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How to Watch Netflix for Free in 2022: Discount Streaming

Netflix ended the 30-day free trial and scrapped the option to watch the first episodes of shows like Stranger Things at no cost. Keep reading to learn how to watch Netflix for free in the U.S. and Kenya. If you’re outside these countries, we’ll show you how to get Netflix for less than $2 a month.

Samson Max
By Samson Max (Writer, Linking Editor)
— Last Updated: 2022-02-17T16:23:33+00:00

Netflix is an online streaming behemoth that keeps dropping blockbusters like Squid Game and The Queen’s Gambit to keep its 200 million subscribers entertained. However, it’s expensive and the content is rarely available for nothing, which is why we compiled this guide to show you how to watch Netflix for free. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Netflix no longer offers the 30-day free trial or the option to watch the first episode of select shows for free. 
  • You can access Netflix for free if you subscribe to a free plan in Kenya or make the most of T-Mobile’s “Netflix on Us” offer in the U.S. 
  • You can reduce the Netflix monthly subscription by splitting the cost with friends or family, using discounted gift cards or subscribing to Netflix in countries like Turkey and Argentina using a VPN.

Whether you want to take the streaming service for a spin before committing long-term or cut Netflix costs, we got you covered. We’ll show you ways to watch Netflix at a significant discount — or without paying a dime — using one of the best VPNs, so keep reading.

If you’re more of a visual learner, you can also check out the steps to get a cheap Netflix subscription in the video below.

  • 02/16/2022

    Changed Netflix’s pricing to reflect the recent increase.

  • No, Netflix doesn’t offer a free trial. The only way to access Netflix for free is to subscribe to the free plan in Kenya or buy your data via the T-Mobile Magenta and Magenta MAX plans.

  • Yes, you can watch Netflix for free on Roku through T-Mobile’s “Netflix on Us” offer. All you need to do is subscribe to either the T-Mobile Magenta or Magenta MAX plan, opt in to Netflix on Us and the free offer will automatically be available on your account.

  • Yes, you can watch Netflix for free on Firestick if you opt in to T-Mobile’s Netflix on Us offer.

How to Watch Netflix for Free: Is It Possible?

Until recently, Netflix had a 30-day free trial offer, which allowed new subscribers to watch unlimited content for free. It also had a “watch free” option, which let non-subscribers watch the first episodes of select TV shows such as Stranger Things, Love is Blind and Our Planet for free. 

Netflix offered free-to-watch options to attract new users, hoping the great experience would persuade them to upgrade to one of the paid plans.

However, some “new” subscribers were abusing the system — getting free trials, canceling and then using a different email address to start up again — which didn’t bode well for Netflix’s marketing strategy. 

As a result, Netflix phased out the free trial in October 2020 in the U.S. before scrapping the watch-free option from its website months later. The story has been the same for subscribers in the U.K. and other countries where these offers were available. 

Though that limited the watch-free options, you could still access Netflix for nothing. However, the options available to you depend on your country of residence. Here’s how to get Netflix for free. 

1. Get a Free Netflix Subscription From Your ISP

The T-Mobile “Netflix on Us” promotion is one of the best ways to get Netflix for free in the U.S. The ISP foots your Netflix bill when you get data via their Magenta or Magenta MAX plans as part of its marketing strategy. 

T-Mobile Netflix on us
Netflix on Us allows qualifying T-Mobile customers to watch free movies online on one of the best streaming services. 

T-Mobile’s Magenta with two or more lines or Magenta MAX with a single line gets you the Netflix Basic plan, with support for standard-definition streaming on a single screen. If you want HD streaming, though, Magneta Max with two or more lines unlocks Netflix’s Standard plan subscription, which includes simultaneous streaming on up to two devices.  

2. Get Free Netflix in Kenya

Netflix launched a free plan in Kenya that allows new customers to watch content on an Android phone that supports version 8 or higher of the Netflix app. Though its content library is limited and users can’t download movies and TV shows, this is still a great plan.

You get personalized recommendations and there are no ads to ruin the streaming experience. More than that, you can create profiles for different users (including kids) and even set parental controls to protect the little ones. 

That being said, the offer is accessible to Kenyan residents only. We tried using a VPN to unblock the free content outside of Kenya, but our efforts bore no fruit — not even our best VPN for streaming could get around the system. Netflix has put in place strict algorithms that are detecting and blocking VPN users. 

If you plan to visit Kenya, though, you’ll have the pleasure of watching Netflix for free on your Android device. Unlocking the free plan is pretty straightforward. Open the Netflix app, enter your email, click “start a free plan” and follow the subsequent steps.  

How to Get Netflix for Cheap

While the free Netflix offers are worthwhile, they aren’t viable for everyone. For example, the T-Mobile Netflix on Us offer isn’t available to users outside the U.S. Similarly, the free plan in Kenya offers a limited collection of movies and TV series and the free content is available to Kenyan residents only.

Plus, Netflix or the internet service provider (ISP) may decide to discontinue these offers at will. If you dread the uncertainty the free offer presents, you could try some of these options to get Netflix at a discount. These options save money and don’t limit the collection of movies and TV shows at your disposal.  

1. Save Money by Sharing a Netflix Account

If you live with Netflix content fans — your college friends, roommates or family members — consider sharing the monthly Netflix cost. 

For example, if you live in the U.K. with three friends, you could split the cost of the Premium plan, so everyone pays $5. Doing so will save you $15 every month. 

Though Netflix would prefer that everyone have their own account, its terms of use support the sharing agreement. For example, you can stream Netflix content on up to four devices or have downloads on four phones or tablets with the Premium plan. This way, everyone can keep up with their favorite TV shows and movies without trouble. 

2. Reduce Your Bill With a Netflix Gift Card or Promo Code

Another great way to get Netflix for cheap is to use gift cards or promo codes. You can buy Netflix gift cards in-store or online on popular websites like Raise.com and MTCGame (hint: You’ll need this in the next guide).  

If your Netflix account is tied to an iTunes or Google Play account, fret not. You can source discounted gift cards on MTCGame too. Besides gift cards, you can use Netflix promo codes to lower the cost of subscription plans. RetailMeNot, Coupons.com and Slickdeals are great places to find verified Netflix coupons and promo codes. 

Redeeming your gift card on Netflix is a cinch. Head over to the Netflix website and click the “redeem gift card” option in the footer. Enter your code or PIN and hit “redeem” to get the discount. 

Netflix gift cards
Netflix makes it super easy to redeem your gift card.

3. Get Netflix in Another Country

Netflix’s pricing structure differs from country to country. If you live in a country where Netflix is on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, like the U.S., you could subscribe to a Netflix plan in a cheaper country. Here’s how Netflix U.S. compares with Netflix in other countries in terms of price.  

Country:Netflix BasicNetflix StandardNetflix Premium
United States$9.99$15.49$19.99
Switzerland$12.93$20.54$27.06
United Kingdom$8.16$13.61$19.06
Turkey$1.99$3.02$4.05
Brazil$5.01$7.72$10.82
India$2.65$6.65$8.65

In the steps and video below, we’ll show you how to buy Netflix in Turkey for under $2 a month. We’ll use ExpressVPN in this guide, but you can also try Windscribe — the best free VPN, as it offers a free server in Turkey. 

  1. Buy a Turkish Netflix Gift Card

    Go to MTCGame and buy a gift card in Turkish lira because Netflix will only accept payments in the currency of the country you’re creating an account in.

    MTCGame Netflix Gift card
  2. Connect to a Turkish VPN Server

    Open the VPN and connect to a server in Turkey, which has the cheapest Netflix we’ve found so far.

    ExpressVPN app turkey
    ExpressVPN has the fastest speeds, but its Turkish server isn’t always available
  3. Create a Turkish Netflix Account

    Google “Netflix Turkey,” open the website, enter your email and click “get started.” Then, create your password and hit “next.” Choose your plan and click “next” again.

    how-to-watch-netflix-with-nordvpn-netflix
  4. Redeem Your Gift Card

    From the payment options, select “gift card” and enter the gift card code sent via email to complete the signup process. Make sure to skip the option to “set up payment for later” and follow along with the sign-up wizard.

    Redeem the gift card
  5. Enjoy Cheap Netflix

    Sign in to your Netflix account and enjoy. Keep in mind that Netflix serves up content based on where you’re located, not the country where you’re subscribed, so you’re not stuck with watching Netflix Turkey. You’ll still get access to Netflix U.S. content, or content from any other country.

    Netflix unblocked

Final Thoughts:

Hopefully, you now know how to get Netflix for free. However, as we mentioned earlier, the free options are restricted to specific countries. The good news is that if you’re locked out of Netflix’s free offers, you can get the streaming service at a significant discount. 

Have you tried subscribing to a Netflix plan in a foreign country? Did you use the gift card method or an alternative? Which VPN service did you use? We’d love to hear about it. As always, thanks for reading.