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How to get a HBO Max free trial

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It's no surprise that many people want to find out how to get an HBO Max free trial. HBO Max is still our No. 1 pick among the best streaming services, even after it stopped offering day-and-date blockbuster movie premieres. That's a testament to the strength of its strong its back catalogue, licensed films and shows and its excellent HBO originals.

When HBO Max first launched in May 2020, it offered a seven-day free trial. And while there are free trials offered through other services (more on that below), HBO's own trial soon disappeared. It seemed like the service realized it no longer needed it around the time of the debut of Wonder Woman 1984 and WarnerMedia's decision to stream all of Warner Bros. 2021 movies on HBO Max on the same day as their theatrical debuts.

However, as the service continues to expand to new territories, you may be able to find a HBO Max free trial soon, so you can watch the best shows and movies on HBO Max to watch right now. Also, if you were curious about the ad-supported experience, know that HBO Max with ads is better than I thought it would be.

Can I get an HBO Max free trial right now?

Right now, HBO Max is not offering a free trial of any length — but it does offer something similar (more on that below). The initial HBO Max 7-day free trial disappeared right before Wonder Woman 1984's premiere in December 2020 and the company's subsequent decision to have day-and-date theatrical and streaming premieres for all of Warner Bros.' movies in 2021. The list included big ticket titles like Godzilla vs. Kong, The Suicide Squad, Dune and The Matrix 4

Likely, HBO Max executives realized that fans would sign up to see a movie on the service, then cancel when the free trial ran out so they could avoid paying the $14.99 monthly subscription fee. 

HBO Max did eventually add a cheaper, ad-supported subscription tier at $9.99, but that doesn't include access to the new theatrical releases. 

When HBO Max launched in Latin America in May 2021, they did offer a free trial to new subscribers in those territories. However, when the platform launched in parts of Europe in October 2021, it did not have a free trial; instead, they offered new subscribers a lifetime subscription at half price.

Still, it is possible that a HBO Max free trial is renewed sometime down the road in the U.S. or other parts of the world. For instance, if the service wants to get publicity for a high-profile premiere or addition to their library, they might offer a free trial to entice new users.

And there are still a couple ways to get a HBO Max free trial right now. Some AT&T customers get HBO Max for free with certain mobile plans. 

You can also get a seven-day free trial through Hulu, or a 30-day free trial if you buy a Roku product!

How to get HBO Max free trial via Hulu

If you are a Hulu subscriber, you can add on HBO Max and receive a seven-day free trial. 

1. Go to Hulu.com (opens in new tab) and click on your profile icon in the top right corner.

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2. Select Account.

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3. Scroll down to Your Subscription. Select Manage Add-ons. 

Manage add-ons in Hulu account settings

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4. Click on HBO Max, then select Review Changes.

Add-ons screen on Hulu

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5. In the next screen, review the changes and select Confirm.

HBO Max's free content

Don't want to pay for HBO Max but want to still sample its wares? Well, HBO Max offers something similar to a free trial. All you need to do is download the app or visit play.hbomax.com (opens in new tab), and you will be able to watch the first episodes of select Max Originals and HBO Originals without paying. HBO Max is adding new titles monthly.

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.