How To Fix Backgrounds Not Showing in Kodi

Fix no backgrounds

If you own a Build and after downloading it on another device through a Wizard your backgrounds might not show up. This is caused for multiple reasons, for example you might have the pictures stored only on your own device and not on others. So follow the steps bellow to fix the black background issue and have your backgrounds show on other devices including yours.


Steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu and search for Run
  2. Type the following: %appdata%/kodi/userdata
  3. Create a new folder and call it “Backgrounds”
  4. Copy all your pictures or backgrounds inside that new folder
  5. Open Run again and type the following: %appdata%/kodi/userdata/addon_data
  6. Open your Skin’s folder (ex: skin.aeon.nox5) and open the settings.xml with Notepad++
  7. Replace all paths that starts with C:// OR /storage with special://userdata\Backgrounds\(picture chosen). Follow the example bellow
  • Before:

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>C://user/….</setting>

OR

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>/storage/…</setting>

  • After: 

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>special://userdata\Backgrounds\Tv.png</setting> *This will only take the Tv.png picture*

OR

<setting type=”string” name=”skin.aeon.nox.5.TVShowHomeItem.MultiFanart”>special://userdata\Backgrounds\TV\</setting> *This will take all the pictures in the TV folder*


That’s pretty much it! If you’re still having issues feel free to contact me and I will try to help you solve your issues.

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12 Comments on How To Fix Backgrounds Not Showing in Kodi

  1. When your wizard is downloading from Kodi to upload the build, how do you change the name on to say my wizard and not simple kore? Thank you for all your help with these videos they are very helpful!

  2. Is this supposed to have a forward slash / and a backslash in the same line\? I copied and pasted what you have listed above and I still have a black background. It is not showing my pictures. Please help. Thank you

    • First a big shout out to SimpleKore! great stuff 😀 Ive learned a lot from you!!

      Anywho, I tried as suggested and it didn’t work for me either but after perusing the settings.xml file I noticed some were

      special://home/
      which is generic for
      C://users/username/appdata/roaming/kodi/usedata/
      and by using the
      special://home/
      your build is moveable to another device bc using the
      C://users/username/appdata/roaming/kodi/usedata/
      will obviously not be available on another device

      so I went through changing them all with that and they now work, I also changed all the other lines connecting to fanart etc that had lines that were like
      C://users/username/appdata/roaming/kodi/userdata/blah blah blah
      to
      special://home/blah blah blah

  3. Hi,
    Great video and I love it. I am technical and trying to understand the details.

    I am trying to build this wizard for Android box. Will it work? I see come code in default.py that seems to be designed for Windows only. What do I need to change to make it work on Android box.

    • I think the best option is to create the build on a computer then use the SimpleKore tutorials and build wizard to get it online.
      then just install kodi on whatever device android ,firestick, computer or whatever then add your source under file manager , then install from repo, run the wizard and TA DA !
      transferred build 😀

  4. Last year this worked great with Aeon Nox skin and Kodi 16.1. I just spent a lot of time making a new build on Krypton 17.1 and the background isn’t working again. I dont know if its a Krypton problem. I tried it on both Aeon Nox and Aeon Nox 5 SILVO.

    Any ideas?

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