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How to cancel subscriptions on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac (2024 Guide)

Whether you want to cut down on your expenses or the subscription benefits no longer excite you, knowing how to manage or cancel your subscriptions is essential. While it is hard to keep track of all your active subscriptions, Apple has made this complex task relatively straightforward on all its devices.

Keep reading to learn how to cancel a subscription on an iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Which subscriptions can you cancel?

Before you jump in to cancel or manage subscriptions on your iPhone, you’ll first want to know which subscriptions you can cancel directly from your iPhone.

Simply put, you can cancel all those subscriptions directly from your iPhone that are connected to your Apple ID and were set up through the App Store. If you have subscriptions that are not connected to your Apple ID, such as a Netflix subscription, you can cancel them through the company’s app or website or by contacting customer support.

How to cancel a subscription on an iPhone

Remembering all your active subscriptions can be a task. Thankfully, Apple offers a complete list of all the apps with active subscriptions in a single place on your iPhone, making managing and canceling them easier. Below, we check out two ways to cancel a subscription on an iPhone.

Via Settings

  1. Open the Settings app on you iPhone.
  2. Tap on your name and photo at the top.
  3. On your account page, tap on the Subscriptions tab. This will open a list of all the active and inactive subscriptions you have.
    Subscriptions option on the Account page in iPhone Settings app.
  4. Next, tap on an active subscription under Active that you want to cancel.
  5. Tap on Cancel Subscription on the subsequent page.
  6. Finally, tap the Confirm button on the confirmation prompt that appears to confirm canceling the subscription.
    Cancel Subscription button on the Subscriptions page in iPhone Settings.

Via App Store

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your profile icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Here, tap on Subscriptions.
    Subscriptions label in the App Store on an iPhone.
  4. Next, tap on the app subscription you want to cancel.
  5. Tap on Cancel Subscription, then tap the Confirm button on the confirmation prompt to confirm cancelation.
    Cancel Subscription button on the Subscriptions page on an iPhone.

How to cancel a subscription on a Mac

Like the iPhone and iPad, you can cancel an active subscription on a Mac via both Settings and App Store. However, the steps to do so differ a lot.

Via Settings

  1. Open the System Settings on your Mac.
  2. Click on your name and photo at the top in the left sidebar.
  3. On the account page, click on Media & Purchases.
    Media & Purchases tab in the Mac System Settings.
  4. Next, click the Manage button next to Subscriptions.
    Manage option for managing subscriptions in System Settings on a Mac.
  5. Now, click on the active subscription you want to cancel.
    Active subscription details in System Settings on a Mac.
  6. Finally, click on Cancel Subscription, then the Confirm button to confirm your decision.
    Cancel Subscription button for canceling a subscription in the System Settings app on a Mac.

Via App Store

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac.
  2. Click on your profile icon in the bottom-left corner.
  3. Click on Account Settings on the Account page and sign in with your Apple ID.
    Account Settings button on the Account page on the Mac App Store.
  4. Now, scroll down to the Manage section and click on Manage next to Subscriptions.
    Manage button for managing subscriptions in the Mac App Store.
  5. Select the subscription you want to cancel.
    Active subscription detail in the Mac App Store.
  6. Click on Cancel Subscription, then the Confirm button to confirm canceling your subscription.
    Cancel Subscription button on to cancel a subscription in the Mac App Store.

How to cancel a subscription on an Apple Watch

Thanks to the Apple ecosystem, each subscription that can be canceled through your iPhone and Mac can also be canceled through the paired Apple Watch. Here’s how:

  1. Open the App Store on your Apple Watch.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and tap Account.
  3. Here, tap on Subscriptions, then select the subscription you want to cancel.
    Account and Subscriptions option in the App Store on an Apple Watch.
  4. Next, scroll to the bottom and tap the Cancel Subscription button.
  5. Tap the Confirm button to confirm your decision.
    Cancel Subscription and Confirm buttons to cancel an active subscription on an Apple Watch.

How to cancel a subscription on an iPhone if you can’t find it

There may be instances where you simply can’t find a subscription on your Apple device. It may be due to a different Apple ID being used for the subscription or because you bought it directly from the company’s website. Here’s what you can do in such cases:

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Enter the phrase receipt from Apple or invoice from Apple in the search bar at the top to find the subscription invoice emails.
  3. Open the subscription invoice and inspect which Apple ID is being used.
    Results for the Invoice from Apple search in the Mail app on an iPhone.
  4. If the Apple ID that appears differs from yours, but you have access to it, sign in with it on your iPhone and follow the steps we discussed in the previous section.
  5. If the Apple ID being used for the subscription is your friend’s or a family member’s, ask them to cancel the subscription on your behalf.
  6. If you can’t find the subscription email, you may have bought the subscription directly from the company, not through Apple. You can view your bank or credit card statement to know which company is billing you. Once done, you can cancel the subscription using the company’s app or contact customer support.

How to reactivate a canceled subscription on an iPhone

You can have many apps on your iPhone whose subscriptions are useful but only for a particular period. For example, the Splitwise app’s subscription is only useful to me when I am on a trip with my friends; after that, it is useless for the time being. That’s why I keep canceling and resubscribing to Splitwise often. Here’s how you, too, can do this:

  1. Head to the subscription list in the App Store or the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Here, tap the app under the Inactive subscription section to which you want to resubscribe.
  3. Next, tap the Renew button and confirm with your Face ID or Apple ID password.
    Renew button in the iPhone Settings and App Store to renew a subscription.
  4. Alternatively, tap on See All Plans to subscribe to a different plan.

Signing off…

Now you know how easy it is to cancel a subscription on your iPhone. So, going forward, you can ensure you are only paying for the services you use regularly.

Keep in mind that canceling the subscription won’t immediately terminate the related services. You can still enjoy the subscription benefits until the end of the current billing period.

If you have any questions or run into any issues, comment below, and we’ll be happy to provide a resolution.

How do I see what subscriptions I have on my iPhone?

Open the App Store and go to Account > Subscriptions, and you’ll see a list of all your iPhone subscriptions on your screen.

Why can’t I cancel a subscription on my iPhone?

Any subscription that isn’t connected to your Apple ID can not be canceled directly from the iPhone.

Why can’t I access my Apple subscriptions?

If you can’t access your Apple subscriptions, ensure you are signed in with the same Apple ID you used to buy the subscription and try again.

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