This tutorial is still a draft. If the pictures are too small, click on them and you’ll get a bigger picture. These are the steps to sharing your Windows folder to your Kodi device.
Create a User with Limited Privileges (Recommended, But Optional)
I’ve always been paranoid when it comes to security. Although Kodi protects your password, I’m erring more on the safer side. It only takes a few seconds to create a new user anyway.
What do you do if you want to skip this section? You will need to use your very own username and password when it’s time to connect Kodi to your PC.
First thing we need to do is to head over to Accounts by clicking on your Windows’s Start ⇒ Settings ⇒ Accounts. Then, Add Someone Else to This PC. Illustration below:
Windows will ask you to enter the email or number the new user is using for his microsoft account. If you want to keep it simple (like I do), just click on I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
Just like a good telemarketer, Microsoft will not take no for an answer – at least for the first time. So your Windows will ask you to create a Microsoft account. If you’d like to, start the registration process. But to keep this tutorial short, I’ve decided not to create an account. Click on Add a user without a Microsoft account.
Fill out the username, password, security questions (3 of them). And then, hit next.
After clicking Next, you’ll see your new username added to your PC. In this tutorial, I made the username movielover. By default, Windows will add this user as a Standard User who will not have the authority to do much anything except log in and stream the video you prepared.
Give Access to User
Next thing we need to do is right click and share the folder to your new user. In our case, movielover. You will be asked a second time if you want to share this folder. You just have to say Yes.
Now, movielover will have read-only access to this folder.
Some Things to Check to Make Sure You're Sharing
OK. The following should already be turned on by default. But, just to be sure, we’ll check them here anyway.
First, head over to Start ⇒Settings ⇒ Network & Internet ⇒ Sharing Options. Check if the Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing are … well … turned on.
Second, we’ll just need to see if our Windows Firewall (Defender) isn’t being a killjoy by blocking Windows’s file sharing module. If it is, we need to issue a backstage pass for file sharing.
Head back out to the Network & Internet section (Status) and click on Windows Firewall.
I want you to pay attention to one thing here before we head over to the next window. My active network profile is Private network. It means if I’m going to allow an app through the firewall, I have to do it under this profile. Please comment below if I didn’t explain this good enough.
Ok. Now let’s click on the Allow an app through the firewall.
Here we just need to look for File and Printer Sharing. And see if both the left checkbox and the checkbox under the active profile’s (Private) column are ticked.
Get Your PC's IP Address
Before we head over to our Kodi box, you need to remember your IP address.
Head out, again, to the Network & Internet section and click on View your network properties.
Since I’m using Wi-Fi to connect my Windows PC to my router, I have to look for the line where it says:
Then look for the field where it says:
IPv4 address: 192.168.x.x
Write down the 4 sets of numbers. You will need them for the next section.
Connect Your Kodi Box to Your Windows 10 PC
In your Kodi box, head over to Videos ⇒ Files ⇒ Add videos…
You’ll be asked to enter the exact address or browse for the location. Since I can’t remember what exactly to type in, let’s Browse for it.
Then scroll down to the bottom and click Add network location…
Enter the required fields to access the shared folder. Please note a few things.
- Protocol is always SMB/CIFS/SAMBA for Windows PC.
- For server name, you type in the IP address I asked you to remember a while ago.
- Username and password will always belong to the user who you shared the access to (more secure), or the owner of the folder (less secure).
When you’re done, click OK and you’ll see your server’s IP address added.
Click it and find the folder you shared. At this point, you won’t see any files or videos. You will only see the folders. In my example, I need to click on my IP address ⇒ Users ⇒ my username ⇒ Desktop ⇒ Share. Then I clicked OK.
You may have noticed that I didn’t go to the movielover folder. That’s because the file is kept in my username. The movielover folder is empty because I created it just now.
Below you will see that Kodi generated the exact URL for me. This URL:
can actually be used in the very first part of this section instead of browsing through and adding the location.
You’ll be asked for the media type inside this folder. To get into this will be too long to be included here. I’ve an out-of-date tutorial for this and I’ll update it soon.
For now you can just select None. You can always return to this section to identify the media type and build your media library.
Now you see Share added to the list under Videos ⇒ Files and you can access it just like any other local hard drive, except, with the reliability of a network.
Now the trailer I have inside the Share folder is visible when I open the folder.
So, to recap:
- Create a user (optional)
- Share the folder (then get the IP address)
- Add that URL to Kodi
Hope this tutorial has been useful. Bookmark and share it if you do find it useful. Thanks for reading!