How to Install Kodi Add Ons

Kodi

XBMC Foundation developed a software application called Kodi, which is an open-source, free-to-use media player. This has been gaining massive popularity and giving competition to Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc. In our earlier blogs, we covered how to install Kodi on Windows 10 PC, Android smartphones & SmartTVs. Today, we will discuss how to install Kodi add ons for a more customized experience, and how to stream Kodi to Chromecast and stream Kodi to Roku. So, continue reading!

How to Install Kodi Add Ons

How to Install Kodi Add Ons

You can install and enjoy a broad scope of add-ons in Kodi on your Smart TV.

Note: Here, steps to install Kodi add ons are demonstrated on Windows 10 PC. If you use other Operating Systems like Android, iOS, or Linux, steps may vary.

1. Launch Kodi. Select Add-ons on the left panel of the Home Screen.

select add ons option in kodi app. How to Install Kodi Add Ons

2. Click on the Download option on the left panel, as shown.

select download option in kodi add ons menu

3. Here, choose the type of Add-on (e.g. Video add-ons).

click on video add ons in kodi app. How to Install Kodi Add Ons

4. Select an add-on e.g. 3sat Mediathek, as depicted below.

select an add on in kodi app

5. Click on Install from the bottom of the screen.

Note: Wait till the installation process gets completed. Once done, a small window stating Add-on installed will be displayed at the top-right corner of the screen.

click on Install in Kodi app add on. How to Install Kodi Add Ons

6. Now, go back to the Add-ons menu and select Video add-ons, shown highlighted.

select video add ons in kodi add ons menu

7. Now, choose the Add-on you just installed and enjoy streaming.

This is how to install Kodi Add ons on Windows PCs.

Also Read: How to Install Exodus Kodi (2021)

Alternatives to Stream Kodi on SmartTV

If you cannot install Kodi on your Smart TV due to incompatibility issues, you can use certain alternatives to stream Kodi on your Smart TV.

Method 1: Stream Kodi to Chromecast

You can stream online video content to your SmartTV while using a streaming application on your device. If you wish to stream media to your TV using your mobile phone, then Chromecast might be an apt choice. Follow the below-mentioned steps to stream Kodi to Chromecast on Smart TV:

Note 1: Ensure that your phone & TV are connected to the same wireless network.

Note 2: We have provided links & explained this method for Android smartphones.

1. Install Kodi, Chromecast, and Google Home App on you phone.

2. Connect your smartphone to your Smart TV using Chromecast.

Must Read: How to Install Kodi on Android phone & Windows PC

3. Navigate to Google Home app and tap Cast my screen option, as shown below.

Now, navigate to Google Home App and select the Cast my screen option to stream Kodi to Chromecast

4. Tap Cast screen to start the mirroring action.

click on the Cast screen option to start the mirroring action stream Kodi to Chromecast. How to Install Kodi Add Ons

5. Finally, open Kodi and play the desired media content.

The streaming will occur on both devices. Hence, you cannot take calls or turn off the device while streaming. If you do so, the connection will be lost.

Also Read: Fix Chromecast Source Not Supported Issue on Your Device

Method 2: Stream Kodi to Roku

Moreover, you can also stream Kodi to other devices like Roku. Roku is a hardware digital media platform offering access to streaming media content from various online sources. Hence, if you are unable to install Kodi on Smart TV, you can stream content using Roku, as follows:

Ensure you have installed Kodi on your Smartphone and connect your phone and Roku device under the same network.

Note: Connect your phone and Roku device with the same Wi-Fi network.

1. Install Kodi and Screen Mirroring for Roku on your smartphone.

2. Now, launch Roku on your TV and click on Settings, as shown.

Now, launch Roku on your TV and click on Settings. How to Install Kodi on Smart TV

3. Here, click on System followed by Screen Mirroring option.

Here, click on System followed by Screen Mirroring

4. Now, use Screen Mirroring for Roku to cast media from phone to Smart TV.

Also Read: Android TV vs Roku TV: Which is Better?

Pro Tip: Few Kodi Compatible Smart TV

Now, that you know how to install Kodi Add ons, here’s a list of Kodi compatible Smart TV brands compiled just for our beloved users:

  • LG Smart TVs – They use WebOS instead of Android OS. Thus, you will not find Play Store to download Kodi.
  • Samsung Smart TVs – If your Samsung Smart TV does not have Android OS, then you will have to rely upon Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku, and Android TV box to stream Kodi.
  • Panasonic Smart TVs – Panasonic Smart TVs are made of their own custom software. Hence, you cannot install Kodi directly.
  • Sharp Smart TVs – Few TVs like Sharp Aquos Smart TV support Kodi installation since they have inbuilt Android OS, while others do not. Some Sharp Smart TVs run on the third-party OS for which you have to use alternatives for enjoying Kodi.
  • Sony Smart TVs – Sony Smart TVs use multiple operating systems. Thus, you can directly install Kodi only in Sony XBR without any flaws.
  • Vizio Smart TVs – Most of the Vizio devices run on Android OS, just access Google Play Store & install Kodi.
  • Philips Smart TVs – Philips 6800 is a series of ultra-thin, 4K compatible TVs with inbuilt Android OS. If you can access Google Play Store in Philips Smart TVs, Philips will be your excellent choice for watching unlimited movies and TV shows using Kodi.

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We hope you learned how to install Kodi Add ons. If you are unable to download & install Kodi on SmartTV, stream Kodi to Chromecast or Roku instead. We hope Kodi Compatible Smart TV list helps you while buying a new one or installing Kodi on the existing one. If you have any queries/suggestions, then feel free to drop them in the comments section.

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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