How to change the background image in Kodi

When it comes to making your own build (or just customising someone else’s!), the first step is usually to change the background images within Kodi.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the lovely bubbles of the Confluence skin or the screenshots from Gravity that populate the Aeon Nox skin, but sometimes you just want something a little more … personal, right?


Well the good news is that changing background images within Kodi is both quick and easy.

Just as a heads up, we’re going to be running this tutorial using the Aeon Nox skin seeing as it’s the most popular skin out there at the moment. Most 3rd party builds are also created around Aeon Nox, so if you’re using someone else’s build, the chances are that you’ll be able to change your background images using the tutorial below.

If you’re not using Aeon Nox 5, the following tutorial will still be useful, but you might find that the location of various menu options change slightly.


1. First up, you need to find an image that you want to use. Ideally, you want a nice sharp picture that weighs in at 1920×1080 pixels. If you’re not creating your own images, then you might want to start with a Google search. Failing that, there are some great High Def wallpaper sites that might help you:

For this tutorial, I’m going to be using the following image:
Hi Res Kodi Background

2. Once you’ve found your picture, save it somewhere accessible on your Kodi device. A quick note on this: if you’re planning on using your build on multiple devices or sharing it with other people, make sure you save your wallpaper inside your Kodi file structure.

That file structure can be found in the following locations:

  • Android: Android/data/org.xbmc.kodi/files/.kodi/
  • iOS: /private/var/mobile/Library/Preferences/Kodi/
  • Linux ~/.kodi/
  • Mac /Users/<your_user_name>/Library/Application Support/Kodi/
  • OpenELEC /storage/.kodi/userdata/
  • Windows Start – type %APPDATA%\kodi\ – press <Enter>

Once you’ve followed the relevant path above, create a new folder in ‘addons’ or ‘userdata’ and store your backgrounds in there.

If you’re planning on only running your build on a single device, then you don’t need to worry about the above – just save your background wherever’s easiest for you to access.

3. Once you’ve correctly stored your image, open up Kodi and click on System > Skin Settings

Aeon Nox Kodi Skin Settings


4. Now choose ‘Setup the Aeon Nox main menu’

Setup Aeon Nox Menu Kodi

5. On the left hand side of the screen, you should now find that you’re presented with the menu items that appear on your main menu (things like Movies, Pictures, Videos etc). Select the menu item whose background picture you want to change. For the purpose of this tut, I’m going to chose ‘Movies’

6. Now click on ‘Set item background’ from the main screen

Set Item Background in Kodi

7. In this tut, we’re just going to select a single image for the background, so click on ’Set single image background.’ To learn how to set up multi-image backgrounds, check out our tutorial here.

Set single image background in Kodi

10. Navigate to the place where you stored your background image in step 2 and select it.

Path to Background Image in Kodi

That’s all there is to it – if you return to the your home screen and scroll through your menu, you’ll find that your own image is now being used as the background to the menu label that you selected within Settings.

For example, our Movies label now has the image of Darth Vader that we set:

Kodi Menu Background

Now all you need to do is repeat this tutorial for the rest of your menu labels and you’ll have completely changed the look and feel of the build/skin that you’re using.

Hope you found that useful – if so, please share this with friends or think about following us on Twitter as there’ll be plenty of articles like this one that will talk you through how to customise your Kodi set up or create your own build from scratch.