How to import asset from Unity asset store in 2021

Unity has changed the way to import assets from the asset store in the recent Unity versions. Earlier you can open a window inside the Unity editor and import the asset directly to your project. But from Unity 2020 if you open the asset store window you will see the message as in the picture below.

Unity editor asset store window

Now you need to use the package manager to import your assets. Lets go into this in a step by step manner.

Step1: Add to My Asset list

  1. Go to Unity Asset store on your browser.
  2. Bookmark this link as you will need to visit this frequently.
  3. You can also check the “Always open in browser from menu”.
  4. Sign In to your Unity asset.
  5. Browse for the best Unity asset of your choice.
  6. If its a paid asset, make the payment.
  7. Click on “Add to my asset”.
Unity sign in
Add to my assets

Step2: Import into your project

  1. Open Unity package manager by going to Window>PackageManager.
  2. Wait for the package manager to populate the list.
  3. Select My assets from the dropdown on the top.
  4. Select the asset you want from the list and click import.
Unity package manager window

using Unity Package Manager when Offline

You can still access Unity package manager in Offline mode. But you cannot download any new assets from the asset store. You can use the following features in offline mode

  1. Install inbuild Unity packages.
  2. Add or Remove Unity core features.
  3. Import already downloaded assets.

You cannot do the following in offline mode

  1. Update features and packages.
  2. Update your assets list.
  3. Download new assets.

Hope this clears the confusion on the new way to import your Unity asset. If you have any further queries, feel free to comment below.

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