iPhone users usually get to enjoy the best apps around long before their Android-using counterparts. With Kodi, however, that’s simply not the case. Kodi has been available on Android for years now, but there is still not iPhone app available. However, you can install Kodi on iPhones if you use a few handy methods to do so.
In order to install Kodi on iPhones, you’re going to need a few things:
- A jailbroken iPhone running iOs 5.1.1 or higher
- A Mac computer with Xcode 7 or higher installed
- A computer with Windows 7 or higher
We’ll walk you through the process for how to install Kodi on your iPhone using multiple different methods. We will not cover how to jailbreak an iPhone here. However, below you will find a few links for how to jailbreak your iPhone. Keep in mind, however, that jailbreaking your iPhone will void its warranty, and disallow you to receive any free repairs or replacements from Apple should anything go wrong with your device. If you are uncomfortable with or unfamiliar with jailbreaking, we recommend utilizing the methods that do not require jailbreaking your phone.
- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 How to Install Kodi on iPhones: Jailbroken iDevices
- 3 How to Install Kodi on iPhones: Install Kodi on iPhone Without Jailbreaking
- 4 Why is There No Kodi App in the App Store?
- 5 Will There be a Kodi App for iPhones in the Future?
- 6 Is it Legal to Install Kodi on iPhones?
- 7 I’m New to Kodi. What Addons Should I Use?
Before we Proceed
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How to Install Kodi on iPhones: Jailbroken iDevices
Click here to find a detailed guide on how to jailbreak your iPhone. (iOS 9.2 or below).
Click here to find a detailed guide for how to jailbreak iPhone running iOS 10 or higher.
Once your iPhone is jailbroken, you will need to make sure you install Cydia, an app that allows you to locate and install jailbroken files onto your iPhone. Click here to install Cydia onto your device.
With your iPhone now jailbroken, follow the steps below. You should be completing each of these steps from your iPhone, and not from a computer.
- Open Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone
- 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: https://mirrors.kodi.tv/apt/ios/
- 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 iPhone 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 iPhone
To install Kodi on iPhones 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 iPhones: Install Kodi on iPhone 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 iPhone 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 iPhone. Select the plus button at the bottom and then select the file you just generated to install it on your iPhone
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
- Rightclick 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 iPhone 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 iPhone to ensure the Kodi icon appears. Next, in your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Profiles & Device. From there, select Trust the Apple ID for the file you just installed
Why is There No Kodi App in the App Store?
As some may note, the installation process for Kodi is far easier on almost every other device. Even Mac computers have an easy installation file. So why not iOS? Is the difficult installation process due to the Kodi development team’s disapproval of iOS and Apple mobile devices, or is the problem with Apple’s iOS?
As has been noted in several locations, including a 2014 forum on Kodi.tv, the real problem is a bit of two-way street. One side of the coin relates to Apple’s submission requirements for apps submitted to its Apps store. By design, many of Kodi’s features simply violate the long list of submission requirements for Apple’s App Store. To make it work, the XBMC development team would have to strip the app of a lot of the key features, rendering it mostly useless for its common purposes.
On the other side of the coin is the fact that XBMC is operated under a GPL or General Public License. This free software license is one that allows end users to use the code however they want, with some restrictions for commercial use. Different GPL licenses can stipulate that end users can use the code for commercial purposes, although Kodi’s GPL forbids this. GPL licenses generally also require that anyone using the source code also release the original source code with their own updated versions and forks.
According to XBMC Chief and Kodi Project Manager, Nate Thomas, “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.”
As it were, Apple’s App Store submission requirements prohibit app redistribution. In effect, this means that any applications operating under a GPL license are, more or less, redistributed apps, as the source code is shared among different applications. This has caused a problem for a large number of apps operating under a GPL license in the App Store, including the VLC app.
Will There be a Kodi App for iPhones in the Future?
Unless either Apple changes its submission requirements for iOS apps, or XBMC develops new source code from the ground up and obtains a commercial license for the program, don’t count on seeing an easily-installed Kodi app on the App Store anytime soon. Apple is altogether unfriendly to GPL licenses, as pointed out by the Free Software Foundation. This is an on-going issue that has not been resolved over the course of several modifications and updates to the GPL licenses. Simply put, Apple and GPL/GNU are at an impasse, with the two currently incompatible with each other on a legal basis.
Is it Legal to Install Kodi on iPhones?
Yes! Although Apple does not allow Kodi on the App Store, and Kodi’s GPL makes it incompatible with the App Store, sideloading Kodi onto your iPhone does not break any warranties. The only thing that you can do to void your warranty in this process would be to jailbreak your phone in order to install Kodi.
I’m New to Kodi. What Addons Should I Use?
If you’re new to Kodi, you may benefit from checking out our Beginner’s Guide to Kodi. This will help explain what Kodi is with a general background. It will provide some download instructions that are not relevant to you, however, unless you intend to install Kodi on either a Mac, Windows, Android or Linux machine.
What addons you should use fully depends on what kind of streaming you’re looking for.
If you’re into sports, Kodi offers a large variety of sports addons for a wide variety of different sports, or just covering all sports in General.
Popular sports addons include:
Live TV Addons
Kodi is a great place to catch live TV streams. There are a number of addons that give you access to IPTV. Some of the best include:
You can find more options in our Live TV guide.
On-Demand TV and Movies
Some of the best and most popular Kodi addons are the ones offering up on-demand tv and movies. Kodi has a good number of these, but the best ones you’ll find include:
Foreign TV and Film
If you speak multiple languages, Kodi is a great place to catch live TV and film or on-demand TV and film from various countries. We provide guides for how to watch a host of different languages in Kodi, including:
Bollywood (Hindi, Punjab, and Desi)