The way how we consume TV has changed. We no longer have adapt to the time schedules imposed by the television grid to watch the contents that interest us the most, we can now watch whatever we want and whenever we want. We no longer have to wait to get home and set down on the sofa in front of our 55-inch screen to watch our favorite TV programs, the best soccer match of the day or the latest episode of the hottest series. We can now access almost any television channel straight from our Android mobile device.
The IPTV protocol has contributed enormously towards this phenomenon, allowing the distribution of the television signal over the Internet. There are many programs that make use of this protocol to offer us online TV straight from our computer but thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and the increasingly fast mobile networks, this system has also ended up landing on Android. Amongst the best apps to watch online television on our phone we can point out developments of the likes of You TV Player, Appflix, Wiseplay or this Mobdro that has become a real hit amongst those users who aren’t too bothered about watching TV on a smaller screen.
As you can imagine, none of these applications to watch online TV are available on Google Play, and Mobdro wasn’t going to be an exception. That’s why we’ve included in this guide, where you’ll find the best tips, tricks, and solutions regarding this app, a few instructions to help you download and install this APK, which you can find on this same page, not only on your smartphone or tablet but also on any other device where you usually consume TV contents such as Kodi or a Fire TV Stick.
In this complete tutorial we’ll also talk about the most usual problems that Mobdro’s users come across, trying to offer you the most appropriate solution for each case, such as the famous parsing errors, the frequent buffering problems or the dreaded black screen with which the app surprises us every now and again. Likewise, we’ll introduce you to a series of tricks to make the most of this application, teaching you how to block adult-themed contents just in case your kids usually use your phone or to remove those always annoying adverts by means of a premium account.
We’ll also obviously discuss the type of content available in the app, offering you a long list of all the channels available to be watched online through Mobdro, and showing you how to access much more specific contents such as movies and TV series, without being a serious alternative to Netflix or HBO, or different sports events, putting our stress on the live soccer matches that can be watched for free in this app.
Finally, we’ll look into issues of legal nature and our team of editors will give you their personal opinion about this application, breaking down the pros and cons of choosing this option to watch TV on our mobile phone and comparing it to some of the other great alternatives available on the Android market. And as always, if you’re missing any other kind of help or your need to fix any other problem with Mobdro, don’t hesitate to ask us.
- What is Mobdro and what's it for?
Mobdro is an application to watch TV online. It can be used to tune into TV channels and video streams from our smartphone or tablet by means of a data connection or WiFi network. We’re not talking about television on-demand as is the case of Netflix or HBO, where the user can choose what to watch and when to watch it. Here, the user will be able to access a list of channels that are already being broadcast so there’s really no chance to be able to choose what to watch. It’s an application that tries to modernize the concept of classic TV. In other words, it offers us a list of channels that we can access to view programs that are being aired at that precise moment.
- Opinions about Mobdro: pros and cons
Mobdro is one of the best applications to watch TV online. These are the opinions of Malavida’s editors about this app:
- How to install Mobdro on a Fire TV Stick
Amazon’s Fire TV Stick doesn’t offer a very easy solution to install apps that aren’t in its official store. Mobdro is one of the most demanded tools and to be able to install it we have to follow a process to that of installing unofficial applications on Fire TV which runs on its own version of Android and with its own app store:
- How to install Mobdro on Kodi
To be able to install the Mobdro add-on on Kodi, we have to follow these simple steps:
- How to use Mobdro
Once you’ve installed Mobdro, it’s now time to learn how to use it which is very easy as you’ll soon find out. You just need to be aware of some basic aspects that we’ll explain to you right now:
- How to block adult contents in Mobdro
To be able to block adult contents in Mobdro, we have to follow these steps:
- Mobdro or Popcorn Time: comparison and differences
Mobdro and Popcorn Time are two applications that can be used to watch audiovisual contents on a phone or a tablet but with differences regarding their typology and also regarding the protocols used by both systems.
- How to install Mobdro
The installation of Mobdro isn’t carried out like the majority of apps that you can download and install from Google Play. Here, you need to download its APK file but don’t worry because we’ll explain to you how to do so step by step:
- How to fix Mobdro's parsing error
This error is announced in the application as Parse Error and it’s due to the fact that the version of Android installed on our device is lower than the version required for the installation of Mobdro. This error can obviously be fixed by updating the operating system of our mobile device to the latest Android version available.
- How to watch football for free with Mobdro
Watching football for free with Mobdro isn’t at all difficult: just go to the channels categories and choose the sports section. There you’ll have to search for the channels that broadcast football matches which we can easily find by checking their schedule on the Internet. In order not to have to repeat this operation each time we want to watch a football match on our phone or tablet, we can bookmark the channel in question as a favorite. For such purpose, we simply have to click on the button on the right hand side with three vertical dots, just next to the name of the channel. A menu will drop down, offering us the option to bookmark it as a favorite.
- How to fix Mobdro's black screen error
Although it’s not usual, you might come across a black screen when you try to use Mobdro. The problem can be fixed using several different methods depending on the reason behind this flaw:
- What TV channels can I watch with Mobdro?
Mobdro includes a huge list of channels with hundreds of different options from all over the world to be viewed for free straight on our Android smartphone or tablet, regardless of whether we’re talking about free channels or others that require a monthly or yearly subscription on cable or satellite TV. We have to bear in mind that the channels are taken from different sources and because it’s not all as legal as it should be, they might not always be completely available from the app, sometimes going on and off. In any case, the following list shows you some of those most popular channels available at present, with new ones added on a regular basis:
- How to watch movies and series on Mobdro
To be able to watch movies and series with Mobdro, you only have to complete the following instructions:
- How to get Mobdro Premium
To be able to get the Premium version of Mobdro, you should know that you're still going to have to wait for a while because, although its developers have announced it, it still isn’t available. According to the app's creators, once available, we’ll only have to press the Mobdro icon in the upper left hand corner of the interface of the main application and select the option Go Premium. From there, we’ll be able to purchase the paid version which, unlike the freemium edition, offers us the possibility to capture streams, supports Chromecast, doesn’t show any adverts and allows us to schedule the shutdown of the application.
- Is Mobdro legal?
The questions that may arise about the legality of Mobro can be approached from two different points of view: from the copyright point of view and also from the user’s privacy point of view. In this sense, we have to ask ourselves two questions:
- How to remove adverts from Mobdro
According to its developers, we can remove the adverts from Mobdro. For such purpose, we have to go to the Mobdro logo that allegedly appears in the top left-hand corner of the application and choose the option Go Premium. But if you’re already using the ordinary version of this app, you’ll probably notice that that logo can’t be found anywhere so these instructions probably refer to a previous version of the app.
- How to fix Mobdro's buffering problems
To be able to fix possible buffering problems in Mobdro, its developers recommend us to check our Internet connection and reload the channel to see if that fixes the problem. The channel may have reach its maximum bandwidth leading to broadcast interruptions. Therefore, another possible piece of advice could be to place our receiving device as close as possible to the WiFi transmitter to make sure the signal arrives without any kind of cut.