How to Add Movies in Plex

With Plex, you can stream over 20,000 movies and TV shows for free. However, if you want to watch something that’s not in their impressive database, Plex gives you the option to upload movies from your device and store them in the Plex Media Server library. Once all of your movies are in the Plex library, you can access them from any device connected to this streaming media service.

How to Add Movies in Plex

How to Add Movies in Plex

Plex allows you to create different libraries where you can store movies, TV shows, music, photos, or other types of content. With Plex Media Manager, you can create separate folders for different types of media and stream them on various devices, such as laptops, smart TVs, mobile phones, web apps, and other digital media players.

The good news is that you don’t need to copy each media file to the other devices. Instead, you can access your entire media collection from any other connected device. To do this, you need to download Plex Media Server to the device where you keep your media. Plex also needs to be installed on all the devices you want to use to stream movies and TV shows.

When adding new media files to the Plex library, you need to specify what type of media it is. That way, it will be easier for you to access it from other devices. For instance, to add movies to the Plex library, you’ll need to use your laptop or desktop computer. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open your browser and go to the Plex website.
  2. Head over to the “Sign in” option in the upper-right corner to log into your account.
  3. On the home page, locate the “+” icon next to “Libraries” on the left sidebar, or click on the “Add Library” button on the dashboard.
  4. Select “Movies” in the pop-up window.
  5. Type in the name of the folder.
  6. Go to the “Next” button.
  7. Click on the “Browse for Media Folder” button.
  8. Find the folder that contains the movie you want to upload on your laptop/desktop computer.
  9. Select “Add,” and then “Add Library.”

It will take Plex a few minutes to add all the metadata for the media file you just uploaded. When you want to watch the movie you added, you open Plex on the device you want to stream it. Sign in and you’ll find the new movie in your Plex Media Server library.

You can use the same method to add new TV shows, or other media files, to your Plex library. Make sure that the media files you want to upload to Plex are already stored in separate folders, or Plex won’t be able to find them.

No matter which device you choose to stream Plex content, the laptop or computer where all your media files are stored will always need to be turned on as well. If for some reason, Plex can’t find the movie that’s stored on your computer, you might need to update your Plex library. If that doesn’t work, then just restart the device you want to stream from.

When you want to watch the uploaded movie, the streaming device must be connected to the internet. Plex works on almost all operating systems, but it might lag if your device has an older processor. There are other requirements that your device must meet for you to be able to use all of Plex’s services. For example, you should have at least 2GB of RAM available, according to Plex.

How to Manage Movies in Plex

While the process of adding new movies to your Plex library is relatively straightforward, organizing your media library might be a hassle if you have a lot of files. Any changes you want to make to your Plex library must be done through the Plex Media Manager on your computer. If you want to rename a movie that’s already in your Plex library, follow the steps below:

  1. Turn off the Plex Media Server.
  2. Find the movie folder on your device.
  3. Rename it.
  4. Turn the Plex Media Server back on.
  5. Go to the Plex library and update it.

Plex will automatically scan for any changes made to the content library. You can use the same method to move any movie files to different folders or delete movies you currently have stored in your Plex library. The most important step is to turn the Plex Media Server off and on during this whole process.

To delete a library, you can do it from Plex directly. Just open the library folder you want to delete, go to the settings icon in the upper-left corner of your screen and select “Delete Library” from the drop-down menu.

How to Make a Playlist in Plex

If you want to organize all of your movies more efficiently, you also have the option to create playlists in Plex. What’s more, it will only take you a couple of minutes. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Launch Plex Media Player.
  2. Find the movie that you want to add to a playlist.
  3. Click on the “Add to Playlist” icon at the bottom of the Plex Media Player.
  4. Select “Create New Playlist”
  5. Give the playlist a name (for example, “Horror Movies”).
  6. Repeat this process for all the movies you want to add to that playlist.

All your playlists will be displayed under the “Library” section on the left sidebar. You can also organize all your TV shows and other types of content into different playlists. The playlist’s content can be streamed in order or they can be shuffled.

Adding movies into playlists can also be done on the Plex mobile app. If you’re interested in finding out how, follow the steps below:

  1. Launch the Plex app on your phone.
  2. Log into your account if you haven’t already.
  3. Tap on your profile picture in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  4. Proceed to “Library.”
  5. Find the movie that you want to add to a playlist.
  6. Go to the “Playlist” icon.
  7. Select the “+” icon in the top-right corner.
  8. Give a name to your new playlist.
  9. Repeat the same steps for the other movies.

That’s all there is to it. This process looks the same on Android and iPhone devices. There is no limit to how many movies you can add and how many playlists you can create in Plex. All you need to do is download them on your computer first.

Watch All Your Favorite Movies on Plex

Streaming movies and TV shows has never been easier. With Plex, not only can you add any movie you want, but you can also organize them into playlists. Once all of your movies have been uploaded to Plex, you can stream them using any device that’s connected to the internet.

Have you ever added a movie to the Plex library before? Did you use the same method explained in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.

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