Subscribing to a service via iOS is rather fun. A pop-up menu appears, you activate the face ID or Touch ID, one of the most satisfying in the world. ding Allows you to know that your purchase has been successful. It's simplicity itself.

With regard to unsubscription? It's not so simple, but it's better than before. For years, Apple has made you explore the depths of the Settings application that you probably did not even know existed to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still follow this path if you want. Now, however, Apple now allows you to access your subscriptions directly through the App Store application. It is still not very intuitive, but it is a considerable improvement over the obstacles to overcome.

Whether you want to leave HBO Now, Match.com or even Apple Music, here's what you need to do to cancel a subscription. Below, we will show you both the shortest and the longest way.

The easy way

As of February 2019, you can access all your app subscriptions from your profile in the App Store application. This is by far the easiest way to cancel (or renew) a subscription. Here's how to do it.

  1. Open the Application Store app.
  2. Click on the icon of your profile in the upper right corner.
  3. press Manage subscriptions.
  4. You will see a list of all your active and expired subscriptions.
  5. If you want to cancel one, tap the desired active subscription, then tap Cancel subscription down.
  6. If you want to renew one, click on the expired subscription. You will usually see a list of different plans. Tap the one you want, then iOS will prompt you to approve an Apple Pay payment.

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The long way

So here's how you in use have to do it (and you can always do it that way if you prefer, you masochist). Finding the option to cancel a subscription once required a hunt that was tantamount to looking for Atlantis, and most people thought – and probably for no reason – that Apple probably hoped customers would give up in order to retain that subscription. money.

Now that Apple is making such a big effort in services, however, it needs an easier process like the one above. But just in case you never make need to use the old way, here's how. (The following screenshots are in landscape mode on my iPhone 7 Plus under iOS 11.3, and as of February 13, 2019, the steps remain the same.)

1. Open the settings.

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Pretty easy, right?

2. Tap your Apple ID.

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It's still pretty easy, even though I've met people who are not even aware that this part of the Settings app is tapable.

3. Tap on iTunes and App Store.

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I've learned that it's the place where most people start having problems.

4. Tap your Apple ID and email address at the top.

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Silly yourself, did you think you had to press once to see your Apple ID? This thing has about as many levels as a trundle doll.

5. Press See the Apple ID.

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Once you tap on it, you'll have the option to use facial ID, touch ID or a correct password based on your device or settings to access the sanctuary of your Apple ID. Use one of them and venture out.

6. You are now in the account settings. Scroll and press Subscriptions.

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And we are talking way down. Apple really does not seem to want you to find this parameter.

7. Finally, your subscriptions! Select the one you want to cancel.

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I'm really happy with all that, but let's talk about Apple Music, which probably suffers the least.

8. Scroll down the list and press Cancel subscription.

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Once you have selected the service you wish to cancel, scroll down and press the red key. Cancel subscription button at the bottom. A window will open asking you to confirm if you want to cancel your subscription. After all these steps, you are probably very determined to do it. Tap To confirm. You will still be able to use the account until the end of the last payment period.

And ta-da! That's all! Unless, of course, you change your mind. In this Case…

How to subscribe to a service

To re-subscribe, repeat steps 1 to 7 above. If you are using the new improved method, repeat steps 1 through 3.

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This will take you back to your Subscriptions panel, where you will find your expired subscriptions under your active subscriptions. Just select the service you want to resubscribe to, and select one of the available packages.

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