How To Cancel Subscriptions on Your iPhone

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When Apple released the iPhone back in 2007, it was the start of a global pivotal shift towards smartphone technology dependency. Today, this handheld device acts as the central nervous system to the operations of your life. Whether it’s entertainment, bill payment, scheduling, filming or other daily tasks, your phone is a Jack of all trades.

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Apple is specific in its intention to design the iPhone to be used this way. Through the Apple ID subscription manager, you have a centralized location from which you can make recurring payments, buy in-app purchases, have access to Apple Wallet and organize your subscriptions. Because so many expenses can be run through your iPhone, make sure you know how to cancel subscriptions on your iPhone.

Canceling Subscriptions: iPhone

Only subscriptions that are started through your Apple ID account can be canceled in your phone Setting app. If you did not start your subscription with your Apple ID account, you will have to cancel it through the subscription service itself, but if you did you can follow these steps to cancel your subscription on your iPhone.

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How To Cancel Subscriptions on an iPhone: Step by Step

  1. Apple ID: Open the Settings app and tap your name and Apple ID at the top of the screen.
  2. Log In: If you are not logged in, enter your password or use Touch ID or Face ID.
  3. Subscriptions: Once on the Apple ID page, select the Subscriptions option. You will see a list of your subscriptions, both active and inactive, and you can select the one you would like to cancel after reviewing.
  4. Cancel Subscription: After selecting and reviewing the subscription you wish to cancel, tap the Cancel Subscription option to cancel, then confirm your cancelation.

How To Restart a Canceled Subscription

If you have canceled a subscription in the past that you want to renew, worry not — you can also do this in just a few steps.

  1. Apple ID: Open the Settings app and tap your name and Apple ID at the top of the screen, and log in if you aren’t already.
  2. Subscriptions: Once on the Apple ID page, select the Subscriptions option. You will see a list of your subscriptions, both active and inactive, and you can select the one you would like to renew.
  3. Reactivate: At the bottom of the screen, you will see a list of expired or canceled subscriptions. Tap the one you would like to renew or reactivate.
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Final Take

Apple products, such as the iPhone or iPad, make it easy to organize your life on a one-stop-shop device. Getting new apps that help streamline your life, or canceling old subscriptions that no longer make fiscal sense, is all part of the process. If you do cancel a subscription, just take note that depending on where you are in the billing cycle, you may have access to the subscription until the end of that billing cycle.

FAQ

Here are the answers to some common questions about canceling subscriptions on an Apple device.
  • Why can't I cancel a subscription on my iPhone?
    • You may not be able to cancel your subscription on your iPhone for several reasons, including:
    • You did not start your subscription through your Apple ID account only subscriptions started with your Apple ID account can be canceled through your subscription manager on your iPhone.
    • Some iOS apps don't allow you to cancel in the app, so you instead have to log in to your account via a web browser.
  • How do I cancel an app subscription?
    • Canceling your app subscription is easy on your iPhone. Just follow these steps:
    • 1. Apple ID: Open the Settings app and tap your name and Apple ID at the top of the screen. Log in with your password, Touch ID or Face ID if you haven't already.
    • 2. Subscriptions: Once on the Apple ID page, select the Subscriptions option and choose the one you would like to cancel.
    • 3. Cancel Subscription: Tap the Cancel Subscription option to cancel, and confirm your cancelation.
  • How do you delete purchased subscriptions on iPhone?
    • Under your Apple ID subscription manager in the Settings app, you can see a list of your subscriptions. Select the one you want to cancel, tap the Cancel Subscription option and confirm.
  • How do you delete subscriptions from your iPad?
    • Deleting subscriptions from your iPad is the same process as deleting a subscription from your iPhone. Just find the subscription you'd like to cancel in the Apple ID subscription manager, which you'll find in the Settings app, select the subscription you'd like to cancel, and tap Cancel Subscription.

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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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