There are a few different ways you can install new addons in the Elder Scrolls Online.
My absolute recommendation is by using Minion. It is by far the most convenient solution overall. You can also install them manually should you prefer to.
In this article I will show you both how to install ESO addons using Minion and how to install them manually.
Be careful not to install TOO many addons though as it will make your game run much slower.
Check out our 10 essential ESO addons list to get you started after you’ve familiarized yourself with how to install addons.
Install addons using Minion
Minion is a third party software which allows you to easily install and manage your ESO addons within one unified interface.
Not only will minion let you easily install addons with the click of a button, it will also make it super easy to keep track of and update your already installed addons.
If you would like to go for Minion, follow these simple steps to get started:
Once the installer has finished, launch Minion.
Minion will request to scan your computer for installed games. Make sure Elder Scrolls Online is checked and hit Continue.
When this is done, you can click Find More in the upper menu to search for addons you would like to install.
Once you find your desired addon, simply click install and let minion do the rest of the work.
Under the Installed tab minion will list all your addons, it will also let you know which ones are out of date and need updating.
To update your addons, simply click Update All in the upper left corner of Minion.
I love having all my addons in one place where I can easily check for updates and install more addons, I am certain you will feel the same!
Next we will look into how you can install your addons manually.
Install addons manually
To install addons manually in you first need to download the addons you want.
By far the biggest database for ESO addons is esoui.com.
Once you have downloaded your addons, place them in the ESO addon folder.
The default location for the addon folder is:
C:\Users\[*YOUR USERNAME*]\Documents\Elder Scrolls Online\live\AddOns
Replace [*YOUR USERNAME*] with your own username.
Also, don’t forget to unzip the addon.
Now all you need to do is either restart your game or type /reloadui in your chat window to load up your new addon.
Out of date addons
If your addon is not loading, it may be out of date. ESO will by default NOT load addons that are out of date.
In order to load out of date addons you need to navigate to ADD-ONS from the main menu (hotkey: ESC on PC).
In the upper right hand corner of the ADD-ONS menu you will find a check box labeled “Load out of date add-ons”. Make sure to check this and hit reload UI.
Loading out of date add-ons can sometimes cause crashes if the version of the add-on is no longer compatible with the latest version of ESO.
However most of the time it is totally safe to use out of date add-ons and you don’t need to worry too much about it. Make sure to check your minion after an update has been released from ESO and you will find that most of your addons have already been updated for the latest version of game.