This Is How You Do It On “Krypton” – Kodi Version 17!

A minute before Kodi’s 17th version code-named “Krypton” is coming out, here’s how you get things done in the newly revamped user interface.

Updated Feb 27, 2017How To's
How to do it on Krypton

Unlike former Kodi version updates, the next version on the line is designated to bring a major overhaul to the UI (User Interface).

A new “skin” written from scratch will greet you by default once you’ll upgrade to the 17th version – which should be released any day now.

However, the change is not only cosmetic, as the term “skin” might suggest. Based on the current RC (Release Candidate) it is quite evident that you’ll have to familiarize yourself with Kodi’s new behavior in order to get around in it.

To mitigate your adaptation, here are a few tips to help you find your way around more easily.

On Krypton, It’s Now…

1. Right click means return / back

Previous Kodi versions used to have a “back” arrow button shown at the bottom corner area of the screen at all times except for when in home-screen.

Kodi 17 Krypton: back button on previous versions

Kodi 17 Krypton: back button on previous versions

However, the current Kodi interface does not include that button anymore, instead, when you want to go back to the previous screen, if using a mouse, you can simply point at a blank area of the screen and right click in order to go back.

Keyboard users or remote control can still use the “Backspace” or “Esc” keys in order to return.

2. Your installed Add-ons are inside “Add-ons”

In previous versions, when you wanted to go inside an add-on you’ve installed, you would normally go into the category of that add-on and then into add-ons, e.g. “VIDEOS” -> “Video add-ons”.

On Krypton this is no longer has to be the case, you may now simply have the selection marker standing above the Add-ons menu item and all your add-ons will become visible and horizontally scroll-able.

Kodi 17 Krypton: add-ons are under Add-ons menu item

Kodi 17 Krypton: add-ons are under Add-ons menu item

You can also click the Add-ons menu item in order to get an inclusive look, filtering add-ons by their category.

And lastly, the option to go inside “CATEGORY” -> “Category add-ons” still remains there in case you still prefer it over the others.

3. “Install from repository” / “Install from zip file”

“Install from …” section can be now reached through clicking the open box icon inside Add-ons screen.

Previously, when navigating from the home-screen into “SYSTEM” -> “Add-ons” screen you could then find yourself facing a screen with options such as: “Install from zip file”, “Install from repository”, etc.

With Krypton things are a bit different, in order to navigate to a screen with these options you can go into “Add-ons” -> click the open box icon found above the menu and you’re there.

Kodi 17 Krypton: open box icon takes you to add-ons manipulation screen

Kodi 17 Krypton: open box icon takes you to add-ons manipulation screen

Kodi 17 Krypton: installing add-ons options

Kodi 17 Krypton: installing add-ons options

4. To “Install from zip file” you first need to enable “Unknown sources”

In order to be able to install an add-on from a zip file, you’re first required to enable installation from “Unknown sources” which serves as a layer of protection meant for people who are not sure about the outcome of their action so they could have another moment to consider their move.

Nonetheless, if you are certain regarding the outcome of your action, then by all means go ahead and enable that option.

Kodi 17 Krypton: security prompt for unknown sources

Kodi 17 Krypton: security prompt for unknown sources

You may navigate to the screen containing that option by clicking the “Settings” option when prompted upon trying to install a zip file.

Or, you may navigate there directly through clicking the cogwheel icon found inside the “Add-ons” screen just above the menu.

Kodi 17 Krypton: enable unknown sources

Kodi 17 Krypton: enable unknown sources

In fact, this is a shortcut that takes you straight into: “cogwheel” (home-screen) -> “System settings” -> “Add-ons” screen.

Just click on the “Unknown sources” line in order to enable it, you’ll see a warning prompt right after – read it carefully so you’ll be aware of the risks and if you accept then you’re good to go.

COMMENTS (beta 4)

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Huffette 7 mons ago
Cannot add favourites anywhere. No "context button" as it says there should be
Tracey 8 mons ago
Hi can anybody tell me how i enable my right click on my mouse please, i used it all the time yet my dog decided to have a go and lost the use of the button, it works with the computer all the time just not kodi anymore, i have searched and searched for answers but alas i cannot find one can anybody please help. many thanks
Nick 9 mons ago
The 17.1 version: confusing and frustrating... don't know where anything is, can't return to "Home Screen" wherever that is, don't know what it looks like either.  Not getting my vote. I wonder if they ever tested this thing before releasing it?
Randy 1 mons ago Nick
Yes, this happens every time that I "upgrade" Kodi.  The result is that I always wish that I hadn't, I loose the links in my massive video library, and I have to learn a new and un-intuitive new interface.  I always think that, by skipping a couple of updates, that team Kodi will finally have a truly good and highly-improved version out at last.  But alas, I am always wrong in that assumption.
UsabilityGeek 9 mons ago
Has anybody tried this on a tablet or other mouse and keyboard-less device before unleashing this on the public? frankly, the first thing I did after upgrading is reinstate the good old Confluence skin.  Estuary's requirement for media to be indexed is another no-go, and it takes a few taps more to do the same things. Not a winner
Manny 9 mons ago
Not a fan of new versión...Been using Kodi for a long time and this is the first time that I can honestly say this versión sucks.
Max 10 mons ago
Every time tha i restart or shut down kodi in my ftv, my shorcuts gone and i have to set again. I use confluence skin, do not like the new one. Somebody can help me?
PP 3 mons ago Max
Set up shortcuts. Do not exit Kodi. Change to another skin and this will cause Kodi to save your shortcuts. Switch back to your preferred skin and exit Kodi. Log back in and shortcuts should be there.
Mike 11 mons ago
My default time changed this last week, all on its ownsome, can not find a regional setting in Krypton or a way to manually set the time... :/
Keith P. 11 mons ago
Not a fan of the new skin (the lack of a back button) at all. Doesn't work to my liking in Exodus, as right-click will take you out of Exodus rather than go back in Exodus. Instead, you have to scroll to the top of you list and click "..".
Harold Anderson 11 mons ago
The right click started out like a back button but it suddenly became an information button, showing Quick launch Super Favourites, Super Favourites settings, etc.

I'm not sure if that came from an update in Kodi or I hit a wrong key that changed it.  I was getting used to using right click as my back button.  It was a nice touch.
Liron 11 mons ago Harold Anderson
Using Kodi 17.1, right-click still works as a back button; make sure you click on an empty space when using it...