How to Jailbreak Chromecast Using Kodi

Use Kodi to stream content from your Android device.

Google Chromecast is a dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV. It streams movies and shows from Hulu, Netflix, Crackle, and other services. Although these streaming subscriptions offer a variety of content, many users opt to jailbreak Chromecast using the free Kodi media player. Kodi provides access to more video content through compatible third-party add-ons.

You can't install the Kodi software on a Chromecast device like you can with an Amazon Fire TV Stick. However, you can cast Kodi video content from a computer, smartphone, or tablet to a TV.

These instructions apply to devices with Android 4.4.2 or above, and desktop and laptop computers with Linux, macOS, or Windows.

What You Need

Before jailbreaking your Chromecast with Kodi, make sure you have the following:

  • Wi-Fi connection: Connect your Chromecast to a Wi-Fi network. Also, connect the Android device or computer you will cast from to the same network.
  • Kodi: Install the Kodi app on your Android device or computer before starting this process. Download the version of Kodi that corresponds to your operating system.
  • Kodi add-ons: Install the Kodi add-ons you plan to use while casting.
  • VPN software (optional): Use VPN software for privacy and security. View our list of free VPN software for suggestions.
  • Google Home app: This is required to cast from an Android device. If it isn't installed, download the latest version of the app from Google Play.
  • Google Chrome web browser: This is required to cast from a computer. If it isn't installed, download the latest version of Google Chrome.

Cast From an Android Device

Follow the steps below to cast Kodi content from your Android phone or tablet to your Chromecast-connected TV.

Casting from an Android device for an extended period causes the battery to drain quickly. Connect to a power source if one is available to keep the battery charged.

  1. Open the Google Home app and select the main menu button (the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of the screen).

  2. Select Cast screen / audio.

  3. A new screen appears, describing the mirroring capabilities. Select the blue Cast Screen / Audio button.

    The Cast Screen/Audio command
  4. The Cast to section lists the available devices. Select your Chromecast.

  5. When successful, the contents of your Android screen display on your TV.

  6. Open the Kodi app.

  7. Kodi automatically opens in full-screen mode. Launch the desired add-on to play the content you wish to view on your TV.

  8. To stop casting at any time, repeat steps 1 through 3. When the Cast screen/audio page appears, select Disconnect.

    A Chromecast and the Disconnect button

If screen casting consistently disconnects when making a connection, you may need to enable microphone permissions on the Android device. Here's how:

  1. On your phone or tablet, open the Settings app.

  2. In the Settings screen, select Apps & notifications.

  3. Scroll to the list of installed apps and choose Google Play services.

  4. Select Permissions.

  5. In the App permissions list, locate Microphone. If the Microphone toggle is turned off (grayed out), tap it once to turn it on (it should be either blue or green).

Cast From a Computer

Follow the steps below to cast Kodi content from a web browser on your computer to your Chromecast-connected TV.

  1. Open the Google Chrome browser.

  2. Select the Chrome menu button (the three vertically-aligned dots in the upper-right corner).

    The menu button in Chrome
  3. In the drop-down menu, select Cast.

    The Cast command
  4. A pop-up message welcomes you to the Cast experience in Chrome. The bottom of this message should show the name of your Chromecast device. If you don't see this name, your computer and Chromecast may not be connected to the same network. Make sure the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network before continuing.

  5. Select the Cast to drop-down arrow.

    The Cast To menu
  6. In the drop-down menu, select Cast desktop.

    The Cast Desktop command
  7. In the Cast desktop list, select the name of your Chromecast device (for example, Chromecast1234).

    The name of a Chromecast
  8. In the Share your screen dialog box, select the Share audio check box. Then, select Share.

  9. When successful, the desktop is visible on the TV connected to Chromecast. To halt casting, go to the web browser and, in the Chrome Mirroring dialog box, select Stop.

    Move the volume slider to control the volume level of the casting output.

    The Stop command
  10. Open the Kodi application. Kodi should be visible on the TV and can be controlled through your laptop.