If you tried out a trial version of an app on your iPhone and were charged soon after, it’s probably because you forgot to turn off its automatic renewal feature. Here’s how to do that on your iPhone, iPad, or computer.
Most apps and services based on a subscription model are recurring charges that automatically renew until you cancel them. It’s best to avoid this and turn it off as soon as possible.
1. Go to Settings
If you’re wondering how to turn off auto renew on an iPhone, the good news is that it’s not difficult. All you have to do is go to Settings and look for a section that lets you manage your subscriptions. Once there, you’ll be able to cancel any auto-renewals you have on any of your devices.
One of the best ways to declutter your iOS device is to remove apps that you no longer use. You can do this by enabling the “Offload Unused Apps” feature in your Settings menu. This feature will automatically delete apps that you no longer use, which will free up some space on your phone’s storage.
2. Go to Subscriptions
Most of the apps, games and content you use on your iPhone, iDevices, Apple TV or Mac have subscription models based on recurring charges. These models are very different from a one-time purchase or most in-app purchases, and they can be a big pain to manage.
Fortunately, Apple makes it easy to find and manage all your app and content subscriptions on the iPhone. This can be a useful tool when you’re trying to get rid of an unwanted subscription or want to know what your monthly bill is for a specific service, but it can also be confusing.
To look at all your active and expired subscriptions on an iPhone, open the Settings app and tap iTunes & App Store. You’ll then be shown your Apple ID and all the accounts you have linked to it.
From here, you can see your Expired Subscriptions as well as all of the recurring ones. You can change the billing period for a subscription, cancel it or adjust other options like whether you want to receive renewal receipts by clicking on the option labelled “Manage” at the top of this page.
You can also turn off auto renew on your subscriptions from the same Settings page if you don’t want to be billed for them automatically each month. This will save you money and help avoid wasting time on unneeded billing, though some services may still charge you automatically.
3. Go to Manage Subscriptions
Subscriptions are a convenient way to pay for services you use month-to-month, but they can quickly get out of hand. This can leave you with hundreds of dollars in recurring subscriptions that you no longer need or want.
Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off auto renew on an iPhone and avoid being charged for future subscriptions. All you need to do is learn how to go to Manage Subscriptions on your device.
The process is surprisingly simple, but can vary depending on which subscriptions you have and who they are billed through. For example, if you signed up for an iCloud storage plan that costs extra, it doesn’t appear on the same Subscriptions page as other apps and services you might have.
To see all your Apple subscriptions, open the App Store app on your iPhone and iPad. Tap the profile icon in the top-right corner, then select Subscriptions. You’ll then be shown a list of active and expired subscriptions.
For each subscription, you can view its details and change or cancel the corresponding billing period. When you’re done, tap Cancel to confirm your changes.
It’s important to note that these settings apply only to subscriptions you sign up for using your Apple ID. If you have any third-party subscriptions that you’re trying to cancel, you’ll need to contact the service directly.
You’ll need to know the name of the company that created your account, which can usually be found on your credit card statement or in a confirmation email from that company. If you can’t find the information, though, you might need to contact Apple Customer Service for help.
Another option is to visit the website of the service that created your subscription and cancel it there. This might take a little more research, but it’s worth it to ensure that you don’t wind up paying for something you no longer want or need.
You can also manage Apple subscriptions on a Mac, iPad, or Apple TV. The procedure is similar to what you’ve done on your iOS devices, but you will need to have the appropriate software installed.
4. Go to the subscription you want to cancel
If you’re looking for a way to avoid future billing, it’s easy to turn off auto renew on an iPhone. The steps are easy, and they’ll work on any device running iOS 11 or later.
First, open the iTunes app. You may need to sign in with your Apple ID and password. Once you’ve logged in, you should see a panel displaying your Account Settings. Next, tap on Manage under the Subscriptions label.
From here, you’ll be able to view all of your subscriptions, including any that you’ve canceled. You can also cancel individual subscriptions and free trials.
You can even use the app to check whether you’re still billed for a subscription or free trial that you forgot about. This can be especially helpful if you’re unsure whether an app is worth paying for in the long run.
To cancel a subscription on an iPhone, head to the app’s profile screen. This is typically located at the top of the screen with your photo and name, and “Apple ID, iCloud, Media & Purchases” in smaller font underneath.
Once there, scroll down the list to find the subscription you want to cancel. Alternatively, you can search for it by name or Apple ID.
If you’re not sure which Apple ID was used to sign up for a subscription, look at the receipt. If the subscription was set up on a different Apple ID, or the device belongs to a family member, the receipt may not show it under your account.