How to Enable or Disable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux

This post describes steps one can take to turn on or off Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

When you have the Rygel package installed, you can enable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can browse, search and play the media on your computer using a UPnP or DLNA enabled device such as a phone, TV or game console.

In Ubuntu Linux, you can configure Media Sharing to allow these devices to access the folders containing your music, photos and videos.

Sharing must be enabled on connected network. Devices you want to share with must also be connected to the same network to see Ubuntu Linux shared resources.

Below is how to enable or disable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn on or off media sharing in Ubuntu Linux

As described above, you can enable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. Once enabled, you can browse, search and play the media on your computer using a UPnP or DLNA enabled device such as a phone, TV or game console.

Below is how to enable or disable it in Ubuntu Linux.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Sharing tile to open the panel.

Next, toggle the Sharing switch at the top of the window to On so sharing is enabled.

Sharing is disabled when the switch is set to Off.

If the text below Computer Name allows you to edit it, you can change the name your computer displays on the network.

In the System Settings -> Sharing panel, select Media Sharing as highlighted below.

On the Media Sharing window, toggle the Media Sharing switch to On.

To disable, simply switch it back to the Off position.

By default, MusicPictures and Videos are shared. To remove one of these, click the × next to the folder name.

Choose the network connection to use to share with other devices. These devices must also be connected to the same network.

If Wi-Fi network is available, that should be the best option to reach other devices.

To add another folder, click + to open the Choose a folder window. Navigate into the desired folder and click Open.

Click X on the Media Sharing window to close. You will now be able to browse or play media in the folders you selected using the external device.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how enable or disable Media Sharing in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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