What is Trakt.TV

“Trakt is a platform that does many things, but primarily keeps track of TV shows and movies you watch. It integrates with your media center or home theater PC to enable scrobbling, so everything is automatic. Some people like to check in from their phone, so we enable that too.”
The Trakt add-on for Kodi allows you to automatically scrobble all content you are watching to Trakt.tv. You can keep a comprehensive history of everything you've watched.

Install and Authorizing Trakt

Before using Trakt.TV it must be installed. Many builds have Trakt already installed. If you have such a build, you can skip down to the next portion of this article. Lets begin. Open Kodi and select System> Add-on> Install from repository. Scroll down and Select Kodi Add-on repository> Program Add-ons. The is list lengthy, so scroll to almost the bottom and select Trakt. Click to Install, wait for Add-on enabled notification.

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Now that Trakt is installed in Kodi, follow the procedure below to Configure.  You'll notice a pop up screen asking you proceed to their web site to Authorize right away. There will be an option to “Remind me later” or “No Thanks”. Selecting No Thanks will remove the pop up and take you back to the add-on settings.

  • Select Configure then click on Exclusions. Enable Exclude Live TV as shown in Photo B. Excluding Live TV is impossible to “Scrobble” for obvious reasons !
  • Scroll back General and select ” How do I authorize the trakt add-on to access my trakt-tv account ?”
Authorizing

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  1. After selecting Authorize, a new window will appear with code. Write this code down as you will need it to proceed. Enter the url link provided in your browser.
  2. Enter the (1.) Code provided earlier and select (2) Continue.
  3. When the prompt appears confirming you wish to allow Trakt on Kodi, select YES.
  4. Congratulations, you are now Enabled !
Configuring

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Now that Trakt is enabled in Kodi, the next few steps will show you how to configure the add-on to suit your tastes. Open the add-on and go to Settings > Configuration. The following are just recommendations. The choice is entirely up to you and your needs. Lets begin with Photo A.

Scrobbling

Once in Configuation, move to Scrobbling and Select the first 4 settings to enable:

  • Scrobble Movies
  • Scrobble TV show episodes
  • Show notification on scrobble
  • Fallback to Title/Year matching if necessary
Synchronize

In Photo B there are two categories that need adjusting, Movies and TV Shows. If you have deleted a Movie or a TV Show from your library but wish to keep in your trakt collection, do not enable. (1. and 2.) In Movies, enable the following ;

  • Add new movies to collection
  • Add watched Movies to collection
  • Mark Movies from history as watched in Kodi

In Tv Episodes, select Add new TV episodes to collection. Please do not forget to Select OK when completed to save your settings.

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Here is the current list of known add-ons that have Trakt.TV enabled. Unfortunately there is one glaring  omission from that list…. Elysium. We can only dream can't we ? These Add-ons can be installed from Ares Wizard .

IN CONCLUSION

Users of this add-on have found it extremely easy to use. Accessing a list of your TV Shows or Movies at the touch of a finger is brilliant. However, there have been some privacy concerns recently that should be mentioned here.  As can be seen in its features, Trakt publicly lists what its users are watching. It tracks your TV show and movie activity while actively publishing their stats on their website.

While the points above may be slightly concerning, there are several reasons why you shouldn’t think too much about them. Trakt.tv has been trusted by millions of users and thousands of developers. No reports of trakt abusing this condition in their policies have come about.There are also many ways to protect yourself. Assuming you take the right precautionary measures to protect your privacy, using trakt shouldn’t be an issue. The two ways to protect your privacy include: Set your profile to private. Hide your IP through a VPN.

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