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Here’s how to cancel subscriptions on your iPhone

AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
An Apple iPhone X on display during an Apple event at their main store Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
  • Mike Murphy
By Mike Murphy

Technology editor

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

In Apple’s quest to diversify its revenue beyond iPhone sales, the company has been pushing every service it can think of on users, and recently launched several new ones. The first was Apple News+, an extension of the existing Apple News app that gives subscribers access to a host of digital magazines for a single monthly fee.

If perhaps you signed up for the free trial, didn’t find it that compelling, and forgot to cancel before Apple billed you, you might be looking to cut off your subscription before you’re charged again.

Unsurprisingly, Apple doesn’t make it particularly easy to cancel subscriptions on iOS devices. It used to be that subscriptions were hidden away in the Apple ID section of the Settings app (where there was a “Subscriptions” tab), but this appears to have been recently changed. So if your phone’s software is up to date and you can’t find subscriptions in Settings, here’s what to do:

  1. Go to the App Store app
  2. Tap on the icon of yourself in the top-right corner
  3. Tap Manage Subscriptions
  4. Click on Apple News+ or whatever you want to delete, and then click the red “Cancel Subscription” text at the boom

One subscription that won’t show up on this screen is iCloud. If you pay for additional storage for photos and documents on your device, you’ll have to:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Tap on the picture of yourself at the top
  3. Tap on iCloud
  4. Tap Manage Storage
  5. Tap Change Storage Plan, and then choose if you want to cancel outright or change the plan you have

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