The portable streaming device – Roku is getting famous these days. Jailbreak Roku 2019 is the famous topic among Roku users .
But the questions most of the Roku users have are;
Can we install third party apps like Kodi in Roku bos, TV, Stick?
How to jailbreak Roku?
Can we install Kodi on Roku?
Answers to these and many more questions are in the article.
Roku is a portable streaming device and it runs on its own operating system called Roku OS that isn’t compatible with standard Android or iOS jailbreaking methods.
So how can we Jailbreak Roku?
Answer is simple. You really do not need to initiate the exact jailbreak process for this. You can install Kodi on Roku in various ways.
By Roku jailbreak, users expect to install third party channels which do not directly offered through the Roku Channel Store. There is a way to install Kodi on a FireStick too. If you are interested in that area, you may click here. “How to install Kodi on FireStick”
So instead for a jailbreak for Roku there are several alternatives you can use.
- Screen Mirroring
- Screen Casting
- The Play On Roku feature via Roku Mobile App
- Play Content from a Local Network or USB via the Roku Media Player App
Let’s talk about one by one.
Before doing any methods of these the best way is to have a VPN. Even though Kodi is free and legal to use, three are some third party add-ons which are not aren’t quite safe to use. So this has caused companies and ISPs to take various measures such as blocking their connections automatically., tracking etc against Kodi users.
VPNs can easily keep you safe from these privacy threats. This is done by encrypting all of your traffic. So any means of hacking is kind of banned by these VPNs. So this simple act of having Kodi won’t be any issue to you. Let’s first have VPN.
How to install a VPN to have Kodi
IPVanish is one of the best VPNs we can have to a fast connection anywhere in the world. This has a huge network of over 1,000 servers in 60 different countries. So the speed of the connection is guaranteed.
Then IPVanish is fast enough to support HD and 4K streams and does not block P2P or torrent traffic, allowing you to access all of Kodi’s add-ons and content without any restrictions.
Visit upper link and install the VPN as guided.
Now let’s move to the interesting part.
Screen mirroring can be done to Roku boxes and streaming sticks. No network connection is required for this process. This method uses a secondary device (iDevice, Android Device, Windows, Mac ) and mirror Kodi straight to Roku.
But before all these make sure you have your VPN.
Before you can mirror, you’ll need to turn on screen mirroring. Follow below steps to turn on screen-mirroring.
This step is essential for all users.
1.Press the home button from your Roku to access the main menu.
2. Go to Settings –> System
3.Choose Screen Mirroring from the menu.
4.Next to Screen mirroring mode, select either Prompt or Always Allow.
5.That’s it! Return to your Roku home screen.
Below mentioned are the step guide for iOS users and Android users.
Step 2: Make sure your Roku and TV are turned on.
Step3: Now install Kodi from here.
Step 4: Download the official Roku app for iOS.
Step 5: Install the app on your iPhone or iPad and launch it.
Step 6: Scroll to the Play on Roku section of your Roku app.
Step 7: Now open Kodi and choose a movie to start streaming on your TV.
Step 2: Install Kodi from Google Play store.
Step 3: Now enable screen mirroring on your Android device.
On your Android device;
- Tap the menu button and look for the settings screen.
- Scroll down to Device, then choose Display.
- Search for the screen mirroring option in the screen.
- If you have your Roku correctly set up, you should see it on the screen mirroring screen.
- Tap your Roku device on the list, then casting will begin.
- Tip: Search mirroring options may appear as Smart View, SmartShare, AllShare Cast, Wireless Display, Display Mirroring, Screen Casting, or simply Cast in various devices.
Step 4: Now let’s have Kodi in Roku.
- Turn on your TV and make sure your Roku is plugged in and active.
- Open Kodi on your Android or other non-Roku device.
- Choose a movie or TV show to stream.
- Launch the player and start the video.
- Done. You will be seeing your video.
Tip: Both the device you’re casting from and the Roku need to be using the same wireless connection in order for screen mirroring to work.
Screen Casting is another way to break the restriction in Roku OS. Either iOs or Android devive can be used to this method. But the thing is, KODI, Mobdro, and many others are not Cast-compatible.
Apps compatible with casting such as Netflix and YouTube will display the Cast Logo near the top of your smartphone app screen.
Casted content is displayed without phone menu bars or status icons.
The advantageous thing in this method is, you can do anything else on your phone at the same time such as making a phone call, or searching etc. You can even turn your phone off and the casted content will still play until you select another app, channel, or setting on your Roku.
Play On Roku
This is another way of Roku Jailbreak 2019. This method is also for both iOS and Android and is available in the Roku Mobile App.
Similar to Screen Mirroring and Screen Casting, this feature allows you to display photos and video, and send music stored on your smartphone to a Roku streaming stick or box.
Again, as Casting, this can’t be used with apps such as Netflix, YouTube, or KODI.
Play On Roku is compatible with below file formats:
- Photos: JPG, PNG
- Video: MP4 (MPEG-4 Pt 14), MOV, M4V
- Music: MP3, M4A , DRM-protected music files, such as M4P, are not supported.
Let’s see how to use this Play On Roku method.
Step 1: Install Roku app on your mobile (iOS / Android)
Step 2: Open the app.
Step 3: Launch Play On Roku by tapping the Photos+ icon which is located on the navigation bar at the bottom of the Roku mobile app.
Step 4: Select Music, Photos, or Videos to choose what you want to share from your mobile device. When prompted, grant access to your media library.
Step 5: Select the photos, videos or music you want to share with your Roku device.
Play Content Stored on a PC, Media Servers, or USB
The 4th method of alternative Roku jailbreak 2019 is this.
You can use your smartphone along with Roku streaming sticks, boxes to play content stored on a PC or media server through your home network.
First, install Roku media player app on your Roku stick / box.
(This app allows you to play music, photos, and videos from PCs and media servers connected to the same home network. Compatible with PlayOn, Plex, Serviio, Tversity, Twonky, and Windows Media Player.)
After installing Roku media player, follow below steps.
Step 1: Open the Media Player App.
Step 2: Select audio, video, or still image categories from Media Type Selection Screen.
Step 3: Choose the device that has the content you wish to play.
Step 4: Find the content in a displayed folder you want to play.
Step 5: Press the OK or Play/Pause button on the Roku remote. You can use Play/Pause, Backward/Forward Scan — However, not all file types support fast forward and rewind.
Step 6: To stop playback from the Media Player App completely, press the back button on the Roku remote.
When a USB drive is detected, you may need to authorize to use it.
Note: Roku Streaming Sticks do not have a USB port for media playback.