How to Sign Up for a US Netflix Trial

Chyelle Dvorak
Contributing Writer, VPNs
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Published on November 11, 2020
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It’s time to cut to the chase. People everywhere are spending more time in their homes and want to know how to sign up for a Netflix trial. And to be honest, it’s always great when you can test something for free before making a purchase.

Instead of wondering whether you can sign up for free and spending time researching other websites, you can find the answer right here.

How do I start my Netflix trial?

Before anything, you’ll need to go to the Netflix website. Enter your email address and then select Try 30 Days Free in the center of the page. You’ll need to add your payment information during setup, but you won’t be charged until the trial ends.

Once your free trial starts, you’ll have access to all the movies and TV shows on Netflix. Netflix offers three different plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium. All free trials use the Premium plan, which allows you to watch movies on up to four screens at the same time.

It’s easy to cancel your trial at any time after starting it, so you don’t need to worry about any tricks or hidden payments. You can always rejoin Netflix after canceling your trial if you decide you want to purchase it.

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Why do I see a charge after starting my free trial?

If it looks like there’s a charge to your account after starting your Netflix trial, don’t panic. Sometimes Netflix will send a pending payment to your account for security reasons. Netflix just wants to know whether you’re eligible for a free trial.

This authorization is not a payment charge, it’s only an authorization hold. You won’t be charged anything as long as you cancel your trial before it ends.

How do I cancel my free trial?

Canceling your free trial is simple. All you need to do is go to and sign into your account. At the top of the page, find where it says Account and select the option to cancel your account under the Membership and Billing section. Voila! You’ve now confirmed your cancelation.

The great thing about Netflix is there’s never any hidden contracts or fees. Just make sure you cancel your trial before your 30 days are over. Then Netflix won’t charge you.

Can I sign up for Netflix outside of the US?

Yes, you can still sign up for Netflix outside of the US: Netflix is available in over 190 countries worldwide. The only countries that don’t have Netflix are China, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea because of government restrictions in those countries.

The video content on Netflix varies from country to country. Netflix has different guidelines depending on if you’re traveling to another country versus relocating. If you have specific questions about relocating, visit the Netflix help desk.

If you’re going to spend time visiting family in Ukraine, for example, all you need is your Netflix account, internet connection, and your device. Every country will have a different selection of movies and TV shows. The ratings on shows might vary slightly along with the subtitle options.

Even if you downloaded specific videos to your tablet, phone, or PC, you might not be allowed to watch them in another country according to the Netflix guidelines. In order to be safe, only download content from Netflix in the same country you’re going to watch it in. That way, you can be sure you’re not breaking any licensing agreements.

What do I do if Netflix thinks I’m in a different country than I actually am?

Sometimes when you’re traveling, Netflix will think you’re located in a different country than where you actually are. If this happens, check your IP address to verify your general location. Make sure to temporarily disable all VPNs and other software that might confuse Netflix. There’s a list of IP addresses for different regions in the Netflix help center.

Once you’ve checked to make sure your IP address is the correct one for your region, put your device network settings on Automatic. This will help you get the best results when fixing the error.

Netflix provides a website for each location so you can verify your IP address and correct the error. Once the country in Netflix matches your actual location, the error goes away and you can continue watching your favorite TV shows.

Now that you know how to sign up for a US Netflix trial, here are your next steps.
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Chyelle Dvorak
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Chyelle Dvorak
Chyelle works as a freelance writer for The Daily Beast and edited articles for Forbes,, Fox News and other review sites. Chyelle tests, writes, and researches products and services related to internet consumption. She found her passion for public speaking and writing in her childhood when she won the Voice of Democracy speech and essay competition. Chyelle has a degree in International Relations from Crown College, Minnesota. Outside of work, Chyelle loves to spend time reading, kayaking, and running.

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