5 Best VPNs for Popcorn Time in 2019

Popcorn Time is a popular option for streamers, but using it without a VPN could land you in hot water. As we outline in this article, not just any VPN will do. Read on to find out which providers offer the best VPNs for Popcorn Time.

VPN for Popcorn Time

The Best VPN for Popcorn Time: Summary

Here's our recommended list of providers to use with Popcorn Time:

  1. NordVPN - This VPN offers fantastic security features, high speeds and six simultaneous connections all at an affordable price. NordVPN also have a dedicated P2P server list within their app.
  2. PrivateVPN - This is a cheap VPN service costing only $1.89 per month, it is also extremley reliable and has all the security features you need to stream Popcorn Time safely.
  3. CyberGhost - If you are new to VPNs and want something easy to use, this is the service for you! Before connecting to the VPN it asks for your activity preferences so you can adjust the settings to suit your needs.
  4. ExpressVPN - This VPN offers high speed servers and consistently ranks top 5 in our fastest VPNs (which is tested weekly). They also implement OpenVPN to a high standard so your data is kept secure.
  5. IPVanish - As well as being providing users with high speeds, IPVanish also give their users a smart DNS service for free.

Popcorn Time is an open source app that uses BitTorrent P2P technology to stream high-quality video content to your desktop or mobile device. As with more conventional BitTorrent clients, it is vital that you use a VPN to protect yourself.

The VPNs on the following list have been picked by our team of experts, not only for their overall excellence but because they all permit P2P downloading; and if they permit P2P, they also allow you to use Popcorn Time in safety.

Top 5 VPNs that work with Popcorn Time

See the section below for an in-depth look at the best Popcorn Time VPNs

1. NordVPN

NordVPN is a solid service for accessing streaming sites. It's also a great pick for those who are looking for P2P capabilities. These two qualities make it a strong choice to use with Popcorn Time. The service is super affordable if you catch the three-year subscription offer. You get an allowance of six simultaneous connections with this VPN, which will enable you to share an account with friends. It provides 24/7 customer support and 30-day money back guarantee. 

2. PrivateVPN

PrivateVPN is a service from Sweden that users praise regularly. It is a superb choice of VPN for using with PopcornTime. It is fast, efficient, easy to use, and extremely reliable. It also provides super fast speeds for streaming in HD and will unblock Netflix and BBC iPlayer. PrivateVPN also has all the important security features you need as well as live chat support. This fantastic VPN is unexpectedly cheap and offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

3. CyberGhost

CyberGhost is an easy to use VPN, ideal for Popcorn Time. The app has a pre-screen that lets you select activity preferences. It then adjusts the VPN's settings to suit your intended connections. These options include 'unblock streaming' and 'torrent anonymously.' You can play around with these settings to see which gives you the best performance for Popcorn Time. This VPN has a 45-day money back guarantee and also unblocks popular services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

4. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN offers both high levels of security and fast torrenting speeds, making it ideal for Popcorn Time. In addition, the service uses the OpenVPN protocol implemented to pretty high standards. It has apps for all platforms, will unblock streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer and provides a high level of customer care via live chat support. ExpressVPN also offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

5. IPVanish

IPVanish is a high-profile VPN company with good privacy credentials. It keeps no logs, accepts payment in bitcoin, and permits P2P. IPVanish also throws in a free Smart DNS service for all customers. Its software is easy to use and works well. Importantly, IPVanish owns and runs its own network infrastructure, which ensures it is a very fast service for streaming. It is an excellent VPN for streaming and downloading content via P2P and you can try it free for a week with its 7-day money back guarantee.


Why do I need a VPN for Popcorn Time?

A VPN hides what you get up to on the internet from your internet provider (ISP) and prevents anyone on the internet from knowing who you are.

Popcorn Time is basically a polished BitTorrent client. This means that instead of streaming a movie from a centralized server (as you do with Kodi, for example), the movie is hosted by everyone who is watching or downloading that movie.

How a popcorn time VPN works

This lack of centralization means there are no servers that can get raided and their operators arrested. It does also mean, though, that everyone else watching or downloading the same movie or TV show as you know exactly who you are because their BitTorrent client needs to know (and can therefore see) your real IP address. This is why you shouldn't use Popcorn Time without a VPN.

How does a VPN for Popcorn Time protect me?

A VPN service works like this: The VPN service operates VPN servers, usually located in many locations around the world. You connect to these VPN servers via a secure encrypted connection. So, all the other people sharing the same torrent file as you will see is the IP address of the VPN server rather than your actual IP address.

This deceptively simple setup protects you when using Popcorn Time because:

  • Copyright holders (and anyone else on the internet) cannot see your real IP address or who your ISP is because the VPN server blocks their “view”. All they can see is the IP address of the VPN server. This is invariably shared among many (sometimes hundreds) of VPN users, making it very hard to tell who did what.
  • Your ISP cannot see either your data (because it is securely encrypted between your device and the VPN server) or what you get up to on the internet because the VPN server acts as a proxy, beyond which your ISP cannot see.

Important features for a Popcorn Time VPN

There are some important features to look out for when choosing a Popcorn TimeVPN, these are:

Make sure the VPN allows P2P torrenting

Not all do, and if they don’t, then they make no promises to protect you when they receive the inevitable DMCA complaints from copyright holders. If a VPN service allows torrenting, though, it will protect you when using Popcorn Time. The only issue to watch out for is…

For a more in-depth look at services that permit P2P, check out our best VPNs for Torrenting guide.

Kill Switch

VPN connections occasionally fail. If this happens when you are in the middle of watching a movie on Popcorn Time then everyone else sharing the same movie file (including regular BitTorrent downloaders) will immediately be able to see your real IP address. The solution is to use a kill switch which shuts down your internet connection when the VPN connection goes down.

All the VPNs in our list have these featured in our best VPNs for Popcorn list have these features. 

Can I use a VPN when casting?

Short answer… yes.

Popcorn Time allows you to stream from your device to a big screen via Chromecast, Airplay, and DLNA. Most VPN apps exempt local network addresses from the VPN so you can access stuff like WiFi printers and LAN drives when the VPN is running.

Assuming this is the case with your provider, then you will be able to cast Popcorn Time content over your local WiFi network without any problem.

If for some reason your provider’s software routes local network connections through the VPN, then you may not be able to connect to your cast-enabled devices. Good news, though, is that most generic VPN software does allow you to bypass the VPN for local networks.

casting popcorn time

Above we can see the settings in OpenVPN for Android edit VPN connection -> Routing.


The higher your bandwidth (that is, the faster your internet connection) the higher resolution you can stream content without experiencing annoying buffering issues.

A good Popcorn Time VPN is therefore also a fast VPN. As always, speed performance can be improved by connecting to a server close to your real location and by selecting servers which are not overloaded.

Popcorn Time offers most content in either 720p or 1080p resolutions. TV shows are sometimes available in 480p. If you experience buffering issues when streaming then you can reduce buffering by switching to a lower resolution version of the movie or show.

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  1. NordVPN
  2. PrivateVPN
  3. CyberGhost
  4. ExpressVPN
  5. IPVanish

Written by: Douglas Crawford

Has worked for almost six years as senior staff writer and resident tech and VPN industry expert at ProPrivacy.com. Widely quoted on issues relating cybersecurity and digital privacy in the UK national press (The Independent & Daily Mail Online) and international technology publications such as Ars Technica.


  1. Joel

    on August 1, 2018

    Hi - Thank you for all this support. I've downloaded NordVPN and appear to be connected. But popcorntime still shows their "Security Warning" and recommendation to Active VPN?? Appears to take to a different VPN provider. Is this just a case that they want to upsell to their proprietary VPN? Should I just ignore or is this an indication that Nord isn't working with popcorn?

    1. Ray Walsh replied to Joel

      on August 2, 2018

      If you are sure Nord is changing your IP address (check using ipleak.net) then the VPN is working and you can use PopcornTime with privacy, yes.

  2. Ozzie

    on April 13, 2018

    After connecting to PrivateVPN I see that my IP address in Popcorn Time is still the same as it was before connecting to PrivateVPN. The "External IP" shown in PrivateVPN app is not what I see in Popcorn time. I ran ipconfig via cmd prompt and my IP address matches to what is in Popcorn time before or after connecting to PrivateVPN.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Ozzie

      on April 16, 2018

      Hi Ozzie, Hmm. If you visit ipleak.net, do you see an IP belonging to PrivateVPN or your real IP?

  3. Brendan

    on March 17, 2018

    Hi I am looking in getting a VPN for myself for popcorn time, but I am not sure which one. I want one that is fast, secure, safe and not too expensive. I need suggestions and recommendations. Out of the 5 best VPN'S listed here for popcorn time 1 What is the fastest one? 2 Do they all have kill switches? 3 Are they compatible all over the world?

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Brendan

      on March 19, 2018

      Hi Brendan, 1. IPVanish is probably the faster, although you can check out most recent test results for yourself. 2. Yes. 3. Yes :).

  4. NoBody Watching

    on November 18, 2017

    Stremio seems to be what Popcorn Time was meant to be.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to NoBody Watching

      on November 20, 2017

      Hi NoBody Watching, From the official Stremio FAQ: How does Stremio compare to Popcorn Time? Stremio and Popcorn Time are similar in user interface, because there aren’t many ways to do video entertainment catalogues right :) But while Popcorn Time is focused on streaming torrents from specific sources, Stremio is unrestricted and is merely a content aggregator - it’s not locked into a specific content source. Furthermore, we do not provide any torrent add-ons by default, so Stremio does not cover the Popcorn Time use-case with official functionality. Another notable difference is that Popcorn Time is completely open source, while Stremio is partially open source.

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