How to Get YouTube Red For Free

We've already raved about YouTube Red, and why it's worth $9.99, 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 Red.

Google's Free 30-Day Trial

First time subscribers to YouTube Red don't need to pay before they hit play. The first time you sign up for YouTube Red, you get 30 days before the company will charge you the first $9.99 per month fee.

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 Red 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

Google Play Music is the company's streaming music service that means to compete with Spotify and Apple Music. It offers more than 30 million songs (the same as those competitors) as well as YouTube Red.

Google Play Music costs the same as YouTube Red: $9.99 per month. But think about it like this, you're getting two services for the price of one! That's a good deal.

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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.