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Plex is one of the best ways to stream local media to your mobile devices and the Chromecast, and today the Android app is getting a cool improvement. Version 3.3 adds support for Plex's background photo upload feature so your pics will always be backed up. However, it's a premium user feature for now.

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The photos are sent straight to your local media library where the Plex server is installed. So it's not putting things in a cloud storage directory, just sending them to your local machine where you have control over them. There are a number of apps that support this sort of functionality, but it's sort of a bonus in Plex. The main selling point of using Plex is still transcoding and streaming media to all your devices.

As with all the new features Plex builds, this one is only for PlexPass subscribers at this time. That's $3.99/month, $29.99/year, or $74.99/life. Note: there are two Plex apps in Google Play. The free PlexPass version requires a subscription so paying customers don't have to buy the app as well. The apps are otherwise identical.

[Plex blog]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Pratik Holla

    Is there a way to cast whats already on your phone/tablet onto the chromecast using plex?

    • http://bitshift.tumblr.com/ esjay

      No. But you aren't the first person to find it odd that it does not do that, since it is capable of hosting its own Plex server from your device. However, you (currently) need to have a real-boy Plex Media Server sitting off somewhere that you Sync things to your device from in order for it to be broadcastable to other Plex clients or castable to a Chromecast.

  • Jephri

    Backup to google drive
    Backup to Dropbox
    Backup to local media storage
    My photos of that cute squirrel that was eating bird seed in my backyard last year are safe.

    • Jephri

      Forgot to attach this

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  • LisaJDwyer

    There are a number of apps that support this sort of functionality, but it's sort of a bonus in Plex. The main selling point of using Plex is still transcoding and streaming media to all your devices. http://goo.gl/3GY9Lm

    • unsivilaudio

      No I think the main selling point of using Plex is transcoding and streaming media to all your devices (and you're friend's devices) across the cloud (internet).

  • unsivilaudio

    Finally!!!!!!

  • Dave Sleep

    Is it just me or do the setting seem backwards... Turn off Upload and I can select the Library and Album to store my pictures, Turn it on and I can't o_O . Also it stores the pictures 100 folders deep in Win7 C:UsersAppDataLocalPlex or something like that. I would like to see it save it to a folder where the rest of my pictures are loaded from :(

  • Dave

    But i bought the app. Why am I not considered paying customer???

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