How To Create Playlists in Plex

Plex is the model for how all home media centers should be. Well designed, compatible with the widest amount of devices, simple to set up and easy to use. Oh and cheap too. With both a free and premium version that runs at only  $4.99 a month, it is a very accessible way to access streaming media.

One of the neatest features is the ability to create playlists in Plex. If you want to binge watch an entire series of something, setting up a playlist makes it simple. Set it up, hit Play and sit back and enjoy the show. Playlists can work for music too, offering hours and hours of seamless playback.

Playlists are the modern mixtape. A way to line up a whole series of episodes, movies or music tracks that can play one after the other with no input. It is the ultimate in convenience and something most streaming apps have embraced, which is good news as we love them.

Plex has a good playlist feature that allows you to create, edit and delete playlists as you need. Once you know where to look and what to do, they are very straightforward to use.

Creating playlists in Plex

Now everything is set up, we will create a playlist for that binge watch session. As I use the Android version of Plex Media Player, I will use that but the same principle works for any version of PMP.

  1. Open Plex Media Player on your device.
  2. Select the first episode, track or movie you want to feature in your playlist.
  3. In the main overview window, select the playlist icon in the center. It looks like four lines with a small circle in the bottom left.
  4. Select Add to playlist, Create new playlist and give your list a name.
  5. Go to the next piece of content you want to add to your playlist.
  6. Select the playlist icon once more on the main episode or track view.
  7. This time , select the playlist you just created rather than create a new one. The item will appear underneath your first selection within the playlist.
  8. Rinse and repeat for as many items as you want in your playlist.

Once complete, you can stream your playlist in order or shuffle them as you see fit.

  1. Select the main navigation in Plex Media Player.
  2. Select Playlists and then select the playlist you want.
  3. Select the play button at the top of the playlist content window.

To shuffle your playlist:

  1. Select the main navigation in Plex Media Player.
  2. Select Playlists and then select the playlist you want.
  3. Select the shuffle icon next to the play icon at the top of the playlist content window.

Managing your Plex playlist

Once set up, your playlists are not set in stone. You can change the order media appears and add or delete media.

To change the order of playback:

  1. Select the main navigation in Plex Media Player.
  2. Select Playlists and then select the playlist you want.
  3. Select the two horizontal lines next to a title and drag it to a new position.
  4. Let go to place the title in its new position.

That works for Android, on iPhone you have to swipe down at the top of the playlist window and select Edit. The end result is the same though.

To delete a title from your playlist:

  1. Select Playlists and then select the playlist you want.
  2. Select the title you want to delete, hold down your finger on it and swipe right.

The title should now disappear from your list and the others will move up. On iPhone, you need to access that Edit menu again and select Delete and then OK.

Deleting a playlist

If you have watched or listened to everything within a playlist, no need to keep it if you don’t want to. Just remove it and create a new one.

  1. Select Playlists and then select the playlist you want to delete.
  2. Select the trash icon at the top of the playlist window and select Delete.

If you’re using an iPhone, you’ll need to select that menu again by swiping down. This time, select Delete on the right of the panel to delete the playlist.

I’m sure there are lots of other playlist tricks that I haven’t discovered yet but those are the basics. There is everything there the average Plex user should need to create and control their playlists.

Know of any other ways to create playlists in Plex? Know any neat tricks for managing them? Tell us about it below if you do!

4 thoughts on “How To Create Playlists in Plex”

Avatar Cuir Pork says:
While the folks at Plex think they have created a simple, professional media server, they have really messed up the UX. They violate just about every standard for naming conventions, for user interface paradigms, for file storage, for database management, etc. I don’t understand why people continue to be impressed by this app when it can’t even play a folder of videos without jumping through a bunch of hoops. Seriously, it should be as easy as hitting the play button with the auto-advance option selected. If you really wanted to be cutting edge, lol, you could add a “recurse directories” setting that would play folders within folders. This is just common sense–playlists in Plex are unbearable.
Avatar Dennis says:
The Plex Media Player is the worst software ever. It is totally confusing. I still have not figured out hot to create a playlist. In addition, when displaying the library, it will not scroll so I only have access to music on the top of the page. Can someone tell me where to get help. I am a Plex Pass member>
Avatar Dennis says:
This option (in step 4 above) in Creating a Playlist in Plex” is nowhere on the screen: “Select Add to playlist, Create new playlist and give your list a name.” I selected the song, clicked on Playlists am presented with a screen that says “Video” and “Music” on the top left and a message “You no music playlists”. That’s all. No menu, no options. I’m using the Plex Windows 10 Metro App.
Avatar Skip Hill says:
I have had the same experience. I use Plex for movies, but nothing seems to work for music. Articles point out how to do this and that, but the options are nowhere to be found. I do have the latest version. This is what keeps me from spending $5/month for a pass. I’ve wasted severals hours multiple times trying to create a playlist for any of my music. I use dozens of music player tools, and they are all fall off a log easy, pick songs, genres or albums, add to playlist, boom, done. Plex is a total failure for music, for me, thus far.
Avatar Chris says:
I have a few friends that I share media with. Can I select some of their shows and have it added to my playlist?
Avatar derek says:
so i had to switch from google play music to plex. i used a chrome extention to create a csv file for my biggest playlist. i placed the csv file along with the rest of the music on the server. i rescanned the library. boom, there is now a playlist tab and that list is available to be played. hit shuffle and life is good

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This Guide Last Updated: April 16, 2018

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