If you have an Android TV at home, one of the apps you have installed might be Kodi. The popular client for accessing media files both locally and by streaming offers a great versatility and customization ability and a good example of this are the multiple skins we can use.
With these layers we can make it look drastically different from what it offers as soon as we install it. It is a simple process, but one that many people are not aware of and that is why we are going to see the steps needed to change the appearance of our player and by the way, find some of the most interesting.
How to install themes on Kodi
And is customize Kodi by giving it a new look it’s very easy. We won’t need any external apps or download any additional files, as Kodi itself is the one that offers all the necessary repositories. In fact, modifying the design of Kodi is something that we can achieve with just a few clicks.
We just have to enter Kodi on our TV. We assume that we have the interface that comes from the source, so what we need to do is look for the icon of the “Settings”
Once inside, we look for the option “Interface” and when the new window opens we need to find the section “Skins”.
As we do not have one, we must, we must download it and for that we must click on “Have more”. The installation process begins and, if necessary, also the addons that it needs to run. Sometimes it may take longer depending on our TV or network speed.
In that case we used those offered by Kodi among its repositories, although it is also possible to install them from a local source if we have models downloaded. The list is more or less long and it is here that we must choose the one that we like the most. Here are the summarized steps in list mode:
- Open Kodi and enter the “Settings” by pressing the gear icon.
- Find the option “Interface” and within it the section “Skins”.
- Click on “Skin” and then on “Have more” to select and download the skin that interests us.
And at this point, we’re going to see a few examples of Skins, although the variety is huge and it’s up to each user to determine which theme best suits their tastes and needs.
At this point, after several tests, you may end up with a collection of skins that you don’t need and want to uninstall. Something very easy that you can do by going on the road “Settings> Additional modules” and in the section “Mis Addons” selection “Appearance” and then on “Skin” you can delete the one you don’t want.
And nothing better than leading by example, and so that you can see the drastic UI changes you can get by changing the skin used in Kodi, I have selected some of the ones that I consider the most interesting. There are a lot more, and you can even install them from external sources. In addition, all have a great capacity for customization
We are undoubtedly before one of the best skins we can find on Kodi. Considering the low weight it offers, it does not require powerful hardware to run it, which makes it ideal for a large number of models. In addition, the interface is very visual and attractive, ideal for televisions and large screens.
It is not as light as the previous one, in fact in models with only hardware we can see a little lag (you can always turn off the music playing in the background). But at the same time, it must be emphasized that is one of those that offers a more attractive interface due to the minimalism of its design.
As the name suggests, this interface imitates the one offered by the famous Apple decoder. With icons known to everyone, it is light in weight and therefore does not offer too many problems to be able to work on almost any TV.
Aura is another development that bet on minimalism and many can remember another skin like Horizon. Based on shortcuts that appear in the upper area of the screen, the rest is occupied by boxes with soft edges that provide access to all functions and additions
In this skin, the design changes and we abandon the horizontal lines of shortcuts to fall a vertical sidebar which offers the possibility of accessing all sections. It’s a pretty clean interface that I didn’t notice pulling too much resources either.
This design simulates that of movie posters which are displayed on the display panel to identify the content. It allows the download of the covers of each film, disc, TV series … as well as any information related to the current multimedia file.
At first glance, It looks like we’re in front of an LG or Samsung TV. A skin with a design completely different from the rest that groups all the information from the lower area of the screen in a bar spread across the width. To complete the visual aspect, it offers detailed information about the time and calendar.
He’s one of the best I’ve heard of and I have to admit that is one of the most elegant, but in my case he has not finished convincing me, a matter of taste. It might not be as light as the others, but you can try to see what you think.
Last on the list but not the least interesting for this. This design is one of the most elegant and I didn’t notice that it slows down the transitions. Again a bet on the horizontal shortcut bar with a center of the screen occupied by all the information boxes.