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HBO Max is a relatively new entry into the streaming wars, as it debuted in May of 2020. But when you get it, you aren’t just getting access to HBO mainstays like Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. You’re also getting older shows that originally aired elsewhere, including Friends and Doctor Who, plus original content that’s exclusive to HBO Max. But is HBO Max available for free? It is, and we’ll give you all the details. Read on to find out how to sign up for the HBO Max free trial, how long the HBO Max free trial lasts, and how much you’ll pay after your trial expires.

Does HBO Max have a free trial?

Yes, it does! Most streaming services rely on free trials to reel in otherwise hesitant customers, and HBO Max is no exception. An HBO Max free trial won’t last forever, but it’s a great risk-free way to test the service. Think of it like a free sample at Costco: you won’t be able to get a whole meal out of that free sample, but you can get an idea of how well it matches up with your palate.

How long is the HBO Max free trial?

The HBO Max free trial lasts one week, or seven days. While HBO touts itself as a pioneer in programming with mottos like “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO,” the length of their free trial is pretty familiar to us: One-week trials are pretty much the industry standard for streaming services. Most of our favorite services offer seven free days, and that includes HBO Max.

Does HBO Max bill you automatically after the free trial?

Yes, HBO Max bills you automatically. When you sign up for HBO Max’s free trial, you’ll have to fork over your credit card information. HBO Max will tell you the date that you’ll be charged for a full month of the service. So if you cancel, you’ll need to do it before that day (one or two days before, if you want to be safe) to avoid paying for a month of a service you don’t want.

You will occasionally see a service that doesn’t require you to provide credit card information right away, but most places want to get your payment information as soon as possible. They want it to be convenient for you to stick around — and this also means that they can make money if you just forget to cancel. So stay organized and mark your calendar, just in case you decide that you don’t want HBO Max after all.

What does HBO Max cost after the free trial?

After your seven days are up, you’ll pay $14.99 a month for HBO Max. That’s a bit higher than a lot of other streaming services, but HBO Max clearly feels like they’ve got the catalog to back up that price point. We were impressed by HBO Max in our review, so we think you should give it a chance — you might find that the free trial convinces you to stick around.

Do I have to sign a contract with HBO Max?

Nope, you won’t have to worry about contracts with your free trial. You’re not locked into a year-long term or anything like that; you can cancel at any time.

That doesn’t mean you’ll get refunded for any part of the month that you don’t use, however. Let’s say your subscription is up on the 15th of the month, but you cancel on the 1st. You’ll still have access to HBO Max until the 15th. This is common in the world of streaming, and for the most part, it offers a lot more flexibility than old-school cable contracts.

How do I cancel HBO Max?

Luckily, canceling HBO Max is pretty easy if you know where to look. Check out our page on How to Cancel HBO Max for more details.

What else should I know about HBO Max?

You should know that the easiest way to sign up is directly through the HBO Max website. But you can also snag a free trial via devices like Apple TV, Android TV, and Playstation 4.

If you want to know more about HBO Max before you sign up for a free trial, we get it. You can check out our HBO Max review to learn more about the pros and cons of the service.

What if you’re confused by what HBO Max even is? That’s OK; you’ve got plenty of company there. The branding rollout was not exactly smooth, so check out our guide to HBO Max page for answers to any other questions you have.