With Kodi’s ease of use it is not uncommon for multiple people to share the same HTPC media centre. Whether it be with other family members or friends there may be times when you need to keep your content unique to you. A Kodi master lock code is a small password you can place on different areas of the software including locking your libraries or settings screens. If you have small children using your media centre you may want to implement some Kodi parental control. In this post I will show you how to lock Kodi media centre. You will learn how to set passwords on the content that you want to remain secure.
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How to Lock Kodi using Kodi Master Lock Code
In this How to Lock Kodi post we will be using Kodi 17.1 Krypton but the steps are pretty much the same on any version of the application. Before making any changes to your system please ensure that you backup Kodi. If your Kodi version is some way behind I suggest that you upgrade to Kodi Krypton. When you system is backed up you are ready to password protect Kodi.
Setting a Kodi Master Lock Code
enter your Kodi main settings window by
clicking on the small cog at the top of the main menu. Once in settings
select Interface settings as shown in the image below. [Read: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]
There are not many settings to choose from in this location.
Select Master lock from the options on the left. All Kodi parental lock settings are contained within this window.
Select Master lock code and settings as shown in the below screenshot. [Read: How to Enable Airplay Kodi – Everything you Need to Know (including IOS 10)]
By default Kodi Master lock code is disabled and all settings will appear greyed out. To begin changing your Kodi parental control settings and to set passwords on content
click on the Master lock option shown below.
Kodi Master Lock Password Types
When you do this you will see a set of password types usable as the Kodi Master Lock code. These options are:
- Numeric Password
- Gamepad button combo
- Full-text password
For this How to Lock Kodi guide we are going to use a simple four number numeric password.
Select your chosen password type and you will then be prompted to enter the password you would like to use. You will then see the following screen. [Read: Best PC Game Controllers for HTPC – Emulators & Steam]
The above screenshot shows all of the Kodi parental lock settings available to you. You can see that I have chosen to lock Videos, Pictures and Settings. The
Settings option allows you to decide which settings to secure. I have changed this to
All so that a password is required before you can see any settings options. [Read: Top Mini ITX Cases for the Smallest HTPC Build]
Kodi Master Lock Code on Startup
Another security area I want to mention in this How to Lock Kodi post is the ability to set a password on Kodi bootup. This means that all of your Kodi libraries, settings and addons are secured with a Kodi Master Lock Code. To do this
select the cog at the top of the main menu to enter settings and then
select Interface settings as we did previously.
Navigate down to Master Lock and this time
select Ask for master lock code on startup. Once this is set you will be prompted to enter a Kodi parental lock password on application startup. [Read: How to Play Games on Kodi]
Testing Your Kodi Parental Control – Password Protect Kodi
Once you have completed the above steps
navigate to one of the libraries that you have secured. When clicking on Videos I am now presented with the following numeric pad. I must enter the password that I selected earlier. As soon as the password is entered you will be taken to the Video library as normal. [Read: How to Setup Official Kodi Remote on IOS & Android]
Your content is now secure and is only available to the people with your chosen password. You can repeat these steps for as many Kodi addons, libraries or settings you like. If you would like to remove the Kodi Master Lock Code you must go back into the Master Lock Code settings and
set the password type to disabled. [Read: Enable Kodi DLNA – Create a Kodi Media Server]
Kodi Master Lock Code – Final Thoughts
A Kodi Master Lock Code is the perfect way to secure your content. It allows you to restrict what your media centre users can see. Whether you are looking for Kodi parental control or you simply want to prevent users from changing critical settings Kodi is simple to secure. A Kodi parental lock is a great way to ensure that your children cannot see movies that they are too young for. Kodi Master Lock can be implemented in no time at all and is easy to change if your passwords are compromised. Please ensure that you note down your passwords and do not lose them!