Settings for Plex Media Player

Settings for the Plex Media Player app can be accessed from the User Menu located in the upper-right of the the Home Screen.

Main

Automatically Sign In

If you're a member of a Plex Home, you can use this option to have the app automatically sign in to the last used user and bypass any PIN for that user.

Related Page: Plex Pass > Plex Home

Language

Choose the language for the Plex Media Player interface.

Cinema Trailers

The cinema trailers setting controls how many cinema trailers will play before a movie. Source settings can be controlled through Plex Media Server.

Related Page: Cinema Trailers & Extras

Screen Saver

The screen saver setting controls the timeout before the screen saver begins. Note that this is independent from the system.

Background Style

The background style setting lets the user choose between Blur and Dim.

Full Screen

The Full Screen toggle controls whether the app is rendered in full screen or windowed. On OS X, this may result in better results than the full screen window control.

Update Channel

The Update Channel setting lets the user control which update channel the app is subscribed to. Most users will want to leave this set to Stable, but other channels can receive early preview releases depending on the user's permission level.

Audio

Tip!: For more in-depth information and configuration help, Please check out our dedicated Plex Media Player Audio Configuration Guide.

Device Type

The Device Type settings allows users to select between Basic, Optical (S/PDIF), and HDMI depending on their configuration.

Channels

Channel settings allow the user to configure their audio setup based on the number of channels their home theater setup supports. Most users will want to select Stereo if they are using a built-in audio system on devices such as laptops.

Device

The Device setting allows users to change the output device when multiple are detected by the system. Most users will want to select Built-in Output when using standard configurations.

Normalize Downmixed Volume

When downmixing from surround (5.1) to stereo channels, Plex Media player will try to normalize the volume to make the quieter sounds more audible. If you hear distortion you can try disabling this.

Show Advanced Settings

Warning!: These advanced audio preferences should not be altered by most users. Doing so without specific knowledge of the settings involved can result in poor or broken audio playback.

Exclusive Mode

This sets an audio output mode which allows only Plex Media Player to output audio to the selected audio device.

Dolby Digital (AC3)

This enables passthrough audio for AC3 audio. By default this option is disabled, resulting in the audio data being decoded to PCM. (This is not inferior sound to passthrough.)

DTS (DCA)

This enables passthrough audio for DTS audio. By default this option is disabled, resulting in the audio data being decoded from the standard DTS core audio track to PCM. (This is not inferior sound to passthrough.)

DTS-HD Master Audio

This enables passthrough audio for DTS-HD audio. By default this option is disabled, resulting in the audio data being decoded from the standard DTS core audio track to PCM. (This is not inferior sound to passthrough.)

Dolby Digital Plus (EAC3)

This enables passthrough audio for Dolby Digital Plus audio. By default this option is disabled, resulting in the audio data being decoded to PCM. (This is not inferior sound to passthrough.)

Dolby TrueHD

This enables passthrough audio for Dolby TrueHD audio. By default this option is disabled, resulting in the audio data being decoded to PCM. (This is not inferior sound to passthrough.)

Note: Due to platform limitations, passthrough of DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD, audio is limited to Windows and Linux only.

Video

Local Quality

This sets the quality to use when streaming content on your local network. In most cases, you can set this to a high value (such as "Original"). Higher settings produce better video quality but require more network bandwidth.

Remote Quality

You can set the quality to use when streaming content from a remote Plex Media Server. The quality you can reliably use is typically limited by either your download bandwidth or the upload bandwidth from the source Plex Media Server.

Related Page: Why is my video stream buffering?

Online Quality

You can set the quality to use when streaming content from Channels in Plex. The quality you can reliably use is typically limited by either your download bandwidth or the network speed of the source website for the Channel from which you're streaming.

Related Page: Channels

Allow Display Mode Switching

This feature enables Plex Media Player to change the display refresh rate to the same value (or multiple of) as the fps the video was encoded in (or as close as possible) before starting playback. This allows Plex Media Player to minimize the amount of stutter/judder that you might otherwise see when playing back videos which do not match up well.

Hardware Decoding

The Hardware Decoding toggle enables or disables hardware decoding so long as the device supports it. This can be useful when playing high-definition media on devices which have a less powerful CPU.

Deinterlace

This allows Plex Media Player to attempt to deinterlace media that is interlaced.

Note: The Deinterlace setting does not apply in Mac OS X if the Hardware Decoding option is enabled.

Allow Direct Play

When playing media that is natively compatible, the Allow Direct Play toggle allows the app to directly play it without any conversion. You will almost always want this enabled.

Allow Direct Stream

When enabled, the Allow Direct Stream toggle allows the server to copy compatible audio and video streams without converting them and repackage the streams inside a natively supported container. You will almost always want this enabled.

Sync Mode

The Sync Mode setting controls which clock to be used during playback, and allows the user to choose between Audio and Display.

  • Choosing Audio will make Plex Media Player skip or repeat video frames in regular intervals if the frame rates don't match exactly (or exact multiples).
  • Choosing Display will play the video according to the display refresh rate (so 23.976 is sped up to 24 fps if necessary) and resamples the audio to keep it in sync with the video.

If it is more important to you that there is no video stuttering/frame duplication when you have a setup which is not capable of switching the computer output to the exact same (or multiple) Hz as the video has fps, then Display is your choice. If it is more important to you that Plex Media Player does not resample the audio when the Hz does not align with the fps, then Audio should be your choice.

Network Cache

The Network Cache setting allows the user to specify the maximum size of the network cache used by Plex Media Player. Most users will want to leave this set to Default (75MB).

Subtitles

Placement

The Subtitle Placement setting controls the location where subtitles are displayed on the screen when supported and enabled. The user can choose between Lower left, Lower right, Lower middle (the default), Upper left, Upper right, and Upper middle.

Color

The Subtitle Color setting allows the user to specify the color that subtitles are displayed in. They can choose between Light grey, Blended light grey, Yellow, Light yellow, and Blended light yellow.

Size

The Subtitle Size setting controls which preset size subtitles are rendered at: Tiny, Small, Normal, Large, and Huge.

Related Page: Using Subtitles

About

The About menu contains the version of Plex (the integrated UI), Plex Media Player, and the underlying Operation System are running.