Backing Kodi is needed for two main reasons: the first reason is to transfer it to a different device, the second reason is to restore it in event of crash or file corruption. The backup process store everything related to the installation including add-ons, settings and skin. Backing your Kodi is a good practice and will help you in many cases.
One of the most common practices in Kodi is to remove add-ons, we do it all the time when we want to remove unused add-ons and to free space. When doing so sometimes we get a message: “<add-on name> is used by the following installed add-on(s) <add-on name> This add-on can’t be uninstalled”, as shown in the image below.
There are many add-ons that use YouTube as their source for playing videos. In many cases, once you try to watch specific videos with specific add-ons you get this annoying error message: “YouTube Invalid parameters”. This error also prevents the video from being played. However, this problem can be fixed easily.
Once you have many add-ons installed on your device you encounter a small but irritating issue, you have a problem locating them. It isn’t easy to find a specific add-on in such a situation because the display has limited space and some of the add-ons are not shown. You need to scroll until you find it.
This is where the favourites option, located in the menu of the homepage, can help you.
Many times add-on become outdated for various reasons, like an add-on which is not maintained anymore. Having many add-ons also affect your system making it run slower, as those add-ons consume more memory, perform more queries in order to stay updated and occupies more storage.
It is a good practice to go over your add-ons, see which ones are not used anymore and if so delete them. This way you free resources from your system, improve its performance and make it run faster.
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.