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Netflix Will Crack Down on Password Sharing in 2023. Maybe It's Time to Cancel Your Account

Here's how to close your Netflix account on your phone, tablet and computer.

Netflix's interface on a tablet.
You can cancel your Netflix account on a computer or mobile device.
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Netflix is one step closer to cracking down on password sharing in the US. On Monday, the streaming giant announced the launch of Profile Transfer, a feature that allows people to transfer their Netflix profile to another account. Although the feature is harmless, the intention is to remove those who are using other people's accounts, and have them pay for their own subscription.

It's a move that's already gone live in countries across Latin America, like Honduras and Argentina. If someone is caught streaming Netflix outside of the "home location," meaning the place where the Netflix account owner lives, they're required to pay an additional $3 a month for additional locations.

And that's not to mention the price hikes at the start of the year or the the addition of advertisements.

As streaming competitors like Disney PlusHBO Max, Amazon Prime and Hulu grow, and Netflix continues to alienate certain customers, you might be considering canceling your Netflix subscription. If you're ready to leave Dahmer, Stranger Things, Blonde, and Better Call Saul behind, read on to learn how to easily cancel your Netflix account on your phone, tablet or computer.

How to cancel your Netflix subscription on your phone or tablet

It's easy to cancel your subscription on a computer (see the next section). Netflix makes it difficult to cancel your subscription on your phone and tablet, but there is a way to do it, although you won't be using any of the official Netflix apps on the App Store or Play Store. Instead, you'll need to use the web browser of your choice to cancel your Netflix account:

1. Go to Netflix.com on your web browser and sign in to your account. If you are redirected to the app, access the Netflix website in a private browser, which prevents redirecting from occurring.

2. Tap the three-dash menu in the top left to open the side menu.

3. Now hit Account.

4. Scroll down and tap Cancel Membership, which you'll find under Membership & Billing. The next page will notify you that your cancellation will be effective at the end of your current billing period.

5. To cancel your Netflix subscription, tap the blue Finish Cancellation button.

A Netflix account cancellation screen

To cancel your Netflix account on mobile, you need to go to the website in your web browser.

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How to cancel your Netflix subscription on your computer

Canceling your Netflix subscription is much more straightforward on your computer. To start, simply open your preferred web browser and then follow these steps:

1. Go to Netflix.com, sign in to your account and choose a user. Don't use a Kids account or else you won't be able to access your account settings.

2. Next, hover your mouse over the user icon in the top-right and click Account.

3. Hit the Cancel Membership button.

4. Finally, click the blue Finish Cancellation button.

Netflix account closing page with counteroffer

Ignore the offers on the right side if you're intent on canceling your Netflix account.

Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET

New Netflix subscription prices

The price increases for the three tiers of Netflix's streaming service that the company announced in January are now in effect for new subscribers and rolling out for existing Netflix customers. You may have received an email about the price hikes, but if you haven't, here's the latest price breakdown:

Netflix price plans

Plan Old monthly price New monthly price Price increase
Basic $9 $10 $1
Standard $14 $15.49 $1.49
Premium $18 $20 $2

Netflix also has a new Basic with Ads tier that's only $7 a month, and will launch in the U.S. on Nov. 3.

Cut down on your streaming costs