If you want to turn your iPhone or iPad into an ultimate entertainment hub, the answer is yes – you can absolutely install Kodi on iOS devices!
Kodi brings an incredible world of media to your fingertips including thousands of free movies, TV shows, live sports, and more.
I‘ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish to get Kodi working on your iPhone or iPad. No computer or jailbreaking required!
What is Kodi and How Can It Benefit You?
For those new to Kodi, here‘s a quick overview before we dive into the installation process:
Kodi is a free and open source home theater software. It allows you to easily access, organize and stream your personal media library.
But what makes Kodi so popular is the vast range of third party add-ons that provide free access to limitless movies, shows, sports and other content from the web.
Here are some of the great benefits of running Kodi on your iPhone or iPad:
Access to thousands of free streaming add-ons for endless entertainment options.
Ability to play media files like videos, music and photos stored locally on your device.
Fully customizable interface using different skins and layouts tailored for touchscreen devices.
Sync your Kodi setup including library, watch history and add-ons across all platforms.
Completely legal if using only free streaming add-ons from public sources.
100% free open source software with a giant community behind it.
Over 45 million users worldwide have embraced Kodi to cut the cord from expensive cable TV subscriptions and enjoy ultimate control over their home entertainment experience.
Now, thanks to third party installer apps, even iOS users can join the party!
Insights Into Kodi‘s Massive Popularity
Let‘s look at some statistics that demonstrate Kodi‘s meteoric rise in popularity across platforms:
Kodi started in 2002 as the Xbox Media Center (XBMC) software for modded Xbox consoles. It was later renamed to Kodi in 2014.
By 2016, over 30 million users had installed Kodi on various devices according to Google Play download figures.
A study published in 2019 estimated the number of households using Kodi for streaming pirated content to be around 13.5 million in the United States and Canada alone.
Daily search volume for "Kodi" exceeds 201,000 indicating massive interest according to Google Keyword Planner.
The official Kodi website at kodi.tv draws over 3.3 million visits monthly.
Over 450 developers have contributed code to the Kodi project on Github.
The official Kodi subreddit has over 200,000 subscribers discussing all things Kodi.
There are hundreds of YouTube channels like TROYPOINT with millions of views dedicated to Kodi tutorials.
The numbers speak for themselves – Kodi has a huge fan following across the globe. iOS users have been a bit left out from the action though since it‘s not possible to install Kodi from the App Store.
But with the method outlined in this guide, iPhone and iPad owners can finally unlock the full power of Kodi directly on their devices.
Now let‘s look at how to get Kodi running on iOS.
Requirements for Installing Kodi on iPhone or iPad
Before we get started, you‘ll need the following:
An iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 or higher
- Older 32-bit devices are not supported. It must be a 64-bit model.
An active internet connection
- Required for downloading and installing Kodi plus add-ons.
Apple ID account
- Needed to access the third party app store we‘ll use to download Kodi.
Enough storage space on your device
- Kodi itself is quite small but addons and media can take up storage.
No need to jailbreak your iPhone or iPad! This method works on standard non-jailbroken devices.
Okay, with the requirements checked off, let‘s move on to installing Kodi.
Step 1: Install Third Party App Store on Your Device
Since Kodi is not officially available on the iOS App Store, we need to use a third party app store to download and install it.
There are a few good options like TweakBox, AppValley, and iNoCydia but I recommend TweakBox for the following key reasons:
- Simple to use interface and installation process
- Regularly updated with latest versions of apps
- Huge catalog of hacked games, emulators, and ++Apps
- Reliable uptime and active development
Downloading and Installing TweakBox on iPhone/iPad
Here are the steps to get TweakBox installed:
On your iPhone or iPad, open your web browser and go to www.tweakboxapp.com.
Tap on the Install Now button.
When prompted, tap Allow to enable the TweakBox download.
You‘ll get a message that the Profile Downloaded. Tap Close.
Open Settings > General > Profile Downloaded and tap Install in the upper right corner.
Enter your device passcode if prompted to continue.
Tap Install again and tap Done when the installation is finished.
That‘s it! TweakBox should now appear as an icon on your home screen ready to use.
Now we can install Kodi using TweakBox.
Step 2: Download and Install Kodi from TweakBox
Here are the simple steps to install Kodi using TweakBox on your iPhone or iPad:
Open the TweakBox app from your home screen.
Tap on Apps at the bottom of the screen.
Under Categories, tap on TweakBox Apps.
Search for "Kodi" and tap on the Kodi app icon when it shows up in results.
On the Kodi page, tap Install to begin the download.
Once downloaded, tap Install again to confirm.
After installation completes, Kodi will be ready to launch on your device!
But first we need to trust the developer profile before it can run…
Step 3: Trust Developer Profile for Kodi
Since Kodi comes from a third party source, iOS throws up a security restriction that needs to be bypassed:
Open Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management on your iPhone or iPad.
Under Enterprise Apps, tap on the Kodi developer profile.
On the next screen, tap Trust and confirm again to verify.
Now you can open Kodi! Tap on the Kodi icon from your home screen to launch it.
Allow notifications when prompted on first launch.
Step 4: Configure Kodi on iPhone/iPad
When you first launch Kodi, it will open to the default menu screen. Here are some quick configuration steps I recommend:
Enable Unknown Sources in Settings > System > Addons to allow installing third party addons.
Switch to a touch-friendly skin like Estouchy in Interface settings.
Turn on Airplay support in Services to stream Kodi over Airplay.
Enable Remote control in Services to allow remote apps to control Kodi.
Turn on Password protection in Profiles to lock down Kodi.
Now Kodi is ready for addons!
Step 5: Install Add-ons to Access Free Movies, TV Shows, Sports & More!
The real power of Kodi comes from installing third party video addons that provide free streaming content from the web.
There are thousands of addons available, but here are some of the best:
The Crew – Movies, TV shows, live sports, and TV channels.
Seren – Streams movies and shows from premium cyberlockers and hosters.
Venom – Great collection of movies, shows, documentaries, and kids content.
The Oath – Updated frequently with the latest movies and shows.
Rising Tides – Live sports including NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, Boxing, MMA, and more.
Tempest – All-in-one addon for movies, shows, sports, music, and live TV.
I put together a list of the top Kodi addons currently working along with step-by-step setup guides here:
With the right addons, you can stream virtually any movie, show, or sporting event on your iPhone or iPad!
Transferring Personal Media to Your Device
Aside from addons, Kodi also lets you directly play media files like videos, music, and photos stored locally on your iPhone or iPad.
Here is how to transfer your media library from a computer:
Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer using the USB cable.
Open iTunes and select your device.
Under Library, click Movies, TV Shows, Music or Photos.
Click File > Add to Library and choose the media files to transfer.
Sync your device to begin the transfer.
Once synced, you‘ll be able to directly access your personal media collection from within Kodi on iOS.
You can also use cloud storage services like Dropbox or Plex to sync your library.
Expert Tips to Enhance Your Kodi Experience on iPhone/iPad
Here are some pro tips and recommendations to ensure the best Kodi performance on your iOS device:
Use a VPN like Surfshark or NordVPN to encrypt streaming activity and bypass ISP throttling when using Kodi.
Enable password protection and privacy modes to avoid accidental clicks and restrict content visibility.
Use remote control apps so you don‘t have to constantly touch the smaller screen and drain your battery.
Switch to a lightweight skin like Estuary MOD V2 to reduce resource usage and speed up the interface.
Set up library auto-update to periodically scan for new media files automatically.
Utilize cloud storage integration with services like Dropbox to expand limited local storage.
Add high-speed cached torrent sources in Seren, The Oath, and other addons for max streaming quality.
Use Autoslideshow under Pictures to create hands-free slideshows of your photo collection.
Do a Fresh Start periodically to wipe the database and clear out old thumbnails/textures.
Enable Auto Clean in Maintenance settings so Kodi automatically clears caches on exit.
Following these tips will take your iOS-based Kodi setup to the next level!
Frequently Asked Questions About Kodi for iPhone and iPad
Here are answers to some common questions about installing Kodi on iOS devices:
Is Kodi legal to use?
Kodi itself is 100% legal. The legality comes down to what third party addons you use for streaming content. As long as you stick to addons that only source free public content, it‘s legal.
Can I get Kodi on iPhone without a computer?
Yes, you can install Kodi directly on your iPhone or iPad without needing a computer using the TweakBox method outlined in this guide.
What options are there for installing Kodi on iPad?
On iPad, the best option is to use a third party installer app like TweakBox. This does not require a computer or jailbreaking your iPad.
Will I get banned for using Kodi on iOS?
There have been no reports of users getting banned from Apple for sideloading Kodi on an iPhone or iPad. It‘s generally safe to use.
What‘s the easiest way to install Kodi on Apple devices?
The easiest method is using a third party app store like TweakBox to install Kodi with just a few taps on your iPhone or iPad.
Can I get Kodi on my iPhone with the free developer account?
Unfortunately the free Apple developer account does not allow you to install Kodi. A third party app store like TweakBox is required.
As you can see, it is completely feasible to get Kodi installed and running smoothly on your iPhone or iPad.
The key is using a third party utility like TweakBox to bypass Apple‘s restrictions. Within minutes you can download Kodi without a computer or jailbreaking.
From there, you gain access to a world of entertainment addons along with the ability to directly play your personal media collection.
By following this guide and implementing the tips and recommendations, you‘ll be able to enjoy the full Kodi experience right on your iOS device. No more limits!
Now get out there and unleash the power of Kodi on your iPhone or iPad!