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How to Connect Google Drive to Plex Cloud

Updated on May 16, 2017
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Max holds a BS in Mass Communications from SIU and an MA in Communication from U of I, and is pursuing an MBA from Webster University.

Introduction

Plex Media Server has added a Plex Cloud feature that lets you connect to select, partnering cloud storage providers, and then access that content through Plex without having to store it locally. Partnering cloud storage providers include Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Dropbox. However, you can only connect your Plex Cloud account to one cloud storage provider at a time, and you must be a Plex Pass member to access this feature. This article walks you through how to connect Plex Cloud to your Google Drive account.

Plex Cloud was rolled out to Plex Pass subscribers in March 2017.
Plex Cloud was rolled out to Plex Pass subscribers in March 2017. | Source

Process for Connecting Google Drive to Plex Cloud

  1. Open the Plex Media Server software on your computer, and then log in to the application.
  2. Click the drop-down in the upper right corner of the screen next to the icon associated with your user name, and then choose "Account" in the context menu that appears. The account page is displayed on the screen.
  3. Select "Plex Cloud" in the choices that appear on the left side of the screen.
  4. Choose the orange "Link" text next to Google Drive in the list of cloud providers you can connect Plex Cloud to. Other cloud providers you can connect to Plex Cloud include OneDrive and Dropbox.
  5. Log in to the Google account associated with the Google Drive account you want to connect to. A screen appears, telling you that Plex Cloud wants to view and manage your Google Drive files, view your email address, and view your profile information.
  6. Click "Allow" to give Google the requested permissions. You'll be redirected to the home screen for your Plex Media Server home screen where you'll be prompted to log in to the application.
  7. Enter the login information for your Plex account. Upon successfully logging in, a message will appear informing you that you've successfully connected Google Drive to Plex Cloud.
  8. Choose "Continue" in the message that appears on the screen. Plex Cloud will appear as the server you're currently connected to in the upper left corner of the application.

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Navigate to your Account screen through the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.Choose "Plex Cloud," and then select "Link" to the right of Google Drive.Choose "Allow" to give Plex access to your Google Drive account.Supply your Plex username and password if you are routed back through the login screen.Click the orange "Continue" button as the last step to connecting your Google Drive account to Plex Cloud.
Navigate to your Account screen through the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
Navigate to your Account screen through the drop-down menu in the upper right corner of the screen. | Source
Choose "Plex Cloud," and then select "Link" to the right of Google Drive.
Choose "Plex Cloud," and then select "Link" to the right of Google Drive. | Source
Choose "Allow" to give Plex access to your Google Drive account.
Choose "Allow" to give Plex access to your Google Drive account. | Source
Supply your Plex username and password if you are routed back through the login screen.
Supply your Plex username and password if you are routed back through the login screen. | Source
Click the orange "Continue" button as the last step to connecting your Google Drive account to Plex Cloud.
Click the orange "Continue" button as the last step to connecting your Google Drive account to Plex Cloud. | Source

How to Connect Google Drive to Plex Cloud

Process for Adding Google Drive Content to Plex Cloud

  1. Open the Plex Media Server application on your computer.
  2. Click the server name that appears in the upper left corner of the application, and then select "Plex Cloud" to ensure that it's your selected server. An orange Add Library icon appears on the right side of the screen.
  3. Choose "Add Library." The Add Library display window appears on the screen.
  4. Click "Select Type" in the list of options on the left side of the screen. Content types you can choose from include: Movies, TV Shows, Photos, Music, and Other Videos.
  5. Enter a name associated with the library you're creating in the "Name" field and then select "Next." The Add Folder section appears.
  6. Select "Browse for Media Folder." A Google Drive icon appears on the left side of the window, and a list of all of the folders in your connected Google Drive account appears on the right side of the screen.
  7. Navigate through the Google Drive folder structure to the folder you want to add to Plex Cloud.
  8. Click "Add," keeping in mind that you can only add one folder at a time. You'll be redirected to the Add Library window where you'll see the path to the specific folder you chose to add content from.
  9. Select "Add Library." You'll be redirected to the Plex Media Server home display. A message appears informing you that the content libraries you chose to add are being updated. Shortly thereafter, content will start appearing in the window. Depending on the size and amount of content you chose to add, it may take a while before it all gets processed in your Plex Cloud library.

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Choose "Add Library" as the first step to start adding content from Google Drive to Plex.Choose the specific type of content you want to add, such as movies, TV shows, music, etc.Click "Browse for Media Folder" to navigate to the folder in your Google Drive account you want to add content from.Choose the folders in your Google Drive account you want to add to Plex Cloud, and then click "Add."Click "Add Library."A message will appear on the right side of your Plex Cloud home screen telling you to wait while the content you selected is loaded.You'll eventually see the content you selected start to populate on your Plex Cloud home screen.
Choose "Add Library" as the first step to start adding content from Google Drive to Plex.
Choose "Add Library" as the first step to start adding content from Google Drive to Plex. | Source
Choose the specific type of content you want to add, such as movies, TV shows, music, etc.
Choose the specific type of content you want to add, such as movies, TV shows, music, etc. | Source
Click "Browse for Media Folder" to navigate to the folder in your Google Drive account you want to add content from.
Click "Browse for Media Folder" to navigate to the folder in your Google Drive account you want to add content from. | Source
Choose the folders in your Google Drive account you want to add to Plex Cloud, and then click "Add."
Choose the folders in your Google Drive account you want to add to Plex Cloud, and then click "Add." | Source
Click "Add Library."
Click "Add Library." | Source
A message will appear on the right side of your Plex Cloud home screen telling you to wait while the content you selected is loaded.
A message will appear on the right side of your Plex Cloud home screen telling you to wait while the content you selected is loaded. | Source
You'll eventually see the content you selected start to populate on your Plex Cloud home screen.
You'll eventually see the content you selected start to populate on your Plex Cloud home screen. | Source

Disconnect Google Drive from Plex Cloud

Plex only makes it possible to connect one cloud storage provider to your Plex Cloud account at a time. As a result, if you want to connect a OneDrive account or a Dropbox account to Plex Cloud, you must first disconnect your Google Drive account. You can disconnect your Google Drive account from Plex Cloud by doing the following:

  1. Navigate to your Account page, and then click "Plex Cloud" along the left side of the screen.
  2. Click the "Unlink" option that appears to the right of Google Drive. A message appears informing you that if you unlink from Google Drive that you will no longer be able to access that content within Plex.
  3. Click to place a check mark to the left of "Yes, unlink Google Drive."
  4. Click the red "Unlink" button to continue. You will now be able to connect Plex Cloud to another available cloud storage provider.

You must click to place a check mark next to the "Yes, unlink Google Drive" before you can click Unlink.
You must click to place a check mark next to the "Yes, unlink Google Drive" before you can click Unlink. | Source

Additional Information

  • Plex Cloud is a feature that's only available to Plex Pass members. A Plex Pass membership is a paid service.
  • You can only connect one cloud storage provider to Plex Cloud. The three cloud storage providers you can connect to are Google Drive, OneDrive, and Dropbox.
  • If you unlink a cloud storage provider from Plex Cloud, that content is still available through that cloud storage provider.

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