Kodi on Roku is just awesome. Here’s how you can easily download & install Kodi on Roku tv, Roku stick and also on Roku express. Kodi for Roku is a great prospect. It would be so great that even I got really interested in the idea. So what I did was took out our own Roku device and gave it a try. Roku is known to be one of the best video streaming devices like Amazon Firestick in the market. In fact, Roku was one of the first official video streaming devices that existed for the age of the internet.
For those of you that are not so familiar with Kodi, it is a software that runs as an entertainment center for different platforms. XBMC Founders are currently maintaining Kodi. It was formerly known as the Xbox media center for Xbox console and later on took the name Kodi as an independent entity.
Roku, on the other hand, is a series of digital players famous for video streaming. The devices have their own sets of addons that provide channels and video streaming services. This includes Netflix, NBA Game Time, HBO Go, NBC News, even YouTube and many more.
If that sounds already great to you, then you would probably be even more delighted about the idea of Kodi for Roku. And that is exactly what we are going to discuss in this article.
How to install Kodi for Roku
Okay, let’s clarify some important things first. Kodi is a great app and a media center. It is compatible with a lot of devices and popular platforms such as Kodi with Windows, Kodi for Apple’s Mac, Kodi apps for iOS handsets, Kodi APK for Android OS, and Kodi made for Linux-based computers. But sadly, it is not compatible with Roku.
You see, Roku uses a Linux custom-based OS. And since a company owns it, the original developers did not make the Roku OS open for some third-party developers. And this is why Kodi for Roku will not happen. Well, at least in terms of installation.
But there is another way to use Kodi for Roku. And this will involve using another device to stream Kodi to Roku. Here is how you can do it.
Mirror Kodi from Android to Roku
- The first thing you should do is prepare your Android smartphone and download the Kodi APK file.
- Now, if you have not done sideloading an APK file before, you should first do this on your phone.
- Go to your device “Settings” and scroll down to find the “Security” tab.
- Inside the “Security” menu, find the “Unknown Sources” and enable it. This feature will give you permission to install any third-party APK outside of the Google Play Store. Please note that this feature is disabled because of some security reasons. Some third-party apps that are not from the Google Play Store are often rigged with malware and viruses. So we would advise that you disable this feature as soon as you installed the Kodi APK file.
- Once the APK file is available on your smartphone, tap on it to start the installation.
- Tap on the “Install” button and wait for a few seconds until you see the “Open” button. This means that Kodi is finally installed on your device.
- Before you tap on the “Open” button, open the screen mirroring feature on your phone. Sometimes it is called “Screencast” or “AllShare Cast.” Typically, it is placed on the notification area along with your Wifi and data quick access buttons. If you cannot find it there, go back again to your device “Settings” and this time find the “More” tab. It should be just among the Data Settings and WiFi Settings tab.
- Once you see it, tap on it to enable Screencast or Mirroring.
- Now, turn on your Roku device.
- Once your Roku device has fully booted up and ready, you need to connect it to the local Wifi network or LAN.
- On your Android smartphone device, go to the Screencast menu. Your Roku device name should then appear on the list of supported device. Tap on it to establish the connection.
- Once the connection happens, you should now see your Android smartphone screen on your Roku display.
- Now go to the Kodi app and tap on it to launch it.
- You may now stream all your video content using Kodi to your Roku device.
Mirror Kodi from Windows to Roku
- The first you should do is to download the Kodi installer on your Windows device.
- Install the Kodi app on any folder that you prefer or just use the Windows default Program Files folder.
- Once the installation finishes, go to the Start Menu and click on the “Settings” button. If you cannot find it, click on the Alphabet list and click on the letter “S” to throw you directly to apps that start with the letter “S.” The “Settings” app should be there.
- On the “Settings” menu, click on the ”Devices” button.
- Now click on the plus button or the “Add Bluetooth or other Device” button. It should just be on the top of the list.
- A popup window should appear with choices, choose the “Wireless Display or Dock” button. Or you could use the “Everything Else” button.”
- As soon as you click on it, Windows will start scanning for any wireless device that it could connect with.
- When you see your Roku device name, click on it.
- Wait for a few moments for the two devices to establish the connection.
- Once it says “Connected” or “Paired,” you should now see your Windows screen on Roku’s display.
- Now go to the Roku desktop icon and double-click on it to launch.
- That’s it. You may now stream Kodi using Windows to Roku.
It will have been nice for Apple product users if this method is also available for them. The problem is that Apple uses its own technology of screencasting. That is why they cannot connect to Roku yet. I’m sure in the future this technology will be finally available to them.
So regarding today’s topic, do you think it is worth all the effort to use Kodi for Roku? Would you be willing to do these methods so you can Enjoy Kodi for Roku? Tell us what you guys think. We want to know if how many people would go through the length just to enjoy Kodi on their Roku device.
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