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Plex On Apple TV Without PlexConnect Or Jailbreak Via AirPlay

Plex LogoPlex is a media center software including a media server, and desktop (Mac OS X, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1) and mobile clients (iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8) and now is now also available on Chromecast. Plex organizes all of your personal media, wherever you keep it, so you can enjoy it on any devices. Plex is also running on Apple TV (2nd and 3rd) generation. However, you need to tweak the Apple TV with PlexConnect on Mac OS X or Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This is not a simply doing, you need to install several apps, create and install a specific Apple TV profile. Especially, inexperencied user face problems to get PlexConnect running. Hence, there is an easier way to use Plex on Apple TV without PlexConnect or jailbreak via AirPlay mirroring using Plex for iOS.

What you need:

  • an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation) 😉
  • an iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch)
  • Plex Media Server installed on your Mac, Windows PC, Linux or NAS
  • Plex for iOS, Download from Appstore.

How it works:

  1. Download, install and run Plex Media Server on your computer or NAS.
  2. Start your Apple TV.
  3. Download, install and run Plex for iOS from the App Store.

    Plex for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)

    Source: miApple.me

  4. Start AirPlay mirroring on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and enjoy Plex on Apple TV:

    Plex for iOS AirPlay mirroring to Apple TV

    Source: miApple.me

Note: Some features of Plex are only available with PlexPass on Plex for iOS.

Update (Kudos to Eric!): There’s another option without the need Plex for iOS. You can also just load your Plex Web app in iOS Safari on whatever iOS device your are using and turn on AirPlay.

If this tweak is not really convenient to you or you do not want to spend any money, you might check to get PlexConnect running on yoor Apple following the work around:

Plex on Apple TV works without PlexConnect or jailbreak via AirPlay mirroring from an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) to an Apple TV by using Plex for iOS. This convenient solution is not for free, but seamlessly working. What way of Plex do you prefer?

Stay tuned! 😉

10 thoughts on “Plex On Apple TV Without PlexConnect Or Jailbreak Via AirPlay”

  1. Since upgrading to 6.1 I get disconnected within 1 minute of watching a movie.
    Either on plex iOS or plexconnect.
    Have tried everything from iphone restore, Apple TV restore… Nothing. Works.
    I watch a movie for like 39 seconds and it disconnect 100% of te time.
    It has to be something with plex or Apple TV…
    I can watch on my iPad or iphone fine as soon as I connect via airplay it stops after a few seconds

    1. Hi Blake,

      I just tested again on my iPad air running on iOS 7.1 and my Apple TV 3 running on Apple TV OS 6.1. I got no issues.

      Is your Apple TV connected via LAN or WLAN? Check the stability of your WLAN connection.

      Gee Are

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  7. I’m a little late to the party on this article, but I just thought I’d mention that you don’t need Plex for iOS to do this. You can also just load up your Plex server in Safari on whatever iOS device your are using and turn on AirPlay.

    1. Hi Eric,

      never mind coming to late to the party! 🙂

      You’re absolutely right, I checked it: 😉
      Plex Web app works on iOS Safari via AirPlay! I’ll update the post.

      Many thanks for the hint!

      Gee Are

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