How to Watch Plex on Chromecast with Google TV [Easy Guide]

Plex on Chromecast with Google TV
Plex on Chromecast with Google TV

Plex is a media server and a media player in which you can watch live TV, movies, and TV shows. It consists of over 50,000+ titles and 300+ live channels for free. It brings wholesome entertainment from A24, AMC, Lionsgate, Relativity, Magnolia, MGM, etc. By installing the Plex app on your Google TV, you can stream the media files you stored locally on your PC or mobile. In addition, you need to set up a Plex Media Server on your Windows or Mac PC.

Subscription Plans

The Plex app is actually free to use. However, you can upgrade to Plex Pass to get more benefits like color themes, dash control, hardware transcoding, etc.

  • Monthly – $4.99
  • Annual – $39.99
  • Lifetime – $119.99

Note: You don’t need Plex Pass to stream the local files.

Setup Plex on Google TV

Here are the three steps you should do to set up a media server.

  • Set up Plex Server on a PC
  • Install Plex on Google TV
  • Set up Plex app on Google TV

How to Setup Plex Server on PC [Windows/Mac/Linux]

You must set up a Plex Media Server on your desktop/laptop to sync files on your local storage.

[1] Go to from any browser on your PC.

[2] Download and Install the Plex Media Server by clicking on Get/Install.

Install Plex Media Server

[3] Run the Plex app on your PC after the installation.

[4] It will open a browser and you have to Sign In with your Plex account. Next, tap Got it to continue.

[5] Further, input a name for a Plex server and tap Next.

Pro Tip: Make sure to mark the Allow me to access my media outside my home check box.

[6] Finally, click Done and upload the files from your PC.

How to Install Plex Media Player on Chromecast with Google TV

[1] Connect, set up, and turn on your Chromecast with Google TV.

[2] Click on Apps from the home screen and click the Search tab.

Plex on Chromecast with Google TV

[3] Search or say Plex using the voice remote.

[4] Choose the Plex app from the suggestions and click on Install.

[5] Once installed, click on Open to launch the application.

Now you have successfully installed Plex on your TV.

How to Setup Plex Media Player on Google TV

[1] Launch the Plex app on your Google TV.

[2] Click on Sign in and take note of the activation code that appears on the screen.

Sign in

[3] Now, open a browser on your mobile or PC and go to Sign in with the user account that you used to set up the Plex Media Server.

[4] Enter the activation code in the required field and click on Link.


[5] You will get a confirmation message on the screen if your account is linked.

Plex on Chromecast with Google TV

[6] The Plex app will ask you to sign up for Plex Pass. Choose the package that you want and go through the payment process.

Note: If you don’t want Plex Pass, click NOT NOW. This option lets you stream personal media files.

Plex on Chromecast with Google TV

[7] After a few minutes, the uploaded media files will be displayed on the Plex Media Server.

FYI: Suppose you don’t want to use Plex, you can try other media centers like Stremio, Emby, Kodi, and more.

Alternate Method to Stream Plex on Google TV

Besides the direct installation of the Plex app, you can cast videos from your smartphone or PC to your TV.

[1] Connect your smartphone to the same WIFI network as your Google TV.

[2] Open the Google Play Store and App Store on your Android/ iOS device.

[3] Install and launch the Plex app on your Android or iOS device.

[4] Login with your account details and click on the Cast icon.

cast Plex on Google TV

[5] Select your Google TV device to connect.

[6] From the library, select and play the content to watch it on TV.

[7] Click the Cast icon and tap Disconnect if you want to stop screen casting.

cast Plex on Google TV


1. Is Plex TV free?

Yes, Plex is completely free to access.

2. How to fix Plex not working on Google TV?

First, check if your Plex server is on the same WIFI network as your Google TV. Then open the Plex app, go to Settings Advanced → Select Allow Insecure Connections → Choose Always.

3. Does Chromecast with Google TV support Dolby Atmos?

No, Google does not support Dolby Atmos or a true passthrough.

4. Can you install Plex on Chromecast with Google TV?

Yes, you can install Plex on Google TV natively from the Google Play Store.

5. Is the Plex app safe to use?

Yes, the Plex app is legal and safe to use.

6. How to fix Plex buffering issues on Chromecast with Google TV?

You have to check the internet connection whether Google TV is getting sufficient bandwidth. In addition, you can restart the router, and update the Plex app and Google TV to the latest firmware.