How to get a Sling TV free trial

ESPN on Sling TV on tablet
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A Sling TV free trial is a great way to check out not only one of the best cable TV alternatives but one of the best streaming services available. It's one of the most affordable ways to cut the cord and ditch your expensive cable bill. 

But that affordable price comes with some sacrifices, so it's a good idea to test it out before committing to a subscription. Unfortunately, a Sling TV free trial can't be found on its site right now — but there are alternate ways to get one, as we'll get into below. In the meantime, you can get it for a discount by checking out our Sling TV promo codes, which include the latest offers. 

That's not to say that Sling TV isn't good value. Your first month is often available at a discount, and after that plans start at an affordable $40 a month. That gives you access to popular networks including ESPN and Disney Channel with Sling Orange or Bravo, FX and USA with Sling Blue. It also offers local ABC, Fox and NBC affiliates on Sling blue in certain markets. You can even sign up for additional extras like Showtime and Starz.

Get 50% off your first month of Sling TV

Get 50% off your first month of Sling TV
New and returning customers can sign up for either the Orange or Blue plan (or the combo plan) and save 50% off one of the best cable TV alternatives

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For more details about the service, read our Sling TV review. Sling TV continues to provide bang for the buck, while rivals YouTube TV and Hulu With Live TV cost more.

But despite all this value, Sling TV may still lack certain channels or features you want, making a free trial ideal if you can get it. So read on to see how to sign up for a Sling TV free trial when it's available, and a neat hack for still scoring a few days for free on select devices when it's not.

Sling TV free trial: How to sign up

The following step only work when a Sling TV free trial is available. Currently, it is not. Scroll down for another option.

1. On, scroll down to Sling Orange, Blue and Orange & Blue, hover over an option and click the orange "Try Us Free" button. Note that Sling's terms of trial length are constantly changing, and it may also say "Get This Offer."

2. Enter your email address, a new password and click Register.

The Sling TV free trial sign-up screen presents, Orange, Blue and Orange & Blue packages.

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3. Select a service package. Your options are Sling's Orange, Blue, or Orange-and-Blue combo pack. Here's a rundown of Sling Orange vs Blue. Note the price differences: Orange gives you 30 channels for $40 a month, Blue packs 50 channels in for $40 per month, and the combo, which offers more than 50 channels, will run you $55 per month.

Again, the duration of the trial is always changing, so the Sling signup page may look slightly different.

Picking extras in a Sling TV free trial

Picking premiums in a Sling TV free trial setup

4. Now, scroll through the extra channel options are. Here, you can choose whether to get more channels for an additional fee, like Epix, CMT, and others. You can also choose to sign up for Showtime and Starz. Additionally, Sling lets you upgrade to 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (10 hours comes free) when selecting extras. When you're ready, click Continue.

The billing info of setting up a Sling TV free trial

5. Enter your credit card and move on. If I were you, I'd set a reminder that reads "Make sure you want to pay for Sling," set to a few hours (at least) before the date and time listed at the top of this page. After that point in time, Sling will begin charging your credit card automatically.

At long last, you've made it through the subscription process and you're ready to start watching content. If you're on a computer, Sling TV can either be used in Chrome, or you'll want to download its app to your machine. If you prefer to watch it on the Apple TV or another device, just download the app from the gadget's app store and input your credentials. If you decide you don't want to continue the free trial, here's info on how to cancel Sling.

Here's another way to get a Sling TV free trial, if the above methods don't work:

If you download the Sling app or channel onto one of these devices you should see a Watch Now 7 Days Free button. Select that and you should be able to get a free trial to Sling TV.

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Androids (phones and tablets via Google Play app)
  • Android TV
  • Apple tvOS
  • iOS and iPadOS devices (via the Sling app in Apple's app store)
  • Smart TVs from LG and Samsung
  • Roku
  • Xbox One

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Malcolm McMillan
Senior Streaming Writer

Malcolm McMillan is a senior writer for Tom's Guide, covering all the latest in streaming TV shows and movies. That means news, analysis, recommendations, reviews and more for just about anything you can watch, including sports! If it can be seen on a screen, he can write about it. Previously, Malcolm had been a staff writer for Tom's Guide for over a year, with a focus on artificial intelligence (AI), A/V tech and VR headsets.

Before writing for Tom's Guide, Malcolm worked as a fantasy football analyst writing for several sites and also had a brief stint working for Microsoft selling laptops, Xbox products and even the ill-fated Windows phone. He is passionate about video games and sports, though both cause him to yell at the TV frequently. He proudly sports many tattoos, including an Arsenal tattoo, in honor of the team that causes him to yell at the TV the most.

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