Install Popcorn Time App on Firestick or Windows

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Article by Samamama last updated: January 10, 2020

Popcorn Time is a free alternative to subscription-based streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu. This multi-platform software client is designed as an APK (Android app) that must be side-loaded onto your Fire TV or Firestick device. You’ll have access to a vast selection of Movies, TV Shows and more after the free Popcorn Time online streaming video app is installed on your Firestick or Fire TV.

Quickly Install Popcorn Time APK Steps

Scroll down the page for a detailed walk-through tutorial of how to download Popcorn Time. If all you need is a quick run-down of the installation instructions, follow the condensed version below. Before sideloading any apps on your Firestick or Fire TV, make sure you first enable apps from unknown sources by going to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources.

  1. Download and open Downloader app on your Firestick.
  2. Click Allow then OK.
  3. Open browser keyboard with Firestick remote to view the URL box.
  4. Enter, then click Go.
  5. Once the Download finishes, click Install and Open.
  6. Click Allow when prompted.

Note that redirects to in order to provide a shorter URL for typing with a remote on a virtual on-screen keyboard.

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Install Mouse Toggle App On Firestick & Fire TV

The Popcorn Time APK app requires a mouse or touchscreen to access some of its features. This is because Popcorn Time was made to be used on Android devices with no thought to Firestick remote access for watching it on a TV screen. Installing the Mouse Toggle app is an easy solution to this problem.

Installing Mouse Toggle on Firestick or Fire TV allows you to use a virtual mouse with an onscreen cursor with your Fire TV remote control. Learn more about this app in our Best Kodi Addons Review How To Install Mouse Toggle on Firestick & Fire TV article.

Enjoy Popcorn Time APK on Firestick in its entirety once Mouse Toggle has installed.

How to Install Popcorn Time APK on Fire Devices Tutorial Guide

In this install tutorial, we describe the installation of Popcorn Time on an Amazon Firestick. These same steps can be used to install Popcorn Time APK on any other device running the Android operating system including Fire TV, Android TV Box, NVIDIA SHIELD. Follow this detailed tutorial below to install Popcorn Time on Firestick and Fire TV devices.

Enable Apps from Unknown Sources

If installing an app not found in the Amazon App Store or the Google Play Store, you must enable apps from unknown sources. Note that the Popcorn Time APK written about in this article is not found in either of these app stores. Here’s how to enable unknown sources for access to third-party apps:

  1. On Firestick Main Menu, scroll over to Settings.
  2. Once in Settings, click on Device.
  3. Choose Developer options from the center menu.
  4. Then, choose Apps from Unknown Sources.
  5. Click Turn On.

How to Install Downloader App

If installing on an NVIDIA SHIELD, Mi Box, Android Box, or any other Android device, install the Downloader app, then jump ahead to using Downloader App to install Popcorn Time. The following section is exceptionally detailed and explicit for those having no experience with downloading apps onto Amazon Firestick.

  1. Circle back to the home screen and use the Search (spyglass) icon.
  2. Enter downloader in the search one letter at a time until you see Downloader appear in the list below.
  3. Navigate to Downloader and click on it.
  4. Click on the Downloader App, next.
  5. Then, click Download, which will download and install the Downloader App.

Install Popcorn Time APK on Firestick

  1. Click the Open button to launch Downloader App.
  2. Click Allow when prompted.
  3. Next, click OK for update notes for the App.
  4. Click OK button on your remote to open the URL input bar.
  5. In the URL address bar, enter and click Go.
  6. Once the file is downloaded, click Install.
  7. Next, click Open.
  8. Click Allow when prompted.
  9. Then, click the back button on your remote to exit.
  10. You’ll see the main menu of Popcorn Time now.

Popcorn Time BitTorrent Protocol Special Notes & Alert

Make sure that your device has adequate storage space available before using Popcorn Time APK. Popcorn Time utilizes BitTorrent technology which downloads portions of the media file in advance of playback.

If adequate empty storage space is not available the download cache can cause buffering or freezing of your stream while watching. The cache that holds this data will be automatically emptied when exiting Popcorn Time. No other actions are required on your part to free up space used by the Popcorn Time App while streaming videos.

Another important thing to note when using the Popcorn Time App is that the BitTorrent technology used to stream works both ways. As Popcorn Time downloads the video streaming file and makes it available to you, it also makes the file available to other Popcorn Time users from your device. Some, but not all of the video sources presented by Popcorn Time are not properly licensed for use in this way.

In many locations, this sharing of unlicensed video media is against the law and can get you in significant trouble. Always be sure to research the laws in your region. It is also wise to protect yourself by using Popcorn Time anonymously with the Surfshark app.

Popcorn Time APK Alternatives

After Jailbreaking your Fire TV device, many awesome free third-party apps will be available for installation. Learn how to jailbreak your Firestick with Kodi, which aside from Kodi gives open access to all streaming experiences online. Read our complete Best Kodi Addons Review Jailbreak Firestick Tutorial article. Once jailbroken, you may also find ShowBox HD to your liking.

Features of Popcorn Time APK

Enjoy browsing through the multitudes of titles now that you have Popcorn Time installed on your device. Select a Movie or TV Show you want to watch and you’ll be offered a few choices. Options include viewing the trailer, downloading, playing, resolution, language, and more. To access the settings and search for Popcorn Time, simply hold down the left button on your remote.

As mentioned above, Popcorn time uses BitTorrent technology. For those with slower internet speeds, this is a great application. Prior to playback, a portion of the media file downloads to your device to ensure against buffering, freezing, stuttering, and other annoying interruptions. This can pose a legal hazard for those streaming with Popcorn Time HD in geopolitical areas where redistributing digital assets without proper licensing is considered against the law, however.

Popcorn Time has received a great deal of positive media attention. It has been compared to Netflix for its high-quality streams and ease of use. Please note that as a result of using BitTorrent protocol, your IP address is shared publicly while watching media on Popcorn Time APK. You must install and use a VPN service when streaming free movies and TV shows with it to retain your privacy. Otherwise, you will most likely receive legal warnings from your Internet Service Provider or worse.

Watch Free Movies and TV Shows With Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is an awesome and popular Android APK app that works well for watching free movies & TV shows online with your Firestick or Fire TV. Give it a try, then let us know what you think in the comments.

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