Chromecast is perfect when it comes to streaming content from your tablet, phone or computer to your TV; and all you need is a network streaming program like Kodi. Setting Kodi up is not that easy, but don’t worry, I have prepared this guide to help you find and watch all your favorite content on a big TV screen.
Stream Kodi from an Android Phone or Tablet
You can stream Kodi to Chromecast with Android devices only, and there are two ways of doing it: the long, power-friendly way, and quick, battery-intensive way.
The long way:
First, download the ES File Explorer, the LocalCast app, Kodi and the .xml file called “PlayerFactoryCore”. Then open ES File Explorer, Settings and Display Settings; and tick the “Show hidden files” box. Make sure you’ve connected Kodi to the Kodi app. Head back to the ES File Explorer and open the Downloads folder. In this folder you will find the PlayerFactoryCore.xml file.
Copy that file and navigate to Android, then Data and look for “org.xbmc.kodi.” Open it, click on Files, .kodi and then user data. Paste the PlayerFactoryCore.xml file into this folder. Open Kodi and choose a video you want to watch. Kodi will automatically launch LocalCast, and when it has loaded press “Play” and choose the device to which you want to stream. You will have to tap on “Play” one more time to see your video on TV.
The short way:
Open the Chromecast app on your device, open the menu and choose the “Cast screen / audio” option; and follow the instructions that will guide you to connect to your Chromecast. After that, open Kodi, find the video you want to watch and play it. The video will play on both devices, and you can turn off screen to save power. Don’t worry, you will be able to take calls.
Stream Kodi from a Computer
Streaming Kodi from a computer is not that difficult. It is easier to set up than on an Android device. To stream content, you will need to download the Chrome browser and the Chromecast app, and install Kodi on your computer. Install Chrome and the Chromecast extension, open Chrome and select the “Cast” option. You will see “Cast this tab to…” on your right and a small arrow.
Click on it and select “Cast entire screen (experimental).” Once you have done this, your whole desktop will be streaming to your TV. Open Kodi, and choose a video you would like to watch.
So now you can stream content from your tablet or desktop to TV! The expanded TV displays and better resolutions are obvious advantages for streaming and playing videos from tablet devices.