How to Get YouTube Premium For Free

We've already raved about YouTube Premium (formerly YouTube Red) and why it's worth $11.99, from the lack of ads and ability to play videos offline to great original content. But if you're wary of plunking down money -- and would rather try before you buy -- there are some options.

So here, we're going to keep track of the ways you can get free access to YouTube Premium. These instructions may change as Google shifts from Red to Premium, and we'll update this article if that's the case.

Google's Free 30-Day Trial

First time subscribers to YouTube Premium don't need to pay before they hit play. The first time you sign up for YouTube Premium, you get 30 days before the company will charge you the first $11.99 per month fee. You can save a little money by signing up for YouTube Red before the switch to Premium on May 22, and keep the original $9.99 pricing.

You can get YouTube Red for free in two easy ways. Image: Yeamake / Shutterstock, Inc.You can get YouTube Red for free in two easy ways. Image: Yeamake / Shutterstock, Inc.There's just one big thing to note: do not sign up for YouTube Premium via the YouTube iOS app. If you do that, the discount won't apply and you'll never get the chance to get it, since it only applies to new subscribers.

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Get a Google Play Music Account Before May 22

May 21 is the last day before Google converts YouTube Red to YouTube Premium, so it's likely the last day to get grandfathered into Google's sweet deal where subscribers who pay $9.99 per month for Google Play Music get YouTube Red/Premium for free. 

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  • espressonator
    Maybe I misunderstood? It seems to me that the title of this article is misleading. It says "How to Get YouTube Red For Free"; however, as I began to read the article, I noticed that it mentions a Google 30-day free trial. I don't know about other people, but It seems to me that there is a huge Huge HUGE HUGE difference between"Free" and "Free Trial".

    Someone please explain to me why the title says "Free", rather than "Free Trial".
  • thekrautdog
    Totally agree with first comment. The other angle, youtube red being included with a google play subscription, still costs 10 bones a month. That is not free. I never thought of tom's guide as being this kind of sight. I mean this is the cheesiest kind of missleading clickbait crap. Very disappointed.
  • Eric D
    To the first two commenters, YouTube Red is included free with a subscription to Google Play Music, that's "free", not a trial.