How to Get Netflix for Free

Tips and tricks to watch Netflix content without paying—legally

Netflix is a streaming service with a ton of great content, including original shows and movies you can't watch anywhere else. Between increasing membership fees, and tough economic times, not everyone can afford to subscribe, but there are a few ways to watch Netflix for free.

If you're hoping to find ways to get more Netflix free trials, don't get too excited. Netflix has ended free trials in the US, with the reasoning that it's free to cancel your subscription anytime.

Share Netflix Accounts With Friends or Family

The basic Netflix plan only allows you to watch one show or movie at a time, but the standard and premium plans allow you to watch multiple things on multiple devices. With the standard plan, you can watch up to two things at once, and the premium plan allows you to stream up to four shows or movies at the same time.

The basic Netflix plan doesn't support HD streaming, so if you know anyone with a Netflix subscription, there's a good chance they have the standard or premium plan. If they trust you enough to give you their password, you can log in and watch whatever you want without interfering with their binge-watching.

How to Share Your Netflix Account

Netflix allows you to create up to five separate profiles, each of which can have their own watch lists and recommendations. This allows you to share your account without your friends or family clogging up your recommendations with shows you have no interest in.

Here's how to set up a separate Netflix profile:

  1. Navigate to Netflix.com.

  2. Select your user icon in the upper right corner. If you see the Who's watching? screen; skip down to Step 3.

  3. Select Manage Profiles.

    Manage Profiles button on Netflix home page
  4. Select Add Profile.

    Add Profile button on Netflix Manage Profiles page
  5. Enter a name for the new profile, and select CONTINUE.

    Continue button in Add Profile screen on Netflix
  6. Select DONE.

You cannot assign a different password to each profile. New profiles log in using the same email and password you use. Only share your Netflix account with family members and friends you trust. As the account holder, you're responsible for the actions taken by anyone you allow to use your account.

How to Get a Free Netflix Perk From Your Phone or Cable Company

Some companies, including cell phone providers and cable companies, offer promotions that include a free Netflix account. This isn't exactly free since you need to buy something to get it, but it is a valid way to get Netflix without paying for it directly.

If you're in the market for a new phone or cable provider anyway, it may be worth checking to see if this would be a good deal. And if you're already a customer of a company that provides free Netflix, there's no downside to taking advantage of the offer.

For more information, contact your phone or cable company and ask if they offer any plans that provide free access to services like Netflix, Hulu, or HBO Go.

How to Get Netflix for Free With T-Mobile

T-Mobile throws in a Netflix account at no extra charge, but the deal isn't available for all customers. If you opt for a plan that doesn't require a credit check or a prepaid plan, the free Netflix offer is off the table.

T-Mobile webpage showing Netflix deal

Here's how to get free Netflix from T-Mobile:

  1. Sign up for a T-Mobile One plan.

  2. Make sure you don't opt for a prepaid or no credit check plan.

  3. Add at least one additional line to your plan. The free Netflix offer is only available if you have at least two lines.

  4. Opt-in to the Netflix On Us feature.

  5. Wait for a text message from T-Mobile, and follow the instructions.

T-Mobile may change the terms of service for Netflix at any time.

How to Get Netflix for Free With Verizon

Verizon also offers free Netflix, but it isn't for cellular customers. The only way to take advantage of this offer is to sign up for Verizon's FIOS TV, and it isn't available with all plans.

Free netflix verizon
You may be able to get free Netflix from Verizon.

Here's how to get free Netflix from Verizon:

  1. Sign up for FIOS TV.

  2. Make sure you choose a triple play package that includes television, phone, and internet.

  3. Your account must be active for 31 days before you can qualify, and you'll get an email from Verizon when you can redeem your Netflix reward.

  4. Once you're eligible, log in to your Verizon account and follow the instructions.

Verizon may change the terms of service for Netflix from time to time.