In this article, I’ll show you how to install the popular Popcornflix app on your FireStick. This guide is valid for all the Fire TV products like FireStick Lite, FireStick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and more.
We all need a dose of entertainment sometimes. And in modern times, there are no more powerful entertainment mediums than movies and TV series. So, I have something special for all the cord-cutters out there. In this guide, I’ll cover a streaming service that’s 100% free and legal: Popcornflix.
What Is Popcornflix?
This service costs you absolutely nothing, requiring no signup and no subscription whatsoever. However, since it’s a free service, it’s supported by ads. Star-studded blockbusters, acclaimed foreign films, and binge-worthy TV shows are just a few clicks away on Popcornflix. Also, you can filter content via a wide range of genres, like comedy, family/kids, drama, horror, Spanish-language films, and documentaries.
Although Popcornflix is quite a promising streaming platform, it’s only available in the US and Canada. People outside the US and Canada can’t access it unless they are using a reputable VPN service like ExpressVPN. Unfortunately, you won’t find the latest movies and TV shows on the platform.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
I personally use ExpressVPN, the fastest and most secure VPN available. Not only is it easy to install on any device, it comes with a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, if you're not 100% satisfied, you can always get a refund. ExpressVPN is currently also offering a whopping 3 extra months free on their annual plan!
How to Install Popcornflix on FireStick (Official)
Finally, I’ll show you how to install the Popcornflix app on your FireStick. Follow these steps:
1. On the FireStick home screen, select Find toward the left side of your screen.
2. Select the Search function.
3. When the keyboard layout appears, start to enter Popcornflix. Then select Popcornflix when it shows up in the suggested searches.
4. Scroll left and select the Popcornflix tile.
5. The Popcornflix app dashboard will appear. Click on the Get or Download button.
6. Wait for your FireStick to download and install Popcornflix.
7. Once the app is installed, you’ll receive a notification in the bottom-right corner of your screen.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Popcornflix on your Amazon FireStick.
Fixing Popcornflix Not Available on Amazon App Store
Popcornflix didn’t appear in the search results? As I said, Popcornflix is only available in the United States and Canada.
Once you’ve followed the steps to change your account region, restart your FireStick and search for Popcornflix. The app should appear in the search results.
How to Sideload Popcornflix on FireStick – Alternate APK Method
If you’re still having trouble getting Popcornflix, there’s another way to install the app on your FireStick. That way is called sideloading. Sideloading means downloading and installing an app via its APK file, which comes from a third-party APK host. For your ease, I have split the method into two parts so you can easily follow along.
Part 1: Prepare Your FireStick to Download Popcornflix
There are some prerequisites to sideload an APK file on Fire TV. First, you’ll need to download the Downloader app, which is an official app available in all Amazon App Store regions.
Then, you’ll need to allow the Downloader app to load sources from unknown websites. Without tweaking this option, your FireStick will not allow Downloader to work its magic.
So, if you don’t have Downloader installed and set up, follow our guide to set up Downloader on FireStick. Then you can move on to part 2.
If you already have Downloader ready to go on your FireStick, you may proceed to install Popcornflix.
Part 2: Install Popcornflix on Your FireStick
Now, let’s jump in and see how you can sideload the APK file for Popcornflix on your FireStick.
1. Long-press the home button on your FireStick remote until a menu appears on your screen. Then, select Apps.
2. Open the Downloader app.
Note: Can’t find the Downloader app? Try looking within the App Library tile.
3. On Downloader, make sure you are on the Home tab.
Note: On the app’s first launch, allow it to access your files and folders. Also, read the pop-up message to learn more about Downloader.
4. Select the input box under Enter a URL or Search Term.
5. Enter firesticktricks.com/pcf in the window that pops up.
Note: I have shortened the URL of the Popcornflix APK file hosted on a third-party website. We at FST don’t own or distribute any APK files.
Double-check that you typed the link exactly as shown, then click Go.
6. Wait for Downloader to connect to the server and download the Popcornflix APK file.
7. Once it’s downloaded, Downloader will automatically stage the APK file for installation. Click INSTALL.
8. Once the installation is complete, click DONE.
9. Your FireStick will return you to the Downloader app, where you’ll be met with a message. Since you have installed Popcornflix on your FireStick, it’s best to save space by deleting the now-useless APK file. Click Delete.
10. Once again, click Delete to remove the Popcornflix APK file from your device.
Congratulations! You have successfully sideloaded the Popcornflix APK file on your FireStick.
How to Use Popcornflix Outside of the US and Canada
Unfortunately, Popcornflix isn’t officially available outside of the US and Canada. But don’t worry, there’s still a way to access its content from another location. You can use a VPN like ExpressVPN on your FireStick and connect to a server in the US or Canada, which I’ll show you how to do below.
After you connect to a VPN server, you’ll need to force-stop Popcornflix by going to FireStick settings > Applications > Popcornflix > Force stop. (Alternatively, restarting your FireStick is an easy way to force-stop all apps running in the background). Then, re-launch Popcornflix and voila! You’ll be able to stream free content from wherever you are in the world.
Follow these steps to get ExpressVPN on your FireStick:
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
How to Use Popcornflix on FireStick
Now, it’s time to explore the Popcornflix app on FireStick. Stick with me to learn the ins and outs of the app.
Start by long-pressing the home button on your FireStick remote until the menu appears. After that, select the Apps tile.
You’ll see all the apps and channels installed on your FireStick. Select Popcornflix. (If you don’t see it, go to App Library first.)
As mentioned above, if you are living outside of the US or Canada, you won’t be able to access Popcornflix without ExpressVPN. Trying to access the service from another region without using a VPN will result in the error below.
Once you get ExpressVPN on your FireStick and connect it to a server in the US or Canada, select TRY AGAIN and the error should disappear.
Popcornflix Welcome Screen
On your first launch, you’ll land on the following screen on Popcornflix. The app will welcome you with a short note about the service and how it provides 100% free and legal content.
Click on START WATCHING FOR FREE NOW to continue.
Popcornflix Home Screen
Next, you’ll land on the homepage of Popcornflix. There, you’ll see featured content passing by in a slideshow.
Then, scroll down to explore sections like Legends of Action, New on Popcornflix, Trending Now, Remembering World Wars, Nothing But Swords, Saving Government Officials, Masters of Martial Arts, and more.
To play a show or movie on Popcornflix, just select a title. For instance, I’m selecting the famous Ip Man.
The dashboard for the content will appear. There, you’ll see all the information about it, including the summary, cast, rating, genre, and more. To play it, click on the yellow WATCH button.
Wait for the content to load. Depending on your internet connection, it shouldn’t take more than a few seconds.
After that, ads will start playing. As Popcornflix is supported by ads, you’ll come across ads when playing anything on the app. And you can’t skip them. But hey, what can you expect of a totally free service?
Once the ads are done playing, your content will start playing. Click the play/pause button on your FireStick remote to bring up the player.
There, you’ll see icons of options like rewind, pause/play, next, previous, and subtitles. Click on the subtitles options.
A window will appear where you can set the audio language and subtitle language of the title that’s currently playing.
Back on the home screen, you can also explore the Movies or Series tab.
Would you rather search than browse? Select the search icon at the top right.
Now, enter your search term and click on the Next button.
After a few seconds, the search results will appear on your screen.
And that’s a wrap! In this article, I showed you exactly how to install and use Popcornflix on FireStick. Popcornflix is one of the best free and legal streaming services available on FireStick. This platform lets you watch thousands of TV shows and movies without any subscription, account creation, or commitment.
If you have any questions about the service, feel free to ask in the comments section. And as always, happy cord-cutting!
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