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How to Cancel Apple Subscriptions on all Apple Devices

The subscription business model is beneficial for businesses as it gives them a much more reliable and predictable cash flow than the one-time purchase model. This benefits smaller businesses that can use this model to compete with larger competitors for customers without having the same resources as they do.

This is especially the case with the apps on Apple’s App Store, where many of them have embraced in-app subscriptions to provide regular access to their products, either as a whole or just certain features, to their customers.

Of course, whether you’re on Mac, iPhone, Apple TV, or Apple Watch, Apple has made it easy for its customers to manage their subscriptions and even cancel those they’re no longer using. 

So, in this article, we’ll look at how to cancel subscriptions on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.

Let’s get started.

How to Manage Apple Subscriptions on iPhone, Mac and Apple TV?

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Quick question. How much are you spending on subscriptions?

If you’re like most people, your first and even second guess will probably be way off, we’re afraid.

Technology consultancy firm West Monroe surveyed 2,500 Americans in 2018, titled America’s Relationship with Subscription Services. They first gave respondents 10 seconds to make a guess and then, once they recorded the initial answer, another 30 seconds to think a little longer.

The results were eye-opening, to say the least.

  • For the first guess (10 seconds), the average amount people thought they were spending was $79.74 per month.
  • After recording the results and the second guess (30 seconds), the average was $111.61 per month.

What they were actually spending was $273.33 per month!

In fact, only 6% of those surveyed could exactly say how much they’re spending on their subscriptions, while 84% underestimated the actual figure.

Subscriptions On iPhone - Spending Chart
Survey chart showing 84% underestimated spending on subscriptions

Of course, one of the main reasons for this discrepancy is that most people don’t manage their subscriptions the way they ought to.

Whether you’re using a Mac laptop, Apple TV, or an iPhone, managing subscriptions is actually easy and here is how it’s done:

How to Manage Subscriptions On iPhone?

To manage your subscriptions on iPhone:

  1. Launch the App Store app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions.
Subscriptions On iPhone - Subscriptions Settings
  1. Next, find the subscription you want to manage in the list and tap it.
Subscriptions On iPhone - Subscriptions List
  1. If there are different subscription plans, you’ll see a list that you can choose from. Simply tap on the plan that you wish to use.
Subscriptions On iPhone - Cancel Subscription

How to Manage Subscriptions On Mac?

Note: Before macOS Catalina, subscriptions on Mac were managed from iTunes, but Apple has since shut it down. We’ll walk you through how to manage and cancel subscriptions on macOS Catalina and BigSur a bit later.

To manage subscriptions on Mac:

  1. Launch the App Store either by going to the Launchpad from the Dock, or pressing Command + Space to open Spotlight Search.
macOS App Store On Dock
App Store on the macOS dock
  1. The App Store will open in the Discover section. We don’t need this, so instead, click on your Apple ID name at the bottom of the left pane.
MacOS App Store Discover Page
Discover page in the App Store on macOS
  1. On the top-right of the Account screen, click View Information.
MacOS App Store Account Information
App Store account information on macOS
  1. Scroll to find the Manage section (past the Apple ID Account and Account Access) and click the Manage link on the right side (under Edit Nickname).
MacOS App Store Manage Section
Managing subscriptions using the App Store on macOS
  1. This will open the Subscription menu, where you can see all your Active and Expired subscriptions. Simply click the Edit link next to an active subscription to manage it.
MacOS App Store Subscription Status
Subscription status shown on the App Store on macOS
  1. You can then view your subscription and change your plan from this menu by clicking on the small circle next to it.

How to Manage Subscriptions On Apple TV

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To manage your subscriptions on Apple TV:

  1. Click the Settings icon on the Apple TV Home Screen.
Settings On Apple TV Home Screen
Settings icon on Apple TV Home Screen
  1. Go to Users and Accounts > Subscriptions.
  2. Select a subscription you want to change using your Apple Remote. For the 1st generation, press the touch surface, and for the 2nd, press the clickpad center.
  3. Choose a subscription option that you want to use from now on.

How to Manage Subscriptions On Apple Watch

To manage your subscriptions on Apple Watch:

  1. Open the App Store on your Apple Watch
  2. Scroll to find Account and tap to open it
  3. In Account, tap Subscriptions
  4. Open a subscription that you want to change by tapping it
  5. Select the plan that you want to use from now

Also Read: Should you buy a 40mm or 44mm Apple Watch? 

How to Cancel Subscriptions on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch?

Canceling a subscription on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple watch works pretty much the same way.

How to Cancel Subscriptions On iPhone

  1. Open the App Store app on your iPhone
iOS App Store On iPhone
App Store icon as shown on iPhone
  1. Go to Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions
iOS Subscriptions On iPhone - Settings Subscriptions
Subscriptions listed under Settings on iPhone
  1. Under Subscriptions, find the one that you want to cancel and tap it
  2. Click Cancel Subscription
  3. When prompted, tap Confirm

How to Cancel Subscriptions On Mac

To cancel a subscription that you don’t need anymore on Mac:

  1. Open the App Store app on your Mac laptop.
  2. Select your Apple ID at the bottom-left of the App Store screen.
  3. On the Account screen, select View Information at the top-right.
  4. If prompted, sign up to your App Store account.
MacOS App Store Sign-In
Signing in to the App Store on macOS
  1. Scroll down to the Manage section and click the Manage link to the right (under Edit Nickname).
MacOS App Store Manage Nickname
Managing subscriptions using the App Store on macOS
  1. Find an active subscription on the list that you want to cancel and click Edit.
MacOS App Store Edit Active Subscription
Editing active subscription via the App Store on macOS
  1. To cancel a subscription that you no longer need, click the Cancel Subscription button under the list of available plans.
MacOS App Store Cancel Subscription
Canceling subscription via the App Store on macOS
  1. A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm the cancellation. Click the Confirm button to do so, or Not Now if you changed your mind.
macOS Cancellation Confirmation
Confirming cancellation of a subscription on the App Store on macOS

How to Cancel Subscriptions On Apple TV

To cancel a subscription on Apple TV:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Apple TV.
  2. Select Users and Accounts.
Apple TV Users And Accounts Settings
Users and Accounts listed under Apple TV Settings
  1. If there are multiple users, select the one you want to manage subscriptions for.
  2. Select Subscriptions (you’ll probably have to scroll down a bit to find it).
Apple TV Subscriptions Settings
Managing Subscriptions via the Apple TV Settings
  1. Select a subscription you want to terminate from the Active list of subscriptions.
  2. Select Cancel Subscription.
  3. Confirm your choice.

How to Cancel Subscriptions On Apple Watch

To cancel a subscription on Apple Watch:

  1. Open the App Store on your Apple Watch
  2. Scroll down until you find Account and tap to open it
  3. Tap Subscriptions
  4. Select a subscription you want to cancel by tapping it.
  5. Tap Cancel Subscription

How to Manage and Cancel Subscriptions in Catalina and Big Sur?

Apple has made a few big changes with Catalina and then followed them up with BigSur, and one of them included another way to manage and cancel your subscriptions.

To do either of these, you need to:

  1. Click the Apple logo on the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Select System Preferences.
macOS System Preferences
macOS System Preferences
  1. Click the Apple ID logo in the top-right corner.
macOS System Preferences Apple ID
Apple ID located on the top left of System Preferences on macOS
  1. Select Media & Purchases in the left pane.
macOS System Preferences Media Purchases
Media & Purchases found under System Preferences on macOS
  1. Click the Manage button next to your Apple ID name.
  2. Apple will ask you to sign in with your username and password, so do that to access the App Store.
macOS App Store Sign-In
Signing in to the App Store on macOS
  1. Once you’re signed in to the App Store, the steps are the same as above. Click Manage in the Manage section.
  2. From the list of active subscriptions, click Edit next to the one you want to manage or cancel.
  3. Click on the plan you want to use or the Cancel Subscription button if you wish to cancel it.
  4. Click Confirm.

Can You Restart a Canceled Subscription on iPhone?

Sometimes you might change your mind about a subscription service you canceled before.

Can you get it back and restart the subscription?

Of course, you can!

Just follow these steps:

  • Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  • Tap your name and ID on the top of the screen.
  • Tap Subscriptions.
  • If prompted, sign in with your password or Touch ID.
  • On the Subscription screen, you’ll see an Active and Expired list. Go to the Expired list and tap a service you want to reactivate.
  • Select the subscription plan you want to use and then confirm your choice.
  • Good show! You’ve successfully resubbed to that service!

What if You Can’t Find the Subscription that You Want to Cancel?

If you went through all these steps on your iPhone, Mac, Apple TV or Apple Watch and can’t find the subscription you want to manage or cancel, it could be due to one of these reasons:

  • You are using the wrong Apple ID.  Simply sign in with the right Apple ID and cancel the subscription from it.
  • A family member signed up for the subscription. You can’t cancel a subscription that someone else signed up for. If you are sharing a device, ask them for their Apple ID to cancel it or ask them to cancel it themselves.
  • The subscription is not billed through Apple. If a subscription is billed through a different company, you’ll have to cancel the subscription with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do I find Subscriptions on iPhone?

To find subscriptions on iPhone, go to Settings, tap your name and then tap Subscriptions.

How do I get rid of unwanted Subscriptions on my iPhone?

To cancel a subscription on iPhone:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap your name
  3. Tap Subscriptions
  4. Tap a subscription you want to cancel
  5. Tap the Cancel Subscription button at the bottom
  6. Tap again to confirm your choice

How do I find all my Subscriptions?

You can find your active and expired subscriptions on your iPhone by going to Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions.

What active Subscriptions do I have on my iPhone?

Your active subscriptions can be found by tapping Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions. On the next screen, you will see your active and expired subscriptions.

Conclusion

According to a survey by Vantiv and Socratic Technologies, 92% of young Americans have an active subscription service. As more and more businesses take to the subscription model, we have seen a rise of the subscription economy in the past decade of more than 435% (6X), according to the Zuora’s Subscription Economy Index report.

As additional companies offer customers the opportunity to access their services via subscription, it becomes a challenge to manage them and we sometimes forget to cancel a subscription that we no longer need.

In this article, we went through the steps on how to manage and cancel subscriptions on iPhone, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. We hope this will help you manage your subscriptions a little easier.

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