What is Plex Home?

Tip!: The Plex Home feature requires an active Plex Pass subscription for the Home administrator Plex account.

Plex Home allows you to set up a group of users that all use Plex together. For instance, there might be a family of users (parents and children) that all use Plex on various devices connected to the same Plex Media Server in their house.

Note: You can only be a member of a single Plex Home. Accepting an invitation for a second Plex Home will remove you from the first one.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Creating a Plex Home
Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Example Plex Home Setup

Plex Home Features

Enabling or joining a Plex Home gives you several features.

Managed Users

The administrator for a Plex Home has the ability to create Managed Users within that home. These are often used by parents to create an account for their children, for instance.

Current Plex App support for allowing Managed User accounts:

  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • iOS
  • PlayStation
  • Plex Home Theater
  • Plex Media Player
  • Plex Web App
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs and TiVo
  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
  • Xbox 360

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Managed Users

Fast User Switching

Being in a Plex Home allows you to quickly switch between members of the Home in supported Plex Apps. For supported Apps, you can quickly switch between Home members without having to manually sign out and back in to the App.

Currently supported Plex Apps:

  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • iOS
  • PlayStation
  • Plex Home Theater
  • Plex Media Player
  • Plex Web App
  • Roku
  • Smart TVs and TiVo
  • Windows
  • Windows Phone
  • Xbox 360

Note: Once in a Plex Home, you can switch to any other member of the Home in supported apps. The only limitation is that members protected with a PIN will need to be unlocked by entering the correct code before they can be used.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Fast User Switching

Protect via PIN code

Members of a Plex Home can have a PIN code set on their account. When set, it means that the code must be entered when switching to that account in a supported Plex App. For instance, parents may wish to put a PIN on their account so that their children can't switch to the parent account.

Restrict Access to Content

While not technically a feature of Plex Home itself, you can set restrictions on members of the Home. Restrictions allow you to more finely control access to content you share. You can choose whether or not the friend is able to sync shared content. You can also select specific content ratings from your Library to share as well as content that you've set with a specific Label.

Related Page: Server Sharing > Restricting the Shares

Plex Pass Benefits

Members of a Plex Home receive most benefits of a Plex Pass subscription. This means that members of the Home—whether a Managed User or a regular Plex Account—can make use of Plex Pass features based on the admin's Plex Media Server. 

For example, once the admin account of the Plex Home (or another non-Managed User member) signs in to a Plex app to activate it, it's possible to quickly switch to any other member of that Plex Home. This can be used to provide members of the Home free access to Plex apps that a subscription brings, for instance.

Note they do not get benefits for their own server. Nor will they receive Plex Pass Perks

Related Page: Plex Pass
Related Page: Plex Pass > Free Access to Plex Apps

Consequences of Being in a Plex Home

When you create a Plex Home, there are certain things you should be aware of that may be important to you.

  • There is a single admin for the Plex Home; this is the user that created the Home originally.
  • When switching to another member, you have all of the access and abilities of that user.
  • You may have up to 15 members total in your Home (any combination of Managed Users or regular Plex Accounts, which includes your admin/owner account).
  • Some changes will be made on the Server:
    • Any App, device, or tool communicating with your Server will need to be signed in to a Plex Account.
    • The DLNA server will be disabled by default.
  • You need an active internet connection to be able to do Fast User Switching between members of a Plex Home.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Consequences of Being in a Plex Home
Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home > Plex Home Security Changes