How to Install Popcorn Time on Fire TV Devices

How to Install Popcorn Time on Fire TV Devices

Popcorn Time is a stand-alone application that is available for Android, Windows, iOS, Mac, and Linux operating systems.  It has been around for a while but hasn’t been quite compatible with the Amazon Fire TV devices.  But we have found that the latest version is a lot more friendly to use on the Fire TV than it used to be.  So, this prompted us to create this tutorial so you can enjoy watching streaming video with Popcorn Time. 

Popcorn Time is installed as an APK.  This means you will have to download the file and install it on your Fire TV or Fire Stick.  This is known as side-loading.  Side-loading apps on your fire stick used to be tricky, but by using the Downloader App for Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, you can do this very simply and easily.  Odds are, if you have installed other software on your Fire TV device (such as Kodi, Morpheus TV, Mobdro, or Terrarium TV Ad-Free), then you probably already have the Downloader app installed.  If you don’t have the Downloader app installed for some reason, you can follow our guide How to Install the Downloader app on Fire TV Devices. Once you have Popcorn Time installed, you can enjoy unlimited movies and TV shows on-demand as well as have the ability to download them for offline use.

Popcorn Time leverages a technology known as P2P File Sharing. This is also known as using Torrents.  This is a great capability that gives you access to much more content than you could otherwise obtain using Kodi apps such as Placenta, Neptune Rising, Exodus, Covenant or the like.  These programs rely on a fixed set of providers that host the content you want to watch.  These sources are usually Web-based.  Using torrents to get the content gives you a whole other source that is ever changing and usually has the best quality streams.

But, there are a couple of drawbacks to using torrents to obtain content.  First, since this method actually downloads the file as it goes, you have to be sure to have enough disk space to accommodate this. 

The second and most important thing to consider when using torrent technology is that, unlike other streaming apps, you will be publicly broadcasting your IP address.  This is inherent in the way that torrents work and is not ordinarily a problem.  But this means that, since your ISP can see you, they see you watching a movie from a torrent, and they think you are downloading it.  You can expect to receive a letter from them warning you against piracy and illegal downloading of copyrighted content.  We all know you aren’t, but that will be their perception.

This is why we always recommend using a VPN when using Popcorn Time.  We believe that you should ALWAYS use a VPN when streaming ALL video, but we would consider it MANDATORY for using Popcorn Time as well as Morpheus TV since both of these applications use torrent technology.  This is serious business, and you should never use torrent technology without first securing your connection.  If you don’t, expect trouble from your ISP.  The good news is that, with a properly secured connection, you will have an awesome streaming experience using Popcorn Time.  The selection of high-quality, on-demand media is virtually limitless using torrents.

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Stop your ISP and your government from spying on your activity.  Use a VPN to protect your privacy.  A VPN is an essential tool when you are using any free or low-cost streaming application or service.  Especially if you are using a jailbroken Fire TV or Fire Stick or Android box.  ALWAYS use a VPN if you want the best streaming experience, the best selection of media and don't want your ISP to slow you down or shut you down.  I recommend IPVanish VPN for all my clients and I use it on all my devices.


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If you are not using a VPN, do not use Popcorn Time.

This tutorial will show you how to install Popcorn Time on an Amazon Fire TV device.  But the same general steps apply when installing on any Android device, including Android Streaming boxes

In the past, an installation of Popcorn Time on Amazon Fire TV devices required the installation of the Mouse Toggle application because Popcorn Time was not written for use on Fire TV devices.  However, the new version of Popcorn Time works great without installing this addon. 

This installation will be performed using the Downloader App for Fire TV devices.  If you don’t already have it installed, follow our tutorial How to Install the Downloader app on Fire TV Devices

How to Install Popcorn Time on Fire TV Devices

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Once you have the Downloader App installed, open it and click on Browser in the left menu.

click browser tab

Click OK on Javascript Message

click ok

Type the following URL: and click Go

You will see the Popcorn Time website load.  Choose “Download Beta 3.0.0”

Since this is not a real browser, the download will not start automatically.  You must choose to download the file again to get it going. Choose “Download Beta 3.0.0” again.

 The download will start

After the download finishes, choose Install

Popcorn Time will install

When the installation is finished, don’t click Open.  Instead, click Done

This will take you back to the Downloader app where you can delete the downloaded file. Choose Delete

Confirm that you want to delete the file.

Go back to the home screen of your device and find the Popcorn Time app icon under the Your Apps & Games section and click on it to open Popcorn Time

drag popcorn time to top

When prompted, click Allow

click allow

Click the back button to dismiss the little splash screen.

You will now see the Popcorn Time main screen

This version of Popcorn Time works great without using the Mouse Toggle app.  Just click the left arrow from the main screen to enter the Popcorn Time main menu

To play a stream, click on it from the main menu.  Here we will use Black Panther for demonstration purposes

From this screen, you can choose any of the different options available.  You can choose the subtitle language, the audio language, and the stream quality

Once you have chosen the options you want, click on the Play arrow to start streaming Black Panther.

The torrent will start to buffer in preparation for streaming.  Wait a few seconds for the progress bar to fill

Once it has buffered sufficiently for smooth playback, the video will start playing with the options you selected

Enjoy watching Black Panther and other great movies.  But please understand that using Popcorn Time is the same as using a BitTorrent client.  This means that you MUST use a VPN.  This is serious business, and this advice should not be taken lightly.  You WILL get at least a warning from your ISP that you are illegally streaming video.  So, while Popcorn Time does offer you the best and highest quality streams, it does come with this inherent risk that you must take seriously.

Now that you know how to How to Install Popcorn Time on Fire TV Devices, be sure to secure your connection with a VPN to keep your ISP from slowing you down, spying on you or blocking you.  For more information, be sure to check out our article What is a VPN? Why do I need it?

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