Android-based devices are among the best to install Kodi. Indeed, among the best devices to run Kodi, we’ve found that pretty much anything running Android works the best, although there are some Android devices that really blow it out of the water. Although the Samsung Galaxy S7 isn’t on our list, that doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy contender. it’s easily a great device for Kodi. In fact, you can install Kodi on Samsung Galaxy S7 in seconds. Paired with the new Kodi version 17 “Krypton” interface, you’ll likely have an excellent Kodi-viewing experience on your Galaxy S7.
Before you proceed
You’ll probably find yourself running Kodi quite often on your Samsung Galaxy S7. Nevertheless, in the past, some Kodi users have received DMCA-related copyright notifications from their ISPs after streaming through Kodi. While uncommon, this is why most Kodi users stream while connected to a virtual private network (VPN. While there are a ton of VPN services out there, our recommendation is IPVanish.
From our Kodi VPN testing, we’ve found that IPVanish takes anonymity seriously. The service keeps no logs and employs high-level encryption standards to ensure that your identity stays private. Furthermore, IPVanish works seamlessly on your Samsung Galaxy S7 phone with a high-quality, fully functional app.
How to Install Kodi on Samsung Galaxy S7
Since its inception, Samsung’s line of Galaxy phones has almost unequivocally been Android-based devices. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S7. As the past few generations of Kodi have been well integrated into Android, you’ll find the download process quick and easy. Start your timer, because we suggest that this process will take you under 2 minutes (unless you have a painfully slow internet connection.
To download and install Kodi on Samsung Galaxy S7, do the following:
- Go to the Google Play Store
- Type in “Kodi”
- Download Kodi
All done? Good! You’ll now have the latest version of Kodi on your Galaxy S7. You should see something like this on your screen:
You should note that, as stated, this is Kodi version 17 “Krypton”. You’ll find that most of the guides on our site and most other websites you mind find will show images and screenshots for the previous version of Kodi, 16.1 “Jarvis”. Jarvis is still the most popular version of Kodi, while those who have adopted Krypton have been experiencing more than a few growing pains.
How to Install Kodi Version 16.1 “Jarvis”
Not quite ready to make the transition to Krypton? You can actually still install the previous Kodi version onto your Samsung Galaxy S7. The process is not too complicated, but we suggest you delete your current version of Kodi first before you to prevent any complications.
To install 16.1 “Jarvis”, do the following:
- On your Galaxy S7, navigate to your “Settings”
- Scroll down and tap on “Lock Screen and Security”
- Tap on “Unknown Sources” to allow installation from apps outside of the Google Play Store
- Click here to install the 16.1 Jarvis APK file
- Click on the downloaded APK file in your downloads
- Scroll down (if need be) and click on “Install” on the bottom right
You will now have Kodi version 16.1 Jarvis installed on your Galaxy S7.
Alternatively, you may want to install a Kodi build instead. We provide several Kodi build guides. Kodi builds are modified versions of Kodi that usually include interesting and unique themes, as well as a large number of pre-installed addons that will help you save a lot of time. Installing Kodi builds is slightly different than the normal install process, so you’ll want to follow those guides closely.
Is It Difficult Install Addons?
If you’re new to Kodi, you’ll notice that there isn’t actually much you can do with it at first. That’s because Kodi requires special plugins, called addons, that give you access to a number of different features. Addons can cover a lot of different types of media, although the most popular addons available for Kodi allow you to stream all kinds of TV, movies, and sports programs. You’ll also find addons available for some of the most popular apps available, such as Crunchyroll and YouTube.
Installing addons on a computer is actually pretty easy, but installing them on a Samsung Galaxy S7 can be a little bit more difficult, mostly due to the lack of a traditional keyboard. Still, your best option to install addons for Kodi on your Galaxy S7 will be to install repositories.
Kodi repositories provide you access to other addons. By installing a few popular repos, you can save a lot of time with your addon installation process. Kodi comes with access to the Official Kodi Repository. There, you’ll find the addons that the XBMC Foundation considers legitimate. Outside of the official repository, there are a number of repositories for third-party addons.
As per official policy, the XBMC Foundation does not condone third-party addons. This is because a large number, but not all, third-party addons provide access to copyrighted material for free. To avoid getting sued, the XBMC Foundation does not align itself with these addons or repositories that house them.
One of the most popular third-party repositories is the Fusion repo. Fusion provides access to thousands of addons. Here’s how to install the Fusion repo onto your Galaxy S7, and one of the most popular Kodi addons, Exodus:
- Open Kodi, navigate to the “System” menu. Hover on “System” and click on “File Manager”
- Click on “Add Source” then select “None”
- A pop-up window will emerge. Type http://fusion.tvaddons.ag and select Done.
- In the text box below, type “Fusion” then select Done.
- Select OK, then navigate back home.
- Click on the “System” menu, then select “Add-ons”
- Select “Install from zip file”
- Select “Fusion” then choose “start-here”
- Select “plugin.program.addoninstaller-x.x.x.zip” (at the top of the page)
- Wait for add-on enabled notification. If installation fails, go back to Step 6 and repeat.
- Open Kodi and open up the “Programs” menu.
- Select “Add-on installer”
- Select “Featured Add-ons”
- Select “Exodus”
- Click on “Install Exodus” and confirm when prompted by a pop-up window
- Wait until the “Success!” pop-up window appears
- Navigate home, then to the Videos menu, and select “Add-ons”
That may feel like a lot of steps, but thankfully you’ll only have to do it once. You can check out other popular repositories by checking out our write-ups on the best Kodi repos for 2017, and some of the best Kodi repos in general.
How Do I Get Third-Party Add-ons On Kodi Version 17.0 “Krypton”?
Although Kodi Version 17 “Krypton” is now the official version of Kodi, it is far from the most popular one. Nevertheless, it’s here to stay for a while (until Version 18 “Leia” drops, that is). If you’re somewhat familiar with Kodi, or you’re new to Kodi, you may notice that you can’t actually install third-party addons onto Krypton right out of the box. This is because the XBMC Foundation has continued its efforts to move further away from the copyright infringement associated with third-party addons.
You can still install third-party addons onto Version 17. You will just have to change your settings a bit. With Version 17, the XBMC Foundation has taken a page out of Android’s book by making you change your settings to install plugins from “unknown sources” in order to install third party addons. Although many third-party addons are perfectly legitimate and do not commit copyright infringement or allow copyright infringement through their services, all third-party addons are caught up in the mix.
To allow third-party addons on Kodi Version 17 “Krypton”, do the following:
- Click on the “gear” symbol on the top left (this is the Settings option)
- Click on System Settings on the right
- Click on Add-ons
- On the right, click on to enable Unknown sources
Your 17.0 Krypton will now allow you to install third-party addons available from unofficial repositories and plugin addresses.
A Special Note About Android VPNs
While our primary recommendation for your VPN service is IPVanish, we do understand that many users may prefer to try out a free VPN service or two first. However, we would like to note that free VPNs on Android come with a significant amount of risk.
Recently, a group of security and privacy researchers from the University of New South Wales, University of California, Berkeley, and Australia’s national science agency, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), discovered that a large portion of VPN apps on Android’s Google Play Store contained viruses. Not only did they discover that many of those apps contained viruses, but their findings discovered that many of those VPN services were not working as advertised, e.g., they weren’t actually providing any encryption services at all.
In their blog post, “Tinker, Torrentor, Streamer, Spy: VPN privacy alert”, CSIRO’s Kate Winkworth writes, “Alarmingly, the report uncovered that not only did 18 per cent of the apps fail to encrypt users’ traffic but 38 per cent injected malware or malvertising – software designed to damage or gain access to the users’ information.” To be clear, the majority of those malicious and poorly performing VPN apps were free VPNs, and not the higher quality paid services that exist for Android.
From the published report:
Many VPN services recently experienced an uptick in their usage numbers immediately following Australia’s crackdown on torrenting. A large number of torrentors turned to VPN services to aid in accessing popular torrent services like The Pirate Bay. This only created a positive situation for malicious app creators to take advantage of those looking for cheap or free VPN services.
Are There Other Devices for Kodi?
Enjoying your experience with Kodi on the Samsung Galaxy S7? There are a number of other devices you might want to consider installing Kodi onto, as well as some that aren’t the best.
Try a Kodi TV Box
A Kodi TV box is simply a regular TV streaming device that has Kodi installed onto it. This could be anything from an Apple TV to an Amazon Fire TV Stick. There are also a number of Android-based TV boxes that are designed just for Kodi.
We’ve looked into some of the best Kodi TV boxes, while we also provide a large number of installation guides for different types of devices, such as iPhone, Amazon Fire TV/Stick, Apple TV and the Nvidia Shield.
In most places, buying and using a Kodi TV box is fully legal and also the easiest and best method to make the most out of Kodi. Indeed, our reviews on the best Kodi TV boxes found that the Nvidia Shield TV is probably the best Kodi device around, followed by the Amazon Fire TV and the WeTek Core.
The WeTek Core, in particular, is highly lauded within the Kodi community and is designed from the ground up to be a Kodi-viewing device. You’ll also find that it’s a fair alternative to the Nvidia Shield TV, although you won’t get the gaming experience. It can be a good replacement or alternative to your Amazon Fire TV. It is pricier than the Fire TV, but it’s also more powerful. Additionally, the WeTek Core will work with a number of keyboards and keyboard/remote combinations, something that the Amazon Fire TV won’t support.
A Dedicated Laptop
When we investigated which devices, overall, work best for Kodi, nothing beats a dedicated laptop or desktop computer. With a dedicated laptop, you can install the latest version of Kodi easily, or older versions of Kodi. You can also explore new, stable future releases of Kodi as well. If you’re using a laptop, you can also hook it up to your TV with an HDMI cord. It won’t allow you to take Kodi almost anywhere like your Samsung Galaxy S7 will, but you’ll still be able to get an excellent streaming experience.
Avoid iOS Devices
While we do provide installation guides for iPhone and iPad, we’ve found that iOS devices are completely unfriendly to Kodi. With the exception of Mac computers, Apple devices not only require you to sideload Kodi, unless you have a paid developer ID, you’ll have to re-install Kodi every 7 days. We suggest sticking with your Samsung Galaxy S7, Windows devices, and other Android-based devices.