Play World of Warcraft for Free

Edited by Sean, Yuliya, Eng, Anonymous

Hi, everyone. This is Sean from VisiHow and today I'm going to be showing you how to play World of Warcraft for free, how to download and install it, how to do all of that - and what all of your options are.

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    As you probably know if you were looking for this topic, World of Warcraft is one of the biggest - probably THE biggest - MMORPG in the world.
    It has been for about 10 years now. They've had tons of expansions and lots of stuff, and it was originally subscription only and they didn't have any trial versions or anything. But now they have a way for you to try up to level 20 for free with the Starter Edition.
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    All you have to do is make an account right here.This will be a Battlenet account.
    To make an account you don't have to enter a credit card or anything like that, it's just free. You can play up to level 20 for a month. It still uses the subscription service, so after 30 days go by they're going to want to start charging you for a subscription.
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    If you want to upgrade from the Starter Edition to a full one, you have to pay $19.99.
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    Once you've logged into Battlenet, you can go over to battlen.net and login, and it will let you download the Battlenet client.
    Usually it will do it through the specific game you signed up on. Here it shows all the games, like HearthStone, Diablo, Starcraft, and their upcoming OverWatch. But any of these will work as long as you have Battlenet you can access any of the games you have access to.
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    Once you've created the account and signed in, then you can go over to Battle.
    You can click on any of the games that you have. I have Heroes of Storm, Hearthstone, Starcraft, Diablo, and World of Warcraft.
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    Most of these are installed, so when you want to install you just go to one of these games and you just press install.
    This will start the installer and it will ask you where you want to install to, what drive, and it will ask you if you want to do automatic updates to the game as long as you have Battlenet open. Once you do that, you press Start Install and it's going to start going.
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    There's a certain point in the download where it becomes playable.
    It still has 28 GB to go but there is a point where it's "playable" and a point where it's "optimal." Optimal means that a lot of it is downloaded and it's going to run really well, it should be just like it's full. It will probably still download in the background and that might be a problem, but it's not as bad as Playable. Playable you might experience issues with performance and lag. But you can still jump in and start playing right now, which only took me 5 minutes to get there. Obviously all of this needs an internet connection to get to it, but it is very easy to jump into World of Warcraft these days.
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    Up on the left of the Battlenet client, is says World of Warcraft Starter Edition.
    It's telling me what version of the game I have, and that's the version that is free up to level 20 and doesn't require a subscription for the first 30 days. You can redeem a code if you own an older version of the game and you want to unlock it so you don't have to pay the $20, or you can use that to redeem a code for the expansion. Or you can click on the "Buy Game" option and that will take you to all of that. But of course, you can just try the starter, check it out, and not pay anything.
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    That's all pretty straightforward.
    If you have any questions about anything, feel free to ask. As you can see, it's very easy to jump in and start playing World of Warcraft for free, pretty quickly. That took less than five minutes and I was already at a playable state in the install. Thanks for checking out this VisiHow video.
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