Kodi is a media player that allows you to connect add-ons from various sources, including YouTube, Netflix, and a variety of third-party music and video streaming services. It’s totally free to install and is compatible with most devices, including Android, Windows, and your Smart TV.
But if you’ve just downloaded Kodi and aren’t yet familiar with how to fine-tune it to its maximum potential, then there’s a good chance you’ve been staring at an empty black space where you assumed all your free movies and other digital content would be.
Fear, not readers, in this post we’ll explore the best add-ons to give you an ultimate Kodi experience. Let’s take a look under the hood.
Kodi In a Nutshell
Downloading Kodi is free and super easy. It’s an award-winning open source software and media hub. But, due to its unavailability on the Google Play Store for a long time, it remained a hidden gem for many, waiting in the shadows to be discovered. Although, the fact that you’re here reading this post leads me to believe you know all this already. So let’s jump right into the main reason we’re having this conversation today. On the off chance that you haven’t already downloaded Kodi, you can do it with an easy guide from our blog.
Kodi is fairly basic, but it can be tweaked and optimized for outstanding and immersive functionality. So, without further ado, this is how you can tweak Kodi for the ultimate experience.
The Best Add-ons For Kodi
Kodi isn’t much without add-ons. Consider them the “applets” of the software, except everything is free (for the most part). Here are a few we personally love and believe that these provide a superior user experience all around.
Pellucid is a clean and simple Kodi skin that is designed for maximum usability. It’s minimal, and we love the fact that add-on support is available for full menu customization. Browse it on the Kodi skins and take your pick. Skins really allow you to make Kodi your own and tailor it to your preferences by organizing your content just the way you like it.
After a brief period of being offline Midian is back, and you can expect a ton of fully working content, including news, sports, movies, music and a few more obscure but undoubtedly entertaining categories. Midian took no prisoners when blazing back onto the scene.
All in all, this is easily one of the best Kodi add-ons available right now. Check out this in-depth installation guide to Midian to learn more.
With 180 million active users, there’s no doubt you’ve pondered how to enjoy your favorite tracks on your home theater. Spotify doesn’t make an official interface for Kodi, but thanks to third-party add-ons anything is possible. SpotiMC lets you tap into all your curated Spotify playlists and the complete Spotify library.
Cinema Vision lets you recreate the magic of movie theaters in your home. Customize your pre-show experience with trivia, short films, trailers and more with this awesome Kodi add-on. Cinema Vision claims to be the only solution that allows you to completely customize your experience by creating unique sequences of content. I’ve personally used this add-on and it’s perfect for movie nights with friends – just make sure they supply the snacks and beverages!
How To Speed Up Kodi (stop buffering)
Kodi is available on numerous different devices, yet they all share a common condition – buffering. There is nothing (and I mean literally nothing) more frustrating than reaching a pinnacle moment in your favorite movie or TV show and being faced with the dreaded circle of death. It’s like the media Gods are plotting against you, taking enjoyment in watching you pull your hair out in exasperation.
But, alas, the solution comes from a mere mortal sat at his computer. So the first thing you want to do is:
Check your internet speed
An obvious but often overlooked solution. As a general rule, streaming video on Kodi requires downloads speeds of at least 5 – 10mbps. The easiest way to check your internet speed is to head over to www.speedtest.net and run the test by hitting the big button that says GO. Alternatively, you can use Speedcheck.org to double check the results or if you’re using Kodi on a handheld device.
If your download speeds are normal and you’re still experiencing buffering issues, you can simply try moving closer to your router to strengthen the connection. Or, if your device supports it, try using an ethernet cable. Otherwise, read on for more solutions.
Old versions of Kodi simply lack the capacity to keep up with high-quality streams. Check if there are any updates available for your installation to tackle this problem. We recommend you to do this before you start tinkering too heavily with Kodi’s settings.
Restart your device
I know, I know. The last thing you want to hear is “have you tried turning it Off and then On again?”. But seriously. Cache and storage issues are usually the culprit when you run into buffering problems. Smartphones, TV boxes, tablets, and other low-powered devices suffer from this more commonly than your PC. A quick reboot can sometimes fix these instantly.
Setting Adjustments With Ares Wizard
Kodi does have options for smoothing out small buffering problems but, these settings usually aren’t quite up to the task. That’s where tweaking with add-ons comes into play. Enter: Ares Wizard!
Ares Wizard has many features, but the most notable is its section that automatically detects your system’s RAM and adjusts Kodi’s cache accordingly. Some Kodi users consider this add-on a must have for the ultimate user experience.
We love Kodi and its ability to bring not only media together but people, as they enjoy the epic capabilities of having all their favorite streamable goodies together in one place.
So, there you have it, folks. The list of available Kodi add-ons is so vast that it would take us decades to go through them all with you. But we have compiled what we believe are noteworthy and relevant to anyone who wants to enhance their Kodi experience. Which add-ons are your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below!
Disclaimer: While Kodi is completely above board and legal, piracy is not. We do not condone illegal streaming of content and it goes without saying that you should pay for the copyrighted material you consume in a lawful matter. That being said, it is advised you use a VPN to protect your privacy while using Kodi and Kodi add-ons.