Network Sharing Local Storage For Kodi and DBMC

Last updated: 21 November 2021
Estimated reading time: 2 min

If you’re reading this post, you either want to use your DroiX® device like a NAS, or possibly want to ensure Kodi is able to write to the storage devices you have attached. If so, scroll down for the details…

We have included relevant screenshots to illustrate the steps required. If you’re unsure how to proceed, please do drop us a line.

Play Store Open

First, you will need to sign into Google’s Play Store if you haven’t done so already. Please see for more details if you’re not sure how to do this.

Once signed in, please check all the applications are up to date. Click the menu button in the top left of the screen, then on to the Your Apps & Games entry. If updates are available, allow them to be processed.
Play Store Search

Now click on the search bar at the top and type in sambadroid

Play Store SambaDroid Search Results
Once the Play Store has searched, you should see the SambaDroid entry, please click it

Play Store SambaDroid Entry

Play Store SambaDroid Accept

Play Store SambaDroid Installing
Now select the Install button and wait for the application to download and be installed

Play Store SambaDroid Installed

Click the Open button

SambaDroid SuperSU Request
When asked, click the Grant button

SambaDroid First Run
Take note of the first run help shown

SambaDroid Initializing

SambaDroid Click Stop
Click the Stop button

SambaDroid Click Manage Shares
Now head to Manage Shares, as we will need to reconfigure it slightly

SambaDroid Click Click Share
Click the entry at the top

SambaDroid Click Default Share
You can leave the Name as sdcard if you like, though in this example we will rename it to AllStorage

SambaDroid Click Edit Share Name

SambaDroid Click Path Dots
Click the icon of 3 dots on the Path line

SambaDroid Folder Selection Scroll Down Click Storage
You will be presented with a screen showing folders in the root of your device, scroll down and select the /storage/ folder

SambaDroid Click Select Button
Click the “Select” button with a tick at the top of your screen

SambaDroid Confirmation Of Changes Click OK
Assuming the changes are still shown, click the OK button

SambaDroid Return Back One Screen
Return one screen back, either with the Return button on your remote, or the logo and arrow shown top left

SambaDroid Check Shows As Running OK
The service should restart itself, if it hasn’t click the Start button

The following is just for people wanting to use Sambadroid without other devices on their network. If you’re using this application to share files to other devices, please click here to skip the section below.

Open Kodi or DBMC To Test SambaDroid
Next, open up Kodi or DroidBOX Media Centre (whichever you normally use) to test the system works

Kodi DBMC Add Source
The exact screen will depend on what you are using the storage device for, however you will normally have a Browse button to click

Kodi DBMC SMB Samba Windows Network
Select the Windows network (SMB) entry if present, or the Add Network Location entry

Select Correct Domain
Select the correct Workgroup name (this will depend on your OS/network configuration)

Select Device SambaDroid
Unless you have already changed the network name given to your DroidBOX, you need to click SAMBADROID here

Select The Desired Share
As with some other steps, the name you click here will depend on what you entered previously. Here we are going to select the AllStorage entry

Select Exact Location And Did It Work
From here, navigate to the exact device and folder you want to have Kodi or DBMC use. Once set, make sure you’re able to read/write to the location


SambaDroid Click Top Left
If the system is working, return to the SambaDroid application, and click the top left corner to have the menu slide in

SambaDroid Click Options
Click the Options entry

Cancel Advert for SambaDroid Pro
Consider purchasing the application (the “Pro” version) if you want to support the application’s author, or would benefit from the extra features found in his premium version

SambaDroid Default Options
Here you can see the options in their default state

SambaDroid Turn On Autostart
Tick the “Boot autostart” entry

SambaDroid Other Options
You will also find other entries in this list that may be of interest (to change your DroiX network name from SambaDroid for example)

A final test is to now reboot your device (don’t forget to make sure Kodi or DBMC has been properly closed down first), then re-check that Kodi or DBMC and SambaDroid are still playing nicely together.

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