Sick of watching Kodi on your smartphone or laptop?  If you go out and get a Roku, you can easily beam your Kodi streams to the biggest screen in your house– but only if you have an Android or Windows Phone compatible device.  If you use Kodi on desktop, laptop or on an iPhone hop over to this article to find out how to setup Kodi on Chromecast.  Otherwise, keep reading to find out how to setup Kodi on Roku.

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 How to setup Kodi on Roku

The key to using Kodi with Roku is screen mirroring.  Screen mirroring replicates exactly what you’re looking at on your Windows or Android device.

With screen mirroring on, any websites, notifications or phone calls that you view on your device will also be projected onto your TV screen.  And if you watch a movie or TV show on your Kodi app, you’ll see that appear on your HDTV as well.

Why “Play on Roku” mode doesn’t work with Kodi 

Play on Roku mode works with the Roku smartphone app.  It allows you to pick specific types of media to send to your TV.

You can use Play on Roku to set up picture slideshows and play music or videos that you’ve saved to your device.

Unfortunately, Kodi does not support Play on Roku.

Before you begin

  • Make sure that your Roku and your smart device are both connected to the same wireless network.
  • Make sure that you’re using an Android or Windows device.  Screen mirroring doesn’t work on iPhone iOS.

Enable Screen Mirroring on your Roku device

In order to enable screen mirroring, go to your Roku’s settings menu.  Then, select system.  Next, choose screen mirroring.  Finally, pick the enable screen mirroring menu option.

Here’s a step-by-step breakdown with a screenshot.

  • Press the home button on your Roku remote.
  • Select settings.
  • Select system.
  • Select screen mirroring.
  • Select enable screen mirroring.

Enable Screen Mirroring on your smartphone/tablet

Here’s how to enable Roku screen mirroring on Android and Windows dvices.

Android

Most modern Android devices support screen mirroring.  The problem is that every Android manufacturer has a different name for screen mirroring technology.

Here are some common terms used for Screen Mirroring:

  • Smart View
  • Quick Connect
  • SmartShare
  • AllShare Cast
  • Wireless display
  • Display mirroring
  • HTC Connect
  • Screen casting
  • Cast

Once you know the specific term that your Android device uses to refer to screen mirroring, activating it is pretty easy.  Usually, you can turn it on via the settings menu.  Common submenu labels that lead to a screen mirroring activation screen include:

  • Cast
  • Connection
  • Network
  • Display

Windows

The first thing you need to do to turn on screen mirroring in Windows is add a wireless display.  After you set that up, then you can project your screen.
  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select devices.
  2. Select project, and then tap or click add a wireless display.
  3. Choose the display connected to your Roku device, and then follow the instructions on the screen to finish adding your Roku display.
  4. Finally, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then select devices.  Then select Project, and select your Roku display.

The 3 Best 4K App for Kodi – Watch 4K Movies on Roku

If you’ve got a Roku Ultra or a Roku Premier and a TV that can handle 4k, you’ll be able to enjoy the 3rd party 4k streaming Kodi App listed below.

Movie4k.to

This 4k addon is based on the movie4k.to website.  It has been around for quite a while.  Most of the shows and movies you’ll find on it are American, but it also has a few international films and shows as well.

The movie4k.to addon’s interface is simple and easy-to-use.  Just use the search function to locate the movies and shows you want to watch.  Alternatively, you can use the menu system instead.  It also has a “random movie” mode that you can use if you have no idea what to watch.

Good

  • Lots of American movies
  • Dependable and up-to-date
  • Simple interface
  • Search functionality

Bad

  • Thin international movie selection
  • Other App provide more stream links

Phoenix

Phoenix is one of the most popular general purpose movie streaming App, but it’s also got quite a few HD and 4k movies.  The best thing about Phoenix is the fact that many contributors have created all kinds of content lists.  Some of the lists get very specific, so they are useful for exploring specific movie and TV genres.

The main downside of Phoenix is the fact that it’s pretty disorganized.  Often, the 4k streams aren’t labeled very well or are mixed in with other types of content.  Also, there are entire sections of Phoenix that don’t seem to work at all.

Good

  • Phoenix is a huge addon with lots of content
  • 4k links are available
  • Content lists help you find and explore movies and shows

Bad

  • Disorganized
  • Some sections of Phoenix don’t work or are totally out of date

Exodus

Exodus is one of the best all-around movie App for Kodi.  It’s nearly as big as Phoenix, but it’s a lot easier to use.  One convenient thing about Exodus is that it automatically connects you to the first working stream it finds after you click a movie or TV show.  If you want to look for 4k streams specifically, you will probably want to turn this option off.

Exodus has more movies compared to Phoenix and Movie4k.to, but it doesn’t have as many links to 4k streams.

Good

  • Very easy to use
  • Automatically plays the first working stream
  • Large selection of movies and TV shows
  • Very few dead links

Bad

  • Not as many 4k streams as Phoenix and Movie4k.to

For Beginners

What is Kodi, and what do I need to run it?

There are lots of media players out there, but none of them are quite like Kodi.  Kodi is a completely free, open source media center that can play just about any media file under the sun.

Kodi runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS, iOS (jailbroken devices only), Android, and even quite a few obscure hobby devices like Raspberry Pi.  But perhaps the best thing about Kodi is that any programmer can customize it, add to it or release new versions of it on the internet.

If you’re totally new to Kodi, you may want to check out our Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Kodi first before you continue.

What is Roku?

Roku is an American company based out of California that makes gadgets for streaming video from the web to your TV.  The company also makes a smart TV set called Roku TV.

The very first Roku came out back in 2008.  Since then, there have been 5 different generations of Roku products.

The latest generation of Roku includes Roku Premier, Roku Express, Roku Ultra and Roku Streaming Stick.

Is Roku better than Chromecast?

The answer depends on your needs and preferences, but generally Chromecast is the better deal for most Kodi users.  Chromecast is cheaper and more flexible compared to Roku.

If you’re primarily interested in beaming Kodi to your big screen from your Android device, Chromecast is the better choice.  But if you’ve got a Windows phone or if you intend to beam Kodi from a desktop/laptop computer, Chromecast and Roku are about the same.

The big Chromecast advantage for Android phone owners is that you can use the Kodi Chromecast workaround for Android to avoid having to cast your entire screen.  But if you decide to go with Roku, screen mirroring is your only option.

Screen mirroring works just fine, but it hogs up a lot of battery power, WiFi bandwidth and CPU resources.  Chromecast is more efficient because it allows you to cast Kodi and only Kodi to your TV.

There are so many different types of Roku.  Which one should I get for Kodi?

Roku 1, Roku Express and Roku Express+ are useless for Kodi fans because they do not support screen mirroring.

Here are the Roku devices that do support screen mirroring and can be used with Kodi:

  • Roku Streaming Stick
  • Roku 2
  • Roku 3
  • Roku 4
  • Roku Premier / Premier +
  • Roku Ultra
  • Roku TV
A screenshot of a Roku comparison table on the Roku website.
A screenshot of a Roku comparison table on the Roku website.

Roku Express / Express+

MSRP: $30 ($40 for Express+)

If you plan on using Roku to stream Kodi, don’t get Roku Express or Roku Express+.  Because Kodi doesn’t have native support for Roku, you have to use a Roku device that can send your entire screen to your TV.  Roku Express can’t do screen mirroring– so don’t get it if you intend to use Roku with Kodi.

Good

  • Cheapest Roku
  • Express+ comes with analog connectors

Bad

  • Can’t use it with Kodi
  • No screen mirroring at all

Roku Premier / Premier+

MSRP: $80 ($100 for Express+)

Roku Premier is compatible with the 4K video streams that you can find via popular movie and TV Kodi App like Exodus and Castaway.  If your TV can handle 4k, it’s worth it to pay a few extra bucks to get the Roku Premier.  But if your TV can’t do 4k, it’s a waste of money.

Good

  • Compatible with 4k Kodi streams

Bad

  • It’s more expensive than Chromecast
  • Screen mirroring doesn’t work with desktop/laptops

Roku Ultra

MSRP: $130

Both Roku Ultra and Roku Premier can handle 4K.  However, Roku Ultra is more expensive and has a few extra features.

Roku Ultra is one of the only Roku devices that supports private listening via the Roku app.  Private listening allows you to watch movies or listen to music from your mobile device instead of via your home stereo speakers.  It also has a “night listening” mode that automatically decreases the volume of loud noises when you watch shows and movies.

Good

  • Compatible with 4k Kodi streams
  • Extra features

Bad

  • It’s the most expensive Roku device
  • Screen mirroring doesn’t work with desktop/laptops

Roku Streaming Stick

MSRP: $50

Unlike Roku Ultra, Roku Express and Roku Premier, Roku Streaming Stick isn’t a box.  It’s just a “smart” USB stick (aka USB dongle).

If you don’t have much space for TV accessories and extra cords, the Roku Streaming Stick might be the Roku for you.  Installation is quick and easy.  All you have to do is plug the Roku Streaming Stick into your HDTV’s USB port.

Like Roku Ultra and Roku Premier, Roku Streaming Stick supports mirror mode– so you can use it to watch Kodi streams.  However, Roku Streaming Stick does not support 4k and HDR color enhancement.

If your TV doesn’t support 4K video (or if you simply don’t care about 4k and you’re happy with 1080p), you’ll probably be quite happy streaming Kodi via the Roku Streaming Stick.

Good

  • Small size
  • Quick installation

Bad

  • No support for 4k streams
  • Screen mirroring doesn’t work with desktop/laptops

F.A.Q

Can I use Roku to stream Kodi from an Android device or Windows Phone?

Yes.  If you’re using Windows or Android to run Kodi, you can use Roku to mirror your screen on your HDTV.

Can I use Roku to stream Kodi from Mac OS or iPhone?

No, you can’t.  Roku is not compatible with Apple software.

Is there a Roku addon for Kodi?

Unfortunately, there are no official or 3rd party addons for Kodi that allow you to quickly and easily beam Kodi to your TV via Roku.  The only way to use Kodi with Roku right now is to activate screen mirror mode.

Can You Jailbreak Roku?

Unfortunately, it’s very unlikely that anyone will ever jailbreak Roku.  The Roku operating system is written in C+, which is extremely hard to modify.  If Roku was a variant of Android, someone would have already found a way to remove its restrictions.