How to Download Showbox on Android

Install Showbox movies app even though it's not on the Play Store

Showbox for Android is a popular third-party media streaming and downloading app for Android smartphones. It's not available to download from the Google Play Store so you'll need to change some settings on your phone, as well as know where to look for it online. Here's everything you need to know about how to download Shadowbox on Android.

Showbox typically offers movies and TV shows for streaming alongside a news service component. While the technology is legal, the sources of these streamed shows and movies often aren't. Lifewire does not condone illegal sharing of copyrighted material. 

Preparing Your Phone for the Showbox App

Because Showbox isn't a regular app for your Android phone, you need to change a few settings on your device so that the app will open once you've downloaded it. Here's how. 

  1. Tap Settings > Security.

  2. Tap Unknown Sources.

    Step by step screenshots of how to access Security Settings on an Android phone
  3. Tap OK.

How to Find and Install the Showbox App

The Showbox app isn't available on the Google Play Store. Instead, you'll need to find the Showbox apk file from a reputable source online. 

We recommend having an antivirus app installed on your Android phone beforehand to ensure your files are safe. 

Many different sites offer a Showbox download, but it's wise to pick a safe website to download the apk file from to avoid malware or viruses. Here's what to do.

  1. On your phone's web browser, go to

  2. Search for "Showbox."

    Showbox used to also be referred to as Showbox Lite or Showbox HD. Now, the app is solely known as Showbox.

  3. Tap Download APK and wait for the file to download.

    The speed will vary depending on your internet connection.

  4. Tap Open

  5. Tap Install.

    Step by step instructions on how to download an APK file from APKPure website
  6. Tap Done. You've successfully installed Showbox.

How to Use Showbox to Watch a Movie or TV Show

Once you've installed Showbox, it's quite simple to use. Here's a look at how to get started. 

These instructions refer to movies, but they also apply to TV show viewing. 

  1. Open the Showbox app to immediately browse movie news.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu icon to bring up other options.

  3. Tap Movies to browse the movies available on the service.

    Step by step instructions on browsing the Showbox Android app
  4. Tap the picture of the movie to open a preview.

    The first time you play a movie, you'll need to download a separate player to do so. Showbox recommends Lime Player which is available on the Google Play Store.

  5. Tap Watch Now to watch it.

    Step by step instructions on how to watch a movie in Showbox

Alternatively, tap the square box next to Watch Now to download it.