The iTunes and iOS App Store platforms offer an unlimited number of subscription-based services and applications. These apps help us to learn a foreign language, learn to code, educate our children, and access handy media features.
While the convenience and security of monthly billing via Apple for these apps are valuable to many users, sometimes you find that you no longer need a particular subscription-based app or service. A lot of subscription-based businesses count on continuous revenue from users who forget to cancel their subscriptions and free trials. For many users, the subscriptions are a low-cost monthly fee and therefore, not worth the time to cancel. From Ron Lieber of The New York Times:
“None of your subscriptions will bankrupt you, though taken — and canceled — together and diverted to savings, they may add up to a decent chunk of a vacation budget. But the growing list of subscriptions is yet another reminder of just how much complication can come with convenience. It is often easier to start a recurring service than end it, and even when you spot the $9.99 a month, you may not want to put the $9.99 (or more) of effort required into getting rid of it. Which is exactly what these companies want you to think.”
Thankfully, Apple acting as the middleman means that you’re not just minimizing the financial risk of an over-charged bill or stolen financial information, you’re also giving yourself a single destination to cancel those App Store subscriptions.
If you’ve been trying to figure out how you can cancel your iTunes or app store subscriptions, here’s how to do it.
How to Cancel iTunes & App Store Subscriptions
Apple users have two options for canceling subscriptions. You can do it via your iPhone or iPad, or you can cancel your subscriptions through iTunes on your laptop or desktop computer.
Read below to see how you can easily cancel your iTunes and app store subscriptions using either of these two methods.
Cancel iTunes & App Store Subscriptions in iOS
Apple users are interacting with the iOS software. The company makes it easy to cancel your subscriptions from an iPad, iPhone, or Mac computer. To do so, head to Settings > iTunes & App Stores. Depending on the version of iOS that you are using will determine the steps that you take to cancel the subscription services.
If the “Subscriptions” option is not available in the settings (listed under “Payment & Shipping”), you will have to choose “iTunes & App Store” on your mobile device.
- Tap on your Apple ID at the top of the page. If you have multiple Apple ID’s, you’ll need to make sure you’re logged in with the account associated with the subscription you wish to cancel. If you’re not, first tap; Sign Out. Then log back in with the correct Apple ID account.
- If you’re logged in with the correct account, tap View Apple ID. Depending on your device’s security settings, you may need to authenticate with Touch ID, Face ID, or a Passcode first.
- Scroll down and select Subscriptions.
- Find and select the subscription you wish to cancel from the list of your currently active subscriptions.
- After selecting the desired subscription, tap Cancel Subscription at the bottom of the subscription’s info page.
- Tap Confirm to verify your cancellation.
*Note that recurring subscriptions that have already been canceled will still be listed in your Active list until the date of their non-renewal expiration. You can distinguish these by a reference to an “Expires” date instead of “Next billing date.”
Once you reach this date, your subscription will become inactive and you will not be billed again unless you reactivate the subscription.
Cancel iTunes & App Store Subscriptions in iTunes
If you don’t have an iOS device handy, or if you just prefer to use the desktop route, you can also manage and cancel your App Store subscriptions via the iTunes app for macOS and Windows.
- Launch iTunes making sure that you’re logged into the correct account. Select Account > View My Account from the menu bar (macOS) or toolbar (Windows). Enter your iTunes password when prompted.
- Scroll down to the Settings section and find the Subscription entry. You’ll see the total number of subscriptions listed. Note that this includes both active and expired subscriptions. Click the Manage button on the right.
- Find the service or app subscription you wish to cancel and click Edit.
- Click Cancel Subscription and confirm your choice when prompted.
If you’re having trouble canceling a subscription or have questions related to billing and subscription terms, use the Contact Apple Support feature to initiate a support request via email, chat, or phone.
What if You Don’t See the Subscription?
If you’ve been through the above listed steps and do not see the subscription you wish to cancel there are a few things to consider:
- Is the application that you are looking for billed through iTunes? You can confirm this by checking your banking or credit card statements. Apple will bill you directly so the charge will mention the company directly.
- If you have multiple Apple ID’s it is possible that your subscription is under a different ID.
- Was the subscription set up by a family member? If so, it will not show up under your ID. Check with anyone in your Family Share group for the billing.
- If you received an email about a subscription that you did not sign up for, it may not be legitimate. Contact Apple Support for clarification.
You can set your subscriptions to cancel before they renew. For example, if you sign up for a 14-day Free Trial you can go to the Settings on your phone and cancel the subscription. Doing this will allow you to continue using the content until the cancellation date.
Using either of the two methods outlined above, you can quickly and easily cancel your iTunes and app store subscriptions so that you can avoid those recurring monthly charges.