While our apps work to give you a great default Home screen, everyone’s needs can be different—and can even vary from device to device for the same person.
That’s where the ability to customize things comes in. Our mobile apps allow you to easily choose what appears on your Home screen, which sources of media are available, and how to arrange the available sources.
Tip!: Customizations are associated with the particular app install. If you delete and reinstall Plex on your phone, the customizations would be lost. Similarly, if you customize the app on your iPhone, it does not get mirrored on your iPad.
Related Page: Navigating the Mobile Apps
Select Preferred Server
When initially login into a device, you may be prompted to select your preferred server if you have access to more than one Plex Media server. After you have specified a preferred server, your home screen will be configured based on your selection.
Edit the Home Screen
Customizing what’s included on your Home screen and how it’s displayed is a great way to make Plex work just like you want. Our mobile apps allow you to choose what content appears on the Home screen as well as the content order.
Reorder Home Screen Rows
Using the Reorder Home Screen button found by tapping the … button to the top right corner of your home screen, you can reorder the rows displayed. Once you’ve opened the menu, simply drag the rows into your desired order.
Remove a Row
Tapping the … button to the right side of the row name will bring up a menu, allowing you to take actions based on that row.
- Go to [Row Name]: (Such as “Go to On Deck”, “Go to Recently Added Photos”, etc.) This is a shortcut to allow you to browse the specified content directly.
- Remove from Home Screen: If you no longer want the selected row to appear on your Home screen, you can remove it from showing up here. (You can always go and add it back later; see below.)
- Reorder Home Screen: A shortcut to open the Reorder screen to allow you to reorder the Home screen rows. (See above.)
Add a New Row
Adding new rows to your Home screen allows for very powerful customization. For instance, you could have “Recently Added Music” from your music library right alongside the “On Deck” info from your television library.
To add a new row:
- Select the desired media source from the navigation sidebar bar and ensure you have selected the “Recommended” tab at the bottom of the screen.
- Find the desired row (e.g. “Recently Added Music”) and then tap the … menu for that row.
- Use the Add to Home Screen action, which then makes that row appear on your app’s Home screen.
New rows are added at the bottom of the Home screen. You can then reorder them however you want.
Tip!: When adding a row such as “Recently Added Music” to the Home screen, the Home screen row will include items from all libraries of that type on the server, by default. (e.g. If you have two music libraries, the Home screen row will combine recent content from both.) You can control whether a library contributes via the Include in dashboard advanced library setting.
If you would like to revert all changes that have been made to your Home screen, you can do so using Reset All Customizations. This option can be found by selecting the
... option in the top right corner of the Home Screen, and selecting Reset All Customizations.
Note: Using this option will reset all Home screen and sidebar customization changes made in the app. If you have access to multiple Plex Media Servers, you will then be prompted to select a preferred server as well.
Edit the Navigation Sidebar
From the navigation sidebar, you’ll be able to choose which source to view, if you have access to more than one. For instance, you might have your own library of photos as well one shared with you by a friend or family member or maybe you have multiple TV libraries of your own. To choose which source you wish to view/access, you simply choose from the navigation sidebar if the item has been pinned to your sidebar (if the source has not been pinned, it can be found by selecting
more from the sidebar). By default, they’ll be arranged with sources from your preferred server listed first followed by other sources located in the
Reorder Navigation Sidebar
Most people will only have one or two sources available for any particular media type, but some people might have several. In that case, you may wish to customize the order in which they’re displayed—so that your favorite or most commonly-used one is at the top, for instance.
The items listed in the navigation sidebar can be reordered or unpinned by highlighting the
Select a source and you can then move it up or down in the list, or unpin it to order things as desired.
You can also choose the
More entry to view additional items or to pin them to the sidebar. Using the
Edit option, you can pin new items to appear in the main navigation sidebar area (By default, new items will be placed at the end of the list).