How to take advantage of a Netflix free trial

If you're thinking about taking Netflix for a test-drive there are a couple of things you should know about what it gives you and how to cancel before being automatically charged.

Netflix needs no introduction but it's offering you one anyway with a full month free for new subscribers.

While you can technically access Netflix's extensive library of television shows and movies without paying a cent, there are a few common pitfalls for new subscribers that can end in a hefty excess data bill or automatic debit from your nominated bank account.

Is there a catch?

If you play your (House of) cards right, then no. If you cancel before the calendar month is up and don't burn through your mobile data, you can try Netflix for free, no strings attached.

Here are two things to avoid if you are signing up for a free trial with Netflix and don't plan to continue your subscription.

How do I get my Netflix free trial?

To get your free month you just need to visit the Netflix site and subscribe. So long as you're a new customer, you'll be given the chance to sign up for the free trial when you register.

When you do, you'll be asked which plan you'd like to trial and will then be required to fill in your personal details, as well as your payment information (don't worry, Netflix won't charge you just yet).

Once activated you'll have a calendar month to watch all the movies and TV shows you can possibly cram in.

Be warned, if you don't cancel your subscription before the month's end (cancelling couldn't be easier) you will be automatically charged for the next month. If you're not planning to continue the service, set a reminder to cancel it before your free trial period is up.

It's also important to shop around. Services like PlayStation Plus will bundle extended free trials (sometimes up to three months) when you sign up to both services at once. These deals come and go frequently so if you see one, snatch it up without hesitation.

What’s included in my Netflix free trial?

This will depend on the free trial you sign up for. At the moment, Netflix offers a free month as a standard for all new users. Which plan you try for free will be entirely up to you when you opt-in. Currently, the plans on offer are:

  • Single stream SD: $9.99 per month
  • Two stream HD: $13.99 per month
  • Four stream 4K: $17.99 per month

Which plan you choose will depend on how many devices you'd like to use (one, two or up to four) and the quality of your viewing (SD/HD/4K). All are available for the free one-month trial period.

However, after your trial period expires if you don't end your subscription you'll be charged for another month of your chosen plan.

How do I cancel my free trial?

Netflix is hard to fault when it comes to its friendly user interface. Cancelling is dead easy and can be done from any web browser.

  1. Visit the official Netflix website and log in with the username and password you created for the free trial.
  2. Hover your mouse over the username or user icon in the top-right corner of the screen and select "Your account" from the dropdown.
  3. On the "My Account" screen, click "Cancel Membership" (located at the top of the screen under "Membership and Billing".
  4. You will then be given a date of cancellation (a few days short of the calendar month if you've played your cards right).
  5. Click "Finish Cancellation" and voila, you've just avoided paying your first month of Netflix.

What you need to know about Netflix:

What do I need to use Netflix?

Essentially you need two things:

  • A device that supports Netflix. This can include a Smart TV, game console (e.g. PlayStation 4 or Xbox One), Apple TV, Google Chromecast, smartphones and tablets.
  • Internet connection (as well as enough data to view all your favourite shows and movies).

What is Netflix?

Netflix is a TV streaming service that allows you access to an extensive library of TV shows and movies to watch wherever and whenever you want using a supported device.

More streaming free trials

Already taken advantage of Netflix's free trial? Then take the streaming services below for a test-drive before deciding on a service that suits you.

Updated December 17th, 2018
Name Product Service type 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
NFL Game Pass Season Plus
NFL Game Pass Season Plus
Sports
No
1
7-day free trial
$274.99/year
NFL Game Pass Follow Your Team
NFL Game Pass Follow Your Team
Sports
No
1
7-day free trial
$179.99/year
Allows viewing of 20 pre-season and regular season matches for a single NFL team, both live and on demand.
NFL Game Pass Season Catch Up
NFL Game Pass Season Catch Up
On-demand streaming
Sports
No
1
7-day free trial
$119.99/year
Watch all 256 regular games on-demand, on your favorite device.
Kayo Sports Basic
Kayo Sports Basic
Sports
No
2
14 days
$25 p/month
Kayo Sports Premium
Kayo Sports Premium
Sports
No
3
14 days
$35 p/month

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    DAugust 8, 2016

    Why is it that when I watch Netflix on my laptop it cost me in optus data and I pay a fee each month

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      ChesterAugust 10, 2016

      Hello D,

      Thanks for the question.

      As we all know Netflix is a streaming service. Right now it is a requirement to have a network to be able to access the page or use the app. It wouldn’t be possible to stream if you are not connected to the internet.

      Watching movies or TV shows on Netflix uses about 1 GB of data per hour for each stream of standard definition video, and up to 3 GB per hour for each stream of HD video. Adjusting the data usage settings for your account is the easiest way to reduce the amount of bandwidth used while watching Netflix. There are four data usage settings to choose from. Each estimate below is per stream:

      Low (0.3 GB per hour), Medium (SD: 0.7 GB per hour, High (Best video quality, up to 3 GB per hour for HD and 7 GB per hour for Ultra HD)
      Auto (Adjusts automatically to deliver the highest possible quality, based on your current Internet connection speed)

      To select a setting that works best for your Internet plan, navigate to the Your Account page and select Playback settings in the My Profile section. Please take note that it may take up to 8 hours for the changes to take effect. Restricting data usage may effect video quality while you are watching Netflix.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers!
      Chester

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    JeniFebruary 26, 2016

    I currently use a t box to access presto thru my hd TVs. Can I use the t box to access Netflix thru my tv. Also how many tvs can you get Netflix on the standard plan and can I use a Netflix card instead of using my credit card on line. Thanks

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieMarch 1, 2016Staff

      Hi Jeni,

      Thanks for contacting finder.com.au.

      – Yes, you can access Netflix through Telstra TV.
      – The Standard plan allows you to stream on two screens (the Basic, one, and the Premium, four).
      – Yes, you can use Netflix gift cards to top up your account. Netflix gift cards can be found at these locations.

      Thank you,
      Brodie

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    toddDecember 27, 2015

    I brought a new TV through Harvey Norman 2 weeks ago about came with a 6 month free trail for Netflix I was just wondering how I get this service free

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieDecember 30, 2015Staff

      Hi Todd,

      We’ve got a comprehensive guide to setting up Netflix here.

      All the best,
      Brodie

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    LasDecember 15, 2015

    Hi How much Data I need to watch these movies we have only 12 Gb a month is that enough

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieDecember 21, 2015Staff

      Hi there,

      Netflix uses about 1GB per hour for Standard Definition and 3GB per hour for High Definition, so you would go through 12GB rather quickly. I’d recommend check your area for NBN availability here.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    ataJune 29, 2015

    would like to get free trial
    ta

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