Your Plex Media Server keeps track of what you're watching, what you've watched already, and what you're partway through. The Server does this automatically but sometimes you might like to set the viewstate manually. The viewstate tracks if a show is:
- Partially watched and how far you are into the item
Seeing the Watched Status
The Plex Web App will always display the viewstate for an item. Depending on your settings, the information may not be displayed everywhere.
Partially-watched content will display a visual progress bar at the bottom when viewing the item poster.
When viewing the details or pre-play page for an item, a visual progress bar will be displayed on the item.
When viewing the details or pre-play page for an item, an "Unwatched" label will be displayed.
If you've enabled the Show Unwatched Icons option for Plex Web App (under Settings > Web > General), a small orange dot will be displayed for items when viewing a Library.
Content that has been watched doesn't actually have any particular indicator. Instead, the lack of a progress bar or an Unwatched label indicates that the item has been watched.
Changing the Watched Status
The watched status for something can be changed from the item details page or pre-play screen. The viewstate can be adjusted for:
- Individual items (movies or television episodes)
- An entire season for a television series
- An entire television series
The status is changed from the left actionbar of the item details page:
- - The item is currently unwatched or in-progress. Using the button marks the item as watched.
- - The item is currently watched. Using the button marks the item as unwatched.
Changing Status for Multiple Items
When viewing a Library, you can use the Select button on the left actionbar to let you select multiple items at the same time. Once selected, you can simultaneously mark the items as either watched or unwatched using the appropriate actions on the left actionbar.
Television Series or Season
In a television Library, you can access the actions to alter viewstate on the left actionbar at both the series and season level as well as for individual episodes. If you try to set the status for either an entire series or a season, you'll be prompted to confirm you wish to change them.