A lot of customers ask us why sometimes KODI doesn’t start up, or it just displays a black screen. We ask them how they are turning off their XBMC and android box at night and are usually told that they simply press the red ‘Power’ button on the remote no matter what the box is doing at the time.
KODI is like a ‘computer within a computer’. It is its own operating system and thus needs to be shut down correctly after each use. Think of it like using your PC at work or home. You wouldn’t press and hold the power button on your pc to switch it off with the software still running, you would choose SHUTDOWN from the start menu. If you did, then pretty soon your PC isnt going to start up as it hasn’t had chance to tidy away the files it was using before closing down. Please see below our recommendations for keeping KODI running smoothly.
It is very important that KODI is shut down in the correct manner.
The way to do this is from the main KODI menu ribbon, scroll along the menu ribbon to the option ‘EXIT KODI’ and select QUIT below. It may take a minute, but this will shut down KODI safely.
Exiting out of KODI in any other way can result in a corrupted configuration. The following are examples of exiting KODI incorrectly:
Pressing the ‘Home’ button on the remote, whilst in KODI to take you back to Android homescreen (this is ok if you are going to come back in to KODI to continue using very shortly)
Pressing the red power button on the remote to switch off the whole box whilst within KODI.
Removing the power chord from the back of the box whilst in KODI or whilst in Android (the box must always be powered off using the red power button on remote first, before removing the power chord)
The same can be said for exiting out of android. The red power button on the remote needs to be used to shut the box down, and only once it is on standby can the power chord be removed.