How To Clear the Cache in Kodi
Media center software is a great place to store, organize, and watch your video content, and Kodi is one of the very best platforms out there for streaming video, audio, and music from set-top boxes or Android devices to televisions and home theaters. Kodi has a terrific interface, a vast library of add-ons and plugins, and a quick and easy setup method, so it’s no wonder that so many people have moved all their watching into the streamlined Kodi interface.
If you’re a long-time Kodi user, though, you might have noticed your phone, tablet, or streaming box has begun to grow slow and stuttery during regular use. With so much usage over a long period, it’s unsurprising that Kodi can occasionally feature slowdowns and buffering. While a certain amount of playback problems can be caused by network instability or typical slowdowns when buffering, sometimes the platform itself becomes too slow to use reliably. If that’s happened, it might be time to clear your cache inside of Kodi.
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 with an Android phone or tablet, clearing your cache can help fix many small problems within Kodi’s system. Unlike in the Android environment, however, clearing your cache on Kodi requires an additional plugin—one we’ll detail a bit more below. Our previous methods for clearing the cache inside of Kodi became outdated when specific repositories were shut down and closed their doors for good. This is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of the Kodi ecosphere evolving so rapidly. Previous methods of clearing Kodi cache used the Merlin Wizard add-on or other add-ons, but those repositories aren’t functioning anymore. We will keep this article up-to-date whenever possible, but if you find that the method described below stops working, please let us know so that we can find another method for you to use.
For this guide, we’re using Kodi 17.6 running on a Windows 10 PC. Other than your Kodi device—be it a streaming box, phone, or tablet—you’ll first need to install a Kodi repository called Super Repo, a repository containing many add-ons for Kodi. From Super Repo, we will be able to find a tool for cleaning our Kodi cache. Here’s how to install Super Repo. The current tool for clearing the Kodi cache is called SIMTECH Wizard.
Installing Super Repo
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 what to do. No worries—installing Super Repo, or any other repository for that matter is easy and fast.
- Start by heading into the settings menu of Kodi 17 by clicking or tapping the gear icon on the left-hand menu. This is where you’ll find the internal file browser needed to add repositories and other third-party plugins.
- Select the file manager, then tap or double-click “Add source” and select the “None” field to open the text field.
- Enter “http://srp.nu” exactly as shown in the field using Kodi’s built-in keyboard.
- Give the name “SuperRepo” to the new repository. Hit “Okay” to add the source.
Now that we have SuperRepo downloaded, we need to install it. Kodi makes this unnecessarily complicated, but the steps are simple enough one by one. Go back to the Kodi home screen, and select “Add-Ons” from the left-side menu. Then select the packaged item (it looks like an open box) in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
Select “Install from zip file,” scroll down to “SuperRepo” in your list of zip files, and select it. Select “krypton”, then “all”, and then finally select “superrepo.kodi.krypton.all-0.7.04.zip”. (Note that the zip file may have a different name as time passes and additional SuperRepo builds drop, but there will only be one zip file in the directory, and it should be straightforward to identify which file you need.) Hit “OK” and the SuperRepo files will extract from the zip archive.
Now we just need to actually install the files into Kodi. Select “Install” from repository” (it’s right above “install from zip file”) then select “Super Repo All.” A whole list of add-on categories will appear; you can explore these add-ons at your leisure, but for now, select “Program Add-ons” and then “SIMTECH WIZARD.” Select Install, and the add-on will install!
Using Simtech Wizard
Now that we’ve got the Simtech Wizard installed (whew!), all we need to do is open it so that we can clear out that cache! Go back to the main menu and head to the Add-on browser. Select “Program” add-ons and then the Simtech Wizard.
Using Simtech Wizard to Clear Your Kodi Cache
Go back to the main Kodi screen and then head into the add-on browser inside of Kodi. Click or tap the cheerful wizard icon, and the add-on will run. Select “SIMTECH Maintenance Tools” and then “Clean/Wipe Options.” And there it is, at long last – the “Clear Cache” command!
Click or tap the Clear Cache command, and a confirmation dialog will come up – go ahead and hit delete! A series of dialogs will come up, asking if you want to delete particular directories, to restart Kodi, etc. Just accept all these, and soon all your cache troubles will be behind you.
So that’s it! You’ve cleared Kodi’s cache. If you ever feel like your device is running slower than usual, 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.
Are you still having trouble with your Kodi box? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll do our best to help you out!
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