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How to Stop Kodi from Auto-Updating on Android, Android TV, Nvidia Shield TV, Windows, and Xbox

By Novak Bozovic / February 25, 2021

Many of us were surprised to see Kodi 19 'Matrix' being released so unexpectedly. What initially looked like a minor update turned out to be a major update that "broke" hundreds of add-ons. That is especially true for users on platforms such as Android and Windows, where Kodi 18.9 was updated to Kodi 19.0 entirely automatically. We're sure you don't want to make the same mistake twice, so let's talk about how to stop Kodi from auto-updating.

First, a few useful bits of information. Keep in mind that Kodi doesn’t have an auto-update mechanism on its own. Instead, your device’s operating system is set up to auto-update Kodi, which is a possibility on platforms such as Android, Android TV, Nvidia Shield TV, Windows, and Xbox. So, we’ll tell you how to disable this feature.

How to Stop Kodi from Auto-Updating on Android

Managing the way your Android apps are updated is done via the Google Play Store. More precisely, there are two ways to prevent Kodi’s automatic updates. First, we’ll show you how to prevent all your Android apps from updating, as explained just below. 

Steps to Disable Automatic App Updates Android

In case you'd like to stop Kodi from auto-updating while letting other Android apps update on their known, know that this kind of set-up is possible. Here's how that is done. 

Steps to Stop Kodi from Auto Updating on Android
Tip

Another way to stop Kodi from updating automatically is to 'sideload' it on your Android device. That will put you in complete control over the app, so here’s how to install Kodi on Android

How to Stop Kodi from Auto-Updating on Android TV & Nvidia Shield TV

Android TV comes in many different flavors, and that applies to Nvidia’s Shield TV as well. With that said, we’ll provide a general guide on disabling automatic app updates, so here’s what you need to know. 

Older versions of Android TV might use Google’s Play Store to help you manage automatic app updates. In that case, you’ll want to do the following. 

Tip

Many custom Android TV versions exist out there. So, if you can’t find the option to disable apps from auto-updating on your device, we recommend contacting your device's manufacturer. There could be a possibility that this option has been removed from your device as well.

How to Stop Kodi from Auto-Updating on Windows

When it comes to Windows, Kodi can auto-update only if you’ve installed it from the Microsoft App Store. With that said, here’s how to disable this option on Windows 10.

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If you've downloaded Kodi from its website and installed it manually, the application won't auto-update. To learn more, here's our article on how to install Kodi on Windows

How to Stop Kodi from Auto-Updating on Xbox

And lastly, we have one more platform where Kodi might get auto-updated – and yes, we're talking about Xbox. Here are the steps to turn off Kodi's auto-update feature on your Xbox One X/S or Xbox Series X/S console. 

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With that said, you’ve reached the end of our guide. In case of any questions or doubts, don’t hesitate to post a comment below. And also – enjoy using Kodi!



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