If you happened to stumble upon the Plex app in the Play Store today, you might have noticed that it’s Free and not the normal $4.99 price. No, Plex isn’t running a sale. They just changed their model in that the app will now offer in-app purchases, and there will no longer be the need for a separate app for Plex Pass members.
Up until today, Plex Pass members needed to download the Plex for Plex Pass app in order to enjoy the benefits of their membership, while basic Plex members needed to only download the basic Plex app. That has all changed today as all users only need to download the basic Plex app. If you’re a Plex Pass member, you will still get all the member benefits. All you have to do is log into your account, and the app will recognize your subscription status. The Plex for Plex Pass app is still in the Play Store, but it’s only there to notify (in the What’s New section) current users that they should start using the basic Plex app from now on.
In addition, basic Plex users still need to pay $4.99 for the app, but they can now do it via an in-app purchase. This is actually a good thing in that users can now try Plex to see how it all works without dropping any coins. Free users can stream any content in their Plex Media Server, but they will be limited to one minute for music and video, and a watermark will appear on photos. The $4.99 one time charge will remove that limitation. If you already purchased the app before, there is no need to purchase it again. Of course, users can instead opt for the Plex Pass membership, which opens up additional features for $4.99 per month, $39.99 yearly, or $149.99 lifetime.