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Want Netflix for free? Here are all the totally legal ways to get it

Netflix was one of the first streaming sites around and has thus become the most common subscription for people to own. Netflix has all kinds of fun and popular original works as well as countless popular shows and movies from other production companies. (They also have a staggering amount of unpopular shows and movies.)

Netflix also provides easy access to shows from around the world, which a lot of people would have no way of finding or watching without the platform. However, not everyone is wanting to pay $15.99 a month for Netflix’s premium tier, and their basic level at $8.99 doesn’t fit a lot of people’s needs.

So what is the solution? We’ve done our best to find all the ways you can (completely legally) watch Netflix for free.

Deals from other companies

Reading the fine print is really annoying so most people skip it. We get it. However, there are companies which provide a free Netflix subscription along with whatever you’re already paying for.

T-Mobile is the most consistent and well-known example of this. The phone carrier actually provides a free Netflix account (the basic level which is standard definition and only works on one device at a time) to their customers. So, if you’re already a T-Mobile user you should look into this deal.

If you aren’t a T-Mobile user then this may not work for you if you love your phone carrier, but really, who actually likes their phone carrier? A switch may be worth it.

Share an account

This might seem obvious, but that isn’t our fault. Netflix allows their upper tiers to stream on multiple screens. Their standard tier allows two devices to use an account simultaneously and the premium allows four.

If you have a friend who is paying for one of those tiers, but doesn’t ever have Netflix running on their maximum number of devices at a time, then if you’re good enough friends, maybe ask them for the password.

Netflix likes to discourage this as much as possible, but they do have a feature which allows different users of the same account to have their own profiles (thus preventing bad algorithmic suggestion), so they can’t really complain when people use the feature.

The free month trial

Before you look at us and say, “but that’s only a month” in a whiny tone, let us explain. This is by no means the most convenient way to go about having Netflix for free, but it does technically work.

You get the free trial for one month and Netflix has the kindness to send you a reminder three days before the first time they’re going to charge you. (Still, set a reminder on your phone anyway.) You can cancel your subscription at this point and make a new account with a new email.

Does this sound like a pain? Yes. Is it legal? Yes. Does this give you infinitely free Netflix, until one day you get so annoyed with making new emails and new Netflix accounts every month that you just buy a subscription? Also yes. Nobody said taking advantage of a loophole would be easy.

Free trials but with less hassle

If you’re wondering why we didn’t mention this earlier it’s because it really isn’t as good. If you cannot stand the idea of making new accounts every month (we don’t blame you), then we hope you’re willing to have a very on-again-off-again kind of relationship with Netflix.

Once you sign up for your free first month of Netflix and cancel the service at the end of it, you won’t have access to the platform anymore. However, if you wait long enough Netflix will send you an email offering a new free trial in order to try and entice you into getting a subscription.

This is a process people have reported repeating multiple times. The big caveat is you have to bingewatch like crazy for a month and then wait until the next time Netflix says they want you back.

These are the legitimate and not-so legitimate (but still legal) ways you can obtain Netflix without paying any money. If none of these sound like they’ll work for you then maybe there’s another streaming platform which will suit you better.

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