How to change Kodi Splash/Boot screen

Adding a custom Kodi splash screen is easy, but I, too, needed a resource to locate the root file. These instructions are for a Windows machine, but should apply to most Kodi installs on most machines.

What’s the Kodi splash screen? It’s the opening intro you may or may not see for a long time based on the speed of your machine.

  1. Grab yourself a high-resolution custom flash screen for Kodi. The one I used can be found on XBMC’s wiki here.
    Add Custom XBMC Splash Screen
  2. Make sure you have “show hidden files” enabled in your O/S
  3. Navigate to the below folder on your Windows machine (Update: Note that in the paths below the “XBMC” directory in the roaming folder will now be “Kodi.”):
    C:\Users\Trevor\AppData\Roaming\XBMC\media
    C: = your drive letter
    Trevor = your user name
  4. Here you will see your existing splash image file labeled “Splash.png.” Change this to anything including “Splash2.png.”
  5. Rename the file you downloaded and want as your custom Kodi splash screen image to “Splash.png.” Yes, you need the .png file extension.
  6. Place “Splash.png” in the media folder.

That’s it. You’ve just added a custom Kodi Splash Screen to your Windows machine.

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How to download Movies from Kodi

Downloading media from Kodi comes in handy if you are ever going to be on an airplane or without internet service and want to enjoy some movies or TV shows for the trip. One of the most popular Kodi movies and TV shows addon is Genesis. I will walk you through how to download videos from Kodi genesis plugin

  • Open Kodi 
  • Select VIDEO > Add-Ons
  • Highlight (but don’t select) Genesis
  • Open the Context Menu (“C”)
  • Select Add-On Settings
  • Under Playback, turn off Auto-Play
  • While you are still in PlayBack, select Host Selection and change to Directory
  • Select Downloads and choose your download locations
  • Select OK
  • Find something you want to download
  • Select your movie or TV show as if you were going to watch it
  • When all of the sources open, Highlight (do not click enter)
  • Open the Context Menu (“C”) & select Download Video
  • You will now see a screen asking you to confirm the download.

All content is then available via Genesis > My Genesis or in the download folder you specified earlier.

And that’s it! You can also use this method with other video addons and enjoy movies wherever you are both with internet access and without.

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How to factory reset your Kodi

We all make mistakes, there may come a time where we have either installed something that KODI is simply not agreeing with or we’ve installed a custom build and although it may be a pretty sweet set up it wasn’t for you and all you want to do it return your KODI back to normal.

The simplest way to factory reset your Kodi is to browse to your Kodi data folder and delete it. I will list the folder location for a few operating systems.

Operative system File path
Android Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi (see note)
iOS /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi
Linux ~/.kodi/userdata/
Mac /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/ (see note)
OpenELEC /storage/.kodi
Windows Start – type %APPDATA%\kodi – press <Enter>

You may need to unhide hidden folder in android first before you will be able to see the .kodi folder

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How to install a Kodi Addon

When the add-on has finished downloading Kodi will enable it and depending on the add-on ask if you want to start using it. Add-ons will then appear in their appropriate section (e.g. skins in the appearance section of settings, movie scrapers in the options of scrapers when adding a new movie source)

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Kodi Repo and Sources

Using repos is the easiest way to get all of the top Add-ons installed on your Kodi box. You simply add the repos as Sources under File Manager. Forget about downloading and transferring .ZIP files to your Kodi box…these online repos are the way to go!

Add the source address and you’re on your way to setting up your Kodi box with the best Add-ons in town!

EXAMPLE

SuperRepo Setup on Kodi

Before you can install SuperRepo, you need to first add the SuperRepo source. From the homescreen on Kodi, head to System->File Manager. Then click Add source, as shown in the picture below.

Install SuperRepo Add Source

Add SuperRepo Source

Continue SuperRepo setup by selecting a source for it in the window that appears. There are two text fields: on the top one, you can set the media location, and the bottom one allows you to set a name for it. Set the media location to SuperRepo source http://srp.nu (SRP comes fromSuperRePo). In the bottom box, and add a name for the source of your SuperRepo installation. Try to type something descriptive, since this will come in handy when you manage several sources. As an example, you could simply name it “SuperRepo”. The filled SuperRepo source addition window should look like the example below. After you have filled out the boxes, click OK, to continue toinstall SuperRepo for Kodi.

Install SuperRepo Source Info

Add SuperRepo Source

As you can see, you now have SuperRepo source successfully installed on your system. Click on the home button to get back to the main menu.

SuperRepo Source Added

To continue with the SuperRepo installation, from the home menu, you need to go to System->Settings->Add-ons and click Install from zip file. Next, you need to click on the source you added. In this case, select SuperRepo from the menu.

Install SuperRepo Repository from Source

You will see several folders. I would advise choosing the one named after your Kodi version. In my case it was “Helix”.

SuperRepo for Kodi Helix

And then select the folder named “All”.

SuperRepo for All Categories

You will see a .zip file. This .zip file will allow you to install SuperRepo. Select it and click “OK”.

Kodi Install SuperRepo from Zip File

After a few moments you should see something like this on the bottom-right corner of your screen, indicating that you were able to successfully install SuperRepo.

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