Kodi’s one of our very favorite platforms for streaming video, audio, and music from set-top boxes or Android devices to our televisions and speaker setups. With a great interface, tons of add-ons and plugins, and a quick and easy setup method, it’s no wonder so many have been won over by Kodi’s streaming interface. If you’ve been a long-time Kodi user, though, you might notice your phone, tablet, or streaming box has begun to grow slow and stuttery during regular use. With such a wide variety of uses, it’s unsurprising that Kodi can occasionally feature slowdowns and buffering. And while a certain amount of playback problems can be caused by network instability or typical slowdown when buffering, sometimes the platform becomes too slow to use reliably. And that’s when it might be time to clear your cache inside of Kodi.
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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 in Kodi’s interface and playback. Just like on an Android device, clearing your cache can typically help fix any small issues within Kodi’s system. Unlike on Android, however, clearing your cache on Kodi requires an additional plugin—one we’ll detail a bit more below. Our previous methods for clearing cache inside of Kodi, as many Kodi-based guides often do, became outdated when certain repositories were shut down and closed their doors for good.
For this guide, we’re using Kodi 17.3 running on an Nvidia Shield Tablet, with a build compiled on May 24th, 2017. Other than your Kodi device—be it a streaming box, phone, or tablet—we’ll also need to install a Kodi repository called Xfinity, which comes with an included maintenance tool for keeping Kodi running fast and smooth. Let’s take a look how it’s done.
If you’re a long-time Kodi user, you’ve no doubt added dozens of repositories and plugins through Kodi’s internal file browser. If you’re new to the platform, however, it can be a bit overwhelming if you aren’t sure where to head. No worries—installing Xunity, or any other repository for that matter, is easy and fast.
- Start by heading into the settings menu of Kodi 17. This is where you’ll find the internal file browser needed to add repositories and other third-party plugins.
- Inside the file manager, tap “Add source,” and tap the “None” field to open the text field.
- Enter “http://www.xunitytalk.me/xfinity/” exactly as shown into the field using Kodi’s built-in keyboard.
- The name “xfinity” should automatically be given to the new repository. Hit “Okay” to add the source.
And that’s it—you’ll have access to Xfinity’s resources and repository. Let’s head back to the home display for Kodi and install the maintenance tool from Xfinity.
Installing Xunity Maintenance
Once you’ve the Xfinity repository onto your device, all we need to do to install the Xunity Maintenance Tool is head into the add-on browser inside of Kodi.
- From the Kodi home screen, tap “Add-ons” on the side panel.
- Inside the add-ons menu, tap the box at the top of the side panel to enter the add-on browser.
- Tap “Install from zip file,” and select “Xfinity” from the pop-up listing.
- From here, there are several folders and zip files to select from. We’re looking for the “XunityTalk_Repository.zip” file. Select it.
- The pop-up will disappear, and in a few moments, you’ll receive a Kodi notification that XunityTalk has been installed on your device. This time, head to “Install from Repository.”
- Select the “XunityTalk Repository,” and then look for “Program add-ons.”
- As promised, you’ll find “Xunity Maintenance” here. Tap this selection, and then tap “Install” from the menu.
Just as when we installed the Xfinity repository above, you’ll be sent back to the previous menu as Xunity Maintenance installs. Once the app has been installed into Kodi, you’ll receive a notification. Head back to the home display once more, so we can finally access our maintenance tools and clear Kodi’s cache.
Using Xunity Maintenance to Clear Your Cache
Back at the Kodi home screen, scroll your navigation menu to your “Add-on” section like we had before. This time, however, don’t open the main add-on menu—instead, you’ll be able to view your plugins right from the main display. Scroll through your installed apps to find Xunity Maintenance, the app we installed just moments ago in our guide above. Inside Xunity, you’ll see a bunch of different options on controlling the settings of your Kodi device. Unsurprisingly, we’re looking for the “Maintenance” tab, which is found third from the right on the top row of icons.
Inside of the maintenance folder, you’ll find plenty of settings and options for you to explore. Some of these might help speed up your Kodi device—removing Add-ons, repositories, and skins you aren’t using is always a good idea—but for now, we’re focused on clearing your cache.
- Near the bottom of the list, you’ll find an option titled “Delete my cache.” Select it.
- Xunity will give you a popup notification alerting you to temporary files found within the platform.
- Select “Yes” to clear your cache.
- You’ll receive a notification alerting you that your cache has been cleared. Click “Ok” to head back to the menu.
That’s it—you’ve cleared Kodi’s cache. A restart of your Kodi platform might help speed it up following the cleared cache, but it isn’t required. If you ever feel like your device is running slower than normal, 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.
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