CW App: 5 Things You Need to Know

The CW app is an easy way to watch some of your favorite Fall TV shows like The Flash, Supernatural, Riverdale and many others without a cable subscription. As the Fall TV season heats up, the CW app tops the charts of the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store. Here’s a look at what you need to know about the CW app.

You can watch a lot of shows on the CW app and you can use more than just your iPhone or Android. The CW app works on many connected TV devices, game consoles and with Chromecast.

What is the CW App?

What you need to know about the CW app.
What you need to know about the CW app.

The CW app is the only way you can watch CW shows for free. You can use it on your phone, tablet or on your TV with a no need for a cable login or a subscription. The CW app is free to download and you can find it on a lot of devices.

The CW app is rated Teen, or 12+ depending on the service. The app itself doesn’t have anything that is outright offensive for kids, but there are a number of shows that cover topics that you may not want a 12 year old watching. You can check out the content to decide if it deserves a place on your kid’s devices.

Is the CW App Free?

The CW app is free and there are no in app purchases. That’s quite surprising considering the app allows you to watch full episodes of CW shows. You also don’t need a cable login to watch the shows on your devices.

The same goes for the CW Seed app that is free with no logins or subscriptions needed and includes access to an additional 900 hours of content.

What Shows Can I Watch on the CW App?

What shows can you watch on the CW app?
What shows can you watch on the CW app?

You can watch clips and full episodes from the CW original programming. Below is a list of the shows you can watch in the CW App on iPhone, Android and on your TV.

  • Supernatural
  • Arrow
  • The Originals
  • The 100
  • The Flash
  • iZombie
  • Legends of Tomorrow
  • Supergirl
  • Riverdale
  • Valor
  • Dynasty
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us
  • Masters of Illusion

The one catch is that you don’t get all of the seasons, so if you get addicted to a new TV show on CW and you want to watch it all, you will likely need to spend money on a subscription that includes older seasons.

What Devices Work with the CW App

You can use the CW app on the iPhone, iPad, Android, Amazon and Windows devices as well as on a number of devices that connect to your TV. Here’s a look at where you can install and use the CW app.

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Android
  • Amazon Fire
  • Windows
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • Apple TV
  • AirPlay to Apple TV
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Fire TV

You can download these and add them to your connected devices using the links on this page, or search in the app store on your device.

How to fix CW App Problems

What to do if you see double captions or can't turn captions off in the CW app.
What to do if you see double captions or can’t turn captions off in the CW app.

There are some issues with the CW app that you can fix on your own. One of the first things to do if you run into issues is to close the app completely and start over. You may even want to restart your phone or tablet. In many cases, this will fix a lot of issues.

If you cannot stream videos, you may need to restart your home network or toggle Airplane mode on and off if you are using your phone to stream over cellular.

We often hear complaints about closed captions showing up even when they are turned off. If that is happening to you, turning them on then off again should fix the problem in most cases. If you see double captions or you cannot turn them off CW recommends, “Please try uninstalling the app, restarting your iPhone, and reinstalling the app.”

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