Currently, the latest version of Kodi is Jarvis– aka Kodi v16. The first Jarvis update came out in February of 2016 and it upgraded Kodi in many noticeable ways. Kodi developers classified the 16.1 update that came out in March as a “maintenance” upgrade designed to fix bugs and reduce crashes.
If you’re using an old version of Kodi, you should upgrade ASAP if you want to get the most out of your Kodi experience. Read on to find out how to update Kodi in 4 easy steps.
- 1 Why upgrade to Kodi Jarvis v16.1?
- 2 Step #1: Backup Kodi
- 3 Step #2: Download the latest version of Kodi
- 4 Step #3: Run the installer
- 5 Step #4: Update your addons
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Why upgrade to Kodi Jarvis v16.1?
With the debut of 16.0, we got several noticeable upgrades that significantly improved user experience. Here are 4 the best new features:
- Improved audio. The addition of AudioDSP (Audio Digital Signal Processing) binary addons improved sound quality and added new settings tweaks.
- Event logging. Developers added logging capability to help users identify and resolve problems with specific addons.
- Long press. “Long press” functionality allows one button access to the secondary menu.
- Revamped addon manager. Changes to the addon menu make it easier to find your way around when installing and updating addons.
Jarvis 16.1 didn’t bring us many user interface changes or functionality upgrades, but it did introduce tons of under-the-hood technical improvements that caused Kodi to run smoother and crash less often.
Step #1: Backup Kodi
In case you do experience a problem during or after upgrading Kodi or simply want to turn back the clock to a previous version, it’s good to have a backup. The vast majority of people who upgrade Kodi don’t run into any technical issues along the way, so this step is optional– but it’s still a smart thing to do.
Kodi is easy to backup manually because all of its files are always stored in one central location.
Backing up Kodi on a Mac
On a Mac, all you have to do is make a copy of the folder located in library → application support → kodi.
To reveal Mac OS’s hidden library folder, just open up the Go dropdown menu from Finder and hold down the option key.
Once you’ve created “Kodi copy,” all you have to do to restore your old version of Kodi is exit Kodi, delete the “Kodi” folder and rename “Kodi copy” to “Kodi.”
If you replace the Kodi folder with your backup, the next time you open Kodi you’ll be back in Kodi Isengard v15– or whatever version of Kodi you were using before you upgraded to Kodi Jarvis v16.
I personally use the backup/restore technique described above all the time when I’m reviewing Kodi builds– and it always works like a charm.
Backing up Kodi on other platforms
The same backup/restore process described above should work on Android, iOS, Linux, Windows or OpenELEC. Just find the Kodi folder and make a copy of it to backup all your currently installed Kodi addons and builds.
Kodi folder locations
Step #2: Download the latest version of Kodi
To make sure you get the real version of the latest Kodi software, always download Kodi from the official Kodi site: kodi.tv/download.
Simply pick the platform that corresponds to your device and download the installer to your desktop.
Optional: Try out the beta version of Kodi Krypton
If you want to try out the beta version of Kodi 17, you can– just be aware that you might run into bugs and other annoying problems that Kodi developers are working to resolve.
You can download the early access 6th beta version of Krypton from kodi.tv/download if you want to help the developers test it out.
Step #3: Run the installer
After you’ve downloaded the Kodi Jarvis or Kodi Krypton installation file to your device, just open it up and install it just as if you were installing Kodi for the very first time.
Don’t worry, your personal data won’t get wiped out– and if you run into addon compatibility issues, you can always restore your backup if you created one in step #1.
Step #4: Update your addons
Once you upgrade, it’s a good idea to check your addons to see if there are any upgrades available for them. Up-to-date addons generally perform better on Kodi Jarvis and don’t crash as much.
To view a list of all the addons that you currently have, go to system → settings → my addons → all. If there are any available updates, just click the addons that need them and select update to get the latest version.
Optional: Install Config Wizard
TVaddons.ag’s excellent and free Config Wizard downloads a fresh bundle of popular Kodi addons automatically, sets up a few useful widgets for them and keeps them up-to-date.
To get Config Wizard, download plugin.video.hubwizard[version].zip to your desktop, and then install it by navigating from inside Kodi by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip file → desktop.
Here’s what your video menu page will look like after you install Config Wizard:
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