Every FireStick user can relate to this: It is very difficult to import local video files into your device. You would have to use an Android developer kit and some other tricks like installing third-party apps.
But We Have A Solution For You!
You can now enjoy your local media with the help of Plex Media Server.
So What Exactly is Plex and What It Can Do
Plex is an amazing interface that will let you enjoy the content files you own on your local network. You can do this by streaming them using Plex on FireStick.
In a nut-shell, Plex is a client-server media tool. It lets you watch the media that you have centrally stored on different external devices. What that means?
It means all the videos, pictures and music that you have on your computer will be accessible on devices like FireStick, Tablets, TV Boxes and mobiles.
You don’t even need to connect your computer and the external device to the same wireless network. You can have the computer at home and still be able to enjoy videos elsewhere.
Quick Sign Up for Plex On FireStick
First thing first! You will have to sign up for a Plex account. This will just take a minute.
Open up the internet browser on your FireStick and type in https://www.plex.tv. Carefully check that you have provided the correct address. Then hit Sign Up.
You will be asked to sign up either with your Google account or Facebook. You can also choose to create a new account with an email address.
After you are signed in, you will be asked to continue with or without the Plex pass. Plex pass is a premium plan with different subscription packages.
Install Plex on FireStick In Just 5 Steps
Now let us help you with how to install Plex on FireStick. You just have to go through these 5 easy steps!
Click on the Search option on home-screen of the FireStick device.
In the search bar, type in Plex and select the Plex option from the list that appears.
The search will take you to the Apps & Games section where you can locate Plex app. Click it.
Now click on Download in the Plex app. If you have already downloaded click on Get.Wait for the download to finish. Then hit the Install button.
Installation will take a couple of minutes. After it is complete, click on Open.
How To Navigate Plex on FireStick
Press and hold down the Home button on your FireStick remote. This will open up all the installed apps on your device. Click on Plex app from Your Apps & Channels.
Following Window will appear. Click on the Sign In option.
When you sign into Plex account you will be provided with a code. This is what you need to do next: take your mobile, computer or any other device and open https://plex.tv/link . Here, enter the code that you had received.
After entering the code, click on Link.
If the linking is successful, you will get an Account Linked notification on the device where you had received the code. Now you can go back to using FireStick.
Here you will be again asked if you want to buy a Plex Pass. Click on Not Now.
Next you will get a message “No Servers Found”. This is because you have not yet set up the Plex server. Click on Continue.
Congrats! You have now landed on the Home-screen of the Plex on FireStick.
You can stream the free content such as the Web Shows, Podcasts, News videos and more, even without syncing the app with any server.
Should You Be Using Plex Server?
Plex has a lot of online content and features you can enjoy even without the Plex server. However, the real fun of this app lies in turning your computer into a media center. Plex Server is just the way to do that!
You can set up the Plex Server only on your computer (Max, Linux and Windows). It is also accessible on some other devices such as NAS.
Here is how you can set up the server.
Access https://www.plex.tv/media-server-downloads/ on your device. Select computer operating system from the Plex Media Server drop-down menu. Then click on Download.
Run the server installation file. You will be guided with clear instructions on how to install the server. The following image may appear on your device. Click on Install to continue.
After the installation in complete, click on Launch.
Pressing the Launch button would direct you to a webpage. Here you would again need to sign in with your Plex account. Signing in will give you a quick summary what Plex has to offer. Click on Got it!
Select a name for your server. Then check if the “Allow me to access my media outside my home” is ticked. Now click on Next.
If you want to add movies, videos, music, images and shows, simply click on Add Library to add the existing media on FireStick. Then hit the Next option.
Phew! You are almost there. Click on Done to complete the process of setting up the server.
Should you or should you not go for a Plex Pass? The answer to this question depends on what you want to get out of Plex app. If all you want to do is access local media on external devices, stop at Plex.
However, if you want more exclusive benefits try Plex Pass.
The 3 subscription packages available on Plex Pass include:
- $4.99 monthly.
- $39.99 yearly
- $119.99 lifetime
Last Thing Before You Leave
We always recommend the use of a reliable VPN when installing and using third-party apps.
While most of you may or may not know, Governments and ISPs worldwide have a strict check on their users online activities. In case, any copyrighted content is found streaming, you can land into serious consequences which may be as severe as suspending of your online account. Please know, that your current IP 188.8.131.52 is visible to everyone. We therefore urge you to get started with a reliable Firestick VPN immediately. This will help cover your identity via VPN’s multiple servers, while giving you the premium viewing experience.
IPVanish has been the fastest and most reliable secure VPN we have come across so far. Their servers are widespread and strictly secured. The VPN is very easy to install and user-friendly on every device including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you are not sure about the app, it comes with a 7-day money back guarantee with a refund. IPVanish also has a very attractive deal in which, when paid for a whole year subscription you can avail 46% discount on your annual plan!
Register for IPVanish VPN, by clicking on the link
- On your FireStick device, go to the homepage and type in and search for ‘IPVanish VPN’ in your search bar.
- Click on the IPVanishVPN you see in your search.
- Click on ‘Download’.
- Once downloaded, you would need to register with the username and password information you must have provided while registering.
- Once signed-in, click on ‘Connect’.
- Soon you would be connected. You can disconnect from the connection whenever you wish to stop using a VPN.
In A Nutshell
That’s all folks! Hope the installation guide was helpful.
To wrap things up, Plex is an incredibly useful tool that can help you make the most of local and online media. You can be home or miles away, with Plex you can enjoy locally stored media anywhere you want to. All you need is an internet connection!