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Kodi Stuck on the Loading Screen? – Here Are 7 Possible Solutions to Try!

By Novak Bozovic / March 15, 2021

So, you’re trying to launch Kodi – only to see it never pass the loading screen. We understand your frustration, especially if you’ve created a sizeable media library. However, the truth is that you can do plenty to fix issues with Kodi being stuck on the loading screen, and we’re going to lay out all of the possible solutions. Let’s jump right in!

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Just recently, Kodi v19 'Matrix' came out – and we’re sure that many of you have decided to upgrade. However, know that Kodi 19 is a drastic departure from Kodi’s earlier versions, especially when it comes to add-ons. If you think the latest version of the application is causing issues, see if you can downgrade to Kodi 18.9 (available in some cases only). 

How to Fix Kodi Being Stuck on the Loading Screen Issue

After plenty of research and based on our years-long experience of using Kodi, we offer you the following seven solutions to fixing Kodi when it's stuck on its splash screen. Take a look below.

1. Rename Kodi’s 'UserData' Folder

As you already know, Kodi lets you create a media library, and it also allows you to apply all kinds of customization, like installing add-ons and Kodi skins. All of those customizations are stored in Kodi’s 'UserData' folder, which can cause technical issues with the application.

Therefore, if your Kodi is stuck on the loading screen, it’s worth trying to launch Kodi without all those customizations. Here’s how that is done. 

As you can see above, the first step above is to locate your 'UserData' folder, which is typically buried inside Kodi's directory. So, here's how to find that folder on different platforms.

Operating System UserData Folder Location
Android Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/userdata/
iOS/iPadOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/
Linux ~/.kodi/userdata/
Windows %APPDATA%\Kodi\userdata
Windows Portable <Install location chosen by you>\portable_data\userdata\
macOS /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/userdata/
tvOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/userdata/
OSMC /home/osmc/.kodi/userdata/

2. Try Running a Newer Version of Kodi

With each new version, Kodi brings a whole slate of fixes for various technical and performance issues. However, it's true that not every new version is better, as there's always a risk for Kodi's database to become corrupt. However, keeping your Kodi up-to-date is still one of the best ways to resolve issues. 

With that said, you’ll want to check our guide on how to update Kodi. However, it would be best if you were very careful about updating, especially since Kodi v19 is a bit different. So, here's what you can do. 

3. 'Whitelist' Kodi via Your Antivirus/Firewall

Our readers have informed us in the past that cybersecurity software can cause problems with Kodi. And yes, that also applies to the problem of Kodi being stuck on the loading screen. That can indicate that your antivirus might be preventing Kodi from running, freezing the application before it executes its string of launch commands. 

With that said, our strong recommendation is to take a very good look at any cybersecurity software you might have installed on your device. That could be an antivirus, firewall, or any other type of similar software. Try searching for an option to 'whitelist' applications, and then add Kodi to that list.

4. Disconnect Any 'Problematic' Peripherals

Strangely enough, peripherals can cause problems with Kodi – and that applies to any device. These issues are present on computers, smartphones, tablets, and even on media streaming devices. And in terms of peripherals, the problematic ones are typically external storage solutions, like USB drives. 

Issues with peripherals typically happen when you try to add file directories to Kodi to import moviesphotos, music, and similar. If you use external storage for that purpose, Kodi can stop working if those files become corrupt or if an issue arises in the connection between Kodi and external storage. 

With that said, we recommend disconnecting any peripherals you might have added to your device and then try launching Kodi once again. If that resolves your issue with Kodi, make sure to still check for problems with your peripherals by connecting them to some other device.

5. Recheck Your Device’s Specifications

It’s true that Kodi can run on even some dated hardware. That’s true if you plan on using Kodi with a limited media library. As soon as you add hundreds of media files to Kodi, or once you start installing batches of add-ons, the application will spike in its usage of resources.

So, if you see Kodi stuck on the splash screen, that would mean you might've gone overboard. That especially applies to various Android TV boxes that claim to be optimized for Kodi. And also, that applies to older Raspberry Pi devices that come with 1GB or 2GB of RAM. 

As you can already imagine, the only solution, in this case, is to use Kodi on a bit more powerful device. So, check whether you can upgrade your device's internals. If that's not possible, we're sure you have some other device capable of running Kodi more smoothly.

6. Recheck the Quality of Your Internet Connection

Upon each launch, Kodi checks for newer versions of your custom content. That can include any add-ons you might have installed, repositories, skins, and similar. Therefore, if your ISP is blocking Kodi-related traffic, or if your Internet connection is experiencing technical issues, that could force Kodi to freeze upon launch. 

Therefore, we recommend running a speed test of your Web connection. This will help you establish whether there are any temporary problems. You can also try to restart your router, which is always recommended in the case of Web-related issues.

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If you believe that your ISP might be throttling your Kodi-related traffic, the only solution is to use a VPN application. Of course, a VPN won't help Kodi if it's stuck on the loading screen. However, it will significantly help with Kodi’s performance overall. Check out the best VPNs for Kodi in 2021, and then learn how to install a VPN on Kodi.

7. If Nothing Else Helps – Reinstall Kodi

And lastly, we’ve arrived at the final solution, which should most definitely help when Kodi is stuck on the loading screen. As you can already see, we’ll recommend reinstalling Kodi. Still, keep in mind that you’re in for a drastic measure, removing any custom content you might have installed. 

In other words, our recommendation is to delete Kodi from your device (including any leftover files). And then, install the version of Kodi that you plan to use. Once again, this will remove any media files, add-ons, skins, and similar – so you'll have to start from scratch. 

To proceed, learn how to install Kodi on WindowsmacOS, or Linux. In terms of smartphones, you can install Kodi on Android and iPhone/iPad. Kodi is also available on Fire TVRaspberry PiApple TVNvidia Shield TV, and more. 

This is where we end our selection of fixes for situations when Kodi is stuck on the loading screen. Let us know which method worked for you, and feel free to post your tips below.



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