How to Remove a Kodi Build: Reset Kodi to its default, factory settings

Kodi is great because it’s both free and open-source – and the latter is perfect if you like customizing things. Although Kodi – or XBMC as it used to be called – can stream pretty much anything from the internet or your local hard drive, there are lots of ways of making it exactly as you want. And the quickest way to do that is to use a Kodi build.

Please note that many add-ons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

What is a Kodi build?

Simply put, a Kodi build is a version of XBMC that comes “pre-baked” with all the most popular add-ons already downloaded. This means you don’t have to manually install Kodi add-ons, tweak or configure the settings. The Kodi builds are made by other Kodi fans and developers and, depending on their level of knowledge, can be highly advanced and technical or a bit glitchy. While most work without issues, if you’re having problems with a Kodi build or just want to remove it, read on.

Now, you might think simply deleting and reinstalling Kodi would work, but you’d be wrong. It turns out just deleting and reinstalling Kodi makes no difference, so even after reinstalling the latest version you’ll find Kodi boots up looking exactly like it did beforehand. However, getting Kodi to its default settings isn’t possible. Here’s how to remove a Kodi build, and restore Kodi to its factory settings.

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How to Remove Kodi Add-Ons

To remove Kodi on a Firestick:

  1. Open Kodi and click ‘Add-Ons’ on the left-hand side
  2. Click ‘My Add-ons’ from the menu that appears
  3. Filter the add-ons you’d like to remove or select ‘All’
  4. Click on the add-on to remove it and click the trashcan icon

You can do this for multiple add-ons by following the same steps as above.

How to Remove a Kodi Build

1. Before you begin, it’s worth checking if you have the fusion repo installed. Fusion repo, or Fusion repository, lets you install multiple Kodi add-ons. It was shut down in July 2017 but came back later in the year with fewer features.

If you do have a Fusion repo, this tutorial is extremely quick. If you don’t, you’ll need to download it.

2. Fortunately, that doesn’t take too long.

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3. Once Fusion is installed, navigate to System | Settings | Add-ons, and select Install from zipping. If Fusion is part of your Kodi installation, you should see it on the list with other repos. Click on it.

4. On the next screen select Start-here, and then go to plugin.video.freshstart-X.X.X.zip, with x.x.x signifying the latest version of the zip file.screen_shot_2016-11-25_at_17

5. After that’s installed go to the home screen and then Program | Add-ons | Fresh Start.

6. Click OK, and then you’ll be prompted to restart Kodi. When Kodi reboots, you’ll see it’s been restored to factory settings. screen_shot_2016-11-25_at_17

Please note that many add-ons contain content that isn’t officially licensed and accessing such content could be illegal. It is the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws in their country in regard to use. Dennis Publishing Ltd excludes all liability for such content. We do not condone and are not responsible for the infringement of any intellectual property or other third party rights and shall not be liable to any party as a result of any such content made available. In short, if the content is free, but looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

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