How To Get an HBO Max Free Trial

HBO Max is one of the increasing number of streaming services (like Netflix and Disney+) to not offer a free trial for watching its content. Though the streamer did offer a trial when it first launched, this was removed when HBO Max started streaming movies like Wonder Woman 1984 and the new In the Heights on the same day they came to cinemas.

Though viewers cannot get a free trial via the HBO Max apps or on HBOMax.com, there is a hack that allows you to get a week of free access to the service. Here's how.

How to get a free trial of HBO Max

Through a quirk of various licensing deals, Hulu still offers a free trial to HBO Max for subscribers who access it through their service.

In order to access this through Hulu, viewers should hover over their user icon in the top right corner and click "Account." Then, scroll down in the "Your Subscription" box until you get to "Add-ons." Click "MANAGE ADD-ONS" to the right of this.

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'In the Heights' is one of the many movies HBO Max viewers can watch. Warner Bros

This should bring up a menu where you can sign up to a number of Hulu add-ons, including Showtime, Cinemax and Starz. HBO Max, however, should be at the top of the list. Click on the plus button to the right of the HBO Max logo, then click "REVIEW CHANGES," and then on the next page click submit. Your trial starts straight away.

Though this means you can watch nearly all of HBO Max's extensive library straight from your Hulu account, a few things are missing. For example, you cannot watch the Warner Bros. movies that come to HBO Max on the same day that they come to the cinema.

There is, however, a way to watch films like In the Heights and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It as part of your free trial.

You can do this by logging into the HBO Max website proper. Click on "Sign in." Then when the login pop-up opens, click "LOG IN WITH A PROVIDER." Select "Hulu" and then log-in with your Hulu details. From there, you should have access to the whole HBO Max catalog.

Per Collider, as of May 2021 there were 600 movies on HBO Max, and the service launched with what it called "10,000 hours of new hits, classic favorites, and exclusive HBO Max Originals."

These HBO Max Originals have included Ridley Scott sci-fi epic Raised By Wolves, Kaley Cuoco comedy-drama The Flight Attendant and the mammoth four-hour Zack Snyder's Justice League.

The service also has plenty of exciting movies coming soon. Coming soon to HBO Max are movies like Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune, Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and the untitled fourth Matrix movie.