Popcorn Time APK New and Improved: 3-Step Install Guide

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Pop that popcorn and get ready to sit back and relax with Popcorn Time APK. That name might spark a little flashback, bringing you back to the days when people watched Popcorn Time and it was labeled as the “Netflix for Piracy,” way back when. Then came the sad day when it got shut down.

Popcorn Time APK recently made its great return, earlier in 2020. Rumor has it that it’s even better than it used to be so we’re here to share with you some history and a quick overview of what it has to offer. We also want to share some tips for downloading and how to use it.

Stick with us to learn everything you need to know about Popcorn Time APK.

Popcorn Time Overview

Popcorn Time is an alternative to video streaming services that require a subscription. The free software runs on the BitTorrent client and utilizes an integrated media player. It’s like Netflix or Hulu, or any other media streaming option but it doesn’t require a paid subscription to watch the latest movies.

Popcorn Time traces as far back as 1998 (or even farther) in an effort to provide uncensored movies to places that didn’t have recent movies available for streaming. It filled a void where Netflix and other streaming services were unable to offer their services due to local regulations.

Originally, Popcorn Time was made available for Linux, MacOS, Windows, and Android with support for 44 languages. It found its way into the news and was ranked as a better alternative to Netflix because of the affordability (aka free) and the capability to always get the newest releases. It was also easy to use making it accessible to anyone.

Of course, sites like these always bring a question of legality to the surface, and Popcorn Time faced those issues as well. It was shut down in 2014 because they were feeling some heat from the Motion Picture Association of America.

In the past 6 years since it was taken down, there have been a few copycat services that have tried to make the program available once again. However, it wasn’t until earlier this year that they finally were able to make some headway with the release of the new Popcorn Time APK.

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Downloading & Installing Popcorn Time APK

Popcorn Time APK is currently available on Linux, OS X, Windows, and Android.

The best way to access the new Popcorn Time APK is to side-load it on your Fire TV Stick or Firestick 4K. When you get it downloaded, you will have access to tons of movies, TV shows, and series. You just need to download Popcorn Time (it’s free!) and the media player.

Before you get started, you will need to enable unknown sources on your device. You can do this by going to your Settings -> My Fire TV -> Developer options, then make sure that Apps from Unknown Sources is turned on.

Follow these instructions for a quick installation guide:

  1. You’ll need to use the Downloader App to install Popcorn Time APK on Amazon Firestick. Open Downloader on your Firestick and then type the following URL into the search field on the Downloader Home Screen: tvcola.com/pt
  2. After typing in the Popcorn Time APK URL you’ll need to click go to download, let it run. When the download is complete, let the Downloader app install the software
  3. When you run Popcorn Time, you will receive a prompt for permissions. Click Allow to accept and finish.
    1. When are presented with the option to delete the Popcorn Time APK install file, click Delete. You won’t need this file anymore, and it will save space on your Firestick.
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Using Downloader

If you have never side-loaded an app onto a device, you will need to get Downloader running. Downloader just makes it much easier to download 3rd party apps that you wouldn’t be able to find in the official app store, particularly on Android devices.

Here’s how to download and install Downloader:

  1. Go to your search icon or feature
  2. Type “Downloader” into the search 
  3. Select Downloader from the list below the search field and download it
  4. Once it’s downloaded, select Open and enable the Java Script
  5. If it doesn’t prompt you to enable Java, go to settings option and then enable JavaScript
  6. Select Yes when presented with the JavaScript warning prompt
  7. Return to Home and use the URL noted above to download the Popcorn Time APK
Install the Downloader app

Using Popcorn Time APK

With Popcorn Time APK, you can stream movies and TV shows for free. But is it safe to use? Can you get in trouble for streaming movies on Popcorn Time?

The answer to this question is… a little dicey. Since the beginning, powerful organizations from within the entertainment industry have tried to shut down Popcorn Time. It turns out that there are some cases where Popcorn Time links to content that is unlicensed or copyrighted. It’s important to note that they don’t host this content themselves. However, we’d hate for one of our readers to get in trouble for accidentally accessing some of the popular, new copyrighted films and TV shows that occasionally pop up on Popcorn Time.

We strongly recommended that you utilize an encrypted VPN when streaming in order to remain anonymous. An encrypted VPN will hide your location, identity, and activities from corporations, hackers or government organizations. The VPN service will help to protect you from being tracked for streaming things that could potentially be illegal, as your streaming activity is sometimes monitored.

As an added bonus, a good VPN will allow you to access region blocked content on some of the most popular streaming apps. Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube all have content that is hidden from certain countries. A VPN will help you get around that!

Choosing a VPN can be difficult. Many are overpriced, and too many of the free ones are tracking and harvesting your data. We’ve carved out an exclusive discount for our readers with our favorite VPN service.

Again, we really recommend you pick something as a measure to protect yourself from getting in trouble streaming through Popcorn Time. If you need a little help, this guide will show you how to install a VPN on any device.

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To open and access Popcorn Time, follow these commands:
  • Go to My Apps & Games
  • Scroll to the right and find Popcorn Time
  • Open Popcorn Time
  • Select the movie or TV show you want to watch and enjoy! It’s that easy!

You may need to jailbreak your Firestick device to fully optimize compatibility, but it is not required. If you follow these steps, you really shouldn’t have any major issues but if you do, try the jailbreak process and then try again.


The new and improved Popcorn Time seems to be running well in its revamped state. They routinely update their database to add new movies and shows so there is no shortage of things to watch, including the latest releases.

Don’t forget that a VPN is really necessary to enjoy Popcorn Time without any worry about legal action. It will hide your location and your activity so anyone monitoring your streaming won’t be able to pinpoint you. Without a VPN, you may find yourself receiving a legal notice from your activities.

Popcorn Time APK is the best way to enjoy movies and TV shows for free. It’s simple to set up and use if you just follow the steps in this guide!

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