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The Ultimate Guide to Getting 3 Months of Apple TV+ For Free

If you just bought a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac, you can watch Apple TV+ for free for 3 whole months! Here‘s exactly how to activate this promotion to enjoy top shows like Ted Lasso risk-free.

What is the Apple TV+ Free Trial Offer?

When you purchase and activate a new qualifying Apple device, you are eligible to get 3 months of Apple TV+ absolutely free. Just open the Apple TV app within 90 days and enjoy unlimited access to all their original movies, shows, and documentaries. After the trial ends, it auto-renews at just $4.99/month—but you can easily cancel anytime.

I was able to quickly redeem this on my new iPhone 14 Pro and have been binging Ted Lasso episodes ever since. Keep reading and I‘ll walk you through how to claim your freebie step-by-step.

Step 1: Make Sure Your Device Qualifies

The 3 month Apple TV+ free trial is only valid on new iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, and Macs purchased directly from Apple or an authorized reseller. Make sure your device is one of the following:

  • iPhone 14, 14 Plus, 14 Pro, 14 Pro Max, or iPhone 13 series
  • iPad Air, iPad Pro 11-inch, or iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD
  • MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Studio, Mac Pro, or Mac Mini

Used or refurbished devices don‘t qualify. Your device must also be running the latest iOS, iPadOS, tvOS or macOS version. Check for and install any available updates.

According to Apple, over 1 billion active devices are now eligible for this Apple TV+ promotion.

Act Quickly – The Offer Expires!

Don‘t wait too long after getting your new gadget. You only have 90 days from the activation date to redeem your free Apple TV+.

I made the mistake of waiting 5 months to try and get my free trial. Unfortunately it was too late—the offer had expired! Set yourself a reminder if needed.

Step 2: Open the Apple TV App and Sign In

On your new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac:

  1. Open the Apple TV app (download it from the App Store if you don‘t have it)
  2. Browse to the Watch Now tab
  3. Select any Apple TV+ original movie or series
  4. Tap "Enjoy 3 Months Free" or "Start Your Free Trial"
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID and password

Once signed in, you‘ll have unlimited access to all Apple originals for the next 3 months at zero cost.

According to Apple, Apple TV+ has racked up 244 awards wins and 961 nominations in just under 3 years.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you don‘t see the offer, try:

  • Rebooting your device
  • Updating to the latest OS
  • Using the Apple ID you activated the device with
  • Checking if the 90 day period has expired

Still no luck? Reach out to Apple Support for further assistance.

Step 3: Enjoy Apple TV+ Originals for Free

What shows and movies can you watch with your free Apple TV+ subscription? Here are some of the service‘s most popular titles:

  • Ted Lasso – Heartwarming comedy about an American football coach hired to manage an English soccer team. Starring Jason Sudeikis.
  • Severance – Sci-fi thriller directed by Ben Stiller about office workers whose memories are surgically divided.
  • For All Mankind – Alternate history drama from the creators of Battlestar Galactica depicting the space race if Russia had landed on the moon first.
  • The Morning Show – Behind-the-scenes TV news drama starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell.

Apple is constantly adding new originals every month like the sci-fi epic Foundation starring Jared Harris and Lee Pace.

You can download titles to watch offline on planes, trains, or anywhere without internet. Use Family Sharing so up to 5 other people can enjoy the free trial too.

Get The Most Out of Your 3 Months

To maximize your free Apple TV+ subscription:

  • Download your must-watch shows to view offline
  • Use Family Sharing to let others watch
  • Binge acclaimed series like Ted Lasso and Severance
  • Check out hidden gems like Trying, Pachinko, and Tiny World
  • Catch up before your favorite series returns for a new season

Step 4: Cancel to Avoid Charges

After your free trial ends, Apple TV+ auto-renews for $4.99/month. To avoid being charged:

  1. On your iPhone, iPad or Mac, open the App Store and tap your profile picture
  2. Select Subscriptions > Apple TV+
  3. Tap Cancel Subscription

Make sure to cancel at least 24 hours before the 3 months expire. You‘ll still have access until the renewal date when your subscription will expire.

So in summary, purchasing a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac gives you 3 months of Apple TV+ on the house! Follow the steps above to enjoy hit originals free – just don‘t forget to cancel if you want to avoid the $4.99 monthly fee. Now it‘s time for me to get back to binging Season 2 of Ted Lasso!