How To Add, Move and Delete a Movie in Plex

Posted by Jamie on August 16, 2018

Plex makes it easy to share movies, stream them to other devices and even watch and record live TV on a range of devices. Streaming media at home is one of its real strengths and as someone who likes watching movies, this works well for me. One thing I have been learning about is managing all those movies. Things like how to add, move and delete a movie in Plex. Here is what I learned.

I have been spending a lot of time in Plex lately as I have been experimenting whether it really can help with cord cutting. Cable TV is expensive and while I couldn’t live without broadband, the TV side on the other hand may be on its way out. I have been trying to decide between Kodi and Plex and the decision is harder than I thought. Fortunately for TechJunkie readers, the more I experiment and learn, the more knowledge I can share.

Managing media in Plex

One thing about applications like Plex or Kodi is that while being easy to set up, spending a little time organizing all your media is something well worth doing to make the system easier to use. It can be an onerous task, especially if you have lots of TV series like I do. Having to rename each folder and file to match a series and episode description can take time but once you’re in Plex, it makes finding and following the series so much easier!

That’s what prompted this post. The time spent renaming, adding, moving and even deleting my media within Plex has made finding, watching and binging a breeze and I am now converted. If you need to add, move and delete a movie in Plex, here is how to do it.

The good thing is that Plex will use whatever you have on your computer. So if you have created a Movies, TV and Music folder on your computer and have them set up as sources for Plex, any changes you make in those folders will be picked up by Plex. That makes managing media simple.

Add a movie in Plex

When you first install Plex, you set it to search specific drives or folders for media. It then catalogs what you have and displays it in the media list. That’s fine when you have movies or TV shows present when installing Plex, but what about after? That’s where the Plex Media Manager comes in.

To add a movie in Plex you just need to add the movie to your computer in the folder you specified for movies when setting up. Plex will then scan the folder for changes and pick up the new movie. If it doesn’t detect the movie automatically, go into the Library in Plex and select Update Library. This will force a rescan of the media.

If you don’t yet have a movie folder, you need to add a library. That’s just as simple. Assuming you have prepared a folder on your computer to store the movies and have named them as required, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Select the ‘+’ sign at the Plex home page.
  2. Select Movies in the Add Library window that pops up.
  3. Give the library a name and a language and hit Next.
  4. Navigate to your movie folder and select Add Library.

Move and rename movies in Plex

The same rules apply for moving and renaming movies in Plex. As long as you stop the Plex Media Server first, you can move, rearrange and rename movies and TV as you see fit. You will then need to scan your library again with Plex so it picks up the changes.

  1. Turn off the Plex Media Server.
  2. Copy or rename your movie, TV show or whatever on your computer as you would any other file.
  3. Start the Plex Media Server.
  4. Go into the library you just changed and select Update Library.

The changes should be reflected in your library once Plex has detected them. Plex often automatically scans the folders for any changes but sometimes this doesn’t happen quickly enough. Selecting Update Library addresses that.

Delete a movie in Plex

If you have watched a movie and are unlikely to want to watch it again, you can delete it in much the same way as you move, add or change them. Delete the movie from your computer as you normally would and then select Update Library once more. The movie will disappear from your library listing.

Plex is super-simple to use and is a breeze to organize. Spending that little extra time in the beginning to get the filenames and libraries right can make all the difference when it comes to using it!

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This Guide Last Updated: August 16, 2018

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