Although Plex has officially supported Chromecast since December, up until now you had to have a premium PlexPass in order to use it. Today Plex is bringing out a new update that removes this requirement.
So what’s the catch here? Nothing, other than you’ll have to pay a one-time fee of $4.99 to purchase the Plex Android app. Once you purchase the app, you can use it to connect your library of local PC content and then cast it on over to your Chromecast. Aside from opening up support to non-PlexPass users, the update also includes several bug fixes, the ability to cast music and photos in addition to video, and several bug fixes. Here’s the full change-log:
- Chromecast support, now including music and photos
- Massive improvements for remote controlling Plex players
- Chromecast no longer requires a Plex Pass!!!
- Lots of fixes around remote controlling Chromecast and other remote Plex Players
- Lots more fixes, read about them here: https://forums.plex.tv/index.php/topic/60585-plex-for-android/?p=600338
For PlexPass users, Plex is also adding a few new features to the mix such as shared sync, play queues, a camera upload feature — though most of these are only for iOS and the web version of the app. To learn more about the changes for PlexPass users, you’ll want to check out Plex’s official blog.
To grab the Plex and start Chromecasting without a PlexPass, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.