The latest version of Kodi, version 17.5, was released yesterday. The Kodi team recommends that everyone updates to the new version because it contains several bug fixes, but you might actually want to hold off on updating or even skip this version entirely. Several people (1, 2, 3) are reporting that version 17.5 crashes immediately when launched on Fire TV devices.
Most Kodi users, including myself, are not having issues with the latest update. That said, enough people are having issues that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to hold off on updating until we know more about why the app is crashing for some people. The issues seem to be limited to Android devices, but are not limited to just Fire TV devices. Android TV users, like Mi Box and NVIDIA Shield TV users, have also been reporting crashes with version 17.5 of Kodi.
This latest update mostly contains bug fixes and updates the FFmpeg video library. The list of changes also says that version 17.5 includes a “more robust way of handling audio output on [a] variety of Android devices.” Since it seems like crashes are limited to Android devices, the Android audio changes seem like a likely culprit to why the new version is crashing.
If you’ve updated to Kodi 17.5 and are experiencing issues, you’ll need to downgrade to version 17.4. The easiest way to do that is to uninstall Kodi 17.5 completely and then reinstall version 17.4. Doing so will delete all of your user data, like your library and add-ons, so you’ll want to back up your user data before uninstalling version 17.5 and restore it after reinstalling version 17.4. If you don’t know how to do that, I’ll write a guide later today on how to downgrade Kodi on a Fire TV device without losing your user data.
Let us know in the comments if you’re having issues with Kodi 17.5. Be as descriptive as possible, including what device model you’re using and what your configuration is like, to help us determine what could be the cause of the crashes.
The guide for how to downgrade Kodi and not lose your data and settings can be found here.
Kodi version 17.5.1 has been released with a fix for the crashes.