How To Stop Kodi Buffering

Stop Kodi BufferingThis article will provide step-by-step instructions for three different ways on how to stop Kodi buffering.

If you have used Kodi for any length of time, you have noticed that some streams buffer like crazy.  This article will alleviate some of your pain and help you fix your Kodi buffering problems.

There are three different types of streaming when using Kodi.  You can stream media within Kodi from a computer that is connected to your local area network.  Many people refer to a setup like this as a home media server.    You can also stream on-demand content such as tv shows and movies through Kodi addons such as Exodus and Magic Dragon.  Or, you can stream live tv channels from Kodi addons as well.

The techniques within this guide will help with everything but the live tv streams.  Unfortunately, the Kodi live TV addons are hit and miss and the buffering that you encounter from these are due to server overload on the part of the respective addon.  The best bet to alleviate buffering with live tv addons is to purchase an inexpensive IPTV subscription service such as Players Klub.

In the guide below, I will cover three methods for fixing Kodi buffering.  I personally use all three methods on my Kodi boxes and I rarely have problems with buffering when using the various addons.

The first method is a must on all Kodi systems if you plan on streaming from third-party addons which provide access to movies and tv shows.  In this method, we creating an “Advanced Settings” file within Kodi.  The tool allows us to allocate a portion of space to a special cache where media files are downloaded to in advance of being played.  Normally, Kodi is playing the media as soon as it downloads but this tweak will download the video in advance and store it within the cache that is created.

After you understand how important the first method is in relation to buffering problems, you will always purchase Kodi devices with substantial RAM.  I personally would never buy a device that didn’t come with at least 2 GB of RAM.  My favorite streaming box is the Amazon Fire TV 3 due to its powerful specs and unbeatable price.

The second method involves setting up an unrestricted downloader which will provide faster file sources for you to choose from within your various Kodi addons.  The service that I will show you is the most popular and is called RealDebrid.  Once you set this up and go to play a movie or tv show, it will present a list of RealDebrid sources for you to choose from which will provide better media playback.

The third method is to connect to a VPN service on your Kodi device, which will help with Internet service providers throttling download speeds for video streams such as those going through Kodi.  Legal action has been taken over the past couple of years on ISPs who have been caught doing this and there is no doubt others are doing it as well.  A VPN also serves a great purpose in protecting your privacy while using Kodi and making it impossible for other organizations to see and log what you are viewing or downloading.

I suggest starting with the first method outlined below and proceeding through the other two steps if necessary.

How To Stop Kodi Buffering Guide

Method #1 – Stop or Fix Kodi Buffering With Advanced Settings File

 

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Below are the step-by-step instructions for configuring the Advanced Settings xml file.  Refer to the video above for details.

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click the settings icon  Kodi Settings Icon

click settings

  • Click System settings

click system settings

  • Hover over Add-ons menu item and turn on Unknown sources if not already on

turn on unknown sources

  • Click back on remote to go back to System page
  • Click File Manager

click file manager

  • Click Add source

click add source

  • Click <None>

click none

  • Type the following url exactly how it is listed here – https://troypoint.com/drx and click OK

troypoint.com/drx

  • Highlight the box under the source that you just typed in and enter a name for this media source, type drx or any other name you would like to identify this source as and click OK

type drx

  • Click your back button on remote or keyboard until you are back at the Kodi home screen
  • Click Add-ons menu item

click add-ons

  • Click the small “open box” icon at top left side of page under the “Add-ons heading” Install Kodi Addon

click open box

  • Click Install from zip file

install from zip file

  • Click drx or other name you assigned the media source in previous step

click drx

  • Click repository.drx.zip

repository.drx.zip

  • Wait for Durex Wizard add-on message to appear
  • Click Install from Repository

install from repository

  • Click Durex Repository

click durex repository

  • Click Program Add-Ons

click program add-ons

  • Click Durex Wizard

click durex wizard

  • Click Install

click install

  • Return to Kodi home Screen and launch Durex Wizard from Program Add-ons category

launch durex wizard

  • Click Maintenance

click maintenance

  • Click System Tweaks/Fixes

click system tweaks/fixes

  • Click Advanced Settings

 

  • Click Quick Configure AdvancedSettings.xml

click advanced settings

  • Adjust settings to your liking (refer to video above for optimal settings)
  • Click Write File

adjust settings

  • Restart Kodi
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Method #2 – Stop Kodi Buffering With Real-Debrid Unrestricted Downloader

 

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Real-Debrid Registration

Below are the general steps for configuring Real-Debrid with Kodi.  Refer to the video above for details.

  • Register for a free account on Real-Debrid Website by clicking HERE.  You can enjoy a free trial prior to paying for premium account.
  • Install a 3rd party Kodi addon such as Elysium or Exodus to ensure URL resolver is installed.  If you use my free Supercharge Kodi Guide, it will show you how to install all of the very best addons with the click of a button.
  • Click gear icon on Kodi home page that will take you to settings page.
  • Click System settings icon.
  • Scroll down to bottom and change standard settings to Expert.
  • On same screen, hover over Add-ons menu item and then click Manage Dependencies link on right side of screen.
  • Click URL Resolver.
  • Click Configure.
  • Highlight Universal Resolvers and browse to Real-Debrid within section on right-hand side of screen.
  • Change Priority from 100 to 90 and then click OK button to save changes.
  • Click Configure again.
  • Highlight Universal Resolvers and browse to Real-Debrid settings again.
  • Click (Re)Authorize My Account and input code provided into Internet browser on computer, tablet, or phone at http://real-debrid.com/device.
  • Dialog within Kodi will disappear once pairing has successfully been completed.

Method #3 – Stop Kodi Buffering With VPN

Many Internet Service Providers throttle download speeds for those customers who are using Kodi or other applications to stream video.

By utilizing a VPN, you will enjoy faster streaming as your Internet connection from your Kodi device will be routed through a different server.  By doing this, you are creating an encrypted connection to the Internet, making it impossible for your ISP to know what you are streaming.

A VPN application is also useful due to the fact that your Internet Service Provider can now sell your data and traffic logs to 3rd parties.  Using a VPN will prevent them from ever seeing what streams or Kodi addons you are accessing.

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Gerry

When I changed the cache setting to the max I don’t see the white download bar when watching a movie. Still get some buffering pauses. Do I need to turn off ipvanish before doing any setting changes in order for it to take effect?
Thanks in advance for any other solutions..Thank You Troy for all you do very helpful. If it wasn’t for your tutorials I would be lost. Keep up the good work.

Mike
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Mike

The maximum video cache size I can set is 47MB. The I have real debris and the buffering is terrible. Do I need to start deleting add ones?

Bob
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Bob

I have purchased real debrid and after the last Kodi update it no longer pulls streams from deal debrid. I checked the add-on settings and have it set to 90 and have reauthorized but no movies pull and feeds from real debrid. I am at a loss. I have Covinent installed as well. Extremely frustrated at this point.

Mary
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Mary

I am finding that since using a VPN I’m streaming much slower then usual…..

Brett
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Mary,

Have you checked your internet speed?

Kimberly Cusack
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Kimberly Cusack

I am really hoping to get a response for I have yet to on any of my comments. I know you are super busy and get tons of questions and I do greatly appreciate all your efforts to help everyone, but I am at a loss and getting more and more frustrated. I am really hoping that you can respond to one of my comments. I have to imagine that this would help other people too…for I cannot be the only one have having these issues. Please help. I have posted this issue on other pages too over the last… Read more »

Brett
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Kim,

Have you tried clearing everything in Kodi and installing from a fresh Kodi?

trcountry
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trcountry

Method #1 – Stop or Fix Kodi Buffering With Advanced Settings File
I did this & also upgraded Cat 5 to Cat 7 wire No buffering issues Thanx

Richard B
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Richard B

I followed all the steps above,except for the last seven. After I downloaded and installed it disappeared! I can still see it in file manager but nowhere else. What did I do wrong? Where can I find maintenance and system tweao? Hope someone out there can help.

Brian
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Brian

troy or whoever sees this. my firestick was buffering like crazy to the point that i couldn’t watch movies. so i researched ipvanish and they recommended me to clear all the data and reboot it with my log info. so far for 3 days i have been able to watch everything i have wanted to watch. i’m just saying i hope this helps someone else.

Brian
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Brian

troy once again i thank you for what you do for all of us. i have installed your supercharge guide on my firestick… and i downloaded your supreme build along with debride, my question is do i need to install ares wizard also for my buffering issues. thank you in advance

Agnes
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Agnes

We tried to make the file and did it but we are unable to see the url under the sb in the search zip file.

Brian
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Brian

i would go back and check the info you typed into the url sounds like you may have made a mistake.