How to Set Up Kodi Profiles
In this guide we cover what profiles are, and how to add , switch and delete profiles as well as fixing the most common problem users have, with enabling skins and addons on new profiles from the master user.
What are Profiles?
Profile on Kodi, are just like your desktop, they allow individual users to save settings and gain access to specific skins, folders, addons and much more.
Individual profiles allow you to:
- Customize the settings and skin for that profile
- Lock folders to certain users, which can be handy if you have sensitive content you don’t want other users to access when using Kodi on the same device
- Have separate media libraries for different users
- Set up unique RSS feeds
- Have unique key mapping and networking settings
How to Add a Profile?
Setting up new profiles is simple.
- From the Kodi home screen go to Settings
- Instead of General click Profiles
- Click Add Profile
- Enter the Profile Name and select a directory for their settings to be stored, or you can just use the default path
- Adjust individual profile settings which is discussed below
- Choose whether to copy settings and media sources from the master user or start a fresh
Name, Picture and Directory are all self-explanatory, the following are interesting tweaks for existing settings:
- Lock Preferences: This is separated into 2 sections; Media info and Media sources
- Separate: Create profile with separate media information
- Shares with Default: A profile can share media with the master user if they also have full control
- Share with Default (Read Only) : The same as above, but users are not able to delete or alter any media files shared with them. Modification are only allowed using the Master Code
- Separate (Locked) : Separate media information which can only be altered using the master code (Best setting if you want to create partitioned media files, but want access and control to other users as a Master User
The same sections above are also applied to media sources.
How to Delete a Profile?
Deleting profiles is simple. Go to Settings, Profile Settings and then profiles. When you select a profile, you can either load that profile or delete it. Just make sure the files are backed up are no longer needed as profiles cannot be reinstated or undeleted. Kodi does not have a “Recycle Bin” like a laptop.
This is also another good reason to set a Master Code, as other users cannot accidentally or maliciously delete other people’s profiles without first putting in the code.
How to Switch a Profile?
There are two ways to switch a profile, either using the method above. Except instead of deleting the profile, you choose to Load Profile.
Or from the Kodi home screen you click Power Options, and at the bottom of the pop-up menu you can select to Log Off your current user and log into another profile.
Enabling Skins and Addons on New Profiles
When you create a new profile, if you do not choose to populate the new profile with the master users sources and settings then a new profile will revert to the default skin and have no media sources, libraries or add ons.
Installed addons are disabled until turned on.
To turn these addons back on, log into the new profile. Go to settings, Addons, My Addons and you can enable the addons you want for that profile one by one.
You would also need to repeat the process for the skins. By going to Settings, Interface Settings and Skin and selecting the Skin of your choice.