Kodi Not Working on Firestick? Try this Ultimate Kodi Revival Guide

Still stuck with the quest ‘Why is Kodi not working?’. Relax! we are here to fix the most notified Kodi not working error and Kodi addon issue. This article is the ultimate Kodi revival guide for solutions to the most prevalent Kodi issues. Although this Kodi revival guide is written for the Amazon firestick device, however, the same troubleshooting steps can be applied to the Amazon Fire TV and Cube as well.

Amazon.Inc has developed a popular device firestick which owns a large ratio of online video streaming users; due to its low price, easy setup, and flexibility. And the native Amazon store for apps seems to be a cherry on the cake. This streaming device is a pendrive shaped (little bulkier) device that can turn any display device, having an HDMI port, into a smart TV. A firestick comes with a power adapter and a remote.

The Internet has changed the entertainment industry a lot. And when it comes to streaming copyright-free content, Kodi is the best option you have. In fact, a high-end home theater is a total waste without Kodi. The Kodi is a free and open-source software (foss) media center that can run on a range of devices and can turn your any computer, mobile, tablet into a live TV streamer on one end of the spectrum, on the other end you can stream all the copyright-free quality video that you have always wanted to binge-watch.

But, like all other apps, Kodi users may face problems during its operations. Although being foss, the percentage of problematic Kodi operations are very less as compared to other similar apps, however, a problem is a problem and it needs to be addressed.

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A Kodi problem may be a subject to investigation as the source of the trouble is not always Kodi. It may be your internet, your ISP, your device, an addon, the repo and many many more. So first, stop cursing Kodi as it’s a fabulous foss that has dug & brought the High-Quality stream videos from the ocean of the internet to several users without any glitch.

Let’s start with our Kodi revival guide.

1) Find the Culprit

First, you need to find the root cause of the problem. As mentioned it may be something other than the Kodi app itself. Go through the below steps to find the source of the issue apart from Kodi itself.

a) Internet

First, check your internet connection. It’s quite possible that your firestick has no internet access or weak network signals.

b) ISP

Every Internet Service Provider (ISP) keeps an eye on the usage of every user and you are not an exception. Internet throttling (slow internet connection) and blocking specific internet traffic is their main tool to reduce user’s data usage. To find if your ISP has blocked Kodi’s traffic use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN redirects your traffic through their own servers thus your ISP has no idea of the actual destination. They only get to know the IP of the mediator VPN server. You can try any of the below VPN’s to find out if your VPN is the culprit.

i) IP Vanish

It is a high-speed VPN service with servers located in more than 75 coordinates on the globe. IP Vanish provides a 30-day money-back guarantee. You will never find a server issue or slow internet speed with this VPN as every server with this VPN provides stable connections. With IP Vanish, you’ll always find a server in the required country.

ii) Express VPN

It has a network of servers in more than 94 countries and provides military-grade encryption. Express VPN also  provides a 30-day money-back guarantee

iii) Cyber Ghost

It has 6800+ connections to servers in 89 countries. It comes with an extended 45-day money-back guarantee.

iv) Nord VPN

Its servers are distributed in more than 60 countries. It also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

v) Vypr VPN

This VPN has servers in more than 65 countries. Instead of a money-back guarantee, this VPN comes with a 3-day free trial.

After selecting your preferred VPN follow the below process to find if your ISP has blocked or throttled the speed of Kodi streams

i) Close Kodi

ii) Download and install the VPN app from the app store

iii) Select a server other than your country.

iv) open Kodi

If the Kodi problem is fixed, it’s definitely your ISP, which is creating problems for you. You can either change your ISP or use the VPN while using Kodi and similar streaming apps. Also, you may unknowingly stream a copyright-protected stream from Kodi which may create a legal issue. And there are region-locked services and your preferred stream may not be available in your region. Thus, it is always recommended to use a VPN while using Kodi.

c) Device

Firestick sometimes becomes too hot if used for a very long time. This may lead to hardware performance issues. And, it is plugged away from the manual reach, a continuous check-up is rare. If you find your firestick hot enough, this may the reason for Kodi issues. You can provide some ventilation to it or better buy a good quality USB fan that will keep the firestick temperature in control while you binge-watch your favorite shows.

d) Add-on

Official addons are always safe. It’s the third-party addons that may create the disruption. See if your all the add-ons are updated to the latest version. If even after updating all the add-ons, the problem persists, the only way to find the culprit add-on is to uninstall individual addon one by one starting from the recently installed one. The process to update or uninstall an addon is detailed towards the extreme southwards of this Kodi revival guide. 

e) Repository

Your Kodi has stuff from popular repositories. But, Kodi may have issues with repositories that are third-party repositories because an official repository is safe. Just like add-ons, you need to have up-to-date repos as well. If even after updating the repo, Kodi’s problem remains the same, you need to uninstall the third-party repository one by one, starting from the recently added one. The repo updating & un-installation process is detailed towards the extreme southwards of this Kodi revival guide.

Come along…

2) No Stream Available

Error

A Kodi-wide issue “No streams is available” is displayed whenever you try to stream a video.

Fix

When Kodi is not able to locate the source of the stream then this error is shown. This error is not due to Kodi but due to the addon or a repository’s incorrect source address.

Kodi is not able to reach the source means that either the repository or the addon is no more functional from the web address it used to previously. 

A simple fix is to first update all the addons and repositories then check whether the repository has still the same source URLs, e.g. the TVAddons has changed their web address due to legal issues.

3) Kodi App Crashes on Launch or Kodi Black Screen

Error

While launching Kodi, instead of Kodi screen the firestick home page is shown or in more extreme cases a null black screen on startup is presented.

Fix

The error is usually generated because the Kodi cache is full. Follow the below steps as an initial fix for this error.

Solution 1: Clear Kodi Cache

a) Press the Home button on your firestick remote

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b) Select Settings

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c) Select Applications

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d) Select Manage Installed Applications

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e) Select Kodi

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f) Select Force Stop

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g) Select Clear Cache

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h) Press again the Home screen on your firestick remote

i) Launch Kodi

This time a message will appear “Preparing for first launch”. This message is shown because you have cleared the cache. This time Kodi should run fine and the blank screen issue is rectified.

If the error is still there, follow the next solution

Solution 2: Disable Hardware Acceleration

For some users, the enabled hardware acceleration is the reason for the Kodi app crash and black screen. To disable the hardware acceleration, follow the below steps

a) Launch Kodi

b) Click the app settings icon

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c) Go to Player

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d) On the left sidebar can you see the Standard, press it press it so that it changes to Advanced

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e) Now with UP button on your remote go to the Video 

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f) On the right side of the window, go down. Under Processing disable the Hardware acceleration.

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Restart Kodi and see if the Kodi error is gone. If it still persists follow the next solution.

Solution 3: Delete Addons.db file

Sometimes after an update or so, the Kodi app crashing and a black screen is reported. The solution is to remove the Addons.db file. There will be no effect on your addons even after you remove this file.

To do so, first install a file explorer. We recommend ES File Explorer and it’s available on the Amazon app store. We assume that you know how to install an app from the Amazon store. After installing the ES File Explorer, launch it. Then go to the Addons.db file at Android/data/orgkodi/files/.kodi/userdata/Database. Delete the file.

That’s it. Your Kodi error should now have been removed.

4) Kodi Crashes during the Streams

One of the several reasons that Kodi gets crashed during the streaming videos is non-optimal settings of buffer size, CURL timeout and buffer factor. There is no best value that works for all devices. Even for identical devices, the optimal values may vary. As a preset, there is a universal value set by default, but that may not be working for you. You can either try allocating different values to each of the variables or choose a faster solution by a wizard. The Ares Project repository contains the Ares wizard which has several built-in tools. This can help you find the optimal settings for buffer size, CURL timeout and buffer factor specifically for your device.

Here’s how you can install and use the Ares Wizard

a) Open Kodi app

b) Click on the setting icon

c) Select File manager

d) Click on Add source

e) On the window click <None>

f) On this window type in the official repo address http://areswizard.co.uk/and press OK

g) Come down and give this repo a name. We gave it Ares

h) Come to the home screen of Kodi by pressing the return key on your remote

i) On the Kodi home screen select Add-ons

j) Select the package icon that looks like a box opening-up

k) Select Install from zip file

l) Select the name you gave to the Ares repository. We gave it Ares

m) Select the zip file

n) When inside the repo, select the Program Add-ons on the left side, then select Ares Wizard from the right

o) Select Install

p) Let Ares do its job

q) Ares wizard installed

r) On the Ares Wizard window, select Tweaks tab

s) Select Advanced settings wizard

t) Ares will suggest the recommended cache size for your device. 

u) Go down the page and click Generate settings page.

v) Here the wizard will show the optimized values of cache, CURL timeout and buffer factor.

w) Select Apply these settings

Done. Now, your issue of Kodi’s constant crash during playback should have been resolved.

5) Kodi no app found to handle this file

Error

When trying to install Kodi, a message appears saying that no app found to handle this file. 

Fix

Such an error appears with the old versions of the Downloader app. In the previous versions of the app, there was no feature to handle the apk installation files. But the latest version can handle the apk files very well.

The solution is to update the Downloader app to the latest version. Follow the below procedure to update the firestick app

a) Open firestick home

b) Click the Setting icon

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c) Select Applications

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d) Select Appstore

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e) Toggle automatic Updates ON

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6) Kodi Hangs on Shutdown

Error

The Kodi shutdown takes forever.

Fix

This error usually arises from a failure to correctly update the database. The effective solution is to delete the database file “addons” which has a number then a file extension “db”. Follow the below steps to fix this error

a) Launch Kodi and select the settings menu icon

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b) Select File manager

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c) Select Profile Directory

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d) Select Database

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e) Go down to the Addons33.db (You may have a different number than 33)

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f) Press the options button on your remote. Select Delete

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7) Kodi Build Errors

Error

If you have tracked that the source of the error is your build then follow the below provided fix

Fix

The option you have is to uninstall the build from your Kodi. But, a Kodi build also installs dozens of addons as well. So, this deletion will also remove all the add-ons installed via that build. Think twice or note down your fav add-ons for future installation before removing the build. You can uninstall a build manually, but we recommend doing it through a wizard. This way you don’t have to remove the files and folders manually

For automatic uninstallation and the fresh look of Kodi, use Ares wizard. The installation process is detailed above. Follow the below steps in the wizard to uninstall your build.

a) Open the Ares wizard

b) Click on the More tab

c) Select Erase all Data/Fresh start

d) Click Yes

This will delete the Kodi build and all the installed addons. Your Kodi will be brought back to the first time installed state.

8) Kodi Buffering Issue

Error

The streams have huge buffer times or keep buffering forever

Fix

There can be a lot of reasons that your streams are buffering. First, your internet speed may not be sufficient enough to provide continuous streams thus resulting in streaming issues. If you are sure that you have a good broadband connection, then you should restart the modem. Usually, this process reinstates the internet speed.

Still, stuck with buffering?

Are you sure that your ISP is not throttling your internet speed? Try with any of the VPN suggested above. If the problem still persists, follow the below steps. 

a) Launch Kodi

b) Select Add-ons

c) Select Video Add-ons

d) Select the troubling add-on

e) Select the Tools option (this may vary for different add-ons)

f) Select the option to Clear Providers and Clear Cache

See if the buffering problem is fixed. If streams are still buffering, this means that your Kodi’s cache size, CURL timeout and buffer factor are not set to the optimal. Use Ares wizard and follow the steps detailed in section 4.

9) Addon opening Error

Error

Kodi add-on doesn’t open or shows nothing inside

Fix

It’s quite possible that the Kodi add-on is not compatible with the installed version of Kodi. Make sure to check the docs by Addon developers to know the compatible Kodi versions of that addon. If the add-on is not compatible with your preferred version then you can either switch to the compatible Kodi version or find an alternative add-on. The error can also be seen with add-ons that don’t provide content in your region. You can use any of the suggested VPNs for verification.

10) Kodi is Unable to Connect to Source

Error 

After a repository installation, an error message says that Kodi is unable to connect to a source

Fix

First, make sure that you have made no typo in the URL. It is one of the common mistakes resulting in this error. If the typed URL is correct then it’s quite possible that the URL of the repo has been changed. You can open the URL in a browser on the Downloader app or any other device to see whether the repository is still on the same web address.

Kodi Log Files to Get Help From Experts

If nothing worked for you, it’s time to get manual help from the Kodi community. But, don’t go over there and post your errors alone. It’s a good habit to post a log file along with the error. Follow the below steps to extract the log file from Kodi.

a) Launch Kodi

b) Select Add-ons

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c) Select Install from repository

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d) Select Program Add-ons

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e) Select Kodi Logfile Uploader

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f) Select Install

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g) Go to the Kodi Home screen and select the settings menu

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h) Select System settings

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i) Select Logging

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j) Select Enable debug logging

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k) Restart Kodi and reproduce the error so that Kodi can log it

l) On Kodi main menu select Add-ons

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m) Select Program Add-ons

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n) Select Kodi Logfile Uploader

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o) Select Upload

p) Kodi will upload your log file to paste.ubuntu. This URL is temporary and the contents may be deleted anytime. Go to this URL and copy the whole content and save it to a file. You can now send this log file to the Kodi community forum for solutions. 

But if you want to get the log file of a previous session e.g. crashing problems, then at “step n”,  press the options on remote (or long-press the select button) and select settings. Select here Post the old logfile, from the previous time Kodi ran.

Also, keep in mind that it’s possible that the forum officials may have made a forum rule not to help the third-party add-on and repos errors.

Uninstall-Reinstall-Update

An update to the add-ons and repo may fix your Kodi playback issues. Also, during the process to find the culprit unofficial addons or repo you need to uninstall the addon or repo one by one, starting from the recent one. The last resort is to uninstall and reinstall the Kodi app itself.

Update-Uninstall Kodi Addon

For addon update or uninstallation follow the below steps

a) Select Addons

b) Go to the add-on you want to update or uninstall, then press the options button on your remote (three horizontal lines). 

c) A context menu will appear. Select Information

d) Select your preferred operation to Update or Uninstall.

Uninstall-Reinstall Kodi App

Finally, if nothing works, the only solution you have is to uninstall then do a fresh install of the Kodi.

Uninstall Kodi

a) Go to Kodi app (Don’t click it)

b) On your remote press the options button (yes, the three horizontal lines)

c) Select uninstall

Re-install Kodi

Follow our detailed step-by-step guide to install Kodi on firestick. This is a Kodi reinstallation so it is assumed that you already have the downloader app and installation from unknown sources is approved from the downloader app.

a) Open the Downloader app and select the text field to enter the URL

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b) Kodi Leia lovers type in https://bit.ly/2QKrWw3 & for Kodi Matrix, type in https://bit.ly/2QL6gQf and Click Go

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c) Now the webpage opens.

d) Can you see the red circle? That’s the cursor. Control it from the remote and click the download button

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e) Now the Kodi is being downloaded

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f) Click Install

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g) Installation in progress

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h) Select Open

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Kodi is now installed on firestick

Summarizing

Kodi is a fantastic app that can provide copyright-free content to various devices. However, like with other apps, Kodi users also face some errors while using it. But there may be other reasons why your Kodi is not functioning well. Choose your Kodi error from the article and the provided fix will hopefully solve the problem. If the problem still persists you can get the log file and upload it to any Kodi community forum. If even that does not work for you, the last option you have is to do a complete Kodi re-install.

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