Bringing all of your personal media together into one place has never been easier! Emby unites your personal videos, music, and photos and streams them to your devices.

Get the free Emby Media Server from the Emby website (required as part of your Emby install).

• Emby automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device.
• Emby organizes your media into an elegant display with artwork, rich metadata and related content.
• Easily share your media with friends and family.
• Rich parental control and management features allow you to easily control access for your entire family.
• Stream your cloud-synced media (with installed cloud sync providers)

The app is free to browse your media collection, and free to cast media to other devices. Playback requires a small one-time in-app purchase, or an active Emby Premiere subscription, also available in-app.

Emby Premiere is available in-app as a monthly subscription for $6.99 USD per month. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account upon confirmation of purchase. The subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and the renewal cost is $6.99 USD. Subscriptions may be managed and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.

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What’s New

Version 1.9.9

Improve video playback

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

cglavan83 ,

Easier than Plex, but Premiere required

I host my own media server and got fed up with Plex requiring registration of my server with my online account because my server wasn't showing up. Enter Emby Media Server!

Easy to install, and no requirement to register anything in order to access my media locally.

HOWEVER... You cannot watch your hosted media on iOS without being forced to purchase. I understand devs need to eat, and the devs have done great work with Emby, but if users can't watch their own media on their own server in their own home without having to purchase a feature, then make the app $4.99 to download. Making it a free download and then requiring a purchase to use is borderline bait-and-switch in my book. Premiere service should unlock extra features and extra media available online through my account that I don't already own-- I would be willing to spend money on that. Premiere should not be required for basic functionality.

That one flaw dropped my rating from 5 stars to 3. Still prefer Emby over Plex, but instead of paying for extra content I'm now deleting this app.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for the review, we appreciate it. We are constantly updating this app, so please let us know in the forums of any new features or requests you may have for it. We work very hard on Emby and value your support.

The app does say clearly explain this in the store. It allows you to see how the app works, the GUI, all the screens, etc

You can either unlock the app with a one time purchase or can get an Emby Premiere License which will unlock iOS and every other app we have.

Mr B bones Jones ,

Great looking App but has issues and is not for pc novices

Pros- App is gorgeous both on iPhone and on home PC. It really is like having your own Netflix etc. It manages to pull images and info with ease and combines it into a lovely user friendly package that I use daily.
Cons - iPhone app struggles at time to stay connected to Chromecast and the app’s ‘remote control’ function regularly fails to connect stopping the using from all forms of program control (skipping, pausing etc). Constant restarts needed over and over again.
Don’t get this app if you your primary usage will be for music as it you will be very dissatisfied. It can’t manage music at all. Grouping, search and almost all features you get from programs like iTunes or any other similar products are missing or do not work. It’s simply bad.
Connecting outside of your local network is very difficult and to date after many help articles, lots of reading and many attempts I have still been unable to get it to work. It’s a shame because it would be great to be able to use it away from home and would encourage me to recommend it to friends and family. I’m quite experienced with building pc’s, setting up home and office networks etc so for the average computer user I would foresee this being a very difficult solution to implement properly.
Devs - Please keep up the improvements as I would love the above issues be resolved before another suitable solution comes along.
Good luck!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the 4 star review. If you are having any connection issues, please visit our community forum website where you can get help:

We work very hard on Emby and appreciate your support.

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Things to realize

1. You aren’t going to be able to use this app until you pay. Plex’s app works in a very similar manner. It is nice that both of them will let you download and look at the layout before getting into actual purchase time.

2. Emby will give you a couple of purchase options just like Plex does. Monthly/lifetime etc.

3. If you want everything to be free your only real option is Jellyfin. Realize that due to this Jellyfin is behind Plex and Emby (you get what you pay for)

As for this app in general, get connected to your server, test out whether you like Emby on a streaming device like Roku (all of this can be done for free). If you like that and want to add premium devices (like this app) feel free to download the app, look at how the media is organized, and make your purchasing decision.

The negative...
-I do wish this app would let me play a minute of content before telling me I need premium. That is one thing I liked more when testing out Plex before buying lifetime.

(Edit) it does give you a minute of playing media without paying. Click the movie and when the pay wall jumps on screen, scroll down and click “play one minute”

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the fantastic 5 star review. We work very hard on the Emby suite of programs and appreciate your support very much!

App Privacy

The developer, Emby Media, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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