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Apple is reminding users to pick up their free Apple TV+ within 90 days of device activation

Apple TV+ with Tim Cook
Apple TV+ with Tim Cook (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple is telling people to sign up for a free year of Apple TV+ soon.
  • They have 90 days to do so.
  • Buyers of new iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, and iPod touches are eligible.

Apple has begun warning users that they should take advantage of their free year of Apple TV+ within the next 90 days. Or it'll be too late.

When Apple launched Apple TV+ on November 1 2019 it said that anyone buying a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, or iPod touch would receive a free year of the streaming service. But it didn't say when that would come to an end. Now we know.

As noted by 9to5Mac, users are receiving emails and notifications if they are eligible for a free year of Apple TV+ but are yet to sign up. The message tells them that they must take advantage of the free year within 90 days of activating their device.

Apple TV notification

Apple TV notification (Image credit: 9to5Mac)

When users sign up for the free year of service they are agreeing to also sign up for the $4.99 per month subscription fee once their trial expires. Anyone who doesn't want that to happen should cancel the subscription before they are charged.

It's likely there are plenty of people who are about to start receiving these messages if they picked up new iPhones in late 2019. That number will presumably run into the millions. If you're one of them I'd suggest taking Apple up on its offer of a free year of Apple TV+ now, while you still can.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.