Unused Subscriptions: The Best Ways To Easily Cancel Them

Written by Fraser Stewart
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Research from NatWest has found that Brits are wasting £25 billion each year on unused direct debits, standing orders and recurring card payments.

At one point or another, we all have subscribed to something we no longer use. Whether it's that trendy fitness class you took up after a New Year's resolution or the £50 box subscription you realised was just an additional expense you didn't need in your budget. Identifying, locating and then cancelling a subscription is often more tiring than initially anticipated. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce the hassle of managing and cancelling your subscriptions. 

This blog post will look at the different ways to easily and quickly cancel a subscription with a few simple steps. From standard application portals like Google and Apple to individual company websites, we can break down the process of cancelling a subscription to make it much more straightforward. We'll also look at the different methods of identifying the subscription you might want to cancel - based on whether you have access to the original agreement, the cancellation policies of the vendors, and how you can request a refund. All this information in one place will help you manage your subscriptions more effectively and efficiently. 

So if you're looking for an effortless way to manage and cancel a subscription, look no further! Let's take a look at how to easily and quickly cancel a subscription with just a few simple steps.

Reasons for Cancelling a Subscription

When it comes to cancelling a subscription, it's important to first consider why you want to cancel. Consider if you are no longer using the product or service or if the cost of the subscription is too much for you to handle. Other reasons for cancelling a subscription can include a service being too unreliable, too complicated to use, or simply no longer providing what you need. It's important to think about why you're cancelling a subscription before going ahead with the process. Other reasons for cancelling a subscription could be that you're looking for a better service that offers more features and/or better pricing. You may also be looking for a service that is more user-friendly and better suited to the needs of your business. Regardless of the reasons, it's important to make sure that you are making the best decision for your circumstances.

Before taking the plunge and unsubscribing, take the time to ask yourself the following questions: 

  1.  How much will I miss it?  
  2.  Was I using the service enough to make it worth the cost? 
  3.  How often was I using the service? 
  4.  Is there a cheaper alternative that still meets my needs? 
  5.  Is there a cancellation penalty or fee? 
  6.  How long does it take to cancel the subscription? 
  7.  Can I pause the subscription instead? 

Steps for Cancelling a Subscription

Cancelling a subscription can vary depending on the platform or service. The process is relatively straightforward if you cancel a subscription through a digital platform such as Google Play or Apple's App Store. You can open the app, go to the "Subscriptions" page, and select the subscription you want to cancel. Once you confirm the cancellation, the service will be cancelled. Here's a step-by-step process for both of these stores.

How to Cancel Subscriptions on iPhone or Apple App Store

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap Subscriptions.
  4. Tap the subscription.
  5. Tap Cancel Subscription. You may need to scroll down to find the Cancel Subscription button. If there is no Cancel button or you see an expiration message in red text, the subscription has already been cancelled.

How to Cancel Subscriptions on Android or Google Play Store

  1. On your Android device, go to your subscriptions in Google Play.
  2. Select the subscription that you want to cancel.
  3. Tap Cancel subscription.
  4. Follow the instructions.

The process may be slightly different if you're cancelling a subscription with an individual company. Most companies will provide instructions on cancelling a subscription on their website. Contacting the company directly is good if you need help finding instructions. They should provide you with a quick and easy way to cancel your subscription.

Alternatives To Cancelling a Subscription

When cancelling a subscription, it's essential to consider other options before proceeding. You can often pause or downgrade your subscription instead of cancelling it altogether. This could be a good option if you're considering cancelling for financial reasons or want to take a break. It's essential to check with the company to see the options available before proceeding with the cancellation process. It's also important to check the terms and conditions of the subscription before cancelling. Some services allow you to cancel anytime but charge you for the current billing period. It's always a good idea to determine any potential fees or penalties associated with cancelling a subscription before proceeding.

Benefits of Cancelling a Subscription

Cancelling a subscription can have many benefits, such as freeing time and money. If you no longer use the service, cancelling can help you save money and avoid additional charges. Cancelling a subscription can also help you avoid clutter in your digital life and focus on the services you use the most. Lastly, cancelling a subscription can help you simplify your life by removing a service that is not useful to you anymore. Cancelling a subscription can also help you gain control over your finances. It's important to be aware of your subscription services and to be able to manage them easily. Cancelling a subscription can help you be more mindful of where your money is going and help you make better decisions when it comes to spending.


Cancelling a subscription can be easy with a few simple steps and being mindful of the available alternatives. Whether trying to save money or regain control of your digital life, cancelling a subscription is a great way to do both. With the correct information and simple steps, you can easily and quickly cancel a subscription and reclaim your time and finances.


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