Settings, scrolling down to Build, and tap the select button repeatedly until a message tells you that you’re now a developer.
    • Reboot the Nexus Player by unplugging the power cable and reconnect it.
    • Once it has rebooted go to the new “Developer options” section in the Preference area of the Settings menu, and turn on the option for USB debugging.
    • Connect the OTG cable and USB thumb drive
  • Through the Sideload Launcher open ES File Explorer.
  • Navigate either to your network share or the USB thumb drive.
  • Locate the XBMC x86 apk and answer yes to install the app.

Once installed XBMC works great, even the resource hungry skins work smoothly. Enjoy!

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  • Ryan G

    Just got my Nexus Player. Unfortunately I can not get ES file Explorer or even Google drive to Install. If I search from the player it can not find in the Play store. If I go on the web and try to push it, it says it is not compatible with My Device. What am I doing wrong? :(

    Edit: I found I was on the wrong ES File Explorer. I got it to push through the play website. :)