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How to rent or buy movies on YouTube

If you can’t find something to watch on streaming services, you can always rent something from YouTube.

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Quick Answer: To rent or buy a movie on YouTube, you’ll need to head to the Movies & TV section and select a rentable or buyable movie. A step-by-step guide is included below.

In recent years, YouTube has shifted away from being a platform that only offers user-created content to providing more paid options.

Now, you can rent or buy a selection of movies and even purchase some TV shows.

If YouTube is your go-to video streaming service, the addition of paid products may add a little spice to your experience. But YouTube is notorious for having confusing menus, and finding things can be tough.

That said, let’s discuss how to rent or buy movies on the YouTube website and mobile app.

How to rent or buy a YouTube movie on desktop

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Here’s how to rent or buy a YouTube movie on the desktop site:

Go to YouTube

Click the Menu (hamburger) button and select Movies & TV under ExploreYoutube tv and movies tab

Select the movie you want to watch or use the Search box to find what you’re looking forYoutube tv and movies search

Click Buy or RentYoutube buy or rent movie

Choose either Rent or Buy when prompted and complete the purchase processYoutube tv and movies purchase options

Rented and bought movies will appear under the Purchased tab on the main Movies & TV page.

When you rent a movie, you have 30 days to begin watching.

Once you start the film, you can view it as many times as you want within the rental period, which is usually 48 hours. YouTube will specify the exact timeframe during the purchase process.

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Also, if there’s a problem with a purchased movie, you may be able to request a refund if YouTube’s refund policy covers the issue.

How to rent or buy a YouTube movie on mobile

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The process on mobile is similar to desktop, but some menu items are slightly different. Here’s how to rent or buy a movie on the YouTube mobile app:

  1. Launch the YouTube app and tap the Explore button
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  1. Tap Movies & Shows
Youtube mobile movies and tv tab
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  1. Select a movie or search what you’re looking for
Youtube mobile tv and movies search
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  1. Tap Buy or Rent
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  1. Select an option under Rent movie or Buy movie and complete the purchase process
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All rented and bought movies will appear under the Purchased tab on the main Movies & Shows page.

How to watch free movies on YouTube

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If you don’t feel like dishing out the dollars to rent or buy, you can watch certain movies free of charge. There is, of course, a catch.

Unpaid YouTube movies come with advertising, but watching a few ads is a small price to pay for free content.

You can access Free to watch movies on the main Movies & Shows page. If you click the header or the See More button, you’ll be able to browse the complete collection.

Looking for more free content? Here are our favorite places to watch free movies online.

Renting and buying YouTube movies is convenient

If you don’t subscribe to a streaming service, renting or buying movies on YouTube is a good way to get your home-cinematic fix.

Most of the rental prices are reasonable and may be especially appealing if you can gather a group of people around for viewing.

But if paying for things isn’t your thing, you can, of course, select a movie from YouTube’s collection of ad-infused freebies and save some coin. If you’re lucky, you may even find something worth watching.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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