“Plex organizes all of your video, music, TV, and photo collections, and streams them to all of your screens. With the free Plex Media Server on your home computer and Plex for iOS/Android, you can watch and listen to all of your personal media on your mobile device and share it with friends and family. Enjoy unlimited use of free features of this app, and unlock its full functionality with a Plex Pass subscription -OR- a small one-time in-app purchase.”
In this guide we’re going to focus on the Plex Media Server, which works with the mobile apps to stream your media right to your mobile device without a third-party service in the way.
Plex for iOS
For all its positives, Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad have frustrated users by equal measure, thanks to their insistence at only playing back limited video formats natively. For anyone who has a whole collection of videos in various formats that iDevices refuse to accept, it will be a major pain to convert them all first and then play back. But that is not the only reason why solutions like Plex are needed.
Apart from the ability to play back almost every video format, Plex also gives you the convenience of accessing the entire video and music library that sits on your PC, on your iPhone or iPad, without having to bother with transferring the content to the device. Limited storage on the device, the effort of deleting old stuff to prevent memory overload or the effort of syncing new files won’t be of consideration anymore.
Here are some ways that Plex makes your media experience awesome:
- Makes your media beautiful with artwork, descriptions, and more
- Automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device
- Makes sharing your media with friends and family simple and easy
- Les you browse, fling, and control your media on most Plex apps
- Gives you access to a wide range of online channels such as TED Talks, Revision3, and TWiT
- Enables you to queue online videos from sites like Vimeo and YouTube and then Watch Later on any device
Tips: Plex Media Server doesn’t support streaming videos, music or other media files which are DRM-protected (media purchased from iTunes and most other similar online stores such as Amazon). However, you can do the followings to remove the DRM protection and convert the media files to common audio/video formats like MP4, MP3, AC3, etc.
- For DRM-ed Apple Music : You can use Apple Music Converter to unlock DRM protected iTunes music, Apple Music and Audible audiobooks.
- For iTunes M4V moives: You can use DRM Media Converter(Windows) or iTunes M4V Converter(Mac) to strip DRM from your videos and audio files downloaded or purchased from iTunes, Amazon, Windows Media Center, Zune, etc.
Plex for Android
Plex for Android is a companion app to Plex, the free media centre software for the Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. Plex allows for the management and playback of video, photo and music files, as well as podcasts. It can also tap into online content such as iTunes store, BBC iPlayer, Vimeo, YouTube, from a local or remote computer running the full Plex software. Some smart TV’s are also supported.
The Plex Android app lets you to use your Android device over Wi-Fi as a fully interactive remote control. It also allows for the streaming of content onto the device for viewing on the tablet or smartphone. The app features the ability to stream media content to your Android portable devices. When we picked a film to watch, we were given a choice to play it on our iMac or stream it to the tablet. You can even set this up so it doesn’t ask you every time. It also features a full-screen remote control, with which you can simply control the Plex media centre on your computer screen or smart TV. This is a very handy feature.
How to Start Streaming?
- Sign up & download
Sign up for your free account and download the Plex Media Server software, the central brain that organizes all of your media.
- Add your media
Plex recognizes just about any kind of video, music, or photo format and displays all of your content in an easy-to-navigate interface.
- Stream to your favorite devices
Install Plex apps on any of your devices so you can enjoy your beautifully organized media wherever you are.
Let us know how it goes in the comments below.