Kodi Only Update for Kodi 19

Read these instructions on your phone, tablet or computer and do the actions on your tv box.
Read the instructions carefully and follow them closely.
Every step is important.

First: VERY IMPORTANT! Turn Off Auto-Updates/Sign Out of The Play Store

If you are signed into the Google Play Store, we strongly recommend you sign out. Previously, turning off auto-updates was enough to stop the Play Store from auto-updating Kodi to version 19. However, the Play Store itself has recently had an update which turned auto-updates back on and updated to Kodi to 19 causing a loss of our programming. If you don’t want to lose your Kodi programming a second time, sign out of the Play Store. If you choose to stay signed in, you must turn off auto-updates again. Click here to see how to turn off auto-updates in the Play Store.

Second: Clear Chrome

On the main screen of your tv box, go back into Settings then Apps. Scroll to Chrome and click it.

On some tv boxes, Chrome can be found under Show System Apps.

(If you have a much older box that hasn’t been updated in a few years, you may not have Chrome on your tv box. You can use the instructions below to install it. DO NOT USE BROWSER, use Chrome.)

Scroll down to Clear Cache and click it. Click any prompts and OK any permissions. Repeat for Clear Data.

Third: Uninstall Kodi

1. Start on the main opening screen of your tv box.
Scroll over to Settings.
On some boxes, you may need to then go to Advanced or Other or More Settings.
Some boxes may have a picture of a gear or screwdriver instead of the word Settings.

2. Scroll to Apps. Click it.
On some boxes, you’ll need to click See All Apps.

3. Scroll to Kodi.
Click it.
Scroll to Uninstall and click it.
Some boxes require clicking OK and OK.

4. Exit back to the main screen.

Fourth: Download the Latest Version of Kodi

1. On your tv box, open Chrome. Don’t use Browser, it won’t let you open links.
You may find Chrome on the main screen of your tv box if not, look under Apps/MyApps.

2.  In Chrome, type in homearcadeinabox.com.
Go to the Login tab found on the top menu bar.
Login using the username and password you chose when you registered.

3. Go to the drop down under Download Pages called “Download Page A”.
If you can’t access Download Page A, we’ll need to update your settings. Contact us to let us know you need access to Download Page A.

4. If the Home Arcade website is already open from a past update, refresh the page.

5. Scroll down and click on Kodi Download.

NOTE: If you see the message “Chrome needs storage access to download files”, follow these steps:
-Click Update Permissions or Continue
-Click Allow (if your tv box doesn’t show Allow but instead opens a new screen like the one shown here, click this link)
-On some tv boxes, the permission updates and you can move to step 6
-On others, you need to close the internet browser window to update the permission
-Open the internet browser window again, type in homearcadeinabox.com and click on Download Page A
-Repeat Step 4

6. You may be prompted to click on Download. If so, do.
Allow any permissions, some boxes ask, some don’t.

7. Click on Home Arcade Wizard.
Allow any permissions.

Fifth: Install Kodi

1. Press the home key to get back to the main screen.

2. Click Apps/My Apps. (on some tv boxes the Apps icon isn’t labeled, see here for unlabeled Apps icon pictures)

3. Most tv boxes have App Installer. If yours does, read the instructions under Instructions for App Installer
If your tv box says APK Installer, read under Instructions for APK Installer

No App/APK Installer? Read under Instructions for File Browser.

Instructions for App Installer

Click on App Installer
Click on Local Disk
Click Kodi
Click Install
When it’s done installing, click Done
Exit back out to the main screen. Click Escape or back button several times to return to the main screen.

Instructions for APK Installer

Click APK Installer
On the right side, scroll down to Download and click it
Scroll to Kodi and click it
Scroll to Install and click it
Click Done when it’s done installing
Exit back out to the main screen. Click Escape or back button several times to return to the main screen.

Instructions for File Browser

Click on File Browser
Click Local Disk
Scroll to and click on Download
Click Kodi
Click Install
When it’s done installing, click Done
Exit back out to the main screen. Click Escape or back button several times to return to the main screen.

Final Steps

1. Scroll over to Kodi. If you don’t see it on the main screen, click Apps/My Apps. It’s in there.

If your tv box has a “+”, you have a shortcut bar. To add any apps you like to the shortcuts, click the “+” then click the app you want to add, such as Kodi. See the checkmark that’s appeared? That indicates you have selected that app.
If you want to remove an app, click its icon to remove the checkmark. When you’re done, click Escape or back and the added apps will now appear in the shortcut menu. 

Now to set up the Kodi build.

2. Click Kodi. Allow the permissions.
Kodi may close, click the Kodi icon to open it again.
If you have a Zoomtak brand tv box, read the special notes below otherwise continue to step 3.


On Zoomtak tv boxes, Kodi may get stuck on a black/grey screen. If this happens, follow the instructions below:

  • Exit back out to the main screen of your tv box.
  • Click Apps
  • Click Settings
  • Scroll to Apps and click it
  • Scroll to Kodi and click it
  • Scroll down to Permissions
  • Scroll to Storage. Toggle the switch next to it to on. If it’s already on, toggle it to off then on again.
  • Exit back to the main screen and click on Kodi
  • Proceed to Step 3

3. Click the gear wheel found in the top left-hand corner.

4. Click System found on the bottom right-hand side.

5. Scroll down to Add-ons. Arrow over to Show notifications. Click OK to turn the toggle to on.

6. Arrow down to Unknown Sources. Click OK to turn the toggle to on.

7. Choose Yes from the pop-up window.

8. Press Escape or back twice.

9. Scroll down to Add-ons. Click it.

10. Arrow up to the open box icon on the top left. Click OK.

11. Scroll down to Install from Zip File. Click OK.

12. Scroll down to External Storage. Click OK.

13. Scroll down to Download. Click OK.

14. Scroll down to plugin.program.homearcadewizard.zip. Click OK.

15. Wait a few moments and a pop-up menu will appear.

16. Scroll to Keep My Trakt and click OK to fill in the circle.

17. Scroll to Keep My Real Debrid and click OK to fill in the circle.

18. Scroll to Keep My Favourites and click OK to fill in the circle.

19. Scroll to Continue and click it. 

20. A pop-up will appear. Click Build Menu.

21. Scroll down to Home Arcade In A Box: Fresh Install. Click it.

22. Click Continue.

Should the update wizard time out and get stuck on a generic blue screen with white words, use the directions in this video to restart it.

23. When the update wizard is done, click Force Close. And you’re done updating! Keep reading for more important info.

24. Having up-to-date programming is important but the best thing you can do for better streaming is to sign up for Real Debrid. Real Debrid makes streaming much faster and simpler. Click here to learn more.

If you already have a Real Debrid subscription, you’ll need to sync it with the updated apps and Kodi add-ons. Click here for a video tutorial or here for written instructions.

Unless you have a VPN (you’ll know if you do) or an active Real Debrid subscription on your tv box, do not choose a link that says “Torrent”. These are file-sharing links that play really well but will get a warning letter from your internet provider. Typically these links are found in the Kodi add-ons but may be in the Android Apps as well.

Did you know you can use the Android Apps (Typhoon TV, Bee TV, Nova TV, Viva TV) without first opening Kodi?

You can! click here to learn how

Quick tip for Viva: When watching a tv show, don’t click Watch Now, instead click Choose Season and go from there

If it’s been awhile since you’ve used your tv box and you’d like a walkthrough of the programming, click here.