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How to stream from Kodi to Chromecast - it’s easier than you think

Bring the power of Kodi to your favorite Chromecast.
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August 30, 2022

Unlike YouTube videos, you can’t stream content from Kodi to your Chromecast just by selecting the Cast button. Setting Kodi up with Chromecast requires a few extra steps, which differ depending on the device. Here’s how to do it on your computer and Android phone.

See also: How to install and use Kodi on Android

QUICK ANSWER

Stream Kodi to Chromecast using your Android smartphone. Open the Google Home app, tap on the Chromecast device, and select Cast my screen. Confirm by tapping on Cast screen and then Start now. Then open the Kodi app to stream away.


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Editor’s note: These steps were put together using a Google Pixel 4a with 5G running Android 13, a custom PC running Windows 11, and a Chromecast with Google TV with firmware version QTSI.210311.036. 

How to stream Kodi to Chromecast from Android

Google Chromecast with Google TV on table style photo - Kodi on Chromecast
David Imel / Android Authority

There were two ways to stream content from Kodi to Chromecast via your Android device, but the more complex one seems to have been broken by more recent versions of Android. There’s now only one way to do it. The good news is this is the easiest method. It has a drawback: you can’t turn off your phone’s screen while streaming. This drains your battery and can be an external light source, which may be annoying. You can always alleviate this by lowering the phone’s screen brightness as much as possible or laying the phone screen side down.

The first step is downloading the Google Home app from the Play Store if you haven’t already. Launch the app and tap on the Chromecast device you want to mirror to. Then tap the Cast my screen button. You’ll have to confirm a couple of times; select Cast screen and then Start now. You must now launch the Kodi app on your handset to bring it to the big screen.

  1. Download the Google Home app from the Play Store and launch it once installed.
  2. Find your Chromecast under the device list. Tap on it.
  3. Select the Cast my screen option.
  4. Confirm by tapping Cast screen.
  5. Tap on Start now.
  6. Your device screen and audio should be streaming to Chromecast. Go to the Kodi app and access your media as you wish.

How to stream Kodi to Chromecast from a PC

Two Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro Laptops Black On Table - Kodi on Chromecast
Harley Maranan / Android Authority

Streaming Kodi from your PC to your Chromecast is a breeze. Open the Chrome browser, click the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner, and select the Cast… option. Under Sources, select Cast desktop, then click on the Chromecast device you want to mirror to. Your computer screen will start mirroring to your Chromecast on the TV. Open Kodi and start streaming!

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Click the menu icon in the top-right corner (three vertical dots) and select Cast.
  3. Under Sources, select Cast desktop.
  4. Click on the device you want to cast to.
  5. Open Kodi and start watching content on the big screen.

Install Kodi on Google TV

Google Chromecast with Google TV remote in hand
David Imel / Android Authority

The process is much easier if you have a Chromecast with Google TV (or any Google TV device, for that matter). You can install the Kodi app directly on the Google TV!

  1. Turn on your Chromecast with Google TV or Google TV television.
  2. Go into the Apps tab.
  3. Search for Kodi.
  4. Hit Install.
  5. Select Open.
  6. Use the Kodi app to play whatever you wish.

Read next: The best Kodi apps for Android

FAQs

Yes. You can get add-ons to stream all kinds of content and even Live TV. Arguably, though, most of these can be easily cast from the official apps. It might be easier than setting up Kodi.

Yes, Kodi supports playing your local videos, photos, games, etc.

Not anymore. There is, however, an official Kodi app for Chromecast with Google TV. This means you won’t even need to use another device if you have Google TV.

We didn’t include a specific guide for getting Kodi on Chromecast with Google TV because this is a general post for streaming from another device. Additionally, it only works for users with a Chromecast with Google TV. Doing this is easy, though. On your Chromecast with Google TV, perform a search for “Kodi.” Then install the app and launch it.