This installation guide will tell you how to install skins in Football Manager. It's really easy to download football manager skins (or "football manager themes" as some people call them). FM Skins completely change the look of the game with a new layout and colours. Use this Football Manager Skin Installation Tutorial to quickly and easily add a new skin to Football Manager.
How to download and install Football Manager Skins
Step 1) Where to put Football Manager Skins
Once you've downloaded a Football Manager Skin and extracted it you should be left with a single folder on your computer. You're going to need to move that folder into a special location where Football Manager can find it.
Windows: Where to put the Football Manager Skins on Windows
Simply move the folder to the following location:
Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 20XX/skins
If the graphics folder doesn't exist just create it.
Apple: Where to put the Football Manager Skins on Mac
You will need to copy the folder to this location:
/Users/<yourname>/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2022/skins
You may find it difficult to find this exact location, to make it easier, use the following instructions:
a) Open Finder
b) Click “Go” from the menubar and select “Go to Folder” (alternatively press Shift+CMD+G)
c) Copy in the following: ~/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive/
d) Open the “Football Manager 20XX” folder relevant to your game
e) Open the “graphics” folder (or create it if it doesn't exist)
f) Move the downloaded files into the ”graphics" folder
What if I don't have a graphics folder?
If you don't have a “graphics” folder in your Football Manager folder simply create it 🙂
The downloaded files ends with .zip, .rar, .7z
If you have a file that ends in .zip, .rar or .7z then you'll need to extract the files before installing them. These files are called “archives” and are a way to compress a folder into a single file for downloading but you'll need to open them and get the folder that's in them before installing. DO NOT put these files in your graphics folder, it won't work.
Step 2) How to refresh graphics in Football Manager to show new skins
Unfortunately even though you have the folder in the right place Football Manager won't automatically pick up the new skin. You're going to have to go in and tell Football Manager to reload your graphics then the skin will show.
Simply follow these instructions to get a new skin to display in Football Manager.
a) Open Football Manager
b) Click Preferences on the start screen (or if you're already in a game FM Logo > Preferences)
c) Click the “Advanced” tab
d) On the right hand side select “interface”
e) Scroll down to the Skin Heading
f) Uncheck “Use caching to decrease page loading times”
g) Tick “Reload skin when confirming changes to preferences”
h) Click “Reload Skin”
And now your graphics should be appearing.
You should go back into the preferences and follow the same steps but this time tick “Use caching to decrease page loading times”, this will help with the long term performance of the game, but needed to be unticked to install these graphics.
Football Manager Skin Installation Video
Here's a video tutorial that clearly explains how to install skins in Football Manager