How to Cancel App Store Subscriptions

Wednesday March 6, 2019 11:59 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

Several TV and music services and other apps offer free trials through the App Store that automatically renew to become paid subscriptions after the trial period ends.

If you want to prevent an ‌App Store‌ subscription from running beyond the trial period or cancel a subscription you're currently paying for, then read on. This article explains how to cancel any ‌App Store‌ subscription on iOS, Mac, and Apple TV.

How to Cancel ‌App Store‌ Subscriptions on iOS

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap iTunes & ‌App Store‌.
  3. Tap your Apple ID at the top, shown in blue.

  4. Tap View ‌Apple ID‌ in the pop-up.
  5. Sign into the iTunes Store using your login credentials or Touch ID/Face ID if requested.
  6. Tap Subscriptions.

  7. Tap on the subscription in the list that you wish to cancel.
  8. Tap Cancel Subscription at the bottom.

How to Cancel ‌App Store‌ Subscriptions on Mac

  1. Launch the iTunes application.

  2. Select the Store section using the tabs along the top of the iTunes window.
  3. Click on Account, located under the store Quick Links.

  4. Enter your ‌Apple ID‌ login credentials if requested.

  5. In the Settings section, click Manage next to Subscriptions.

  6. In the Active Subscriptions section, click Edit next to the subscription that you want to cancel.

  7. Click the Cancel Subscription button.

How to Cancel Subscriptions on ‌Apple TV‌

  1. Open Settings on your ‌Apple TV‌.

  2. Select Accounts.

  3. Select Manage Subscriptions.

  4. Choose the subscription that you want to end.

  5. Select Cancel Subscription.

  6. Confirm that you want to cancel.

How to Change a Subscription or Re-subscribe to a Canceled Service

Apple keeps a record of your subscription history, which makes it easy to re-subscribe to a service you previously canceled. (Note that after re-subscribing to a service, your subscription will automatically renew until you cancel it again.) You can also change an existing subscription from the same screens. The following steps relate to iOS.

  1. Open Settings on your ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.
  2. Tap iTunes & ‌App Store‌.
  3. Tap your ‌Apple ID‌ at the top, shown in blue.
  4. Tap View ‌Apple ID‌ in the pop-up.
  5. Sign into the iTunes Store using your login credentials or ‌Touch ID‌/Face ID if requested.
  6. Tap Subscriptions.

  7. Under the Expired section, tap on the service that you wish to re-subscribe to, or tap an active subscription to change it.
  8. Tap the payment option that you want to use to purchase the new subscription.
  9. Enter your ‌Apple ID‌ password, or use ‌Touch ID‌/Face ID when prompted.

How to Change or Re-subscribe to a Service on Mac

  1. Launch the iTunes application.

  2. Select the Store section using the tabs along the top of the iTunes window.
  3. Click on Account, located under the store Quick Links.

  4. Enter your ‌Apple ID‌ login credentials if requested.

  5. In the Settings section, click Manage next to Subscriptions.
  6. In the Expired Subscriptions section, click Edit next to the service that you want to re-subscribe to, or click Edit next to an active subscription to change it.
  7. Select your desired subscription option.

  8. Enter your ‌Apple ID‌ password and select the payment option that you want to use.
  9. Click Done.

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26 months ago
It's seems to be difficult (impossible?) to manage subscriptions when not having an Apple device or iTunes around.

My friend who has an Android phone wanted to manage his daughter's subscription (she has an iPhone) and when clicking the link in an email from Apple to do so, it seems he was directed to the Android Music app which he didn't have installed. There was no mention about that app being required to manage the subscription.

I think this is something that should be manageable by logging into one's Apple ID in a web browser.
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26 months ago
Why would I do such a sinful thing?
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26 months ago
For me, managing subscriptions is a breeze on my iOS devices. I don't have to call anyone to cancel a subscription. I can simply just go into my Apple ID and cancel any of the services I'm subscribed to.

I really do loath calling to cancel service (I'm looking at you SiriusXM) only to have the phone rep go over "other packages" that I might be interested in.
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26 months ago
The best way to never get stuck paying on a trial subscription (when you don't cancel in time) is to not subscribe to the trial offer unless you actually plan on getting the service and you want to check it out (i.e. don't subscribe just because the trial is free). :).
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