How to Disable Automatic Updates for Add-ons on Kodi

As you probably know there are some repositories and add-ons that aren’t maintained anymore for various reasons, some of them because of legal issues as they deliver pirated content and some because their developers stop updating them.

When an add-on isn’t maintained and we have is installed on our Kodi device we are at risk because an update can break the add-on which currently works properly, or even worse some hacker can take advantage of this situation and  send an update with malicious code. Disabling auto update also give you more control over your Kodi device.


To disable auto update for all the add-ons:

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click the Settings icon  Settings icon
  • Click System settings
  • Hover over Add-ons
  • Click Update and change it to Notify, but don’t install update
  • Now add-ons are not updated automatically anymore, and you need to update them manually
  • To update them manually go to the Kodi home page
  • Click Add-ons
  • Click the Add-on browser icon  add-on browser icon
  • Click Available updates
  • Choose the add-on you want to update and click on it
  • Click Update

To disable a specific add-on:

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click Add-ons
  • Click My add-ons
  • Choose the add-on you want to disable and click on it
  • Click Auto-update to disable it (if it is enabled)

The easier option is to disable only specific add-ons which are not  maintained anymore, but you can also disable all of them and decide manually which add-ons to update.

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