Kodi and Chromecast: literally everything you need to know

The duo of Kodi and Chromecast are friends, but not best friends. You can stream content from Kodi to Chromecast, but you’ll be jumping through hoops. In this article, we’ll explain how to jump through those hoops and what to keep in mind along the way.

To make Kodi and Chromecast work together, you need to perform some actions that you may not be very familiar with. But don’t worry, in this article we explain in detail what to do and where to get the necessary files and programs from. This way, Kodi and Chromecast still work together.

What is Kodi?

Kodi is an open source media center. The program plays a wide range of media files, allowing you to watch or listen to many types of content. Think of films, series, music and photos. The service can also record programs and even play games if you want.

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So it’s kind of an all-in-one program for anyone who consumes media at home. In this, Kodi is comparable to Plex, which offers the same functions and works slightly differently. Kodi can sometimes be a bit complicated for those with little technical knowledge, which sometimes makes Plex a better choice.

But hey, we are talking about Kodi in this article. And if you’re reading this article, there’s a very good chance that you want to stream your content to a separate Chromecast device or a television or media player with Chromecast built-in. Fortunately, that is possible, but you have to take some actions.

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Chromecast with Google TV

Kodi and Chromecast: Preparations for Android

Before we can get started, you’ll need some apps to download. This only works on Android by the way. Officially, Kodi is not available for iOS.

The second app is a file manager. It is possible that your smartphone or tablet has such an app, then you no longer need to download the ES File Explorer. If you already have a preference for a handy file manager, you can of course also use it.

In addition, you need to download the file below. We will need this file at a later time.

For this step-by-step plan, we assume that you use ES File Explorer. The steps may therefore be different for you if you decide to use a different file manager.

  1. Open ES File Explorer and press the menu icon.
  2. Select Settings and scroll to Display.
  3. Tap Display and enable the Show hidden files option.

Now download the above .xml file to your smartphone. That file should be in your downloads folder. You are supposed to paste that file into the userdata folder of the Kodi app. You do that as follows:

  1. Press and hold the file for some time with your thumb.
  2. Now select the copy option that appears at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Now open the Kodi userdata folder. Go to Android > Data > xbmc.kodi > files > .kodi > userdata.
  4. Now tap the paste button at the bottom of the screen to paste the file into this folder.

Kodi and Chromecast: Streaming from Android

This was the hard part. So now we can start streaming the content you want with Kodi and Chromecast. When you start a stream, Kodi will automatically open that other app you have installed. We explain how this works in the step-by-step plan below.

  1. Open Kodi and choose the content you want to watch.
  2. Kodi will now automatically launch the LocalCast application.
  3. After that app launches, you can select a Chromecast device from a list of devices.
  4. Select a device and let the app do the rest; your content will now be cast.

Do you have little experience with it yet? cast of content or Chromecast in general? Read through our background article about casting, so that you know exactly what that means.

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Kodi and Chromecast: Casting from a PC

When you use Kodi from a PC or laptop, you can also cast your content. This follows the same principle with which you cast other content via the Google Chrome browser, as we describe in this article. Below we have prepared a short step-by-step plan.

  1. Download and install Google Chrome.
  2. Open the browser and go to the three dots at the top right of the screen.
  3. Click on the Cast button…
  4. Press the Resources button and select the Cast desktop option.
  5. Now select a Chromecast device from the list of available devices.
  6. Now open the Kodi program and start watching.

Google Chrome then takes over the casting process. Everything you do on your computer is projected to the television with the Chromecast; even when you visit other sites to open files. So keep that in mind when casting content when you’re not alone.

If you run into problems while installing the Chromecast, we’ve collected solutions here. Otherwise, you can read here how to set up the WiFi connection. Still unsure about a specific model? We’ve tested them all for you.

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