With the likes of on-demand video providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and others becoming more popular, it was only a matter of time before there was a ‘less than reputable’ equivalent. There are a number of these kinds of websites online, but one that seems to be causing excitement is Cartoon HD as it provides users with an experience akin to Netflix. Here, we show you how to use Cartoon HD and all its features. Read next: Best media streamers of 2016
Before we go any further, we should probably establish what Cartoon HD is. Essentially, Cartoon HD is the Netflix of illegal streaming, offering free access to a wide range of TV shows and movies – sometimes even those that are in the box office at the moment. Of course, it goes without saying that we at PC Advisor recommend that you don’t use Cartoon HD because it’s illegal and it harms the film/TV industry, but essentially we can’t stop you from doing so either.
How to use Cartoon HD
Cartoon HD offers a well-designed website offering a similar interface to that of Netflix, allowing easy access to a variety of genres of film and TV. The familiar layout makes it easy for users to navigate the first time around, but there are a few hidden features that help you get the most out of the website. Here, we show you how to use Cartoon HD, from searching for movies to creating your own personalised watchlist.
How to use Cartoon HD: How to make an account and log in
The first thing you’ll want to do upon accessing the Cartoon HD website is make an account. Yes, it’s not mandatory to create an account to use the site but unlike with other streaming sites, the sign-up process is fairly simple and the providers won’t spam you with annoying emails.
To make an account, simply click “Join” in the top right-hand corner and sign in with the relevant profile (Facebook, Google, etc). Signing up to the site brings extra benefits like being able to add your favourite movies and TV shows to a watch list for easy access, which is what we’ll show you next.
How to use Cartoon HD: How to search by keyword or genre
So now you’ve signed up to Cartoon HD, the next step is to hunt down your favourite TV shows and movies – but how can you do that? It’s fairly simple actually but depends on the device you’re using. If you’re on a PC or Mac, simply hover over the “Movies” and “TV Shows” categories at the top of the page to reveal the genres, and if you’re on a mobile/tablet tap the three lines in the top left-hand corner.
You can sort the movie/TV show results by either popularity, IMDB rating or all-time most watched, which may help you find new TV shows and movies to binge on. Tap on the icon to flip it to quickly reveal a blurb and IMDB rating.
You also have the option of tapping the Search icon in the top right-hand corner if you already know the name of the TV show or movie you want to watch.
How to use Cartoon HD: How to add TV shows and movies to your watch list
Great! You’ve found a TV show that you like or a movie that you want to watch, but not right now. You have two options – you can try and remember the show/movie or you can add it to your watchlist, providing you with a shortcut to the movie on the home page of the website. Again, this depends on the device you’re using but if you’re on a PC/Mac you can hover your mouse over the icon to flip it, then click “Add to Watch List”. Alternatively, you can open the show/movie page itself and tap the “Add to Watch List” button at the top of the listing.
There’s also a “Seen it” button that you can use to remind yourself that you’ve already seen the show/movie, handy for serial binge watchers.
How to use Cartoon HD: How to play movies or TV shows, change source
Okay, so you’ve made an account, created yourself an amazing watch list full of the best TV shows and movies available at the moment and the time has come to actually watch them. How? It differs slightly between TV shows and movies – let’s start with TV shows. Simply tap on the icon of the TV show you want to watch to bring up the listing page, then click on the title of the name of the episode to watch. If it’s available online, you’ll be presented with a small icon with a play button – click that to open the player.
With movies, it’s a lot simpler. Simply locate the movie that you want to watch, tap it to open the listing page full of reviews, trailers, and an IMDB rating, then simply tap the Play button at the top of the page.
Once the player opens, you can change the source from the drop-down menu on the right-hand side. Some players may not be compatible with some devices (especially iOS devices) so it’s best to experiment with the offerings to find the right provider for you.
And that’s it! You’re now a fully-fledged member of the Cartoon HD family, ready to catch up on the latest TV shows and movies.
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