So you can stream your personal media
Although there is no officially supported Roku channel for Kodi, there are multiple ways users can gain access to the platform. As Kodi is open-source, it works on platforms from Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
If you want to stream your media from Kodi to Roku, there are several easy ways to do so. Remember that Kodi is a media server and organizational device, so you won’t find movies or videos on Kodi. You will need to provide your content.
How to Enable Screen Mirroring on Roku
The first thing you need to do is ensure Roku allows screen mirroring from other devices.
- Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
- Go to Settings > System.
- Go to Screen mirroring > Screen mirroring mode
- Choose Always allow.
This step is necessary to play Kodi on your Roku device regardless of the method that you use.
How to Get Kodi on Roku Through Screen Mirroring (Mac)
The easiest way to stream Kodi to your Roku is by mirroring the screen of your device. While this is possible with a jailbroken phone, the difficulty in jailbreaking a modern iPhone makes this option out of reach for many users. The next best option is to screen mirror a Mac.
Launch Kodi Content on Your Mac
This copies your screen to your TV, making it easy to blow images up to full size for a better picture. The first step is to launch Kodi content.
- Open Kodi on your Mac.
- Select Videos > Files.
- Select your video folder (in this example, it is titled Videos).
- Select the movie you want to play.
This starts the movie playing through Kodi. You can also repeat this process for music or photos. The only difference is the starting file folder.
Mirror Your Mac Screen to Roku
Once the video starts playing on Kodi, it’s time to mirror the screen from your Mac to your Roku.
- Select the Control Center in the top-right corner of your screen.
- Select Screen Mirroring.
- Select your Roku from the list.
The video will appear on your TV (or wherever the Roku is plugged in). You might need to enlarge the video to take up the entire screen, but you will be able to watch any content stored within Kodi on your Roku.
How to Get Kodi on Roku Through Windows 10 Project Features
If you are a Windows user, good news: You can still stream all of your content from Kodi to Roku through your Windows 10 PC. Windows’ built-in projection tools make it easier than using screen mirroring.
- Open Kodi on your PC.
- Select the Notifications button at the bottom-right corner of the taskbar.
- Select Project.
- From PC Screen Only, Duplicate, Extend, and Second Screen Only, choose Duplicate.
- Select Connect to a wireless display.
- Select your Roku from the list that appears.
If this is your first time connecting to your Roku, a prompt will appear on your television screen, and you will need to use your Roku remote to confirm permission. Afterward, your Kodi content will play.
This method acts by duplicating your screen. Make sure to set your Kodi player to full-screen mode to ensure it appears the same way on your television.
How to Get Kodi on Roku Through Windows 10 Connect Features
While you can use Windows’ built-in projection features to display content on your Roku, you can also do this through the Connect feature provided your machine is compatible with Miracast.
- Open Kodi on your PC.
- Select the Notifications icon at the bottom-right corner of the task bar.
- Select Connect.
- Select your Roku from the list of devices.
A message will appear at the top of your PC monitor telling you that you are connected to the Roku, and your content will appear on the television screen.
How to Get Kodi on Roku on Android
- Open the Settings menu on your Android device.
- Tap Smart View (sometimes called Cast, Screen Mirroring, or something similar.)
- Tap your Roku device in the list of devices that appears.
- Tap Start if prompted.
Bear in mind that due to the number of Android devices, the exact names for the processes involved might vary. However, the same process should work regardless of what Android device you have.
Note that a similar method is also reported to work if you have an Android Smart TV. Ensure Roku is built-in to the TV, and then enable Screen Mirroring from within the settings menu (see the first heading at the top of the article for instructions.)
Stream Your Content
Many people have a wealth of content stored on their computers and mobile devices beyond just films and TV shows. You likely have home movies, funny videos, and more just waiting to be played.
Don’t let the absence of an official Kodi app stop you. Use one of these four methods to stream your favorite content from Kodi to Roku and share those videos with your friends and family on the TV, not crowded around a computer monitor or phone screen.