How to Install Insomniacs Kodi Builds


In this tutorial, I will show you how to install Insomniacs Builds on Kodi 18.1 – Kodi 18.5 Leia.  The instructions provided here work on all the Kodi compatible devices. You can install this build on FireStick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, Mac & Windows, Android Mobiles, Android TVs and Boxes and more. 

Team Insomniacs brings to you a couple of builds you can try on Kodi. This Wizard hosts two builds as I write this guide. Black & Gold Build is my personal favorite. That’s why I will use it for demonstration purposes here. However, you can pick any other build you like from this catalog. Let’s get started.

Please click here to read our Disclaimer before you proceed.

How to Install Insomniacs Builds on Kodi

This is a prerequisite to installing the third-party builds like Insomniacs Kodi Builds. The default security system of Kodi doesn’t allow such builds or add-ons. That’s why we will bypass it. Follow these steps:

#1: Click Kodi Settings on the home screen (I am talking about the cog icon)

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#2: Now click System settings on the screen that opens next.

Kodi 18 users click System

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#3: Go ahead and select Add-ons on the left of the next window

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#4: On the right of the same window, check whether Unknown Sources is enabled or disabled. If it is disabled, enable it

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#5: Click Yes to confirm your intent to enable it

By doing this, you allow Kodi to install the Insomniacs Kodi builds. Let’s get started now.

Step By Step Installation Procedure

I am now going to take you through the step by step process to install this build. There are a lot of steps involved. However, if you follow them carefully, and in the order I have laid them out, you will have one of the Insomniacs builds on Kodi in a few minutes.

I am also breaking down the procedure in the following parts so that it is easier for you to follow the steps:

  • Part 1: Add the Insomniacs Source to Kodi
  • Part 2: Install Insomniacs Builds Wizard on Kodi
  • Part 3: Install the desired Insomniacs build on Kodi

We will now get started without any further ado.

Attention: Kodi Builds bring unlimited streaming content, but could also get you in a legal trouble. Kodi users must use a VPN to hide their identity while streaming movies / TV Shows / Sports. Moreover, many popular Addons are geo-blocked and will require a VPN to work.

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Part 1: Add the Insomniacs Source

By adding the source, I simply mean that we will supply Kodi with the source URL from where it will fetch the Insomniacs wizard. Here is how it is done:

#1: Launch the Kodi app and once again click Settings from the home-screen

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#2: Click File manager on the next window

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#3: Go ahead and click Add source

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#4: What you see now is this window. Click where it says

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#5: A new window appears with the option to enter the source URL or the path. Enter the following path in the empty field on the top and then click OK:

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#6: You will now return to this window. You need to name the source now by highlighting the marked field Enter a name for this media source. You can choose any name you want to identify this source with, in one of the steps later.

I am picking the name insomniacs

Click OK

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That is how you add the source or the path to the source to Kodi. We now go to the next part.

Part 2: Install Insomniacs Wizard

Wizards often serve as the utility tools with various maintenance options. However, these days they are primarily used for the installation of builds on Kodi. To install the Insomniacs Kodi builds, we first install the Insomniacs Wizard. Here is how:

#1: Go to the Kodi home-screen one more time and click Add-ons (on the left sidebar)

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#2: Locate the open box icon in the top-left corner of the following screen and click it (the icon is also referred to as Package Installer)

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#3: Now click the option Install from zip file

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#4: When you see the following window, find the source name you added earlier and click it. For example, I am clicking insomniacs as that’s the name I picked

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#5: Now click the zip file

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#6: Wait for the notification saying Insomniacs-Wizard Add-on installed. This could take more than a minute.

Note: When the wizard is being installed, Kodi does not show any activity. But, don’t worry, the installation takes place in the background. Just be patient and wait for the confirmation.

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#7: As soon as the Wizard is installed, three popups appear one by one. The first popup is the developer’s notes. Read it if you want to. Click Dismiss once you are done

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#8: On the second popup, you will find a bunch of settings. Some are selected, some are not. To enable any setting, select it. You may also leave it without selecting any setting. Once you are ready, click Continue

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#9: On the third one, click Ignore.

Yes, we want to go to the Build Menu, but we will do that from the home-screen of Kodi. However, if you want to go there directly, click Build Menu instead

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You have successfully installed the Insomniacs Wizard. You are all set to go.

Part 3: Install the Insomniacs Kodi Builds

We now use the Insomniacs Wizard add-on to install the builds. As I write this guide, this Wizard hosts 4 Kodi builds:

  • Passion Led Us Here
  • Black & Gold Build

In this guide, I will use the Black & Gold Build for demonstration purposes. Follow the steps below:

#1: Return to the home-screen of Kodi

#2: Click Add-ons on the left

#3: Click Program add-ons on the next window. Click the Insomniacs-Wizard icon when you see it.

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#4: On the next window, click Builds tab on the top-left

Kodi 18 Leia: You will see a different interface. Click Builds option.

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#5: Click the Insomniacs – Black & Gold Build (depending upon your Kodi version)

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#6: Click Install button on the right

Kodi 18 Leia: Click Fresh Install

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#7: Click Yes, Install to confirm that you wish to install the build

Kodi 18 Leia: Click Continue

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#8: Wait for the build to install. The build will first download the data and then install. It takes 3-4 minutes.

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#9: When the build is installed, click OK to force close Kodi

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That’s it! You have successfully installed the Insomniacs build on Kodi. Now simply go ahead and restart Kodi for the build to take effect.

Before you start streaming with Kodi Addons / Builds, I would like to warn you that everything you stream on Kodi is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming copyrighted content (free movies, TV shows, Sports) might get you into legal trouble.

Kodi users are strongly advised to connect a VPN while streaming. A VPN for Kodi will bypass ISP throttling, Government Surveillance, and geo-restriction on popular Add-ons. I always connect ExpressVPN on all my streaming devices and I suggest you do the same.

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Black and Gold Kodi Build: A Quick Look

Let me quickly introduce you to the Black and Gold Kodi Build. As the name gives it away, the build’s theme uses the black and gold colors predominantly. That’s also evident from the image of the home-screen of the build I have enclosed below.

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Even though I personally like straighter fonts, the visuals of this build appeal to me. The interface is tidy and free of any clutters. The fonts are big, allowing easy legibility.

The build features a standard layout of Main Menu bar and Submenu bar put together across the width of the build.

The build also features special categories like One-Click. This section gives you access to the video addons that play one-click movies and shows. You don’t have to wait for the streaming links to load up.

The all-on-one addons The Magic Dragon and DeathStar also find their separate categories on the home-screen.

The build offers a good line-up of addons including DeathStar, The Magic Dragon, Exodus Redux, SportsDevil, Fladnag Addons, and many more. Meaning, there is hours and hours of streaming available at your disposal.

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Team Insomniacs offers us a small, but solid collection of Kodi builds. The Black & Gold Build I have used in this guide is the best in my opinion. This build is neither too heavy to cause any performance issues nor too light to miss out on important features and addons.

I have tried Black and Gold Build on FireStick and Android Box. It works pleasantly even on these moderately equipped devices. It performs even better on Windows and Mac computers. The key lies in allowing the build to update its addon, skins on the first run.

The build also packs every addon I use for on-demand entertainment (movies and shows). Live TV department isn’t all that great. But, you may install third-party addons to make it better.

All in all, Black & Gold is a solid build and one of the reasons why Insomniacs Builds are now part of our Best Kodi Builds list.

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