Do you want to load Kodi on iPhone so that you can stream content and install addons from your iOS device? Install Kodi on your iPhone without jailbreak, Xcode, or a Mac in a few simple steps with our guide. This also works on all iOS devices like the iPad. Best of all, it doesn’t require you to jailbreak your device in order to work. We’ve updated our guide with all known methods for installing Kodi on Apple devices in 2020. If you have any questions on how to make this work, comment down below or get in touch with us on Twitter for help.
Kodi on iPhone Overview
You can’t install Kodi on an iOS device like you can on Android or Android TV. The reason is biggest Apple is stricter about what kinds of content they allow on the App Store. One big restriction is that an app can’t use third party repository sources on the internet to install extensions and addons. This means that installing third party addons would not be allowed if Kodi was in the App store. Because of these restrictions, Kodi users have to hunt for alternative ways to install the media center app on Apple devices.The Kodi IPA application file can be installed on iOS legally and for free. However, without an Apple developer account, the IPA application expires every 7 days. Most users don’t want to reinstall Kodi and all of the addons every 7 days. However if you are a developer with an Apple account, we’ll show you how to install the IPA file below too. You don’t need any other workarounds to install Kodi.
Old Ways to install Kodi on iPhone
There have been many ways to install Kodi that have come and gone over the past few years. One popular method was Tweakbox. Tweakbox worked by installing a developer certificate on your account, which let the service push the Kodi app to your device. Tweakbox was popular because it worked without a jailbreak too. New restrictions by Apple prevent companies from installing developer certificates for these reasons and Tweakbox does not work any more.
Cydia / Jailbreak
When jailbreaking iOS devices was popular, Kodi could be installed through the Cydia app store. Improved security has made it harder to jailbreak iPhones and iPads. As well, a lot of jailbreak features have been officially introduced into the operating system by Apple. This means that the incentive to install a jailbreak has been lost. Below are the only real and working ways to install Kodi on iPhone and iPad devices.
How to Install Kodi on iPhone With Cydia Impactor
- Download the Kodi 18.6 iOS APK for Kodi (IPA file) by clicking here.
- Download and install Cydia Impactor, which will be used to side load Kodi onto iOS.
- Create a free account or log into the Apple Developer Center. NOTE: If you only have a free account, your version of Kodi will only be valid for 7 days. If you have a paid account, Kodi on iPhone will stay forever.
- Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer. Exit iTunes. Let your computer Trust your phone when prompted.
- Launch Cydia Impactor (NOT as administrator on Windows) and drag the Kodi IPA file you downloaded above into the Impactor window. Input your Apple ID email address when prompted.
- After Kodi on iPhone is finished installing, you can unplug your device.
- On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Profiles and Device Management > Find your Apple ID > Trust
And that’s it! In 7 short steps, you’ve installed Kodi on your iOS device without jailbreak, a Mac, or Xcode. If you need to resign the app after 7 days, start from step 4 above and do not delete your app.
How to Install Kodi on iPhone With Xcode
Download Kodi, App Signer, and Xcode
Before following the instructions below, download the following three things:
- The official Kodi Debian file for iOS devices
- iOS App Signer
- Xcode from the Mac App Store
Installing Kodi with Xcode
With all three installed, you can follow these instructions to install Kodi via Xcode.
- Plug your iOS device into your Mac and open Xcode.
- Select Create a new Xcode Project.
- Make sure Application is highlighted in the iOS section on the left.
- Click on Single View Application and then hit Next.
- Enter Kodi as the Product Name.
- Enter in a dummy Organization Identifier (e.g. com.YourName) and then hit Next
- Choose a spot on your laptop to save your repository which Xcode created and then click Create.
- Xcode will now give you the error “No code signing identities found”. Click Fix Issue and then Add..
- Enter in your Apple ID and sign in.
- Back on the main screen, you’ll see the message “To fix this issue, select a Development Team to use for provisioning”. Select the only team in the dropdown and then click on Choose.
- Open App Signer which you downloaded above.
- Under Input File, choose the Kodi deb file you downloaded earlier.
- The Signing Certificate should already be filled in with your Apple ID. For Provisioning Profile, select the same name as you did in step 10. Make the App Display Name “Kodi”. Then, click Start.
- Save the file somewhere you’ll remember and App Signer will work its magic and tell you when its done.
- Go back into Xcode and select Window > Devices
- Click on your iOS device on the left side.
- On the bottom right hand side (you may have to scroll down), click the small plus sign.
- Select the .IPA file that App Signer generated in step 14.
- Unplug your iPhone from your computer!
- On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Profiles and Device Management > Find your Apple ID > Trust and trust your account.
You’ll now be able to run Kodi on your iPhone for free!