Cannot Download OBB Kodi Error Explained & SOLVED

Many users get the “Cannot download obb” error after installing Kodi.

Try this:  When I had this error, I hit OK, re-launched Kodi, and the second time I launched it – it worked.  I didnt’ receive the “Cannot download OBB” error, and Kodi continued to launch fully and successfully.  So try this!  Don’t just give up after you get the Cannot download OBB error once.  If you launch Kodi a second time and still get the OBB error message, then try the other fixes below:

How to Fix Cannot Download OBB in Kodi

If you tried launching Kodi again and it says Cannot download obb repeatedly, try these other solutions:

Android Cannot Download OBB error fix: Re-install Kodi

Getting the Cannot Download OBB Error? Re-Install Kodi!

Explanation of Cannot Download OBB Error

From the research I did (scouring the Kodi forums), I found out a few key pieces of info about the Cannot download obb error:

  1. This is an ANDROID-related error.  Not a Kodi error.
    1. Why?  Because Android apps over 50MB are split up into multiple files (within the APK file – the APK file is similar to a zip file).  So the OBB file acts as the “overage”, essentially, so the 59MB Kodi APK file more-or-less contains a 50MB file and a 9MB file.  The “Cannot download OBB” error may indicate that all of the Kodi files may not have fully installed to your Firestick / Fire TV.  To try to fix this, reinstall Kodi.
  2. Users who install Kodi on Firestick / Fire TV using the ANDROID Sideload method experience the Cannot download OBB error much less than users who install it another way (Sideload using iPhone, for example).  So, simply check to see if this is the case in your situation.   Uninstall Kodi and re-install Kodi using a friend’s Android phone.

KFireTV Wrap-Up

If you continue to see the “Cannot download OBB” error after trying the fixes above, let us know.  Leave a comment in the comment section below. Also, check the comments on the KFireTV YouTube channel.

Ian (KFire TV Admin)

Ian (KFire TV Admin)

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22 Comments
  1. Thanks works

  2. Just to confirm, the OBB file would not download. Kept trying and on the fifth attempt it worked. Great thanks, just persevere.

  3. i got this error. Tried re-launch with no success. Uninstalled / Re-installed. Same problem. In frustration I tried to continuiosly start the Kodi app. On the 3rd or 4th try it siad downloading OBB and then started properly.

  4. I installed Apps to fire and Kodi on my android phone then installed to my fire stick. It shows up but I get the Cannot download OBB” error. I uninstalled kodi from firestick and then installed via another android device, and I still have the same problem. any suggestions?

  5. Hello Dave, thank you so much for your input! This should really help people out.

    You’re right – in your case and in my case, perseverance beat the OBB error.

  6. you’re welcome. thank you andree

  7. Hi Grim, thanks for your comment!

  8. How many times have you tried to start Kodi after installing it? Many people have to start Kodi up to 5 times to get the OBB error to go away.

  9. This worked for me! Kodi downloaded the OBB file on the fifth or sixth launch. Thanks Grim!

  10. tried 3X and it worked Thanks!

  11. 3rd times a charm, restart firestick after each failure.

  12. Thanks. 2nd launch worked.I had to cursor to the OK button to dismiss the error box.

  13. I am still getting the cannot download obb error despite repeat restart, re-install, and different install method, and different versions of kodi from v15 to v16 to v17. Noticed that it does always down a 0-byte Android/obb/org.xbmc.kodi file each time. so, what else to try? fire hd 8.

  14. Hi Ming, sorry for the late response. Have you tried various methods for installing Kodi on FireStick? I recommend you use the Search box at the top of the KFire TV site. Search for “install Kodi”. We have multiple guides for the different methods. Thank you for your comment!

  15. Hi Bob, if it still doesn’t work, I recommend trying a different method. I suggest you search for “install Kodi on FireStick” at the top of the KFire TV site.

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August 27, 2016

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