How to Clear the Cache in KODI

Kodi Cache

If you’ve been using KODI for a while now, you’ve probably already got useful add-ons like Exodus and Phoenix installed. Have you noticed some stuttering, buffering, or pausing in your playback? We have a remedy for that—you’re going to need to clear the cache in the KODI Media Center.

The easiest way to clear the cache in KODI is with the Maintenance Tool program add-on. You’ll first have to install it, and then you can clear the cache easily and in a matter of seconds.

Note: I’m also going to let you know up front that, since I’ve installed the most recent release of KODI version 16 Jarvis, I’ve had fewer issues with buffering and lag during streaming playback. I’m just putting that out there as well.)

Now, on to clearing the cache in your KODI Media Center.

Clearing KODI’s Cache

On the KODI home screen, you’ll navigate to “Programs.”

  • Select “Programs.”                                                           Programs KODI
  • Now, click “Addon Installer.”                                                                                      add-on installer
  • Next, you’ll click on “Program Add-ons” in the list.     Program add-ons
  • Choose the Maintenance Tool on the next screen by scrolling to locate, select, and install it.  Maintenance tool
  • A pop-up box will appear. The pop-up box asks for your confirmation to install the Maintenance Tool. Click on the “Install” button.  Install maintenance tool
  • It may take a few minutes for the installation to complete.
  • A success box will show on your screen when it’s completed, and then you will click “OK.”                                                             Success Maintenance Tool

This completes the process of adding the Maintenance Tool program to your KODI Media Center.

Using the Maintenance Tool

Now, we’ll be showing you how to use the Maintenance Tool you’ve just installed to clear the cache in KODI.

Head back to the KODI home screen.

Now make your way to Programs in the KODI home menu.

  1. Click on “Programs.”                                                                                                               Programs KODI
  2. Select the Maintenance Tool to launch it.                                                                        add-on tool
  3. A pop-up box will appear to tell you that it’s intended for advanced users; click “Continue.” (You’re just clearing the cache. No risk, no worries.)                                                                                                                    Tool advanced users
  • Another box will pop up displaying community news updates; click “OK” to dismiss it.
  1. Select “General Maintenance” to proceed.                                                                          General Maintenance
  2. On the next screen, select “Clear cache.”                                                                              Clear Cache
  3. Once the cache is cleared, another pop-up box will appear on the screen, letting you know that the cache has cleared and the process is completed. Click “OK.”                                                                                                             Done Cache

You’ve now cleared the cache in KODI.

Anytime you feel there is a playback issue—such as a lot of buffering—clearing the cache usually helps resolve the situation, unless you are streaming from a location that is under a heavy load of streaming consumption. Then it’s most likely something on the server’s end of things, and you may want to try selecting a different stream provider or selecting a different stream resolution quality.

We hope this helps you to continue enjoying your KODI experience!

Posted by Heather on July 5, 2016

17 thoughts on “How to Clear the Cache in KODI”

  1. Mimi Hirst says:

    Awesome thanks! Even a complete noob like me could do this!

  2. Heather says:

    You’re very welcome Mimi!

    1. John says:

      Thank You!!!! was easy peezy esp for noob like me

  3. Denise Richard says:

    Thank you!!

  4. Heather says:

    You’re welcome, Denise!

  5. John says:

    Thank You VERY EASY ESP FOR noob like me Thanks again!!!!

  6. Heather says:

    Hi John,
    Glad to help!

  7. Emcat says:

    I cleared the cache and it made no difference to my buffering and lagging, I have 50mb broadband so it can not be this.
    Is there anything else you can do to stop the lagging???

  8. Under the “Summary Information” and Memory used before using Maintenace Tool, Clear Cache it was at 43%.After using Clear Cache it only went to 41%. Why did it do so little ?

  9. Paul says:

    Awesome Heathery, will you marry me?? That’s how easy it is to please me, it’s the small things….anyway
    Thanks a bunch.

  10. Skylar says:

    Try it works mniw my kodi is faster than ever

  11. Gary Clifford says:

    Thanks for nothing you fucking asshole !

  12. George says:

    Thank you! It worked awesome.

  13. Dan says:

    I clrared cashe. Seems the same. Live tv in suicide will play a few channels but alot wont. Keeps getting message that one or more items failed to play. To check log for more info. How can i resolve this issue ??

  14. Dave Evans says:

    Thank you for the instructions for clear cache. It works way better now!!

  15. Luis says:

    I’m sorry but, my kodi lists nothing under programs. Only thing that is under programs is “get more”. Which is a list of others add ons. I try to find the maintenance add-on but to no avail. I need to clear my cache but I can’t find how to anywhere.

    1. Kalif Gates says:

      You have to install add on installer. To install the add on installer just follow the directions in the following link. Once you install that, follow the instructions in the original post.

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