How Do I Make My Plex Server Private?


Angela Bailey

How Do I Make My Plex Server Private?

If you have a Plex server set up to stream your media library, you may want to ensure that it is private and secure. By default, Plex allows access to your server from anywhere on the internet, but there are several steps you can take to make your Plex server private and restrict access only to authorized users.

Step 1: Sign in to your Plex account

If you haven’t already, sign in to your Plex account on the Plex website. This is where you will manage the settings for your server.

Step 2: Access server settings

Once signed in, click on your username at the top right corner of the page and select “Account” from the dropdown menu. On the Account page, click on “Servers” in the left sidebar. You should see a list of servers associated with your account.

Step 3: Select your server

In the Servers section, locate the server you want to make private and click on its name. This will take you to the server’s settings page.

Step 4: Open server settings

In the left sidebar of the server’s settings page, click on “Settings”. This will expand a list of options related to configuring your Plex server.

Step 5: Restrict access

In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find a section called “Remote Access”. By default, this option is enabled and allows access from outside your home network.

To make your Plex server private, toggle off the “Enable Remote Access” option. This will prevent anyone outside your network from accessing your media library.

Step 6: Configure authorized users

If you want to grant access to specific users, scroll further down in the Settings menu until you find the “Users & Sharing” section. Here, you can manage user accounts and set permissions for each user. Click on “Invite Friend” to send an invitation to someone you want to grant access to.

Step 7: Set up secure connections

To further enhance the security of your Plex server, enable secure connections. Scroll down in the Settings menu until you find the “Network” section. Toggle on the “Secure connections” option to ensure that all connections to your server are encrypted.

Step 8: Save settings

After making all the necessary changes, click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page to apply your new settings.


  • Sign in to your Plex account on the Plex website
  • Access server settings
  • Select your server
  • Open server settings
  • Restrict access: Disable remote access option
  • Configure authorized users: Manage user accounts and permissions
  • Set up secure connections: Enable secure connections for encrypted access
  • Save settings: Apply changes by saving your settings

Making your Plex server private is essential for maintaining control over who can access your media library. By following these steps, you can ensure that only authorized users can enjoy your content while keeping it secure from unwanted access.

If you have any further questions or need assistance, feel free to visit the official Plex support page for more information.

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