How to Cancel Apple Music – 8 Ways

Updated on October 16, 2023
At a Glance: Apple Music, a leading streaming platform since 2015, offers over 70 million songs and curated playlists. However, if you wish to cancel your subscription, there are multiple methods based on your device: iOS/iPadOS, Apple Music App, macOS, iTunes, App Store, Apple TV, web, or Android. After cancellation, the service remains active until the next renewal, after which access to the Apple Music library is lost, but purchased songs remain. It’s essential to choose the cancellation method that suits your device for a seamless process.

Apple Music, launched in 2015, has become a leading music streaming platform. Users can enjoy Apple Music 1 radio 24/7 or their chosen tracks. The service offers over 70 million songs and expert-curated playlists. However, some may wish to cancel their subscription for various reasons. Let’s explore how.

1. How to Cancel Apple Music on iOS/iPadOS

You can cancel Apple Music from your iOS or your iPadOS the same way you would on and Apple device. Here is how you can do it:

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app.
  • Step 2: Tap your name.
Image shows how to select the User's name in settings on iOS.
  • Step 3: Tap “Subscriptions.”
The image shows how to choose the "Subscriptions" option on iOS.
  • Step 4: Choose the Apple Music entry.
  • Step 5: Tap “Cancel Subscription” or “Free Trial” if on a trial.
  • Step 6: Confirm the cancellation.

2. How to Cancel Apple Music on a Mac Through the App Store

While this is an easy method to put an end to your subscription, there is another way to do it, more specifically through the App Store.

  • Step 1: Open the App Store on your Mac.
Image shows how to look up the App Store on Mac commputers.
  • Step 2: Click your account name and image in the lower-left corner.
Image shows user that they should click on their name in the lower-left corner of the screen.
  • Step 3: Click “Account Settings” in the top-right corner.
Image shows user that they should click "Account Settings" in the upper-right corner.
  • Step 4: In the Account Information page, scroll to “Manage”
Image shows user that they should scroll to find "Subscriptions" and "Manage."
  • Step 5: Click “Manage” next to Subscriptions.
  • Step 6: Click “Edit” beside Apple Music.
  • Step 7: Choose “Cancel Subscription” and confirm.

3. How to Cancel Apple Music Through the Apple Music App

Another way to cancel your subscription is from the Apple Music application.

  1. Tap the “Listen Now” icon.
  2. Tap the profile icon in the upper right corner.
  3. On the account page, select “Manage Subscription.”
  4. Modify or cancel the subscription as needed.

4. How to Cancel Apple Music on Mac OS Catalina or Big Sur

You can cancel Apple Music from your Mac too if that is the device you are using. Apple got rid of the iTunes app starting with macOS Catalina. Therefore, canceling your subscription from this device can be a bit different.

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Go to System Preferences > Apple ID > Media & Purchases.
  3. Click “Manage” beside Subscriptions.
  4. Find and click “Edit” next to Apple Music.
  5. Click “Cancel Subscription.”
  6. Confirm and click “Done” to close the window.

5. How to Cancel Apple Music Through iTunes

Another thing you can do to put an end to your subscription is to cancel it through iTunes. It is pretty straightforward, so here are the steps you should take:

  1. Open iTunes and sign in with the Apple ID linked to Apple Music.
  2. Click the user account avatar in the top right.
  3. Select “Account Info” from the drop-down and enter your password if prompted.
  4. In “Account Info”, scroll to “Settings” and click “Manage” beside Subscriptions.
  5. Click “Edit” next to Apple Music and go to the “Automatic Renewal” section.
  6. Choose “Off” for Automatic Renewal.
  7. Confirm by selecting “Turn Off”. Your subscription is now canceled.

6. How to Cancel Apple Music Through Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, it is possible to cancel your Apple Music subscription through it. Both Apple TV and Apple TV 4K let you do this. Here is how:

  1. On your TV, navigate to Settings.
  2. Choose Users and Accounts and select your account name.
  3. Access Subscriptions and locate the Apple Music Membership.
  4. Change or cancel the subscription as desired.

7. How to Cancel Apple Music Through the Web

Of course, you can also cancel Apple Music on the website if you want to. It is an easy process, so you don’t have to worry about wasting any time. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open a web browser and visit the Apple Music site.
  2. Click “Sign In” on the top right and log in.
  3. Click the account icon at the top right.
  4. Choose “Settings” from the drop-down.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and click “Manage” under Subscriptions.
  6. In the “Edit Your Subscription” window, click “Cancel Subscription” and confirm.

8. How to Cancel Apple Music on Android

If you have an Android device instead, you can cancel your Apple Music subscription from the app. You should follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Apple Music app.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  3. Choose “Account.”
  4. Go to “Subscription” and select “Manage Subscription.”
  5. Tap “Cancel Subscription” and confirm.

What Happens After You Cancel Apple Music?

Apple Music will not be able to charge you anymore after you’ve canceled the subscription. However, you should keep in mind that once your free trial ends (after 3 months), you will not have access to the songs anymore.

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Final Thoughts

It is easy to cancel Apple Music, and the best part about it is that you have multiple options to do so. You can cancel from your iOS device, iTunes, Android phone, web browser, Mac app, or Apple TV. It all comes down to the device you are using to take advantage of the Apple Music perks or which device is more accessible for you.

Canceling Apple Music FAQ

Below you you will find some common questions about canceling Apple Music and their answers.

What happens if I cancel Apple Music?

Upon cancelling your Apple Music subscription, it remains active until the next renewal date. There won’t be any prorated refunds. After this date, you’ll lose access to the Apple Music library, including playlists and all songs, whether streamed or downloaded. However, songs purchased through iTunes will still be available.

How can I cancel Apple Music subscription?

You can cancel your subscription through your device’s settings or the Apple Music website. The exact steps may vary depending on the device you’re using.

How do I cancel Apple Music on iPhone?

Open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap your name, then tap “Subscriptions”. From here, you can select Apple Music and choose the “Cancel Subscription” option.

How do I cancel my Apple account?

If by “Apple account” you mean your Apple ID, it’s a more involved process. You’ll need to go to the Apple ID website, sign in, and follow the steps to deactivate or delete your account. Note that this will affect all services linked to that Apple ID.

How do I cancel Apple Music without losing my free trial?

To avoid getting billed after your free trial, you can cancel the subscription anytime during the trial period. It will remain active until the trial’s end date.

Does cancelling Apple Music delete your music?

Cancelling Apple Music doesn’t immediately delete your music. You’ll retain access until the end of the current billing cycle. After that, you’ll lose access to the Apple Music library. However, songs you’ve purchased directly from iTunes remain in your library.

Does cancelling Apple Music subscription delete songs?

You will lose access to songs you’ve streamed or downloaded through Apple Music once the subscription ends. Songs purchased via iTunes will not be affected and remain in your library.

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