How to Stream On Disney Plus (aka Disney+)

Everything you need to know about the Disney streaming service

What to Know

  • Go to and select Sign up for Disney+ only, then follow sign up steps. Verify your account and start streaming.
  • You can watch on four devices simultaneously but you'll need the app to stream on mobile or PS4.

This article explains how to sign up for Disney+ and start streaming shows or movies with it. It also explains the service's content and covers the differences between it and Netflix.

How to Sign Up For Disney+

You can sign up for Disney+ through the website or the app. Here's how to sign up through the website:

  1. Navigate to, and select Sign up for Disney+ only below the large blue button. When you arrive on the site, the design may have changed, so look for whichever link or button directs you to sign up for or try Disney+.

    Disney+ home page

    Choose Get All Three... if you want to bundle Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+. There is no free trial for the bundle, so you will be charged immediately.

  2. Enter your email address, and press Agree & Continue.

    A screenshot of the Disney+ sign up process.
  3. Choose a password, and press Continue.

    A screenshot of the Disney+ sign up process.
  4. Choose a subscription type, enter your credit card information, and press Agree & Subscribe.

    A screenshot of the Disney+ billing information page.

    You need to enter billing information to receive the free Disney+ trial, but you won't be charged immediately. You will be charged if you don't cancel before the end of the trial period.

  5. Click start streaming Disney+ to get started.

    A screenshot of Disney+

Verifying Your Disney+ Account

When you first sign up for Disney+, you may be greeted by a blank screen and an error message. If that happens to you, it means you need to verify your Disney+ account before you can start streaming.

Here's how to verify your Disney+ account:

  1. If Disney+ displays a blank screen, select the account icon in the upper right corner.

    If you haven't set up any profiles, the icon will look like Mickey Mouse.

    The profile icon on Disney+
  2. Press Account.

    The Account link
  3. Choose Verify Account.

    The "Verify Account" link
  4. Check your email for a verification code from Disney+. Once it arrives, enter it on the Disney+ verification page, and press Continue.

    A screenshot of the Disney+ verification page.
  5. You are now ready to start streaming.

What Content Can You Watch on Disney+?

Disney+ is the streaming home to movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm. It also has content from National Geographic. While R-rated films and some original material, like Marvel's Runaways, will still appear on Hulu, the majority of the content from those five sources will be exclusively available on Disney+.

A screenshot of Disney+ showing some of the available content.

If you enjoy watching the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe or Star Wars movies on Netflix, you may want to consider switching to Disney+. The last Disney movie to appear on Netflix was Ant-Man and the Wasp. Disney+ will be the exclusive streaming home to all future Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies.

In addition to movies, Disney+ also has a lot of original content. The service has original Star Wars series like The Mandalorian, original series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, original National Geographic documentaries, and more.

All of the content on Disney+ is available on-demand, and there is no pay-per-view mechanism. That means your subscription provides you with access to the entire streaming library, and there is no option to pay extra to rent movies.

Is Disney+ Connected to ESPN+ or Hulu?

Disney owns ESPN (and ESPN+) and Hulu, but they are each separate services that you can sign up for separately. Fans of all three services also have the option of signing up for a bundle of Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for a low monthly fee.

When you bundle Hulu with Disney+, you get the version of Hulu that includes commercials. If you want the commercial-free version of Hulu, or Hulu With Live TV, you need to sign up for each service separately.

How to Watch Disney+

The primary way to watch Disney+ is through the Disney+ website, which includes a streaming video player that works in most modern browsers.

A screenshot of the Disney+ interface.

Disney+ looks a lot like other streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu. The streaming library has a few categories, including movies, series, and originals, and there is also a search function that you can use to locate specific titles.

The service also includes a watchlist that works like the watchlists included with services like Hulu and Netflix. Users can save movies, television shows, and originals to watch at a later date.

How Many Shows Can You Watch at Once On Disney+?

Streaming services place a limit on how many streams you can watch at once using a single account. Even if a service allows you to create multiple profiles, that doesn't mean you'll be able to use all of the profiles at the same time.

Disney+ allows you to stream to four devices simultaneously. That means you can watch The Mandalorian on your smart TV while your kids all watch cartoons and movies on some combination of three smartphones, tablets, game consoles, or other compatible streaming devices.

If you try to stream to more than four devices at once, you'll see Error Code 75. To clear this code, stop streaming on one of your devices.

How to Use the Disney+ Watchlist

  1. Navigate to, or open the Disney+ app, and select a show or movie you want to save for later.

    A screenshot of Disney+
  2. On the series or movie landing page, press the + symbol.

    This is a good way to keep track of original shows like The Mandalorian that have new episodes released on a weekly basis.

    The "Add to Watchlist" button
  3. To watch the show or movie later, choose WATCHLIST.

    The Watchlist heading
  4. With the watchlist open, select the show or movie you want to watch.

    A screenshot of the Disney+ Watchlist.

Can You Watch Disney+ On Mobile Devices and Televisions?

In addition to watching on your computer, you can download an app to stream Disney+ on a variety of other devices.

Disney+ displayed on a tablet.

The Disney+ app is compatible with smartphones, tablets, and some streaming devices, including Roku. It's also compatible with some smart televisions, and there is a version that works with PS4.

Here's where you can get the Disney+ app:

One benefit of the Disney+ app is that it allows you to stream without being tied to your computer, but it also has some additional functionality. For example, the streaming device, smart TV, and game console versions all allow you to stream directly to your television.

The tablet version of the app also allows you to download shows and movies straight to your device so that you can watch them later without an internet connection.

Disney Plus allows you to share your account with up to four devices as well as throw small watch parties using GroupWatch.

If you've tried it and decided you don't like it, here's how to cancel Disney+.

What Is Disney+?

Disney+ is Disney plus Pixar plus Marvel plus Star Wars plus National Geographic, which basically just means that it's a streaming service built to house all of Disney's media properties. It's essentially Disney's answer to Netflix, is very similar to Netflix in terms of functionality and content, and it serves as the official streaming home to all of the Disney properties that used to be available through Netflix.

The Disney+ service is subscription-based, and allows subscribers to stream on-demand movies and shows through a website on computers and laptops, or an app on phones, tablets, and streaming devices. There is no connection between Disney+ and the Disney Channel, so you don't need a cable subscription to access this service. Disney also owns ESPN and Hulu and offers an option to bundle all three services together for one monthly fee.

While the Disney+ streaming library is smaller, it's also more focused. If you're a fan of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars, then Disney+ is the only place you'll find those titles.

Disney+ also differs from services like Netflix in that they hew closer to the old television-style content release strategy. Instead of releasing entire seasons at once like Netflix, Disney+ follows a weekly release schedule for their original programming. Viewers who have grown used to binge-watching on Netflix may find this return to weekly episodic releases a little frustrating.

You can use a virtual assistant to navigate Disney Plus, including Google Assistant.

  • How can you stream Disney+ to a TV from a phone?

    If you're using iOS, the AirPlay feature lets you stream videos to a compatible smart TV or Apple TV device. Just tap the AirPlay icon while watching a Disney+ video, then choose the device you want to stream to. On Android, use the Cast feature in the same way to stream from your phone to a compatible smart TV or Google Chromecast device.

  • How much does Disney+ cost?

    As of August 2021, a Disney+ subscription costs $7.99/month (USD) or $79.99/year. There's also a bundle deal that allows you to get Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ together for $13.99/month (Hulu is ad-supported) or $19.99/month (no Hulu ads).

  • How can you cancel a Disney+ subscription?

    Log in to the Disney+ website and select your profile > Account > Cancel Subscription. Then, select Complete cancellation to confirm the change. If you subscribed to Disney+ via an iOS or Android device, you need to manage your subscription through Apple and Google.

  • How do you change languages on Disney+?

    Select the Audio and Subtitle icon while watching a video. You should find it in the upper-right corner of the screen. Then, select your preferred language.

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