How to Manage AppStore Subscriptions on Your Mac and iPhone

When working with an Apple device, it becomes impossible to resist the temptation of subscribing to their first-class app subscriptions. Over time you subscribe to many subscriptions that Apple offers you, but other exceptional platforms such as Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Kindle, and so on. You might be subscribed to a particular app that you have to pay the charges on a monthly or annual basis.

However, it may become quite challenging for you to remember all of those subscriptions and follow their payment cycle correctly with so many subscriptions. Nonetheless, it is easy to maintain certain subscriptions when you discover a proper way to do it.

In this short guide, we will show you an effective way to manage your subscriptions and access details of your iTunes Store and AppStore, and in case you don’t want them anymore you’ll know how to withdraw your subscriptions. Let’s begin.

What Should You Do When You Have a Lot of Subscriptions?

Nowadays, almost every app is being marketed on a subscription; you too certainly have many subscriptions, including video and music streaming services, news or magazines, and much more. It is always a good plan to check these subscriptions once in a while to find out if you need their subscription anymore. Below you will find out how to manage apps subscriptions without any hassle.

How to Easily Manage Subscriptions

To inspect and maintain your subscriptions in the Music or Apple TV app, if you are running macOS or iTunes, first go to Apple Account, then consider my account. Now enter your credentials to access your account to change the settings. Here you’ll find out all the on-going subscriptions you are using. Click on it to observe them.

As mentioned above, now you can see all the active subscriptions you have on your device, and find out if they are related to iTunes or Apple TV. However, if you see that your list is empty, your subscriptions may be from a separate Apple ID. For instance, Netflix does not support the purchase or cancellation of subscriptions through AppStore, which means you are only eligible to subscribe via Netflix’s app or the official website.

In case you want to renew or cancel a subscription click Edit that you see next to an app’s subscription. Here you can continue or discontinue the subscription to an app. You can also change the plans of your payment methods. However, keep in mind that you won’t get your subscription amount refunded once you have paid the app’s subscription amount.

Keep in mind that the section you are in also shows lapsed subscriptions, and when you mistakenly click Edit right next to a lapsed subscription you can easily rekindle that app.

Manage Active Subscriptions With Your Mac

If you are using macOS, you can manage your apps easily within the AppStore. For that, you have first to open the AppStore, click on your profile’s display pic or your name at the bottom of your sidebar. You’ll be then forwarded to a panel of the apps you have purchased. And, there you can easily manage all the active and inactive subscriptions that you were looking for.

When you click View Information at the top of your screen, you’ll be able to find information similar to that presented in iTunes. Now you can easily manage your Apple account; click Manage close to the foot of the page to edit them as mentioned above.

Manage App Subscriptions on Your iOS Device

Open the AppStore on an iOS device, and touch on your display pic at the top of the screen. The link will direct you to your account details. Tap manage app subscriptions to find your active subscriptions.

Tap on the subscription you want to edit, and there you can see the option if you’re going to renew the subscriptions or discontinue their services.

UPDATE – In a recent improvement, iOS users have received a long-overdue solution to manage and view their subscriptions from within the AppStore. In the olden days, if you wanted to look up subscriptions linked with your Apple or iTunes account, you will have to access the AppStore, view your Apple ID, then scroll to the bottom to find the settings.

The process is much simpler: tap on your profile icon in the AppStore, then find “Manage Subscriptions” on the same screen. All the options now lie in front of you, manage them by any means you want.

This change is rolling out worldwide for anyone who is using the latest version of iOS.

Don’t See a Cancel Option? Here’s What You Need to Do

You see a subscription in your list, and when you tap on it, you can not find that there’s a cancel subscription option available for you – the reason behind this could be that you have already canceled it. Then you must be asking yourself, why am I still seeing it? If it shows a date underneath saying Expires, that means you have already canceled your subscription, and when a subscription is still active, it will say Renew underneath the date.

If you are still having trouble finding a subscription on your iPhone and trying all the Mac methods, you need to contact the third-party app or check with the services provider directly. Depending on how you have subscribed to an app, you have to implement a unique technique.

The Bottom-Line

With this short but useful guide, you have all the necessary information you need to manage your subscriptions efficiently. Follow this guide and manage your apps the way you like. Moreover, it is an easy and straightforward process to get rid of unwanted subscriptions. Select the essential and discontinue apps, which does not play a significant role in your day-to-day life.

However, only you can decide which apps you want and which ones you want to remove. What you can do is make a list of the best of the top apps which you can’t do without and make sure you pay for their subscription to enjoy their services. And you’ll find a heavy burden off of your shoulders as you efficiently manage your subscriptions.