Every change to the Plex UI results in a ton of community backlash, for better or worse. But Plex’s newly-announced Modern UI might just survive the wrath of fans. Not just because it’s a beautiful, community-driven update, but because it’s opt-in and somewhat customizable.
Modern UI is now available for Roku and Apple TV, with support for other platforms coming soon. It’s a revision of the regular Plex UI (now called the Classic layout) that streamlines metadata and emphasizes movie and show artwork.
With the Modern UI enabled, Plex will no longer display a movie or show’s title under its poster. As Plex explains, these “movie poster titles” are often redundant, as they tend to appear in the movie poster itself and show up at the top of your screen when a show or movie is selected.
But that’s not the only big visual change—Plex’s Modern UI now morphs its background color to match the movie or show that you’ve currently selected. You’ll also find more artwork around the Plex app, including previews images when you expand a show or movie for extra information.
That said, you may find yourself expanding shows and movies a lot less, as the Modern UI shows more info in the inline metadata at the top of your screen. You can now find genres, parental ratings, and synopses within the inline metadata … this seems a bit overdue, doesn’t it?
If you’ve updated to the latest version of Plex on your Apple TV or Roku system, then it may automatically enable the Modern UI. If not, you can turn it on manually. Just enter your Plex app Settings and open the Experience menu. Then, set your Content Layout option to “Modern.” Make sure that both your App/Home Background and Details Background settings are set to “Artwork Colors.”
You can alter the App/Home Background and Details Background settings if you want a less colorful app experience. And if you’re trying to turn off the Modern UI, just set your Content Layout option to “Classic.”