YouTube has launched a referral program that will let users earn up to a year’s worth of free service for landing new Premium subscribers. For the unaware, YouTube Premium offers perks like an ad-free video watching experience, the ability to download videos for offline viewing, access to YouTube Music Premium, and background playback.
Back in January this year, YouTube TV also started doling out benefits with its own referral program. Folks who helped rope in new a customer for YouTube’s live TV streaming offering would get $20 toward their bill credit, while the new customer was awarded a discount worth $10. The company is now looking to pull off something similar with YouTube Premium.
The official support page notes that the Youtube Premium Referral Program will let users get a month’s worth of YouTube Premium for every contact they turn into a paying customer. However, there’s a limit to the number of credits available. The company says one person can only get up to 12 free credits, which can be stacked together to enjoy the perks of free YouTube Premium for a full calendar year. Moreover, the person who signs up for the paid tier will get to enjoy YouTube Premium at a flat rate of just $0.99 per month, for a span of three months. The subsidized billing for new YouTube Premium subscribers differs on a regional basis. For example, new YouTube Premium subscribers onboarded using a referral link will have to pay only INR 10 (roughly $0.13) for the first three months in India. The only caveat is that the invite link must be used by the contact and turned into an active subscriber account by the end of May 2023.
With eligibility and limitation instructions out of the way, here’s the whole process to land a year’s worth of free YouTube Premium access. Open the YouTube mobile app and tap on the profile icon in the top right corner. In case there are multiple Google accounts logged in on the device, make sure to switch to the account that is linked to an active YouTube Premium subscription. Tapping on the profile icon opens the YouTube Premium benefits page, where users will now see a banner that says “Get up to 12 bonus months.” Tap on it to open the next page where an invite link is ready to be shared. Just copy it and share it with acquaintances via the messaging platform of one’s choice.
Once a contact clicks on that link and actually becomes a YouTube Premium subscriber, the one-month free credit will appear on the Rewards activity dashboard in the YouTube app. However, YouTube prohibits users from sharing the invite link publicly via a social media platform or posting it on public forums. Moreover, it can’t be combined with other premium codes and gift cards. In case a discrepancy is found, YouTube has the right to cancel the benefits for the parties involved. YouTube hasn’t revealed details about the regional availability of its referral program, but we can confirm that it is now live for users based in the U.S. and India.