How to Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone

Want to learn various ways to cancel app subscriptions on iPhone?

When developing applications was a rather new concept, only a few of them were required to be purchased. But with time, many of the options available in the App Store either demand one-time purchases or regular subscriptions.

The reason behind it is to support the continuous program development and allow the creators to run a sustainable business. However, many users don’t realize what they’re signing up for until they notice constant transactions in their credit card balance.

Lucky for you, we’ve concluded this guide to help you resolve the issue. By reading through, you’ll not only learn where to find your current subscriptions to app services but also how to cancel them, if needed.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

1. Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone Through Settings.

Certain apps offer you a free weekly or monthly trial when you first download them on your device. However, they automatically become paid subscriptions when this period ends. So, if you don’t want to continue using the app and want to cancel its subscription, one way to do it is through your iPhone’s Settings. 

Even to many old Apple users, finding the right setting to cancel the in-app subscriptions seems like an impossible task. That is because the feature is not directly accessible in the application, in fact, it is almost hidden. In that case, navigate to the correct location by following the instructions below to view and/or cancel your subscriptions.

Here’s all you need to do:

  1. To start, head to the Settings app from your device. 
  2. Next, tap on your Apple profile which is located at the top of the screen.
Apple ID settings
  1. From there, choose Subscriptions
iPhone Subscriptions
  1. After that, select the subscription that you want to cancel and tap on Cancel Subscription
Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone

Keep in mind that when you cancel your subscription will end after the current billing period is complete. You can also use this method to manage your subscriptions, such as choosing another subscription offer, etc. 

2. Cancel App Subscriptions From the App Store.

Another way to access the active subscriptions is via the App Store. To make it easier and quicker for users to check out their subscriptions, Apple has gathered all your subscriptions in the App Store. This seems logical as the App Store is the first location a user would guess where the subscription list would be available.

Not only can you see the apps that you have subscriptions for, but you can also manage them through this app. One thing to know before using this method is that you can only access the in-app subscriptions through the App Store. This means that you won’t be able to manage iTunes and other subscriptions linked to your Apple ID. 

Here’s what you need to do to cancel your active subscriptions on your iPhone:

  1. Begin by going to the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. After that, select your Profile icon located at the upper right corner of the screen.
App Store settings
  1. Next, tap on Manage Subscriptions
Manage Subscriptions on iPhone
  1.  On the next screen, you will be able to view all your subscriptions made from your Apple ID. This includes both the active and expired subscriptions. 
Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone
  1. Now, select the app for which you want to cancel a subscription.
  2. Lastly, tap on Cancel Subscription to terminate your subscription to that app. 

If you’ve canceled a subscription during its free trial, your subscription will end automatically, and you won’t be able to access the paid features anymore. However, if you’re canceling a paid subscription, you have till the next billing date to enjoy the paid features.  

3. Cancel iTunes, Music, and Other Apps Subscriptions.

If you subscribed to iTunes, Music, Apple TV, or any other Apple Service, their subscriptions will most likely not be listed when you follow the methods mentioned above. We understand that you may need to view, upgrade or even cancel these subscriptions at any time.

Although these services are linked with your Apple ID as well, you may have a hard time trying to find them on your iPhone. So, in order to make things easier for you, we’ve gathered a few steps below through which you can easily cancel app subscriptions on iPhone.

Now, let’s take a look at the steps you’ll need to follow:

  1. Begin by launching the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Now, go to your profile by tapping on the Apple ID at the top of your screen and tap on Media & Purchases. In older iOS versions, scroll down to the list of apps and choose iTunes & App Store instead.
Media & Purchases settings
  1. From the pop-up options, choose View Account. In older iOS, first, tap on your Apple ID and tap on View Apple ID from the pop-up options.
View Apple ID account
  1. This will take you to your Apple ID account’s page. Simply scroll down and tap on Subscriptions.
Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone
  1. Then, look for the subscription you’d like to cancel under the Active section and tap on it.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of your screen and tap on Cancel Subscription.
  3. From the confirmation box, select Confirm to verify your action.
Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone

This should successfully cancel the concerned subscription. If you still don’t find your subscription anywhere, there’s probably an issue with your service. In that situation, it’s advisable to check and ensure whether it’s billed through your Apple ID.

4. Cancel App Subscriptions on iPhone Using Apple Care.

Another option to opt for in order to cancel app subscriptions on iPhone is through Apple Care. If you’ve misplaced your phone or Apple ID credentials and want to cancel in-app subscriptions, you will be able to do so by following this method. Note that it will only work within the US. 

All you need to do is head over to the Apple Support website or call 1800-APL-CARE. Then, let them know about the issue you’re facing. After proving your identity and providing them with all the necessary information, Apple will cancel the cornered subscription for you. 

This brings us to the end of our guide on how to cancel app subscriptions on iPhone. Hopefully, by now, you’re aware of what to do in situations where you need to cancel an in-app subscription. If you face any issues while performing any of the methods mentioned in this guide, let us know in the comments. We’ll try our best to assist you further. 

If this guide helped you, please share it. 🙂


  • Aimen Choudhry

    Aimen Choudhry is an architecture student who has always been fascinated by science. She now finds her therapy researching and writing about the latest technology and the issues that come alongside. Otherwise, you’ll find her playing video games, listening to music, or watching fantasy/sci-fi movies.

    View all posts
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *