How to install Kodi on Roku

Updated on: 20 February 2019
Updated on: 20 February 2019

Kodi is considered to be one of the worlds best content streaming services. So, it just makes sense that this article addresses how to pair a top media streaming service with a top streaming device, Roku. Roku is a highly versatile device that when paired up with a service such as Kodi, becomes an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.

In this post, we will outline exactly how to install Kodi on Roku with a Windows PC or Android device, covering off the main deployment options and helping you get two of the best streaming accessories working in harmony for your ultimate entertainment pleasure.

Before we get into the details, it is important to mention that while Kodi is considered to be a legal platform, installing third-party add-ons could be questionable, depending upon your location and individual rulings. For this reason, it is always advisable to consider using a VPN with Kodi so that nobody will be able to detect your actions online or view the sites and services that you are using when you connect to the internet.

1. Kodi Explained

Kodi is essentially a media center that is contained within a specialist piece of software digitally. It enables you to watch live IPTV, Movies, TV Shows, Sports Events, and more. You can also store various media files and play them on an on-demand basis. Kodi is open-source software which means that anybody can download it onto his or her Windows, iPhone, Mac, Android, and many other such devices!

In order for Kodi to work properly, it needs a specialist add-on in order to stream content via a device. There are a range of Kodi add-ons, which if you head over to the official repository of Kodi, you can see them for yourself. Lots of these add-ons are location-based add-ons and come with strict geo-restrictions in place in order to force you to buy a subscription for their media services. In order to bypass a geo-restriction, you need to get a VPN.

There is also a range of third-party add-ons where you can stream movies, TV, sporting events and more. These specific add-ons will go and fetch their streams from a range of free movie sites and torrents. When installed, it gives you the freedom to stream any content of your choosing.

2. ROKU Explained

In a similar way to how Apple TV works, Roku is a little box that streams a range of application such as Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, and more. It connects to the internet and if you want to cut out paying a contract all together for your TV services, ROKU is considered to be the best way to do this. However, if you want to watch content on ROKU, you will still need to subscribe to a streaming service.

Setting up ROKU is quick and easy. You simply need to plug the Roku device into your TV and connect it to the internet. Launch it from your TV, and voila, you are ready to go!

3. How to Install Kodi on Roku

While ROKU is considered to be highly versatile, it still does not support the direct installation of the Kodi app directly onto the device. Because Kodi’s third-party add-ons are not considered to be official, there was a question of legitimacy raised which led to a complete block of Kodi from the Roku device.

However, using the screen-mirroring method, it is possible to install Kodi on ROKU. With both Android and Windows, it is possible to mirror those screens on the ROKU device. When done this way, you can easily view the content.

4. How to Install Kodi on Roku with a Windows PC

This is by far the quickest and easiest way to install ROKU on Kodi. The entirety of the set-up process takes a mere matter of minutes to perform and is complete after just four very simple steps.

Open the system and select the ‘start menu.’

  • In the windows search bar, you now need to type ‘device settings.’
  • In order to add a new device, simply choose the ‘add device’ option.
  • The final step is to choose ‘ROKU 3’ as your streaming device of choice from the list that is provided.

You will now be presented will a purple colored screen that appears on your ROKU 3. This is confirmation that you have installed Kodi on ROKU successfully. You will now be able to mirror the content from your Kodi to your ROKU device.

5. How to Install Kodi on Roku with Android Smart TV

So, if you have an android smart TV, you can get Kodi on Roku quickly and easily by following the simple steps as detailed below.

  • Press the Home button on your ROKU device.
  • Navigate to the ‘settings’ option and choose the ‘select update’ option next. This will ensure that you have the most up to date version of the Roku Software running on your device.
  • Go to settings again, then select ‘screen mirroring’ > ‘enable screen mirroring’ > ‘ok.’

Once you have followed these steps, you are all set to put Kodi onto ROKU and have the freedom to stream all the media content you need.

6. How to Enable Screen Mirroring on your Android Device

This is another very easy method, and screen-mirroring is actually a lot easier than most people would think. Depending on the type of device you use, the screen mirroring technology can be termed a little differently. Open your device and go to the settings menu. Find any of the options listed below:

  • Connection
  • Casting/Cast
  • Network
  • Display

Once you have enabled the screen mirroring feature on your device, you will now be able to easily access any of your KODI content on ROKU. There is no need to install the KODI app for ROKU as you are going to simply use the screen mirroring approach instead.

As long as you have installed KODI onto your Android device, you have everything you need to stream content until your heart is content!

Written by: Alex Popa

Content writer and technology enthusiast. Alex discovered his love for writing not long ago, one that deepens with each written article. Tech subjects are right up his alley, and as he strives to perfect his craft, even more, his journey through the cyber-world leads to many interesting topics that he approaches with the skill and passion of an avid learner. He’s decided to put his ability to good use and share any digital novelties he comes across.

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