How do I find and cancel my unused subscriptions?

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cancel list subscription

Have you ever realized that you pay for subscriptions that you no longer use ? Indeed, it's easy to get sucked in by free trial offers or promises of services that you end up never using.

It's crazy how much more complicated it can seem to stop a subscription than to start one! In France, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) is trying to make these cancellations simpler.

But during a recent discussion, big names in the industry said it was bad for business to make things easier. So, we put together this little guide to find and cancel these forgotten subscriptions.

Identify the list of all subscriptions you have

Before writing this article, I didn't realize how committed I was to various subscriptions. Imagine my surprise when I discovered tools for optimizing our website, which we no longer use. I also found applications for learning foreign languages, bought for a project abandoned a year ago. This is a real waste! 🙂

Maybe you too are paying for subscriptions that you don't use without knowing it.

To find them an effective method involves digging into your banking transactions and on your statements of credit card. Take the time to look at every expense from the last month. It's a bit tedious, but it's the safest way to spot all recurring payments.

Another trick is to search your emails. Search the welcome or thank you messages you received when you subscribed. Use your mailbox's advanced search function with keywords like " subscription "," Payment method "," Subscription "Or" registration ". This method may reveal annual subscriptions that don't show up in monthly transactions, although you'll need to be patient to sort through all the promotional emails.

List of current subscriptions

Sometimes it can be helpful to just look at a list of common subscriptions that people pay for and often forget about.

Here are some examples:

Entertainment

Games

Artificial Intelligence Tools

Work/Productivity

Meetings

Food

How to cancel subscriptions

In principle, canceling a subscription is carried out in the same way as subscribing.

If you subscribed to Strava or Minecraft Realms through your iPhone or iPad, you will have to do it from your Apple account.
Conversely, if you subscribed to Netflix on their website, this is where you will need to cancel it.

How to cancel subscriptions through the Apple App Store

  • First, open the app Settings.
  • Next, tap your name at the top of the screen.
  • Select Subscriptions.
  • Then, choose the subscription you want to cancel.
  • Finally, press unsubscribe.

How to cancel subscriptions via Google Play Store

For users Android, the approach is slightly different, here is how to do it:

  • First, open thegoogle play app.
  • Next, tap your profile picture.
  • Select Payments and subscriptions.
  • Choose Subscriptions.
  • Finally, select the subscription to cancel and tap unsubscribe.
Info: It is important to understand that uninstalling an application does not end your subscription. To avoid unwanted charges, take the time to manually cancel your subscriptions using the steps mentioned above.

How to cancel Netflix subscription?

Netflix is ​​currently the most popular streaming platform in the world, and it is very likely that you are already subscribed to it. If you no longer use it, consider unsubscribing to avoid unnecessary expenses.

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Log in to your Netflix account.
  • Select your profile at the top right of the screen.
  • Click on Account.
  • In the section Subscription and billing, click on unsubscribe.
  • Confirm your cancellation by clicking on Complete the cancellation.

How to cancel Spotify Premium

If you want to go back to the free version of Spotify, follow these easy steps.

Important : cancellation must be done via a web browser, because canceling directly in the application results in the deletion of your account and all your data.

To keep your playlists and simply enjoy Spotify at no cost, here's what to do:

  • First, open the Spotify website in your browser and log in to your account.
  • Next, if this is your first time on the site, you will see an option to access the web reader or view your account; click on View Account.
  • After that, you will find your subscription in a section called Your package. Click on it or scroll down to Manage your plan and click.
  • Now your plan details will be displayed; click on Change plan.
  • Finally, a list of subscription options will be displayed. Scroll down and select Cancel Premium, located just below the Spotify Free plan.

General method to stop your subscriptions

First, determine the platform on which you purchased the subscription. This could be the service's website (like Netflix or Spotify), the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, your Amazon account for subscriptions such as Prime Video or Audible, or even the bill from a telephone operator for mobile services.

Once you have identified the platform, log in to your account. Navigate to the section dedicated to subscriptions or account settings. Browse the list of your active subscriptions to find the one you want to cancel.

After locating the subscription in question, follow the specific instructions provided by the platform to finalize the cancellation of your subscription.

And that's it, it's done!