How to Fix It When Kodi Stops Working

Tips to get Kodi up and running again

If you're like many cord-cutters, the open-source media program Kodi has become a necessary entertainment-viewing tool. But when Kodi keeps crashing or experiences technical glitches, it can be hard to know how to troubleshoot the problem. Here are some common Kodi issues and how to fix them.

If Kodi is installed on your device, try updating Kodi to the latest version before troubleshooting any issues.

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Causes of Kodi Not Working

There are several reasons why Kodi may not be working correctly or crashing repeatedly. The root cause might be a simple glitch that requires only a system update or a restart. Your home network or internet access might be spotty.

You may need to clear the cache to stop buffering issues, or you may need a VPN. There could be a problem with a Kodi add-on or an overall network glitch that's interfering with the program. Whatever the reason, there are a number of easy fixes to try that will soon have you back enjoying your entertainment.

How to Fix Kodi Crashing or Freezing

Follow these troubleshooting steps to restore Kodi to working order.

  1. Restart Kodi. If Kodi crashes, or is frozen and not responding, one of the easiest fixes to try is restarting the device. On most devices, select the Power button, then click Reboot. Or, try unplugging the device and then plugging it back in.

    For Fire Stick devices or Fire TVs, select Settings > Device > Restart.

  2. Update your Kodi software. Making sure you have the latest Kodi version means you have access to updates and add-ons meant to improve the program. Update your Kodi software and then see if this solves the problem of frequent crashes.

  3. Restore Kodi to default settings. This will clear up any adjustments or tweaks that you or an add-on may have performed. It also gives you a fresh start for possible performance issues. Using Ares Wizard is the easiest way to accomplish this.

  4. Reinstall Kodi. If nothing else works, and Kodi keeps crashing or freezing, try a complete reinstall. This process helps you start fresh, hopefully eliminating whatever was causing the issue.

How to Fix It When Kodi Video Keeps Buffering

It's frustrating when your video keeps buffering and pausing. Here's how to troubleshoot this problem.

  1. Check your internet speed. Bandwidth problems might be the cause of Kodi buffering issues. If you find you have speed issues, see if using a lower streaming quality solves the problem.

  2. Update your Kodi software. Just as it might help solve Kodi crashing issues, updating your Kodi software may solve your buffering problems.

  3. Use a VPN. Using a good VPN can stop internet throttling and help avoid buffering issues.

  4. Clear your cache. Add-on tools like Ares Wizard help you clear your cache while optimizing the cache size. Tending to your cache may help significantly with your buffering issues.

  5. Use the Supreme Builds Wizard maintenance tool. This is a popular maintenance tool that can help with buffering.

How to Fix It When You're Not Seeing a Video Stream

If you aren't able to see any video streams, a few things might be the culprit.

  1. Make sure your internet is working. If your internet is down, you won't see any video streams.

  2. Reboot your modem and router. The problem could be with your own home network, and a simple reboot of your modem and router might be enough to get Kodi up and running again.

  3. See if your ISP is blocking you. If your ISP is blocking any of your Kodi source websites, you'll notice an absence of streams and available links in Kodi add-ons. You may need to try a VPN if this is the case.

  4. Check for bad Kodi add-ons. Faulty add-ons can cause a host of problems, including messing with your video stream. Delete recently installed add-ons and see if this solves the problem.

  5. The add-on might be defunct. You may get a no stream message if the movie or TV program doesn't have an available stream. By installing additional add-ons, you can greatly increase your chances of finding the stream you want.

  6. See if the source address has moved or is incorrect. If you get the error message, "Kodi is unable to connect to a source," the site where your add-on came from might be down or no longer exist, or the server address could be incorrect. Verify the server URL to make sure there aren't any typos. If the address is correct, you may have to search online for another add-on repository, as the host site may no longer exist.

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