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Manage your Home with Emby Users


Luke

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Team,

 

Today, we're going to show you how you can be the master of your domain with Emby Users. Why create separate user accounts for each member of your household? Because users can have their own personalized media libraries, user data, recommendations, parental controls, security settings, and more. Users are managed by opening the server dashboard and navigating to Users.

 

Users

 

Users are generally intended to be people who don't already have an online Emby Connect account. This is where most people will add the members of their household:

 

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A user will be displayed with a cloud if they're linked to Emby Connect. Why link to Emby Connect? Connect allows easy sign in away from home, where nothing more is needed than a username and password.

 

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Guests

 

Guests are fundamentally the same as Users, but they provide an easy way to invite someone who already has an Emby Connect account. This will easily import their display name and image into your server.

 

Feature Access

 

To manage user feature access, start by visiting the Users page and clicking on a user account. Features can easily be granted or denied, such as the ability to sync media, view live tv, manage live tv, etc. The "Allow media playback" option determines if the user is able to play media or not. This option is handy if you'd like to setup a guest user who can browse the library but not play anything.

 

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Content Access

 

Content access allows you to configure the libraries a user is allowed to access.

 

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Channel access also provides the same ability to control what your users can view and what they can't:

 

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Device Access

 

Device access allows you to configure the devices a user is allowed to sign in from. By default, users can use any device.

 

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Parental Controls by Rating

 

Easily block content from users based on their official rating:

 

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But sometimes it's also handy to control blocking of unrated content:

 

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Parental Controls by Tags

 

Content can also be restricted based on the presence of tags:

 

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Tags are treated recursively, meaning you can easily block an entire TV series just adding a tag at the series level.

 

Parental Controls by Access Scheduling

 

Easily block access during certain hours by creating access schedules. Now you'll never have to worry about your kids streaming videos during their biology lectures.

 

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Advanced Controls

 

Need to quickly disable user accounts? Would you like to hide certain accounts from app login screens? Easily do that with advanced controls.

 

You can even take away a user's ability to edit their own profile settings. Maybe you don't want your kids accidentally changing their preferred subtitle language. Or maybe you have all your kids on one shared kids account and you'd like to manage the profile preferences yourself.

 

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Passwords

 

Easily create passwords to keep your accounts secure and safe.

 

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But we all know that passwords can be cumbersome in the living room, so that's why we offer an Easy Pin Code feature for in-home use:

 

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Activity Log

 

Follow what your users are doing. Just about everything appears in the activity log, from signing in to signing out, playing or pausing content, changing passwords, settings, and more.

 

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See What They're Watching, in Real-time

 

The server dashboard also gives you real-time access to monitor what your users are currently watching.

 

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Easy Remote Control

 

Need to quickly remote control a user's app? This is easily done with the remote control functions built into the web interface. Stop, pause, rewind, change audio, subtitles, and more with the tap of a finger.

 

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The over-sized buttons make them very easy to tap on a smartphone or tablet, which makes it quite fun to flick through the scene selection menu:

 

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You can even send directional input just like a real remote:

 

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We hope this gives you a little more information on what Emby Users can do. If you still have your whole family on one shared account, try creating user profiles. We think you'll enjoy them :)

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I have a request, is it possible to have the parental ratings from different country's sync up, you know a program/movie with a say USA rating recognises a system setup with AU ratings so I don't have to go in and manually change the rating from USA to AU 

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How can I change the order in which the Users are displayed, because mine starts with the least often used "User" account ?

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Well we have just the two of us and our young adult daughter so one user works pretty well although my wife consumes media like it will be gone tomorrow so she's always ahead of me! Our daughter would rather stream crap snap chats from her friends or some other nonsense on Youtube or watch netflix but occasionally tunes in to Emby. For us, one user seems to work out okay, especially since we aren't always switching users in the house and Alexa just now is getting comfortable with the TVTime user. I do share a couple of accounts with friends as guest accounts though and they are great for controlling what others can do with media stored on my Network.

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Why do you want to timeout users? I have a few and it really never seems to be an issue for me.

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@Luke in your post above dated Sept 27th you indicate:

 

You can even take away a user's ability to edit their own profile settings. Maybe you don't want your kids accidentally changing their preferred subtitle language. Or maybe you have all your kids on one shared kids account and you'd like to manage the profile preferences yourself.

 

However I am running the latest version of Emby and I do not find the checkbox anywhere to disable access to user preferences.

Can you please advise where this option that you describe on Sept 27th is located?

 

Thank you kindly

 

 

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need to find a way to restrict/disable the user from changing their password, username and profile details.

I may be stupid but I do not find  the icon Advance Controls with the subicon

Disable access to user preferences.

Help needed

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I am not seeing a + sign or a way to Add Users to my Enby via the web or the Android App.  How can I Add Users?

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Is there a way or a plugin that tracks users IP addresses? I share my server witih a few friends but how do I know they are not sharing their username/password?

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SenatorIvy

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Why does my remote control options not look anything like that? I'm lucky if I have access to stop/comment buttons.

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miniliQuid

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Why does my remote control options not look anything like that? I'm lucky if I have access to stop/comment buttons.

I second this, webapp and android look nothing even close to roku lol :D

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Zedicus

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i am trying to allow users to 'scan library files' but not 'refresh metadata'  are these configurable separately??

thanks

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2 hours ago, Zedicus said:

i am trying to allow users to 'scan library files' but not 'refresh metadata'  are these configurable separately??

thanks

Hi, currently these functions are only accessible to users who have been granted administrator access, but more fine tuned control is possible for the future.

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fochsj

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I created a new user with restricted access to only live tv, but if I log in using that user, I can see other content (movies, music) in the search suggestions and still have access to that content in what are supposed to be restricted libraries.  Am I missing something or is this a bug?

 

Edit: I can even browse to other titles using categories or other linked content from the first item.

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On 11/3/2021 at 11:22 PM, fochsj said:

I created a new user with restricted access to only live tv, but if I log in using that user, I can see other content (movies, music) in the search suggestions and still have access to that content in what are supposed to be restricted libraries.  Am I missing something or is this a bug?

 

Edit: I can even browse to other titles using categories or other linked content from the first item.

hi @fochsj, this isn't normal. Please open a topic in the general section of the community and we'll be more than happy to help you resolve this. Thanks.

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