This is a step-by-step guide on how to install Popcorn Time on FireStick. These instructions also apply to Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV & Fire TV Cube.
Popcorn Time is a free streaming service that allows viewers to watch movies and TV shows for free without a monthly or a yearly subscription. It is fairly easy to download and has an interactive user interface.
The majority of its content is available in full HD resolution but you will also find in SD quality as well.
Since this app is completely free to use, make sure you turn on your VPN before streaming. Our recommended VPN is Surfshark.
A VPN keeps your protected online at all times and hide your IP address so that no one knows what you’re streaming.
How to Install Popcorn Time on FireStick
Before you start streaming videos on Popcorn Time, make sure you’re using a VPN for your own safety. You can install Surfshark on FireStick, our recommended choice.
Step 1: Open Firestick Home
Step 2: Click on the Settings icon
Step 3: Select My Fire TV
Step 4: Choose Developer Options
Step 5: Click on Apps from Unknown Sources
Step 6: Click on Turn On
Step 7: Navigate back to the home page and select the Find menu
Step 8: Click on the Search option
Step 9: Type “Downloader” and select it from the list
Step 10: Select the Downloader icon
Step 11: Click on “Download” and wait for the app to install
Step 12: Wait until the download is completed
Step 13: Click on Open to run the Downloader app
Step 14: Once the downloader opens, click on Allow
Step 15: A prompt will be displayed, click OK
Step 16: By default Home tab would be open with a text box displayed on the right side
Step 17: Enter this URL bit.ly/popcorn-2021 and click Go
Step 18: Wait a few minutes for the Popcorn Time APK file to be downloaded
Step 19: As soon as the file downloads, click on Next
Step 20: Click on Install and wait for a couple of minutes
Step 21: A notification will show that the Popcorn Time app has been installed, click Done
Step 22: You will be navigated back to Downloader, Click on Delete and the said Popcorn Time APK file will be deleted
Step 23: Confirm the process by clicking Delete again
Step 24: Popcorn Time is now ready to be used on your Firestick
How to Install Popcorn Time on Firestick via ES File Explorer
Sideloading on ES File Explorer is no longer available, you will have to pay/month for that premium feature.
Nonetheless, if you have decided to try it out this way then follow the steps to install Popcorn time by ES File Explorer.
After enabling unknown sources, follow these steps.
Step 1: Open Firestick Home
Step 2: Click on the Find tab and then Click on Search Icon
Step 3: Type in ES File Explorer and select it
Step 4: Click on the ES File Explorer icon from the list
Step 5: Click on Download/Get and wait for it to install
Step 6: Click on Open
Step 7: After it opens, move to the right side of the screen and select the Download icon
Step 8: Click on +New at the bottom of the Menu Bar
Step 9: A dialogue box will open with two empty fields. Click on the Path labeled field and enter the following URL bit.ly/pct-firetv
In the Name labeled field type the title with which you want to save this link for example PT
Step 10: Click on Download Now
Step 11: Wait for a few minutes as the ES File Explorer will connect to the server and start downloading the Popcorn Time APK
Step 12: Click on Open File once the download is completed
Step 13: Click on Install
Step 14: Click on Next at the bottom of the screen
Step 15: Click on Install when the Next changes to it
Step 16: Wait for the app to install
Step 17: Click on done when you see the notification stating that the app is installed
Step 18: Popcorn time is successfully installed and ready to run on your Firestick
How to Access Popcorn Time on FireStick
The Popcorn time will not appear on your Firestick Home screen, therefore follow these few steps to access it easily.
Step 1: Hold down on the Home button on your Fire TV remote and click on App
Step 2: You will find a list of apps, scroll down to the bottom to see the Popcorn Time app
Step 3: Select the Popcorn Time app to run it
If you want it to appear on the screen, hover over the Popcorn Time app and click on the Options/Menu button on your remote and then select Move
Step 4: Drag the Popcorn Time app to the top 3 rows and release for it to appear on the home screen
Popcorn Time Features
Popcorn Time is a torrent based app which requires you to have sufficient space on your device as it downloads the videos as a cache which are later deleted once you exit the app.
Before playing any link, this app downloads cache, which helps in playback without the need to buffer or load, ensuring an uninterrupted experience of your favorite movies or TV shows. As soon as you exit, the cache is deleted automatically.
Why Should You Use a VPN with Popcorn Time?
It is to be well-noted that while using Popcorn Time on FireStick the government may monitor your activity on FireStick which may ultimately land you into trouble for piracy and copyright violation. Therefore, it is best to install a FireStick VPN as well.
A VPN such as Surfshark helps protect your IP address and thus your identity which keeps your activity secure from surveillance and also keeps you away from hackers.
It lets you connect to another country’s server (e.g. US). This allows you to use Popcorn Time or browse the internet from there. It is also needed to protect our information as you are exposing your device to a third-party app.
Popcorn Time Alternatives
If the Popcorn Time app shuts down or it no longer works, make sure you use the following alternatives to get free movies and TV shows on your FireStick device:
As I discussed earlier as well before you start streaming with any of those apps, make sure you have a VPN on your FireStick and is turned ON.
Also, if you would like to install other apps, here’s our list of complete FireStick apps that you can use.
Frequently Asked Questions About Popcorn Time
Is it legal to use Popcorn time?
Yes, Popcorn Time is a legal app. However, it does provide access to a huge library of copyrighted content, so what you use it for that depends on the legality.
What is better than Popcorn Time?
Hulu is one of the alternatives of Popcorn Time but it has a subscription cost, unlike Popcorn Time which is free.
What’s the best free VPN for FireStick?
The best VPN for Firestick is Surfshark as it lets you have a free 30-day trial, with money back if you do not like it, and runs smoothly on Firestick.
Wrapping it Up!
Popcorn Time is a great option to watch a large range of movies and TV shows online for free. It also has a large collection of HD videos which makes your binge-watching sessions worth it.
With this easy guide to install Popcorn Time on Firestick, you will have no problems. If there’s a problem with the link that has been provided in this guide, do let us know in the comments section.