How to Watch the X-Files Online


Ever since The X-Files made its debut in 1993, fans’ curiosity to investigate the paranormal has never been fully quenched. So much so that several years later, Fox had to release a reboot of the TV show much to the thrill of the fans. For the fans that have no idea how to catch up with their favorite episodes, here are legal ways to stream The X-Files online.

Watch on Netflix

Netflix has all 9 seasons of The X-Files prior to the reboot. This would be a great place to follow FBI agents Mulder and Scully as they hunt for aliens and government conspiracies. Netflix is a paid subscription service and only Netflix account holders can stream available episodes of The X-Files.

Anyone without a Netflix account can temporarily watch the TV show without a paid subscription. You can sign up for a free trial account valid for 30 days. This is enough time to watch as many of the old episodes before your free trial expires. Ensure you cancel your subscription by the end of the 30 days before Netflix starts billing you.

Watch on Hulu


Hulu has all seasons of The X-Files including new episodes from the rebooted season. Therefore, if you would like to watch all episodes in one place, a Hulu account is what you need. Similarly, you will need to sign up for a paid subscription to start watching The X-Files episodes.

Alternatively, it is possible to sign up for a free trial account valid for 30 days or 45 days on special promotional offers. Watch all the episodes of The X-Files you want and cancel your subscription when the free trial expires.

Sling TV


Sling TV is one of the most affordable online streaming services available to cord cutters. For just $20 a month, you have an unlimited access to all The X-Files episodes as they air live on Fox. Sling TV is free to join with a 7-day trial account before committing to monthly payments.

Besides Fox, Sling also offers other exciting channels including AMC, HGTV, Disney Channel, and ESPN. You can download the Sling TV app to stream The X-Files episodes on Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, and the Xbox One. Sling TV is also available on set-top boxes including Fire TV, Amazon TV, and Chromecast.



Fox holds streaming rights to The X-Files, from the old episodes to the new reboot season. Those with Fox as part of their cable TV package get to enjoy newer episodes of The X-Files first. However, this does not mean that those without cable are left behind. You can still live on the official Fox website. Currently, Fox is showing all new episodes from the 2016 premier of The X-Files reboot. Occasionally, Fox streams classic episodes of The X-Files.

A faster and convenient way to watch The X-Files season reboot is through the Fox Now app. You can download the app to your android or iOS device and start watching new episodes live. Watch episodes straight on your mobile device or cast them to your Smart TV using a dongle like Chromecast.

The App will prompt for your Fox credentials to log in to your account and start watching shows. Besides iOS and Android, Fox Now App is also available on Kindle Fire and Windows including Windows mobile devices.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is available to U.S. customers. If you hold an Amazon Prime account, Prime Video comes free if you are signed up to an annual membership contract. This should cost $79 per year.

Then again, you can sign up for monthly Prime Video subscription for $5.99 a month. Amazon offers a welcome package of $2.66 for the first six months before rolling your account over to the $5.99 plan. Through Prime Video, you can stream all 9 seasons of the X-Files in high definition.

Digital Downloads

X-Files fans can also download new episodes to watch later on a laptop or mobile device. Once purchased, you hold legal rights to the videos and you can watch them anytime on any device you want. Amazon is one of the online streaming services that allow you to download episodes for later viewing. It should cost between $2 and $3 depending on the quality (SD or HD ) of the video you are downloading.

X-Files Movies


There are two X-Files movies available (The X-Files: I Want To Believe and The X-Files: Fight The Future) for streaming on both Netflix and Hulu. If you feel a little lethargic about streaming older seasons, these two movies will sum everything up for you. Keep in mind, they can only be streamed online and not downloaded. Amazon allows you to stream the movies at a pocket-friendly fee.

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