Setup Kodi User Profiles – Separate Space For Each Person


Like with desktop operating systems and tablets it is possible to create Kodi profiles to provide a separate space for each user. This is ideal if you want to separate your movies, music & videos from your children and prevent them from watching your latest horror movies! In this article we will show you how to create Kodi user profiles and detail what you can control within each.

The quick steps for setting up Kodi profiles are now shown. Further information plus screenshots are shown beneath.

  1. Click the settings cog shown on the main left hand menu.
  2. Select ‘Profiles’.
  3. On the ‘General’ tab enable ‘Show logon screen on startup’.
  4. On the ‘Profiles’ tab select ‘Add profile’.
  5. Enter a name for the new profile.
  6. Choose a location for the profile to be stored. Hit OK to accept the default.
  7. Select Lock preferences and complete the Kodi Master Lock guide.
  8. Select Profile lock and configure a password type.
  9. Choose the features you would like to lock and click on them to enable.
  10. Restart Kodi to login with your new profile.

Locating The Settings for Kodi User Accounts

First you need to head for the main settings menu in Kodi. Select the Cog shape located at the top left of the main home screen menu. [Extra Reading: How to Play Games on Kodi]

Kodi Profiles
Access The Kodi Settings

The screen that follows will show all of the main Kodi settings categories. The Kodi Profiles settings icon is located at the bottom as shown in the image below. Select Profiles. [Extra Reading: How to Setup Official Kodi Remote on IOS & Android]

Kodi User Accounts
Kodi Profiles Settings Option

Configuring Kodi Profiles

You are now on the main settings screen for Kodi user profiles. The ‘General’ tab has just two options available. The first ‘Show logon screen on startup’ tells Kodi to ask you to choose from the available user profiles when it first loads. If you are looking to setup multiple people within Kodi then I suggest you switch this on. [Extra Reading: 30 Best Kodi Skins – The Complete List]

Kodi User Profiles
The Profiles General Tab

The second option ‘Automatic Login on startup’ allows you to select a profile to automatically use. Any other Kodi profiles would then need to be accessed from the profiles screen discussed next. [Read: UK TV Kodi Addons – Live TV and Catch Up]

When you are happy with your general settings select the second tab ‘Profiles’. Here you will see all available Kodi user accounts on your system. Select ‘Add profile’ as shown in the image below. [Extra Reading: How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi – For Audio & Video]

Create Accounts
The Profiles Tab

When you click on this option you will first be asked to provide a name for your new Kodi user account. Enter the name of the person who will be using this account. When you hit OK Kodi will then ask you to provide a folder location to store this new profile. It will recommend the default location of C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Roaming\Kodi\userdata (on a Windows machine). It will appear on screen as a blank folder. Just hit OK to accept this or specify your own profile location. [Extra Reading: How to Make a Smart Playlist on Kodi – For Audio & Video]

Editing Your Kodi User Profiles

You will now see on screen the details for your new Kodi profile. You can see the name, folder location and can add a picture if you so desire. We will now take a brief look at locking down a profile to prevent unwanted access. Select ‘Lock Preferences’. [Extra Reading: How to Change Kodi Splash Screen – Custom Startup Image]

Lock Kodi User Accounts
Editing a Profile

This will require that you set a Master Lock Code on Kodi. When this feature is set you will be required to configure a password for the Kodi profiles settings page. The setup process for this is simple but we have produced a full article covering this. [Extra Reading: How to Lock Kodi using Kodi Master Lock Code]

Locking Down an Account

Once your Master Lock code is set and you get into ‘Lock Preferences’ you will see the screen shown below. You will see a series of different options that you can lock. Decide what you need and then use the sliders to secure each area. By default ‘Profile lock’ is disabled. To lock anything within a Kodi profile you will need to switch this on. [Extra Reading: How to Update Kodi Library Automatically – Scan for New Content]

Locking Accounts
Profile Lock Preferences

When you switch this on you will be prompted to configure a password type. The choice is as follows:

  • Disabled
  • Numeric password
  • Gamepad button combo
  • Full-text password

Choose the password type you would like to use and set the password. Hit OK to submit. At the last stage you will be asked ‘Start with fresh settings or copy from default?’. This is up to you but if you have already configured a lot in Kodi you may want to import these into your new profile. You will also be asked ‘Start with fresh media sources or copy from default?’ If you want to separate movies, music and pictures for different users then you must start with fresh. You are now complete. When you next launch Kodi you will be prompted to select a user profile to login with. If you have secured it with a password then all content will be safe. [Extra Reading: How to Customize Kodi Home Screen – Add Kodi Menu Items]

Separate Kodi Logons
Kodi User Logon Screen

Kodi Account Creation HMP – Verdict

Creating Kodi user accounts is simple and will allow you to setup a separate space for each user. Keep your music collection separate from your wife or your horror movies away from your children. Within Kodi profiles you can easily customise what is locked down and provide passwords for each user. As with anything don’t forget your password! [Extra Reading: How to Enable Airplay Kodi, All you Need to Know (Plus IOS 13 Status)]