How to Get PowerPoint for Free (And New Alternatives)

Get free PowerPoint access as well as free templates and resources to get you started. Plus, learn about a new and powerful PPT alternative you’ll want to use.

how to get powerpoint for free

helped business
professionals at:

Nice Meta RTL Spot Xerox Pepsi

Short answer

How can I get PowerPoint for free

  1. Visit
  2. Sign up for the free version of Microsoft 365
  3. Pick PowerPoint from the list of apps you’ll see

How much does MS PowerPoint cost?

Microsoft 365 plans cost from $69.99 per year for personal use and from $5 per month per user for business use.

Now, that might not be a lot of money but considering Google’s powerful, 100% free-to-use alternatives for most of MS flagship products, it’s understandable a lot of users would pick the free option.

How to use PowerPoint for free

(2 options)

ost of us need PowerPoint on the odd chance we'll need to edit or modify a file in the PPT format. Sometimes, there are some layout issues when transferring files across MS PowerPoint and Google.

Maybe you’re required to send a PPT file as your client won’t accept any other format.

Good thing you don't have to pay for PowerPoint. There are 2 ways to use Microsoft PowerPoint for free, on any device. Let me show you how to do it.

Caveat: both options require an Internet connection.

Option 1: free online version of MS PowerPoint

Perhaps the easiest way to use MS PowerPoint for free is directly via the MS Office website.

All you need to do is:

It will look like this:

How to get MS PowerPoint for free

A few comments on this option:

Of course, the MS website will want you to install the desktop version and, in the process, buy the Office 365 subscription but it’s totally optional and you can use the in-browser, free version without any limitations.

Any file you work on will be automatically saved to OneDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage service—yours will be created automatically as soon as you register your account.

If you’re wondering why you never heard of this option before, it's because Microsoft really try to be low key about it. No wonder, they’d prefer you to buy their desktop product and encourage users to subscribe to Microsoft 365 services.

Option 2: free mobile PPT versions for Android and iOS

That’s right, perhaps following Google’s example, the Microsoft team launched free mobile apps for most of their suite.

That, obviously, includes PowerPoint. You can install them for free and use them as long as you’re connected to the Internet. Here are the download links:

And here is, more or less, what you can expect from the UI:

Inserting a YouTube video into PowerPoint

My experience with PowerPoint for mobile:

Out of the two, I’ve only tried the free PowerPoint on iOS and, to be frank, I was surprised at how smooth it was.

Obviously, it came with all the typical PPT frustrations, but creating presentations wasn’t any more difficult than on desktop.

Some advanced features aren’t available, but for an average day user, the free mobile PPT will certainly do the job.

A better alternative to PowerPoint

Free or paid PowerPoint is a bad tool with bad results. The key phrase “Death by PowerPoint” was not coined for nothing. Everyone simply hates the PPT content experience.

Why would you want to create bad content for your audience? Even if it’s free…

At this point, you may want to try a modern engaging PowerPoint alternative - Storydoc.

It breaks the confinements of a 16:9 slide and turns it into scrollable content. It takes the boring static nature of PPTs and turns it interactive.

Give it a spin.

If you want to look into other PowerPoint alternatives, here’s our review of the best online presentation software.

Storydocs VS PowerPoint - Which would you rather reading?

Static PowerPoint
Interactive Storydoc

Free PowerPoint presentation templates (and other options)

To kick start almost any presentation you'd like, check out the following resources with free templates for PowerPoint and other presentation formats.

Free presentation templates:

  1. Free PowerPoint templates
  2. Free PowerPoint Backgrounds
  3. Free Google Slides templates
  4. Free Storydoc presentation templates
Dominika Krukowska

Hi, I'm Dominika, Content Specialist at Storydoc. As a creative professional with experience in fashion, I'm here to show you how to amplify your brand message through the power of storytelling and eye-catching visuals.

Engaging decks. Made easy

Create your best presentation to date.

Stop losing opportunities to ineffective presentations.
Your new amazing deck is one click away!