How to fix lag in Kodi
Before we talk about fixing lag in Kodi, we need to know what your definition of lag is. Are you suffering from a slow device, where menus take a while to load and the whole Kodi process is slow? Or are you having internet lag, where your files are constantly buffering and your having some connectivity problems. If you’re having internet problems, you can check out our ‘How to stop buffering‘ guide.
If you’re having problems with your device being slower than usual, the tips below should help.
Before we start
- Mask your IP Address & Hide your streaming habits.
- Prevent your ISP from spying on you.
- Make your online presence anonymous.
- Allow access to blocked add-ons & content from other countries.
Upgrade your device
The main cause for having a slow Kodi device that’s suffering from lag is simply because the hardware is bad. If you’re using an Amazon Fire Stick for example, you’re going to have a lot of issues. Whilst they are everyone’s go-to device, they are ridiculously slow and seem to often overheat.
I’ve had much more success using a Raspberry Pi and LibreELEC. The Raspberry Pi 3 seems to run much faster with Kodi, however you are sacrificing other apps such as Netflix and Amazon Video. Installing LibreELEC will instantly boot to Kodi upon turning the device on.
Clear your cache
You can try force stopping the application and clearing the cache. If you’re on an Android device, you can do this by heading into Settings > Apps > Kodi > Clear cache. However, with most users having a Fire Stick, follow the steps below
- Go to the Fire Stick Home screen by pressing the Home button on your remote
- Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
- Choose Kodi > Force Stop (if available) > Clear Cache
- Run Kodi
Removing Kodi Add-ons to fix lag
If you have a lot of Kodi add-ons installed, it’s going to be using up a lot of your devices resources. Add-ons have to automatically update and do their own thing in the background which can cause a lot of problems. The best thing to do is uninstal any that you are not using. We’ve created a guide that will show you how to uninstall any unwanted add-ons and reduce lag problems.