How to Cancel an iTunes Subscription

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Apple makes it super-easy to subscribe to services and apps using the credit or debit card on file with your Apple ID. When you no longer want those services, finding the option to cancel your iTunes subscriptions is a little trickier. Luckily, this article shows you everything you need to know to cancel an iTunes subscription on both iPhone and in iTunes.

The instructions in this article apply to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 11 and iOS 12 (older versions are similar, but the steps are not exactly the same). It also applies to computers running iTunes 12 and up.

What Is an iTunes Subscription?

Calling these subscriptions "iTunes subscriptions" isn't technically correct. After all, that makes it sound you're subscribing to iTunes, which you're not (though subscribing to Apple Music is pretty similar). Instead, it's probably more accurate to call them Apple ID subscriptions or something like that, since they're tied to your Apple ID.

Whatever you call them, these are monthly or annual subscriptions to services and apps that you sign up for on your Apple devices. They can include things like signing up for Netflix or Hulu using their apps, unlocking bonus features of an otherwise-free app, or signing up to use a totally paid app.

Whatever you subscribe to, doing it this way makes things pretty simple: It uses the credit or debit card on file in your Apple ID so Apple just bills you each month or year for your subscription payments.

How to Cancel an iTunes Subscription on iPhone

Just like you can subscribe directly on your iPhone, you can cancel subscriptions there, too. To do that, though, you don't necessarily use the app you're trying to cancel. Instead, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open it.

    Screenshots of cancelling iTunes subscriptions iPhone

    You can also cancel subscriptions through the App Store app. Go to Updates -> your icon -> Manage Subscriptions.

  2. Tap iTunes & App Store.

  3. Tap your Apple ID.

  4. Tap View Apple ID in the pop-up. Enter your username and password, or authorize with Touch ID or Face ID, if prompted.

  5. Tap Subscriptions.

    Screenshots of cancelling iTunes subscriptions iPhone
  6. This screen lists all of your current subscriptions (in the Active section) and cancelled subscriptions (in Expired).

  7. Tap the subscription that you want to cancel.

  8. This screen lists other options for the subscription (in case you prefer to pay less for a different offering). Choose one of those if you want. Otherwise, tap Cancel Subscription.

  9. In the pop-up window, tap Confirm to cancel the subscription (or Not Now to retain the subscription).

Even after you cancel the subscription, you'll be able to use the service until the end of the current subscription period (usually a month or year). This date is noted at the bottom of the screen, beneath the Cancel button.

How to Cancel an iTunes Subscription in iTunes

You can also cancel your subscriptions using iTunes on a Mac or PC. Here's how:

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. Click Account.

    Screenshot of selecting the user's Apple ID in iTunes
  3. Click View My Account.

    If prompted, enter your Apple ID username and password.

  4. Scroll down to the Settings section and click on Manage, next to Subscriptions.

    Screenshot of iTunes account screen, featuring the subscriptions option
  5. This screen lists all active and expired subscriptions you have. Click Edit next to the one you want to cancel.

    Screenshot of all subscriptions listed in iTunes
  6. In Options, you can choose a different, less expensive subscription. If you prefer to cancel, click Cancel Subscription.

    Screenshot of the iTunes screen for confirming subscription cancellation
  7. In the pop-up window, click Confirm (or Not Now, to change your mind).

You can cancel iTunes subscriptions on your Apple TV, too. To do that, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Management Subscriptions -> select the subscription to cancel -> Cancel Subscription -> Confirm.

Which Subscriptions Can You Cancel with iPhone or iTunes?

You can subscribe to all kinds of services from your iPhone or other iOS/tvOS device, but not everything supports iTunes subscriptions. That's a feature the service you're trying to subscribe to needs to offer. There's no way to create a complete list of services and apps that support iTunes subscriptions (there's just too many), but here's a sense of the types of things you can and can't subscribe to this way.

Supports iTunes Subscription Does Not Support iTunes Subscription
Apple services (Apple Music, Apple News+, etc.) Streaming services if you sign up from their websites or on other devices 
In-app purchases Amazon Prime
Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Now if you sign up in their apps Spotify, Google Play Music and other services in deep competition with Apple.