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How to get Apple TV Plus for free

Save your money with these tips and tricks.
April 15, 2022

Apple TV Plus is the streaming TV and movie service from the team at Cupertino, California. The same company that makes iPhones and iPads is asking for $4.99 a month to watch original TV series and films. Apple hopes to get additional revenue from this service, but what if you don’t want to pay? Is there a way to stream Apple TV Plus for free?

Read more: How much does Apple TV Plus cost?

There is! Here are six ways you can watch the growing number of exclusive shows and films on Apple TV Plus for free. You can sign up for the service at the link below:

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Apple TV Plus has quickly become a major player in the streaming game since its launch in 2019. Its slate of original programming includes shows like Ted Lasso, The Morning Show, Foundation, and For All Mankind as well as movies like The Banker, Greyhound, and Palmer.


There are several different ways to get Apple TV Plus for free, including free trials, and even one year for free if you sign up for a T-Mobile Magenta plan.


Seven-day free trial

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The simplest method to get this service for free is to simply sign up for the service and watch it for nothing. Apple is offering a seven-day trial for people who want to test out the new service. Be aware that you will still have to have a credit or debit card on file. That’s because you will be charged $4.99 after the trial period ends if you don’t cancel the service beforehand.

Three months free trial with Apple device purchase

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The second method is perfect for people who were already planning to buy an iPhone. Anyone who purchased or plans to purchase certain hardware products can get three months of Apple TV Plus for nothing. This offer covers the purchase of new iPhones, iPads, the iPod Touch, and Apple TV boxes. You can also get this offer when you buy new Mac laptop or desktop PCs.

In order to get this offer, you have to sign up for your Apple TV Plus account within three months of purchasing your device. You have to have a credit or debit card on file. Also, you have to sign up for the three month free trial on your new Apple hardware device. You will be charged after the three months ends if you don’t cancel the account.

You may remember that Apple used to offer a full year of Apple TV Plus for free with the purchase of a hardware product. However, that deal has since been discontinued.

Apple TV Plus for free with Apple Music student subscription

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This may be the best free offer, but it’s only for a limited audience. Apple Music has a student subscription tier for qualified attendees of degree-granting universities and colleges. It’s just $4.99 a month, which is half off the normal $9.99 a month Apple Music subscription. However, Apple quietly announced the Apple Music student subscription will now come with Apple TV Plus for free.

Apple Music for students is available to college attendees in the US, Canada, and Japan. Once you are qualified as being eligible, you can get this lower price for up to 48 months. This bundle of Apple Music and Apple TV Plus will only be available for a “limited time.” That means you may need to jump on this deal ASAP (again, if you’re eligible).

Get a free month with Apple One

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Apple One is the company’s bundle deal that allows users to get several services under one bill. There are three Apple One plans, and all of them have Apple TV Plus. The cheapest costs $14.95 a month, and the other plans cost $19.95 a month and $29.99 a month. If you have not signed up for Apple TV Plus before you signed up for an Apple One plan, you can get a free one-month trial.

Six months for free for PlayStation 5 or Playstation 4 owners

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If you own a Sony PlayStation 5 game console, or the older Playstation 5, you can snap up six months of Apple TV Plus for free. Both new and current Apple TV Plus users can take advantage of this offer (unless you signed up for the service via an Apple One bundle. 

If you own a PS5 or PS4, launch the console and go to its native Apple TV app, or download and install it if you haven’t already. Then just open the app and follow the on-screen instructions. You will need both an Apple ID and a PlayStation account to get this six-month free offer. The promotion will end on July 22, 2022, and is available in 60 markets, including the US.

One year for free with T-Mobile Magenta plans

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T-Mobile has announced that all new and current subscribers to their Magenta and Magenta Max plans can now get one year of Apple TV Plus. The carrier will send you a promo code that you can use in the Apple TV app to get the free year of the service.  You will have to register for the code before June 30, 2022, and the codes will expire after July 31, 2022. After the free year, users will see a $4.99 a month charge until they decide to cancel the service. This is just for US users.


Normally, you have to sign up for a subscription to watch Apple TV Plus content but occasionally the company allows some episodes and movies to be accessed without a subscription.

Yes! When you sign up for the service, you watch all the content with no commercials or ads.

Yes! You can download the Apple TV app for free for a variety of platforms. However, you have to sign up for s subscription to access the content on Apple TV Plus.

That’s all the methods we have for getting Apple TV Plus for nothing. If you have any other ways to get the service for free, let us know in the comments.