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How to cancel your Apple News Plus subscription

How to cancel your Apple News Plus subscription


Bye-bye, News Plus

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Apple’s premium newspaper and magazine subscription service, News Plus, launched on March 25th, which means that if you signed up for the month-long free trial, your free ride is over, and you will be charged $9.99 per month going forward.

If you’re a reader of the magazines and newspapers that are available in Apple News Plus, it might be worth keeping the service, provided you can put up with its weird and sometimes incongruous interface. But if you aren’t planning to read a lot of magazine articles in the News app, it’s probably time to cancel your trial before you’re charged.

There are two ways to cancel your subscription on an iPhone or iPad. You can do it from the News app itself or through the App Store.

From the News app

  • Open the News app
  • On an iPhone, tap the Following tab on the lower right; on an iPad, view the Channels and Topics list on the left
  • Scroll to the bottom and tap Manage Subscriptions
  • Tap Cancel Free Trial (or “Cancel Subscription” if you’re already past the free trial)

From the App Store

Managing subscriptions on iOS.
Managing subscriptions on iOS.
  • Open the App Store app
  • Tap on your avatar in the upper right corner
  • Tap “Manage Subscriptions”
  • Tap on the Apple News Plus subscription under the “Active” banner
  • Tap “Cancel Free Trial” (or “Cancel Subscription” if you’re already past the free trial)

On a Mac

Things are a little easier on the Mac since you can access the subscription management section of the App Store directly from the News app.

Managing subscriptions on macOS.
Managing subscriptions on macOS.
  • Open the News app
  • Go to File > Manage Subscriptions
  • Select “Edit’ next to the Apple News Plus subscription
  • Click “Cancel Free Trial” (or “Cancel Subscription”)

If you are canceling your trial before the full month ends, your service will terminate immediately, and you will lose the remainder of your trial. If you’re canceling the service you’ve been billed for, you will be able to use Apple News Plus for the remainder of the 30 days that have been paid for, after which point, it will cancel. Once your service is canceled, you’ll no longer have access to the articles that require News Plus, whether you’ve saved them to read later or not.

Should you decide that you do want to subscribe to News Plus later on, you can sign back up through the News app, though you will not get another month-long trial when you do.

Update, 4:20pm, April 24th, 2019: Updated to add instructions on managing subscriptions directly from the News app on iOS.

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