Plex Web App lets you manage both the Server and your media Libraries in a browser window from any device on your network. It's fast, attractive, and makes managing your media fun. Because it runs in a browser, it will look the same on any platform giving you a consistent experience. Here's an overview of its interface.
Signing in to Plex Web App
Signing Plex Web App into your Plex Account allows you to access shared Servers and provides services such as the Plex It! Queue and Recommendations. It also allows you to choose media to sync to your Plex devices or a cloud storage provider as well as enables your own multi-user 'watched' status. You can sign out from your Plex Account using the Account drop-down at the top right of the screen.
Note: Signing Plex Web App into your Plex Account does not sign the Server into the account. This must be done from Settings tab.
Related Page: Cloud Services > Plex Services
Related Page: Cloud Services > Plex Services > Sign in to Your Plex Account
The Sidebar appears on the left side of the home screen and allows selecting Servers and Libraries as well as performing certain actions.
The sidebar shows you all the Servers and devices currently active on your network. To see content from a Library, click the name in the sidebar.
Related Pages: Server > Libraries
Select a Server
If you have several Servers on the network, they will be shown in the sidebar. It's useful to select a Server to see its On Deck and other Server specific content. To select a Server, click its name in the sidebar. Once selected, you'll see that Server's On Deck, Recently Added, etc.
Any Libraries shared with your Plex Account will appear in the sidebar if they are currently available and accessible. If none of your Shared Libraries are available (perhaps the shared Server isn't switched on) the Shared Libraries won't appear.
Related Pages: Cloud Services > Server Sharing
Server and Library Actions
The Server controls let you perform various tasks on the Server or Libraries and are accessed by clicking .
Related Page: Server > Libraries
Plex Web App has a built-in Player App so you can play media directly in the browser window. Show posters have a Play button that you can click to play within Plex Web App. Hover the mouse over a show poster to slide up the controls.
View the currently selected Server’s On Deck contents.
Related Pages: Server > On Deck
View content that's recently been added to the current Server's Libraries.
Related Pages: Server > On Deck
Channels installed on the currently-selected Server will be listed on the Dashboard. Channels can be managed (install new channels, remove existing ones, etc.) by accessing the Channels item from the Server in the Sidebar.
Related Pages: Cloud Services > Channels
Your Plex It! Watch Later queue contents appear here when Plex Web App is signed in to your Plex Account.
Related Pages: Cloud Services > Queue
Your Plex friends can send you recommendations to watch something they liked on the internet. When Plex Web App is signed in to your Plex Account, Recommendations will appear in the Dashboard.
Related Pages: Cloud Services > Recommendations
The top bar in the Plex Web app provides quick access to navigation, searching, and other important areas.
From left to right, the functions are:
- Plex Players
Home & Back
The Home button will return you to the Dashboard from anywhere within Plex Web App. Clicking the Back button will return you to the previous screen.
The Search box searches media on all Servers currently on your network. Searching of shared Servers and Channels can be controlled via Settings. To perform a search, type in a search term, hit enter, and results will appear. Currently, only titles will be searched.
Related Pages: Server> Using Plex Web App > Search
See activity from your Servers such as:
- Alerts: Scanning and Matching progress as well as other notifications
- Sync: Current sync jobs that have been created for content on the selected Server
- Now Playing: Currently-playing items
Related Page: Server > Activity
Access settings for both the Plex Web App itself as well as settings to manage the currently-selected Server.
Related Page: Server > Server Settings
The Plex Players button allows you to select other available Plex Apps in your network. When selected you can control currently playing content. In addition, if you have another Plex App selected, when you select content to play in Plex Web App, it will instead play in the selected Plex App.
You can sign Plex Web App in or out of your Plex Account. You can also access Friends, Queue, Recommended, and other options.
Related Page: Server > Using Plex Web App > Plex Account
Announcements from Plex will appear here, allowing you to keep informed about Plex. If there are new announcements, a badge will appear on the Account icon. You can access the Announcements under the dropdown there.
Occasionally, you may see an alert pop up. Most commonly, this would occur if a new version of Plex Web App is available but hasn't yet been automatically downloaded.