One of our most popular questions on Sage is about how to activate your NFL Game Pass Account. If you’ve ever wanted to watch Packers game archives or stream the Steelers game, we’re here to help. We’ve had several excellent answers posted about the topic and we decided hey, why not write an article to help walk you through what can be an annoying and cumbersome process.

NFL Game Pass is supported on a number of different mobile and home theater devices. If you’ve ever wondered how to get NFL Game Pass, look no further. We’ve got you covered with step-by-step instructions to activate each of the supported devices below so you can watch your favorite team’s league replays.

But first, let’s start with answering a question that comes up ALL the time.

What’s the Difference between NFL Game Pass and NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV?

This is a question we hear often from our users and the answer is not a completely obvious.

Here is a short table comparing the two offerings:

Game TypeNFL Game PassNFL Sunday Ticket
Watching Live Games on SundayNo LIVE games. Only Recordings are available 1-3 hours after the broadcast concludes.Streams all out-of-market games LIVE. Local games are blacked out.
Monday & Thursday Night GamesOnly Recordings are available several hours after the broadcast concludes.Not included as part of Sunday Ticket. See local guides for channels and times.
Game ArchivesAll games including playoffs available to stream back to 2009.Not available.
Comparison of NFL Game Pass and DirecTV Sunday Ticket

What devices support NFL Game Pass?

NFL Game Pass has been tested and optimized for these devices (Links go to instructions for each device type below):

Activation Steps

Note that you may need to visit http://nfl.com/activate instead of the longer forms of these URLs below to auth your account.

You can follow these directions to activate NFL Game Pass on your television or mobile device:

iOS 13+ for iPhone and iPad Devices

  • For standalone purchases, you buy your NFL Game Pass Apple TV subscription from iTunes or on the web via http://nfl.com/gamepass.
  • Next, open the App Store and navigate to the NFL app
  • Download the app and log in with your NFL Game Pass credentials.

If you purchased on iTunes, follow these steps: 

  • Go to your Settings and click on Purchase/Restore Game Pass
  • Then, tap Purchased through iTunes? Restore
  • From here, you’ll be prompted to provide your Apple ID

Android Phones and Tablets

  • For standalone purchases, you can buy your NFL Game Pass on the web via http://nfl.com/gamepass.
  • Open the Google Play Store and navigate to the NFL app
  • Download the app and log in with your NFL Game Pass credentials.

Roku

  • To start, pull up the Roku Channel Store
  • Browse the Sports or News & Notable categories or simply type in NFL in the search bar. Keep in mind that the channel is simply labeled NFL and not NFL Game Pass
  • Click + Add channel. 
  • If you haven’t already, sign in to your Roku account
  • Once you set up your NFL Game Pass Roku subscription, you’ll need to verify your account. Roku’s Guide advises that you visit http://nfl.com/activate/roku. From there, you’ll be prompted to provide the code displayed in the Roku Channel Store. Once you log in, you’re all set! 

Apple TV

  • For standalone purchases, you buy your NFL Game Pass Apple TV subscription from iTunes or on the web via http://nfl.com/gamepass.
  • Next, open the App Store and navigate to the NFL app

If you purchased on iTunes, follow these steps: 

  • Go to your Settings and click on Purchase/Restore Game Pass
  • Then, tap Purchased through iTunes? Restore
  • From here, you’ll be prompted to provide your Apple ID

That should do it. You’re all activated and running on the app from there.

Amazon Firestick and Fire TV

Like Roku and Apple TV, you’ll need to purchase NFL Game Pass from its official website and match it with the NFL app. Here’s how to download the NFL app.

  • From the main menu of your Amazon Fire TV, find and click Apps
  • Scroll over to Categories and choose Sports
  • Click on the NFL app. A page will populate, and select Get in order to download. 
  • Open the app and select Activate NFL Game Pass
  • If you haven’t already, you’ll be prompted to sign up for NFL Game Pass Fire Stick. Once you have done so, sign in with your new credentials
  • If activation isn’t automatic, you can take the code received and browse to http://nfl.com/activate/firetv to enter your code and activate the app.

Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 (PS4 & PS5)

Begin by creating your NFL Game Pass account at http://www.nfl.com/game-pass/.

  • Go to the PlayStation Store on your PS4.
  • Enter ‘NFL Network’ on the search bar.
  • Download the NFL Network application and open it after installation.
  • If prompted with an activation code, then visit the nfl.com/activate link and enter the code.
  • Otherwise, Select Log In and log in with your NFL Network credentials.

XBox, XBox Series X, Xbox Series S

The NFL Game Pass app is available on the Xbox Live Store. You can install the app directly from the Xbox Store.

  • Turn on your Xbox console and navigate to the Browse apps section.
  • Now, you get the Apps screen. You can see some filter options on the top. Go to the Search icon on the top right of the screen.
  • The on-screen keyboard will appear. Type NFL Game Pass and click the Search button.
  •  Select the NFL Game Pass app.
  • Click the Install button on the next screen. The NFL Game Pass app will be installed on your Xbox console.

Frequenty Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much is NFL Game Pass?

NFL Game Pass costs $99/season and the subscription provides you full access until July 31st of the following year.

How long is the NFL Game Pass free trial?

The trial lasts seven (7) days and allows you to cancel for a full refund at any point in the trial. After this, you’ll be billed for the full season amount of $99.

NFL Game Pass 7-day trial offer

How Do I Cancel NFL Game Pass?

Wondering how to cancel NFL Game Pass?

Log onto NFL.com. Go to your Account and under My Subscriptions you will see a link to ‘Cancel Subscription’. If you are within the refund term, after clicking the link you will see the ability to cancel and refund your subscription. If you are outside the refund terms, you will only see the ability to cancel your subscription. Note: For most subscribers, you won’t be able to get a partial refund back but this will stop your subscription from renewing next year.

When are NFL Game Pass games available?

Games should be available close to the final whistle from the live program. Sometimes it can take as many as 1-3 hours for the games to be posted and viewable but usually, they are available immediately.

How does NFL Game Pass work?

Game Pass is owned by the National Football League who maintains exclusive rights to all broadcasts and streaming rights for NFL football games. Most of the rights for live broadcasts have been contracted out to various networks like ESPN/ABC, Amazon Prime, Netflix, CBS, and NBC. Recorded games remain the exclusive right for the NFL Game Pass subscription. When you register for Game Pass, you are provided rights to stream archived content of those NFL games whenever you want to all supported devices.

Can I watch the Steelers game live?

NFL Game Pass only provides recorded access to games once the game is over. Whether you’re looking for the Seahawks live stream, the Packers live stream, or wanting to stream the Bears game, you’ll have to wait until the event ends. For live streaming, the only two options are your local television provider (if in-market) or to purchase Sunday Ticket Streaming from AT&T/DirecTV.

What about International NFL Game Pass?

For those of you outside the United States, the International version of NFL Game Pass offers you exactly what you’re looking for and allows you to stream all the games live and watch recordings from the NFL archives. You can watch the Packers game live or stream the browns game!

What about some of these other unofficial streaming places like nflstream.io?

Avoid these solutions like the plague. Most are complete scams out to take your money and not provide any service. The ones that do provide services will typically steal your personal information or sell it to the highest bidder.

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Peter Yeargin

Peter is the founder of a new startup called Sage, a marketplace for knowledge exchange. Sage connects people with tough questions to vetted experts who can help them with personal or professional advice across a wide range of topics.

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