Customize Your Kodi Background: Step-by-Step Guide

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How to Change Background in Kodi

Kodi’s highly customizable nature allows users to tweak every inch of their interface. Changing the background is a simple yet powerful customization that can enhance your viewing pleasure. In this guide, we will explore the step-by-step process of how to change the background in Kodi, setting the stage for your digital entertainment.

Getting Started with Kodi

Kodi, originally XBMC (Xbox Media Center), has evolved into a multimedia powerhouse, supporting all platforms and file types. It is popular among cord-cutters for its streaming capabilities and customization options. Customizing your Kodi background may vary slightly depending on the skin you are using.

The guide primarily focuses on the Estuary skin, but the general method applies to other skins as well.

Changing Background in Kodi: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Access the Settings Menu

Find the ‘Settings’ menu represented by a cog icon in the top left corner of the home screen.

Step 2: Go to Interface Settings

In the ‘Settings’ menu, select ‘Interface Settings’ where you can customize the aesthetic elements of your Kodi interface.

Step 3: Choose the Skin Tab

Under ‘Interface Settings,’ choose the ‘Skin’ tab where you can customize the background.

Step 4: Get into Configure Skin

Select ‘Configure Skin’ and ensure you are using a skin that supports background changes.

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Step 5: Open Background Options

Explore ‘Background Options’ to change the wallpaper for each section of Kodi.

Step 6: Select the Desired Section

Choose the section you want to customize, like TV shows, Movies, or Music.

Step 7: Change the Background

Set a new background image by navigating to the image file you want to use.

Repeat the process for each section you want to customize.

Step 8: Save Changes

Save your changes before exiting the menu to apply the new backgrounds.

The Potential of Kodi Backgrounds

Customizing backgrounds in Kodi allows you to express creativity and personalize your media experience. Use high-resolution images in supported formats like JPEG, PNG, or GIF for the best results.


Changing backgrounds in Kodi is a simple way to start exploring the vast customization potential of Kodi and personalize your media center.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use online images as my Kodi background?

Yes, download the image first as Kodi does not directly support setting online images as backgrounds.

Can I set a slideshow as my Kodi background?

Some skins support slideshow backgrounds by cycling through images in a selected folder.

What if my skin does not support background change?

Switch to a different skin that allows background changes under ‘Settings’ > ‘Interface Settings’ > ‘Skin’ > ‘Skin.’

Why can’t I see the ‘Configure Skin’ option?

Some skins may name it differently or place it elsewhere; ensure your settings level is at ‘Expert’ or ‘Advanced.’

Can I use video as a background in Kodi?

While Kodi does not natively support video wallpapers, certain add-ons may enable this feature with increased CPU usage.

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