In terms of media centers, Kodi is king.
So whether you have Kodi set up on the NVIDIA Shield or another Android TV box or download it to your Android phone from the Google Play Store, we have some tricks and tips to help you maximize your experience with Kodi.
It is all centered around the add-ons.
Kodi is an excellent option for accessing and organizing all of your media: from all of your favorite videos and movies, to music and photos. However, when you start to dive into the addons, that is when the really interesting things come into play.
There is a thriving community of developers who have designed a wide range of add-ons for Kodi. They enable you to stream content from various places. There are add-ons available for popular websites such as twitch.tv, YouTube and more within the Kodi repository – and that is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the options that are available to you.
There have also been repositories of Kodi add-ons that have been created by independent parties that you might be interested in. You will need to use your own judgement to keep everything safe and legal since some of them offer illegal content streams. There are communities that are dedicated to Kodi addons that offer plenty of support and resources for new users who are just beginning to use Kodi.
Add your favorite add-ons and shows to your favorites
Kodi is excellent for organizing and storing your media, however it can be somewhat clunky to have to navigate through all of the menus in order to locate specific content.
Fortunately, Kodi has a Favorites menu that allows you to add quick links for your favorite stored media, in addition to content from adds and your favorite add-ons. You can add whatever you want to your favorites menu – it allows you to access your most used adds on quickly as well as your favorite media that is stored on your device.
Screencast your phone for watching Kodi on Chromecast
At this time Kodi does not include any native support for streaming to a Chromecast-enabled TV from your phone. However, the Google Home app has a screencasting function that is built into it that offers a quick workaround that you can use to stream content to your TV from your phone without having to deal with adapters and wires or purchase a separate Android TV box.
The advantages to this is that you can literally keep touch controls in-hand for your media while streaming to your television while only using a Chromecast and your phone. The setup works even better when you have an older Android phone laying around that you can dedicate this to.
Explore Kodi’s deep audio settings
Deep audio settings are offered by Kodi for media playback. You will definitely want to use this if you will be using the above screencast tip or you are streaming content.
It will allow you to crank the audio amplification up if you want some added oomph, and also the menu includes subtitles and the option for fine tuning the audio offset in the event the video and audio are out of sync. The audio settings are easy to access while you are viewing a video. Just select the settings gear or tap to choose Audio Settings.
If you discover the ideal audio settings to use with your home theater setup, there is the option for saving them and using them as the default for all of your media. That way you won’t have to keep tweaking them each time you use them.
Changing the skin
Kodi is open-source. That means you will be able to control almost every aspect that goes into your overall Kodi experience. You might really enjoy Kodi’s default look and feel. However, there are also lots of other skins that you can choose from. They offer various themes and menu layouts depending on how you are intending to use Kodi.
For instance, if you have Kodi installed on your tablet or phone, there are skins available that are optimized to work with the touch controls. The Kodi 17.1 Android app comes with a default ski that is a lot easier to control with the touchscreen. There is also a skin available for touchscreens specifically that makes things even easier.
Using your phone as a Kodi remote
Although Kodi runs quite well on an Android TV box, the remotes that ship with a majority of the devices are notorious for being cheap and simplistic. However, there is another options available to you – your phone can be used for controlling Kodi.
The office Kodi remote app is Kore. It allows you to use your phone to control the Kodi media center. The app works with Kodi 14.0 and comes with an array of smart features: it allows you to manage your playlists, download and change subtitles, show what is playing currently including any pertinent information and much more.
The best feature is arguably being able to use your phone for entering text. This is a big time-saver when you are suing an addon that has a search function since it can be brutal to have to use the Android TV’s on-screen keyboard.
Kore walks you through the entire setup process. You will need to have the two devices on the same wireless network. Then go into your Kodi Settings to Services > Control and enable the setting called Allow remote control via HTTP.