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Professional Solutions to Fix Kodi Videos Not Playing

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Jan 27, 2024 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

When it comes to media, Kodi is the name that comes to mind. Since its beginning in 2002 with an Xbox media player, it has marked a huge presence in online streaming. It is so popular that many use this platform for watching videos, playing music, and so on. But the problem arises when Kodi videos not playing properly. If this is happening to you. Here is the solution.

Part 1. Why Are Kodi Videos Not Playing

Kodi videos are having their standard, this is the reason why people love to watch videos on Kodi. There are several instances when there arises a problem with Kodi videos.

Cause Type 1. Wrong Operations

Cause Type 2. Videos Are Corrupted

Cause Type 3. Kodi Not Working

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Part 2. Check and Fix Kodi Playback Issue Due to Wrong Operations

Although Kodi videos provide easy streaming, sometimes there arise playback issues. These issues generally arise due to various wrong operations. There are several wrong operations, but they can be fixed easily. Well to help you more with it let us discuss some issues with their solutions. These will help you to instantly fix the issue without any third-party software requirement.

Issue 1: Pausing, freezing, or crashing are the most common issues that have to be faced by many. Generally, these kinds of issues arise after updates, builds, or add-ons.

Fix 1: Clear Kodi Cache

Clearing the Kodi cache is an efficient solution. It can fix many issues in a single go. For this follow some of the simple steps.

Step 1: Open "Kodi" and go to "Add-ons". Now launch "Exodus". Now go to the add-on's main page and click on "Tools".

Step 2: Clicking on "Tools" will provide you with two options "Clear Cache" and "Clear Providers" as shown in the image, use both. You will be asked to proceed. Simply click on "Yes" to proceed. You are done.

chose clear cache and providers

Fix 2: Disable Hardware Acceleration

Disabling Hardware Acceleration can resolve many issues. This issue is commonly seen in Android devices that can be easily fixed by disabling the hardware acceleration from Kodi's interface. For this just follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Launch "Kodi" on your device and go to the settings. For this go to the top-left corner and click on the gear-shaped icon.

Step 2: Now go to the player settings and click on the gear icon that is present on the bottom left corner. It will display "Expert" as shown in the image. Now choose "Allow hardware acceleration - DXVA2" and disable it.

disable allow hardware acceleration dxva2

Step 3: Now Restart Kodi and you are done.

Issue 2: Sometimes Kodi is not able to open the source and reboot continuously. It generally happens when the source address is incorrect or when the repo's file extension is missing.

Fix: Enter the URL Correctly

Now what happens in most of the cases is you are adding an external source and you didn't add the proper URL. It generally shows you the notification, it can't connect to the source. To fix this follow these tips.

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Part 3. How to Repair Corrupted Files and Play Videos on Kodi

What happens in most of the cases is a Kodi video is not playing properly. The video got corrupted or an error is shown when we try to play it. This happens when the format of the video is changed or when it is attacked by some virus and so on.

There is a lot of information available on the internet, but when it comes to repairing the corrupted or damaged video what can be better than Wondershare Repairit Video Repair software.

Wondershare Repairit helps to effectively repair corrupt videos on both Mac and Windows. It can repair videos with multiple formats at the same time. It can repair almost all videos.

To use it follow 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Add Corrupted Video

Launch Wondershare Repairit and add a corrupted video. There are two ways to add a corrupted video.

    1. Click on the interface as shown with a message "Add video and start repairing"
    2. Click on the "Add" button.

add corrupted video

On adding the video, you will be shown all information regarding the video by an interface.

corrupted video's information

Step 2: Repair Video

Simply click on the "Repair" button. Once the repair is completed a save and preview message will appear. Click "OK" for saving.

choose advanced repair

Click the folder icon and add a sample video. A sample file is created with the same device and the same format as the corrupted file. Advanced repair uses this information to repair.

add sample video

Click on "Repair" to continue. You will be asked to save the repaired video before advanced repair. Choose from "Yes" or "No".

Step 3: Save Video

Click on the "Save" button to save the video. You will be asked to choose the path or location for storing the repaired video. It is advised, not to go with the same location. You can choose another location for safety.

choose a location to save video

Here you are provided with a "Save" option. Choosing "Save" will save your video to the chosen folder. Choosing" New folder" will allow you to create a new folder with the name of your choice. Finally, it will take a few seconds and your video will be saved successfully on the chosen location.

Part 3. Different Methods to Solve Kodi Not Working

There are many instances when you try to play Kodi and it does not work. Then you keep on trying different methods but still, it ends up in Kodi not working or Kodi videos not playing. This is a difficult situation as you are unaware of the real issues. Then, how can you solve the problem when you have no idea about the problem itself. It may be linked to add-ons. Connectivity, settings, and so on.

Well, to help you out on these some trusted and tested methods are presented. You can use them to resolve Kodi not working issue. These are easy techniques and do not requires any professional skills. You only need to follow some simple steps and you are done.

Method 1: Clear Kodi's Cache

Now what happens is, when Kodi plays streaming videos, the download starts some seconds earlier to the cache. This is to provide a smooth streaming experience. But this process fills up the cache. When the cache is occupied entirely, Kodi is not able to work properly.

To fix this issue you can use Indigo or some other add-on to clear the cache as there is no inbuilt tool for the same.

Once the addon is installed follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Click on the maintenance tool.

Step 2: Choose "Clear Cache" as shown in the image. This will start the process. Once the process is completed, you are done.

choose clear cache

This process will fix the issue. But if still, the problem exists, reinstall Kodi.

Method 2: Update to the Latest Version

With the latest available version, a lot of bugs are fixed. So, it is better to solve the issue by updating Kodi. To Know your present version, click on the "Settings" icon from the Kodi home screen.

go to settings

Now select "System information"

select system information

You will be presented with all information on the current version.

summary of the current version

Now for installing the latest version, follow some simple steps,

Step 1: Open Kodi's official website and click on the "Download" button with blue color. Here you will find the latest available version for your operating system.

Step 2: Now go to "Chose your Weapon" and select your operating system.

choose your weapon

Step 3: Now choose from the options as per your system requirements. The downloading will start. Once downloaded click to install the latest version. You are not required to uninstall the old version for this. This process of up-gradation will work automatically.

choose the required installer

Method 3: Restore to Default Settings

Restoring Kodi to default settings help to fix most of the temporary issues. For this, you can install an Indigo add-on and follow some simple steps.

Step 1: Go to the home screen and click on the "Factory Restore" as shown in the image.

click on factory restore

Step 2: You will be asked for permission. Go ahead with clicking on "Yes". It will take some time. Once the process is completed restart Kodi and imports the media library to continue.

Methods 4: Enable Unknown Sources

Kodi is one of the safest platforms that provide entertainment, taking into account various security aspects. This is the reason why it does not permit any installations from unknown or third-party sources. But sometimes this leads to Kodi not working properly. To make it work you need to enable unknown sources option to add necessary Add-ons. The steps for the same are given below.

Step 1: Go to the Kodi home screen and click on "Settings", present on the top right.

click on settings

Step 2: Click on the "System settings" icon from the given options.

Click on system settings

Step 3: Click on the "Add-ons" present on the left and enable "Unknown sources".

enable unknown sources

Once you add the necessary add-ons disable this option again, to continue.

Method 5: Update Kodi Add-ons

Sometimes you add necessary Add-ons, but still, your Kodi is not working the way it has to be. Under these circumstances, you can go for performing manual updates. For this follow some steps.

Step 1: Open Kodi and go to "Add-ons" as shown.

go to add ons

Step 2: Now click on the package installer button. It is located on the top left corner as shown.

click on the package installer button

Step 3: Click on "My add-ons".

click on my add ons

Step 4: Now click on the "Video add-ons" as shown.

click on video add ons

Step 5: Choose your preferred add-on and click on the update button. Select the available latest update version and wait for an add-on updated message to appear. Once the message appeared you are done.

Method 6: Use Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Sometimes your Kodi is not working or your Kodi videos are not playing and you get a "No stream available" error. This condition generally arises when your Internet Service Provider (ISP) blocks your videos. This is a common issue that can be easily resolved by installing a suitable Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN will mask your video. and encrypts your traffic. It will not let your ISP know what you are streaming at the moment and from where? It means you can seamlessly access any content that is blocked in your region.

Part 4. How to Prevent Kodi Videos Not Playing Issue

Kodi videos provide easy access to the world of entertainment. It allows you to watch high-quality videos without any disturbance in the comfort of your home. But, sometimes Kodi videos are not playing properly due to several issues. To help you out on the same some trusted preventions are presented.

Closing Words:

There often comes a time when Kodi videos are not playing like a pro. When it comes to issues there are a lot of issues with various solutions for each. But, do all of these solutions are practically workable? Not! To help you out on this some tested methods are presented to you. So, take advantage of these solutions to fix your issues easily and rapidly.

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