How to Get HBO Max

It's a standalone streaming service, but it's also included with HBO

What to Know

  • HBO subscribers: Go to the site and click SIGN IN > SIGN IN THROUGH...PROVIDER > Select provider > Sign in > Verify.
  • HBO automatically converted HBO Go subscriptions to HBO Max.
  • HBO Now was rebranded as HBO and costs the same as HBO Max for less content.

This article explains how to get HBO Max if you're a cable subscriber, want a standalone subscription, or have a different HBO subscription.

Get HBO Max With a Cable Subscription

HBO Max is free with an HBO cable subscription from supported providers. To access the streaming service, you need to connect your provider account.

  1. Go to and click SIGN IN.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.
  2. Click SIGN IN THROUGH TV OR MOBILE PROVIDER. The options include cable and mobile companies and streaming services like Hulu and YouTube TV. If you don't see your provider, click VIEW ALL PROVIDERS.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.
  3. Select your provider.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.
  4. Sign in to that account.

  5. Once you're verified by your provider, then you can create an HBO Max account. Input your name and email address, tick the box to agree to HBO Max and terms and privacy policy, and click CREATE ACCOUNT.

  6. HBO Max will email you a one-time code to confirm your address and connect the accounts. Input the code and click LINK ACCOUNTS.

  7. From now on, you can log in directly to HBO Max without going through your provider. Click OK, GOT IT to finish.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.

Sign Up For HBO Max Online On Its Own

You can get HBO Max as a separate subscription without having cable.

  1. Go to and click SIGN UP.

    Signing up for HBO Max.
  2. Provide your name, email address, and create a password. Then click CREATE ACCOUNT.

    Signing up for HBO MAX.
  3. Next, add a payment method, and follow the prompts to complete the signup.

What About HBO Go Subscribers?

If you had an HBO Go subscription, it automatically turned into HBO Max. It's the same case if you subscribe to HBO via the Amazon Appstore, Apple, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Samsung TV, WarnerMedia, Verizon Fios, and some other providers.

What About HBO Now Subscribers?

HBO Now is now called the HBO app. It includes all of HBO's movies and TV shows. HBO Max has everything from the HBO app and more for the same monthly price.

Streaming Device Support for HBO Max

Once you've figured out your subscription, you can watch HBO on your TV using AirPlay or Chromecast, or one of these streaming devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • Xfinity X1 and Flex

You can watch HBO Max on these mobile devices:

  • Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (iOS 12.2 or later)
  • Android phone and tablets (Android 5 or later)
  • Amazon Fire tablets (4th generation and later)

You can watch HBO Max using a computer Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari (version 12 or later). Supported computers include:

  • Google Chromebooks with Chrome browser version 78 or later
  • PCs with Windows 7 or later
  • Mac with macOS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later

For more information, see HBO’s list of supported devices.

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