Unless you’re a die-hard fan of subtitles, there’s a good chance you’re going to be watching your Kodi streams with quite a bit of sound. And if you’re streaming a great blockbuster through your Kodi TV box and trying to maximize the benefit of your TV sound system, the last thing you want is, well, no sound. So if you’re finding no sound on Kodi, there’s some good news: fixing sound issues on Kodi is thankfully not that difficult.
Below, you’ll find a few possible fixes for fixing sound issues on Kodi. We also look into why there might be no sound on Kodi, which may help you avoid getting those issues again.
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- 1 Before we Proceed
- 2 No Sound on Kodi Solution: Fixing Sound Issues on Kodi
- 2.1 Solution 1: Reinstall Kodi
- 2.2 Solution 2: Upgrade to a Newer Version of Kodi
- 2.3 Solution 3: Change Your Audio Settings to Match Your Sound System
- 2.4 Solution 4: Replace Your Audio Cables
- 2.5 Solution 5: Restart Your Device and Disconnect/Reconnect Cables
- 2.6 Solution 6: If Using Bluetooth Audio, Check The Connection
- 2.7 Solution 7: Run Kodi on a Different Device
- 3 Why is Kodi Sound Not Working?
Before we Proceed
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No Sound on Kodi Solution: Fixing Sound Issues on Kodi
We get it: Those sound issues are annoying. There’s some good news and some bad news on this issue, however.
The good news is that most sound issues are pretty easy to fix. The bad news is that the reason why you’re having sound issue is not always clear. There are a few reasons for that.
Solution 1: Reinstall Kodi
As much as this sounds like a “turn it off and on” IT department solution, you’d be surprised by how often this works. Make this the first thing you try before moving on to any other methods.
To re-download and reinstall Kodi, click here.
Solution 2: Upgrade to a Newer Version of Kodi
The XBMC Foundation and Kodi’s developers push out new updates to the program multiple times a year. Quite often, those software updates include software fixes that arise due to some factors: operating system incompatibilities, codec issues, firmware issues, etc. If you’re using an outdated version of Kodi, there’s a chance that your sound issues may have already been fixed in a new version.
To install a newer version of Kodi, click here.
Solution 3: Change Your Audio Settings to Match Your Sound System
This one will require you to check the audio output for your sound system physically. If Kodi allows you to change the audio output settings based on the type of audio setup you have. For the best sound results, you’ll want to match the audio output settings in Kodi to your sound system (for example, 5.1 Dolby)
To find the audio settings in Kodi, do the following:
- From the home screen, click on the Gear Symbol at the top left
- Click on System settings
- Go to the bottom Gear Symbol where you see the word Basic
- Click on Basic until it changes to the word Expert to unlock more setting options
- Scroll back up to Audio
- Adjust the settings to match your audio output device
Not sure what your audio settings should be? Click here to access an easy setup guide provided by the XBMC Foundation. However, for best audio results, make sure that all types of audio your system can decode are selected.
You will also want to make sure that the audio settings match your output. For example, if you’re using an HDMI connection for audio/visual output, make sure that HDMI is enabled and not RCA (or vice-versa).
Solution 4: Replace Your Audio Cables
If none of the solutions above worked, you might need to check your cables. This only applies if you are using a Kodi TV box or outputting your audio through connected speakers. Check to make sure that the cables are working by switching them out with other cables or attaching another audio output device to see if the sound works with that device.
Solution 5: Restart Your Device and Disconnect/Reconnect Cables
A simple-sounding solution, but like reinstalling and re-seeding your audio cables quite often fixes audio problems.
Solution 6: If Using Bluetooth Audio, Check The Connection
Bluetooth can be wonky at times, especially if other signals are interfering with the connection. If you’re using a Bluetooth audio stream, try turning the Bluetooth connection off, and turn off any other Bluetooth connections you have going. Then reconnect just the Bluetooth audio device without any other Bluetooth devices running.
Solution 7: Run Kodi on a Different Device
None of those solutions working for you? You may need to change to a different device for Kodi. There’s a chance that your device’s audio hardware has issues, or that the firmware operating the audio is broken or outdated. Try operating Kodi on a different device. If the audio works perfectly on a different device, there’s a good chance the software or hardware on the other device is the problem.
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Why is Kodi Sound Not Working?
Device Incompatibilities or Problems
The last thing we want is for our devices to be the reason why sound issues are there. Unfortunately, this is often a primary cause of many sound issues. Some Kodi TV boxes, for example, are known to have sound issues. The M8S Android TV box, for example, often receives some complaints from Kodi users about having sound issues with different Kodi versions. Several Kodi users with the M8S have complained about not getting sound out of the device properly when using Kodi. Usually, the issue is not getting the full depth of sound they desire, although some have posted on forums, such as the office XBMC Foundation forum, that the sound just drops out, forcing them to restart their TV box.
If you’re dealing with sound issues on your device (of any kind), the reason could be because the device is built poorly, or because of incompatibilities between the device hardware, device software and firmware, and Kodi’s software.
Older Kodi Versions
One of the reasons you may be experiencing Kodi sound issues is that the version of Kodi you’re using is outdated. Kodi constantly updates to new versions. Version updates at times make changes to how the software handles sound files and rendering. In some cases, these updates are done specifically because there are sound issues with different devices and the Kodi developers have worked out fixes that are implemented in the more recent updates
Your Kodi Settings May Need to Be Changed
Although Kodi usually (and should) work immediately after downloading, your specific device may not be immediately functional with Kodi until you change some system settings. Kodi has a good number of system settings related to audio input and output. There’s a possibility that you may need to fiddle with some of these settings to get Kodi working properly on your system.
Poor Quality Audio Cables
Audio cables are not all alike. While you don’t need to buy the most expensive ones on the market (plenty of research on HDMI cables shows that the inexpensive ones and pocket-emptying ones produce the same results), you do want to make sure you’re not buying poor quality audio cables. Additionally, cables do stop working over time, especially if they get bent and twisted on a regular occasion.
Different audio devices are capable of decompressing different audio codecs. Kodi is pretty capable of handling most of these, but your audio device might not have that capability. It’s a good idea to match the audio settings with what best suits the type of audio device you’re using. This will help ensure you get the best results with your audio output.
Having other Kodi issues? Check out our Guide to Fixing Kodi Issues.