The Crew: Kodi Addon Install Guide for Firestick & Android 2021

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 23 Nov 2021

Safely install The Crew addon using our step-by-step instructions with screenshots — works for Kodi Matrix & Leia!

  • How to Install The Crew Kodi Addon (Step-By-Step)
  • Instructions on Using ExpressVPN to Stay Safe When Viewing
  • Guide on How to Use The Crew Once Installed

Not sure how to use Kodi and its addons on your Firestick or Android device? Don’t worry. We’ve been there before. 

Kodi is a free, open-source application that works with computers and other devices like Firesticks, Android boxes, and smart TVs. It gives you access to TV, movies, music, and more. And it also has support for a variety of addons that increase its functionality. 

There are a lot of great Kodi addons available. We’ve covered Exodus on Kodi in another post. Here, we expand your options and explain how to install The Crew on Kodi. 

If you’re not familiar with installing addons outside of the official Kodi directory, it’s no big deal. This guide provides all the information you need to install The Crew for Kodi on your Firestick or Android device. 

It also gives you step-by-step instructions on how to view content on The Crew safely without compromising your privacy or network security. Lastly, we provide answers to crucial frequently asked questions regarding The Crew.

Ready to get started?

How to Install The Crew Addon? — With Screenshots

If you’re looking for access to sports, movies, and live TV on your Firestick or Android Box through Kodi, The Crew is a solid add-on. It works on both Kodi 19 Matrix and previous Leia versions. Plus, it’s easy to find viewing options through its clear category breakdowns.

Follow our guide, and you’ll be watching new content in no time!

We’re assuming you already have the Downloader App and Kodi installed on your Firestick or Android device. If not, we’ve written an easy, step-by-step installation guide before attempting to install The Crew.

How to Install Kodi on Firestick & Fire TV

Summary: Kodi Addon & The Crew Installation

  • Set up Kodi to download from unknown sources
  • Download The Crew
  • Install The Crew’s repository
  • Install The Crew addon

Setting up Kodi to enable downloading from unknown sources

  1. Open Kodi on your Firestick or Android, then click the ‘Settings’ icon — i.e., the gear on the top left.Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  2. Select the ‘System’ icon on the bottom right — it has a gear with an overlapping screwdriver.Kodi Settings Screen
  3. Scroll down to ‘Add-ons.’ Then highlight ‘Unknown sources’ and toggle the switch to ‘on.’Under Settings/System category, choosing Add-ons shows Unknown sources with an on-off slider buttonA warning will appear stating that, by selecting ‘Yes,’ you’re responsible for any damage to your device.
  4. Select ‘Yes’ to proceed, as this is the only way to download The Crew onto your device.Kodi addon prompt to enabled Unknown Sources

Downloading The Crew

Once you configure your settings, as shown above, you’ll be able to install any Kodi addon from an unknown source — including The Crew. Follow the next sets of instructions to complete the process.

  1. Return to the ‘Settings’ menu.Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  2. Click the icon that reads ‘File Manager.’Kodi File Manager in settings
  3. Select ‘Add source’ on the left side of the screen.Add Source Option
  4. A window will pop up titled ‘Add file source.’ Select ‘None.’Kodi Click on None
  5. In the next window, type the URL https://team-crew.github.io/. This will be your source path for The Crew.Kodi file source path window to enter The Crew addon’s URL
  6. Next, you must type in a source path name — preferably one you’ll remember — and then click ‘OK.’ Add file source window on Kodi’s File Manager with the media source name field and the OK button highlighted
  7. You’ll see your new file in the File Manager.Kodi File Manager showing ‘kodi addons’ added in the file menu

Installing the repository for The Crew addon

With The Crew addon downloaded to Kodi, you now need to install its repository. Here are the steps:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings’ menu once again.Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  2. Select the ‘Add-ons’ icon.System menu and then click on Add-ons
  3. Select ‘Install from zip file’ from the menu.Kodi install from zip file
  4. A ‘Warning!’ window will pop up, reminding you that you’ll need to update any addons installed from zip manually. Select ‘Yes.Warning for installing Zip
  5. Find your recently named source path file from the list and select it.The Install from zip file window showing the filename kodi addons as one of the source paths
  6. Find the zip file with the latest version of The Crew and select the file. You may need to click ‘OK.’The Install from zip file window showing the latest version of The Crew addon repository
  7. Give the system a moment to download the addon, and you’ll see a notification on the top right.Kodi Add-ons menu showing The Crew Repo addon as updated

Installing The Crew addon

We’re almost done! You’ve downloaded the addon and installed the repository. The last step is to install the addon following these instructions:

  1. Return to the ‘System’ menu and select ‘Add-ons’ one more time.System menu and then click on Add-ons
  2. This time, choose ‘Install from repository.’Install from repository
  3. Choose ‘THE CREW REPO’ from the repositories list.Kodi Add-ons repository list showing THE CREW REPO as one of the options and highlighted for clicking
  4. Select ‘Video add-ons.’THE CREW REPO window on Kodi with the Video add-ons option highlighted for clicking
  5. From the list, choose ‘THE CREW.’Video add-ons menu on Kodi showing THE CREW as one of the options to be selected
  6. Click the ‘Install’ icon on the bottom right.THE CREW window on Kodi with the Install menu tile highlighted for clicking
  7. Choose ‘OK’ to start the installation.The dialog box for The Crew video addons with the OK button highlighted for clicking
  8. You’ll be able to see the installation progress, and another notification will appear on the top right once it’s complete.Kodi Video add-ons window showing The Crew’s installation progress in percentage
  9. Once installed, you’ll have full access to The Crew!The Crew addon screen on Kodi with the Open menu tile highlighted

While the process may seem complicated for first-time users, following our instructions will help successfully install the addon. Now, all you have to do is to look for good shows to watch.

How to Use ExpressVPN for Safe Browsing?

Online privacy and tracking are hot-button topics around the world. Tons of VPN providers are out there, and we’ve narrowed them down for you with our top 5 list of the best VPNs for Kodi. Without a doubt, ExpressVPN ranks at the top of the list.

With ExpressVPN, you get a VPN that’s easy to install and activate and an interface that’s intuitive and user-friendly. It works on nearly any OS — Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, Firestick, or iOS — and you can install it directly onto most routers. 

ExpressVPN offers servers in 94 countries from 160 different locations. It’s one of the fastest VPNs on the market and has top-notch encryption systems to keep you safe while online. 

Using ExpressVPN with your device also has additional safety benefits. When you use smart devices on the web without a VPN, hackers could access your network and steal information. So whether you’re watching content online or working remotely, keep your IP and data encrypted with a solid VPN.

Before watching content on The Crew, take advantage of their 30-day free trial and any discounts they currently offer. You can visit ExpressVPN to learn more.

To stay safe with ExpressVPN, follow these instructions:

  1. Go to the ExpressVPN sign-up page, enter your information and select a payment method. You can use a separate, dedicated email address and pay with Bitcoin if you want even more privacy.Screenshot of ExpressVPN signup page with subscription plans and payment options
  2. Download and run the ExpressVPN application on your device. Then sign in.Sign In option on ExpressVPN
  3. After you sign in, you’ll either need to use the activation code provided when you signed up or sign in with an email sign-in link.Activating ExpressVPN using activation code
  4. After you complete the process, the main ExpressVPN interface will appear. From here, you need to select a VPN location for your IP.Choose Location window of ExpressVPN Remember: The location you choose can affect your ability to play certain links. Also, areas closer in proximity will run faster as the data won’t have to travel as far.Power Button of ExpressVPN
  5. After you choose a location, click the power button to activate your VPN service.

If you prefer to stream movies on Firestick, you can simply download the ExpressVPN app from the Amazon Appstore. This allows you to safely stream your favorite shows and all the categories in our The Crew Firestick/Android Installation Guide.

How to Use The Crew Addon Once You’ve Installed It?

With ExpressVPN — or another top VPN service — running, it’s now safe to watch content on The Crew.

  1. Open Kodi, and scroll down on the menu to highlight ‘Add-ons.’ Move your cursor right and highlight ‘The Crew’ icon under ‘Video add-ons.’Kodi menu with the Add-ons option highlighted and The Crew addon indicated for selection
  2. From this menu, you can choose any content you want to watch from the listed categories — Movies, TV Shows, Sports, IPTV, etc.The Crew menu on Kodi showing different categories
  3. You can also select ‘Search’ to find specific content.The Crew menu on Kodi showing Search as one of the options
  4. Select the category you want from the Search menu (for example, ‘Movies’).Search options in The Crew menu on Kodi with the Movies category highlighted
  5. Then select ‘New search.’New search highlighted in The Crew menu for Movies
  6. Then type in the Movie you want to watch — for example, ‘The Avengers’ — and click ‘OK.’Search interface of The Crew Kodi addon showing a field to type the user’s movie of choice
  7. The search will populate a list of options. Once you find what you’re looking for, highlight and select it.The Crew Kodi addon search results for the movie The Avengers
  8. Once you select your content, The Crew will populate a list of links with resolutions also listed. The process is the same if you choose a link from a category than from a search. Choose any link to watch your content.A list of options based on video resolutions for the movie The Avengers in The Crew Kodi Addon search menu

What To Do if the Link on The Crew Addon is Not Working?

A movie selection from The Crew Addon not working

If the first link doesn’t work, keep trying until you find one that does! Navigate back to the main links menu, choose another link, and repeat the process until the content plays correctly. It can sometimes take three or four attempts before you find a working link.

Conclusion

With that, you should have The Crew installed on Kodi and have access to content on your favorite device. Installing third-party addons to Kodi can seem a little tedious, especially if it’s your first time. But you got through it! Before viewing content, remember to always activate ExpressVPN to ensure safety and privacy on your network.

The Crew Addon FAQs

Is The Crew Kodi Addon safe and legal?

Safe is a relative term. The Crew is not an official Kodi addon, so there’s no oversight from the Kodi team. There have been no reports of malicious activity related to The Crew, but that can change.

It’s up to you to protect your device and IP address by using applications like Webroot and ExpressVPN. This combination can help you keep your Firestick, computer, and other devices safe from malicious software and privacy invasion.

On the legal side, most of the content on The Crew is not legal. The addon has a near limitless amount of content sourced from pirate sites and torrent repositories.

Streaming content that has no copyright in the public domain on The Crew is legal. But streaming copyrighted content without payment is against the law in nearly every country. You could be subject to legal action if you’re caught streaming copyrighted content from The Crew.

This is another reason to hide your IP address with a quality VPN provider like ExpressVPN.

Is The Crew as good as Exodus?

Yes. The Crew is as good as Exodus in terms of addons, but it’s relative to the type of content you seek. 

Most have found that Exodus Redux has better options and links for streaming movies and TV shows. But many users want to use their Kodi addons for more than streaming two types of content.

The Crew provides more streaming options with sports and other live TV content. This makes it more of a multipurpose addon. Furthermore, The Crew currently works on the latest version of Kodi Matrix, which is not the case for the Exodus Redux Kodi addon as it only works on Kodi Leia.

Is The Crew the best Kodi addon?

While it’s a great Kodi addon, The Oath is currently the best Kodi addon to get in 2021. 

Through The Oath, you can sign up for premium accounts. That’s a huge plus as it gives you access to tons of movies and shows of a higher quality than other Kodi addons.

It also integrates well with popular extensions like Real Debrid and Trakt. Those extensions open you to even more file hosts and allow you to keep track of everything you watch. 

The Oath is easily one of the most popular Kodi addons and is compatible with both Kodi 19 Matrix and 18 Leia.

How do I install The Crew on Firestick?

Technically, The Crew is a Kodi addon, so you won’t install it directly to your Firestick. You’ll need to install Kodi onto your Firestick before you install The Crew as an addon.

Once you have Kodi installed, the instructions above lay out everything you need to install The Crew. We formatted the guide in steps with annotated screenshots, so there’s no confusion. 

Follow the guide, and you’ll be able to install The Crew on Kodi with ease. Just be sure to follow the instructions on using ExpressVPN to watch content while keeping your private data safe. Without a VPN, you could expose your network to malicious software and privacy invasion.

How do I fix buffering on The Crew addon?

The buffering issue can happen from time to time on The Crew. You click on a link, and the content goes into an endless loading loop. Or it plays for a bit and then has to buffer again and again. 

The core of the issue is that some links are poor quality, and the only way to fix that is to try another link. We covered how to do that in the guide above.

But if you’ve exhausted your list of links and still can’t find something viable, installing Real Debrid can help. It’s a paid extension that works with The Crew and gives you access to more file hosts. More file hosts mean more links, which means you’ll be able to find one that plays without constant buffering.