With the ability to store all your personal media files in one place and access 1000+ titles for free, Plex has a unique offering in the streaming service industry. This makes it a great option for anyone with a vast personal media library who also wants free access to additional content.
And if you’re looking for a budget-friendly way to access your Plex library, you might want to consider Amazon Fire devices. Amazon has a range of affordable yet solid streaming media players to suit every type of viewer. From the cost-effective Fire TV stick to the premium Fire TV Cube, you can find something to fit your unique streaming needs. You can learn more about all the options available in our Amazon streaming device review.
In this post, we give you a detailed guide on how to get the Amazon Plex app and access your personal media library as well as the Plex content offering.
What is Plex?
Plex doubles up as a content organization and streaming tool. You can use the service to upload your native media files and store them in one place for easy access. The best part is that you can access the same content from any device that’s running a Plex app.
So let’s say you upload files from your computer using the Plex web app, and a few days later, you want to watch a certain video using your Amazon Fire TV Stick. In this case, you can access Plex on Fire Stick using the Plex Fire TV app and then stream the video you want to watch.
In addition to this, the service also offers 1000+ titles to stream for free. But you can upgrade to a paid version of the service to get access to even better features. For $4.99/mo., you can even get 80+ live TV channels on top of everything else. Learn more about how the service works and what it offers in our Plex review.
Watch Plex on these Amazon streaming devices
Plex is available as an Amazon “channel” for all types of Amazon Fire TV devices. Right now, you can get the Plex Fire TV app for the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
- Amazon Fire Cube
Step-by-step guide to watching Plex on Amazon Fire devices
First, make sure you’ve set up your Amazon Fire device. If you’ve just bought one and still don’t know how to use it, follow our guide on how to set up and use your Amazon streaming device. Then follow the steps below to get the Amazon Plex app on your Fire TV device and start watching videos:
Step 1: Sign up for Plex
Before you can start streaming Plex on Fire Stick or any other Fire TV device, make sure you have an account with the service. You’ll need to complete this process through the website first. So go to Plex.tv and click on “Sign Up.”
This will take you through the process of creating a free Plex account, and you won’t need to enter your credit card information to sign up. Just provide your email address and create a password to complete the process. You can also sign up using your Apple, Facebook or Google account.
Alternatively, you can also upgrade to a paid Plex Pass plan for $4.99/mo. This gives you access to live TV streaming and Plex Pass Perks such as deals and discounts, previews and VIP experiences. You can also pay $39.99/yr. for the annual Plex Pass plan. But the best offer is the $119.99 one-time payment that gives you a lifetime Plex Pass membership.
Step 2: Start up your Amazon Fire device
Once you’ve finished setting up your Plex account, the installation process on your Amazon Fire device is pretty straightforward. First, turn on your Amazon Fire device and go to the home screen.
Step 3: Add Plex
On the top left-hand corner of the screen, you’ll find the search icon. Click on this and type in “Plex” to start searching for the app. You’ll then see the Plex Amazon Fire app icon in the “Apps & Games” section. Click on this to open up the app page. Then select “Get” to begin the download process and install the Amazon Plex app on your Fire TV device.
Step 4: Open the Plex app and sign in
Once the app finishes installing, you’ll get the option to “Open” it. Select this option to launch Plex on Fire Stick or any other Fire TV device. You’ll see a screen prompting you to sign up for a Plex account through the website or sign in if you already have one. Click on “Sign In.”
Step 5: Activate your Fire TV device for Plex access
After signing in, you’ll see a code and a link on your screen. You’ll have to visit the link — plex.tv/link — using your web browser via your computer or your phone. Note that you’ll need to be signed in to your Plex account on this device for the linking to work. Then enter the code you see on your screen and click on “Link” to activate Plex on your Amazon Fire TV device. After this, you’ll see a green checkmark confirming the activation.
Step 6: Start streaming Plex
Then go back to the Plex app on your Fire TV device to start streaming. On the home screen, you’ll see some of the free content neatly sorted into categories such as movies, news, podcasts, TV shows and web shows. Under each category, you’ll also see some recommended shows and titles. Choose something that you want to watch and start streaming Plex on your Amazon Fire TV device.
Our hot take
Plex offers an excellent solution for those with an expansive native media collection, with Amazon Fire TV devices being the perfect way to access it. But while the service offers a decent selection of free content, this lineup doesn’t really compare to that of Amazon Prime, Hulu or Netflix. So if you want to enjoy a robust and comprehensive online streaming service, you might want to try out these options instead.
Check out our review of the best Amazon streaming device channels and apps for better alternatives to Plex.