Last updated: 2 Apr 2021
You are here because you tried to download something on Popcorn Time and the app suggested downloading Safe Watch – Secure Video Player, or someone recommended you Safe Watch because it’s two in one. Either way, the post covers many things about the Safe Watch app.
Safe Watch – Secure Video Player is a torrent client like uTorrent and BitTorrent. The app is a video player as well as a VPN client. Popcorn Time has been promoting this app for some time now.
To watch and download videos, you need the magnet URL. A magnet URL is the long URL of the content. You can get the URL from torrent websites, but if you use Popcorn Time, the app automatically gets the URL and starts streaming.
DNS Leak test
The first test is the DNS leak test. Is it important? Yes, it is. If there is a DNS leak in the connection, hackers can easily see what’s happening in the connection.
However, I did not see any leaks, the VPN connected to over 50 servers. It is unusual for a VPN to connect to that many IP Addresses in one connection. With other VPN, I see only one or maybe two sometimes.
With the location test, I found something strange too. After connecting to a server in France, it did not change my location. The public IP Address location was the same as my normal address. But, even though this issue occurred, due to the encryption level of the VPN, the blocked websites could easily be accessed.
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For many other tests, the VPN successfully managed to change the location.
On the optimal location, the download speed of the VPN was slightly faster than the normal Wi-Fi. The upload limit, however, was less than the actual normal upload limit. Here are the results:
It’s great when you get a free VPN that can download movies. The safe Watch app comes with a free VPN, which changes your location while downloading. Why is VPN required to download torrents?
The app finds the optimal location by default, but you can browse the VPN location if you want a specific server.
The video player does the same job as the usual video players do. However, it lacks some of the advanced functionalities which others offer. According to the description, the app is based on VLC Media Player functionalities.
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The free version shows ads and supports limited locations. You also get to enable VPN for an hour. After an hour, you must watch a video ad to reconnect the VPN. Safe Watch Premium is a little bit expensive than other VPN clients, and the license is subscription-based.
The app comes with a three-day free premium trial, and after that, the app automatically charges for a six-month plan for $100 to $150, depending on your location. With premium, you get more servers and an ad-free experience.
Helpful tip: The app automatically charges the money for the yearly plan after the three-day trial. Many users have also criticised Google Play. Set a reminder to cancel the subscription within three if you subscribe to the trial or use the free service.
Other features are suggested by the developer and taken from the description.
- The app does not ask for any registration.
- It offers over 20 server locations.
- The safe Watch app uses 256-bit encryption.
- There is no speed limit on downloading torrents.
- You can cast your videos on Chromecast, TV, Apple TV etc.
- The app comes with a one-tap IP detection button.
Important: The original Safe Watch was removed from Google Play. The app below is also Safe Watch, but I’m not sure if it’s from the same developer. If you are interested in the old one, you can download it here.
When you get a free torrent downloader with a VPN, you don’t say no. The Safe watch app is new, but it can download many files simultaneously.
I hope the blog post helped. Please feel free to share your views in the comments below so we can discuss more. You can also subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.
Disclosure: The images used are the screenshots and icons of the app. They are the property of the developer/publisher.