How to Cancel HBO, Starz or Showtime on Your iPhone or Pad

Finding It Difficult to Cancel Your Subscription? You Aren't Alone...

A couple watching television on their tablet.
The iPad makes a great way to cut the cord. Getty Images / Sturti

If you are confused on how to cancel Starz, Showtime, HBO Now and other premium subscriptions on your iPad, you are not alone. Surprisingly, there is no way to cancel the subscription within the app itself. While Apple makes it easy to cut the cord to cable, they don't make it quite so easy to cancel Showtime. Instead of hunting for a cancel button inside the app, you'll need to go into your Apple ID account settings to cancel your premium subscriptions.

How to Cancel HBO Now, Starz, Showtime and Other Subscriptions

You can actually get to your Apple ID settings through iTunes on your PC or through Apple's website, but the easiest way to cancel Starz or the other premium channels is through your settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Screenshot of iOS settings
You can cancel HBO, Starz or Showtime in the iPhone or iPad's Apple ID settings.
  • First, launch your iPhone or iPad's Settings app. It is the app icon with gears on it.
  • The very top option in settings is your Apple ID account. It should read your name with "Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes & App Store" beneath it. 
  • Tap iTunes & App Store.
Screenshot of iOS settings
The Apple ID settings are found in your account settings.
  • At the top of this screen you will see "Apple ID:" followed by your Apple ID's email address. This doesn't look like a button, but it is. Tap it to bring up the Apple ID menu.
  • On the Apple ID menu, tap View Apple ID. You will be asked to either enter your Apple ID password (this is the same password you use to make purchases) or use Touch ID to enter these settings.
 Screenshot of Apple ID Settings
  • Scroll down and tap Subscriptions.  
  • All of your active subscriptions are displayed on this page. This includes Apple Music, magazines, apps and premium cable subscriptions. Tap the subscription you want to cancel.
  • On the subscription details page, scroll all the way to the bottom and tap Cancel Subscription. Most subscriptions will stay active until the end of the billing cycle.

Do You Need a Subscription on Your iPhone or iPad If You Already Have One?

Premium cable has never been more easy to obtain or more confusing to figure out. You may have noticed multiple apps for HBO, Showtime and other premium cable channels. HBO Now and Showtime allow you to watch those respective channels on your iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) by subscribing through your Apple ID.

HBO Go and Showtime Anytime are designed for watching the same content using your cable provider, so if you already subscribe through cable, you don't need to subscribe again. Starz uses the same app for both subscribing as a 'stand alone' package and using your cable provider subscription.

Do You Need to Enter Your Cable Provider Credentials for Every App You Use?

The iPhone and iPad now have a TV app that can bring all of your cable and broadcast channel apps together in one place. It will even add in streaming video from Hulu and your iTunes library. And perhaps the best part is the centralized credentials. You can set your cable credentials in the device's settings by launching the Settings app and scrolling down until you see TV Provider. Tap TV Provider to sign into your cable provider and allow steaming apps to use those credentials.