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How To Upgrade / Install an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.6 Krypton

Kodi 17.6 Krypton is the newest versions of the ever evolving Kodi media center and is now available to install.

It can be installed to an Android TV box as a upgrade or first time install.

Many android TV box users will no doubt like to upgrade to the newest version.

Minimum Android TV box Requirements for Kodi 17.6 Krypton
The Kodi support team does not give exact hardware requirements since it is constantly being updated.

Here is a quote from the wiki supported hardware page.

“It is very hard to generalize Kodi hardware requirements for Linux-based operating-system distributions on ARM or MIPS based embedded systems”

Personally I would not run Kodi 17.6 on anything with 1GB of RAM or any older ARM processors such as the S802.

A unit with 2GB of RAM and a newer S905 or S912 box should have no problems with Kodi 17.6.

The biggest change to requirements is the need for Android 5.0 Lollipop as a minimum, with no more support for older versions.

Be sure your box has Android 5.0 or higher before attempting to install Kodi 17.6

The android version of a box can be found in Settings–>About page.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17 Android Version

Things to Watch Before Upgrading a Kodi Android TV Box.
There are many Kodi boxes available with different Firmware and hardware. With the many units available some boxes may have a firmware setting that blocks an install.

Most units will not have a problem upgrading as long as the hardware and software can support it.

… Does it have a hard / soft reset?
Most boxes will have some type of factory default setting.

While most do some do not, but this is a good thing to know just in-case something was to go wrong with an install.

… Upgrading from an Older Kodi Versions
The Kodi support page recommends only updating from 16 Jarvis, and older installs to update to Jarvis first.

Doing a clean install is also possible but all settings will be erased.

… Android 5.0 Lollipop or Higher
Be sure to have at least Android 5.0 Lollipop or Kodi 17.6 will not install.

How To Install Upgrade Kodi 17.6 Krypton to an Android TV Box
In the screenshots and examples below I am using a T95Z Pro android TV box running Kodi 16.1 Jarvis.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.4 Krypton T95Z Pro
The T95Z Pro has a S912 CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16 GB internal ROM which will upgrade and run Kodi 17.6 easily.

Method 1: Play Store
The first thing to do is to download the Kodi 17.6 APK ARM file.

It can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or from the Kodi site.

It is much easier to use the Play Store since it is automatic but the Kodi Download page can also be used.

Open Google Play Store and type in Kodi or Click Here for Kodi Google Play Store Link
How To Install Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.5 Krypton Play Store 1
If a version is already installed it may need to be uninstalled first. Very old versions will have an Update button.

Clicking Install or Update will automatically Install the new Kodi 17.6.

Method 2: Manual Download
Manually downloading Kodi from the main site is also easy by opening a Browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or any built in Browser.

Go to the main Kodi download page by Googling it or clicking here for the Kodi Main Download Page.

Scroll down and click were it says Android.
How To Install Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.5 Krypton Android

The ARM file to download will depend on your box with 32 bit, and 64 bit options.
How To Upgrade Install an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.6 Krypton
Most all boxes will use the ARMV7A (32BIT) version.

If in doubt simply download and try both, as the wrong file will not install and give an error at some point.

The ARM file can also be copied to a Flash drive or SD-Card with a computer and taken to the box.

After it downloads open File Browser inside Apps.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.4 Krypton File Browser 1

It will be located in the Download Folder.
How To Upgrade Install an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.6 Krypton APK

Clicking the file will begin the installation.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Krypton Installing
If you are upgrading from an older version the settings usually keep such as add-ons but there is no guarantee.

Kodi support page recommends upgrading only from previous version Kodi 16 Jarvis. If you have a much older Kodi 14 or 15 version, a upgrade to Jarvis may be necessary to keep all the settings.

Of course a clean install can always he done by deleting the old install and simply installing Kodi 17.6.

A clean install will need add-ons setup again but can often be the best method in some scenarios.

After it installs Kodi 17.6 will be ready to run.
How To Upgrade Install an Android TV Box to Kodi 17.6 Krypton 2018
If the add-ons get erased, read here for the top Kodi add-ons and how to install them.

Possible Errors and Problems
The possibility for problems during a install can always happen and may be unique to your box or to all android systems.

Here are some errors I ran into while installing Kodi Krypton on a few different boxes.

If the wrong file is downloaded and is tried to install it will give an error “Kodi Not Installed”. This is usually because the system can only run the 32bit or 64bit file.

It will not harm anything to run the wrong file and will simply give an error part way through the install, If this happens use the other ARM file.

Another common error is “There is a Problem Parsing This Package”.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17 Parse Error Krypton
This is a generic error that can be caused by a few things. The main thing is be sure that Install from Unknown Sources is set to ON.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17 Usnknaown Sources Krypton
Unknown Sources will be located under Security in Settings.

Some boxes like to give a Parsing Error if the Developer options are set to off.

A MXV box did this and to enable the Developer Options I had to go to the About Page and click the “Build Number” 7 times. Kodi then loaded fine.
How To Upgrade an Android TV Box to Kodi 17 Devloper Options

Summary
With the new Kodi Krypton now available many will no doubt like to upgrade with most having no problems.

While upgrading is nice keep in mind there is always the potential for something to go wrong.

If you are a technical person you likely will be able to work through most any problem that arises.

If you are not technical and have a older version of Kodi installed, it may be a good idea to wait as long as the current version is working.

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