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How to get Apple TV+ for free: new two months free deal

Apple TV+, the streaming service from Apple, arrived at the end of 2019 so it’s been here a while now, but it’s only recently come into its own as more and more people have discovered the shows on offer. Shows including Ted Lasso and For All Mankind, as well as movies like Greyhound, starring Tom Hanks. You can even watch a couple of MLB games every Friday night.

Apple TV+ costs $9.99/£8.99 (it was $6.99/£6.99 until October 2023, and prior to October 2022 it was $4.99/£4.99 a month). This is still less than other streaming services, but it also offers less content than many other streaming services, lacking the huge back-catalogues of films and TV shows on offer from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, or Disney+. If you want to learn more about what you can watch on Apple TV+ read everything you can watch on Apple TV+, and our list of the new shows coming to Apple TV+. 

You might want to watch one of the shows being broadcast by Apple, but the monthly subscription may not appeal to you. Wondering how you can get Apple TV+ for free? We’ll run through your options.

Apple offers a free seven-day trial which might be long enough for you to binge a series (if you don’t sleep for a week). There are also longer trials available. Read on to find out how to watch Apple TV for free.

Various companies are bundling a free Apple TV+ subscription with their services. For example, there is the option to get a free year subscription to Apple TV+ with T-Mobile (if you live in the US), you can also get six months free Apple TV+ with a PlayStation 5 or three months with PlayStation 4. Find out more about these deals below.

How to watch episodes on Apple TV+ for free

There are a number of ways in which you can watch shows on Apple TV+ for free. Apple offers limited-time trials (discussed below), and the service also allows you to watch the first episode of many shows for free. In fact there are several dozen episodes available to watch for free including the first episodes of Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, See, Trying, and more.

Read about What is free on Apple TV+?

Apple Deals

Apple offers various trials so that you can try out Apple TV+ before you subscribe, we detail all the trials you can take advantage of below.

Unfortunately, none of these offers are available if you or your Family have previously accepted an Apple TV+ 1 year free offer from when the service first launched.

Once the trial period is up the $9.99/£8.99/month subscription will start immediately – but you can cancel this. See: How to cancel an Apple subscription.

Get 7 days of Apple TV+ free

If you want to watch a show, and have plenty of time in the immediate future, you could activate your free seven-day trial and binge-watch it!

(There was a short period when Apple stopped offering the 7-day trial in the U.K. and South Africa, but this trial does seem to be running again now).

You can subscribe to Apple TV+ on Apple’s website here, or via the Apple TV app on your device.

The 7-day trial will automatically auto-renew into a monthly subscription though, so you will need to be prepared to cancel within the week if you don’t want to be out of pocket.

The 7-day trial might sound attractive if you think you can watch a whole series in a week. But make sure the whole series is available, as Apple typically adds new episodes on a weekly basis.

The easiest way to cancel a subscription go to Settings and click on the Apple ID section on your iPhone. Tap on Subscriptions. Locate Apple TV+ in the Active list and then Cancel Subscription. More details on how to cancel your subscription below. Note that you won’t find Apple TV+ in the Active list until the trial ends. See: How to cancel a subscription on iPhone, iPad or Mac for more help.

Get 1 month of Apple TV+ free

As long as you’ve never used the service before, you can actually get a free month if you sign up for the one-month trial of Apple One. That trial will also include free one-month trials for Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple Fitness+, and iCloud+.

At the end of the month’s trial, the subscription starts at $19.95/£18.95 a month as an individual, but there are different plans available and crucially you can cancel at any time. Read: Apple One: What you need to know.

Get 3 months of Apple TV+ for free with an Apple hardware purchase

It used to be the case that if you bought a qualifying new Apple product you could get a whole year of Apple TV+ for free.

Now that the “one year free” deal has concluded Apple is offering three months of Apple TV+ for free to anyone with a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac.

You can get three months of Apple TV+ when you purchase a iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac from Apple. Apple Watch, HomePod, AirPods, and other Apple devices do not qualify. In short, your device qualifies if it’s a new Apple device that can actually run the TV app and watch Apple TV+ content.

Once the three months is up the $9.99/£8.99/month subscription will start immediately unless you cancel it.

It is necessary to claim the deal within 90 days of setting up your new device.

Get Apple TV+ free with an Apple Music student subscription

Another way to get Apple TV+ for free is to sign up for a student subscription to Apple Music. If you qualify as a student in Higher Education you will be able to get Apple Music for half price, and as an added benefit Apple is bundling free Apple TV+ subscriptions with student subscriptions to Apple Music. You qualify for free Apple TV+ for as long as you subscribe as a student.

A student subscription to Apple Music costs $5.99/£5.99.

Head to this Apple page for more details.

Get 12 months Apple TV+ for the price of 10

One way to save money is to pay Apple for the year up-front.

When you sign up for the service rather than choosing to pay monthly (which has the benefit of being able to cancel at any time) opt to pay yearly. That will cost you $99.99/£89 up-front, which works out at $8.33/£7.41 a month, rather than the standard $9.99/£8.99 a month. Or $9.99/£8.99 a month for 10 months instead of 12.

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings and click on your Apple ID info at the top.
  2. Tap on Subscriptions.
  3. Beside Apple Music tap on See All Plans.
  4. Switch to Individual Plan to save money (you won’t be able to cancel this subscription until the end of the 12 months though).

Other Deals

It’s not only Apple that offers free Apple TV+ trials. Some third parties offer even longer deals than Apple does. You’ll find U.S. and U.K deals below.

Just remember that at the end of the trial you may need to cancel with Apple if you don’t want the subscription to start.

Get Apple TV+ for free with PlayStation 5

There is a 3 month Apple TV free deal with PlayStation 5 (there was a six-month deal, but that deal ended on July 31, 2023.)

PlayStation 4 users can also apply for the deal.

U.S. deals

Get Apple TV+ for free with T-Mobile and Spirit

T-Mobile offers Apple TV+ free to Magenta MAX smartphone customers, which is normally $185 a month for three phone lines (but is currently $140 a month). As well as getting Apple TV+ for for free for the length of their contract, customers also get Netflix (two screens) and Paramount+ for one year.

If you are on T-Mobile’s standard Magenta Plan you can get Apple TV+ for six months. Those customers also get Netflix (one screen) and Paramount+ for a year. A Magenta plan normally costs $155 a month for three phone lines.

If you were a Sprint customer the same deals apply as Spirit is now T-Mobile. Apple TV+ Now Included With Sprint MAX, and six months with Spirit ONE. Details here.

Get 3 months of Apple TV+ for free through Best Buy

You can get three months of Apple TV+ for free through Best Buy, without even making any special qualifying purchase. Just go to the Best Buy Apple TV+ promo page, hit Add to Cart, and check out. Follow the prompts to access your digital download, which is a code you can enter for three free months when you first sign up for Apple TV+. The code will work for new or returning subscribers.

This code has to be used during signup, so it’s probably the one you should use first, before redeeming other offers like the free 3 months for a qualifying Apple product.

Expired deals

A Roku deal ended on December 3, 2023.

There was a Groupon that offered two months of Apple TV+ but the deal ended on January 31, 2023.

U.K. deals

Get 24-months of Apple TV+ for free with Vodafone

You can get a 24-month Apple TV+ subscription if you sign up to a Vodafone Xtra Broadband plan.

After your broadband has been connected, Vodafone will send you an email within 14 days with a link to redeem your subscription. You’ll also get an Apple TV box.

This deal will run until September 4, 2024.

Get 2 months of Apple TV+ for free with Sky TV in the U.K.

There’s a great deal in the UK right now for Sky TV subscribers, where you can easily grab two months of Apple TV+ for free (sadly, not that long ago this was six months).

The offer is open to both new and existing Apple TV+ subscribers. You’ll need an iCloud account to sign up for Apple TV+. Existing subscribers can redeem the offer and their subscription automatically states that the next renewal is six months later.

To get VIP, log into the My Sky app on your iOS or Android device. Then click on the Sky VIP star on the bottom right-hand corner, tap ‘giveaways’ and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

All UK-based Sky subscribers can become Sky VIPs if they have one or more active Sky TV, Broadband, Talk and/or Sky Mobile products.

Get 6 months of Apple TV+ for free with EE

New subscribers and existing customers can get up to 6 months free Apple TV+. If you are an existing Apple TV+ member you will still be able to take advantage of the deal, but you will need to cancel your existing subscription with Apple.

Customers only need to text TV PLUS to 150 and EE will send an activation code. Alternatively, log into the EE website or app and go to Plan & Add-ons > Add-ons >Apple TV+.

Along with having an Apple ID with payment information on file, you will need to prove you are a Barclaycard customer. To do so you need to fill in a form with your name, date of birth and postcode and Barclays will confirm if you are a customer and will send you a link to get the Apple TV trial.

After the six months is up customers will be billed £8.99 a month as per Apple’s usual Apple TV+ cost.

EE does note that you may get the error message that: “This subscription is being used with another Apple ID” and they suggest that you change the Apple ID associated =with the subscription to solve this.

Get 6 months of Apple TV+ for free with EE TV

EE is also bundling Apple TV+ with EE TV. An Apple TV set top box is included in the deal.

EE TV includes over 70 Freeview channels including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Also included are Sky channels from NOW, Netflix, TNT Sport, discovery+ and more. Apple TV+ is available to new EE TV customers with a six-month free trial.

Get 3 months of Apple TV+ for free with Currys

Currys will give you three months of Apple TV+ along with three months of Apple Arcade, Apple News+ and Apple Fitness. You just need to buy an eligible product from the store which includes all audio products over £49, all laptops, desktops, games consoles, tablets, TV’s, smart home, smart watches, mobile or any Apple product over £99. After five days you should receive an email from Currys including the link to get three months of Apple services for free.

Sign up for the Currys Perks Loyalty Scheme to qualify.

You can get three months free access to Apple TV+ via the O2 Priority app (this drops to two months if you have previously had an Apple TV+ trial). O2 Priority is a loyalty scheme for O2 customers that offers various benefits and discounts.

The deadline for this deal is September 1, 2024.

How to claim your free trial of Apple TV+ from Apple

Having made a qualifying purchase, or decided to try out the free 7-day trial, all you need to do is:

  1. Make sure the device is running the latest software.
  2. Open the TV app on your new Mac, iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV.
  3. Sign in to your Apple ID.
  4. Click on the show you want to watch—you should see the option to Enjoy Three Months Free. Note: This will only appear if you have purchased a new device, otherwise you will only see the 7-day trial offer.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Confirm that you want to activate the free trial.
  7. You will see a message that the free trial will commence immediately and will run until the end of the trial at which point it will renew for a monthly subscription. If you want to cancel the subscription you can do so.

You have 90 days from buying a new device to start the free year’s subscription, so as long as you purchased your new Apple product recently then you should be ok to activate your trial. Also, if you stop the free trial before it ends you can’t restart it.

What if you are thinking of buying a new Apple device later? Will you be able to switch from a subscription to the free trial? We think that the way to do this would be to cancel your subscription before signing up again via the three-month trial.

How to share an Apple TV+ subscription with your family

You can also share a subscription to TV+ with six family members—yourself and five others.

To do this you all need to be part of the same Family Sharing group.

By linking your Apple accounts together under the Family Sharing group you will all be able to:

  • Share music purchased from the iTunes Store
  • Share access to Apple Music (as long as you have a family Apple Music subscription)
  • Share apps bought from the App Store (in app purchases can’t be shared though)
  • Share Apple Books
  • Access games on Apple’s Arcade gaming platform (with a subscription)
  • Share a News+ subscription
  • Share an iCloud storage plan

One of your family members will need to be the family organizer, who basically chooses who joins the group, and has to put up their bank details to pay for any purchases.

It’s supposed to be family members in the same household. While you could set this up with other ‘family’ members we think the frustration of having all the payments for everything going through the ‘organiser’s’ bank account could make this a hard sell. However, if does at least mean that you and your partner don’t both have to subscribe to the service in order to watch shows on both of your iPhones.

How to cancel an Apple TV+ subscription

So that’s a few ways to get Apple TV+ for free, at least for a short time, or by sharing a subscription with a family member.

However, we think the best way to get access to Apple TV+ is to subscribe as usual but just cancel at any time. You could watch everything you want this month and then stop subscribing next month and it would only cost you £6.99/$6.99. Sign up for Apple TV+ here.

To cancel your Apple TV+ subscription follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on the Apple ID section at the top with your name.
  3. Tap on Subscriptions.
  4. Now tap on any subscription you wish to cancel (in this case Apple TV+).
  5. On the next page tap on Cancel Subscription.