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Install Specto On Kodi as Alternative to Exodus to Watch Movies for Free on Android

One of many things that make Kodi so great as an entertainment hub for digital media for HTPCs is its support for third-party addons. On the official website, you can browse through several categories of addons, which cover everything from games to lyrics to subtitles to weather. Among the most popular addons are Specto and Exodus—two very similar multi-source Kodi addons for movies and television.

Exodus Versus Specto

Not too long ago, almost every list that featured a selection of best addons for Kodi contained an addon called Genesis. With Genesis, Kodi users could watch movies, TV shows, and live channels for free with only a click of a button. Over time, the development of the addon slowed down, and unfixed bugs started to make it almost unusable. When the version 5.1.3 was released by the creator of Genesis, Lambda, nobody was too surprised to read that Lambda had decided to stop working on Genesis. Still, many were saddened to see their favorite addon become abandoned.

Fortunately, it didn’t take long for a fork of Genesis to appear and make the addon usable again. The name of this fork is Specto. Around the same time, Lambda decided to get back in the game and release a brand-new addon, called Exodus, as a replacement for Genesis.

While very similar at first sight, there are some major differences between the two addons that might convince you to install Specto instead of Exodus. Probably the most important difference is the native support for favorites. Specto is also considered to be more reliable than Exodus and has more HD streams.

Recently, Exodus users have been receiving an error message saying, “could not connect to repository.” This has been happening because Exodus, and Kodi in general, has become a target of copyright trolls and anti-piracy organizations. This led to a shutdown of TVAddOns, a popular library for addon services with more than a thousand unofficial addons for Kodi. For a short while, the Kodi community was in a state of panic over rumors that the same fate could come upon Kodi. That didn’t turn out to be the case, and the popular open-source media player software application lives on.

How to Install Specto Kodi

Specto is developed by MrKnow and independent contributors from around the world. The development takes place on GitHub, where you can find the source code for the addon as well as all open and closed issues. Official builds of the addon are hosted on the repository.

To install Specto, you need to add the repository as a source, download the latest version of the addon from the repository, and install the downloaded addon. This is how to do it:

  • Go to Settings > System settings > Addons > and activate Unknown sources.
  • Return to the home screen.
  • Go to Settings > File manager > Add source > type “” in the field titled “Enter a name for this media source.”
  • Return to the home screen.
  • Go to Addons > Enter the Addon Browser > select Install from zip file > select specto > select > select the latest addon archive file > select Install from repository > select repository – MRKNOW > select Video addons > select Specto – … Fork > select Install.
  • Return to the home screen.
  • Start Specto by clicking on the Addons button.

Just make sure to type the URL of the addon repository exactly as it is. Other than that, there’s really nothing that you could mess up. Keep in mind that Specto isn’t an official Kodi addon, so future Kodi updates may cause bugs or even prevent the addon from working altogether. When this happens, it’s usually a matter of days before a new version of the addon is released and all the problems are fixed.