It occurred to me recently that most people I know, who use Kodi, don’t know the right way to troubleshoot or fix Kodi No stream available errors (or any Kodi playback error for that matter!). So I scribbled out the “layers of Kodi” on a piece of paper to visualize how Kodi works so that I – and others – could fix it in the least amount of time as possible.
We also include a “Fix Kodi CHECKLIST” (subscribe to our email list at the bottom of this page for this) so you can cross things out as you eliminate them from your list of things that could be causing your Kodi not to work right.
“I got 99 problems but a Kodi No Stream Available error message ain’t one.” – KFire TV Admin
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When you scroll down, you’ll see the “Layers of Kodi” infographic, also known as the KFire TV “How to Fix Kodi” infographic / FlowChart.
This Kodi info graphic should help you fix Kodi when it’s broken – and more importantly, educate you on how to troubleshoot Kodi, how Kodi works, how to have a “plan B” for when the streaming hits the fan, and how you can become a master at getting Kodi to work:
First, here’s the How to Fix Kodi No Stream Available infographic (immediately below). After that, we tell you how Kodi works – then we explain the infographic to you in detail to show you how to fix Kodi No Stream Available on every level.
How Does Kodi Work?
This is how Kodi works:
- Your FireStick or other Kodi-enabled device connects to your WiFi network
- Then your device launches an APP such as Kodi, then starts a “sub-app” or plugin like Exodus.
- At this point Exodus or other TV Addon requires you choose a category, then choose a movie / TV show.
- After that, you choose a Source. When Kodi gathers Sources, this is known as “scraping”.
- Once the Sources are scraped, you select the Source to which you’d like to connect.
- Kodi attempts to play the Source!
- If the Source is unavailable or there’s some other error, then Kodi displays “No Stream Available” or goes back to the list of Sources.
This can all be a little too much for some people, as far as remembering where you’re at in the menus and “what’s what” in Kodi. But understanding this process (and the reverse of this process) is essential to fixing Kodi.
So if you still don’t know how to 100% fix Kodi No Stream Available issues, then keep reading; we de-mystify it for you and show you how to OWN your Kodi. We have broken down the “layers” or “levels” of activity that need to happen in order for Kodi to actually play streaming media for you.
So check out each layer below to understand what’s really going on so you can fix Kodi No Stream Available error FAST!:
How to Fix Kodi No Stream Available (on Every Level)
Use the sections below to fix Kodi, starting with the easiest fixes first. The more time-intensive (yet more comprehensive) fixes are toward the bottom of this page, and include fixing Kodi at the Device level, such as a Factory Reset. Starting with the easiest fixes first, here is how to fix Kodi on every level:
The “Sources” Level
On the Sources level, we have the different Sources from which you can stream media in Kodi. Depending on which TV Addon you’re using, you will have a different number and variety of Sources for each movie or TV show. If several sources aren’t working for a particular movie / TV show, try a different movie. Then try a different TV Addon. If multiple TV Addons don’t fix Kodi No Stream Available errors, you can try to re-install TV Addons one-by-one, or re-install many TV Addons all at once by installing a Kodi Build such as the Config Wizard or Beast Build.
The “Media” Level
The “Media” level is simply the Movie or TV Show or Live TV channel you’re trying to watch. If you try to watch a movie, for example, and none of the sources work – then try a different movie. There’s a good chance that all of the sources for a particular movie may currently be offline. This is not a typical scenario, but is known to happen. So make sure to try a different movie using the same TV Addon first. If that doesn’t work, then try using a different TV Addon and work “back up” through the Levels to troubleshoot each level one-by-one and eliminate possible causes to fix Kodi No Stream Available errors.
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The “Plugin” Level
For users of Netflix, Crackle, and other “corporate-backed” streaming services, the “Plugin” level is a non-issue because those apps don’t really use plugins. But for (haha – “butt-for”) Kodi users, this is an all-too-common point of failure. Plugins in Kodi are known as TV Addons, or (confusingly) “apps”.
So make sure you understand the fact that Kodi is the real “APP” in this whole big picture. Although online Kodi plugins are referred to as “apps”, they’re more appropriately referred to as “plugins”. Kodi is the real app here, and TV Addons are plugins for the Kodi app.
If a Kodi plugin isn’t working for you, the easiest thing to do to start troubleshooting is to try a different Kodi plugin.
- Try a different Kodi plugin. If the other Kodi plugin worked, then re-install the Kodi plugin that didn’t work by using the Add-On Installer for Kodi.
- If the other plugin didn’t work, then the problem could be anything else, such as a Device-level issue (overheating), a network issue (weak WiFi), or some other problem.
- Once you’ve tried four or five or six Kodi plugins and they all fail, it’s probably safe to assume that ALL of your plugins aren’t failing – but there is most likely an issue in some other part of the streaming process.
The “App” Level
For Kodi users, this is one of the most common – yet easiest – things you can fix. The Kodi app can become bogged down with extra files if you install TV Addons and several other third party Kodi components. In this case, you should clear out Kodi (aka Fresh Start / Factory Reset) to freshen it up and bring it back to like-new condition.
- If the Kodi app is having an issue, then most likely all or most TV Addons will fail to play movies / TV shows. This is similar to when a Windows / Mac / Android app needs to be re-installed. Usually the app just got bloated or now has some file conflict, which can be easily cured by re-installing the app. For Kodi, simply re-install it by uninstalling it first, then installing it again.
- To troubleshoot Kodi, you can try a different streaming app altogether! What does this mean? Let’s say Kodi isn’t working at all. Is the problem with Kodi or your device, or your network, or what? We’re not sure until you start trying stuff! One of the easiest things to try is a different streaming app, like Crackle. If Crackle or Netflix works for you, but Kodi doesn’t, then we know that the problem isn’t your WiFi or your device, right? Use this troubleshooting method to figure out what’s wrong, try different things, and fix Kodi ;).
The “Network” Level
The Network level, or “WiFi level”, is another very common point of failure for Kodi streaming playback. Be absolutely certain that..
A) Your device has a STRONG connection to your WiFi network. If not, get the WiFi repeater ($20) we recommend and show you how to set up. This will “repeat” your WiFi network signal to boost the strength, which usually gives better performance and fewer failures in Kodi.
B) Make sure your FireStick or other device is not being interfered with electro-magnetically. Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) is a common killer of WiFi signals, particularly from large-screen LED / LCD TV’s. Those babies put off quite a bit of EMI. Also, if you have several other devices putting off their own signals, it could interfere with your Kodi device’s signal to the network.
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The “Device” Level
This is the top-most level of Kodi streaming. At the Device level are any and all Kodi-enabled devices, including but not limited to:
- Amazon FireStick and Fire TV box
- Android TV Boxes
- Android smartphones & tablets
- Jailbroken iPhone
If your Kodi movies / TV shows aren’t playing, it could be because of a failure at the Device level. The most common failures at the Device level occur with overheating and other physical issues. To fix overheating, place a small fan next to your device. Also, sometimes your devices memory can run low and case poor performance / “No stream available” error messages.
In that case, reset the device to factory default settings to get a clean slate.
How to Fix Kodi CHECKLIST:
- Have you tried different SOURCES in the TV Addon you’re using (at least 10)?
- Did you try a different movie (such as Big Buck Bunny or Frankenstein)?
- How many different TV Addons have you tried (like Exodus, Phoenix, SALTS, or cCloud TV)?
- Have you tried a different App (like Netflix or Crackle)?
- Did you check your WiFi network signal strength – and made sure your device is connected to that network?
- Have you tried a different DEVICE for playing Kodi?