Why has Kodi stopped working?

Answered by Robert Dupre

There can be several reasons why Kodi may stop working. Let’s explore some of the common causes and potential solutions:

1. Outdated Version: Kodi is constantly being updated with bug fixes and improvements. If you are using an older version, it may not be compatible with the latest changes in operating systems or addons. Make sure you have the latest version installed by visiting the official Kodi website or updating through your device’s app store.

2. Corrupted Installation: Sometimes, the Kodi installation files can become corrupted, leading to crashes and other issues. Uninstalling and reinstalling Kodi can often fix this problem. On Android, go to Settings > Apps > Kodi > Uninstall. Then reinstall Kodi from the app store or download it from the official website.

3. Insufficient Resources: Kodi is a resource-intensive application, and if your device doesn’t have enough memory or processing power, it may struggle to run smoothly. Consider closing any unnecessary apps or processes running in the background to free up resources for Kodi. Additionally, clearing cache and temporary files within Kodi can also help improve performance.

4. Addon or Repository Issues: Addons and repositories enhance Kodi’s functionality, but they can also cause conflicts and crashes if they are poorly coded or no longer maintained. If you recently installed a new addon or repository, try disabling or removing it to see if the problem resolves. You can do this by going to the Add-ons section within Kodi’s settings.

5. Hardware Acceleration: As mentioned earlier, hardware acceleration can cause crashes, particularly on Android devices. To disable hardware acceleration, go to Settings > Player settings and turn off the “Allow hardware acceleration” option. This may help resolve crashing issues, but keep in mind that it may also impact video playback performance.

6. Network Connection: If you are experiencing issues with streaming content, it could be due to a weak or unstable network connection. Ensure that you have a stable internet connection and try using a wired connection if possible. You can also test streaming with other devices to determine if the issue is specific to Kodi or your network.

7. Incompatible or Corrupted Media Files: Sometimes, Kodi may crash when trying to play certain media files that are incompatible or corrupted. If you notice that Kodi crashes consistently when playing a specific file, try playing a different file to see if the issue persists. If it does, the problem may lie with Kodi itself rather than the media file.

8. Operating System Compatibility: Kodi is compatible with various operating systems, including Android, Windows, iOS, and more. However, certain versions of Kodi may not be fully compatible with specific operating system updates. If you recently updated your device’s operating system and started experiencing issues with Kodi, you may need to wait for a Kodi update that addresses the compatibility problem.

These are some of the common reasons why Kodi may stop working and some potential solutions to try. Keep in mind that Kodi is a complex software, and there may be other factors at play. If the issue persists, it’s always a good idea to seek help from the Kodi community forums or reach out to the official Kodi support channels for further assistance.