Cast KODI to TV: Kodi is a free and open-source media player software application developed by XBMC FOUNDATION which is available for several operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, Android. It runs on a 10- foot user interface especially designed to be a media player for HTPC’s(home theaters PC’s). As Kodi does not support Chromecast, let’s see the methods which could be helpful in casting Kodi from your mobile device or your desktop. Kodi does not have native Chromecast support, so the only way to cast Kodi to TV is screen mirroring your mobile screen.
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Methods to Cast Kodi to TV
1 . Using Google home app:
As the Kodi app does not support Chromecast features you can use the Google Home app to cast your entire mobile screen to your TV screen using Chromecast. Let’s see how to cast Kodi to TV using the Chromecast app.
- Install the ‘Google home’ app from the Google play store at free of charge.
- Open the Google Home app and sign in using your Google account.
- Tap the menu icon at the top left corner of the screen.
- Click on ‘cast screen/audio’ option.
- Again click the same ‘cast screen/audio’ option shown in the next page.
- The app starts scanning and shows a list of available devices for casting.
- Select your Chromecast to which your mobile screen is to be mirrored.
- Make sure that your mobile and Chromecast are connected to the same wi-fi network.
- Now your entire mobile will be cast on your TV.
- Open the Kodi app and start playing a video which you can view on your TV screen.
The disadvantage of using Google home app to cast Kodi is that you can’t turn off your mobile screen while playing videos. Leaving your mobile screen turned on for a long time leads to high battery consumption.
If your mobile has a built-in ‘cast’ option you can use it for mirroring. To find and enable that go to settings- tap on ‘connection preferences’. Then click on the ‘cast’ option, it will show you a list of available devices from which you need to select your Chromecast device to mirror your mobile screen to your TV.
2. Using Local cast app to cast Kodi to TV:
If you want to reduce the battery consumption you can consider the Local cast app to cast Kodi to TV. The main advantage of the Local cast app is that you can turn off your mobile screen while playing a video. Before entering into the process you need to install
- Kodi app for Android
- Local cast app
- ES File explorer
- Playercorefactory.xml file
After installing the apps, open ES File Explorer go to display settings, and enable the ‘show hidden files option. Now locate the XML file within the ES file explorer app itself which you have downloaded earlier. ‘Copy’ that file and open the Kodi user data folder by going to Android > Data > xbmc.Kodi > files > .kodi > user data and tap on ‘paste’ that file in the Kodi’s user directory.
- Now open the Kodi app and select the content which you want to stream.
- Local cast app launches automatically and displays a list of compatible devices from which you have to select your Chromecast to cast Kodi to TV.
- That’s it. Now the video will appear on your TV.
Unlike the Google Home app here you can turn off your mobile screen while the video is played.
3. Using Desktop:
It’s very simple to cast Kodi to TV using your desktop. The only thing you need to do is to install the latest version of chrome browser. After completing that continue with the following steps.
- Open the chrome browser and click on the three-dotted menu at the top right corner of the screen.
- Select the ‘cast’ option which heads you to select ‘cast to’.
- Click on the ‘cast desktop’ option and select your Chromecast to which your desktop screen is to be mirrored.
- Make sure that your Chromecast and desktop are in connection to the same wi-fi network.
- Now the Kodi app which you open on your desktop will appear on the big screen.
That’s how you have to cast Kodi using your PC.