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How to Fix Kodi Buffering Issues

An even, continuing entertainment  experience is the thing that we all love to enjoy. Problems in any form are the most irritating thing ever.  Kodi is an entertainment tool that is used by millions all around the world for the streaming on-demand, also with the high quality content which in most of the cases is for free. This platform fulfills the space between groups of online streamers and thousands of the sources for streaming. Issues regarding Kodi are exactly uncommon. Kodi issues have become more widespread  as more streams are added unchecked. As a good luck, there are some ways which can treat the Kodi buffering issues or might reduce the occurrence. These solutions are very easy to try to. Keep following!

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Kodi is a thoroughly famed media-player among all the cord cutters worldwide. This is developed by XBMC, Your device is spontaneously converted converted into a media center. Besides letting you to play the local stored media through different add-ons and builds, it also allows users to stream for free and plentifully available content over the web. Another thing that is more special is that this service is supported by a wide range of platforms which includes Fire TV Stick, Android iOS, Mac OS and Linux.

Kodi is effectively super great but it has its own bundle of problems. Many of the users find this as it is difficult to to set up as compared with the other services. for example PLex. After the trial of this i can bet that you won’t be satisfied than any other media player.

It’s not the only point which was roaming in my mind while discussing about this platform’s problems. What afflict Kodi the most is the buffering issues. Frequent interruptions are the most irritating while watching your favorite movie or TV show.

Luckily there are many ways to rectify the Kodi buffering issues or to minimize them. This guide is about to learn how to fix buffering on Kodi. Keep reading further.

How to Fix Kodi Buffering Issues

Note: The methods described below are for the latest version Kodi Krypton 17.6, but they also work the same way on Kodi 16.x Jarvis more or less. If you ask for my suggestion i’ll recommend you to update your Kodi version to latest Krypton due to its powerful offers and many bug fixes.

how to stop kodi buffering issues

Unknown Sources Enable on Kodi

Just a moment before we move further, there is one precautionary step that we should take care of.

Kodi has been designed in such a way to give a safe entertainment experience. It also utilizes many security features and protocols to finish this.

For the prevention of unsafe builds and add-ons to from sneaking in, with the built-in Kodi does not allow installation from the unknown, third-party sources. But it’s not mandatory that third-party add-on are unsafe, especially not the ones we will discuss below.

To install these add-ons, we will need to enable unknown sources temporarily. Follow the steps below.

Step 1: Click the Settings (cog icon) on the top right side on Kodi home scree.

kodi settings

Step 2: Further, click “System Settings” icon

kodi system settings

Step 3: Click “Add-ons” on the left side and then move the ‘Unknown Sources’ toggle/switch to enable it.

allow unknown sources kodi

That would be this. Remember you have disabled Unknown Sources once the add-ons are installed.

Which Platforms Do These Methods Work On?

Kodi uses the same preface across all platforms and any device (except for a few specific additions).  If you are looking to fix the Windows, Android, iOS or Amazon Fire Stick Kodi buffering queries, the methods described below will do it the same way.

Kodi Buffering Fix: Optimize Cache Size

Cache are described as an additional memory that helps the high-speed retrieval. It is used Extensively in the world of technology, in the streaming of videos or any thing to be play-backed it is the video cache that is the most important thing.

Whenever you start a streaming video over the internet, whole video is not downloaded in your browser or app in the single moment. A small portion of the video is cached and saved in the temporary location (RAM is known for this). You might have notices that whenever you are watching a video and suddenly the connection of the internet is lost, the video continues to play for a bit of time besides stopping on the spot. The video that plays even after not connected with the internet is cached on the local system.

To alleviate Kodi buffering issues, the most important two things should be in mind. In the very beginning you need to locate substantial cache memory to Kodi in RAM. Secondly, you must keep cleaning cache on Kodi from the previously played videos because it consumes more space then.

We will learn to change Kodi buffer settings to adjust optimal Cache space in the further guide. We will also, learn how to clear cache in Kodi. I have added four methods to solve this Kodi problem. First Three methods will work on all the devices including Amazon Fire TV / Stick, while the last method is not capable on the FireStick.

Attention Kodi Users
Governments and ISPs do monitor their users’ who are streaming online activities. I the streaming is copyright content, you might get in the serious trouble. Get a Kodi VPN to be as a hidden user. This will show your activities anonymous.

I am using ExpressVPN for last 18 months without any troubles. It is ranked as the fastest and most secure VPN till yet.

Method 1: How to Stop Buffering Using Areas Wizard

Ares Wizard is one of the most well known and widely used Kodi stable and usual tool. Here we will learn How to use this tool to tweak cache settings and resolve Kodi buffering problem. First, install Ares Wizard on Kodi 

Let’s see how we can fix Kodi buffering issue after installing Ares Wizard by boosting the cache.

Step 1: Launch Ares Wizard and click ‘Tweaks’ a button present on the top

kodi buffer advanced settings ares wizard

Step 2: Click ‘Advanced Settings Wizard’ button

kodi advanced settings

There is a button ‘NEXT’ present on the bottom right you just need to click it. Before clicking it let me remind you to read the word of ‘Caution’ from the developers of this add-on.

kodi buffering issues ares wizard

In a nutshell, the thing you need to be aware of is that:

  • There is not any single Cache size allocation that is just perfect for every user. It has a huge part that it depends on the device on which Kodi is being used including system specs (especially RAM size)
  • You can also place cache in the device storage (for example a hard drive) or RAM, it is highly suggested.
  • 60 MB of Ram is used by Kodi for caching purposes. But, if you have a lot of spare RAM, bumping up the size is totally upon you.

Step 3: After understanding the above points, click ‘Next’

Kodi will now display the available RAM on the point and will suggest the accurate location size for video cache memory (this memory is 1/3 of the available RAM). keeping 10% margin is also recommended just in case other programs take up the memory further.

In case, if you have 900 MB memory, 1/3 of that would be 300 MB. 10% of it would be the margin and equal to 30 MB. The ideal location for video cache memory is about 270 MB.

NOTE: Too much memory allotment to Kodi cache might affect device’s overall performance.

Step 4: ‘Generate Settings’ should be clicked on the bottom left.

ares wizard advanced settings to optimize kodi cache

Step 5: If we see on the next screen, Video Cache size is supposed to be changed by dragging the slider left or right. You can see that in the visual provided below.

kodi advanced buffer settings

As you can see, i had spare 900 MB RAM. Hence, Ares Wizard recommended 270 MB to me.

Ares Wizard also offers 4 Buffer Modes. Take a look at the bottom above the ‘Apply these settings’ button. Below we have explained the functions of these modes.

Mode 1: Kodi will buffer every streaming in this mode that is there on the internet that includes from cloud source and FTP.

Mode 2 (highly suggested): This is the default mode. Kodi will try to buffer just about everything. it will also buffer the flies playing from the local storage.

Mode 3: The buffering is restricted to website streams only.

Mode 4: Now, buffering is completely disabled

If you are facing Kodi buffering issue besides having substantial RAM size that you should select the 2nd mode. because it offers smooth playback as it caches a large portion of the video.

Delete Kodi Temporary Files Using Ares Wizard Maintenance

If Kodi buffering issue still there and it is stopping or crashing in a flow, then you have a fair chance you have run out of storage space. Low space in devices are the cause of this issue. For example, you have a handheld Android device with almost 16 GB storage and you use Kodi regularly with various add-ons. Besides finding the Kodi buffering fix, it would be worth your while to resolve this issue.

Step 1: In order to clear the temp files, just click the Maintenance button on top.

ares wizard kodi maintenance

Step 2: Now, click these one by one.

  • Delete Thumbnails
  • Delete Packages

The thumbnails which i had recently deleted and packages, together they were taking 1 GB of space.

If you have any saved caches they do take much of the space. Cache can also be cleared on Kodi and free up space. Deleting cache will not effect the settings.

Method #2: Fix Kodi Buffering with A VPN

If someone loves ti watch movies and shows using services like Kodi, you just fall into their bracket of heavy users. The legal points of throttling are getting more and more obscure ever as it was declared a few months. ago that Net Neutrality will be killed in the United States.

Using VPN is the best way to prevent internet throttling and also to avoid Kodi Buffering issues to a great extent.

Method 3: How to Stop Kodi Buffering using Supreme Builds Wizard

Supreme Builds Wizard from the home screen or might be from Add-ons > Program Add-ons. If you are not having yet, here’s  how to install Supreme Builds Wizard on Kodi.

Step 1: Click on Supreme Builds Maintenance

how to stop kodi buffering

Step 2: Next you need to click “Supreme Builds” System Tweaks/Fixes’

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Step 3: Go to ‘Advanced Settings” on the next screen.

Step 4: Now, click on Quick Configure AdvancedSettings.xml

supreme build advanced settings

Step 5: You DO NOT have to make any changes to the  settings that have been recommended. have a quick survey and click the ‘Write File’ button on the bottom left.

Step 6: If you have received any notification related to the wish to remove an active AdvancedSettings.xml file, then click ‘Remove Settings’. If you are a using Supreme Builds Wizard and updating these settings for the first time you won’t be receiving any warning notification.

Method #4: Use Real-Debird to Fix Kodi Buffering.

If you have ever noticed that besides an extremely fast internet connection, many of the Kodi streams often run into buffering issues. this has left us wondering whether there is an issue with the allotted speed of the internet server.

If your internet is a high speed net you have aside chance it is being underutilized by Kodi while streaming your best content.

This is where Real Debrid comes into the picture.

real debrid kodi buffering fix

Real Debrid is a multihoster that provides you access to the full new collection of quality streams for the content. it adds new 1080, Full HD streams that other hosts fail to provide.

Real Debrid is also an unrestricted downloader. 

It can utilize up to 80-90% of your original internet speed with connections up to 300 Mbps.

A few thing that you might be interested to know about Real Debrid. It is NOT an add-on, but works with popular add-ons. The surprising part is that it is supported by a broad range of popular add-ons including Incursion, Neptune Rising, Exodus, Covenant and many more.

It is not free but it’s a premium service. You can easily sign in for free and use the limited-featured service. Also, Real Debrid streams are available only for few hours during the day.

Real Debrids’ real potential is unlocked with premium subscription. Your most of the Kodi bufferings can stop chasing you. If you are going per month, this service will cost you about $5 per month.

So, how can we get Real Debrid on Kodi?

Here er have written a complete guide that will walk you through Real Debrid sign up Check this page — How to Install and Use Real-Debrid on Kodi

Method #5: How to Fix Kodi Buffering Issues Using a Code

This method will plant a file with many of the specific files names and their codes into the user data folder inside update Kodi’s installation folder on your system.

If Kodi keeps buffering even after following the above mentioned methods. we have found you a good chance of significant improvement after the completion of trouble shooting process. Many users might think that it’s a technical process but i’ll try to make it as simple as possible. Follow the mentioned steps you will not have to launch Kodi.

Steps for Window PC/Laptops

Window users needs to do this.

Step 1: Open the Notepad app, then press Windows + R together, type in Notepad and click Enter Key. On the other hand look up for Notepad using Windows search/Cortana.

Step 2: The codes which are mentioned below should be copy and pasted.

<advancedsettings>

<network>

<buffermode> 1 </buffermode>

<readbufferfactor> 1.5 </readbufferfactor>

<cachemembuffersize> 104857600 </cachemembuffersize>

</network>

</advancedsettings>

Step 3: Save the File on you hard drive by naming it advancedsettings.xml.  Do not change the file name. 

Step 4: Again press Window + R to let it show the Run window. and copy it into  %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata. Click Enter.

On the other hand you can also Use Cortana or Windows search function to copy the code. %APPDATA%\kodi\userdata 

Step 5: These steps mentioned above will show you a folder. Copy the advancedsettings.xml file that you created. 

Step 6: Now you can play a video with Kodi. you can note that update Kodi buffering issues have been a little while back into this folder.

Steps for Other Platforms.

As same as Windows, the procedure is to copy the advantagesettings.xml file into the userdata folder to device.

First create a file named advancedsettings.xml with the code given.

Android – Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/

iOS – /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/

Linux – ~/.kodi/userdata/

Mac – /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/

How to Fix Kodi Buffering on Covenant / Exodus / Sportsdevil.

As you can see that i have made a special portion for Covenant, Exodus and Sportsdevil is that they are one of the best Kodi add-ons They have a large number of collecion of content and they do offer high quality Live TV Streaming. You can install them very easily by the mentioned inks. 

I’ve prominent-ed the methods to fix buffering on Kodi are the most common steps. These steps are for Covenant, Exodus, and Sportsdevil are those steps which can be performed by any add-ons.

Attention: Governments and ISPs have an eye on all of their users across the world. If you have found a copyright streaming content for Fire TV Stick, you might get in some serious problem.  You must hide your identity so your movie watching experience doesn’t take wrong influence.

I use ExpressVPN which is spotted as the fastest and a perfect source. It comes with  a 30-day money back guarantee.

Fix Kodi Buffering on Covenant by Clearing Cache

Step 1: Open Covenant. This Add-on could be accessed from Kodi Home Screen > Add-ons > Video Add-ons.

Step 2: Scroll down and click ‘Tools’.

Step 3: Click ‘COVENANT: Clear Cache…. here.

Step 4: Click Yes to confirm your action and also to clear Kodi cache for covenant.

Fix Kodi Buffering on Exodus / Sportsdevil by Clearing Cache.

To clear cache for Exodus or Sportsdevil Add-on, just follow the steps mentioned. The only difference is that you need to open Exodus and Sportsdevil Add-on instead of Covenant. I am % sure that you won’t be now facing any buffering issue now.

Possible Reasons for Slow Streaming / Buffering on Kodi.

We like to and we want to stream our favorite shows and movies in the very best quality. 720p HD is mostly required by many users. For that you need to have a best and fast connection of internet.

Netflix recommends a minimum 0.5 Megabits per second speed of internet. But internet speed minimum isn’t good for most qualities of streaming.

It is suggested that at least 5 Megabits per second internet connection. that your SD videos streaming your videos with out any issues.

Thankfully, most ISPs have already started providing high-speed internet. Of course, as mentioned before by using VPN you can avoid ISP throttling.

There are different  websites and applications on which you can test the internet. www.speedtest.net by Ookla is most popular among these.

Important Tips to Improve Internet Speed.

Following are the tips for you.

  • If using Wi-Fi, you keep your device as close to the modem/router.
  • Use Ethernet if possible LAN connection. because it manages speed of internet.
  • Remember not any other application or any program on your device is using the internet while you are watching movies on Kodi.
  • If many other devices are connected with the same network you might face Kodi Buffering issues. Disconnect some if possible.

What if I have a fast Internet and still the problem persists?

If you have the best internet and still you are facing this issue even when not many other devices are connected to the same network. You must now go with the troubleshooting methods provided in the guide.

if still you are facing issues in the internet speed according to the plan. you might also want to contact your ISP customer service.

Reason #2: Streaming Source Overcrowded

There are things that we can control and some works involuntary As a result, their overloaded server starts to act erratically and because of this you get Kodi buffering issues.

The good news is that the most Kodi add-ons give the link to different sources for a video.

Final Words on Kodi Buffering Issues

Kodi buffering issues have marred the user experience and they do continue to do so. I probably cannot consider it enough that you must use a VPN while using KodiYou will see a dramatic change in he buffering speed. I hope the methods I have explained and provided may help you to take care of your Kodi buffering woes. Please feel free to share your views and comments in the comment section freely.

 

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