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How to reclaim a Plex server?

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Plex is one of the most popular media server applications around at the moment. The entire program is easy to set up and offers apps on all mainstream platforms to make it easier for users to access their Plex servers and manage them from anywhere in the world. 

That said, it does require some technical know-how to set up and get working correctly, and there are a few issues that might confuse first-time users.

In this article, we’re talking about what is an unclaimed Plex server on your network and how you can reclaim them. 

Also read: How to fix Plex not skipping intro issue?


What is an unclaimed Plex server?

If you or someone else on your local network installs a new Plex Media Server, you’re going to see a message stating “an unclaimed media server has been found on your network” with a link allowing you to claim the server. 

This isn’t an error message, it simply indicates that a new Plex Media Server has been detected that’s not been logged in with a Plex account yet. Signing into your Plex account will give you some additional benefits including a security certificate which is required to avail Plex Pass subscription benefits. Additionally, it also helps Plex apps associate your server with your account and connect them properly. 


How to claim a Plex server?

Claiming a Plex server is rather easy. All you have to do is click the Claim it now button on the unclaimed server message and log in with your Plex credentials. Alternatively, you can also claim (or reclaim) a server from the Server Settings page in your Plex settings. 

In case you’re using a remote headless server or on a terminal, there are third-party scripts and programs available, such as the claim-plex-server shell script by uglymagoo on Github that allows users to run the script and claim their server using the Plex claim code which you can find on the Plex website

Also read: What is the script to restart Plex media server?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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