The Watcher has quickly become one of the most popular Kodi addons for streaming movies and TV shows. With its sleek interface and wide selection of content, it‘s easy to see why.
In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know to get The Watcher installed on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Android device. We‘ll cover:
- What is The Watcher Kodi Addon?
- Is The Watcher Kodi Addon Safe to Use?
- Step-by-Step Installation Guide
- Interface Walkthrough & Content Categories
- Frequently Asked Questions
Let‘s get started!
What is The Watcher Kodi Addon?
The Watcher is a third-party Kodi addon that provides on-demand access to a huge library of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more.
It pulls high-quality streams from debrid services like Real-Debrid and AllDebrid, so you get fast streaming speeds and crystal clear video quality. The addon has a beautiful, easy-to-use interface that makes finding your favorite media a breeze.
Some key features of The Watcher include:
- Extensive library of movies & TV shows
- High-quality streams in 1080p and 720p
- Categories for new movies, popular titles, genres, and more
- Real-Debrid integration for fast streaming
- Trakt integration to track watched content
- Regular updates with new media
Overall, The Watcher is one of the best Kodi addons available right now for free streaming. As long as you have a supported debrid service, you‘ll get premium streaming without any hassle.
Is The Watcher Kodi Addon Safe to Use?
Whenever installing third-party addons that aren‘t in the Official Kodi Repository, it‘s important to be careful. There are always risks involved with addons from unknown developers.
I scanned the repo URL for The Watcher using VirusTotal, which is a handy online virus scanner. It found 1 suspicious file that could potentially be malicious.
This means you should take precautions when using The Watcher addon:
Use a VPN – This masks your streaming activity and prevents your IP address from being logged. I recommend Surfshark.
Use Antivirus Software – Perform periodic scans of your device to detect and remove any malware. Bitdefender is a great option.
Avoid Entering Personal Info – Never give The Watcher or any unofficial addons access to private data.
Proceed at Your Own Risk – There is always a chance of legal issues or malware problems with third-party addons. Use good judgement.
While no addon can be guaranteed 100% safe, taking these precautions will minimize any potential risks. I personally feel comfortable using The Watcher with the proper security measures in place.
Step-by-Step Installation Guide
Below I‘ll outline the full process for installing The Watcher on a Firestick or Android streaming device. This guide uses a Firestick, but the steps are the same for any device.
Enable Unknown Sources
The first thing you need to do is enable "Unknown Sources" in Kodi‘s System Settings. This allows Kodi to install addons from outside repositories:
- Open Kodi and click the Settings icon (cog wheel)
- Navigate to
System > Add-ons
- Confirm the warning message about allowing external addons
Enabling this option is required to install any third-party addons like The Watcher.
Add Encryptic Repository
With Unknown Sources enabled, we can now install the Encryptic Repository that contains The Watcher:
- Go back to Kodi‘s main menu and click
Install from zip file
<None>and enter the URL
- Give the source a name like "Encryptic" and click OK
- Wait for the "Repository Installed" notification
This adds the Encryptic Repo that we‘ll use to install The Watcher addon itself.
Install The Watcher Addon
Now we can install The Watcher from the Encryptic Repository:
Install from repository
- Select the
- Click on
Installto download and install it
- Wait for the "Addon Installed" confirmation
Once finished, you‘ll get a message that The Watcher was installed successfully. The addon will now be available in your Kodi Add-ons section.
Integrate Real-Debrid (Optional)
To unlock high-quality streams from Real-Debrid, you‘ll need to authorize your account:
- In The Watcher, go to
Tools > Accounts
- Enter your account info and click
- Input the code given on the Real-Debrid website
- The Watcher will now access your Real-Debrid streams
And that‘s it! The Watcher Kodi addon is now ready to use on your Firestick or Android device. Next I‘ll walk through the interface and content categories.
The Watcher Interface Walkthrough
The Watcher has a clean, intuitive interface that makes finding movies and shows a breeze. Here‘s an overview of the different sections:
The Movies section gives you tons of ways to browse and discover new titles:
- Latest Releases – Newly added movies
- Most Popular – Top films based on streams
- Genres – Action, comedy, thriller, etc.
- Years – Movies from specific decades
- Actors – Browse movies by cast
- Directors – Find movies by director
- Countries – Discover international films
- Search – Manually search for movies
You‘ll have no problem finding movies to watch with these categories. And thanks to Real-Debrid integration, most titles are available in crisp 1080p or 720p quality.
For TV addicts, The Watcher offers tons of great shows across every genre:
- Latest Episodes – Newly added episodes
- Most Popular – Top shows based on streams
- Genres – Comedy, drama, sci-fi, reality, etc.
- Networks – Shows from HBO, AMC, ABC, etc.
- Years – Browse shows by decade
- Search – Manually search shows
- New Shows – Brand new series
The addon makes it easy to find new episodes of your favorite shows. And full seasons are available for binge watching!
You can also manually search for movies, shows, episodes, or actors using the global search bar at the top. Just start typing and you‘ll see results populate automatically. It‘s a quick way to find exactly what you want to watch.
In the addon settings, you can:
- Authorize Real-Debrid
- Clear caches
- Adjust default stream quality
- Enable parental controls
- Set default autoplay actions
- and more…
Take some time to go through the settings and customize The Watcher to your preferences.
And that covers the main sections and features of the interface. It‘s designed for simplicity and ease of use. Now let‘s look at some frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to some common questions about The Watcher Kodi addon:
Is The Watcher legal to use?
The addon itself is legal. However, some of the content it provides may infringe copyright. Streaming or downloading copyrighted material without permission is illegal. Use The Watcher at your own risk.
Will The Watcher slow down my streaming device?
The addon is quite lightweight and shouldn‘t impact performance too much. Just make sure you‘re using a recommended device like the Firestick 4K or NVIDIA SHIELD. And close The Watcher fully when not in use.
What‘s the best device to use for The Watcher?
For the fastest streaming speeds, I recommend the Fire TV Stick 4K Max or NVIDIA SHIELD. But it will work fine on any device that runs Kodi, including Android boxes and smartphones.
Is a Real-Debrid account required?
No, a debrid service is optional. But having Real-Debrid or Premiumize authorized provides higher quality streams. The content without debrid tends to be lower quality.
How do I uninstall The Watcher?
In Kodi, navigate to
Add-ons > My Add-ons > Video Add-ons. Find The Watcher and select
Uninstall. Then confirm the pop-up to fully remove the addon.
Is The Watcher better than add-ons like The Crew or Syncler?
It‘s hard to say definitively, as all 3 are great addons. But The Watcher stands out for its large media catalog, frequent updates, and integration with Real-Debrid. I would rank it as a top 3 movie/TV addon for Kodi right now.
And that wraps up this guide on installing The Watcher Kodi addon! I hope you found this information helpful. Enjoy unlimited movies, TV shows, and more!