Shield Full Update

Read these instructions on your phone, tablet or computer and do the actions on your tv box.

First: Update/Clear Chrome

Go into Settings (gear wheel in the top right corner on the main screen of your tv box), then Apps. Scroll to Chrome.

Chrome may be found under Show System Apps.

(If you have a much older box that hasn’t been updated in a few years, you may not have Chrome on your tv box. You can use the instructions below to install it. DO NOT USE BROWSER, use Chrome.)

Click Chrome.
Scroll down to Clear Cache and click it.
Click any prompts and OK any permissions.
Repeat for Clear Data.

Next, look at the version number listed for Chrome. You’ll need a Chrome version starting with 80 or higher in order to successfully download files. 

If the version of Chrome on your tv box is less than 80, it needs to be updated. Click here for instructions to install or update Chrome.

Second: Turn Off Auto-Updates/Sign Out of The Play Store

If you are signed into the Google Play Store, go in and turn off auto-updates or better yet, sign out of the Play Store.

Auto-updates must be turned off so that Kodi does not auto-update to version 19. Kodi 19 is not compatible with several of the most popular Kodi add-ons in our programming.

At this time there is no compelling reason to use Kodi 19. If that changes, we’ll post an announcement on our website under Customer Info.

Click here to see how to turn off auto-updates in the Play Store.

Third: Clear The Download Folder

Since the release of Kodi 19, it is very important that you clear the download folder in File Commander before starting anything. If you don’t do this, you will get an error.

Go to Apps.

Scroll to File Commander (may be called TV File Commander).

Click File Commander.

Scroll down to Internal Storage and click it.

Scroll to Download.
Note: your tv box may not have a Download folder here. If you don’t see Download here, exit back to the main screen and continue to Uninstall Old Apps

Click the right arrow on your Shield remote to highlight the three dots to the right of the word Download. 

Click the three dots. A new menu will appear.

Scroll down and click on Delete. Click OK.

Exit back out to the main screen.

Fourth: Uninstall Old Apps

1. Start on the main opening screen of your tv box. Scroll over to Settings and click it. On most Shield tv boxes, settings is a gear icon in the top right corner. Yours may be somewhere else on the screen.

2. Scroll down to Apps. Click it. Scroll down to See All Apps and click it.

Next, you’re going to uninstall old apps. You may not have all of the apps listed below on your tv box. Uninstall the ones listed below that you do have. ONLY uninstall the apps listed below.

3. Scroll to Kodi. Click it.
Scroll to Uninstall and click it.
Some boxes require clicking OK and OK.

4. Repeat Uninstalling for any of the apps below that appear on your tv box.

Bee TV

Cinema HD V2


MX Player


Tea TV





Yes Player

Now you’ve uninstalled all old apps. Click Escape or the back button to return to the main opening screen.

Fifth: Download the New Apps

 1. Click on Apps. 

Look for Chrome and click to open it.

Note: Older versions of Chrome won’t allow you to access all areas of our website. If you can’t access all the necessary pages of our website, you need to update your Chrome.

If you don’t have Chrome or need to update it, use these instructions

2. In Chrome, type in
Go to the Login tab found in the top menu bar.
Log in using the username and password you chose when you registered.

3. Go to the drop-down under Download Pages called “Download Page A”. If the Home Arcade website is already open from a past update, refresh the page.

4. Scroll down to VLC Player Download and click it.

NOTE: If you see the message “Chrome needs storage access to download files”, follow these steps:
-Click Update Permissions or Continue
-Click Allow
-Close the internet browser window, this updates the permission
-Open the internet browser window again, type in and click on Download Page B
-Repeat Step 4

5. You may be prompted to click on Download. If so, do.
Allow permissions if asked.

6. Click on Cinema HD Download.
Allow permissions if asked.

7. Click on Tea TV Download.
Allow permissions if asked.

8. Bee TV requires more setup than the other apps and does not work on some tv boxes running android versions 5.1 and 6.0. You don’t need to use this app, you can stick with using Tea TV, Cinema HD and the Kodi add-ons. If you don’t want to do the extra setup, skip downloading and installing Bee TV.
If you want to use Bee TV, click Bee TV Download.
Allow permissions if asked.

9. Click on Kodi Download.
Allow permissions if asked.

10. Click on Home Arcade Wizard Download.
Allow permissions if asked.

Downloading done!

Sixth: Install the New Apps

1. Click the back button on your remote several times to return to the main screen.

2. Go to Apps and click it.

3. Scroll to File Commander and click it.

4. Arrow down to Internal Storage and click it.

5. Arrow down to Download and click it.
You should see the files you downloaded there. If you don’t, clear Chrome’s data and download again.
Go to Settings, then Apps and scroll to Chrome. On some tv boxes, Chrome may be under System Apps.
Click Chrome.
Scroll to Clear Cache and click it. Click Ok.
Scroll to Clear Data and click it. Click Clear All Data and Ok if prompted.
Now go back to the step “Download the New Apps” and repeat downloading the apps.

6. Click on VLC Player. Click Install.
Click Open when it’s finished.
Allow permissions.
Click back to return to the installer menu.

7. Click on Cinema HD V2. Click Install.
Click Open when it’s finished.
Allow permissions if asked.
Click back to return to the installer menu.

8. Click on Tea TV. Click Install.
Click Open when it’s finished.
Allow permissions if asked.
Click Cancel if asked to install T Player.
Click back to return to the installer menu.

9. If you chose to download Bee TV, click on Bee TV. Click Install.
When it’s done, click Open.
Allow permissions if asked.
Scroll to the 3 lines in the top left corner and click it.
Scroll down to Settings and click it.
Scroll down to Choose Default Play Action and click it.
Scroll to Play with External Video Player and click it.
The first time you play a show in Bee, a pop-up will appear asking if you want to Open Links with different players. Choose VLC from this list and click Always.
Click back to return to the installer menu.

10. Click on Kodi. Click Install.
When it’s done, click Done.

Now you can exit back out to the main screen.

Finally: Install Kodi

1. Click Apps and look for Kodi.

2. Click Kodi. Allow the permissions.
Kodi may close, click the Kodi icon to open it again.

3. Click the gear wheel found in the top left-hand corner.

4. Click System found on the bottom right-hand side.

5. Scroll down to Add-ons. Arrow over to Show notifications. Click OK to turn the toggle to on.

6. Arrow down to Unknown Sources. Click OK to turn the toggle to on.

7. Choose Yes for the pop-up window.

8. Press Escape or back twice.

9. Scroll down to Add-ons. Click it.

10. Arrow up to the open box icon on the top left. Click OK.

11. Scroll down to Install from Zip File. Click OK.

12. Scroll down to External Storage. Click OK.

13. Scroll down to Download. Click OK.

14. Scroll down to Click OK.

15. Wait a few moments and a pop-up menu will appear.

16. Scroll to Keep My Trakt and click OK to fill in the circle.

17. Scroll to Keep My Real Debrid and click OK to fill in the circle.

18. Scroll to Keep My Favourites and click OK to fill in the circle.

19. Scroll to Continue and click it. 

20. A pop-up will appear. Click Build Menu.

21. Scroll to Home Arcade In A Box: Fresh Install. Click it.

22. Click Continue.

If the update gets stuck on a screen like this blue one, follow the steps in this video to get it going again.

*If after following the video linked above, you find you don’t have the Home Arcade Wizard or the Wizard is failing, click here.*

23. When it’s done, click Force Close.

24. Having up-to-date programming is important but the best thing you can do for better streaming is to sign up for Real Debrid. Real Debrid makes streaming much faster and simpler. Click here to learn more.

If you already have a Real Debrid subscription, you’ll need to sync it with the updated apps and Kodi add-ons. Click here for instructions.

Unless you have a VPN (you’ll know if you do) or an active Real Debrid subscription on your tv box, do not choose a link that says “Torrent”. These are file-sharing links that play really well but will get a warning letter from your internet provider. Typically these links are found in the Kodi add-ons but may be in the Android Apps as well.

Did you know you can use the Android Apps (Cinema HD V2, Bee TV, Tea TV) without first opening Kodi? You can!

Bee TV, Cinema HD V2 and Tea TV are stand-alone apps that do not require Kodi to run. We’ve included them in our Kodi menu but they can also be used on their own. You can access any of the Android Apps without first opening Kodi by going into Apps on the main screen of your tv box. There you will see all of your apps. Click the icon for the app you want to use.

Quick tip: When watching a tv show, don’t click Watch Now or Play, instead click Choose Season and go from there

If it’s been a while since you’ve used your tv box and you’d like a walkthrough of the programming, click here.