Early Access & Preview Releases

Early Access to New Features

Users with an active Plex Pass subscription often get early access to new features. For instance, Chromecast support, Plex media Player, and the original version of the Plex Web App were all available to Plex Pass subscribers prior to being released for everyone.

Who knows what other awesome new features or Apps may be available early for subscribers in the future!

Preview Releases

Subscribers have access to preview releases of various applications. For instance:

  • Plex Media Player
  • Plex Media Server

Finding out About Releases

Whenever there are new releases, we'll post a notice with details in our Release Announcements forum. There are individual topics within that forum for various Plex products. You can watch that forum for announcements or use the forum tools to follow/subscribe so that you get notifications.

Related Page: Release Announcements Forum

Getting the Preview Releases

Obtaining preview release versions can vary depending on the application in question. Most apps can be accessed through the Downloads page on our website. After selecting to view downloads for either the Plex Media Server or apps (and if you're signed in as a Plex Pass subscriber), you'll see a toggle to let you choose whether you see Plex Pass preview releases or not.

Plex Media Server

Computers and Compatible NAS Devices
  1. Sign in to your Plex account on the website
  2. Visit our Downloads page
  3. Choose Download under "Download Plex Media Server"
  4. Ensure the Plex Pass Downloads toggle is enabled
  5. Choose the appropriate server platform
  6. Click the Download button

Related Page: Plex Downloads

NVIDIA SHIELD

Preview releases for Plex Media Server on NVIDIA SHIELD are available by enabling beta access for Plex Media Server on your Google Play account. To do so:

  1. In your browser, sign in to the Google account that's being used on your NVIDIA SHIELD
  2. Browse to this page
  3. Use the Become a Tester button
  4. Go the the Google Play store on your SHIELD and if the current preview release version is newer than the regular release you should see an update available under My Apps

Tip!: If you no longer want to use preview releases, you can visit the same page and choose to no longer be a tester. You'll then need to wait for the next regular Plex Media Server release, which will update over the previous preview release.

Related Page: Google Play: Plex Media Server beta

Plex Media Player

  1. Sign in to your Plex account on the website
  2. Visit our Downloads page
  3. Choose Get an App under "Get apps and stream to any device"
  4. Ensure the Plex Pass Downloads toggle is enabled
  5. Choose the appropriate platform under the Plex Media Player area
  6. Click the Download button

Related Page: Plex Downloads