How to get the Showmax app

24 April 2021

How to get the Showmax app

First of all, you’ll need to be a Showmax subscriber to use the app, so go to and sign up with your email and create a password to get started. If you only intend to watch Showmax on one mobile device, consider signing up for Showmax Mobile (R39PM) or Showmax Pro Mobile (R225PM). Find out more here. Once you’ve signed up to Showmax, read on to find out how to get the Showmax app.

One of the best things about the Showmax app on your smartphone or tablet is it allows you to download up to 25 different shows to watch offline, or you can stream whatever you like while you’re connected to the internet. The app for your Smart TV, Apple TV and Chromecast/Google Cast receiver, however, does not currently support downloads and is only for streaming.

Here is a breakdown of the different devices that support the Showmax app, and how to download it on your device.

Get the Showmax app for Apple devices

iPhones and iPads

If you have an Apple iPhone or iPad running iOS 8.4 or higher, you can download the Showmax app for viewing on the go. The Showmax app is available for download from the App Store.

All you have to do is search for “Showmax” in the App Store and install the Showmax app that appears in the search results.

Apple TV

If you have a TV that is not a Smart TV but want to cast Showmax onto your big screen, an Apple TV device is an option. It’s basically a small box that connects to the internet, and then to your TV, so that you can stream content onto a TV that can’t connect to the internet.

If you have the 4th Generation version of the Apple TV then you can download the Showmax app directly on the Apple TV device by following the same process as for your iPhone or iPad.

But if you have an earlier version of the Apple TV, then you’ll need to use AirPlay to stream the shows from the app on your laptop, iPhone or iPad to your TV when both the Apple TV and your phone or iPad are connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.

Read more about how AirPlay works.

Get the Showmax app for Android devices

Phones and tablets

If your phone or tablet runs Android 4.1.0 or higher, you can download the  Showmax app to stream or download shows to watch on your device on the go.

Search for “Showmax” in the Google Play Store and select the app that appears in the search results.

Google Cast (Chromecast) receiver:

Do you have a regular TV but want to watch shows and movies on your big screen without having to upgrade to a Smart TV? With a Google Cast/Chromecast receiver, you can stream shows from your phone or tablet to your TV screen.

The following Google Cast receivers are compatible: Google Chromecast (1st and 2nd Generation) and the Google Nexus Player.

All you have to do is make sure that your Android phone or tablet has the latest version of the Showmax app, and that it is connected to the same Wi-Fi connection as your Chromecast receiver.

For more info on how Google Chromecast works, read this post.

Get the Showmax app for Huawei phones and tablets

Download the register for Huawei AppGallery, then search for the Showmax app. Download it and sign in or sign up to start watching. Read more here.

Get the Showmax apps for smart TV

The following smart TVs support the Showmax app:

  • Samsung smart TVs (2012 and later)
  • Samsung Tizen smart TVs (2015 and later)
  • LG NetCast smart TVs (2012 to 2014)
  • LG WebOS smart TVs (2014 and later)
  • Hisense Vidaa 2.0 smart TV (2016 and later, South Africa only)
  • Android TVs (NVIDIA Shield, Sony BRAVIA, Sharp AQUOS and the Philips Android TV: Go here to find out for sure if your Android Smart TV supports the app).

Showmax Pro subscriber? Check out this post to see if your smart TV supports live streaming with the Showmax Pro app.

Your smart TV must be connected to the internet either by Wi-Fi or ethernet.

Make sure that your TV’s firmware is up to date (which you can do either on the website of your TV’s manufacturer or through the TV itself, depending on the brand – more info here).

Then search for “Showmax” in the App Store on your Smart TV and install the app that appears in the search results.

Did you know? The Showmax app comes pre-installed in all new supported models of Hisense TVs.

(Due to manufacturer differences, the application may not work on all devices.)

Get the Showmax Xbox One app

  • Go to the Store tab on the Xbox One.
  • Go to the Search tab on the right-hand side of the screen and search for Showmax.
  • Install the app.
  • Sign in to the app using the same email and password you used to sign up for Showmax.
  • To pin the Showmax app to your home screen, highlight the app tile, press the menu button and then select “pin to home”.

Get the Showmax PlayStation 4 app

  • Go to the PlayStation Store on the PS4.
  • Search for “Showmax”.
  • Install the app.
  • Sign in to the app using the same email and password you used to sign up for Showmax.

Read more about the various Showmax apps here.

How to download series and movies with the Showmax app

  1. Open the Showmax app and sign in with your email and password if necessary.
  2. Select the show you want to watch and tap the download icon next to each episode name and number.

Pro-tip: Make sure you download your shows when connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t use your precious mobile data.

Once you hit play, the show will automatically delete itself after 48 hours to save space on your device.

Read more about downloading here.

*Devices may vary by country

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