How to stop Kodi buffering: The BEST fixes for a stable stream

This is how to stop those annoying Kodi buffering issues

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Kodi may be one of the best streaming platforms available, but it still comes with its fair share of issues.

Like any bit of software that uses the web, Kodi's performance can seriously suffer if your connection is poor. That's not great for your viewing enjoyment, especially if you're watching sports, TV shows and films.

While the stream you’ve selected or your internet connection will play a big role in buffering, there are still several ways you can make your streaming service more stable.

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Here's how to stop buffering on Kodi in 2018

1. Before you even delve into the software, your first start should be testing your internet connection. Generally, HD content will need a connection speed of at least 10Mbits/sec, so go to speedtest.net to see exactly what you’re working with. On the site, click Go and you'll see Ping, Download and Upload speeds. 

2. If your speed is under 10Mbits/sec, check to make sure you’re not too far from your router. Thick walls can significantly impact the speed and strength of a Wi-Fi signal so, if possible, move the router or move closer to it. Also make sure that no other devices are streaming, downloading or doing any other larger tasks that could suck up your bandwidth. Most broadband providers should be able to handle more than one device, but it's a good thing to rule out. If there are, turn them off.

3. If you find your stream is still lagging, it’s worth effectively opening up the bonnet and tweaking a few of Kodi’s cache settings. Cache can be thought of like slack in a rope: the more slack you have, the more patchy your stream can be without causing interruptions.

4. The only issue? Cache takes up memory, and since Kodi is designed to run on something as small as a Google Chromecast, it doesn’t use much of it. However, there's a way to increase the amount of cache Kodi uses, and that’s done via the advancedsettings XML file.

6. Tweaking Kodi’s buffering systems requires some fairly basic coding, but to make things easier, we’ve written it out for you below:

<advancedsettings>

<network>

<buffermode> 1 </buffermode>

<readbufferfactor> 1.5 </readbufferfactor>

<cachemembuffersize> 104857600 </cachemembuffersize>

</network>

</advancedsettings>

7. Copy and paste the above into a notepad file, and then make sure it’s saved exactly as advancedsettings.xml. Once that’s done, you’ll need to drop it in your user data file, but the location varies depending on the version of Kodi you’re running.

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/

OpenELEC

/storage/.kodi/userdata/

Windows

Start | search ‘%APPDATA%\kodi\userdata’ | Enter

8. If you’ve done all of the above, you should find Kodi is running smoother and faster than ever before!

Tip: The £34.99 ($39.99) Amazon Fire TV Stick is one of the best Kodi streaming devices. It’s wireless, cheap and delivers a solid stream - here's our tutorial for how to install Kodi on an Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Looking for a VPN to use with Kodi? Check out Buffered, voted as Best VPN for the United Kingdom by BestVPN.com.

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