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How to install Plex on Xbox One – Use your Xbox One as a Plex client

You probably don't know that the original XBMC (now Kodi) had its origins on the original Xbox.  Since then, Microsoft launched multiple Xbox generations, and the Xbox One was launched in November 2013.  The Xbox One debuted with multimedia capabilities as one of the main selling points. You can connect the Xbox One to serve live TV trough the extra HDMI port present. With the launch of the Xbox One S, Microsoft expanded the multimedia capabilities of the console, adding a 4K Blu-Ray drive. This addition turned the Xbox One into one of the best choices for a cheap 4K player alternative. Besides gaming, owners use the Xbox as Plex client. Today, I will show you how you can install Plex on Xbox and how to setup Plex client on Xbox One. Without further ado, let's get right to it.

How to install Plex on Xbox?

You can install Plex on Xbox in just 4 easy steps:

1. Open the Microsoft Xbox Store

Open The Microsoft Xbox Store - Install Plex On Xbox
Open The Microsoft Xbox Store

2. Navigate to the search section

Navigate To The Search Section - Install Plex On Xbox
Navigate To The Search Section

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3. Search for Plex

Search For Plex - Install Plex On Xbox
Search For Plex

4. Select Get to start installing the PLEX app

Select Get To Start Installing The Plex App - Xbox As Plex Client
Select Get To Start Installing The Plex App

Setup Plex client on Xbox One and connect to Plex account

After you install Plex on Xbox, you need to connect to your Plex account. In order to do this, open the Plex app.

On another device, visit https://plex.tv/link in order to setup Plex client on Xbox and add it to your account.

Enter the sign in code on your Plex account

Enter The Sign In Code On Your Plex Account - Setup Plex Client On Xbox One
Enter The Sign In Code On Your Plex Account

Please note that your code will be different. Use the code shown on your TV screen, not the one used in this guide.

Acessing Plex on Xbox One with DLNA

Althought the Plex client app is an easy means to stream your Plex content on the Xbox One, there is a way to use DLNA. Unfortunately, DLNA is not included by default unlike on the PlayStation 4. You'll need to locate the Profiles folder for Plex. Depending on your operating system, these might not exist by default. But you can make a Profiles folder under the proper Plex folder. That could be:

D:\Program Files\Plex\Resources\Profiles


C:\Program Files (x86)\Plex\Plex Media Server\Resources\Profiles

on Windows. For macOS, try:

~/Library/Application Support/Plex Media Server/Profiles

Next, you'll need to add the XML profile for the Xbox One. Like the Plex Profiles folder, you'll need to make this yourself. However, James Mckenzie has an excellent XML profile you can use. Thanks to Reddit user /u/QuantumInterger for the fantastic discussion on Xbox One Plex DLNA compatibility. Notably, you may use this method to stream from the likes if iMediaShare and BubbleUPnP as well.

You are running your Xbox as Plex client: What to do next

Congratulations. You managed to install Plex on Xbox and you are running your Xbox as Plex client. You are probably wondering what to do next ? Well, you can expand your Plex experience by installing 10 best Plex unofficial channels 2017. You can also learn how to enable subtitles in Plex. If you want to further improve your experience and automate the subtitle download task, make sure you install Sub-Zero plugin for Plex. Check back soon for more guides on Plex and Xbox One.

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Ciprian is an enthusiast, always up to date with the latest and greatest in the IT field. Passionate about computers, mobile devices and gadgets. In his spare time, he is a gamer.

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