How to sign up for Amazon Prime and get all of those sweet Prime Day deals
Prime Day is full of deals, but you need to be a Prime member to take advantage of them.
Amazon’s annual Prime Day starts on July 12 this year when Amazon will be heavily discounting all kinds of goods – but only if you already have an Amazon Prime subscription. Yes, one of the benefits of your paid subscription is the ability to buy more stuff for cheap, throwing more cash in the general direction of Jeff Bezos’ pockets.
You don’t just get extra deals though; an Amazon Prime subscription gives you all kinds of other benefits. There’s Prime Video, with its mix of original content and favorite shows, free and faster shipping on pretty much everything sold or fulfilled through Amazon, Prime Music (and Amazon Music Unlimited for an additional cost), Prime Gaming, and even Prime Reading which gives you a selection of comics, books, and magazines to read.
If that wasn’t enough, you can also share your Prime membership with one other adult, so your significant other doesn’t have to miss all the Prime fun. If you don’t already have a subscription, it’s super easy to sign up.
Here’s how to sign up so you can take advantage of those Prime Day savings
Pick your plan
Head on over to Amazon’s Prime landing page and click on See More Plans. The only choices for most people are now Prime which is $14.99 a month, and Prime annual which works out at $139 a year.
Some subscribers can take advantage of the two exceptions to this, and everyone can get a 30-day free trial.
- Students: Click on the Are you a student? link and sign up, you’ll get six months of Prime Student free and it’ll be $7.49 a month after that while you’re still at school. You can tack on Showtime for 99 cents a month (for up to a year), or Amazon Music Unlimited for another 99 cents a month.
- EBT or Medicaid: If you are on either of these programs, you can get Amazon Prime for $6.99 a month. It won’t let you share Prime with any other household members though, so just be aware of that minor limitation
- 30-day trial: Remember that you can always sign up and cancel within 30 days, so you could technically get Prime Day savings without paying for a subscription. This only works once though.
Create an account
Once you know which plan you need, you’ll have to sign up for an Amazon account (assuming you don’t already have one).
- Click on the large Try Prime button at the top-right, then on Create your Amazon account
- Fill in all your details, and create a unique, long password that you aren’t using for any other accounts. Also, it’s worth turning on Two-Factor Authentication
- You’ll get a one-time password sent to your email address at this stage, so find it in your inbox and put the code into the Verify box
- Enter your billing details and you’re done
Now it’s time to go download the Amazon Prime Video app for all your mobile devices and streaming boxes, as there are a whole bunch of great shows to watch, including Amazon Originals such as The Boys.
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