How to Install Kodi on USB Stick for TV

To build the ultimate home theater it is important that you have the best tools and software to support it.

You can get the latest smart TV or Android television set, but to stream high-quality movies, TV shows, music, and much more you need to have the right application like Kodi.

Kodi is winning the hearts of its users all over the world for decades now.

While it is a popular streaming platform for operating systems like Windows and Mac, you can now get it on your TV screen easily.

Yes, you can now convert your basic TV to a smart one with just one USB Stick.

And so today we are going to share with you the step-by-step guide to Install Kodi on a USB stick for TV.

How to Install Kodi on a USB stick for TV?

One way to get Kodi on your TV screen is with Chromecast. Streaming Kodi to Chromecast seems easy but not a permanent solution.

Another way is by downloading and installing the Kodi app on your Windows or Mac device. You can then export it to your USB or Flash drive. This is the best way to stream Kodi on TV using a USB drive.

So let us check out the steps you need to perform.

Step 1- To begin with, open any web browser on your computer or laptop. Search for Download Kodi.

Download Kodi

Step 2- Open the official website. Scroll down to find Kodi available for different platforms.

Kodi downloads

Step 3- Click on the Windows icon. And download Kodi for Windows, the latest version.

Kodi for Windows

The download will begin and complete in a few seconds.

Step 4- A new window will pop-up. Select the location where you want to save the file.

Downloading Kodi

Step 5- After the file gets downloaded, close the window.

Kodi installation completion

Now it is time to install Kodi on USB Device.

Step 6- So double click on the Kodi app you have downloaded. The installation of Kodi Setup will begin.

Step 7- Click on Next> I Agree> Next.

Kodi set up
Kodi license agreement
Choose the components

Step 8- Then they will ask you the destination folder where you want to install Kodi. The default location will be displayed in the box.

Choose the install location

Step 9-Since we have to install Kodi on USB Stick, click on Browse. And choose the USB Pen Drive option.

Browse the folder

Step 10- Press Ok. Then click on Next and finally on the Install option.

Choose start menu folder

Step 11- After the installation process completes, click on Finish.

Completing the Kodi setup

Step 12- Now go to your USB Drive. Open the folder where you have installed the application.

Step 13-The folder will have all the different files. Look for the Kodi application and right-click on it.

 Look for the Kodi application

Step 14- Choose Create Shortcut. A new Kodi application will be added just above the Kodi app.

Choose Create Shortcut

Step 15- If you want you can rename the file to Kodi Portable.

Step 16- Right-click on Kodi shortcut, and open Properties. Change the target by adding “.p” to the address.

 Open Kodi Properties

Step 17- Click on Apply. And now your Kodi portable app is ready to be launched.

Kodi portable app is ready to be launched

If you own a smart TV, then you can cut short this entire process and download the Kodi app directly from the Play store. However, those who do not have an Android TV can sideload apps using USB Drive.

So once you have the Kodi app on your external device, it’s time to make it available on your TV.

There are two ways to do this.

First, you can insert the USB Stick to your computer and then via a USB cable attach your computer to the TV, this method is liked by many as operating Kodi through a laptop or PC is quite easy.

The second way is by inserting the USB Stick directly into the USB port of the TV.

How to Complete Kodi Setup on TV?

To complete the Kodi setup on your TV< you need to change a few more settings.

Step 1- Open the Settings of your device. And go to the Security or System or any other equivalent option.

Step 2- Then enable the Unknown Sources option. This will allow you to install any unofficial and apk files.

Step 3- Now go to the File Manager of your television set. And open the folder to access the Kodi file you have downloaded.

Step 4- Launch the app and install it using the compatible installer on your TV.

That’s it. You can now stream your favorite movies and TV shows on Kodi.


Installation of Kodi on TV sets that do not have access to the Google Play Store is a challenge.

However, you can still get Kodi to your TV. You can either download the Kodi Android app or the Kodi apk file to stream it on your TV.

Using this guide you can download the Kodi app on your USB drive easily. And then run it on your TV set directly.

Have you ever tried to run an app on TV using a USB drive? Do share your experience with us in the comment section.

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