How To Try Spotify Premium (and Avoid Getting Charged)

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Spotify Premium TrialSick of Spotify ads? Dying to take your carefully curated playlists with you on your commute home? If you want to try out the Spotify Premium experience but aren't quite ready to cough up $9.99 a month for the privilege, Spotify offers a 30 day free trial. However, that free trial can turn you into a paying customer against your will unless you can navigate Spotify's roundabout cancellation process. Here's everything you need to know in order to get a truly free trial.

How to Sign Up For Spotify Premium

1. Head to Spotify.com in your web browser.

2. Click the word "Premium" on the upper right side of the webpage.

3. Click "Try Premium." You'll notice the 30 Day Free Trial is advertised on this option.

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4. Log in with your existing Spotify Account. If you don't have a Spotify account, click "Sign Up Here" at the bottom of the sign in window, and come back after you've created an account. 

5. Click "Try Spotify Premium".

6. Select your payment method and enter your zip code. You'll be taken to a screen to fill in your Credit Card or PayPal information. 

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Once you make your payment of zero dollars, you'll be taken to your receipt, and you're ready to start checking out Spotify Premium.

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At this point you haven't been charged for anything, but you are technically subscribed to Spotify Premium. Now that Spotify has your payment information, your subscription will automatically renew in a month at which point you'll be charged $9.99. If you don't want to deal with the specter of auto-renewal, you can cancel your subscription immediately after subscribing and still get your 30 days of free Premium. If you decide you do want to pay for Premium, you can just subscribe again once your trial runs out.

Cancelling Your Spotify Premium Subscription

1. Log in to the Spotify website by clicking the "Log In" button at the upper right of the page and entering your log in information.

2. Click your name at the upper right page of the screen. Select "Account" from the drop-down menu.

3. Click "Subscription" from the options above your account information.

4. Click "View Your Options" under the Cancel Your Subscription header at the bottom of the list.

5. Click "Click here to continue to the cancellation page". You'll have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find this link.

6. Select a reason you're unsubscribing (you can't continue without checking a reason) and click the "Cancel Subscription" button at the bottom of the page.

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7. Click "Cancel Spotify Premium subscription".  This will bring you a page that prompts you to re-enter your account password. Yes, they really do make you go through this many "cancel subscription" screens.

8. Enter your account password and click "continue" or "Cancel Spotify Premium subscription" (the interface will vary whether your account is linked to your email or Facebook account).

You'll get a confirmation note to tell you the date your subscription will expire. You get to keep Premium for the remainder of your 30 day trial, and you don't have to worry about getting charged. Not bad!

 

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13 comments
  • Annea Says:

    +1 Veteran's comment. It works fine and doesn't require any cc/bank account. Many thanks!

  • Veteran Says:

    I've been doing this for almost a year now. My advice is to make a free PayPal account to give to Spotify. You do not need to add bank/CC info to the paypal account. Once you get to the screen where PayPal asks for payment info you can ignore it, switch back to the Spotify website, select PayPal as your payment option, and then continue following this guide.

  • Janice Says:

    Tried it on Oct 9, 2014. Did not work.

  • Juliana N Says:

    Thank you for this!

  • fritha Says:

    This process fails for many people - in my case I could not get to FaceBook to confirm the cancellation. How on earth is Spotify getting away with this???

  • I'llFollowTheSun Says:

    @not a cop - thank you, I was wondering that!

  • not a cop Says:

    Works still as of 06/08/2014, for reference.

  • Anahi Says:

    Is there a way to cancel a subscription you paid for automatically and get your money back? I was stupid enough to not follow these steps and I got charged automatically. The problem is that I am currently broke and had only 3 dollars in my bank account and got charged an overdraft fee. Please help me out!

  • SamsungBoy Says:

    Very easy to follow guide. Many thanks

  • Scott M Says:

    Does this still work on this date of 10/21/13? You know spotify could be on to this.

  • Alf Says:

    Thank you for a thorough and comprehensive description on how to benefit from Spotify's premium service without a headache of canceling it all.

  • Ana Hurka-Robles, Web Producer Says:

    Ola Jose - let me make sure I'm understanding you correctly (I ran your question through Google Translate) - is the problem that Spotify won't work for you when you're on a Wifi or 3G connection? Are you using the desktop, web, or mobile version of the application?

    I've used the mobile version on my iPhone with a WiFi connection with no problems, but I wouldn't recommend using the mobile version with a 3G data connection, because data charges would add up very quickly.

  • jose araujo Says:

    uma duvida, o spotify so funciona com wifi ou por 3g....sempre que saio fico sem sinal....e normal isso... obrigado por responder.