Installing too many Kodi addons can fill up your device, and if you use something such as a FireStick, you will see many issues. Besides installing addons, you have the installation of repos that come as a zip file, and it is their function to pass all the relevant information to the addon you use.
Repos continually update and can eat into more space. You can discover several add-ons end up with a new home in a different repo. Once this happens, you lose your links and end up with movie and TV addons that don’t work.
To keep the specific addon, you need to uninstall Kodi repositories that are no longer used, even if they have shut down. You can then update your third-party add ons and keep your Windows, or Android, and iOS device running as it should.
In our guide, you can learn all you need to know about deleting installed add ons and how to delete Kodi repositories and any lingering files. (Find the Best Stremio Addon Repositories)
How to Uninstall Add-ons in Kodi?
As well as removing an addon repository, you’ll need to know how to get rid of Kodi add ons themselves.
- Go to the add-on browser from the main menu (in Kodi 18 Leia, it’s Settings – Add-ons)
- Select My add-ons
- Select the type of add-on you’re looking for, such as Video add-ons
- Select the add-on
- Select Uninstall
How to Uninstall Repositories in Kodi:
Head to the add-on browser (in Kodi 18 Leia, it’s Settings – Add-ons)
- Select My add-ons
- Select Add-on repositories
- Scroll down to select the Kodi to add on the repository you want to get rid of
- Select Uninstall
You may wonder if you can uninstall Kodi repositories before Kodi add ons. It is possible to uninstall any Kodi repo before you have removed Kodi add-ons from the installed repository.
It is worth noting, uninstalling a Kodi repo zip file won’t automatically uninstall the addons. You still need to uninstall the Kodi addons manually.
Repo Can’t Be Uninstalled Because of a Dependency or Module.
This is a confusing situation, yet it can be fixed. If you’re trying to uninstall a Kodi repository, yet you see the error message, “This Add-on Can’t Be Uninstalled,” and it displays another add-on, it will stop you from deleting this.
However, if you’ve deleted that repo or addon, why does it display the error? The reason being there is an area where some dependencies don’t show as add-ons. You will need to uninstall such dependencies that are preventing you from uninstalling the repo. (Read Kodi for Newbies)
How to Delete Kodi Repos and Sources?
In some cases, we have seen deleting the addon and files associated is not enough to get rid of everything and make sure your device is safe.
If you find you have an untrustworthy addon installed on your device, you’ll want to get rid of it as fast as you can. Thus, as a result, it will necessitate in Kodi, delete the repository is another action you need to take.
One prime example was when the original TVADDONS.ag repository was dealing with a lawsuit. The repo was then seen to be acting as a honeypot and only there to gather user information. (Learn How to Install TVaddons on Kodi)
To make sure you never fall foul of this, it is best to learn how to remove sources from Kodi and your addons.
To delete a repo from Kodi, remove the repository using these steps:
- From the home screen and main menu sidebar, click addons – my addons – all
- Locate the name of the repo you want to uninstall
- Right-click and then select information
- Select uninstall
- Click the gear icon, and then click on file manager
- Click the profile directory
- Select addon data
- Scroll to locate the repo folder you want to delete.
- Right-click the folder and select delete, and then click on OK
- After you remove the repository, Kodi still has source information, so getting rid of this is also advised.
- Go to file manager and right-click the name of the source.
- Select remove the source and once you see the warning dialogue box, click on OK.
Can’t Uninstall Or Disable A Kodi Repo
To carry on with the example, even after uninstalling something such as the Poached add-on, you can still see the uninstall Kodi error after trying to uninstall the repo Eggman.
- You will find that there is a confusion of names as “Poached Module” isn’t the same thing as “Poached,” which happens to be the add-on you uninstalled. What you need to know is how to uninstall the dependency module.
- Go to Settings – Add-ons – Manage dependencies.
- Find the dependency that causes issues. In this example, it would be the “Poached Module.” Once you find it, you need to select it and uninstall it.
- You can find many circumstances you may need to delete Kodi addons and Kodi repositories. It could be the repo has changed, and you need the Kodi installation to point to the new repo.
- It can also be the repo and addon are unsafe. Maybe you need to reinstall an addon, or maybe you never use the particular repository anymore.
- Whatever the reason to remove a Kodi addon, you need to be certain you have deleted any repos at the same time. Besides this, even if you can delete a repo before deleting an addon, you still need to eliminate any dependencies from your Kodi installation.
- If any repo or addon has been hacked, then any link to your device can put you under threat.
- To ensure you are not affected by malicious files on your system, it is advisable to use a VPN (a virtual private network) when using Kodi.
There are many benefits of using a VPN when using Kodi. There are always threats to your privacy when streaming free video using the Kodi app or any other app that offers such a service.
In addition, your Internet service provider (ISP) monitors all your streaming activity and sees what you watch or the websites you visit. A VPN is the only way you can stay totally secure and perfectly safe when using Kodi.
The major ISPs tend to throttle connections for streamers as the amount of bandwidth they need increases. Besides this, you have the potential of being hacked when using third-party addons.
So, whenever you find you don’t use any particular addon on your Kodi system, you should delete the addon and the repo unless the repository supports multiple addons.
A VPN gives you a new IP address based on any server you choose; thus, you will find you can bypass any geo-restrictions in place or even if there are any websites banned in your location. Torrent sites are a good example as some installed add-ons use torrent sites to find their streaming links. (Learn How to Download 123movies on Kodi)
VPN software does nothing to hamper your Kodi experience and improve it somewhat once you have installed one.
So, with the above reasons and many more, whenever you stream video using Kodi (XBMC), you should always use a VPN to protect your privacy.
One final thing to note is not all VPNs are suitable for streaming video. Many may not have apps that support all your Kodi devices, or they have a small number of services and can’t hide a user’s location effectively.