Everyone likes free stuff. We all love movies and other television shows but do not like paying for them. Don’t pretend that you don’t do illegal downloads because you and I are the among the millions who keep torrent sites running. Well, it’s okay, as long as you don’t get caught! It is not like we are accessing government secrets or something darker.
Speaking of pirates, there are many free streaming services available out there, Kodi being one of the famous ones. You may have heard of their plug and play piracy device called the Kodi Box. It has its full-fledged TV interface to make you a proper pirate. But the box, though possessing it is very cool, is not a must-have for fetching your favorite content off the internet at no cost.
You can access Kodi without any TV add-ons, using just your smartphone. But if you want to view the same on a larger display using a casting service, like the famous Google Chromecast, you can do that as well! All you need to do is install Kodi on Chromecast, and you are all set to binge watch on the big screen. But how do you get it up and running, you ask? You found the right place to get you started. Here are the simple steps that you will need to follow to install Kodi on Chromecast.
Why should you install Kodi on Chromecast?
There are a couple of advantages of using Kodi on Chromecast. First of all, you will not have to buy a separate Kodi Box. Your tablet or your existing smartphone will be the box for you. It is effortless to navigate and set up, mainly because it was designed to be used on the phone, by a ton of people with different skill sets. So even the non-tech-savvy ones will find their way around it just fine.
It will apparently save you some money, since it will work on any old phone of yours and will not require an HDMI capable device to function, unlike a dedicated TV Box. Plus, if your internet connection can handle it, you can even stream at higher definitions than your average TV Box can.
Like for example, if you have Chromecast Ultra, you know, the one which supports 4K content streaming, with enhanced HDR as well? You can stream 4K shoes straight from your phone to it if you have a 4K TV like one of the cool kids.
Even if you have the necessary version of the Chromecast, it is still a competent device. It can do 1080p streaming and more importantly, costs like half of what the Chromecast Ultra does. So regardless of which one you have, learn how to set up Kodi on it.
How to Install Kodi on Chromecast?
Before moving into the process of installation, let’s find out the things we require.
Before we start on how to install Kodi on Chromecast, we will need to be in possession of all of these:
- A TV with a multimedia interface on it, such as HDMI.
- A Chromecast dongle for streaming the content. Duh!
- A tablet or an Android smartphone which is still moderately relevant by today’s standards. I mean, something that works! If you have an iPhone, well, that automatically puts you off the list for the “best pirate” awards. You will have to jailbreak your “innovative” phone to get Kodi on it. If you can’t be asked to do all that, do what you should have done back when you bought your iPhone. Get an Android phone! (I’m not a fanboy, shut up).
- A WiFi connection which is fast enough for some decent 1080p content streaming. As long as you are in the vicinity of any good Ethernet service provider and you are not in my house, you should already have a fast enough internet connection (sob!).
- A USB wall adapter for some power.
Method 1: For the Battery Cautious
In case you don’t want your phone to drain, then this process will be just what you were looking for. It is a bit on the complex, so if you wanted something simple, this might slightly put you off. But it does work when done correctly. Just follow the below instructions, and everything should be just fine.
- On your incredibly useful Android phone, which is much more relaxed than iPhone, you will need to install three simple apps for this method.
- A file manager that supports native casting capabilities and which can add/remove hidden files. I recommend using the ES file manager, cause it’s flipping awesome.
- A casting app to help you out with, you know, casting pirated stuff which you might get in trouble for doing. You can download any casting app of your choice. I suggest something simple, like LocalCast.
- Finally, the Kodi app from the Google play store. Unlike some other “app stores” out there, Google Play has a lot of cool goodies lying around, free up for grabs.
- Next, you will need to make Kodi be able to connect to an external video player. So you need to download a file called PlayerFactoryCore.XML on your phone.
- Once you have the file, copy it over to android → data → org.xbmc.kodi → files → .kodi → user data. It’s as simple as opening the ES file manager, enabling the show hidden files option under display settings and then copying it over, like any other normal file.
- After following these steps, all you need to do is simply open the Kodi app, select a video file and play it. The casting app that you installed should automatically be prompted.
- In the casting app, select the TV that you have prepped with Chromecast. Press the play button on the Kodi app.
Done! Lock your phone and enjoy the content. If you want to change the volume and other things, you can always unlock it and do the same. You’re set for the next few hours of binge-watching. This way, you can install Kodi on Chromecast easily.
Method 2: Screen mirroring
This method is straightforward to set up but might not be as battery friendly as the first one. If the battery is not your concern at the moment and you want to set this up as fast as possible, this method is for you.
Download and install Google cast app on your smartphone alongside Kodi.
Open the Google cast app and open the hamburger menu on the top. Select cast screen/audio option and then press OK on the warning message that might follow.
Select the TV from the detected devices list. Then open the Kodi app and play content that you want to cast.
The video will now start to play on both your phone as well as the TV that you have selected. You can now lock your phone and lean back.
What if You Don’t have a Smartphone?
Well then. You can always choose to cast content from a PC, or even a Mac. If you have the content on your laptop, here is how you can cast it on the big screen using Chromecast and Kodi.
- Download and install Google Chrome browser, if for some reason you don’t have it already. It has native support for Chromecast, being the same company and all. And it is an excellent browser in real time as well.
- Install Kodi on your PC/Mac, if you haven’t done it by this point.
- Earlier, you were required to download an extension software for casting. Now, that extension has been discontinued, because you no longer need the assistance of an add-on for something so fundamental. Cast service comes natively on Chrome browser now, and you can find it under the menu on the top right corner of the browser.
- So, that saves us a step here.
Next, go to the cast window and select the content that you want to cast. Select the TV under the “cast” section and select the “entire screen” option. Now simply pull up Kodi and play a video. Since Chromecast is casting everything that is currently on your window, it will mirror your content flawlessly from your PC/Mac. Choose any of the above methods which suit you best and happy streaming!
Hope, this tutorial helped you to install Kodi on Chromecast with ease.