How to cancel Netflix

So, you're sick of "House of Cards" and "Orange is the New Black" and have taken refuge in the binge-watchable arms of another streaming service. Fair enough. If you don't need your Netflix subscription anymore, just cancel.

We'll show you how!

Are there any penalties for cancellation?

You can't get a refund and you won't get prorated for any month you've already started, but once you cancel you won't be charged for any subsequent months.

Netflix will even let you continue to stream until your subscription runs out.

If you were receiving DVDs or Blu-rays in the mail, you'll have to return those within seven days of cancelling your account, so that you don't get charged.

Will I have to start over fresh if I cancel?

Netflix will maintain your account for 10 months after you cancel, so your List, all of your Continue Watching category and your recommendations will be waiting for you when you inevitably decide to return. They'll even maintain your DVD queue if you were receiving DVDs from them.

How to cancel your Netflix subscription

Unlike wireless providers or cable service providers, Netflix doesn't take personal offence to you wanting to leave their service.

  1. Visit Netflix's site (opens in new tab) on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Mouse over or tap on the menu.
  4. Click or tap Your Account.

  1. Click Cancel Membership (opens in new tab).
  2. Click Finish Cancellation.

That's it. You're out. It's almost too easy to cancel, but don't worry — if you have canceller's remorse, or you simply want to get back in before the next season of Jessica Jones drops, it's super easy to do!

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

10 Comments
  • Why would any person cancel netflix. Well for me I have kids so very nice the kids mode.
  • Cancelling is a good way to get free Netflix. Sign up, get 30 days free, cancel on the last day before you can charged for another month. Then sign up again and get another 30 days free. (the time between sign ups varies, Netflix will usually email you to "get another 30 days free to try us again")
  • Limited choice of content, new content takes ages to get put up, and if you want to get content that's only available in other countries, good luck as Netflix is now trying to block that
  • Does Netflix still rent DVDs by mail? Sent from the iMore App
  • Yes if you choose that plan, but most everything they do now is streamed and you don't need to get DVDs in the mail. Sent from the iMore App
  • A much easier way to manage all of your subscriptions is Trim. But surely that would require a multipart series to explain. Sent from the iMore App
  • How do we cancel iMore? This site has gotten one step away from TMZ for click bait and BS "articles" like this one. Sent from the iMore App
  • I know right. The end of the month is the worst too, it's when they try to fill their monthly article quota so they write pure garbage. The best articles are in the beginning of months, and even then it comes mixed with bad ones. iMore was better years ago, it's gone downhill recently.
  • I think you 'cancel' by not posting anymore messages.
  • I know that Netflix claims that they will retain your history for only 10 months but I just helped a friend on Monday reestablish service after about 18 months and all their previous history and recommendations info etc. are still there. Sent from the iMore App