How to Setup Kodi on Android TV Box ” Step by Step Guide”
When Kodi 16 (also called Mark XVI Jarvis) was released recently, I thought that making a big configuration guide for users would probably be interesting. If you have an older version, don”t worry: this guide will teach you how to use XBMC as well. I”ve received a lot of questions about how to configure Kodi, for streaming content hosted at home or on a website.
The cool thing about Kodi is that there are hundreds if not thousands of different options that allow you to customize your box to really look like you – there are different themes, different wallpapers and of course lots of add-ons. However, it also means that you can quickly get lost when configuring your box – especially if it”s the first one you buy.
Kodi has a large community of users and developers (mostly English speaking) and of course you can check out the French Kodi-Wiki. Both of these resources will be a useful source of information for all users, especially during the basic configuration of the box.
Unfortunately the forum is in English and the Wiki doesn”t always go into enough detail for beginners. That”s why I decided to put together a Kodi configuration guide, it will be as complete as possible and is likely to be quite long, so allow some time before you start to read and apply my advice.
How Does this Guide Work
If you are starting from scratch with your first Android TV box you can read this guide from A to Z and end up with a fully operational Android box. Otherwise, you can use the links I propose just below to go directly to the part you are interested i
Keep in mind that whatever guide you use, you will always have to adapt it a little bit to your situation. Kodi works on so many devices and has so many options that it would be impossible to list them all. That said, if you follow this guide in its entirety you should be able to find and change what you want.
Some Useful Information
I mentioned above the very good compatibility of Kodi, it can run on Android, Mac, Linux or Windows to name the most famous. To make this guide as clear as possible, I have performed the manipulations on my PC running Windows 10. Snaglt and Photoshop are easier to use on a PC sorry… However, don”t worry, the interface is almost identical on all systems, so if you know Kodi on Windows you will be able to use Kodi on Android or Linux without any problems.
In this guide you will only find information about the features available in the official version of Kodi. I won”t talk about the changes made by the different manufacturers, nor will I try to talk about the unofficial add-ons that can be found on the internet. An article about unofficial add-ons would be long enough for me to add this to this guide.
Finally, if you use XBMC you will still be able to find interesting information throughout this guide. Kodi is the new name of XBMC (see the “What is Kodi” section below) and even though the name has changed, the interface has remained pretty much the same for years. So if you”re looking for a guide to learn how to configure XBMC, you”ve come to the right place!
What is Kodi
Kodi, which used to be called XBMC is an open-source media center that was born from the evolution of an application for Xbox. If you”re good with acronyms and English you”ve probably already found out what XBMC stands for: “XBox Media Center”.
The program was created for use in the living room, so you will often hear that Kodi has a “too big” user interface. It allows you to play almost any format of video, podcast or images on your TV no matter where they come from.
If you”re wondering where the names given to Kodi”s versions come from, they are popular science fiction and geek works:
XBMC v8.10 Atlantis (2008) – (Stargate)
XBMC v9.04 Babylon (2009) – (Babylon 5)
XBMC v9.11 Camelot (2009) – (King Arthur)
XBMC v10.0 Dharma (2010) – (Lost)
XBMC v11.0 Eden (2012) – (The Garden of…)
XBMC v12.0 Frodo (2013) – (Lord of the Rings)
XBMC v13.0 Gotham (2014) – (Batman – and my little favorite)
Kodi v14.0 Helix (2014) – (Helix, a Sci-fi series)
Kodi v15.0 Isengard (2015) – (Tolkien)
Kodi v16.0 Jarvis (2016) – (Artificial Intelligence by Iron Man)
Kodi v17.0 Krypton – (Original Planet of Superman)
Kodi v18.0 Leia
What”s new on Kodi 16: Jarvis
I”ll tell you quickly about the new features of Jarvis. I”ll have a more complete article on the subject soon if you want.
For Windows users, Kodi now runs on DirectX11, this allows newer graphics cards to work better while maintaining compatibility with older models.
On the Android side, there is a new version of “Android Surface Rendering” which allows Kodi to display the user interface at its native resolution (i.e. 720p) while playing a 4K video for example. This doesn”t work on AmLogic devices, but it does work on the NVidia Shield and other devices.
Kodi has added a long key press function to bring up the context menu so that Android users using an infrared remote control can access it without having to switch to air-mouse mode. The add-on manager has also undergone some improvements to allow you to decide whether to enable or disable automatic updates on each add-on separately.
Well, this time the talk is over, let”s get on with configuring your Kodi box!
Depending on the appliance on which you want to install it, you have several options for installing Kodi.
In any case, you can always find the latest version of Kodi on the official website: kodi.tv. Android users can go directly to the Google Play Store or download it via the latest APK file.
For those who don”t know, downloading the APK version gives access to applications that are not available on the store.
When this happens, you need to download an APK file (a bit like .exe on windows) that will allow you to install the application manually.
If you choose the latter solution to install Kodi, be careful which version you choose.
Since Android can run on ARM or Intel processors, there is a different version of Kodi for each processor architecture, and since Kodi is accessible from the Google Play Store you should not have this problem.
Once Kodi is installed, it”s time to get familiar with the interface.
How do I use XBMC/Kodi
Since this is the first time you have installed Kodi, I will quickly go over how to navigate the Kodi user interface.
You remember earlier when I told you that the Kodi interface was “too big”, now we”re going to talk about it.
The main features on Kodi are displayed on a ribbon in the center of the screen and are configurable to a certain extent. The original menu includes these categories: Videos, Movies, TV Series, Music, Photos, Programs, System and Weather.
Depending on the theme there may be a few more or fewer categories.
In addition to the main ribbon menu, there are two other types of menu on Kodi that you will want to master: the sidebar menu (on the side) and the context menu.
The context menu will give you access to different possibilities depending on where you use it.
For example, on the picture on the right I opened the contextual menu of a movie – Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
Here the contextual menu allows us to add the movie to a playlist, to play the movie right away, to add it to our favorites, to mark it as seen or to display additional information about the movie.
On another screen the options offered will be different depending on the type of media selected.
To display the pop-up menu, it depends on the type of device you are using :
Android: Press and hold (only on devices with Kodi 16 and above°).
Mouse: Right click
Amazon Fire TV: Menu Button
NVidia Shield: “X” Button
The sidebar menu, or sidebar menu, is used to search and sort media files.
It allows you to sort movies differently, apply filters or access the quick search function.
The “view” option allows you to change the way movies, series, images or music are listed.
Changing this option will display the files as a list, thumbnails, fan-art or posters.
Changing the “sort” option allows you to change the order in which files appear, allowing you to sort them by title, year, general note, personal note, MPAA note, duration, date added and number of views.
You can then sort the list in ascending or descending order.
Favourites and Power Off
Finally, in the bottom left corner of the Kodi home screen you will see two icons.
The Power button icon, which opens the Kodi power-down menu.
The options are to turn off the unit, exit Kodi, create a timer for shutdown, put the system to sleep or even reboot it.
The star-shaped button allows you to access the favorites.
The operation is very simple, once a file has been classified as a Favourite using the context menu, you can then quickly access it by going through this menu.
The Kodi Library
One of the most important steps when setting up Kodi is the creation of your media library. Let”s start with videos. If you haven”t collected your digital movie/series collection this is the mandatory first step. You will find lots of tutorials to extract your movies from DVDs or to download them in torrent directly from the internet (Note that downloading movies in torrent is only legal if you have already bought the movie on another media).
Before adding all these files on your storage media you will have some work to do…
Kodi requires media files to follow a certain nomenclature, and this nomenclature is different if they are movies or TV series. If the file name is not written correctly, Kodi will not be able to tell what it is.
Why is this important? Kodi uses a process called “scraping” to extract data from a media file. If Kodi is not able to Scrape correctly then two errors can occur: Kodi may simply ignore the file when creating your library, or worse, confuse it with a completely different file or movie.
You probably already have your method of organizing your media files (sorting by type? by year? by director?…) but if you follow these simple instructions you should re-organize it in an instant so that Kodi finds everything he is looking for.
Organize your Media Library
There are two common ways to organize your media library:
A file containing all the media filles
One file for each media file
It”s up to you to choose the one that suits you best.
There are advantages and disadvantages to each method but that will be the subject of another article.
To keep it simple just remember this: if you have a large media library it will be easier to organize each movie in a different file.
How to Rename Movies
If you choose to sort movies with one file per folder, the folder name should contain the title and/or year.
To improve Kodi”s scrape performance, put the year of the film in brackets.
\The Usual Suspects Movies (1995)…
How to Rename a TV Series
If you prefer to have one file for all your media, the same information should appear, but you will also need to change the name of the media file in addition to the folder name.
\TV Shows\House (2004)\Season 1\House.S01E01 – Everybody Lies.mkv
\TV Shows\12 Monkeys\Season 1\S01E01 Splinter.avi
How do you Add Videos to your Library
Kodi uses pretty much the same process whether you want to add videos, music or images to your media library. There are differences of course, but the overall handling is almost the same.
Just in case you plan to skip the section on adding music and images: don”t worry, it will be much the same as for videos. I encourage you to go read the other parts of course, because each type of transfer has its own particularity.
Let”s start by scrolling through the Kodi menu to select “videos”.
Once on this menu, click on “files”.
If nothing appears in your library, it will automatically open the window below.
If you have already added a few files, the list of shared files will appear in a separate window with a button to “add videos”.
If you don”t understand everything yet don”t worry, we”ll see the shared files in a moment.
If you know the path to your server media, you can take a shortcut by entering it directly in the input box.
I will assume that you don”t have it and that you didn”t write it down. In this case you will have to browse the files.
Depending on how your media server is configured you may have several options available to you.
Kodi doesn”t care if you fetch your media files from your networked Windows computer, from a NAS server or simply from an external storage device. Kodi will take care of it.
For the sake of this article I will assume that you have already set up your NAS server/Network computer as you wish to have it up and running.
The solution most often chosen is some kind of Windows network (SMB) so it will be this type of network that we will talk about here.
Once I told Kodi that my media server was on the Windows network, he went to look for the corresponding devices and offered me to choose among the three he found. My networks and electronic devices have names linked to movies and series.
The first device in the list is my PC running Windows 10. The device in the middle is a network printer and the last name in the list is my NAS server. All my files are stored on the NAS server, so I will select it.
My NAS server is organized into several folders. As you can see some are media files, some are documents. Since we are trying to add videos to Kodi, I will select the videos folder.
As you switch files and move into deeper and deeper folders to find your files, the path is still written at the bottom of the screen to give you a point of reference. On the picture above for example you can see that you are in: “Videos/Video_Samples”.
Given the way I”ve organized my media folders, this file is the deepest one I need to get to. Each sub-folder here represents a different video. As you will see later, there are multiple versions of each video in each file, so there will be duplication.
A good rule of thumb is to always go as deep into the folders as possible, without going too far by losing videos. Just remember: Kodi can see the active folder and all its subfolders, but not the top folders.
Once you have selected your folder, click OK.
You are now back on the Add Video Sources page with the path pre-filled by Kodi.
By default Kodi takes the folder name as the name of the media source, but you can completely change it by changing it in the
“Enter a name for this media source” field at the bottom of the window.
Once you have chosen the folder and its name, the next step is to tell Kodi what type of file it is supposed to grab on this device.
This window is divided into 3 parts. In the top left section there is a drop down list where you can choose the type of file to be scraped: Music Clip, Movies and TV Series.
Once you have selected what you are interested in, you will have more options in the top right section of the window where you can choose a Scrapper.
In this example I”m adding a movie file, so I”ve selected this from the drop-down menu.
Based on this selection Kodi then offers me options for scanning the contents in the lower part of the screen.
Remember when you prepared your media library in the “How to rename your movies” section?
Now is the time when this preparation is going to be useful for us.
In the “Content scan options” section at the bottom of the window, the first option concerns the file layout in your media server: “Movies are in separate folders that are named after the movie”.
If your files are all in the same folder leave it unchecked. If on the contrary your movies are in a separate file for each movie, you can check this box.
I always leave the second option called “recursive scan” checked. This allows Kodi to search in sub-folders.
Depending on the scrape options you select, other options may appear by clicking Settings at the bottom of the window. These options determine whether Kodi will keep the original title, activate fan-art, trailers and note origin. When all these changes are complete click OK to confirm.
We are now at the last step: Kodi will now scan your files and add the videos to your library. Once you have clicked OK in the previous step you will be asked if you want to “refresh the information for all items at this address”. Always select “Yes”.
This message will be the same whether you are adding items for the first time or if you want to add more.
Luckily Kodi does the scan in the background, which means that you can continue to use the box while it scans your files. You will be able to follow the progress of the scan of your folders in the top right corner of the screen with a loading bar. Be careful, if you have a large library this step might take a little time. But once the loading is finished…
Depending on the options you checked when setting up the file scan settings, you will then see a list appear with the corresponding file size, image quality, a poster, fanarts…
Back on the Kodi home screen, you will see the thumbnails of the media you have just added listed and accessible with a click. In theory, if you regularly add movies to your library only the movies you haven”t seen yet will appear here.
There are plenty of other options to add your videos but I”ll let you explore and discover them for yourself. Now let”s move on to your music library…
The Music Library
Let”s go to the second important step to set up your Kodi library:
Adding music to Kodi. With Kodi 16 Jarvis, the process for adding videos is very similar to the one for adding videos but it wasn”t always the case.
The new Kodi 16 Jarvis music library
Before Jarvis, there was a significant difference between adding music and adding movies to your library. For obscure reasons, the process of scanning music was done in two steps, unlike the automatic scanning of adding videos. You had to bring up the contextual menu and then click on “scan library”.
Now with Jarvis, Kodi will simply ask you to scan folders recursively from a source folder – just like with the video library.
The Advantages of the Music Library
Kodi announced the music library in December 2015 on a post on their blog.
This announcement was part of the new features I have listed below:
A preview of the library as for movies and series.
Music file search is enabled
The library sorts the music into sections:
Genre, artist, album, single, all music, top 100 (depending on what you”re listening to), recent additions, compilations
Possibility to use intelligent filters
Possibility to rate your music and sort your library according to these notes
Share your music over the network with compatible devices
Scan the music to find more information such as the name of the artist, his biography…
Automation of this scan is optional in: Settings > Music > Library > Find Additional Information During Updates
Tagging Music on Kodi
In the video section I told you that your files had to have a special name for Kodi to detect them and add them correctly. You”ll have to go through the same process for your music.
Unlike video files, Kodi doesn”t look at the file name but at the tags associated with it.
This means that each audio file must have an ID3v1, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, Vorbis comment or APE tag. If your files are not tagged, Kodi will not know what music it is.
Come to think of it, it makes a lot of sense. When you watch a movie, all you need is the name of the movie and the year to know what it”s about.
For example, Transformers from 1986 is very different from Transformers from 2007, but with only these two pieces of information you can know which one is which.
Music is more complicated. When an album comes out, the music can be live or studio, it can be acoustic or Karaoke – and all that on the same album. Or even worse, two artists may have made music with the same name in the same year.
How do you get Kodi to understand all that without proposing 4-metre-long file names?
That”s where the tags come in!
Adding tags allows you to add a lot of information (year, artist, album, year, genre, duration…) on a music without having problems with too long names. Tags can even give more personal information like your note for the music.
What if my music is not tagged ? I add everything by hand ?
I”m not going to make you believe that it”s a simple process, one thing”s for sure: it”s going to take some time. There are programs that allow you to add all the tags you need on all your files at once.
How do you Add Music to your Library
Since the new audio library looks a lot like the video library, you should have a feeling of déjà vu if you followed the previous part.
Let”s start by going to the Music tab of the Kodi menu. The sub-menu at home may vary from the one on the screenshot on the left.
This image is from a completely blank system where I added music for the very first time. If this is the case for you too Kodi is smart enough to offer you 2 choices: either add a music add-on or set up your library. No need to display useless information like Artist, Album, Music as they don”t exist yet.
Whether you want to add music for the first time or transfer more music to your Android box, you will have to click on “Files” to continue. If you don”t have anything in your library, Kodi will take you directly to the window below.
If you already have music on your device, another window with the list of already scanned folders will appear before you get to this page with an option to “add music”. I explained how to select the folder to browse in the add video section but I”ll tell you more about it quickly.
Click on “Add Music” to continue.
If you know the path to the folder that contains all your music, you can enter it directly in the field instead of the “”. If you don”t know the path, you will have to browse through the folders.
My music is on the same NAS server as my movies, so I will select “Windows Network (SMB)”. Depending on how you created your network the files may be deeper or shallower to reach.
Kodi then takes care of searching for all the devices on the Windows network that can host audio files. However, Kodi cannot “understand” what type of device it is, so it is up to you to sort through the list of devices it offers: in this list the second device is my printer connected to the network for example.
Knowing the name of my NAS server, I select it in the list.
Once the desired device is selected Kodi will explore it and ask me to locate the audio files for it. In this case I only want to go to a lower level in the “Music” folder. When you navigate to your folders Kodi will update the path at the bottom of the screen. Once you have selected the desired folder click OK on the right hand side of the window.
This will take you back to the “Add Audio Sources” window and the path to the folder you have selected is ready in the field provided.
By default Kodi uses the folder name as the share name, however it is possible to change the name at the bottom of the window in “Enter a name for this media source”.
As mentioned above, one of the most significant improvements in Kodi 16 Jarvis is the recursive search that allows you to add audio media from the source folder to the library. Always select “Yes” at this stage so that you don”t have to re-sort the music afterwards.
In general scanning your audio library will take much longer than scanning your video library. Most of us have audio libraries consisting of all the music we have downloaded over the years and stored on a NAS hard drive/server over the years, which is thousands of tracks to transfer. Please be patient…
Once Kodi has finished loading all the tracks, you can return to the main menu in the Music tab to find all the recently added tracks.
How to Add Images to your Library
Kodi does much more than just play your video and audio files, it can also allow you to display your pictures to enjoy them on a big screen.
The menu for images is less extensive than music or videos simply because there is less interaction possible with photos. That said, there are some handy add-ons to get the most out of your pictures.
If you have added videos or music to your box before, this part will look very familiar.
On the Kodi home screen, go to the “photos” tab. Only one sub-menu will appear: add-ons. This is not what you want to do so click on the main menu “photos”.
Just like with movies and audio, you can install add-ons or add media sources. In addition, if you already have images in your library their path will appear here.
The pictures menu is much simpler than the music or movie menu. In fact all you can do on this page is install an add-on or add a media source.
As you probably already guessed, you want to “add media sources” to start the scanning process.
Well, now you know the drill: if you know the path enter it directly, otherwise you”ll have to browse the files.
All storage media that Kodi can detect will be listed here, with a blue icon. The red icons represent networked devices, you may not have any at home.
As for me, my images are stored in my Western Digital Network NAS, which I can find via 3 different paths depending on how I configured it: Network File System (NFS), UPnP devices or via a Windows SMB network. In my case I decided to use Windows SMB network.
Select the source you want. For this example I went to an individual folder without subfolders. Kodi will not list each photo but only the file names.
Once you have found the right folder, just click “Ok”.
We”re back to the add source folder window, the path to our pictures is now written at the top of it. Choose a folder name for your photos and click OK.
Once you have clicked OK, Kodi will take you back to the main menu for adding photos where your file now appears in the submenu. In my case you can see the folder “Sample pictures” which has been added to the list between “Install Add-ons” and “Add Pictures”.
Kodi will then try to scan the folder to find the images in it.
Once the scan is complete, click on your new folder to take a look at the imported pictures.
The Side Menu of the Photos
The side menu of photos can be accessed by dragging the mouse to the left side of the screen or by pressing the left directional key on your keyboard or remote control.
From the side menu, you can change the sorting settings of your photos and the way they are displayed. The presentation options are self-explanatory and are listed under the heading “Miscellaneous Options”.
The Display Options
Once you are in a folder with images, you will see 3 options appear in the side menu: Carousel, recursive carousel and random carousel. The only change here will be the order in which your pictures will be displayed.
The Carousel and Recursive carousel options allow you to launch an image carousel with all the images in the folder. The “recursive carousel” will also fetch images that are in sub-folders.
On Kodi 16, the carousel options have been redesigned to make them clearer and easier to use. But just a little bit… I think there are still some improvements to be made to provide a really good carousel, especially for non-English speaking users…
Also, the word “recursive” is not widely used and is usually reserved for developers, which says a lot about the accessibility of Kodi. To make it more all-user friendly a term like “Include subfolders” would be more appropriate.
There are only two sub-categories for photos under Kodi in the menu: File List or Carousel. These two options underwent small improvements when upgrading to Kodi 16 Jarvis, so even if you are already familiar with how they work on older versions, I suggest you check this part anyway.
List of Files
If you are used to EXIF data on your photos, you will be disappointed… EXIF is “Exchangeable Image File” in English or “Fichier Image Echangeable” in French. It”s a system that allows you to integrate a lot of information about the photo such as the date and time, the camera used, the orientation or the location.
To “clean up” a little bit the data on the photos, the Kodi team decided to activate the EXIF rotation automatically and remove the option to remove it. They also did the same for the “show EXIF information” option.
With these two settings removed, the file list option now has only two other options available: Generate thumbnails automatically and Show videos in list.
The carousel settings allow you to change the carousel presentation. You can change the display time of each image between 1s and 100s.
An on/off button is also available to add zoom/unzoom effects that give the image more life.
The effect is popular for putting your TV on standby with a carousel of images.
Finally, a last button allows you to shuffle the pictures to present them to you randomly.
Add-ons are the heart of Kodi. In fact some people will argue that without the unofficial add-ons and the few extra features, Kodi would never have become as popular as it is today.
Kodi has an official directory of hundreds of add-ons provided and maintained by the Kodi team or by developers they trust. You can find an add-on for just about anything you might want to do streaming services, sports, live TV… and the list goes on and on.
If that”s not enough for you there are tons of unofficial directories that collect downloadable add-ons from the internet. Many of these add-ons are of dubious quality (and I”m not even talking about legal issues) so I won”t discuss them in this Kodi configuration guide.
If you type the name of the add-on on Google I”m sure you”ll find a lot of articles about it and who advises you.
Whatever happens be careful when installing these unofficial add-ons.
Some just don”t work, some are not compatible with the Kodi version you have and some might even damage your hardware.
How do I Install Kodi Add-ons
Add-ons are very important when setting up Kodi, so there are several ways to add them. The process is the same, but the starting point can vary, let me explain…
Install add-ons from the video, music or images submenu
Each of the menus (Videos, music and images) proposes to add add-ons in sub-menu, as you can see on the image opposite.
If you want to install a video add-on for example, you will have to go to the video tab and select “add-ons” in the submenu.
Don”t worry, if you find a great add-on for music while you are in the video menu, you can install it too, no matter where you opened the add-ons store from, you can still install them. In fact, the add-on button in the photo, video and music submenu allows you to access the same single store without having to go through a more complex path.
The Add-on Manager
If you use Kodi like I do, you will often go through the System menu. It allows me to monitor performance and adjust resources if necessary. In fact, I use it so much that I have made Kodi offer it to me by default at startup. You don”t have to do the same if you don”t need it, it”s just a habit I”ve picked up over the years.
To get to the add-ons manager you will need to go to Kodi”s System menu and then to the Settings submenu.
You will then come to the settings change window, which should already speak to you a little if you have followed this guide. In the menu on the right hand side there is an Add-ons tab, select it.
In the next menu you can choose between “my add-ons”, “install from directory”, “install from zip file”, “search” and “system”.
Let”s see together what this menu gives access to:
My add-ons: This one doesn”t really need complicated explanations, it”s just a list of the add-ons already installed on Kodi.
Install from directory : This gives you access to all the add-ons in the official Kodi directory.
Install from zip file : If you want to install an add-on that is not in the official directory you will need to download it as a zip file and then select it from this menu to start the installation.
Search : If you know the name of the add-on you want to install, you can directly search here.
System: Here you can view the currently active add-ons.
For this example I will just install an official Kodi add-on, so first I click on “Install from directory”.
This will bring you to the list of all add-on categories. I suggest you take a look around to see what Kodi is capable of and to get some ideas for cool add-ons. For this guide I decided to install a video add-on.
On the left you can see the list of available video add-ons, browse through it and if you don”t know what it is for, look at the small description in the right frame. Once you have selected the add-on you want (KordKutters in this example) just select it.
A new window will open to give you more information about the selected add-on. On this screen you have several options: Install, configure, auto updates, enable or disable.
What we want at the moment is “Install add-on”, and until you install it the other options are grayed out and you can”t select them. Logical because these options are more to manage the add-on and it”s useless if the add-on is not installed. So click on Install add-on and the installation starts automatically.
Once the installation is finished you will have access to the configuration parameters by proceeding in the same way. I do not recommend that you go through this menu to configure your add-on later however… Indeed rather than going through this complicated menu we will go to “My Adds-ons” in system to see the list of all the add-ons installed and configure them correctly.
On all the add-ons you add I advise you to select the “Auto Update” option, this will allow you to download the updates automatically as soon as they are released. From time to time this will cause incompatibility problems, disable the option on the add-on in question to do the updates manually.