How To Cancel YouTube TV

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YouTube has grown from a small upstart where you would go to watch or upload your own funny little videos to a booming streaming conglomerate. YouTube even has its subscription service — YouTube TV — which lets you watch live TV from major broadcast and popular cable networks in English and Spanish.

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YouTube TV is great for broadcast viewers but can also be pricier than other streaming services. If you miss the good old days of just randomly searching for music tutorials or footage of guys falling and no longer can justify the cost of YouTube TV, you will need to know how to cancel your subscription.

How To Cancel YouTube TV: Desktop

Canceling your YouTube TV subscription is easy to do on any laptop or desktop computer by following these steps.

Cancelling YouTube TV on a Computer

  1. In your web browser, go to tv.youtube.com and make sure you are logged in.
  2. Click your avatar in the top right corner and select Settings.
  3. Once in the Settings menu, click on Membership.
  4. Select Manage for the YouTube TV subscription option.
  5. Click on Cancel — you also have the option to Pause your subscription if you do not want to fully cancel on this same page
  6. You must indicate your reason for canceling before continuing to cancel — you can also choose an alternative offer, depending on your reason for canceling.
  7. Click Yes, Cancel to confirm the cancellation.
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How To Cancel YouTube TV: Mobile

Many people consume most of their content on their phones. If you are using the YouTube TV streaming service on your phone, you should know how to cancel it on your phone — and how the process may vary by what device you use. 

Canceling YouTube TV on an Android device

Android users have the option to either cancel their subscription in the mobile app or to log in on the website in a regular browser.

  1. Open the YouTube TV app or go to tv.youtube.com in your browser and make sure you are logged in.
  2. Tap your avatar in the top right corner and select Settings in the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on Membership.
  4. Select Manage for the YouTube TV subscription option.
  5. Click on Cancel and indicate your reason for canceling.
  6. Click Yes, Cancel to confirm the cancellation.

Canceling YouTube TV on an iPhone or iPad

iOS users do not have the luxury of canceling a YouTube TV subscription in the iOS app. You must instead go to your preferred mobile browser and follow the same instructions as you would to cancel through the webpage.

Pausing Your YouTube TV Subscription

If you’re not sure yet that you want to completely cancel your YouTube TV subscription, you can pause it for between four weeks and six months. You won’t be able to record new programs or access YouTube TV content, but anything you’ve already recorded will be saved for the standard nine month period. You can restart your YouTube TV subscription whenever you want, and you’ll be charged as usual when it restarts.

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To pause your subscription, just select Pause instead of Cancel on the Membership page.

Final Take

If you do decide to cancel your YouTube TV subscription, be aware that any recorded programs you have in your library will expire after 21 days. After canceling, you will still have access to your account until the end of the billing period, after which point you will no longer be able to access YouTube TV or add-on networks. Canceling your subscription only takes a few steps, and now that you know how, you just need to decide if you wish to do so.

FAQ

Here are the answers to some common questions about canceling a YouTube TV subscription.
  • Why can't I cancel my YouTube TV?
    • You can cancel your YouTube TV subscription anytime, but you won't be able to cancel if you are trying to do so on the iOS app. You cannot cancel directly through the app on an iPhone or iPad, but instead have to log in to your YouTube TV account through a regular web browser.
  • Can you cancel YouTube TV's free trial and not get charged?
    • If you are an eligible first-time subscriber and you cancel before the end of the billing cycle, you will not be charged for the free trial.
    • If you wait until after the first billing cycle, or trial period, has ended, you will automatically be charged for the subscription, so be sure to cancel before your free trial expires.
  • How do I cancel my YouTube TV subscription on an iPhone?
    • Canceling your YouTube TV subscription is easy on an iPhone if you are not in the mobile app. You cannot cancel your subscription from the iOS app, but you can log into your account via a web browser and cancel from there.
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Caitlyn Moorhead has written content for a variety of businesses and publications. After graduating from Central Michigan University cum laude, she moved to New York City where she wrote columns, articles and plays for several years before relocating to Austin, Texas in the fall of 2020.
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