Kodi is one of the most popular media players on the market. However, not many people are aware that you can access the internet on it. After all, it doesn’t come with a built-in web-browser.
You will have to download a special browser for this. We have looked at how you can do so below. Keep reading to find out more.
How Do You Download Web Browser on Kodi?
The only web browser that works would be Google Chrome. You will have to download the Chrome Launcher to get a hold of it. The Chrome Launcher is not in Kodi’s default repository; you will have to download the SuperRepo package first.
Discussed below is a step-by-step break down of how you can install the Chrome Launcher, as well as how to use it.
Step 1: Enable Third Party Repositories
- Tap the gear icon ln Kodi’s main menu. An additional set of configurations should open
- Select System from the options on the screen
- Click on the ‘Enable the Unknown Sources’ option
Step 2: Find the Repository
- Go back to the menu page and click on the File Manager
- You should see an ‘Add Source’ button somewhere on the screen. Click on it
- Select Browse and then enter http://srp.nu/ into the address bar
- Give the file a name and click OK to confirm
Step 3: Install the SuperRepo Zip
- Return to the Main Menu again. Find and select the add-on tab and then click the open Box icon on top
- Select the ‘Install From Zip File’ option
- Search for SuperRepo (enter the name you gave the file earlier)
- Find your version of the media player from the list, and then install the last zip file
Step 4: Download the Chrome Launcher
- Return to the Add-ons menu, and then select ‘Install From Repository’
- Choose SuperRepo from the options that you see. You might have to scroll down as the list can be long
- Wait for it to install afterward
- Click the Download Tab from the Add-Ons section, and then search for the Chrome Launcher.
- Wait for it to install after you click it
Step 5: Use Google Chrome
You should see that Chrome is ready to launch. Once you click on it, you will gain access to Vimeo and YouTube by default. Click ‘Add Website’ and enter a URL to visit other websites.
Do You Need a VPN?
Here’s the deal – you don’t need a VPN to install repositories on Kobi. However, using one would be a good idea.
The media player is open-source so anyone can include add-ons to it. Connecting to a VPN would give you added protection in case you download something that happens to be malicious.
VPNs are special software that encrypt your connection and bounce your connection to a server abroad.
There are many VPNs on the market and it might be hard to choose a good one. Discussed below are four great options that you can select from.
Private Internet Access
Although Private Internet Access is not very popular, it’s arguably the best for the media player.
It’s not free. You will have to pay $9.95 monthly for it. You can snag it for a 1-week trial as well. If you happen to subscribe but aren’t happy, there is a 30-day money back guarantee.
You can connect to some of the fastest servers in the world. What’s great is that they are from some diverse locations.
Private Internet Access won’t store activity logs. You won’t have to worry about what you watch on Kodi being saved.
ExpressVPN is one of the best virtual private networks, not just when it comes to using Kodi, but in general. Although it is not free, it comes with a 3-month free trial. You can buy it for around $13 a month.
Express uses military encryptions. Also, you have hundreds of servers to join to.
There is an automatic kill-switch. If your internet disconnects, the program will automatically disconnect with it. You won’t ever be exposed online.
Just like its counterpart above, there is a no-activity log. What you watch on Kodi won’t be saved.
Express is hands-down one of the best when it comes to staying anonymous online.
CyberGhost will cost around $13 monthly. However, you can get it on a 45-day free trial if you like.
It’s a popular choice, not just for using with the media player. You can connect to hundreds of servers with it.
There will be a military level encryption on your internet. If you’re ever stuck with a malicious add-on, you won’t have to worry. It won’t be able to break through CyberGhost’s lock.
Like most acclaimed virtual private networks, activity logs won’t be stored.
There is an automatic kill-switch that will save you if your internet disconnects abruptly. Your IP won’t be exposed online.
Right after Private Internet Access, ProtonVPN is the most affordable choice on my list. You can snag it for around $9.99 a month. If you don’t want to pay, you will be able to use it on a 7-day free trial.
Although this is not as long as Express’ 3 months, it would give you enough time to download Kodi add-ons.
There are hundreds of servers to choose from and you will also get added military level encryption. Activity logs won’t be saved either.
There is an automatic kill-switch too.
Downloading a Web Browser on Kodi
You will have to download the Chrome Launcher, if you want to access the internet on the media player. The launcher isn’t in the default repository. So, you will have to install a special package. Not only would you get the Chrome Launcher with it, but several other add-ons.
You should probably use a VPN when downloading add-ons on the video service, regardless of whether it’s the Chrome Launcher or not. You can download something that’s malicious otherwise. The VPN would encrypt your connection while hiding your IP.