I’ve always hated transferring or syncing media to other devices, and I’m sure you too don’t like it anyway, right?
The reason being, it’s a time-consuming process, and then playing those files on varied devices may require additional efforts. Fortunately, Plex media server has been designed to solve this very problem, that works on most platforms including Android and iOS.
Using Plex, you can store media files at a single place (using “Plex Media Server”) and share all of them with any other device on the same network. The other device can play the shared media by streaming it from the media server (using “Plex Media Player“).
In fact, I found Plex to be amazing at managing a large bulk of media files as well. And that’s not all — it’s highly adaptable and supports numerous platforms and devices, giving you a number of options to enjoy your movies and TV shows from. And did I forget to tell you that it’s free?
Alright, let’s ride through the simple steps to install Plex Media Server on Windows 10. Do note that it works almost similarly on other supported versions of Windows.
First of all, you must install the Plex Media Server in a central location (a Windows PC for this tutorial) where you wish to store all your media files. And if you’re faster than me, then you will take less than 10 minutes to complete the installation process.
Before getting to the setup details, let me tell you some things you should do first:
Below is the step-by-step procedure to install the Plex Media Server on Windows:
That’s it! You’re done installing Plex Media Server, and now is the time to try it. Read on to know how to add your wonderful media collection in Plex.
Although Plex starts itself automatically once the Launch button is pressed, but in case it doesn’t (because of some issue), just search and launch it from the Start menu. It takes a while to setup everything but not much. It took me less than 15 minutes, after all.
Please follow the below instructions to setup Plex and add media files to it:
Now you’ve successfully configured Plex Media Server on your Windows PC. And with it running, you’re now ready to stream your media content to other devices.
Let me share some tips and tricks for proper functioning of your Plex Media Server and smooth media streaming to multiple devices.
Now you can use Plex to enjoy media on any device. Let’s start off with the mobile phone. Following are some pre-conditions of using Plex on your mobile phone.
I know you may have expected this requirement, but here’s a small thing you need to do before you can actually stream media on other devices (Android for this tutorial):
For this tutorial, I’m sharing the steps for Android platform, but these are mostly applicable for other platforms too.
Plex will auto-detect your media server and connect to it. As a result, you’ll see your media collections from your Windows PC on your Android device. And you can play or resume playing a video directly from the mobile device to enjoy streaming anywhere.
It saves your progress on a video and resumes playing it from the same point. And it also syncs the info to the server, allowing you to pause on one device and resume on other device seamlessly. And guess what? This feature is one of the reasons I switched to Plex.
And that’s just a part of the whole story — you can do much more using the Plex for Android app. You can search for videos, browse channels, and create and play playlists. It also allows creating a “Watch Later” list for videos you’re planning to watch in the future.
And not to mention, its Settings page avails various options and settings. You can check out and set the numerous options to customize the app per your requirements.
Setting up Plex can’t be any simpler, can it? How was your experience setting up and running Plex? Please share your story through the comments below.
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