Can You Use An Apple TV Box Without A Subscription?

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What To Know

  • The Apple TV box does not require an Apple TV+ subscription to function and allows access to various streaming services and screen mirroring capabilities.
  • Apple TV+ is a separate streaming service offering exclusive ‘Apple Originals,’ distinct from the hardware Apple TV box.
  • Users can obtain Apple TV+ for free through several methods, including a seven-day trial, a three-month trial with a new Apple device purchase, or a six-month trial for PlayStation 4 or 5 owners.

Are you thinking of using an Apple TV box without a subscription? Good news: it’s entirely possible! This concise guide will explore the difference between Apple TV+ and the Apple TV box, unveiling its potential even without a subscription.

Let’s dive in!

What Can I Do With an Apple TV Box Without Apple TV+?

Like other streaming devices, Apple TV (box) is a hardware device that helps you turn your TV into a smart TV. You connect it to your TV with an HDMI cord.

Apple TV box with a remote

You can connect your Apple TV box to the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular data.

You can download all your favorite streaming apps on the Apple TV box, like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. It also comes with the Apple TV app for streaming Apple TV+ programs. 

You don’t need an Apple TV+ subscription to use all the other streaming apps on your Apple TV box. However, some streaming services like HBO Max and Netflix require individual subscriptions. 

You can connect your iOS and Mac devices to the Apple TV box to mirror their screen and display multimedia content. You can also play games, listen to podcasts, and stream music on your Apple TV box. 

The Apple TV box can serve as a Homekit hub for all your other Homekit-compatible smart devices. You can use it to control other smart home devices like security cameras, doorbells, and thermostats.

You can control the connected devices using the box’s dedicated remote controller or the Siri assistant.

How To Get Apple TV+ for Free

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Do you want to check out the Apple TV+ streaming service at zero cost? There are several ways to use the Apple TV+ service without a paid subscription. 

Check them out below!

1. Seven-day free trial

Apple offers a free seven-day trial whenever you sign up for the Apple TV+ service. You need to connect a billing method to your Apple app to access this trial run.

The billing method allows Apple to bill you after the free trial if you wish to continue using the service. However, you can cancel your subscription to the service before the free trial duration expires.

2. Free three-month trial

This method is available for people who have just purchased an Apple device and are signed up for the service. You get a free three months trial.

This applies to purchasing devices such as Apple TV boxes, new MacBooks, or desktop PCs. You can cancel your subscription before the trial expires if you don’t want to be billed for the fourth month.

3. Six-month free trial with PlayStation 5

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This option is available for people that own a PS4 or PS5. You must launch the console and go to the Apple TV app. 

You may download the app from the PlayStation Store if you don’t already have the app. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the app with your Apple ID and PlayStation account.

This free six-month offer is slated to end on the 22nd of July, 2022.


The Apple TV box is a streaming device with many benefits. It provides access to Apple TV+ and other streaming services.

You can use your Apple TV box without an Apple TV subscription. It will only stop you from viewing dedicated Apple TV+ programs. You can still use the other streaming services available on the box.

You can also use the box to play games, control your other smart devices, mirror iOS and Mac screens, and stream music. Cheers!

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