For those who have heard of or used Kodi, there’s great news. You can install the latest Kodi version 17.1 (Krypton) on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 10 without having to jailbreak the device. But first…
What is Kodi?
Kodi is a piece of open-source, free software that allows users to play streaming media such as videos, music, podcasts and so on. Purpose-built for use with televisions, it sports a user interface called the 10-foot user interface, or 10-foot UI, so named because it accommodates a viewing distance of about 10 feet, the typical tv-watching distance.
Kodi is a controversial piece of software, to say the least. It does not condone pirated content from being streamed, but third-party add-ons are often sold for that purpose.
Kodi 17.0 was released on February 5, 2017, and the current version is 17.1.
How to Sideload Kodi 17.1 on iPhones and iPads running iOS 10
Kodi 17.1 comes with a lot of bug fixes that were causing problems for users. You can sideload the software on your iOS 10 device without the need to jailbreak it. However, there are certain preparatory steps you need to go through before you can do that.
First, you’ll need to download a copy of the Kodi 17.1 IPA file, which you can store on your PC until you need it. You can download it here.
Next, you will need the Cydia Impactor, so download the right version for your system. You can view the download options here.
Finally, you will need the latest version of iTunes, and you can get iTunes v12.6 here from Apple.
Now that the basic preparation is done, you can start the sideloading process.
Sideload Kodi 17.1 on iOS 10 devices with no jailbreak required
Before you start, remember to do the following steps one at a time. Don’t rush, and if there are any issues, DO NOT PROCEED. It’s your device and your decision to sideload this software, so please keep that in mind. If there’s any doubt at all, don’t do it.
The first thing to do is connect your iOS 10 device to your computer using a USB cable.
Second, find the Cydia Impactor file that you downloaded earlier and run it.
Third, after connecting your device and running Cydia Impactor, look for a dropdown menu that contains the name of your device. Select it.
Fourth, remember that IPA file for Kodi 17.1? Drag that and drop it into the Cydia Impactor interface.
The Fifth one is an important step. You will need an Apple ID to proceed. At this point you have two choices. The free ID can be obtained from id.apple.com, where you need to look for an App-Specific Password. If you already have a paid ID you can use that to avoid resigning the app’s certificate every seven days.
Sixth, after you enter the paid or free ID, Cydia will start sideloading Kodi 17.1 to your iOS 10 iPhone or iPad. Leave it for a few minutes, until the process is complete.
Seventh, DO NOT LAUNCH Kodi from the Home Screen even though you’ll see it there. Instead, go to Settings –> General –> Profiles. and look for the Kodi profile.
Eighth, tap on the profile and then Trust the Certificate.
Ninth, enjoy the Kodi experience whenever you want it. Have fun playing around with it and see what you can do.
Make sure you DO NOT install any third-party addons until you get comfortable with using Kodi. For addon choices, you can review this article here.
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