Amazon has officially announced Prime Day 2020 will take place from 13-14 October which means if you don't have a Prime account, you should probably sign up for one now.

Prime Day brings discounts and offers on a huge array of tech and gadgets (amongst other things) that are exclusive to Prime members, along with access to exclusive launches, and early access to deals. To get primed on Prime Day see our handy guide, filled with tips on how to snag deals from Amazon rivals too.

The benefits of Amazon Prime last year long of course – and it's not just limited to free next-day delivery (which will be worth it as we head closer to Christmas and the holiday season). There are a huge number of benefits, including Prime Video and Prime Music, as well as early access to loads of Lightning Deals.

Here we'll go through how you can get Amazon Prime for free, if you don't want to just yet commit to a monthly subscription.

What is Amazon Prime?

Amazon Prime began as a next-day delivery service. Customers could pay a fixed fee for a year of unlimited next day deliveries on qualifying purchases from the store. It has rapidly become much more than that, adding TV and music streaming services that rival Netflix and Spotify among a whole host other features (all of which you can read about here).

However, if you’re not sure you’d use the additional features on a regular basis but are desperate to get your hands on something specific; like day-to-day Lightning Deal thirty minutes early, watching a particular movie or show that's only on Prime Video (see the best shows on Prime right now), or need an item to be delivered as quickly as possible (within two hours with Prime Now), you can get Amazon Prime for free for a limited time.

If you’ve never signed up for Amazon Prime, you can take advantage of the 30-day free trial.

Sign up to Prime for free with Amazon Alexa

If you own a smart speaker with Amazon Alexa, you can also sign up for Amazon Prime by simply saying "Alexa, sign me up for Prime". Until 12 October customers who sign up for Prime using Alexa get a £5 voucher ahead of Prime Day.

How to sign up for Amazon Prime for free on mobile

To sign up for Amazon Prime on mobile, first, install the Amazon Shopping app. Log in if you already have an Amazon account or create an account.

Next, tap "Prime", which should be the fourth option under the search bar, and "Start My Free Trial" on the following page. You'll need to enter your credit card information if you don't already have one stored with Amazon.

Amazon Prime Sign up Mobile

Next, enter your billing address and click through to the next page, which will ask you to confirm your free trial. Finally, you should see the "Welcome to Amazon Prime" message.

Amazon Prime Sign Up Mobile

How to sign up for Amazon Prime for free on desktop

Go to the free trial page and click 'Start your 30-Day Free trial'.

Sign Up for Amazon Prime Free

If you don't already have an Amazon account, you'll need to create one. Add your credit card details (this is how Prime charges you after the trial ends if you don't cancel).

How to Sign up for Amazon Prime Free

Next, fill out your address and phone number and click the button at the bottom right that says 'Use this address':

Amazon Prime Sign Up Address

The next page should offer another button that says 'Try Prime for free'. Once you click it, you'll be redirected to a 'Welcome' page confirming your Prime membership.

Payment confirmation

After clicking on the "Try Prime Free" button, you'll get a confirmation of your trial beginning.

Amazon Prime Welcome Page

If you are absolutely certain that you won’t want to continue with Prime beyond 30 days, remember to cancel your membership (find out exactly how to do that here). Otherwise, it’ll cost you £79/$119 for a year or £7.99/$12.99 per month.

Can I get another Amazon Prime trial for free?

If you’ve signed up for Amazon Prime before, even if it was just the free trial, you might still be able to bag the free trial again. Amazon lets customers have a free trial once every 12 months, so check when your last one was - you might be in luck!

Check whether you’re eligible for a free trial on the Amazon Prime page.

Amazon Prime Student free for 6 months & student discount

Students can also sign up for a six month free trial. After the trial ends, the student rate is a nominal £3.99 per month, or £39 per year, which works out to £3.25 per month. Sign up for 6-month free trial of Prime Student in the UK

US students get the 6-month trial too. After the trial, rates go to $6.49 per month or $59 per year, which is equivalent to $4.92 per month. Sign up for a 6-month free trial of Prime Student US.