If you’re reading this post, you’ve probably found that your Kodi build is not working as effectively as it used to. It might be crashing regularly or simply running slower. Regardless of the exact symptoms you’re experiencing, the problem may be that you installed too many Kodi builds or add-ons. Your Kodi issues have probably caused you a lot of trouble, so you may be looking for a way to clean things up and start fresh. Don’t worry—in this post, I will guide you as you uninstall your Kodi build on FireStick to improve Kodi performance.
Please note that this method is only applicable to Kodi 17 and 18.
This method works on FireStick, Mac, Windows, Fire TV Cube, and any other devices that are compatible with Kodi. Make sure you meticulously follow this article and do not skip any steps. If you skip steps, you may not be able to uninstall the unnecessary Kodi builds on your FireStick to speed up Kodi.
Why Would You Uninstall Kodi Builds?
Kodi is undoubtedly one of the best and most widely used media player applications in the world. It offers boundless entertainment and does so at little to no cost. And because of all the helpful builds available, you can view free TV shows and movies, add subtitles, listen to music, and much more.
But an issue with installing all these helpful builds is that they consume a lot of storage. Especially if you are a FireStick user, you will likely struggle with storing these builds on your device, as they occupy tons of the device’s limited space.
This will slow Kodi’s performance, which can cause streaming and buffering issues. And often, the developers fail to maintain these builds, leaving you with dead and useless builds that are only wasting space.
Hence, people get rid of unnecessary builds that slow down Kodi’s performance and cause buffering. A bonus piece of advice is also to remove dead add-ons that come with builds. This will clear up some valuable space on Fire TVs and Android TVs.
Attention, Kodi Users!
Kodi Addons and builds offer unlimited streaming content, but could also get you into legal trouble if caught streaming free movies, TV shows, or sports. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. Kodi users are strongly advised to always connect to a VPN while streaming online. A good Kodi VPN hides your identity, bypasses government surveillance, geo-blocked content, and ISP throttling (which also helps in buffer-free streaming).
I personally use ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is very easy to install on any device including Amazon FireStick. You get 3 months free and save 49% on its annual plans. Also, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you are not satisfied, you can always ask for a refund.
Read: How to Install and Use the Best Kodi VPN
Guide to Uninstalling Kodi Builds
We are going to use the Fresh Start method to uninstall Kodi builds to improve Kodi performance.
Before you proceed with this method, I recommend you install the Indigo add-on to avoid complications. Without Indigo, Kodi often fails to install zip files for the repository that we need to use to install the Fresh Start plugin on Kodi. In addition, make sure to uninstall all add-ons you have on Kodi.
Fresh Start Method (Working on Kodi 17 & 18)
This method is our top recommendation, as it recovers all essential data like caches, icons, files, and thumbnails created by builds or add-ons.
So, let’s get started:
1. Turn on your FireStick (or the device you are using) and open Kodi.
2. At the top of the left panel of the home screen, hit the Settings Gear icon.
3. On the next screen, select File manager.
4. The interface will now present three options. Select the last one, Add source.
5. Kodi will open a new box with a text field. Select <None>.
6. The text field will now let you type or paste the source link. Type or paste http://dimitrology.com/repo into the field and click OK.
7. Now, click the input box under Enter a name for this media source.
8. Enter the name Dimitrology so you’ll recognize it in a few steps.
9. Click OK to save changes.
10. Go back one step if necessary to the Add-ons selection.
11. Scroll down the list to select Install from zip file.
12. If you have not already enabled the installation of add-ons from unknown sources, you will be prompted with a security message. Click Settings.
13. Turn on Unknown sources.
14. A warning pop-up will appear, click Yes to continue.
15. Press your device’s back button and click on Install from zip file.
16. A new box will appear with a list of directories. Locate and select Dimitrology.
17. Now the interface will show various zip files. You need to locate the file with freshstart in its name. The pattern of the file name is video.freshstart-x.x.zip (x is a number referring to the version or update). Select this file so that Kodi will download the installation files for Fresh Start.
18. Within a few seconds, the system will download the installation files, and you’ll receive a popup notification.
19. Return to the Kodi home screen (press the back button a few times). Scroll to Add-ons, then scroll over to the right portion of the screen and select the addon Fresh Start.
Note: Remember that before resetting Kodi with this addon, you should uninstall all your existing Kodi addons.
20. The system will show a confirmation notification asking if you really want to restore and reconfigure Kodi settings to default. Press Yes to proceed.
21. Kodi will take some time to reset to default settings. Once finished, it will show a notification asking you to restart Kodi. Click OK.
22. You’ll now land on this page. Close the app, restart your FireStick or other device, and then launch Kodi. Kodi will be reset to its old settings.
In this article, I demonstrated how to uninstall a Kodi build using the Fresh Start addon. As I mentioned, you should always remove unnecessary add-ons and other data before you uninstall builds from Kodi. This will save a lot of space on your device that you can use for other apps. The Fresh Start method is also highly beneficial if you are looking to uninstall many add-ons at the same time.
Let me know in the comments how this method worked for you or if you ran into any trouble while uninstalling your builds.
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