How to Uninstall Kodi Builds on Firestick in 2024

Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 4 Jan 2022


Kodi is, no doubt, one of the best Firestick apps you can get. It helps you to access a wide range of television shows, documentaries, movies, and a lot more. The top Kodi builds and addons can help you get the most out of your Kodi (and your Firestick).

However, if you have an issue with your Kodi build due to any reason and need assistance uninstalling it, you have come to the right place. This article will provide you with all the information you need to uninstall your Kodi build. Just keep reading to find out!

Get a VPN To Stay Safe

Although you get access to an endless variety of content through your Kodi builds, there is always a risk of getting caught by legal authorities. It is because you get to stream all the content for free that might be legally problematic. You may not know, but your IP address is always visible to everyone who works for mass surveillance, and that could get you in trouble. 

Therefore, to save yourself from this scenario, always use a secure VPN whenever streaming. There are several benefits of using a quality VPN service. It not only shields you from mass surveillance but also provides you buffer-free streaming and access to blocked/banned content. We recommend that you get ExpressVPN for Kodi before you start streaming. You can freely stream whatever you want with ExpressVPN, as they block intruders from accessing your personal information and online activities.

How to Uninstall Kodi Builds

The following guide walks you through each step from start to finish, so there’s nothing you need to know before you begin. Let’s get started!

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Turn on your device (be it Firestick or any other), then follow up and open Kodi.Kodi App on home page of your device
  • On the home screen, you will see a Settings icon located on the top left section. Click on it. Kodi Settings button is indicated by a large cog button at the top of the left navigation menu on Home Page
  • You will find several icons on the screen in the system options. Carry on, and hit the icon named File Manager.Kodi File Manager in settings
  • Now, there will be some options in front of you. Go on and select the one called Add Source.Add Source Option
  • The screen would now display a text box. Tap on <None>.Kodi Click on None
  • Next, you need to type text in the text box. Type the following URL to continue the process: URL to Kodi File Manager
  • Choose OK. Next, you will be asked to give a name to the media source. You can type any name of your choice. Just make sure to remember it because you will have to locate this name later in this process.
  • After naming the source, click on Add. I forgot to do this and had to re-do the process, so make sure to remember this.
  • Naming the file in Kodi File ManagerPress the OK option, and continue with uninstalling your Kodi.

Enable the Unknown Sources Option

If you see a security message on your screen, don’t worry. This message pops up when you have not enabled the installation of Add-ons from unknown sources before this process. 

  • To get rid of it, hit the Settings button, select Unknown Sources, and enable the toggle. Under Settings/System category, choosing Add-ons shows Unknown sources with an on-off slider button
  • Click on OK/YES to any dialogue box that may appear next. This consent is yes to any risk that may come (that is fine as it involves no harm).Kodi addon prompt to enabled Unknown Sources

Getting Back to Our Uninstallation Process

  • Now, let’s get back to where we dropped. Take a step back, go through the System menu to locate the Add-ons among them. If you cannot find it there, go to your Kodi Home Screen and scroll down to trace the Add-ons option. Kodi on the Add-ons menu
  • In the Add-on list, navigate and select the Install from zip file option. Kodi Add-on list, navigate and select the Install from zip file option
  • The screen will show you a new set of choices. Among them, search the source name you typed in earlier and select it. Kodi Add-on list, the Install from zip source file
  • Now a screen will appear with Different zip files options. Navigate through them and identify the one with the name freshstart. Every file would have a specific pattern to it, and you need to locate the one with this: (where x represents the version or update). Click on this file, and your Kodi will automatically download the files needed for installing Fresh Start.Kodi Install from zip installing Fresh Start plugin
  • The system will take a little time, and the installation files will be ready. You might also see a notification appear on the screen.
  • Use the back button and go to the home screen of Kodi. When you are there, tap on the Add-ons and then on the Fresh Start icon. 
  • As soon as you select it, you will see a notification on the screen. This is to confirm whether you want to restore your Kodi configuration to default settings or not. Press Yes to proceed.
  • Don’t worry if it takes a while to reset default settings, that’s normal. Once finished, you need to restart your app.
  • So, just close Kodi, restart your Firestick, and open the app again.
  • You are all set to go now.

Reasons Why You Need to Uninstall Kodi Builds

Now that you know the complete procedure of uninstalling the Kodi build, let’s move on to the reasons why you need to do so. 

While Kodi builds are very helpful for streaming, they sometimes cause sudden buffering and freezing in the system. It is a common issue, and several reasons can cause it. While you keep streaming content on the device, you don’t know if an excessive cache is producing and is consuming the storage continuously. Kodi builds take up a lot of the device’s hard drive space, which slows down the rate at which you download content and install new add-ons.


For effective use of Kodi, make sure to follow up all the steps of the uninstallation method mentioned above. This specific method is really quick and will definitely make the entire procedure much easier. Furthermore, if you want to clear more space on your device, it would be better to delete all the excessive add-ons and repositories beforehand and then carry on with the uninstallation process.