I think everybody will agree that Google chromecast is one of the best streaming device in present times. As you all know that streaming from chromecast is as easy as pie but sometimes streaming from the network streaming applications like Kodi becomes a tricky task. Don’t worry, It’s easy with our how to chromecast with kodi guide.

Now:

If somebody hasn’t heard about this awesome device from Google yet, then we shall let you know that what is chromecast device ?

What is Chromecast Device

Chromecast is a Google’s latest media device, released worldwide on February 3, 2014. It is HDMI dongle type product which is basically like Roku and Apple TV or even Google TV. It allows you to stream from your Tablet, iPhone, laptop to your television specifically Netflix or Youtube. You can even cast your chrome browser directly to the HDTV and that way you can get access to other absent media sources such as Hulu that are not currently supported through other apps. This 35$ HDMI device plugs into your HDMI port on the television. Some of you must have been thinking that this is a Google Tv, But it is not a Google Tv. It is a separate product from Google which offers an exciting way of streaming media to your TV.

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However, there were a bunch of issues with this device initially but later they were fixed and still the fixing process has been going on. The last update of the Chromecast app was updated on December 17, 2015 with General bug fixes and overall improvements. According to NPD group which was also known as National Purchase Diary, about 400 million cast has been sold in its released year which was confirmed that Chromecast is the top-selling media device in the United States.

chromecast with kodi

Now coming back to our topic:

Which is how to chromecast xbmc in a most easy way. Well we have two methods here to chromecast with kodi, one is simple but battery consuming way and the other one is little bit long(about 7 steps) but this will not consume so much battery. Choice is yours.

Note that:

We are using android device to stream kodi content and streaming kodi with chromecast from iOS device is not supported.

How to chromecast with kodi

The simple way

  1. Open chromecast app on your Android phone. Now open the menu and select the “Cast screen/audio”. Follow the instructions for connecting to chromecast.
  2. Open Kodi. Find and play the video you want to watch.
  3. It will now start playing on both devices, the battery consuming thing here is that you can’t turn off the screen or attend calls etc.
    The long way

The long way

  1. Download kodiEs file explorerlocalcast and playerfactorycore.
  2. Open Es file explorer and navigate to it’s settings then display settings. Make sure that “show hidden files” is selected there.
  3. Now also make sure that kodi(formerly XBMC) media center is connected to kodi app.
  4. Now navigate to the folder where you downloaded playerfactorycore.xml file and copy it.
  5. Go to Android > Data > org.xbmc.kodi > Files > .kodi > here look for userdata folder. Now paste the playerfactorycore.xml file in this folder.
  6. Now, open kodi and search for the video which you want to play. It will now automatically launch the localcast app. If it asks to choose from chromecast and localcast, simply select localcast.
  7. Once it completes loading, it will asks you to play and choose the device to stream.
    Now again it will prompt you to play and finally, your video will start playing on tv connected with chromecast.

If you’re having any difficulty in executing above steps, just follow this video guide by raybansandfedora @ youtube.

If the above two are somehow not working for you then simply use Yatse(free kodi third party remote) or  cast4kodi(5$) to stream kodi to chromecast from android.

Use Kodi TV as Chromecast:

What if you want to achieve a polar opposite of the above mentioned tutorial. Here you can find a complete guide on how you can play any link on your KODI TV from your smartphone. In other words, here is the method of turning your Kodi TV into a Chromecast.

Android has a lot more option as compared to iOS and that is why I would recommend you to use an Android phone to Chromecast to Kodi tv.

  1. First of all you will need to open Settings of your Kodi TV and go to System > Services. Here you will need to enable Remote control.
  2. After that, go to the Settings > System Info and note down IP address of your Kodi TV.
  3. Next, install Kore Kodi Remote app on your smartphone. I have provided Google PlayStore link below.Use Kodi as Chromecast
  4. After the app is installed, open it up and it will automatically scan for your Kodi TV on the network and show you the same.
  5. Connect to the Kodi TV from the remote app and now minimize the Kore app using the home button.
  6. Now open any video link, wether it be in the YouTube app or in Google Chrome on your phone and press the Share option.
  7. You will see a bunch of options, I want you to select the “Play on Kodi” option. This will push the link to the TV and now you can even turn off your smartphone wifi and the video will still continue to play. Just like in a Chromecast.

So what you’re waiting for?

Apply any of above guides and start streaming chromecast with kodi now. Hope this was helpful for you. If you like this post then share it with your circle on social media. If you have any question regarding the chromecast and KODI then let us know by commenting below. Stay tuned to Drgeeky.com for more authentic and working backdoors.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Once you set this up (which I was able to do with method 2 thanks to your great guide) how do I watch a video on Kodi on my phone without Local cast kicking in and wanting to send to my Chromecast?

    • An easy workaround for that would be renaming the playerfactorycore.xml file to something like playerfactorycore.xml1
      Doing this will hide the file from kodi and it will play the video normally.
      When needed you can rename it back and it should be working as it should.

      • I use a toggle widget app called ‘Kodi Cast Toggle’ from the play store. Just tapping the app icon toggles whether Kodi content plays on the device or on chromecast (no renaming or deleting xml files necessary). It also lets you set up playing content through a 3rd party media player like MX Player instead of the default Kodi player. Super useful!

    • What I do is go to the local cast app, go to settings then beta features and check play on device. When you use kodi it won’t send to chrome cast until you uncheck it

    • Hi Garret, Thanks for reading our post and asking the question.
      Playerfactorycore.xml is a file, not an app. You have to download and put it inside the directory mentioned inside the post.
      In case if you have downloaded the file on your android device then you will be able to locate it in downloads folder inside your sdcard.

  2. Love the post but I followed it step by and and when I open kodi local cast doesn’t open it just continues to play on my phone what do I do?

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for commenting. The problem you are having is wierd. Just make sure that you paste the file in the exact folder and the filename is right.
      Also make sure that localcast is running in the background. Sometimes it might be unable to launch if it is not in RAM.

  3. Steve, thanks for your help and I now have kodi and exodus and chromecast. Yes. However when I cast the programme doesntvfind my tv chromecast “living room” it connects to XBMC foundation kodi . . . .

    Please help. Thanks, Michael

    • Hi Michael, How you doing?
      Can you please make sure that localcast is able to cast local media files to your chromecast tv? Also please try chromecast torrents using android and see if that works.
      Actually there are chromecast users complaining that their chromecast is acting weird because of updates. Just make sure that is not the case for you.

  4. I had it working for a bit and then I get a message from Local Cast saying can’t play video because of codecs?? I had it running for good 8 hours and then Local Cast decided to not operate…. How do I fix this?? please help lol

  5. I installed the long version above which works great and I can note stream to chrome cast. My question is, note I can’t seem to watch anything on my phone when I’m not at home. It’s forcing me to send it to chrome cast. How can I fix that?

  6. This worked great but it seems my quality of video that pops up on tv isn’t as good as my phone that and it always has to buffer every few seconds. Any thoughts? Is there a way to let it buffer before playing?

  7. I can play everything on Kodi except live sport streams. It tells me source has been deleted or removed then it mentions handbrake.fr. But I can play the stream using Kodi on my firestick. What gives?

  8. Same issue as some others, I set it up via the long version which works great for casting but now I can’t play anything on my phone. Any help would be appreciated.

  9. When I run the Kodi with the chromecast the video sometimes breaks up and the audio sync is not always correct with the actors.
    Has anyone else had this issue and if so were they able to figure out a workaround to fix this problem?
    Very annoying when trying to watch a movie

  10. ive done this before and it worked perfect i just did it on my phone and localcast will not stream just keeps streaming from my phone every video

  11. Can anyone pls tell me how to add subtitles in kodi (not in localcast) and play movies. Also what s the best free vpn to use with kodi and Chromecast setup. Thanks

  12. I followed the instructions for watching on my phone rather than Chromecast and it works EXCEPT I have no sound. First thing I did was check my volume but it was on max. Suggestions?

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