At one point, the best way to jailbreak your Google Chromecast was to use the Terrarium TV app. Terrarium TV was arguably the number one free video streaming app that was available for use at the time. Sadly, this is no longer the case as Terrarium TV was recently shut down due to legal reasons. However, there’s no need to worry too much as there are other viable alternatives for VOD streaming. The ones I’ll be talking about in this article are considered two of the better ones – Kodi and CRowns Lite (or CRowns VOD Pro). In this article, we will tell you how to Jailbreak Chromecast.
What is meant by Jailbreak Chromecast, is actually just using the device (app) to watch pirated content. It’s not necessarily the same as jailbreaking an iPhone to be able to run any software you wish. Technically jailbreaking in both situations is considered perfectly legal so you need not worry regardless.
Google Chromecast is an easy-to-use streaming device that connects to the HDMI port of your TV. It allows you to watch all of your favorite shows and movies from services such as Hulu, Netflix, and Crackle. The Chromecast comes in two variants – the basic version and the Ultra, the latter of which supports 4K and comes with a built-in ethernet adapter.
Unlike other streaming devices, Chromecast does not have its own on-screen interface and instead relies on the use of your mobile device or Google Chrome browser to “cast” content. The content you cast also comes with the stipulation of having an account, paid or otherwise, in order to watch the programming offered. Chromecast doesn’t provide the content for you.
For those who would rather circumvent the payment part, that is where the jailbreaking comes into play.
Kodi And CRowns Lite
Since the fall of Terrarium TV, most Chromecast users have chosen to Jailbreak Chromecast their device using the Kodi media player application. Kodi is a free, entertainment hub that brings together your entire digital media collection into one easy-to-use application. It provides access to additional video content through compatible third-party add-ons like Kodi TV.
Unfortunately, Kodi cannot be installed directly to your Jailbreak Chromecast. The best you’ll be able to do is cast the content from your computer, smartphone, or tablet to your TV. This shouldn’t be an issue but it’s good to get the information out ahead of time.
CRowns Lite, also known as CRowns VOD Pro, is a similar application to Kodi. It too houses your digital media collection and allows you to play them on multiple devices. The one major difference between them is that CRowns Lite tends to have a larger selection of higher quality videos in comparison to Kodi. It weeds through the bulk of the videos out there and consolidates only the versions of them that it considers the best for streaming.
Both applications are considered third-party applications and must be sideloaded onto your Android device. This means that you’ll need to switch on the Unknown Sources option.
To Jailbreak Chromecast this option:
- Open the Settings app on your Android device.
- Locate your security option. This could be something like “Security” or “Lock & Security”.
- Toggle the switch on (or tap on the empty box) located next to “Unknown Sources”.
- From the prompt, tap Yes (or Allow) to confirm your decision.
In order to begin the jailbreaking process, you’ll need to ensure that both your Chromecast and casting device is connected to the same WiFi. Download the corresponding to your chosen casting device’s operating system. It would be better if all of the Kodi add-ons you’d like to use with Chromecast have also been installed prior to the procedure.
By following the steps below you’ll be able to cast Kodi content from your computer’s web browser directly to your Chromecast-connected TV.