How do I update Plex on a Synology NAS?

Update Plex on a Synology NAS
PerPLEXed: Here's how to update Plex on your Synology NAS (Photo by Gustavo Fring on Pexels)

Installing a Plex media server on to your Synology NAS is a piece of cake: open the Package Centre, find the Plex app and click Install. However, updating to a newer version of Plex requires more effort. So let’s look at how to update Plex on your Synology NAS.

How do I know Plex needs an update?

To check if your Plex media server requires an update, connect to your Synology NAS and open the Plex app.

If a current update is available, there will be a notification at the top right of the app.

server update available plex media server

Now click on Server Update Available, and when the update window appears, click the Download Now button.

Update available for Plex Media Server

The update file will now transfer into the appropriate download folder of your computer.

Plex media server update file

The next step is to open the Package Center app on your Synology NAS, and once opened, click on the Manual Install button in the top right of the window.

File selected in Package manager

Using the Browse button, find the file you downloaded earlier and then click Next.

File selected in Package Center

A window will appear to warn you Synology does not verify the package. To continue, click Agree.

Not verified warning in Package Center

Now confirm the update by clicking the Done button.

Plex Media server confirm settings menu

The app will now update, and once complete, inform you it was successful. When it does, click OK, and you’ll have the latest version of Plex on your Synology NAS.

How do I check my Plex media server is up-to-date?

You can ensure you’ve installed the latest version or manually check for any updates by first opening the Plex media server. Once you’ve done that, select the Wrench icon in the top right of the window. Now scroll down the left-hand column to the Settings heading, and click on General.

On the right-hand pane, you’ll see the version number and a green tick if you’re up to date. You can also manually check for any new version by selecting the Check for Updates button.

Plex Media Server version number

About the author

Mark Parvin

I have worked with and wrote about computers, video games and consumer tech for more years than I care to admit.
I currently run my own IT support business and write about the wonders of tech whenever I can.

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