Netflix is one of the more expensive video streaming services available, costing as much as $16 per month. That translates to around $190 per year, which is no chump change. You could do a lot with that money including saving it for a rainy day or buying a new smartphone, just to name a few.
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Luckily, you can! With a little bit of time, effort, and creativity, you don’t have to spend a dime to watch the latest Netflix shows and movies. In this short guide, we’ll show you exactly how to get Netflix for free. Let’s get started.
Doesn’t Netflix have a 30-day free trial?
Not anymore, at least in the US. Netflix has had a 30-day free trial for new customers since it began the streaming service. However, recently, and very quietly, Netflix ended that option and no longer offers any free trials to US subscribers. Netflix still offers free trials in a few other countries, like South Korea.
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To get Netflix for free, you’ll have to be super nice to friends and family who are already paying for the service. Two of Netflix’s three subscription plans allow for streaming on multiple devices at the same time. You can also make separate profiles that let you create your own list of movies and TV shows you want to watch, set a language preference, and get personalized recommendations.
So, here’s the plan: all you have to do is ask one of your friends or family members to hook you up with the login info for their Netflix account. Once you have that, create your own profile and start binge-watching for free. It’s not the easiest thing to pull off, but it can be done.
Unfortunately, you can’t assign a different password to each profile, which means that the owner of the Netflix account will be able to see exactly what you have been watching. In case that includes movies or TV shows you’re not exactly proud of, you can delete your Netflix history for peace of mind — here’s how to do it.
Take advantage of free Netflix offers from carriers, ISPs…
A few mobile carriers are offering free Netflix access to their customers. Yes, I know, this method of getting free Netflix technically isn’t free since you have to sign up for one of the carriers’ plans, but it’s a great option if you already plan on doing that.
You can get Netflix for free on eligible plans from T-Mobile, which include Magenta and T-Mobile One Plus. Terms and conditions apply, though, with one of them being that you’ll need two or more lines on your account to get Netflix for free. The MVNO carrier USMobile also offers free Netflix for customers who sign up for three or more unlimited lines.
We’ve seen similar offers from carriers outside the US as well. In the UK, O2 offered free Netflix to its subscribers in the past, as did Vodafone. Airtel did the same thing in India.
Deals like these change quickly, so we might see more of them somewhere down the line. We’ll be sure to update this post when that happens. And if we’ve missed any major ones, please do let us know in the comments.
Bonus tip 1: Stream selected content on Netflix for free
While the service no longer offers a free trial in the US, Netflix does offer a free page of content that anyone can stream and watch. The selection is extremely sparse, however. You can watch full movies like Bird Box, Murder Mystery, and The Two Popes. You can also watch the first episodes of exclusive Netflix series, including Stranger Things and Grace and Frankie.
Bonus tip 2: Try competing streaming services
Netflix is the biggest and arguably the best video streaming service out there, but it’s not the only one. To save money, you could try competing services including HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, all of which offer free trials.
Each of these streaming services offers loads of great content. For example, Amazon’s Prime Video features great original series including The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Boys, and Homecoming. You’ll find hit TV shows like Game of Thrones, Friends, and The Sopranos on HBO Max, while Hulu is known for releasing new episodes of some of the most popular shows around a day or so after they are aired on TV.
So switching from one streaming service to another, taking advantage of free trials when they are available, might be a better option than focusing just on Netflix.
There you have it, folks — that’s how you can get Netflix for free.
I’d also like to add that although we all like saving money, do consider paying for the service if you enjoy it and can afford it. Netflix uses part of that money to create new shows and movies for its customers, so if everyone would stop paying a monthly subscription, there would be no new content to look forward to in the future.