Unity Skin for Kodi
Unity Skin designed by Eddage and Bumpaneer, is an adaptation of Confluence, based on a material design. Compatible on any device using a Keyboard/Mouse combination, Remote or Game Controller. While not “flashy”, it’s background image is a refreshing change. Yet it is one of the most user friendly Skins I have found. Simple and clean, with no surprises or hidden options.
Installing Unity Skin
All of our Skin reviews are based on Krypton 17.6. If you have a newly installed version of krypton don’t forget to allow Unknown Sources by ;
- Click Settings (Cog Icon).
- Choose System Settings.
- Select Add-ons.
- Click Unknown Sources.
- A pop-up will appear.
“Add-ons will be given access to personal data stored on this device. By allowing, you agree that you are solely responsible for any loss of data, unwanted behavior, or damage to your device. Proceed?”
From the Kodi Home page:
- Photo A, Select the Cog Icon.
- Then click on Interface settings as indicated in Photo B.
- In Photo A, hover the cursor over Skin.
- Slide the cursor to the right and click on Skin.
- In Photo B, select get more… to load more skins.
- Unity Skin will be located near the bottom of the list provided, select to install the add-on.
So once the Add-on is installed, you will be prompted to accept the change. Click YES.
First of all, each time you install a new skin, two screens will appear prior to actually getting to the Home Page. Because this only occurs during the initial install, the next time you open Kodi, you will be taken to the Kodi Home Page.
To exit these screens, select Back on the Remote/Controller, Right Click if using a Mouse or use the ESC key if a keyboard is enabled.
Unity Skin Home Page
In the following group of photos, I have shown the Sub-Menu that is associated with each main Menu. To access the Sub-menu, use the down Directional arrow if using a keyboard, press the down button on remote/controller.
- Videos – Photo A: Add-ons-Playlist-Update Library.
- Music – Photo B: Years-Artists-Add-ons-Songs-etc.
- Pictures – Photo C: Add-ons.
- Programs – Photo D: Videos-Music-Pictures-Total Duration (?huh) More on this later.
- Weather – Photo E: Because there is no Sub-menu for weather, I clicked Weather to show what you can expect to see.
- Favorites – Photo F: Clicking on that option will show all media files you have saved.
- Settings – Photo G: Player-Media-File Manager- Profiles- System Info, just to name a few.
- Shutdown – Photo H: Hibernate-Reboot-Shutdown-Reload Skin-Exit. This sub-menu will be found on all devices. Selecting Exit or just clicking on the home page Shutdown will close Kodi.
Locating Add-on Browser in Unity Skin
While researching this skin, I found Total Duration to be a new name I have never come across. Of course OCD immediately took control and I just had to find out what on earth it was. Found in the Programs sub-menu, click to open.
Surprised is probably a good description of what I must have looked like. But confused was more like it. Why this wasn’t called Add Browser baffles me. Out of all the options and entry points found in the Unity skin, this was the only one I found that made no sense.
- While in Settings Sub-menu (see Photo G), click on File Manager.
- Select Add Source as shown in Photo I.
- As a result, a new screen will pop up. Click NONE as seen in Photo J, to continue.
Using the keyboard provided or use your own if enabled (it is much faster), enter the URL of the source. When confident that the spelling is correct, select DONE. Most noteworthy is not just the correct spelling but using CAPITOL LETTERS or not inserting a . period or forgetting the // double slash will cause an error. When prompted to select a name for the source, repeat.
Finally, rather than scrolling to Shutdown to Exit Kodi, there is an easier way to do this. While in any page, look to the top right corner as shown in Photo K. Select the Power icon. In Photo L, you will then see the same list of options. But to just exit Kodi, click the Power icon.
Another Skin to add to my favorite list. K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Silly really does apply here. No fuss no muss, you get exactly what is advertised. Please do give the Unity Skin a try, I’m sure you will like it. I hope you have enjoyed this article as much as I had researching it. Stop by Geeks Corner for more articles on Android/Apple topics of interest. For those who are more adventurous, see this Link for more information about Skins in Kodi.