How To Clear the Cache in Kodi
Media center software is a great place to store, organize, and watch your video content, and Kodi is one of the very best platforms out there for streaming video, audio, and music from set-top boxes or Android devices to televisions and home theaters. Kodi has a terrific interface, a vast library of add-ons and plugins, and a quick and easy setup method, so it’s no wonder that so many people have moved all their watching into the streamlined Kodi interface.
If you’re a long-time Kodi user, though, you might have noticed your streaming speed has grown slow and stuttery during regular use. With so much usage over a long period, it’s unsurprising that Kodi can occasionally feature slowdowns and buffering. While a certain amount of playback problems can be caused by network instability or typical slowdowns when buffering, sometimes the platform itself becomes too slow to use reliably. If this is what has happened for you, it may be time to empty out the cache.
Just like with an Android phone or tablet, clearing your cache in Kodi isn’t a process you have to do very often, but it can be pretty helpful when it comes to fixing small issues with interface and playback. Unlike in the Android environment, however, clearing your cache in Kodi requires an additional plugin.
Our previous methods for clearing the cache became outdated when specific repositories were shut down and closed their doors for good. This is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of the rapidly evolving Kodi ecosphere. Previous ways to clear out the cache included using the Merlin Wizard add-on or other add-ons, but those repositories aren’t functioning anymore. We will keep this article up-to-date whenever possible, but if you find that the method described below stops working, please let us know so that we can find another method for you to use.
For this guide, we’re using Kodi 17.6 running on a Windows 10 PC. Other than your Kodi device—be it a streaming box, phone, or tablet—you’ll first need to install a Kodi repository called Super Repo. Super repo contains many add-ons for Kodi and from here we will be able to find a tool for cleaning our Kodi cache. The current tool for clearing the Kodi cache is called SIMTECH Wizard.
Installing Super Repo
If you’re a long-time Kodi user, you’ve no doubt added dozens of repositories and plugins through the internal file browser. If you’re new to the platform, however, it can be a bit overwhelming. No worries—installing Super Repo, or any other repository for that matter is easy and fast.
- Start by heading into the settings menu of Kodi 17 by clicking or tapping the gear icon on the left-hand menu. This is where you’ll find the internal file browser needed to add repositories and other third-party plugins.
- Select the file manager, then tap or double-click “Add source” and select the “None” field to open the text field.
- Enter “http://srp.nu” exactly as shown in the field using Kodi’s built-in keyboard.
- Give the name “SuperRepo” to the new repository. Hit “Okay” to add the source.
Now that we have SuperRepo downloaded, we need to install it. Kodi makes this unnecessarily complicated, but the steps are simple when laid out for you. Go back to the Kodi home screen, and select “Add-Ons” from the left-side menu. Then select the packaged item (it looks like an open box) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
Select “Install from zip file,” scroll down to “SuperRepo” in your list of zip files, and select it. Select “krypton”, then “all”, and then finally select “superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-0.7.04.zip”. (Note that the zip file may have a different name as time passes and additional SuperRepo builds drop, but there will only be one zip file in the directory, and it should be straightforward to identify which file you need.) Hit “OK” and the SuperRepo files will extract from the zip archive.
Now we need to install the files into Kodi. Select “Install” from repository” (it’s right above “install from zip file”) then click “Super Repo All.” A whole list of add-on categories will appear; you can explore these add-ons at your leisure, but for now, select “Program Add-ons” and then “SIMTECH WIZARD.” Select Install, and the add-on will install!
Using Simtech Wizard
Now that we’ve got the Simtech Wizard installed (whew!), we need to open it so that we can clear out that cache! Go back to the main menu and head to the Add-on browser. Select “Program add-ons” and then “Simtech Wizard.”
Using Simtech Wizard to Clear Your Kodi Cache
Tap on the wizard to start the add-on. Select “SIMTECH Maintenance Tools” and then “Clean/Wipe Options.” And there it is, at long last – the “Clear Cache” command!
Click or tap the Clear Cache command, and a confirmation dialog will come up – go ahead and hit delete! A series of dialogs will come up, asking if you want to delete particular directories, to restart Kodi, etc. Just accept all these, and soon all your cache troubles will be behind you.
Clearing Kodi Cache on Firestick
Although Kodi doesn’t have a native option to clear the cache, you can perform this action on your Firestick. It is simple and about as straightforward as clearing the cache can be.
To clear the cache on your Firestick do this:
- Scroll over and click on ‘Settings’ at the top of the Firestick home screen
- Click on ‘Applications’
- Click ‘Manage Installed Applications’
- Navigate to Kodi and click on it
- Click on ‘Clear Cache’
If you’ve noticed you’re having trouble with slowdowns on your Firestick or Kodi isn’t acting right, performing this action may clear up any problems you’re having.
So that’s it! You’ve cleared Kodi’s cache. If you ever feel like your device is running slower than usual, or your Kodi box is buffering more than it should, clearing the cache of your device usually helps resolve any problems. Don’t forget that buffering and streaming problems can also spawn from network issues, so if you’re still experiencing streaming issues following a cleared cache, check your router and modem settings, or contact your ISP with network speed concerns.
Finally, remember that streaming from some Kodi repositories can often be unpredictable or unstable, so always make sure you’re using safe and legal repos.