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YouTube TV Free Trial: 7, 14 & 30-Day Options Explained [Updated]

YouTube TV offers a 7-day free trial as standard, but there are opportunities throughout the year to try the live TV service for even longer.

YouTube TV offers a standard 7-day free trial to all new users. However, the live TV streaming service also routinely offers access to longer free trials through various limited-time promotions throughout the year. Although YouTube TV does not typically offer a 30-day free trial, there are occasionally partnerships with other companies that make it possible to try the service for one month for free.

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YouTube TV is a popular live TV streaming service in the U.S. and provides millions of subscribers with access to a wide selection of live TV channels. However, YouTube TV is not the cheapest live TV service around, with a subscription currently costs $64.99 per month. At this price, YouTube TV costs the same as fuboTV and Hulu Live TV.

With fubo, Hulu and YouTube’s live TV services priced the same, having the option to test the service for free can be a good way to figure out which one is right for an individual or household. However, live TV streaming services tend not to offer a long free trial, and YouTube TV is no exception. For those looking to get the best YouTube TV free trial possible, timing is everything.

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YouTube TV 7-day free trial

The standard YouTube TV free trial is 7 days. While not long, it is the common length offered by many of the live TV streaming services in the U.S. Unlike on-demand subscription services which typically offer up to thirty days for free, live TV services tend to only provide access for the first seven days.

In some cases, the free trial for a live TV service is even shorter. For example, before PlayStation Vue closed down, Sony only offered the option to watch for free for the first five days. Likewise, Sling TV tends not to offer a free trial. Even when one is available, Sling tends to only offer the option to watch for free for three days. Compared to these services, the YouTube TV 7-day free trial is more generous.

It is worth noting that the seven days is only YouTube TV’s standard free trial, as the service also tends to routinely adjust the length of time that a subscriber can watch for without paying. While this can mean the free trial is even shorter, it more often means new customers can watch for free for longer than the standard seven days.

YouTube TV 14-day free trial

Although the standard free trial is seven days, the service routinely runs promotions that include extended free trials. These promotions most often result in the standard free trial being extended to 14 days. Effectively, doubling the length that’s usually on offer. Considering a YouTube TV subscription costs $64.99 per month, the ability to watch for two weeks without paying is the equivalent to $32.50 worth of free live TV.

Occasionally, there may even be the option to try the service for even longer, increasing the savings. For example, back in December of 2020, YouTube TV offered a 21-day free trial. Furthermore, those whos signed up for the extended free period were also able to save on the cost of the first paid month, resulting in even greater savings before having to pay the full monthly cost of a subscription.

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While there is no way of knowing exactly when YouTube TV will offer an extended free trial, the service does run these promotions frequently enough throughout the year that those who want a longer evaluation time shouldn’t have to wait too long for the next promotion to go live. However, this also means that, unless a longer free trial is available right now, they will have to opt for another live TV streaming service in the meantime, or go without access to live TV altogether.

YouTube TV 30-day free trial

Even though a month-long free trial would be a great way for consumers to really test out the service before committing to monthly payments, YouTube TV does not typically offer a 30-day free trial. Instead, preferring to mostly extend the standard free period to fourteen days during promotional periods. That said, there are times when it is possible for select consumers to secure a 30-day free trial, thanks to YouTube TV partnerships with other companies and services.

Previously, select Verizon customers had the option of trying YouTube TV for free for 30 days. Back in 2019, Verizon and YouTube TV partnered up to offer their respective services as a bundle. Essentially, new and existing Verizon mobile or home internet customers had the option to add YouTube TV to their package and, in doing so, receiving a longer free trial period.

A similar 30-day YouTube TV free trial became available for select T-Mobile customers. Following the closure of T-Mobile’s TVision live TV service, T-Mobile and YouTube TV partnered up to offer existing TVision ad $10 discount on the monthly cost of a subscription, as well as the option to test the service free for thirty days. The same $10 discount per month for twelve months was offered to T-Mobile wireless and internet customers as well, albeit without the extended 30-day free trial.

While it is never clear when a partnership like these will become available, or with which company, they tend to be the only real option for those looking for a thirty-day YouTube TV free trial.

YouTube TV free trial summary

The standard YouTube TV free trial for new customers is seven days and is usually available throughout the year. For consumers looking for access to a longer 14-day free trial, these are routinely available, albeit only for a limited time and usually during a two-week promotional window. Although YouTube TV does not announce these extended free trials ahead of time, they are often enough that the next 14-day free trial is never that far away.

Generally speaking, 14 days is the longer free trial that YouTube TV offers to new users. However, YouTube TV has previously partnered with other companies and services to offer their existing customers the option to try the live TV service out for 30 days.

Read more: How to Cancel or Pause a YouTube TV Subscription

Updated June, 2021

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By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

13 replies on “YouTube TV Free Trial: 7, 14 & 30-Day Options Explained [Updated]”

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I am no supporting You Tube TV (I am on trial and may sign up). However, Spectrum is not $45 per month no way. They are a horrible company that cannot even tell you what it will really cost. Note the $45 is for 12 months and does not include a $16.45 local channel service fee, required equipment fees that average $10-$15 monthly (or $5 per month if you stream spectrum only on your smart TV PLUS taxes. The $45 is really more like $75 the first year and the 12 year increase is currently $35 on top of all the other fees. At least You Tube is up front with the cost which is almost half of Spectrum’s actual cost after the 12 month teaser.

Spectrum will probably raise you after a year or two. They never tell you about the additional charges until after the fact. Xfinity is the same. I cut the cable with Xfinity. There’s never anything on. I signed up for YouTube TV. It’s great. I can watch it at home and at work in my iPhone. As expensive as it looks , its really not. Its worth the money. I was gonna drop it the end of the month but after a week or so, I’m going to keep it. For 65 bucks , its worth it.

Right, as of 12/29 it is only two days….seriously not enough time to decide if you want to commit to the platform…..

Right now its offering 5 days.Then when you look up promo codes it says there’s a 30 day code and even a 2 month free code lol,of course you click cut where it says and then when you try to paste it in the spot before starting it , it has clipped the words auto applied.it doesn’t show anything where you are supposed to paste it.So i went to my txt messages and hit paste and the words auto applied are what you cut.So as always in life if something seems to good to be true then of course it is.Ph,and one other thing, nothing in life is free & if it says you have 5 days then your best bet is to always cancel ot at least 1 day early.Sometimes these things will be exact to the hr or closer to the exact 7 days worth of time.so i would do sunday to saturday evening for a 7 day one.good luck peeps.

BEWARE! I was charged ($122.99) on the 5th day of a 7 day trial. When I contacted customer service for a refund they said they do not offer a 7 day trial, only 5 days and that’s why I was charged. But, everything online says 7 day trial.

I signed up fir the free trial and was charged for the full month after only 4 days! It’s a ripoff. I cancelled but of course by the time taxes and everything were charged I had over 70.00 charged to my card! Not happy at all!

Yeah, I don’t know what is going on. I am finally ready to make the switch and check it out………and it’s a TWO day free trial.

Yes, the same thing happened to me; that’s why I haven’t signed up yet. I’ve been thinking of getting rid of my Comcast cable. I bought 2 Roku’s and was going to sign up after a free trial to UTube TV. I’m not sure what to do now!☹️

The “free” trial was trying to charge my debit card and it SAID 0 dollars due today. Tried everything but they actually WANT money for the “free” trial. REDICULOUS. Wouldn’t even Consider a subscription to this False Advertising company.

Hi Gin,
I agree that it is ridiculous they charge your card at all when you sign up for a free trial anywhere online for any service, What they did was charge my card $0.60 to authorize the card. They do this to make sure it is a legit and active account. The charge should show as pending on your back account then after 3 business days that charge falls off or is reversed (credited) back to your account. This is how it all appeared on my account for the free trial. Hope this helped.

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