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Are You Paying for Useless App Subscriptions? Cancel Them Right Now

If you forgot about a paid service or never canceled a free trial, you need to know how to find and cancel all those app subscriptions.

App Store subscriptions in the Settings app on iOS
Save money by canceling some of the recurring payments you may have forgotten about.
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Every application you download seems to have some sort of monthly paid subscription. Uber and Uber Eats have Uber One, which gets you free delivery on food and reduced fees on rides, while Twitter Blue offers exclusive features like a blue verification checkmark and the ability to edit tweets on Twitter.

BMW even charges customers in some countries $18 a month to heat the front seats of their own cars. Absurd, right?

And we're not immune to this service-based economy either. If you're anything like me, you're probably paying hundreds of dollars in recurring payments for streaming apps like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu and Disney Plus, or more practical things like AppleCare. With so many services, it's easy to lose track of everything you're paying for too. 

And if you're trying to cut some costs, you should start with the many subscriptions you might have on your phone. 

In this story, we'll show you how to find all the monthly services you're paying for on your mobile device, whether it's via the Apple Store on your iPhone or via Google Play on Android, and how to cancel the ones you no longer want.

If you're looking to save money in other ways, check out 10 ways to save on streaming serviceshow to save on TV streaming with these simple tricks and free options to some of your favorite paid services.

Find and cancel your subscriptions on your iPhone

You can find all your monthly subscriptions from the Apple Store in a couple places on your iPhone, but the easiest is through your settings. To do this, launch the Settings application, tap on your name at the top and then hit Subscriptions in the first section. Here you'll see a list of all the active (and inactive) subscriptions that you've signed up for from apps you downloaded from the App Store.

All the recurring subscriptions in the settings page on the iPhone

You can also find your subscriptions in the App Store app.

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Under Active, you'll see all the subscriptions you're currently paying, with the following information: app or service name, short description, next bill date and cost. To cancel an active subscription, tap on the subscription, hit the red Cancel Subscription button at the bottom of the page and then tap Confirm in the pop-up that appears.

Canceling a subscription on the iPhone

You'll be notified how long you'll have access to the paid service if you cancel.

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For most subscriptions, you'll still be able to access the paid services until the end of your billing period. However, some apps won't let you continue using the service, so you'll have to read the fine print to see what happens if you cancel. Once it's canceled, the subscription will remain in the active section, but will show, in red text, when it's expiring.

Find and cancel your subscriptions on your Android

Unlike iOS, Android runs on devices from various brands, such as Samsung, Google and Motorola, but luckily all these versions of Android all have the Google Play Store, and so finding and canceling your monthly subscriptions is similar no matter what phone you're using.

To find all your subscriptions, launch the Play Store application, tap your profile picture or first name initial that appears on the top-right and go to Payments & subscriptions > Subscriptions. Here you'll see a list of your active and inactive subscriptions.

Subscriptions in the Play Store

Each subscription will feature the date of your next payment.

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If you want to cancel a subscription, tap it and then hit the green Cancel subscription button. The Play Store may ask you to consider other cheaper subscriptions and also to give a reason as to why you're canceling. Accept any prompts to continue until you see a fully green Cancel subscription button. Hit it and your subscription will be canceled, but you should still have access to it until the end of your billing period.

Canceling a subscription in the Play Store on Android

Skip through any prompts attempting to stop you from canceling.

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