How to Install and Use Popcorn Time on Firestick in 2022

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Frederik Lipfert
Dr. Frederik Lipfert Founder, vpncheck
Updated on 2 Jan 2022

Popcorn Time: An Introduction

Popcorn Time is a fantastic entertainment app that allows you to stream movies, TV shows, and more for free. You can find top-notch, 1080p full HD resolution content on it for free. Popcorn Time is primarily designed for smartphones with Android OS, but it also works perfectly fine on TV devices, such as Firestick TV, Firestick cube TV, and Android TV boxes. 

Popcorn Time is a torrent-based streaming service for Firestick. It downloads content as cache on your device, you watch it, and when you exit the app, it automatically deletes the cache. This app requires you to have some storage available on your device as it downloads the content you want to watch. Today, we will learn how to install Popcorn Time on your Firestick devices.

How to Get Popcorn Time on Amazon Fire TV Devices

If you’ve been an active Firestick user, you must already know how Firestick doesn’t let you download any APK files on your device from browsers. But this is nothing to worry about; there are many ways to download APK files on your Firestick devices.

You can use different apps to download and sideload APK files. Two of these most commonly used apps are Downloader and ES File Explorer. Downloader is free to download and use. Even though ES File Explorer is also free to download, it requires a monthly subscription of $9.99. Without the subscription for ES File Explorer, you won’t be able to enjoy all the features of it, and in the free version, you can download the APK file but can’t install it. 

Due to these reasons, we prefer Downloader, which is free and is accessible for everyone. And to be frankly honest, Downloader works just as well as ES File Explorer.

Step 1: Downloading the Sideloading App: Downloader

The first step is downloading the sideloading app, Downloader, on your Firestick device. Downloader is officially available on Amazon App Store and can be downloaded by following the steps given below:

  1. On your Firestick Home screen, click on Find and then on Search.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  2. Search here for Downloader. You can type to search it, or if your remote supports Alexa voice search, you can perform a voice search.
    Amazon Firestick search function with Downloader highlighted
  3. Select Downloader. Then, tap on the download option and install it.
    Amazon app menu with Downloader highlighted
    Clickable option to install Downloader on Firestick

 

Step 2: Enabling Unknown Sources

Enabling Unknown Sources on Firestick devices allows us to download any APK file from a sideloading app, and directly install it on our Firestick devices. It is an option given to us by developers, but it is by default turned off. Let’s learn how to Enable Unknown Sources.

  1. When the Downloader app has finished downloading and installing, go back to the Firestick Home screen and choose Settings.
    Firestick’s home screen, Setting highlighted
  2. Select My Fire TV.
    Select My Fire TV
  3. Pick Developer Options.
    Developer Options
  4. Click on Apps from Unknown Sources.
    Apps from Unknown Sources
  5. A warning prompt will appear; choose Turn On.
    the Developer Options and click to allow Apps from Unknown Sources

We have now downloaded the sideloading app, Downloader. Also, We have enabled the Unknown Sources in Firestick, which will let us download and install Popcorn Time on our Firestick devices without any trouble.

Step 3: Installing Popcorn Time Using Downloader on Firestick Devices

Being available for free, with no hidden charges, Downloader is our favorite app for sideloading APK files on Firestick devices. Let’s learn how we can sideload Popcorn Time using Downloader.

  1. Launch Downloader from the installed apps.
    The Downloader app tile highlighted in the tile menu under Your Apps & Channels category
  2. By default, the Home tab from the left side menu is selected. On the right side, click on the address bar in the middle.
    Downloader Home menu
  3. A window with a keyboard will appear, enabling you to type/add a URL. Type the following URL in the bar: https://popcorn-time.tw/android.html and hit Go.
    Please make sure that there are no typos in the URL; otherwise, you will not be directed to the correct link and will not be able to download the APK file.
    Enter Popcorn URL
  4. You’ll be taken to the website; here, tap on the Go button to download the APK file.
    Popcorn Time Apk Highlighted
  5. It will take a few minutes to download the file.
    Popcorn Time Downloading screen
  6. Once it has finished downloading, a window will pop up. Select Install.
    Install Highlighted Popcorn Time
  7. When it has finished installing, you will see an installation completion notification. Choose Done.
    Install Success message Popcorn Time
  8. Another window will appear; you will see the options of Open, Install and Delete. Click on Delete. This will delete the APK file from Downloader’s storage, ensuring your device storage doesn’t run out of space.
    Delete Popcorn Time Apk
  9. When a confirmation message appears,  press Delete once more.
    Delete Confim Box Popcorn Time Apk

You’ve now successfully downloaded and installed Popcorn Time on your Firestick device. You can grab your popcorn and start streaming on Popcorn Time today!

BUT WAIT! You Should Know This!

Whatever you stream, search and watch on your Firestick devices is visible to your ISP and nosy government. If you are streaming anything copyrighted and your governments have strict laws against pirating content, you can get into some serious trouble. 

Most of the time, our internet activity is being monitored by our ISP and government. ISPs usually monitor it to store our search history, which then they can sell later to different advertisement companies. This data is then used to show targeted ads to consumers. For example, if you have been searching or maybe even talked about, say, televisions, you will start seeing more and more ads about televisions whenever you browse the internet. 

Even though it is not illegal to use Kodi or its addons, it is illegal to stream copyrighted content without paying for the services. If your government has laws and policies against streaming such content, it is probably keeping an eye on your internet activity. If you are found streaming copyrighted content, you will be facing legal charges in no time.

But don’t worry, we are here to keep you and your internet activities safe. A VPN is the foolproof and safest way to keep yourself safe on the internet. A good VPN masks your activity and encrypts your data, rendering your ISP and government spying useless.

We recommend ExpressVPN; we use it ourselves and have tried and tested it over the years. We have found it to be the most reliable VPN out there. It is a subscription-based VPN, but don’t let that turn you away. If you are not satisfied with the services it provides, you can ask for a refund within 30 days of buying the subscription with the 30-days money-back guarantee.

Here’s how you can set it up quickly. 

How to Set Up ExpressVPN

Setting up ExpressVPN is simple, and we are going to take you through these steps one by one.

  1. Go to the ExpressVPN website and follow the onscreen instructions (steps 1, 2, and 3) to make your account. Once it has been set up, move to the next step.
    Screenshot of ExpressVPN signup page with subscription plans and payment options
  2. To download the ExpressVPN app on your Firestick device. Head to the Firestick’s Home screen, select Find > Search.
    Firestick home page with prominent Find and Search buttons
  3. Search for ExpressVPN.
    type ExpressVPN
  4. Choose ExpressVPN from the list and Download it.
    ExpressVPN Download Screen
  5. Once installed, launch the app; sign in using your Email ID and Passwords. Remember to use the same login credentials you create to buy the ExpressVPN subscription.
    ExpressVPN Login INterface
  6. Select the server you want to connect to and click on the Power Icon button to turn it on.
    ExpressVPN home screen with Connect button highlighted
  7. The power button will turn green, indicating you are connected to the VPN. You can now stream without worrying.
    ExpressVPN menu with the on/off button highlighted

The same VPN account can be used on multiple devices and will work fine.

How to Use Popcorn Time

To access the Popcorn Time app on Firestick, go to your apps menu (the icon just before the settings icon on your home screen) and open the app. 

You can rearrange your apps as well. Select the app you want to move, using your remote’s left and right buttons. Then press the three lines button on the remote. A small pop-up menu will appear, select the Move option and drag the app to the position where you want it (to the front or back of the list).

Move Popcorn Time App

Let’s explore Popcorn Time and learn how to use it.

When you launch the app for the first time after installing it, you might see a message, and it is just asking you to share the app with others. If you want to share it, hit Share, but if you don’t, press the back button on the remote to dismiss the message.

A must pop up will appear, seeking your permission to access Firestick Photos, Media, and Files; select Allow.

Allow Popcorn Time App Access

The default screen of Popcorn Time displays famous movies.  If you want to change the default to TV Shows, you can set it by changing it in Settings. There are different choices for default content, such as movies, TV shows, Anime TV shows, and Anime movies.

Popcorn Time Menu Highlighted

You can open the Popcorn Time Menu by pressing the menu button on the remote. Here you can find settings, different genres, quality, favorites, among other options.

Various Options Popcorn Time

Final Words

Popcorn Time is a reliable app that provides you with quality content for free. It has a library with a wide range of full HD resolution video content, including movies, TV shows, Anime, among other genres. You can also choose the quality you want to stream in to save your internet package. Just remember to get Mouse Toggle on Firestick (or a Firestick remote app) to navigate your favorite shows, since it doesn’t really work well with the Firestick remote.

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