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For the last couple of years, Apple has been focussing a lot on its Apple TV services that now include Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade. The latter promotes Apple TV as capable gaming hardware while the former brings OTT content to the hardware. Just like most alternatives out there, Apple TV also comes with a tvOS App Store that allows you to extract the full potential of the hardware. It’s bizarre that the tvOS App Store still doesn’t offer Kodi in 2021. If you’ve been wondering how you can install Kodi on Apple TV, then you have come to the right place. After going through our guide, you’ll be able to use Kodi on Apple TV easily.
For those who’re unaware, Apple TV is nothing but a device that allows you to turn your regular TV into a smart one. Apple TV is a box that comes with a remote allowing you to watch movies and shows from hundreds of apps. The hardware comes with an App Store through which you can download streaming services apps such as Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, and more. Apple TV directly competes with the likes of Fire TV Stick, Chromecast, and Mi TV Box.
Kodi, on the other hand, is an entertainment hub that aims to bring all your digital media together. It’s a free and open-source project that runs on almost all devices and platforms. Through Kodi, you can play your music, movies, tv shows, photos, and whatnot. It also supports various add-ons that bring more functionality to the table. The add-ons allow you to install various services such as Crackle, IFTTT for automation, PS Vue, and more.
Both of them when combined can create an ecosystem capable of delivering a solid user experience. Well, that is why we decided to create this guide on how you can install Kodi on your Apple TV.
Since Kodi is not officially available on the tvOS App Store, you’ll have to do some tinkering manually to get it to work on your Apple TV. There are multiple ways to download Kodi on Apple TV and we’re going to look at each one of them. Of course, you can choose any single one of them that will serve the purpose.
Before you go ahead and follow the guide, there are a few prerequisites or requirements that you need to fulfill. You can find each one of them down below.
In this method, we’re going to use Cydia Impactor that works well with IPA files. Sadly, Kodi for tvOS only comes in the DEB file. This means we need to convert the DEB file to IPA to make it work with Cydia Impactor. Here’s the complete guide for this method down below.
We first need to convert the downloaded DEB file into IPA. Here’s how you can do it.
Since we now have an IPA file, we can use Cydia Impactor to install Kodi on Apple TV models.
Once the Kodi is installed on Apple TV, you can go ahead and disconnect your Apple TV and connect it back to your TV.
Alternatively, you can also use Xcode to install Kodi on your Apple TV device. It is worth noting that this piece of software is only available for macOS.
After a few minutes, you can go ahead and disconnect your Apple TV and connect it back to your television. You should now see Kodi installed on your Apple TV device.
The latest version of Apple TV i.e. Apple TV 4K also supports wireless connectivity and you can use it to install Kodi as well. Again, we will be using Xcode for it. For this one, you can follow steps 1-8 from the previous method.
Now, we will connect Apple TV wirelessly instead of a USB cable. You can find the steps for it down below.
Well, that’s it. The Kodi will now get transferred to your Apple TV device. All these three methods work very well on both Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K models. You can go with any one of them as per your preferences.
If you reside in a region where Apple TV+ is not available, then you are lacking behind the company’s exclusive content. Well, you can use a VPN service to access Apple TV+ in your country and as a result, consume the content.
For those who’re unaware, VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It’s a service that protects your internet connection and privacy by creating an encrypted tunnel. Thanks to this encrypted tunnel, VPN manages to hide your IP address allowing you to browse safely. If you are not using VPN, then we highly recommend starting doing it. With VPN, you can connect to public WiFi safely and can also access blocked content.
Alternatively, you can also use other popular streaming services through which you can watch free movies and shows on your Apple TV. Some of the popular such services are mentioned down below.
All of these services offer free content such as movies and shows that you can consume on your Apple TV+. You should be able to find the official app of these streaming services on the tvOS App Store. Of course, there are a bunch of other such services as well that you can find by simply doing a quick Google search.
While OTT services are gaining significant popularity, it’s hard not to ignore all the limitations that it poses. For instance, you can’t download the movies and shows to watch them offline on third-party media players. This becomes annoying especially if you have weak internet connectivity. While Apple TV+ allows you to download movies but they are DRM protected restricting users to play them on anything other than the official app itself.
Well, that’s where StreamFab Apple TV Plus Downloader comes into play. This piece of software allows you to download Apple TV shows on your computer. It also removes the DRM protection along the way allowing you to play it on any media player such as VLC. Furthermore, you can also share the content to other devices removing the device restriction as well. StreamFab Apple TV Plus Downloader is free software that is available on the Windows platform. To enjoy the complete set of features, you’ll have to purchase a premium version which will set you back $14.99.
Here are some quick key features of the StreamFab Apple TV Plus Downloader.
All of these combined make this Apple TV Plus Downloader a solid software to download movies and shows for offline viewing. Here’s how you can download Apple TV+ movies and shows using the software.
You can now play the downloaded MP4 file on any device and on any third-party media player.
With that out of the way as well, we will now be concluding our extensive guide on how to install Kodi on Apple TV models. In this guide, we have discussed three methods to install Kodi on Apple TV. You’re free to go ahead with any one of them according to your preference. The simplest method out of the three has to be the one involving Cydia Impactor. If that doesn’t work for you for some reason, you can go ahead with the one involving Xcode.
For those who are using Apple TV 4K, the third method involving wireless connectivity can also work perfectly fine. Following any of the three methods, you’ll be able to enjoy Kodi on Apple TV HD or Kodi on Apple TV 4K. Considering the popularity of Kodi, we also hope that Apple will soon bring it to its tvOS App Store. Apart from talking about this, we have also discussed how you can watch Apple TV+ content offline without worrying about internet connectivity.
We introduced an amazing tool called StreamFab Apple TV Plus Downloader that brings a plethora of features such as subtitle support, metadata info, high-quality resolution, and batch downloading. Lastly, if you haven’t been using Kodi for Apple TV, then you should go ahead and give it a try. Both the services work exceptionally well together and offer an immersive viewing experience.