How to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Alex Kane
Rey (Daisy Ridley) and BB-8 are two of the heroes introduced in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

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Planning a full rewatch of the Skywalker Saga before The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters? After Return of the Jedi, it’s time to check out Star Wars: The Force Awakens. New streaming service Disney+ lets you watch it from the comfort of your living room or on your favorite mobile device.

Where to stream The Force Awakens online

You’re now able to stream The Force Awakens on Disney+ wherever you’re connected to the internet. Disney’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service is now available in the U.S. and Canada and will eventually be rolling out worldwide.

Disney+ is supported on desktop browsers, “a wide range” of mobile devices, smart TVs, and video-game consoles. The subscription-based platform will serve as the new home for Walt Disney Studios films as well as original, exclusive Disney+ content like Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, and a full slate of live-action Marvel shows.

Get Disney+ starting at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year

What is The Force Awakens about?

A decade after George Lucas’s final Star Wars film, Revenge of the Sith, the Force returned to cinemas under the stewardship of J.J. Abrams (Super 8), grossing more than $2 billion worldwide. Featuring a new cast of young heroes scrabbling for survival in a galaxy bereft of the Jedi Order, this film reunites some of the franchise’s classic characters to take down a superweapon even more terrifying than the Death Star. Right from the start, it also sets up some interesting new familial conflicts that—judging by what we’ve seen of Rise of Skywalker so far—play out across the entire sequel trilogy.

This story starts off small, on the middle-of-nowhere desert planet Jakku. A frightened young stormtrooper becomes a deserter, a Resistance hero’s taken captive by a masked black knight with a crackling red blade, and a lonely scavenger discovers a droid containing information on the whereabouts of somebody called Luke Skywalker. In some ways, it’s firmly grounded in the familiar, but it also introduces some of the most likable and complex characters in the entire Star Wars canon.

“With a cast of entertaining new characters, heartfelt scenes, huge planetary battles and no qualms about being very funny or very dark at times, director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens returns the iconic sci-fi franchise to a glorious place that hasn’t been seen since Ewoks danced off into victory in Return of the Jedi 32 years ago,” USA Today’s Brian Tuitt wrote in his 2015 review.The Force Awakens reveals surprising connections, begins a few bromances, solves mysteries while digging up others, and sets a strong tone for what comes next in Star Wars lore. Best of all? It’ll make you feel like a kid being introduced to something truly special once again.”

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford return to the Skywalker Saga after more than three decades, along with a powerful cameo appearance by Mark Hamill. Oscar Isaac, a movie star in his own right, charms as the reckless flyboy Poe Dameron. But the real standouts of The Force Awakens are its cast of young up-and-comers, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and Lupita Nyong’o. The film also features memorable performances from Andy Serkis, Max von Sydow, Domhnall Gleeson, and longtime Star Wars mainstays Anthony Daniels and Peter Mayhew.

How to sign up for Disney+

"Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens"

To start watching The Force Awakens, you can subscribe to Disney+ today for $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year. Or you can get the service as part of a special value bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu for $12.99 a month in total.

Disney+ is available to watch through the following devices:

  • Roku streaming devices
  • TVs with built-in Roku
  • Apple TV iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models
  • Android phones
  • Android TV devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • Xbox One
  • PlayStation 4
  • Sony TVs with built-in Android
  • See our recommendations for the best streaming devices 

If you’re hoping to stream on another device in the future, you can sign up for email updates at to stay in the know.

In addition to its all-new programming, Disney+ offers on-demand access to classic titles like A Goofy Movie, Fantasia, High School Musical, Lilo & Stitch, The Sword in the Stone, Toy Story, Tron, Up, and Wall-E. The extensive library also includes such beloved TV series as Boy Meets World, DuckTales, Kim Possible, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, That’s So Raven, and 30 seasons of The Simpsons.

By the end of its first year, Disney expects to bring over “7,500 episodes of television and 500 movies” to the service—including Aladdin (2019), Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Dumbo (2019), Frozen 2, The Lion King (2019), Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Toy Story 4, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Get Disney+ starting at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year

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