Smart speakers are the whole rage now, after all, who doesn’t want a digital assistant? There are tonnes of them out there in the market, but Amazon Echo is one of the first names that come to someone’s mind when thinking of smart speakers. That’s because of the stunning features it offers, and of course, the brand itself is just so well-known that one needn’t think about investing in it twice. Amazon Echo is powered by Amazon Alexa.
There are just so many things that you can make your digital assistant do which also include booking a ride on Uber, ordering a pizza from dominos, and streaming music straight from Spotify (you need to have a premium account for that, though). Amazon Echo can also integrate with a lot of supported skills found in its rich ecosystem. These supported skills can help you get the best out of your Amazon Echo and reach its maximum potential.
Not long ago, Plex too released a skill to support Amazon Echo. If you’re reading this article, it’s quite obvious you want to know how to integrate Plex with Amazon Echo and use it but let us also tell you why you should have Plex and what’s so special about it.
Plex basically is a media server application that allows you to create a collection of all your videos, songs and photos, and also access it from a range of devices. Having different applications for the various forms of media can make everything seem very confusing, but Plex is like a central hub of your personally selected videos, songs, and photos
Below is your guide on how to integrate Plex skill with Amazon Echo:
How to set up a Plex server?
You will have to set up a Plex server on your system if you want to integrate Plex with Amazon Echo. Without doing so, you cannot integrate this skill with Amazon Echo. The setup process is very easy, simple and absolutely free of cost (if you want extra features then you can upgrade it and pay minimal amount). In case you don’t have a Plex server, just follow these steps:-
- Open any browser on your system and go to Plex’s website.
- Next, you have to sign up with your email address. After signing up, the web application will begin to search for Plex servers.
- Then just click on “Download Plex media server.”
- In the next step, select the download that is compatible with your operating system. You can choose from Windows, Mac, Linux and FreeBSD. Then just click on “download.”
- After the completion of installation process, launch the server, a setup screen will be displayed on the web application.
- Name your server and then click on “next.”
- Next step would be media library. Here, you are supposed to choose and add the libraries to your Plex application. If needed, you can remove the libraries, too. Once completed, click on “next.”
- You can now add Plex apps for your mobile devices. If you do not want to, then just click on “done.”
- Your libraries will now be imported to your media on Plex server after getting scanned by Plex.
With this, you’ve completed the setup process for Plex. Now, all we need to do is enable Plex skill on Amazon Echo, and then you can enjoy all the features of it.
How to integrate Plex with Amazon Echo?
The process of integrating Plex skill with Amazon Echo is actually one of the easiest and simplest things to do but taking things step by step can make it easier for you to fathom. So, now let’s see how to you can integrate Plex with Amazon Echo step by step. Steps are given below:-
- Firstly, open any browser and go to Amazon Echo’s website.
- Select “Skills” from the sidebar on the left side of the screen.
- After clicking on “skills,” type “Plex” in the skills search bar and then hit the “enter” key.
- Plex skill page will open in front of you, then all you have to do is click on “enable” tab.
- The last step is to authenticate your account. All you have to do is sign into Plex website and click on the “Authorize” button.
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Just following these simple five steps will enable Plex skill on your Amazon Echo. But since this is the first time you are going to use Plex skill on your Amazon Echo, you should know about how to use it. It will be a waste of time to integrate Plex with Amazon Echo if you don’t know how to use it so this one is a must.
How to use Plex skill on Amazon Echo?
After you enable Plex skill on your Amazon Echo, there are plenty of things you can do with the Plex server. Trying something for the first time is fun, right? Using your voice commands, you can play any random song track or movie on Plex. You can even ask Plex to recommend you some movies and songs. There are tonnes of new commands you’d absolutely want to try on Plex. Now let’s just dive right in so you can try everything for yourself
Changing the Default player
If you choose to set up Plex the way we have mentioned above, then chances are your Plex player was set to your web browser by default. It’s possible to change your default Plex browser if you have multiple devices connected to the server.
If you wish to do so, just make a voice command, like “Alexa, just ask Plex to change my default player.” Doing so will make Echo speak out all the devices that are connected to your Plex server, and then you can choose the one you want to set as your default player.
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But if there are no other devices connected and the only player connected is Plex player, then it will be set by default.
Changing the default Plex server
If you wish to change the default Plex server, changing it can be very easy if you have multiple servers set up.
All you have to do is make a voice command, like “Alexa can you ask Plex to change my default server?”
Alexa will then speak out all the servers set up on your Plex, and then you can choose the one you want to set as the default server.
Some basic Plex commands for Amazon Alexa
There’s a complete list of voice commands you can use for Amazon Alexa on Plex’s website. Accessing that list can be done with great ease, but you’d definitely like to start with trying a few basic commands, right? Down below we have prepared a short list of some basic voice commands that can come in really handy.
- To play music : “Alexa, ask Plex to play some music.”
- To play a specific movie or tv show episode : “Alexa, ask Plex to play second episode from one tree hill.”
- To control playback : “Alexa, just tell Plex to stop/pause/play a year without rain.”
- To get some suggestions from Plex : “Alexa, just asks Plex to suggest some good movies or tv shows to watch.”
- To continue watching your tv episode or movie : “Alexa, tell Plex to continue playing from where I left.”
Wrapping it up:
So there you have it – a complete guide on how to integrate and use Plex skill with Amazon Echo. Enabling Plex skill on your Amazon Echo can make your experience so much better. You can now access your media through your voice commands from anywhere in the house. So what are you waiting for? There are tonnes of cool commands you can try with Plex on Amazon Echo. And with the great voice recognition, Amazon Alexa offers, you wouldn’t even have to worry about repeating yourself. Also, we hope we hope you found the guide easy to follow.