Although tablets running Android and Microsoft Windows abound on the market, the iPad is the undisputed king. Unfortunately, trying to install Kodi on iPads is not quite the leisurely experience that one might expect. Instead, if you want to install Kodi on your iPad, you need to follow a few extra steps that are far from intuitive. If you’re dedicating to making it happen, however, our guide should help you get there.
The three methods we’ve listed below will require that you have the following:
- A jailbroken iPad running iOs 5.1.1 or higher
- A Mac computer with Xcode 7 or higher installed
- A computer with Windows 7 or higher
We’ve provided a very detailed walkthrough below, with more details for each of these methods. By far the easiest method we’ve discovered involves using a jailbroken iPad. While we do not provide a guide for how to jailbreak your iPad here, you can find a good jailbreaking guide from Pangu, which also provides an application that allows you to easily jailbreak your device. After the Kodi on Ipads installation guides, we provide some information on what it means to have a jailbroken device and why jailbroken you can even install Kodi on iPads that are jailbroken. Among these is the fact that jailbreaking your iPad will void the warranty. If this is not to your liking, we suggest you stick to the other methods we’ve written below.
- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 How to Install Kodi on iPads: Jailbroken iDevices
- 3 How to Install Kodi on iPads: Install Kodi on iPad Without Jailbreaking
- 4 Why Can’t I Find Kodi on the Official App Store?
- 5 Is Jailbreaking my iPad Legal
- 6 Will Official Apps Still Work on a Jailbroken iPad?
Before we Proceed
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How to Install Kodi on iPads: Jailbroken iDevices
Click here to find a detailed guide on how to jailbreak your iPad. (iOS 9.0.2 or below).
Click here to find a detailed guide on how to jailbreak iPad running iOS 10 or higher.
To maximize the potential for your jailbroken iPad, you’ll want to download and install Cydia. Consider Cydia the jailbroken app store. It allows you to search for and install all sorts of apps that are unavailable on the normal App Store, and may even include some apps that were once on the App Store but taken down for various reasons.
Once you’ve jailbroken your iPad, follow the steps below. Make sure you complete each of these steps from your iPad, not your computer.
- Open Cydia on your jailbroken iPad
- Tap Manage
- Tap on Sources
- On the top left, tap on Edit
- On the top right, tap on Add
- Type in the following repository address:
- Tap on Add Source
- In the Sources menu, you should now see team Kodi
- Tap on team Kodi
- Tap on Kodi-iOS
- On the top right, tap on Install and then Confirm
Another method to install the Kodi on a jailbroken iPad is downloading the file directly and installing it through iFile. You will need to install iFile through Cydia first.
To download iFile in Cydia, do the following:
- Open Cydia
- Search iFile. Install the cracked version
- Restart your iPad
To install Kodi on iPads using iFile, do the following:
- While in Mobile Safari, click here to download Kodi version 16.1 Jarvis for iOS
- After the download is complete, select Open in…
- Tap on iFile among available apps
- iFile will open an action menu. When this pops up, select Install. Tap Done when this complete
- You no longer need the .deb file, so you can swipe to delete it from iFile
How to Install Kodi on iPads: Install Kodi on iPad Without Jailbreaking
This process will allow you to sideload Kodi onto your iOS device. Sideloading is the process you use to install a file onto your device through a connection such as USB, Bluetooth or Wifi. There are several methods, which we will detail out below.
Special Note: This process requires you to have an Apple Developer ID. This ID is free to acquire. However, if you have a free ID, you will need to re-install Kodi every 7 days.
In order to follow this method, you will need the following:
- iOS App Signer, a Mac OS application that lets you bundle and resign apps into iOS installation packages.
- A Mac computer or laptop running Mac OS X 10.9 or higher
- Xcode 7, a Mac program that allows anyone to create applications for free. You will need an Apple ID in order to sign in to the website and download the file.
- A stable build of Kodi for iOS (.deb file).
- A Windows 7 or higher computer
- Cydia Impactor (download the zip file, but do not extract it yet)
- A stable build of Kodi for iOS (.deb file)
- An updated version of iTunes
- 7-Zip file converter
Method 1: Sideloading with Xcode and iOS App Signer
To use Xcode and iOS App Signer, do the following:
- Plug your iPad into your Mac computer
- Start a new iOS project in Xcode
- Type in Kodi as the project name and create a unique identifier
- Xcode may give a warning about not having a provisioning file. If this occurs, click Fix Issue
- You may need to sign into or create a free developer account
- After signing in, select your development team
- Open iOS App Signer. Pick a Signing Certificate and a Provisioning Profile. Click Start, and then select an Output Location. Make sure to also select your download Kodi .deb as your Input File.
- Return to Xcode. In Xcode, select the Window menu and then click on Devices
- Find your connected devices, and then select your iPad. Select the plus button at the bottom and then select the file you just generated to install it on your iPad
Method 2: Sideloading using Cydia Impactor on Windows
- Right click on your Kodi iOS .deb file
- Click on 7-Zip
- Click on Extract files
- Click on OK in the next window
- This will create a new folder. In that folder, you will find a data.tar file
- Right-click the data.tar file, select 7-Zip, and select Extract files
- You will now see a data folder and the data.tar file in the extracted folder
- Inside the data folder select Applications
- In Applications, find the folder Kodi.app
- Create a new folder in Applications. Name it Payload, with a capital “P”
- Drag the Kodi.app folder into the Payload folder. This creates a copy of it into the Payload folder
- Right-click the Payload folder and select 7-Zip. Then, click on Add to archive
- You will now see a new window. Check to make sure the Archive format is set to “zip”. Name the archive Kodi.ipa. Click OK. This will create your required installation file.
- Connect your iPad to your computer. Close iTunes if it opens automatically
- Extract the downloaded Cydia Impactor zip file and then open Impactor.exe. Do not open the Impactor as Administrator
- Your iOS device should be detected by Cydia Impactor.
- Drag and drop the Kodi.ipa file you created into Cydia Impactor
- Cydia Impactor will ask for a valid Apple ID. Enter your ID here
- Check your iPad to ensure the Kodi icon appears. Next, in your iPad, go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device. From there, select Trust the Apple ID for the file you just installed
Why Can’t I Find Kodi on the Official App Store?
If you’re feeling shunned by the difficult process above, don’t worry. You’re not alone. While Android and Windows users enjoy an easy installation process on their tablets, iPad owners have no such process with Kodi. There are very specific reasons for this, which come down to a combination of Kodi’s open license, and Apple’s rather strict and limiting app submission requirements.
This issue has been well explained in a 2014 forum on Kodi.tv, where Kodi XBMC Chief and Kodi Project Manager, Nate Thomas, explained: “There’s also the secondary issue that many of our devs believe that submission to the Apple App Store is a violation of the GPL, so not only do we violate their rules, they also violate ours. This is an important enough issue to enough of the team that even if we threw out our nerfing principles, we STILL wouldn’t submit.”
In short, Kodi operates using a GPL or General Public License. This means that Kodi is, in effect, an open-source program that openly publishes its source code. Anyone can access that source code and use it under that license, so long as it’s attributed back to the XBMC foundation. However, under Apple’s submission requirements for their App Store, no programs can be submitted that are “copied” — in effect, cutting off the service to almost any app that’s published under a GPL license.
All told, unless Apple changes its wording for its app store, you’re not likely to find Kodi on the official App Store anytime soon. As we stated above, meaning you’re going to have to stick with either jailbreaking to install Kodi on iPads, or the more troublesome methods that may require you to re-install the application once a week.
Is Jailbreaking my iPad Legal
Absolutely! You are perfectly free to jailbreak your iPad, which is why you’ll find so many methods listed online for how to do this, and many applications available for jailbroken phones. The real problem is that many people may confuse “jailbreaking” and “unlocking”. Here’s the difference.
“Jailbreaking” your device is what you do to alter the operating system such that you can install unofficial applications onto the device. In truth, jailbreaking the iPad was actually illegal for a few years thanks to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. However, the U.S. federal government reviews this Act every three years, revising it to help match modern needs. In 2012, that meant giving exemptions for those who wanted to jailbreak their devices, but this only included mobile phones, like the iPhone. In 2015, the government finally relented and granted tablets that same exemption, meaning jailbreaking your iPad finally became legal.
Meanwhile, “unlocking” your device is what you do to allow your device to work with a different mobile carrier. This is typically reserved for mobile phones, although some tablets can be utilized by mobile carriers. It has been illegal to unlock mobile devices since 2013, although you can still ask a mobile carrier to unlock the device to do this for you. Although the update to the DMCA banned third-party unlocking for mobile devices, it also required mobile carriers to handle this process by request, not that they make it very easy to accomplish.
Will Official Apps Still Work on a Jailbroken iPad?
If you’re going to jailbreak your iPad to install Kodi, you might be concerned that this prevents you from installing official apps. Don’t worry. You can still install official applications from the App Store even with a jailbroken iPad. As stated, jailbreaking your device will void your warranty, which means that Apple will no longer service your device.
The only real problem you may run into is that Over-the-Air updates will no longer work. Once Apple rolls out a new update for the iPad’s iOS, you’ll have to update your device manually. This can actually be done through iTunes. However, do note that once you perform any iOS updates, your jailbreak will be completely undone. This also means that you may lose the ability to run any unofficial apps on your device as well. Jailbreaking gets more complicated with each new iOS update, so if you do choose to update the iOS version for your iPad, not that you will have to wait until someone’s figured out an effective jailbreaking method first, then re-jailbreak your iPad and then install Kodi all over again.