Plex Cloud is a feature of the Plex Media Server that allows you to use cloud-based storage systems like Onedrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive to store video that can be played on your kid’s tablet, your phone, Chromecast, Roku, or pretty much any modern media device.
You will need a Plex Pass subscription in order to access the Plex Cloud functions. It is worth it for a variety of other reasons, however be aware that costs money either monthly, yearly, or one time.
With tablets like Apple’s and Nexus that have no expandable storage you’re usually limited to what you can bring to what the device can hold. And until now Plex only worked if your home computer with the videos was on, and was limited beyond that by how fast your home’s upload limit was.
Now, as long as there’s some form of internet, you can use your cloud storage (I mean who doesn’t have at least 15 gigabytes of free Google Drive space these days?) to store and stream videos you want available at all times, anywhere.
Kid’s iPad dies and you’ve handed over your work laptop? They can just pick up viewing where they left off. Need some adult time at a friend’s and they want to watch Season two of Paw Patrol and friend doesn’t have the Nick Jr channel? Bam – cast it from your cloud.
Going to be without internet on the car trip home? Sync a movie or two to their device from the cloud (or your home server,) using friend’s WiFi and they have fresh content for the stuck in traffic long ride home.
One of the very few services out there that is completely worth the money at regular price and a deal at the lifetime subscription price.
I’ll probably write up a “why is Plex so damned great” piece at some point, but it is, and Plex Cloud makes it insanely more useful by allowing you to put what you need where it’s available all the time even if your home computer’s off.