Showbox is one of the most popular on-demand, third-party apps for the Android platform. This app gives you access to a huge media library of movies and TV shows. With Terrarium TV gone, you must be looking for some of its alternatives. Showbox is part of our best Terrarium TV alternatives.
This app has been around for a while and is backed by an active team of developers. You will notice that the new content is being added to Showbox quite regularly. The app lets you play the content in SD, HD, and full HD quality. It is a lightweight app with almost no impact on device performance.
There is one important thing you need to know about Showbox. It has been designed for the Android mobile platform and is not really remote-friendly. To navigate this app smoothly on FireStick, you will need a Mouse Toggle. Don’t worry if it sounds confusing. I will cover each part separately. I will first show you how to install Showbox from the Aptoide marketplace. Later, I will tell you how to install the Mouse Toggle. Let’s get started!
UPDATE: Showbox has been shut down and does not work on FireStick or other Fire TV Devices. Please get one of the other similar apps from our list of Best Showbox Alternatives.
Showbox on FireStick: Installation Guide
Let us first configure your FireStick / Fire TV / Cube to allow it to accept the third-party apps, such as Aptoide and Showbox. Just a small change in the security setting is required.
When you power up FireStick and are on the home screen, use your remote to select Settings from the menu bar on the top
Now select and open Device from the following set of options
Open Developer Options
Select and click Apps from Unknown Sources to turn it ON if it is disabled
Go ahead and confirm your action by clicking Turn on. Don’t worry about the warning message. Both Showbox and Aptoide are safe apps
Your FireStick device is now ready. You can install any third-party app you want.
Install Aptoide on FireStick
Aptoide is a third-party app store, that serves as an alternative to Amazon Store on FireStick. This app marketplace has dozens of cool apps you would never find on Amazon Store.
The first thing you want to do is install Aptoide app store on your device. With Aptoide installed, you can get Showbox and a variety of other awesome apps on FireStick.
Aptoide is an Android app store, primarily designed for Android mobiles. Some of the apps here may not install or may not work properly on FireStick. But, it still has plenty of apps for this device.
Attention FireStick Users: Read before you continue
Governments and ISPs across the world monitor their users' online activities. If found streaming copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick, you could get into serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend you to get a good FireStick VPN and hide your identity so that your movie viewing experience doesn’t take a bad turn.
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Here are the reasons why you must use a VPN all the time.
Install Showbox on FireStick Using Aptoide Store
Here are the steps to quickly install Showbox on FireStick using the Aptoide marketplace:
1. Launch Aptoide and the default screen opens with the Editors’ Choice option on the left already selected. You will see a bunch of featured apps on the right. There is a fair chance you may find Showbox app on this window
You may also click Top Applications option on the left. This section also features the most popular Android apps.
If you don’t find Showbox inside any of the two options, click Editors’ Choice option again and you will see the search icon on the top left. Click this option and look up for the app.
2. Click the Showbox icon
3. Now click the Install button
4. A warning message appears saying that Showbox has Google Services dependencies and hence it may not work on your FireStick device. Don’t worry about it. We will make this app work using the Mouse Toggle.
Wait for the download to complete
5. When the app has downloaded, the following prompt appears. Scroll down to the Next button on the bottom right. When you navigate to the Next button it changes to Install
6. Click Install to proceed
Wait for the Showbox app to install on FireStick
7. After a while, App Installed notification will appear. Click Open to launch the app. If you want to run the app later, click Done. You can always open the app from Your Apps & Channels.
That will be all!
Important: Install Mouse Toggle to Use Showbox
Remember the warning message Aptoide threw on your screen saying that Showbox has Google Services dependencies and may not work on your FireStick device?
Showbox is not primarily designed for FireStick. It is not exactly remote-friendly. You cannot navigate around the app using just the Amazon FireStick remote. To use this app, what you need is an additional application called Mouse Toggle.
Mouse Toggle app makes a mouse toggle appear on your FireStick screen. This pointer can be used to click various elements of Showbox, which your regular remote function cannot reach. The pointer is maneuvered using the navigation buttons of the remote. Go ahead and install Mouse Toggle on FireStick using the link below.
How to install Mouse Toggle on Fire TV Stick
When the Mouse Toggle app is installed, open it and enable the mouse toggle service. To bring up the mouse pointer, all you would need to do is quickly press the Play/Pause button on your remote twice.
With Mouse Toggle on your FireStick, you can use Showbox any all other apps that are not remote-friendly.
When Terrarium TV was alive, I barely had any need to look up for any other on-demand app. Now that Terrarium TV is gone, I have been compelled to explore other avenues. It is true that not a lot of apps can come close to this exceptional entertainment platform that has served us for quite a while. Yet, we still have entertainment needs and they must be fulfilled.
Showbox may not be the greatest choice for FireStick as it requires an additional Mouse Toggle app to function. But, it is a viable option that lets you watch plenty of movies and shows. Besides Showbox, you may also want to consider the following apps:
- UnlockMyTV APK
- OneBox HD
- Cinema APK
- CatMouse APK