How to Set Up User Profiles in Kodi 18 in 2019

Published: July 02, 2019

Kodi, the popular media streaming player, has a little-known feature that you may find very useful. You can set multiple user profiles to create separate watch lists for different users that use the same device. Here’s how you can do so with the latest Kodi 18.2 Leia version.

What are Kodi Profiles?

Kodi allows users to create different ’profiles’ and change them at the click of a mouse. The default profile (admin) that you first create is called the ‘master,’ and it can further be used to create any number of profiles for multiple users. This feature enables users to block access to a specific network or folder, create and customize different media libraries and set add-ons.

It even allows users to have individual RSS feeds and keymaps. Switching between the profiles is also very easy and users can enjoy a personalized Kodi experience on the same device.

Why Set Up Different Kodi Profiles?


To Create Segregated Media Libraries

All users like to customize their media libraries as per their needs and tastes. This feature comes in quite handy for users who like to share their device with their friends but don’t want them to mess up any important settings or let them access to their personal folders.

You can also create separate media libraries so that all users can enjoy their own Kodi experience without anyone else’s interference.

To Test Different Kodi Add-ons

Kodi profiles are also popular among advanced level Kodi users who are always on the lookout for new add-ons to try. However, these many experiments may cause the Kodi library to become congested. If you too are a pro-Kodi user, you can avoid the hassle by creating two separate profiles. One for testing, and one for personal use.

To Set Up a Kid-Friendly Kodi Version

The internet is flooding with easily accessible information, both good and bad. Thus, it has become very challenging to restrict kids from accessing any explicit content. This feature is best for parents looking for a kid-friendly version of Kodi with a simple interface and controlled access to content and add-ons.

How to Set Up User Profiles in Kodi 18.2 Leia

Kodi profiles are super-fun to use and easy to install. Here’s a simple way to create one.

Step 1: Launch Kodi on your device

Step 2: Choose ‘System’ from the screen’s top left using the icon that looks like a cogdevice

Step 3: Now, go to ‘Profile Settings’

Step 4: Under the profiles subcategory, you’ll be able to see all the profiles that you’ve previously created. If you’re setting up a new user profile for the first time, you’ll only see the admin profile named as ‘Master User.’ Now, select ‘Add profile’ from the right to create a new profile.

Step 5: A text box will pop up, and you’ll be required to enter a ‘Profile name.’

Step 6: Select ‘Ok’ once done

Step 7: Now, a box would pop up labeled as ’Browser for the folder.’ Simply leave it empty and choose ‘Ok.’

Step 8:

  • Profile name - Here you can change the profile name
  • Profile picture - Here you add a specific picture for the profile to mak it easily identifiable
  • Profile directory - Here you can set up a password for a specific content type. For instance, you can set different locks for videos, music, add-ons, file manager, etc. with a text passcode, numeric passcode, or a combo. This is best for setting a child-friendly Kodi version with controlled or limited access
  • Media sources- This folder has all the movies and TV shows available. Even though it’s best to leave this option synced with the admin profile, you can also have the option of having two entirely separate folders. It allows the below options.
    Separate - Separate media info with full control
    Shared with default - Share media information with the master user with full control
    Shared with default (Read only) - Share media information with the default users, while locked by the master code
    Separate (locked) - For the profile to have separate media information with the default user, but can’t be changed without enabling master code
  • Media info - Here you can set separate info for pieces of media for every user profile. It offers the same options as ‘Media sources,’ but we recommend you to leave this ‘separate’ to create individual profiles

If you’re not sure of what changes to make in the above settings or media sources, feel free to leave it as defaults.

To do things separately, you may also have a one-time copy of media info and sources in the next step. This option only lets you copy the existing settings as a starting point, while the sources and media information stays separate.

How To Switch User Profiles In Kodi

Now that you know how to create multiple user profiles in Kodi, you may want to know how to switch in between these profiles. Here’s a simple way to do it.

  1. Launch Kodi
  2. Go to ‘Settings’
  3. Choose ‘Profile settings.’
  4. Click on ‘Profiles’ from the left sidebar
  5. Right click on the profile you want to open
  6. Click on ‘Load profile.’
  7. Kodi will take a few seconds to load, and your profile will be ready to use

How To Adjust Profile Settings In Kodi

Now that you know how to create multiple profiles and switch in between them. The next step is to learn how to adjust settings on each of the profiles. Follow the steps down below.

  1. Launch Kodi
  2. Go to ‘Settings’
  3. Then ‘Profile settings’
  4. Choose ‘General’ from the left sidebar
  5. Two options will popup

Show login screen on startup: If you want to keep other users from accessing your profile and its content, this option makes sure that whenever someone is trying to access Kodi, they will be prompted to choose a profile and enter a password.

Automatic Login on startup: This option lets you choose which profile shall be used as primary when Kodi starts. Usually, this set for the last logged in profile; you can use this option to make any profile a default.