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Philo is a live streaming service with a twist: It removes the more expensive channels, including sports, cable news, and local news networks. It’s a skinny bundle that deliberately skips the pricey perks that not everyone wants. It’s a no-frills, low-cost solution — think of Philo as the Southwest Airlines of skinny bundles, minus any worrying about if you’ll get stuck with the middle seat. It’s safe to say Philo is already cheap, but there’s one thing better than cheap, and that, of course, is free.

If you’re wondering if you can get Philo for free, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down for the lowdown on getting a Philo free trial.

Philo screen
Philo channel guide

Does Philo Have a Free Trial?

Yes, Philo has a free trial. That’s good news, but it’s not stunning news. Why not? Free trials are the norm rather than the exception nowadays. Skinny bundles like Philo can feel like a risky proposition for a lot of people. These people might be nervous about cutting the cord and switching to the cable-free life. A free trial is a way to reassure them that, hey, we think you’ll like our product. And if you don’t, well, you can just cancel when the free trial is over. It’s clever marketing, and a good way to show viewers that life really is better once you ditch cable!

How Long Is the Philo Free Trial?

The Philo free trial lasts seven days. You get a week to watch whatever you want on Philo. After that, you’ll have a decision to make about whether or not you want to continue or cancel.

A week-long free trial is the industry standard at this point. You will sometimes find ways to get a trial that lasts as long as a month, but those are rare. In most cases, a week of free streaming is the maximum. It’s important to know that going in so you won’t be surprised.

Does Philo Bill You Automatically After the Free Trial?

There’s a seven-day “no obligation” free trial, but after that, you’re going to run into some obligations. The biggest one is that you’ll be billed for Philo once your week-long trial ends.

You can put a reminder on your phone if you’re worried about forgetting, but Philo will also give you a “cancel before” date. So if you start a free trial on October 9, you’ll need to cancel before Oscar Wilde’s Birthday to avoid an unwanted charge. (Oscar Wilde’s birthday is October 16. I’m sorry, I just really wanted you to know that.)

What if you don’t want to cancel? In that case, you don’t have to do anything. Giving your credit card information at sign-up allows Philo to keep billing you without any service interruptions. There’s no need to manually set up a payment every single month.

Philo channel guide
Philo channel guide

What Does Philo Cost After the Free Trial?

Expect to pay $20 a month for Philo once your free trial period has ended. That’s a good deal, and it’s also the only available option if you want to continue using Philo. Other services give you the option of signing up for an annual plan where you pay a little less by paying the full cost all at once. Philo doesn’t have an annual plan, perhaps because $20 a month is as low as it’s willing to go.

How Do I Cancel Philo?

To cancel Philo, you’ll need to first go to the Philo homepage and log into your account. Once you do that, the process is pretty straightforward: Just click the “Cancel My Account” button at the bottom of the page. You’ll have to confirm your choice, and then you’ll be all set and on your way.

What Else Should I Know About Philo?

Philo is a great place to watch reality shows, sitcoms, dramas, and old movies. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a stellar choice if you don’t mind missing out on things like sports channels. Our CordCutting.com review of Philo can tell you more about what we did and didn’t like about this particular skinny bundle.

If you keep hearing the term “skinny bundle” but still aren’t sure what that means, don’t sweat it. It’s a relatively new concept, and we’re happy to tell you everything you need to know about skinny bundles and how they work.

14 thoughts on “Philo Free Trial

  1. shuronda yarbough says:

    free trail

    1. shuronda yarbough says:

      I don,t see the link for the free trail

      1. donna johnson says:

        my daughter wants to sign up for the free trail but it keeps coming up to my info

      2. Anonymous says:

        Philo isn’t available in all areas. Probably should say that somewhere

  2. James White says:

    I see the link at the top of this page to start the free trial but nothing seems to happen. What am I not doing correctly?

    1. Anonymous says:

      They need to let people know that philo is not available in all areas. That’s the part they leave out.

  3. Vernalee says:

    Do i have to cancel free trial if i don’t have a payment account?

    1. Penny says:

      You have to provide a card, before the free trial is given. You have 7 days to cancel before they hit your card. I just joined them and coming from DirecTv (owned by AT&T), so far so good. I upped my internet speed to top package for streaming and we’ll see how it goes. But anything’s better than dealing with AT&T.

  4. Anonymous says:

    well i see im not the onlyone that cant get the free trail without a credit card.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I’ve tried twice and get nothing, so I will move onto something else.

  6. Richard Jackson says:

    What are the hardware and software requirements to use the Free Trial?
    I have a TV, a laptop (Windows) and an android tablet as well as an Amazon Fire Tablet.
    Please address the process to setup each in your reply.
    I have an Amazon Fire Stick for use in a USB port. Will that work with PHILO?
    Is a ROKU stick required to use PHILO or will an Amazon Fire Stick work?

    1. Stephen Lovely says:

      Hi Richard, thanks for reading! Philo’s free trial should work on any of those devices. You can sign up for the free trial on Philo’s site or through whatever device you’re using. On Windows, head to Philo’s website; on Fire TV, just go to the app store and search “Philo;” and for Roku, it’s just like Fire TV, go to the Roku “Channel Store” and search for “Philo.” However you choose to sign up, just use your Philo account to log in on your other devices (you just need one account for all of them!)

  7. ME Cole says:

    I just spent over 40 minutes on chat with Philo. I told them they have false advertising about having a free trial with no credit card required. I spoke to two different people bc the first one disconnected that chat. One of the excuses I got was that if you are signing up on their website, using a computer, that they want to know you are not a bot. I told them it was b.s. bc they could use a captcha, and besides that you still have to enter the verification code that they send you. My biggest problem is that it is not stated on the website that the cc info is required when you try to sign up, it just doesn’t let you do it. I have spent many hours over a couple of weeks trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer. They didn’t care. I told them that if they did not honor what was advertised then how was I to expect any of their customer service to be any better? They didn’t care. I told them I was going to report them to the BBB for false advertising, and that I was going to shop elsewhere. They didn’t care. Fortunately my time on the chat was not totally wasted bc now I know that they don’t care how they are perceived, and I know that they do not care about customer service. If they did, they would have apologized for my trouble and signed me up directly from that chat.

    1. Anonymous says:

      They are not available in all areas. Big news to forget about

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