Improve Your Kodi Experience w/ These Hacks & Customizations

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Kodi is undoubtedly one of the best multimedia software packages for Windows 10. This is a Windows Media Center alternative that this Tech Junkie guide told you a little about. That covered some of the software’s more basic options. If you’re looking to get a little more from Kodi, here are a few hacks to further customize and configure the software with.

Add a Custom Background to Kodi

You can select alternative Kodi skins to reconfigure the overall UI of the package. Alternatively, you can keep the default theme but add a new background to the software instead. To do that, select System on the main menu, Appearance, Skin and Settings. Then you should select Background Options as shown in the snapshot below.

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Select the Enable custom background option there. Then click Background path to browse through you folders. Open the folder that includes a suitable background image and select it. Then Kodi will have new wallpaper as in the snapshot below.

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Customize the Home Window Button

The Kodi home window includes the main menu for the software. There you can select System, Programs, Music, Videos and Pictures by default. However, you can configure the buttons included on the home window’s menu as follows.

Click System > Appearance > Skin > Settings and Home window to open the options shown directly below. They are settings that you can customize the home window with. Note the options included under Hide main menu buttons. You can select those to remove Pictures, Videos, Programs, etc from the main menu.

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Above that you can also customize the home screen options. For example, you could select Show recently added albums from there. That would remove the recently added album details shown at the top of the home window in the snapshot below.

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Add a New Kodi ScreenSaver

Kodi has its own screensaver that comes on after a few minutes. You can select a variety of screensavers and add new ones to Kodi. You should click System > Appearance > Screensaver and then Screensaver mode. That will open the window below from which you can select alternative screensavers.

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Or you can press the Get more button there to add some new screensavers to Kodi. That will open a further list of screensavers you can add to the software. Click one listed there to add it. You can further configure the selected screensaver by selecting Settings under Screensaver mode.

Set up Remote Android Access

If you want to have a remote control for the Kodi media center, you can set one up with an Android tablet. Firstly, add the official Kore remote app to your Android tablet. You can add that to your Android device from this Google Play page.

Next, open Kodi in Windows and select System > Services > Remote Control. Select the Allow remote control by programs on other systems option. Click Web server to select the Allow remote control via HTTP setting

Then open the Kore app in Android, which might set up automatically. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to enter IP address, port and Kodi username details. The port and username details are just below the Allow remove control via HTTP option in Kodi. You can find the IP address in Kodi by clicking System > System info > Network.

That will enable you to navigate Kodi remotely with the official Kore app, but you might still need to configure some additional settings for other Android remote apps. Note that the Kore app won’t work if the Windows firewall is blocking Kodi. Enter ‘firewall’ into Cortana search box and select Windows Firewall. Then select Allow an app or feature through Windows Firewall to check that Kodi is selected there.

Kodi Factory Reset

Do you need to revert to a fresh out-of-the-box Kodi setup? If so, a factory reset will delete all the extra add-ons and restore original Kodi settings. You can do that with an extra Kodi add-on.

Firstly, select System > File Manager > Add Source and then click None. Enter http://fusion.tvaddons.ag into the text box and press the Done button. You should type ‘Fusion’ as the media source name and click the OK button.

Next, return to the home screen and select System, Add-Ons, Install from Zip file and Fusion. Now click start-here > plugin.video.fresh-start-x-x-x.zip. Then an Add-on enabled notification confirms the new add-on.

Now click Programs on the main menu. There you should find Fresh Start listed. Click Fresh Start and then press the Yes button to confirm the factory reset. Finally, restart the Kodi software.

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Remove the RSS Feed at the Bottom of Kodi

There’s an RSS feed from the official Kodi site at the bottom of the software’s home page that provides updates. You can remove that feed if it’s surplus to requirements. To remove it, you should click System > Appearance > Skin to open the settings below.

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There the Show RSS news feeds option is selected as a default setting. So click its radio button to switch of the feeds. Or you can click Edit to add alternative RSS feeds to Kodi. However, for that you’ll also need to install the RSS Editor Kodi add-on first.

Set up Separate Kodi Accounts

If you’re sharing Kodi with someone else, you can set up separate profiles that can have alternative customization settings. Press System on the main menu and select Profiles. Then select Profiles > Add profile to add a new user account to Kodi.

Click Login to configure login details. The login screen is switched off by default. With multiple Kodi accounts you might need to switch that on.

Adding Add-on Shortcuts to the Home page

If you’ve installed lots of Kodi add-ons, it’s handy to have shortcuts for them on the home page’s main menu. To include add-on shortcuts on the home page, you can select System > Appearance > Skin > Settings. Then select Add-ons on the left to open shortcut options.

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You can add up to five video or music add-on shortcuts. Click Add-on 1 and then choose an add-on to include. In the shot below I’ve added an Exodus shortcut to the Videos button.

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Those are just a few of the great hacks you can customize Kodi with. Kodi is packed with options, and there are lots more settings you can customize its add-ons, skins, videos, TV and audio playback with. 

Posted by Matthew on November 23, 2016

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