How to Remove a Server

After using Plex Media Server for several years you may have upgraded or changed servers. When you do this, Plex doesn't automatically remove the old server - that is something that will need to be done manually.

The good news is that it is easy to remove, or unauthorize, servers that are no longer in use. Let's look at the steps involved in removing a server.

How to Remove a Server from Plex

Why would you want to remove a server from Plex?

There are a few reasons you would want to remove a server from your Plex account.

The first reason was discussed above. You may want to upgrade your Plex server, which may require you to move your server to a new system. When you do this, the old server will still be authorized in your Plex account. You will want to remove this server from your account once it is no longer in use.

The second reason would be if your Plex server was compromised in some way. Removing the compromised server from your account will prevent any bad actors from accessing your Plex account.

There could be other reasons you would like to remove a server from your account, in addition to the above reasons. To remove a server from Plex, you can use the steps outlined in the next section.

How to Remove a Server from Plex

Removing a server from your Plex account is very similar to removing a device.

If you would like to remove a server from your Plex account, you can use the following steps:

  1. Log into your Plex server as an administrator, and then click the Settings - the wrench - link in the upper-right corner of the Plex server page.
    Plex Settings Icon.
    The 'Plex Settings' icon
  2. From the menu on the left, click the Authorized Devices option in your account section.
    Authorized Devices Option in Plex.
    The 'Authorized Devices' option in Plex
  3. Using the filter at the top of the Authorized Devices page, select Server from the list. By default, All is selected.
    Filtering Authorized by Servers in Plex.
    Filtering authorized devices by servers in Plex
  4. Click the red 'X' associated with the server you would like to remove.
    Remove Server Option in Plex.
    The 'Remove Server' option in Plex
  5. The Remove Server confirmation message will appear, click the Remove button to confirm the server removal.
    Remove Server Confirmation in Plex.
    The 'Remove Server' confirmation in Plex
  6. Another final confirmation will be displayed. Click the Yes, I'm Sure button.
    Final Remove Server Confirmation in Plex.
    Final 'Remove Server' confirmation in Plex

At this point, the server has been removed from your Plex account. If you launch Plex on the server that was deleted, you can get one of two messages:

  1. The server is unclaimed and not secure:
    Unclaimed Server in Plex Message.
    Unclaimed server in Plex message
  2. An Invalid credentials message:
    Invalid Credentials Message in Plex.
    Invalid credentials message in Plex

If you would like to re-add the server, then you will need to re-claim the server again.

Remove a server from Plex using the API

While I recommend you use the method in the previous section to remove a Plex server from your account, you can also use the API.

This is an advanced method, and may lead to unpredictable results if not done correctly. Since this isn't the normal method of removing a server, there is no support if something does go wrong, such as removing the wrong server or device from your account.

If you would like to use the API to remove a server, you will need to use either an administrative account Plex token, or a device Plex token.

Once you have your Plex token, you can follow these steps to remove a Plex server using the API:

  1. Get a list of authorized devices using the following API request, and copy the value of the id attribute for the server you would like to remove:
  2. Using the server ID from the previous step, remove the server from your Plex account:
  3. Stop the Plex Media Server for the server to be removed from your account. If you restart the server, you will notice that it will no longer be authorized to your account.

Once the requests are made, you will get one of the following response status codes indicating the result:

API Request Return Status Codes
HTTP CodeDescription
200Success. The request was successful.
401Unauthorized. The Plex token used to make the request is not authorized to remove the server.