Subscriptions on iPhone

If you've been trying out Apple's News+ subscription, TV apps, like STARZ or HBO GO, or music subscription services like Pandora Premium, but you want to cancel before you get charged, it's simple to cancel in just a few steps.

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How to cancel an App Store or News+ subscription on iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap on your Apple ID.

    Open Settings, then tap iTunes & App Store, then tap your Apple ID

  4. Tap View Apple ID when the pop up window appears.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password or fingerprint ID when prompted.
  6. Tap Subscriptions.

    Tap View Apple ID, then tap Subscriptions

  7. Tap the Subscription you want to cancel.
  8. Tap Cancel Subscription.
  9. Tap Confirm when prompted to confirm that you want to cancel your subscription.

    Tap a subscription, then tap Cancel Subscription

After your current period ends, whether it is part of a free trial or a regular recurring subscription, iTunes will no longer bill you for that subscription.

Note: News+ trial subscriptions end as soon as you cancel the subscription. There is no grace period.

How to cancel an App Store or News+ subscription on your Mac

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac.
  2. Go to the Store section of your Music library.

  3. Click on the Accounts link in the right column.
  4. Sign in, if necessary.
  5. Scroll down to the Settings header and click Manage next to Subscriptions.

  6. Find the subscription you wish to cancel and press Edit.
  7. Press Cancel Subscription.

How to cancel an App Store or News+ subscription on Apple TV

  1. Go to the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  2. Select Accounts > Manage Subscriptions.
  3. Choose the subscription in question.
  4. Press Cancel Subscription.
  5. Confirm the cancellation.

How to resubscribe to a service you canceled

Want to resubscribe to a service you once canceled? Apple keeps your past subscriptions on record, so you can always re-add them at a later time (if still available).

  1. Launch the Settings app.
  2. Tap iTunes & App Store.
  3. Tap on your Apple ID.

    Open Settings, then tap iTunes & App Store, then tap your Apple ID

  4. Tap View Apple ID when the pop up window appears.
  5. Enter your Apple ID password or fingerprint ID when prompted.
  6. Tap Subscriptions.

    Tap View Apple ID, then tap Subscriptions

  7. Scroll down to Expired.
  8. Tap the Subscription you want to renew.
  9. Tap the payment option for which you want to resubscribe.
  10. Enter your Apple ID password or fingerprint ID when prompted.

    Tap a subscription, then tap a renewal option

When you resubscribe, you will be charged the payment you agreed to and your subscription will automatically renew until you cancel it again.

What to do if you can't cancel your subscription

A canceled subscription still in the active list will read "expires" instead of "renews"

If you see a subscription in your Active subscriptions listing, but don't see the button to cancel when you tap on it, it means you've already triggered the cancelation but the subscription period hasn't expired yet. You can confirm this by noting the date below the subscription. It will read, Expires [date]. If you were still paying for the subscription, it would read Renews [date] instead.

If you don't see your subscription listed in the Subscription section at all, it means you have to cancel it directly from the source.

For example, Netflix is a monthly subscription service that will not show up on this list. In order to cancel your Netflix account, you have to go to Netflix's website, log in to your account, and cancel your subscription directly.

Some great alternatives

RBDigital (Free on the App Store)

RBDigital links up with your local library account (as long as it's supported) to gain access to hundreds of different titles across eBooks, videos, comics, educational offerings, audiobooks, and yes, even magazines. The magazine selection will include plenty of popular and well-known titles, such as The Economist and US Weekly. The content depends on your local library.

Readly (Free with $10/mo subscription)

Readly offers over 3400 publications, including international ones. Everything is optimized for a touch screen interface, and you get access to all back issues with the subscription. It starts at $10 a month, but you can get the first month for $1. You can share the subscription across five different devices.

Any questions?

Are you having trouble canceling a subscription that you signed up for in an app from your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV? Let us know below.

Updated June 2019: Added alternatives for News+.

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