We have already talked about Kodi the well-known open source media center that thanks to its plugins (also called "add-ons") expands its capabilities exponentially. Today we will discuss how to use it also to see your content comfortably on the Chromecasts up Android TV.
How to see Kodi on Chromecast
Google's Chromecast is a really convenient device to turn an unconnected TV into a Smart TV. The Google device only receives the streams from other devices and then reproduces them, therefore substantially depends on the other Apps (with support) the ability to send the contents; unfortunately Kodi still does not have support for the Google device but, as we will see, the problem can be easily avoided.
In this article: Transmitting Kodi from computer | Cast Kodi from Android | Direct transmission Transmission of the flow only Kodi on Android TV
Kodi on Chromecast from desktop computers
If you have installed Kodi and Chrome on your desktop system (Windows, Mac or Linux) you can easily do it cast through the appropriate screen and audio transmission function. Not an elegant solution, and the quality may not be optimal, but it works.
Use this very simple function, just:
- open Chrome, and click at the top left on the men icon (the one with three dots placed vertically);
- press on the item "Transmit";
- a dialog will open with the devices detected on the network;
- click on the "Sources" button and then on "Transmit desktop".
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Kodi on Chromecast from Android smartphones
There are two methods of casting Kodi to Chromecast:
- one direct transmission of the screen, it is a solution that consumes a lot of battery because the screen must always remain active and cannot be used in the meantime the Android device for anything else.
- the second technically more refined and allows you to send only the stream to the Chromecast so you can turn off the screen or use your Android device for something else.
This is a simple solution to implement (resembles the one we discussed above in the paragraph dedicated to desktop systems).
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To carry out the direct transmission from an Android smartphone or tablet:
- download Google Home from the Play Store
- start the app, and make it detect the Chromecast (automatic if you are on the same WiFi network)
- then go to the last icon at the bottom right (Account)
- in the "Account" page press on "Mirror the device"
- a new page will open here click on ?Transmit screen / audio?
At this point you can start Kodi on your Android smartphone or tablet and its video and audio will be transmitted to the Chromecast.
The transmission of the flow alone
To use this method you need a change to Kodi to make it automatically use an external player. Once your Kodi is done, it will send the video streams to the external video player every time, so I recommend installing another version of Kodi (maybe a fork like SPMC) to use in the normal way.
Change the player to send the streams to simple Chromecast, you must:
- Install Kodi on your Android device and start it at least once
- download the free Local Cast app from the Play Store and open it
- on the left click to open the menu (the icon with three horizontal lines), then press on the item "Settings "
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- inside the application settings enter the "Kodi" menu and tap on the "Write playercorefactory.xml" item
- then press on the item "Start Kodi"
From now on, any video streams performed will be sent to Local Cast and from here to Chromecast and AndroidTV.
See Kodi on Android TV
The best way to install the app directly, it is available for all TVs equipped with Android TV and for all TVboxes (see also article on the best TV boxes) equipped with the same operating system, directly from the Play Store.
Then the quick and immediate installation, just enter the Play Store, search for Kodi and with the remote control choose "Install".
If Kodi for some reason was not present on your store, you can install it directly via the sideload of the updated apk, to do it just:
- with another device go to the browser on the official website of Kodi
- download the apk suitable for TV, usually the ARM7A version
- once the download is complete, put it on a USB stick
- then put the stick in the Smart TV
- go to "Settings", then to the "Security" section and here enable the "Unknown sources" item (allows installation outside the Play Store)
- then with a file explorer enter the stick and press on the Kodi .apk file to start the installation procedure