Contrary to widespread perception, you can use Kodi to play video on an iPad or iPhone – just not formally, because the software program is not accessible from the App Store. Instead, the most common method is to download the reseller of the Cydia software program, however, after all this technique, it only works on units that have been unlocked.
While it is easier to follow the jailbreak route, there is a way to install the Kodi app on the iOS system and not use a jailbreak – and here’s how to do it.
What is Kodi?
Kodi used to be known as XBMC, which may have caused the confusion. It is a flexible and widespread media participant software program and is commonly used to play video on the web (or media files downloaded in various codecs) on a large screen TV. The biggest attraction is the huge variety of accessible add-ons, which offer an intensive performance corresponding to the power of watching movies or watching a resident TV.
For more data, see our clarification: what is Kodi and why do you need to worry?
How to install Kodi on iPhone or iPad with Cydia Impactor
The easiest method of installing Kodi on your iPhone or iPad without jailbreak is to use Cydia Impactor, a popular app accessible for macOS and Windows that allows iOS customers to install non-App Store applications on their iOS units. You want to download Cydia Impactor and the latest Kodi .IPA file.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac. If iTunes opens mechanically whenever you sign in to the iOS system, close it before continuing.
- Open Cydia Impactor and drag the Kodi IPA file that you previously downloaded to the application.
- Make sure your iOS system has been chosen from the drop-down menu and click Start.
- Cydia Impactor will ask for a login with Apple ID. It is verified with Apple and is simply used to flag the IPA file; however, you can use another Apple ID if you need to privatize.
- After the app is installed, go to Settings> General> Profiles and Device Manager (this will probably only depend on your iOS model), find the profile along with your Apple ID and open it.
- Tap the Trust button to “believe” the new Kodi app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Open the app and enjoy the many benefits accessible to Kodi customers!
If, for some reason, you are unable to follow the instructions above, read on to find out how to install Kodi on your iPhone or iPad using Xcode, a free application accessible to macOS customers.
How to install Kodi on iPhone or iPad with Xcode
Before we start, you want to download three problems – all of them are free (although you thought about trying to make a donation to DanTheMan827 whenever you download the app subscriber), however, certainly one of them can take some time, so solve this first.
You want the Kodi deb file: download it here. We used model 15.2.1 in our explanation, however, model 18.2 is now accessible – luckily the strategy would not change with entirely different variations.
In addition, you want the iOS App Signer – click on “Download v1.12” and extract the file. (You can even see an ad below for an additional download; however, if you hover over the link, you’ll see that it’s just one more thing.)
Finally, you want to install Xcode on the Mac App Store, if you don’t already have it. (Xcode is free.)
After saving the primary on the desktop and placing the opposite on the Mac, we will begin.
1 Connect your iPad or iPhone to your Mac and open Xcode.
2) Select “Create a new Xcode mission”. Make sure that the App is highlighted in the iOS part on the left and click on Single View Software. Press Next.
3) In the dialog box below, you want to establish the application you may be creating. Enter the product name (we suggest Kodi) and the organization ID (which must be something different – I went with com.DavidPrice). The different fields should already be full and you can leave the options as they are. You can choose to make the application specific to the iPad or iPhone now, however, we will simply leave it as Universal. Press Next.
4) In the field below, select a location in your Git repository. We simply save it to the desktop. Click Create.
5) Do not activate Xcode to enter your contacts. Or do, if you need to. We declare that we do not, however, do not assume that this makes a distinction.
6 In the middle of the Xcode screen, you will notice an unnoticeable error message: “No code signature identifier found”. Click Troubleshoot below this message, then click Add … in the subsequent dialog. Enter your Apple ID and check in.
7) Go back to the main screen and you will see a message: “To resolve this issue, select a development team to use for provisioning”. There can only be one “Development Team” to select, so go ahead and click Choose. Xcode will say that it solves the problems and, after a brief wait, everything needs to be solved.
8) Open the App Signer – just double-click on the icon that you simply saved on the desktop whenever you extracted the download. Where’s Input file, you need the Kodi deb file that we downloaded earlier: click Browse, locate the file on your desktop (or anywhere else you saved it) and click Open.
The signing certificates must already be completed (must include your Apple ID); for the provisioning profile, choose the profile with the ID we set up in step 3. However, we added Kodi as the application’s program title (it’s what it looks like on your monitor at home). Click on Start.
9 Choose a file name for the Save As discipline – again, you can simply accept the suggestion, as long as you can remember it – and a location. Click Save. The App Signer will extract the files and save the file; it says Ready (at the back of the tab – you don’t get a separate message) when you’re done.
10) We are practically there. Go back to Xcode and choose Window> Devices. Click on your iOS system in the left panel. At the bottom of the docking panel, with the small print on your iPhone or iPad – you’ll need to scroll down to see it – there’s a small plus sign. Click here. (There may be a plus sign at the rear of the left panel, and this is easier to see. But you need accessory 1.)
Find and choose the .ipa file generated by the iOS App Signer in step 9 and click Open. After a brief pause when placing the app (maybe 10-15 seconds in our experiment), you will see the Kodi app listed under Installed apps.
11) Disconnect and unlock your iOS system. You will see the Kodi icon within the first accessible space on your system. Depending on the settings, the likelihood is that you will get an ‘Untrusted Developer’ error each time you first tap the icon, and you can just cancel the tap.
So, cancel the tap (or just try not to start the app simply) but, alternatively, go to Settings> General and scroll down to the Tap Device Manager (which is at the back of the registry). In DEVELOPER APP, tap the account that you simply used previously during which later tap Trust on the following screen “Then tap Trust once again.
12) It is! Return to the space view and tap the icon to run the application.