How to Delete Addons From Kodi App on Firestick in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 25 Dec 2021

Introduction:

Kodi is one of the most useful media player apps. It provides you with access to a wide range of content, including music, TV shows, and movies. The good thing is that you can entertain yourself 24/7 and that too free of cost. Kodi runs addons that allow you to stream content from various types of premium and free websites. You can install it on the majority of devices and stream your favorite content easily. 

Sadly, however, when there are too many addons on Kodi, the performance slows down. Regardless of the reason for deleting Kodi addons, we’ve got you covered in this post. It must be noted that there are some methods for removing the Kodi addons that can leave some harmful files on your device. So, it’s important to follow the best and the most effective method to delete the Kodi addons. Without further ado, let’s move on to the next section.

How to delete Kodi addons?

Here we’ll tell you the best and easiest ways to delete Kodi addons on your Firestick. Though we have used Firestick for the tutorial, you can use these methods to delete Kodi addons on any other device that supports Kodi. Following are the different methods to delete Kodi addons:

Method 1:

To remove Kodi addons from your Firestick and you already know about their category, you can follow this method. This method to remove Kodi addons is swift. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Switch on your Firestick and open the Kodi app. Locate the Add-ons option on the left of the menu and click it.Kodi on the Add-ons menu

Step 2: Go to My Add-ons.Kodi Add-ons menu interface, My add-ons highlighted

Step 3: A list of addons will appear. You can either select all or choose those addons you want to remove. For example, if I want to remove the addon BBC Podcasts, I’ll navigate to it.Kodi Add-ons My add-ons interface, BBC Podcasts highlighted

Step 4: To remove an addon, press and hold the select button, a large round button, on your Firestick remote for 3 seconds.

Step 5: A menu will appear with some options. Pick Information.Kodi Add-ons BBC Podcasts interface, Information from pop-up highlighted

Step 6: Click on uninstall at the bottom. Now tap on Yes and confirm the uninstall process.Kodi Add-ons BBC Podcasts interface, Uninstall pop-up

Step 7: When the addon is finished being uninstalled, go back to the main menu.

After following these steps, the particular Kodi addon will be removed from the Kodi app on your Firestick. You can also use this method for any other device.

Method 2:

The above method is good for removing one or two specific Kodi addons. This method, however, may be used to remove several Kodi addons from the app. This method offers a quick way to delete all the Kodi addons at once. So, if you don’t want to waste your time deleting the Kodi addons one by one, follow these steps:

Step 1: Launch the Kodi app and go to Add-ons.

Step 2: Select My Add-ons and then choose All.

Kodi Add-ons My add-ons interface, All highlighted

Step 3: You’ll get to see all the addons on your Kodi app in one place. Now you don’t have to go to every separate category to remove the add ons because all are displayed on your screen.

Step 4: Navigate to the addon you want to delete and press the select button for some seconds so that the pop-up menu appears.

Step 6: Tap on Information and select uninstall. A confirmation message will display. Choose Yes to continue.

This method has removed the Kodi addon. Now you can remove all the Kodi addons by this method easily. Because they are all displayed together on your screen.

Method 3:

This method is for removing all the Kodi addons including the Kodi app’s data. We will use Firestick to clear the Kodi addons and app data. Follow these steps:

Step 1: Take your Firestick remote and press the home button. Go to settings. Then click Applications.Firestick gallery, Application menu highlighted

Step 2: Choose Manage Installed Applications.Manage Installed Application window

Step 3: Navigate to the Kodi app and select it. Now pick Clear data.Kodi app screen Clear data highlighted

By performing these steps, you’ll be able to delete all the data from the Kodi app on your Firestick including the addons.

How to Delete the Kodi Addon Data?

If you have used Method 1 or Method 2 to remove Kodi addons on your Firestick, there may be some additional app data that was not deleted. If you want to delete these additional files, follow these steps. We are performing these steps on Firestick:

Step 1: Launch the Kodi app and go to the Home screen.

Step 2: Click Settings and select Media.

Step 3: On the left-hand menu and choose General.

Step 4: Enable Show parent folder items or Show hidden files and directories according to the version of the Kodi app you’re using.

Step 5: Now tap on the File manager on the main settings screen.

Step 6: Pick the Profile Directory option.

Step 7: Go to the addon_data from the list of the profile directory.

Step 8: Choose the Kodi addon data that you have removed. In most cases, the files will be with the name ‘plugin.video.nameofaddon’.

Step 9: Press the select button on this file, and then pick Delete from the choices.

Step 10: Select Yes for the confirmation message.

Why should you delete the Kodi addons?

While you use the Kodi app continuously, there might be some performance glitches that take place too. The app gets slower, and you also face buffering issues when you’re using this app to stream.

These problems arise mostly when you’ve too many Kodi addons installed on your Firestick. Maybe there are some addons that you never use or want to reinstall. Anyhow, there might be a variety of situations where you need to delete Kodi addons.

Deleting Kodi addons also offers a good way to update Kodi and improve its overall performance. Apart from that, addons also take up space on your Firestick device and that should concern you because you only start with 8 GB of space. Sometimes the Kodi app also notifies you by giving Kodi addon error messages. This indicates that the app is not doing well, which needs to be addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I uninstall the Kodi addons from the Kodi build?

Yes, you can uninstall the Kodi addons from the Kodi build using the Settings option.

Is it safe to use the Kodi app?

It is completely safe to use the Kodi app, and it’s legal too. It is open-source software that allows you to use tons of addons. You can easily download the official addons for various premium platforms by using this app. However, the legality gets a bit tricky when it comes to installing the addons that the third-party apps have created. However, using third-party add ons that have copyright regulations can get you in trouble if you’re going to access the copyrighted content. To avoid legal issues and protect your device from malicious content, you must install a VPN. We recommend using ExpressVPN while you’re using the Kodi app.

How can I update a Kodi addon?

You can update a particular Kodi addon by uninstalling it first. Use any of the methods we described above to uninstall the Kodi addon. After uninstalling the Kodi addon you can reinstall it, and the addon will update itself.

What are some addons that I should delete from my Kodi app?

You should remove any addons that aren’t working anymore. This will free up the space on your device. Some well-known repositories that are offline include Ares Wizard, Smash Repo, Alpha Repository, Origin Repository, Colossus Repo, Soulless Repo, Dandy Media, Pulse Build, and UK Turk’s Playlists Repo. When a repository is offline, the addons continue to work for some period but then stop working altogether. You can check if some of these addons exist on your Kodi app, you can uninstall them.

Can I delete other addon-related files?

There are certain dependencies or scripts that get installed along with the addons, you can delete those files. When you have already deleted the addons, there is no need for the scripts to remain as they don’t function without the addons. To delete the scripts, go to the settings in your Kodi app and locate the File manager. There is a script folder for all the addons that you’ve deleted. Delete the scripts from there.

Wrapping it Up!

Kodi is the perfect app for streaming, but you must make sure that you get the best out of it. You can improve the performance of this app by increasing the speed and reducing the processing time. This can be done by removing or uninstalling the Kodi addons. Moreover, to protect your device from malicious software and legal troubles, ensure you don’t forget to switch on ExpressVPN. Go through our detailed post on the best VPNs for Kodi.