How to reduce & fix lag in Kodi


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.

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Before we start

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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.

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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

  1. Go to the Fire Stick Home screen by pressing the Home button on your remote
  2. Go to Settings > Applications > Manage Installed Applications
  3. Choose Kodi > Force Stop (if available) > Clear Cache
  4. 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.

fix kodi lag by uninstalled unwanted add-ons

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Phillip Anderson
Phillip Anderson
Hey, I'm Phillip Anderson! After studying Video Game Design at University, I began writing articles at PwrDown in my free time. I currently play my games on PC, but also own a PS4 & Nintendo Switch. I'm also a VR enthusiast, owning an Oculus Rift S where you might find me playing Beat Saber or Skyrim VR!