If we don’t have a smart TV, using a Google Chromecast is one of the cheapest and easiest solutions to bring all the Android technology to the TV.
How to Cast KODI Content on Chromecast
Another of the most powerful streaming apps for mobile devices is KODI, an open source multimedia player with incredible potential to watch live DTT, and even free series and movies through its large repository of legal add-ons.
The bad thing about KODI is that by default it still does not allow sending content to the Chromecast, so we must use the odd trick to get it.
How to install KODI on Chromecast
The first thing to make clear is that Chromecast devices are mere receivers. That is, you cannot “install” any application on them: not KODI, not YouTube, or any other app that may come to mind.
The only thing we really need to see any type of content is that the application is compatible with Google Cast technology (a protocol similar to DLNA and Miracast ).
For practical purposes and leaving technicalities aside, this means that the app has an icon with the Chromecast symbol that allows us to transmit what we see on the player to the TV. An icon, which by the way, is not yet officially present on KODI.
Currently, there are 3 methods that allow us to cast content from our KODI player to the Chromecast dongle connected to the monitor or television on duty.
Local Cast (Difficult method for Android)
If we want to send content from the KODI app to the Chromecast in the best possible way , we must resort to an app called Local Cast. It is free and we can download it from the Google Play Store without major problem.
Once we have the app installed, we complete the following steps:
- We download the playercorefactory.xml file. This is a very important file, since it is the script that is responsible for forcing the transmission of content from KODI to LocalCast so that we can send it directly to Chromecast.
- We open the file explorer of our Android device. If we don’t have any installed, we can try ASTRO, a lightweight manager that works quite well. Next, we go to the browser settings menu and in “Configure the default view settings” we activate the tab to show the hidden files.
- Now, we navigate with the file explorer to the ” Downloads ” or ” Downloads ” folder and locate the playercorefactory.xml file that we have just downloaded. We copy it and paste it in the ” userdata ” folder located in “Android -> Data -> org.xbmc.kodi -> files -> .kodi -> userdata”.
As you can see, it is a somewhat more complex trick, but once we have everything in place it is a pure marvel. We open KODI, select the content we want to view and the LocalCast app will automatically send the playback to the Chromecast.
One of the great strengths of this method is that we can continue transmitting even with the mobile screen turned off. Just great.
Using the Google Home app (Easy method for Android)
If all this seems too complicated, we can also see the KODI content on the Chromecast by transmitting “bareback” the mobile screen directly to the TV. It is not the most practical solution in the world, but yes, it is really easy to configure:
- We open the Google Home app from our Android device.
- We go to the ” Start ” menu (house-shaped icon, located in the lower left margin) and select the Chromecast we want to connect to.
- We select the option ” Send my screen “.
- Next we will see an information box where we will click on ” Send screen “.
From this moment, everything that is seen on the mobile will also be seen on the Chromecast screen, including whatever we are playing on KODI.
In any case, as we mentioned, it is not the most recommended method, since when the screen of the phone or tablet is turned off, the connection with the Chromecast will also be cut .
Install Chromecast browser extension (Method for Windows PC)
Finally, if we have a laptop or a desktop computer, we can also use KODI to send content to the Chromecast. It is not as cumbersome as the “difficult” method for Android, but it is not the most elegant solution in the world, what are we going to do …
- We open the Chrome browser.
- We display the settings menu and click on the “Transmit” option.
- A floating window will appear and the browser will try to detect the Chromecast. Note: for this to work, both devices need to be connected to the same network.
- We display the “Sources” tab and select “Transmit desktop”.
- To finish, click on the Chromecast to start broadcasting and on the next screen we select the desktop screen and click the blue ” Share ” button.
Automatically, we will establish a connection with the Chromecast by playing everything that is seen on the PC monitor. From here, just open KODI and view what interests us the most.
How to Cast KODI Content to a Chromecast from MacOS
If you have KODI installed on your Apple computer, the easiest way to stream KODI content to the Chromecast is to use the “Cast desktop” trick that we just discussed above.
There are paid applications, but if you are looking for something fast and free, the Google browser is one of the most effective solutions.
And what about iOS?
Currently KODI developers do not offer support for iPhone, so there is no official app for Apple phones. Personally, it is not highly recommended to install third-party apps, since we can leave our terminal exposed to security problems.
It’s a bit sad, but at least for now we will have to wait for an official version of the player for this system to come out.