Settings: Plex for Android (mobile)

The Android app allows you to adjust a number of settings. You can access these from the Settings entry in the Navigation Menu.


Note: Not all individual settings will be available on all devices. Settings may be hidden on devices or platforms when they are not applicable, or my not be shown depending on subscription status.


Sign In

If you have an existing Plex account you can enter your username/email and password for the account, then tap Sign In to sign the device into your account. 

Subscribe to Plex Pass

If you are signed in with a Plex account that does not have a Plex Pass subscription you can choose to sign up for a Plex Pass through the app store here.

Related Page: Purchasing a Plex Pass Subscription Through Amazon
Related Page: Purchasing a Plex Pass Subscription Through Google Play

Sign Out

Should you wish to disconnect the app from you Plex account you can simply tap Sign Out to sign your Plex account out of the app.

Tip!: Signing into your Plex account will assist the app in discovering any local or remote/shared servers, along with activating the app if you have a Plex Pass subscription.

Sign In Automatically

If you're in a Plex Home, you can use this option to have the app automatically sign in to the currently-selected user and bypass any PIN for that user. This might be useful if you're the only one that ever uses your phone and you don't want to be bothered by the user menu appearing.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home


Application Layout

Determines if the layout the device will use:

  • Mobile- The device will use the app layout designed for mobile devices.
  • TV - The device will use the big screen app interface. (will not work on devices with only touch interface)

Cinema Trailers to Play Before Movies

Choose how many Cinema Trailers to play before a movie starts.

Related Page: Miscellaneous > Cinema Trailers & Extras

Play Theme Music

Choose if you would like the Theme Music played while browsing TV Shows.

Related Page: Miscellaneous > TV Theme Music & Submissions 

Auto Play

When the Post Play screen is presented after playback, choose whether an "up next" video should be played automatically after a short countdown.

Related Page: Play Queue Post Play Screen


Use Mobile Data

If enabled, Sync will use cellular data (if no WiFi connection is available) when performing a sync. This option is only visible for devices that have a cellular/mobile connection.

Storage Limit

Set a limit on the amount of local storage space that Mobile Sync can use for synced content.

Sync Storage Location

Select the location that Mobile Sync will use for synced content.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Mobile Sync & Cloud Sync


Video Quality

Automatically Adjust Quality

Select to allow Plex to automatically adjust the quality of your video based on your connection speed.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Automatically Adjust Quality

Limit Cellular Data

You can choose to have Plex automatically limit the video quality when playing video over a cellular network to reduce your data usage. This option is only visible for devices that have a cellular/mobile connection.

When enabled, you will be able to choose from several quality options.

Internet Streaming

Adjust the quality used when streaming content over the internet (either from a remote Plex Media Server or from an online source).

Choose the desired quality level. Higher qualities will require a faster network to support. If you set the quality too high, you will experience slow video playback and frequent pausing.

Play Smaller Videos at Original Quality

When enabled, the app will try playing the original video without conversion if it's smaller than the quality set above. When possible, that will preserve the full quality, but may result in some pausing.

Home Streaming

This controls the quality used for local Wi-Fi streaming on a home network.

Use Recommended Settings

When recommended settings are enabled, the app will automatically try to play videos smaller than 20 Mbps at original quality. We recommend leaving this setting enabled.

Home Streaming Quality

If the recommended settings are disabled, you can manually choose the quality limit for home streaming.

Music Quality

Internet Streaming

Select the maximum streaming quality that is allowed for music/audio playback when streaming over the internet. This can be used to help reduce the bandwidth (or data) used when remotely streaming high-quality audio.

Camera Upload


Related Page: Plex Pass > Set Up Camera Upload (Android)

Camera Upload

Once you have configured Camera Upload to your liking, you can toggle it On/Off using this option.

Note: In order to make changes to following settings, you will first need to turn off Camera Upload. Once the settings have been changed, you can re-enable Camera Upload.


Select an existing photo library on your server or create a brand new library to store your uploaded photos.


You can choose to have your photos uploaded to a specific album within the library. Pick from existing albums, create a new one, or leave it at "None" to add directly to the main library.

Upload Content

You can choose to have your photos automatically when they appear, only when the device is changing, or manually.

Use Mobile Data

Decide whether you wish to have your photos uploaded even when your only have a cellular connection. Disabling this option means you'll only upload when connected to WiFi. This option is only visible for devices that have a cellular/mobile connection.

Restart Camera Upload

This option can be used to restart the Camera Upload feature.


Show Camera Roll Media

Allow other Plex apps to access photos and videos from your device's local Camera Roll.

Advertise as player

Enable or disable the ability for other Plex apps to fling content to the device and control it remotely.

Related Page: Plex Companion

Advertise as server

Allow other Plex apps to access content synced to your device via Mobile Sync.

Network discovery

Allow Plex to search for media servers and players on the local network.

AirPlay discovery

Allow Plex to search for AirPlay devices on the local network.


Warning: These advanced preferences should not need to be altered by most users.

Device Name

Friendly name for device.


Audio boost

Boost the audio volume when audio is being both transcoded and downmixed from surround sound to stereo.


Burn Subtitles

Determines if the server should burn in subtitles when converting video, depending on the subtitles format. Avoiding burning in subtitles improves server performance. Available choices:

  • Always - When used, subtitles will always be burned into the video, regardless of the original source type of the subtitle.
  • Automatic - (Default) Burn in subtitles when the subtitle is an image-based format (e.g. VOBSUB, PGS, SUB/IDX, etc.) as well as for complex ASS/SSA subtitles.
  • Only image formats - Only burn in subtitles when the subtitle is an image-based format (e.g. VOBSUB, PGS, SUB/IDX, etc.)

Subtitle size

Allows you to select the font size for subtitles.


Prefer Synced Content

When enabled, the app will play synced versions of your media (when available) instead of streaming from your Plex Media Server.

H264 Maximum Level

Specify the maximum H264 level that is playable by the device.

Audio Passthrough

The app will present video streams with multi-channel audio as-is.

Optional audio support 

If the device reports that it supports them. You can enable AC3, EAC3, DTS and/or TrueHD 

Use Android Media Player

Video playback will use the standard Media Player provided by the device.

Use External Player

Video playback will use an external player.

Note: When using an external player, the app can only allow Direct Play and watched status will not be tracked.


Usage Statistics

Allow Plex to improve your experience by contributing to usage statistics.

Share crash reports

Allow Plex to automatically report crashes to help us improve the application.

Manual connections

Enable manual connections

You can manually specify the IP address (IPv4) and port for a Plex Media Server to which you want to connect.

Tip!: So long as you sign in to your Plex account in both the Android app and your Plex Media Server, the app will automatically have connection information for the server and you won't need to use this.

Allow insecure connections

When enabled, it means that this device is allowed to make insecure connections to a Plex Media Server if secure connections fail. Available choices:

  • Never - (Default) Never fall back to insecure connections without specific action from the user
  • On same network as server - Allow fallback, but only when Plex Web App and the Plex Media Server are on the same network
  • Always - Always allow fallback

Help & Support

Visit Plex Support

Takes you to the Plex support documents at

Visit user forums

Takes you to the Plex user forums at


View all required third party licenses of tools used in creation of app


Network logging

When you enable network logging in the Android app, for the next 20 minutes all log messages from the app will be sent to a logging service.

Tip!: Only enable network logging if you're also reporting details about an issue in our support forums. Network logs are not proactively reviewed.

Related Page: Android, Android TV, and Fire TV Logs

Share Debugging Data

Using this option will open an email in your default email application. The message will have a zip file attached that will include detailed app logs (often up to several days' worth) as well as local device state data that's useful for investigation.

If you're having an issue with the Android app, you can use this option to email the zip file to yourself and then attach the zip to a forum thread where you post details about the issue.

Wifi Address

The Wifi IP address of device, can be helpful when looking through logs

Server Port

When you enable network logging in the Android app. You can view the logs being sent by going to [WifiIP]:[ServerPort]/logging on the local wifi network