Why You Need to Audit Your iPhone Auto-Renew App Subscriptions Right Now

Why You Need to Audit Your iPhone Auto-Renew App Subscriptions Right Now
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Your app subscriptions on iPhone can now get more expensive without requiring you to opt in to the new pricing. Apple recently implemented a new rule that allows developers to quietly raise subscription prices, so long as they don’t exceed a certain amount. Since many app subscriptions aren’t that expensive, you might see more and more developers raising their costs without telling you first, and the differences could start to add up. To avoid that, you should audit your app subscriptions now, and cancel any you don’t think are worth more than you paid in the past.

Developers will still need to send you an opt-in request if the monthly subscription cost is raised by more than 50 per cent, and/or if the difference between the old price and the new one is more than $US5. Developers can raise annual subscriptions by up to 50 per cent, but not more than $US50. In those cases, you’ll still receive an opt-in message, and if you don’t accept, the subscription will end.

The fastest way to cancel subscriptions on iPhone

If you want to quickly cancel an app subscription, hold the app’s icon on your iPhone and select Remove App. You’ll see a pop-up asking if you’d like to keep the subscription. To cancel it, tap Manage Subscription.

Tap the app’s name on the next page and select Cancel Subscription. Hit Confirm and you’re done.

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The best way to cancel multiple app subscriptions at once on iPhone

To get rid of multiple unused app subscriptions, head to the App Store. Tap the profile icon in the top-right corner and select Subscriptions. Here, you can manually go through each subscription listed under Active and cancel the ones you no longer need. Alternatively, go to Settings > [Your Name] > Subscriptions.

How to cancel app subscriptions on your Mac

To cancel subscriptions from your Mac, open the Mac App Store and click the profile icon in the bottom-left corner of the window. Click View Information and sign in with your Apple ID. Scroll down to Subscriptions and click Manage. You can view and cancel subscriptions from here.

How to cancel subscriptions from other Apple devices

You can also cancel your App Store subscriptions from other devices. On your Apple Watch, open App Store and scroll to the bottom, and navigate to Account > Subscriptions, then cancel away. On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Users & Accounts > [Your Account] > Subscriptions.