Safe Watch for Popcorn Time Review & Tests

Last updated: 2 Apr 2021

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Safe Watch Review

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.

What is Safe Watch

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.

How it works

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.

Is it safe?

A few tests are taken to trust a VPN. To make sure that Safe Watch is a safe VPN to use, I took a few tests.

DNS Leak test

Safe Watch VPN - DNS Leak Test
Safe Watch VPN – 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.

Related: ProtonVPN vs. Private Internet Access

Location test

Safe Watch Location Test
Safe Watch Location Test

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.

Related: VyprVPN vs. CyberGhost

For many other tests, the VPN successfully managed to change the location.

Speed test

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:

Safe Watch VPN Speed Test
Safe Watch VPN Speed Test

Safe Watch review


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.

Video Player

Safe Watch VPN Video Player
Safe Watch VPN – Video Player

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.

Related: NordVPN vs. CyberGhost (2021)

Free vs premium

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

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.

15 thoughts on “Safe Watch for Popcorn Time Review & Tests”

  1. i have a cloudnet go android box and i have popcorn time app and it asked me to download the safe watch and i did but every time it shows that there is no enough space only 244 mb on my device
    i bought a usb 16gb and i would like to change the storage location how can i do this please?

      1. There is a way to change location, go to settings and click storage it provides then you can change where to store whatever you download

  2. I had to uninstall safe watch and popcorntime. When I did reinstall, Popcorn time now is asking me to sign up with a different company. I cant get safe watch to open when I click onto a movie.

  3. Robert James Tucker

    I’ve deleted Popcorntime but the safe watch is stubborn and will not delete. Any way to remove the Safe Watch?

    1. Depending on your phone you can easily uninstall the app:
      1. Hold on the app and there will the uninstall option.
      2. Go to settings and then apps menu and find the app. You’ll find the uninstall button there.
      3. Go to Google Play and search for Safe Watch. Instead of install button, there will be the uninstall option.

        1. The old Safewatch was removed. I’m not fully sure if the new one connects. There are also many versions of the Popcorn Time app, so it’s hard to check whether you have the original Popcorn Time or a fake one.

  4. Ferdinand Mark Painaga Melo IV

    When I watch movie on my phone it is very dark but whenever I connect it to the TV the brightness is normal. How can I fix this?

  5. Does anyone know if you will have access to movies you’ve downloaded after the free trial is over? I’m not paying for this obviously so I started the free trial and it will be canceling before it needs to start a payment
    But I am trying to figure out if I need to marathon a bunch of movies or if I can still watch them after my trial ends??

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