How to Easily Clear Cache on Kodi
A lot of the errors that we come across on Kodi can be fixed by clearing the cache. Here we take a deep dive into understanding what cache is, the 5 different types of file caches, and why it’s important to clear it regularly.
Finally, we have 3 great tools with step by step instructions to get Kodi back to running at its best.
What is a Cache?
You’re probably most familiar with cache on your web browser. Do you ever notice when your browser loads your favorite websites much faster than a new website you have never been to?
That’s a cache. Basically, the websites URL, images and code are stored in a short-term memory cache, meaning it can be accessed and loaded much faster next time you visit.
Everything you visit and do online and on Kodi is cached. So, say you watched “Avengers: Endgame”, the file is cached to load faster next time.
All the file isn’t stored but just enough to get it started and loaded quickly.
The Different Type of Cache files?
There are 4 different types of cache file on Kodi:
Every time a web scraper fetches new links to content, it shows that link using fan art. A clickable image showing you what the title is. These images are compressed and cached each time, making home screen loading much faster on an add on.
This is a cache of all your old files, like zip files and older versions of add ons which have been updated. A lot of these files are really trash because they are no longer being used
Every video you play caches the first few seconds of the file. This means next time when you start it, you won’t see the whirling streaming button of doom. By caching the start of the video, it can start while new data is being streamed in the background
Every time you use an add on or application, it caches what you do, setting and preferences in time-stamped files. Also meaning these settings don’t need to be changed every time you open the application. The same goes for Android applications
Why Do I Need to Clear Cache Regularly?
As you can imagine from the above, considering the amount of video you watch, titles you browse before choosing and add on you open and close, the data used by these cache files quickly pile up.
Depending on the size of your device this may not matter in the beginning, but imperceptibly over time Kodi will begin to run slower.
This cache file which is accessed each time, become bigger with more folder and more time needed to navigate and find the right file.
On smaller devices like the Amazon Fire Stick if you don’t clear cache regularly it may even start to crash when you put too much load on the RAM where your cache file is stored.
Just like your web browser slows down, so does Kodi. Persistent issues may be slow buffering of videos and a lack of responsiveness when navigating between pages.
By clearing cache, you can speed up all your add ons and Kodi as a whole.
3 Tools to Clear Cache on an Android Device
Kodi is brilliant but one thing it lacks is maintenance tools. So, unlike your browser you can’t just go to settings and clear history and cache, you need to install a separate add on to do that.
Luckily there are some great ones out there:
Probably the add on of choice for most Kodi users, there are lots of multi-purpose maintenance tools which act like Swiss Army knives and Raw Maintenance does a great job of giving Kodi a good clean.
You can install it by:
Raw Maintenance using the following steps:
- Start from the Kodi Home Screen
- Go to settings, which looks like a gear icon in the top left-hand corner
- Click File Manager, then Add Source and Select Add None
- You’ll then get a pop up with a URL bar where you enter the following: http://solved.no-issue.is/
- Once downloaded call the file RM or any name that you will remember
- Go back to the Home Screen
- Then go to Settings, Add ons and install from Zip File. The file will unzip
- Once unzipped you can install RM from the repository
- Go back to the Home Screen and click on Raw Maintenance
- From the add on menu click “clear cache and purge packages”
A great package, coming from the TV Add ons family. Also, a good multipurpose maintenance tool to have regardless as you can do so many things with it including wiping add ons, and force updating all add ons.
Install it by:
- From the Kodi Home Screen to Settings, File Manager, Add Source and Add None
- Type in: “http://fusion.tvaddons.co “into the URL pop up bar
- Name the file and follow the instruction before installing from Zip file
- Go back to Tv Add ons, then Source, Kodi Repo and XBMCHUB repository file
- From there go to TV Addons Repo, Video add ons, Indigo and Install
- Start Indigo from the Kodi Home Screen and under Maintenance Tool click Clear Cache
Looking Glass Wizard
Another specialized maintenance tool with great reviews.
Follow these steps to get Looking Glass Wizard installed:
- Settings, File Manager, Add Source, Add None, Enter: “http://repo.lookingglass.rocks/ “
- Install from Zip File and then from repository using the same steps as you’ve seen in Raw Maintenance and Indigo
- From the Kodi Home Screen to go Add ons, Program Add ons, Maintenance and then Cleaning Tools
- You’ll then see an option to clear cache
We recommend installing an active VPN on your device. This is to keep your connection encrypted and anonymous. We recommend IPVANISH VPN.
Screenshots with Step by Step Instruction to Install IPVanish on a Firestick
1. Click Home on your remote and scroll once to your left. It will be the search icon.
2. You can either say IPVanish to your Alexa’s voice-enabled remote or start typing it. If you typed it, click on the suggestion when it appears.
3. Click on the IPVanish icon.
4. Click on Download
5. Wait to download.
6. Wait to install.
7. Click on Open.
8. Input your username and password to log in.
9. Click Connect.
There are plenty of other great maintenance tools out there, including Covenant and Ares. But the above should be enough. We always recommend you restart Kodi once you have cleared cache, and maybe consider clearing once a month, or sooner, especially if your device has quite a low RAM.