How to Cancel an Apple Music Subscription

It's easy to unsubscribe when you're done

Apple Music screenshot

Sam Costello

If you've tried the Apple Music streaming service and decided that it's not for you, cancel your subscription within your three-month trial window, or before your paid subscription next renews.

Because your subscription is tied to your Apple ID, canceling it in one location cancels it in all of the locations where you use your Apple ID. So, no matter what device you used to sign up, if you end your subscription on iPhone, you're also canceling in iTunes and on your iPad, and vice versa.

The procedure we outline was tested on iOS 12.

Canceling Apple Music on iPhone

Apple continues to refine the Music app. In iOS 12, you're free to modify your subscription within the app. In prior versions of iOS, the app offered a link that took you to a separate settings menu. For iOS 12:

  1. Tap your photo (or the silhouette icon showing your initials) from the top left of the Apple Music app. You must be in the For You section of the app to see the photo or icon.

  2. Tap Manage Subscription.

  3. Select an alternative subscription from the Options list, then tap Done. If you're in your three-month trial period, tap Cancel Free Trial.

    Apple Music's For You screen
Apple Music account screen
Apple Music edit-subscription screen

What Happens to Saved Songs After Cancellation?

While you were using Apple Music, you may have saved songs for offline playback. In that situation, you save the songs to have in your iTunes or iOS Music library so you can listen to the songs without streaming and using any of your monthly data plan

You only have access to those songs, however, while you maintain an active subscription. If you cancel your Apple Music plan, you will no longer be able to listen to those saved songs.

A Note About Cancellation and Billing

After you follow the steps above, your subscription is canceled. It's important to know, though, that your access to Apple Music isn't immediately ended at that point. Because subscriptions are charged at the beginning of each month, you'll still have access until the end of the current month.

For example, if you cancel your subscription on July 2, you'll be able to keep using the service until the end of July. On Aug. 1, your subscription will end and you won't be charged again.

However, if you cancel a trial subscription, your access terminates immediately.