How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone

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Signing up for a service through iOS is kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

As for unsubscribing? That’s not so simple, but it’s better than it used to be. For years Apple would make you venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never even knew existed in order to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still take that route if you wish. Now, though, Apple now lets you access your subscriptions directly through the App Store app. It’s still not incredibly intuitive, but it’s a massive improvement over the hoops we had to jump through.

Regardless of whether you want out of HBO Now, Match.com, or even Apple Music, here’s what you need to do to cancel a subscription. Below, we’ll show you both the short way and the long way.


The easy way

As of February of 2019, you can access all of your app subscriptions from your profile in the App Store app

  1. Open the App Store app.
  2. Click on your profile icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  3. Press Manage Subscriptions.
  4. You’ll see a list of all your active and expired subscriptions.
  5. If you want to cancel one, press the desired active subscription and then press Cancel Subscription toward the bottom.
  6. If you want to renew one, click the desired expired subscription. You’ll usually see a list of different plans. Press the one you want, and then iOS will prompt you to approve an Apple Pay payment.


Manage your Apple Music subscription

Learn how to cancel Apple Music, change your subscription type, or join an existing Family subscription.


If you cancel during your trial period, you’ll lose access to the catalog and features of Apple Music immediately.

You might also be able to manage your subscriptions in the App Store app: Tap the Today tab, then tap your profile photo or the profile button  at the top of the screen. Tap Manage Subscriptions, then tap the subscription that you want to manage.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings > [your name] > iTunes & App Store.
  2. Tap your Apple ID at the top of the screen, then tap View Apple ID. You might need to sign in with your Apple ID.

3. Scroll to Subscriptions, then tap it.

  1. Tap the subscription that you want to manage.
    If you’re being charged for a subscription, but you don’t see it in your list of subscriptions, it might be billed through someone other than Apple.
  2. Use the options to manage your subscription. You can choose a different subscription offering, or tap Cancel Subscription to cancel your subscription. If you cancel, your subscription will stop at the end of the current billing cycle.1
    If you don’t see an option to cancel a particular subscription, then it’s already canceled and won’t renew. If the subscription recently expired, you should see an expiration date. If you recently canceled the subscription, you should see the date through which you’ll have access to the subscription.

You might also be able to manage your subscriptions in the App Store app: Tap the Today tab, then tap your profile photo or the profile button 

 at the top of the screen. Tap Manage Subscriptions, then tap the subscription that you want to manage.


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