Kodi Not Working: Here’s the Fix (Guide 2020)

Kodi is an open-source, powerful, and free software that helps the users to organize the media library. It can turn a computer or smartphone to a digital streamer that give the users the ability to stream files from the internet. 

But nowadays, Kodi users often complain that Kodi is not working on their device. If you are pirating movies or watching TV shows illegally, then you might face this problem. 

Furthermore, if the add-ons that you are using are not working on your ‘Kodi box’, then it may trigger this issue. 

So, if you are also stuck with the same problem, then you can go through the section hereunder carefully to get rid of this problem. 

There are several problems that might arise within this program. Some of the common errors are given below: 

  • Add-ons not working. 
  • Check Kodi Log. 
  • Buffering Issues. 
  • No Stream Available. 
  • Video Stuttering. 
  • Kodi freezes during playback. 

Easy Hacks to Fix ‘Kodi not Working’ Issue

There are a lot of methods to solve this problem. Here, we are going to discuss some of them. Hence, you can perform the fixes that are stated below: 

Fix 1: Restart Kodi Device

If you are using a Fire TV stick or Fire TV to host Kodi then, the first solution that you can try is to restart the device. To do this, click on the Settings button from the main menu. Afterward, navigate to the ‘Device’ category and then tap on the Restart button.  

You can also do this by disconnecting the power cable from the backside of the device. Then, wait for a minimum of 15-25 seconds and plug it in back. 

After doing this, you can check if the issue is resolved. Else, you can move on to the further ways that are described below. 

Fix 2: Update Exodus

You also can solve this issue by updating the Exodus. To update Exodus, first, uninstall it and then install its latest version. 

How to Uninstall Exodus? 

  • First, launch Kodi and then tap on the ‘Add-ons’ button from the left pane of the screen. 
  • Afterward, tap on the package icon from the upper left corner of the screen. 
  • Next, tap on the ‘My add-ons’ option and tap on the ‘Video Add-ons’ option. 
  • Then, tap on the Exodus button. 
  • Go to the right pane of the screen and tap on the Uninstall button. Then, confirm it by clicking on the Yes button. 

Now, the Exodus is uninstalled. Once you complete the process, install the latest version. 

How to Install the Latest Version? 

Install the Exodus by following the steps mentioned below: 

Step 1: 

First, visit the official website of Kodi and search for the .zip file. Download it on the computer and then tap on the ‘responsible.kodibae-X.X.X.zip’ option. 

Afterward, launch Kodi and tap on the ‘Add-ons’ button. Next, go to the upper left pane of the screen and tap on the Package icon. 

Step 2: 

Next, choose the ‘Install from zip file’ option. Afterward, go to the location where you have saved the ‘.zip’ file. Now, you will see the ‘Kodi Bae Repository Add-on installed’ notification on the upper right pane of the screen. 

Step 3: 

After that, tap on the ‘Install from repository’ option and tap on the ‘Kodi Bae Repository’ option. Next, tap on the ‘Video-add-ons’ option from the next page and choose the ‘Exodus’ option. 

Now, tap on the Install button that is located at the bottom of the screen. Wait for a few seconds until the process is completed. Once the process is completed, you will see the ‘Exodus Add-on installed’ message on the upper right pane of the screen. 

After reinstalling Kodi, if you see that the ‘Kodi not working’ issue still unresolved, then you can perform the other hacks described below. 

Fix 3: Clear Add-on Cache

All the add-ons have their individual cache that stores temp files to work properly. So, it might happen that the data stored in the cache is either corrupt or bad. So, you can clear the add-on cache to get rid of this issue effectively. Here’s how to do this: 

  1. At first, open the main screen of Kodi and tap on the ‘Add-ons’ button from the left pane. 
  2. Then, choose the category of the add-on of which you wish to clear the cache. 
  3. Now, tap on the ‘Clear the Cache’ option. 
  4. Afterward, restart the Kodi device by following the 1st method.  

Once the device starts up, check whether the issue is resolved or not. 

Fix 4: Change the Stream Time

If the time for streaming is too short to search for the exodus, then you can also face this issue. Hence, set up a suitable time by checking the settings of the Exodus. Therefore, 

  • First, open the Kodi and then tap on the ‘Add-ons’ button. 
  • Afterward, click on the ‘My add-ons’ and then tap on the ‘Video add-ons’ option. 
  • Next, select the ‘Exodus’ option and then tap on the ‘Tools’ button from the left pane. 
  • Go to the General tab and tap on the ‘Providers Timeout’. Set it to ‘20-35 seconds’ option. 
  • Tap on the OK button and then try to stream once again. 

If the issue is now resolved, then it’s ok. Otherwise, you can disable hardware acceleration to solve it. 

Fix 5: Disable Hardware Acceleration

When you are trying to play a high-resolution video file, the capabilities of the system require a hardware push. That ‘push’ comes with the Hardware Acceleration feature. It is then enabled by default and most of the users won’t know about it. 

However, according to some tech specialists, this feature can affect the entire behavior of the media platform. So, you can disable this feature to get rid of it. To do this, apply the steps mentioned below: 

  • At first, launch Kodi and click on the Settings icon. 
  • Afterward, select the ‘Player Settings’ option. Tap on the ‘bottom cog’ option from the left pane of the screen and then set the ‘Expert mode.’
  • Choose the ‘Videos’ option from the next page. 
  • Go to the bottom of the page and tap on the ‘Allow hardware acceleration DXVA2’ option to turn it Off. 
  • Lastly, restart Kodi by performing the 1st method. 

Now, you can check if the issue is fixed. 

Hopefully, one of the above solutions will help you to solve this issue. If you want to read more similar topics, you can follow our website regularly. 


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