The multi-platform streaming app Popcorn Time might be the easiest way to fulfill all your movie and TV binging needs this year. Not only is Popcorn Time available on most of your devices but it’s also completely free. An extension of BitTorrent, Popcorn Time provides users with a massive database of streamable content, preventing them from needing to pay for multiple subscription-based applications just to have access to all the latest releases.

Most people think that Popcorn Time can only be enjoyed on mobile devices, but there are multiple ways to use Popcorn Time on your TV set. There are options for Apple TV, Firestick, and even Kodi, but today we’ll be discussing streaming Popcorn Time to Chromecast. Of course, if you do want to use Chromecast to project Popcorn Time to your mobile device, that is an option as well!

About Popcorn Time on Chromecast

Using Popcorn Time with your Chromecast is a simple way to stream to your television. It doesn’t require any sideloading and can be done with Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Using this application allows the you to avoid dealing with multiple video-on-demand subscriptions as there is a huge database of movies, TV shows, foreign films, and documentaries on the app. And the best part is that the process of downloading is as simple as having a Chromecast and a computer.

How to download Popcorn Time for Chromecast

The Popcorn Time Chromecast app is easily downloaded to Mac, Windows, and Linux. The process is straightforward and consistent across all three options:

  • Ensure that your Chromecast device is plugged in and on the same wifi network as the computer you are using to download the Popcorn app.
  • On your computer, find the download page that is applicable to your operating system.
    How to download Popcorn Time for Chromecast
  • Follow the link on the page to download the app.
    Note – Mac systems may require you to change your security settings before allowing you to download the application. You can grant permission to the app in the security settings page of your system preferences.
    Chromecast device settings

How to install Popcorn Time for Chromecast

Now that you’ve downloaded the Popcorn Time Chromecast app to your computer of choice, we can begin installing. The installation process will look slightly different depending on your operating system, but you’ll be prompted through the installation after opening your download file.

Once you have installed the file, there’s a short initial setup process. This will only take a few moments and will leave you with a ready to use app.

Setup

Before you start streaming, let’s take a look at the settings options which can be found by clicking the gear at the top right of the page.

Popcorn Time settings

In this menu, you’ll find all the basic setup options for your Popcorn Time app. It’s important that you take the time to look at these options. Some improve functionality, while others determine the level of protection you will experience while using Popcorn Time!

Popcorn Time settings

Under interface, we have the default language setting; you can also change the theme but note that the older versions of the app only offer the classic theme.

Next are the subtitle settings, which allow you to adjust subtitle font size. You can change your subtitles from normal, to extra-large, to extra-small, and everything in between. The specificity of sizes allows you to choose a comfortable style for your viewing pleasure.

The following two options involve your cache. Though a default area will propagate, you can choose which folder to designate for your cache. You can also ask the app to clear your cache each time you exit the app.

The last, and possibly most important option, “Alert me before downloading if my VPN is turned off”, is auto selected. This is because using a VPN while using Popcorn Time is highly recommended. You can deselect this if you choose, but we will discuss later on why it’s so important to always use a VPN when downloading files on the Popcorn Time for Chromecast app.

Streaming

Now that you have Popcorn Time downloaded to your computer and have your settings all worked out, we can begin streaming.

Streaming on Popcorn Time for Chromecast is quick and intuitive. The UI is similar to Netflix. When you open the app, you’ll land on a page with lots of popular movie options to choose from.

Popcorn Time media library

From here, you can decide to search by genre, by television show, or even just use the search bar at the top right to find exactly what you want.

Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll arrive to that movie or television show’s landing page. If it’s a TV show, you will be given a list of available seasons and episodes on the left. Both TV shows and movies will give you a thorough plot synopsis, a link to reviews, time and posting stats, as well as the genre.

Popcorn Time movie intro

After you’ve made your final selection, you’ll want to tell the application you are ready to watch the show or movie; however, you need to inform Popcorn Time that you would like to view your choice on your TV.

To do this, you’ll need to select the arrow by “Watch Now,” which will allow you to select your Chromecast Device.

Chromecast Watch Now option

Once you have selected your Chromecast device, you can choose “Watch Now” and enjoy your video!


Importance of VPN for Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time uses the power of torrenting to provide its users with a huge selection of videos-on-demand. It provides freedom from paid subscriptions, but at the cost of being heavily monitored by those seeking to find copyright abusers and digital pirates. To protect yourself from the prying eyes of others, you’ll need to use a VPN. A good VPN can save you from identity theft, block you from suspicious eyes, and turn your wifi into a digital safe space.

Check out our list of Best VPNs or Popcorn Time

Now that you’re properly protected, enjoy watching your videos on Popcorn Time for Chromecast!