Important – Must Read!
Most of the Popcorn Time apps you will find on the Internet contain malware. Be careful what you download and install.
As of today 08/02/2016 the safe version would be fork named: “Popcorn Time CE” available from this page: http://popcorntime.ag/
Read more on Reddit PopcornTimeCE
First thing to know is that Popcorn Time is basically another BitTorrent client with nice user interface and a huge list of free movies to watch.
This guide will show you how to save a movie downloaded by Popcorn Time for further usage like for example watching it on big TV from USB stick.
Remember that when you watch a movie in Popcorn Time you not only download it but also share it with others. This is how BitTorrent works.
In some countries downloading a movie for private use is legal but sharing it further is not.
There are two ways to get Popcorn Time movies:
Download by Magnet link
For this you will need external BitTorrent client. To find a Magnet Link of a movie go to the show you want to download (Movie, TV Serie, Anime) and look for magnet icon and circle like shown in the picture below:
When you hover over the circle you will see details about file availability:
- Few or none seeds. Might work or not.
- Medium number of seeds. It will work but will take more time to download.
- Plenty of seeds. File will play easily.
Save by Cache Directory
Scroll down to Cache Directory and unselect Clear Tmp Folder after closing app?
This way Popcorn Time will not delete downloaded movies.
Cache Directory above is a location where the movie files are kept.
You can change it to more user friendly place like c:\movies
To copy and paste the path, left click mouse button and drag cursor along the text to select it. Right click it and choose Copy from the context menu. Paste the path to Windows Explorer.
In Cache Directory you will see sub folders: torrent-stream, TorrentCache and zero or more like fb8f6d21fer3948b2497439b4d540294c42653df.
You can ignore first two. Movies are in the long letters-numbers folders. Those names are torrents hash codes.
If you choose to show subtitles they will also be in the movie directory. Basically it is a complete set of files to watch.
To check the download progress hover mouse over the eye icon when movie is playing.
This will show you for example estimated time remaining to complete download.