Developed by the XBMC Foundation, Kodi is an open source media center software that allows you import, organize and view media that’s either stored on your device or online. In order to use Kodi, you’ll need to install either its official add-ons or unofficial alternatives created by third-party developers.
If you’ve grown to rely on Kodi for all your entertainment needs, you’d be sorely disappointed when it starts to malfunction. Kodi users may experience glitches with the app for a variety of reasons and while it’s usually easy and straightforward to fix this sometimes, there are times when there’s nothing you can do. The following are the top five issues on why your Kodi may not be working and some quick solutions to resolve the problems.
Kodi Build suddenly stops working
Kodi builds typically contain a pre-configured Kodi system with all the skins, add-ons and customizations to get you started. They’re ideal for beginners who want to start using Kodi right away as it simplifies the process for them. However, since Kodi builds are created by third-party developers, you have to rely on these creators to update all the add-ons it contains and this is the biggest challenge with using builds.
When creators fail to update these builds, you’ll most likely experience glitches while using them or they may simply stop working without notice. Some of the most popular Kodi add-ons and builds are not left out of this problem.
In order to resolve this problem, you’ll need to remove the affected build and install the add-ons within them manually. You may need to perform a factory reset to completely remove a build and restart your Kodi setup from scratch. If some of the add-ons still refuse to work after manually installing them, they may either be temporarily offline or have become obsolete.
Incessant Kodi Crashes
It can be quite frustrating if your Kodi continues to crash repeatedly whenever you try to launch it or perform an action. The most likely cause of this problem is that you’re using an outdated version of Kodi. Your first line of action should be to check for the latest version on Kodi’s official website and then cross check with your current version. To check what version of Kodi you’re currently using, navigate to Settings, and then System info. You should see the version info at the bottom right.
If you’re not using the latest version, you’ll need to update your Kodi app. Also, if you’re unable to automatically update Kodi from within the app, you can manually download the latest version installer from their website.
Kodi using up too much storage space
If you’re running Kodi on hardware with limited storage, you may constantly notice you’re running out of space too quickly. Small Android devices and even the Amazon Fire Stick are usual culprits for this kind of problem due to their limited storage capacity. The quick fix for this issue is to clear your Kodi cache and thumbnails which can run into gigabytes in storage.
Kodi acting very slow
Occasionally, you may notice that Kodi has become too sluggish when operating. This leads to delayed response times for any action you’re trying to perform. Experiencing this is usually an indication that your memory is full or running out. Fortunately, this can be resolved by clearing your Kodi cache and deleting old add-ons and repositories that are no longer in use.
Unable to stream on Kodi
Kodi may be unable to stream for many reasons including poor internet connection. If you’re certain that your internet is usually very fast or decent you’ll need to check whether this problem affects just one channel or every single one. If it’s just a single channel, that add-on may have their servers where links are hosted currently offline. Where servers are offline, you’ll have to wait it out or install alternative add-ons that have the content you’re looking for.
You may also be unable to stream if any link you’re trying to access has been blocked by your ISP or they’re throttling your internet connection. The solution here would be to use a VPN to defeat throttling or bypass blocks from your ISP or any third party.
This covers some of the most common errors that can affect your Kodi experience. You should, however, note that if you’re not bothered about losing any existing configurations you may have, performing a factory reset on your Kodi will usually resolve any related challenges you may be experiencing.
In addition, it’s important to do regular maintenance on your Kodi app even before you start experiencing any issues. Things like cache clearing or deleting obsolete add-ons, builds or repositories will certainly help clear up much-needed space before it starts affecting your Kodi performance.