Want unlimited access to over 200 exclusive premium games on your Apple devices without ads or extra fees? Apple Arcade makes this possible for one low monthly price, but you don’t have to pay a thing to enjoy premium ad-free gaming if you use this guide to get and maintain Apple Arcade for free.
Get a 1 Month Free Trial of Apple Arcade
The best way to immediately unlock all the games on Apple Arcade is to start a free trial. As a new subscriber, Apple gives you 1 month of full access to try it out. Over 25 million people have already taken advantage of this offer, so why not see what the buzz is about without paying?
Here’s how to activate your Apple Arcade free trial:
- Open the App Store on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
- Tap the Arcade tab at the bottom.
- Tap “Try It Free” and sign in with your Apple ID.
- Enjoy 1 month of unlimited gaming on Apple Arcade!
Your free trial gets you the full Apple Arcade experience with unlimited access to play over 200 games ad-free on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV devices. The free trial can be activated anytime within 3 months of getting a new device.
Extend Your Free Access with Apple One
Once your first free month is up, you can extend your free gaming by signing up for an Apple One free trial. Apple One bundles Apple Arcade with other services like Apple Music, Apple TV+, iCloud storage and Apple News+ into various subscription plans.
The best part? You get another free month to try Apple One and continue your Apple Arcade membership if you select it as part of your bundle. Here’s a comparison of the Apple One plan options:
|Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, 50GB iCloud Storage
|Apple Music, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade, 200GB iCloud Storage, Shared with up to 5 people
After the 1 month free trial ends, you would then be charged the regular Apple One subscription fee and continue to have access to Apple Arcade as part of your bundle.
Share an Apple Arcade Subscription with Family
Don’t want to pay full price for your own Apple Arcade subscription? Share it with family and save!
Apple Arcade’s Family Sharing feature lets you and up to 5 family members access the full catalog of games using the same subscription. By sharing the $4.99 monthly cost, you could essentially get Apple Arcade for only $1 a month.
The organizer sets up the Family Sharing group and pays for the subscription, while the others access Apple Arcade using the same shared Apple ID at no extra cost. Family members can play games on their own devices and maintain separate game progress.
Snag Deals from Phone Carriers
Wireless providers offer some great Apple Arcade promotions if you’re a subscriber. Let’s look at some of the best carrier deals available:
Verizon: Unlimited customers get 6 months of Apple Arcade free when they activate a new iPhone. After the trial it’s $5/month with autopay discount.
T-Mobile: New and existing T-Mobile customers get Apple Arcade free for 12 months when adding a Magenta MAX voice line.
AT&T: Choose a premium unlimited plus plan and get Apple Arcade included at no extra charge.
Contact your carrier to see if you’re eligible for any Apple Arcade discounts. Taking advantage of these promotions is a straightforward way to enjoy up to a year of free access.
Use Student Discounts
If you’re in school, you can score Apple Arcade for free too. College students with an Apple Music Student subscription can activate a free Apple Arcade trial.
Simply open the Apple TV app on your device and select “Start Free Trial” when prompted to access Apple Arcade. After the free period ends you will resume your regular Apple Music student pricing of $5.99/month without Apple Arcade included.
Buy an Apple Arcade Annual Subscription
While Apple Arcade is advertised at $4.99/month, buying an annual subscription reduces the effective monthly cost to $4.16. Here are the annual pricing options:
- $49.99/year for an Individual subscription
- $79.99/year for a Family Sharing subscription
If you plan to keep Apple Arcade long-term, paying annually rather than monthly will save you some cash. When your free trials end, consider going annual.
Maintain Free Access with Strategy
Hopefully with this guide you‘ve unlocked free access to Apple Arcade for at least 6 months to a year. But what about maintaining free gaming past the initial promotions? Here are some tips:
- Set reminders to cancel subscriptions before the next billing cycle when trials end.
- Take advantage of hardware purchase offers that come with free trials.
- Switch between carrier deals as they expire to string together free periods.
- Use Family Sharing and annual pricing to lower the cost long-term.
With some strategic planning, you can keep your Apple Arcade access free or at a minimum for the long haul. Enjoy premium ad-free gaming on all your Apple devices without the high subscription fees. Just make sure to take full advantage of all the tips in this guide.
So try out Apple Arcade for free and see why it‘s one of the best gaming services for Apple users. With these tips you can be strategic about maintaining free access to unlock hundreds of hours of unlimited entertainment.