Streaming Problems With Your Kodi? Here Are Some Quick Fixes


Kodi is a great software - it installs easily on any system, updates frequently, has great add-ons, and it is absolutely free.

But like with most good things, the bad can happen to Kodi. Streaming problems, for example. Nothing can send you from streaming to steaming (in anger) more than the sight of the "No Stream Available" window. Do no fret, as these simple tips can help you fix that issue in a jiffy.

Check Your Bandwidth

Quite obvious, but many users still miss this thing: no internet means no streaming. So always check if your Wi-Fi is working or has a good downstream. Check if the bandwidth is being hogged by other applications, like your downloads for example.

Generally, you will need a download speed of at least 10 Mbits per second to stream HD content. Make sure that your device is not far from the Wi-Fi modem or router. For checking your internet speed, go to

Tweak Kodi XML Settings

If your streaming is still buffering at a snail's pace, you might want to open up Kodi's cache and create some space. This takes a bit of a deep-dive into the XML file, but worry not, here's the code for you:




Copy and paste this into a notepad and save under the same file name ("advancedsettings.xml"). Then paste it to the location where your XML file is.

Windows - Start | search '%APPDATA%\kodi\userdata' | Enter
Linux - ~/.kodi/userdata/
Mac - /Users//Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/
OpenELEC - /storage/.kodi/userdata/
Android - Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/
iOS - /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/

Fix Your Add-Ons

Sometimes, the culprit can be your add-ons. Remember, not all add-on links are 100 percent guaranteed to work all the time. Here are some possible reasons why your add-ons are acting up.

Your ISP is blocking the links. Check if Kodi is working on your phone via 36/4G. If it does, then you have ISP problems. If not, then you need to rework your ISP.

Your add-ons are not updated. Simply go to the add-on manager to check for add-on updates.

Your add-ons need to be rebooted. Sometimes the easiest fix is a reboot. Simply uninstall the add-on then reinstall it using the Indigo Add-on Installer. Then update the add-on if needed.

Check The Show's Streaming Availability

Most of the time, the problem all boils down to the movie or TV show you are streaming. Remember that Kodi works via links sourced by your add-ons; they contain no actual files, be it movie or audio.

So if a movie is still showing in the cinemas, then chances are there will be no streaming in the same week (or even months). You can always check online for the movie's availability to be sure.

On the other hand, old, unpopular, or obscure movies or TV shows can be unavailable for streaming, too. The rarity can sometimes work against you so again, check for these shows in other streaming sites or online databases to find out.

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