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Guide: How to install NFO WatchedState Updater Kodi addon

The NFO WatchedState Updater Kodi addon is the last addon we will be covering in our series for the 7 best Kodi addons to backup watched status. This addon is somewhat different to the ones we have seen previously, since the backup is not kept in a local database, like with the Kodi WatchedList Addon, or in an online service, like it would be if you used Kodi Trakt addon. Instead, the watched state is updated on .nfo files that accompany your library media items on your storage device. Then, if you experience trouble with your watched status marks, you can rely on this addon, and the information on your .nfo files to update those marks. [Read: How to disable Kodi Watched status logging?]

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Use the NFO Watchedstate plugin to update your watched status marks to .nfo files on your file system.

Why would you want to use .nfo files instead of a local database or online service? There are lots of reasons, but perhaps the most compelling one is that, by controlling individual files, you can control the watched state of each of your movies and TV shows individually. The addons we have seen up to this point perform this operation in full batches, in an all-or-nothing fashion, and synchronize all of your watched status marks. With NFO Watchedstate Updater addon, and an .nfo file on the same location as your media file, you can actually synchronize individual media items. The same operation may be performed using a local database and editing it, but moving files is much easier. [Read: Kodi MySQL setup for sharing media library]

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How to install Kodi NFO Watchedstate Updater?

This addon is available via the Fusion Addon Installer so if you don’t have this useful addon on your Kodi device yet, I suggest you follow our tutorial to install Fusion Installer on Kodi. This will make the installation process of your NFO Watchedstate updater addon easier and faster. Once you have the Fusion Installer ready, head to Programs -> Program Add-ons, and look for the Addon Installer icon. Click it.

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Use the Fusion Addon Installer to get the NFO Watchedstate updater addon.

A menu with several options will open. If you want to install the Kodi NFO updater, you should click on the Search by: Addon/Author option. This will make a dialog appear. In this dialog you need to type NFO Watchedstate Updater in order to search for the addon. After you type your search, click Done. This process is much faster if you have a wireless HTPC keyboard hooked to your Kodi device, instead of relying solely on the on-screen keyboard.

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Use the search feature on Fusion Addon Installer to get the addon faster.

This will bring a results list, where you need to click on NFO Watchedstate Updater.  After that, click on Install NFO Watchedstate Updater to add this Kodi NFO addon to your media center. You will then see a dialog, with two buttons: Install and Cancel. Press Install.

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Click Install and the Kodi NFO Updater addon will be added automatically to your Kodi HTPC.

Wait a few moments while the addon is downloaded. You will receive a notification after NFO Watchedstate updater completes its installation on your Kodi system. Click OK to finish.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed the NFO Watchedstate Updater addon. You can find it now among your Kodi services. To do so, head to System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> My add-ons -> Services.  Via its context menu, you can update, uninstall, enable or disable this service. While enabled, it will synchronize your watched media status marks automatically with the .nfo files, so I would suggest keeping it enabled so you will have your watched status marks backed up to your file system. Are you running Kodi WatchedList addon instead? Learn how to use Kodi WatchedList backup and restore. If you’re a Trakt.tv user, you can instead read our tutorial about how to use Kodi Trakt backup and restore. If you want addons with Trakt integration, the Kodi Velocity addon is a great option. Never lose track of your watched media, with Kodi and these free addons!

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