Congrats to the teens who use Snapchat: You can now use filters, dress your Bitmoji, and watch HBO Max while you’re at it, all thanks to supercool media conglomerate WarnerMedia. Declaring itself “the first major streamer to build a Snap Mini,” HBO Max announced today that Snapchat users can now stream select episodes of HBO and HBO Max shows, and have watch parties with up to 63 friends by sending in-chat messages, all for free.
What are HBO Max Minis in Snapchat?
HBO Max Minis are part of Snapchat Minis, which launched in 2020 as a way for Snap to offer third-party app experiences within Snapchat. Snap actually refers to Minis as “bite-sized utilities”. You can use them to purchase tickets via Atom, meditate via Headspace, and even register to vote in the US.
And now, with HBO Max Minis, you can stream entire episodes of more than a dozen series from the streaming service for free, including pilots.
How to watch HBO shows in Snapchat
You can launch the HBO Max Mini experience through the rocket icon that appears within Chat or through Search. Once HBO Max Mini is launched inside the Snapchat app, you will need to verify your date of birth. (You are required to enter your birthdate in order to access age-appropriate content.)
Which HBO Max shows can you watch in Snapchat?
HBO Max Mini will offer top HBO titles, including new releases like the rebooted Gossip Girl, old favorites like Game of Thrones, as well as pilot episodes of other hit shows on the HBO Max streaming service. The full list of HBO Max shows with episodes available to stream in Snapchat is as follows:
- The Flight Attendant
- Game of Thrones
- Gossip Girl (2021)
- Looney Tunes
- Love Life
- Lovecraft Country
- Selena + Chef
- World of Calm
- Betty – (Season 2, Episode 1)
Is it free to watch HBO Max in Snapchat?
Yes. But, according to HBO Max’s owner, Warner Media, the idea behind HBO Max Minis is to encourage users to subscribe. The experience will present the option to go to HBO Max after an episode wraps so they can continue watching the series. (This will be shown to users 18 and up, the company said.)