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No sound on Popcorn Time via Chromecast? Get audio working again

Popcorn time is an incredible app that lets you watch hours of TV and movie content free of charge.

With just an internet connection, Popcorn Time provides you with a fantastic catalogue, full of the latest movies and TV shows. You can watch this content at an excellent quality of up to 1080p.

Popcorn Time also provides features such as subtitles and multi-language support.

If you use Popcorn Time with your Chromecast and have been facing the issue of no sound playing, then read on to get the audio working.

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Why does Popcorn Time on Chromecast have no sound?

Popcorn Time works by fetching the movies and TV shows from different torrents. These torrents can be in various media formats such as MP4 and MKV for video, and AAC and AC3 for audio.

However, the Google Chromecast does not support MKV format for videos. So, when a torrent is encoded in MKV format, the Chromecast starts to malfunction; thus,  does not output any sound. This is also the reason that you are facing this issue on only some of the TV shows and movies; not all content is in the MKV format. You can see all the media formats that Google Chromecast supports here.

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How to fix no sound output in Popcorn Time on Chromecast

As we said above, not all content is in the MKV format; thus, the easiest solution is to find a torrent that is encoded in another format.

First of all, try changing the quality of the TV show or movie you are trying to watch. Popcorn Time uses different torrents when playing different quality videos of the same content. So, while the 1080p version is in MKV format, the 720p version could be in MP4.

To check the format of the content you are trying to play, go to the cache folder in your downloads. When you play a TV show or movie on Popcorn Time, it starts downloading in that cache folder. If that file ends with “.mkv”, then it will be problematic, and the audio will not play.

If you have followed the above steps and are still facing the issue, then make sure that you are running the latest versions of Popcorn Time and Chromecast. Visit the popcorn time website and check to see that you’re running the most up to date version here.

If the issue persists, you can download Popcorn Time on your TV if it is an Android-based smart TV. You can also try using your TV’s screen mirroring feature to mirror Popcorn Time from your smartphone or laptop.

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How to get Popcorn Time

Popcorn Time is a multi-platform application; it is supported on Android, Android TV, macOS, Windows, and Linux. To download Popcorn Time, head over to their website. Popcorn Time is, unfortunately, not available on iOS as of yet.

You can download the installer for Windows, Linux, and macOS from Popcorn Time’s website and install it by double-clicking it.

For Android and Android TV, you can download the APK file and install it using side loading. For that, you would have to allow the installation of applications from unknown sources in the settings menu on your mobile or TV.

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