How to: Cancel a subscription in iOS
It’s so easy to sign up for a service, but unsubscribing can be a small nightmare for the unprepared, writes Glenn Fleishman
Signing up for a service through iOS kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.
It’s funny, then, that Apple makes it such a Herculean ordeal to unsubscribe. Unsubscribing forces you to venture into depths of the Settings app that you
probably never knew existed, and then through so many extra menus that you might start to worry you’re doing it wrong. Who knows? Maybe Apple wants to make it easy to hide your Tinder Gold subscription from prying eyes, but it’s a pain when you’re just trying to stop an app from sucking money from your wallet every month.
Regardless of what you want out of, here’s what you need to do to cancel a subscription.
1. Open Settings. 2. Tap on your Apple ID. 3. Tap on iTunes & App Store. 4. Tap on your Apple ID and email address at the top. 5. Tap View Apple ID. 6. You’re now in Account Settings. Scroll down and tap Subscriptions. 7. At last, your subscriptions. Select the one you want to cancel. 8. Scroll down and tap Cancel Subscription. Once you’ve selected the service you want to cancel, scroll down
and tap the red Cancel Subscription button at the bottom. A window will pop up asking you to confirm whether you want to cancel your subscription, and after all these steps you’re probably super determined to do so. Tap Confirm. You’ll still be able to use the account until the most recent period you paid for ends.
That’s it. Unless, of course, you change your mind. In that case…
How to re-subscribe to a service
To re-subscribe, repeat Steps 1 through 7 above. This will bring you back to your Subscriptions panel, where you’ll find your Expired subscriptions underneath your Active subscriptions. Just select the service you’d like to re-subscribe to, and then select one of the available plans.