How to manage Newsstand subscriptions directly on your iPhone and iPad

How to manage Newsstand subscriptions directly on your iPhone and iPad

Newsstand, Apple's own subscription service for magazines and newspapers, allows you to read all your content in one place without having to mess with physical print content any longer. It's super easy to subscribe to publications but what about when you want to unsubscribe to something?

You can always use iTunes on your computer to manage subscriptions but why go through all that trouble if you can unsubscribe from Newsstand content straight from your iPhone and iPad as well. Here's how.

  1. Launch Settings from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on iTunes & App Stores.
  3. Here you'll see your Apple ID at the very top in the form of your e-mail address. Tap on it.
  4. A pop-up will come up. Choose View Apple ID.
  5. You'll be prompted to type in your password. Type it in and then hit OK.
  6. Under the Subscriptions section, tap on Manage.
  7. You'll see a list of anything you've subscribed to that requires a yearly or monthly renewal. Find the magazine or newspaper subscription you want to renew or cancel and tap on the name.
  8. Here you'll see renewal options. You can choose to cancel auto-renewal if you haven't already or renew the subscription further. Make your choices and enter your information.
  9. Once you're done managing all your subscriptions you can simply tapDone in the upper right hand corner.

That's all there is to it. Your subscription settings will be updated and become affective immediately or for your next billing cycle.

Allyson Kazmucha

Editor for iMore, Potter pundit, and the ninja in your iOS

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There are 7 comments. Add yours.

stephen007 says:

Is it just me or does that seem overly complex. [shrug] Thanks for the article though.

Allyson Kazmucha says:

I don't think it's overly complex at all. It's just in your Apple ID settings so I'm not sure what's complex about that....

Carioca32 says:

C'mon Ally, of course it's complex and confusing. I looked for this for ages, and only found instructions to do it via iTunes on Apple support forums, where no one knew how to do this via iDevices. I've used Newstand since the beginning and never figured this out. You subscribe there, so you should be able to unsubscribe from there as well. It makes no sense to divide actions of the same context between two completely different areas. Imagine if you added contacts via the Contacts app, but could only remove or edit under settings->contacts. This is 10 times worse.

Anyway, if you even have to do a post to explain it, screen by screen, it's complex by definition.

PilotPhil81 says:

Next can you show us how to hide news stand?

toddy23 says:

That made me chuckle. On a serious note there are some subscriptions where you can't transfer your subscription from hard copy over to iOS although the magazine publisher says you can in their marketing material. The magazine "Stuff" in particular- they will happily take payment but then when problem is reported just say "we are looking into it" - that was weeks ago!

kjparfekt says:

It would be awesome if there was a list of magazines that offered complimentary digital subscriptions to their hard copy subscribers - Bloomberg Business Week for example does this

jetjackson says:

Wow, surprised to see I had some auto renew subscriptions becoming active hat I did not authorize. Cancelled immediately. Great tip.