How to Cancel Spotify

Updated on October 13, 2023
At a Glance: To cancel your Spotify subscription, you can either do it through the Spotify website or iTunes, depending on how you signed up. On the Spotify website, go to your account page, click “Your plan,” choose “Change plan,” select Spotify Free, and click “Cancel Premium.” Through iTunes, open iTunes, choose “Account,” select “View My Account,” click “View Account,” scroll to “Settings,” click “Manage” next to Subscriptions, find Spotify Premium, click “Edit,” and then click “Cancel Subscription.” If you want to delete your Spotify account entirely, contact Customer Support. Note that canceling Spotify won’t result in a refund, and deleting your account removes your data permanently.

Music streaming is a very cost-effective way to enjoy a large music library on a budget. Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in 2021. If you have Spotify Premium and you would like to take a break from the payments you can cancel any time. Read on to learn how to cancel Spotify.

How to Cancel Your Spotify Subscription

There are two main ways that you can cancel your Spotify subscription. If your Spotify account is linked to your iTunes, then cancel Spotify through iTunes. Otherwise, you can cancel through the Spotify website.

The details of how to cancel Spotify are set out below.

Through the Spotify Website

The simplest way to cancel Spotify Premium is to use the website. In a few steps, you can cancel Spotify Premium and downgrade to Spotify with advertising.

  1. Go to your Spotify Account page
  2. Click the button labeled ‘Your plan
  3. Choose ‘Change plan
  4. Select Spotify Free and click ‘Cancel Premium
  5. Confirm that you want to cancel your Premium subscription.

Once you confirm your cancellation, the page will show how much longer you will have Spotify Premium benefits before it downgrades your account to Spotify Free. You can re-start your Premium subscription at any time through the account page.

Through iTunes

If you have been paying for Spotify through Apple iTunes, use iTunes to cancel your Spotify Premium subscription. Follow the steps given below:

  1. First, open iTunes
  2. From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose Account
  3. Choose View My Account. You may need to sign in using your Apple ID
  4. Click View Account
  5. Scroll to Settings
  6. Next to Subscriptions, click Manage, and look for Spotify Premium
  7. Click Edit
  8. Click Cancel Subscription.

If you don’t see Cancel Subscription, then the subscription is already canceled and won’t renew.

If you just happen to have an iTunes and a separate Spotify account, you won’t be able to manage your Spotify settings from iTunes.This procedure is only for if you pay for Spotify using iTunes.

If you can’t cancel Spotify through iTunes, you should cancel Spotify by using the website.

How to Delete Your Spotify Account

If you no longer wish to use Spotify at all, you can delete your Spotify account. Deleting your account means Spotify will no longer have any of your information, such as preferences and listening history.

You will also lose access to this information. If you have any favorite playlists or songs, these will be deleted after a week and you will not be able to recover them.

Deleting your Spotify account also means you lose any benefits of Premium if you have an active subscription.

You will need to contact Customer Support to arrange a refund for the rest of your subscription period where applicable. You can only delete an account with Spotify Premium with the help of Customer Support.

If you wish to delete your Spotify account, you can follow the steps given below:

  1. Go to Spotify’s support page
  2. Select Account
  3. Click ‘I want to close my account
  4. Follow the steps to delete your Spotify account permanently

After you delete your account, you will receive a reactivation link via email. You can use this link to reopen your account if you change your mind.

After 7 days the link will expire and all of your data will be permanently inaccessible.

Considerations Before You Cancel Spotify

Streaming services are a convenient way to access a huge media library without paying the upfront costs of buying it all. However, over time the costs of recurring monthly payments can pile up.

If you cancel Spotify, you will not be charged any more money, but there is also no cashback or refund. However, you will continue to have access to Spotify Premium for the remainder of the subscription period.

Therefore, if you have decided to cancel in hopes of getting some of the money you already paid back, that will not be possible. The only way you can get a refund is to delete your account completely with the help of Customer Support.

Considerations About Refunds

Please note you will only be eligible for a refund if you were paying for the subscription yourself, and not getting it free via a third party. A Customer Support representative will help you understand what’s possible. Canceling your Spotify Premium subscription is different from deleting your Spotify account.

Spotify Premium is the paid version of Spotify that gives you unlimited skips and no adverts, among other benefits. You can still use Spotify to listen to music after you cancel your Premium subscription, you will just have advertising breaks and usage limits.

Considerations About Where You Cancel

If you subscribed to Spotify Premium through your iTunes account, there is a separate procedure for canceling it through iTunes.

If you received your Spotify Premium subscription through a third party (you didn’t pay for it yourself), you may need to take special steps to cancel.

If you received Spotify Premium for free through, for example, your internet service or mobile phone provider, you may not have the option to cancel Spotify through the website or iTunes. If that is the case, you may only be able to cancel by contacting the provider directly or deleting your Spotify account.

Spotify Cancellation FAQ

Here are a few questions people often ask when canceling their Spotify subscription.

I signed up for Spotify using Facebook, can I just disconnect it?

If you signed up for Spotify Premium through a third party, you will need to follow the provider’s payment link in your Spotify account page (on the Spotify website) for that provider. Otherwise, contact the provider directly.

If you are on Spotify free, there is no subscription to cancel. You can continue to use the service as normal.

I don’t have the option to cancel Spotify from the website. What’s happening?

There could be several different reasons that you don’t have the option to cancel Spotify through the website. It seems obvious, but the main reason this will be the case is if you don’t currently have an active subscription.

Using coupons, or special offers, you could have been enjoying the Spotify Premium feature without a Premium subscription. Then, there is no subscription to cancel because you are not being charged.

The other reason you won’t be able to cancel on the website is if you didn’t subscribe on the website. If you were paying for Spotify Premium through iTunes, you can only cancel through iTunes.

Finally, if you were receiving Spotify Premium as a benefit from a third party (such as your internet company) you need to contact that provider about canceling your Spotify.

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Final Thoughts

Spotify is a convenient service for music lovers. If you decide that you have had enough, you can cancel your Premium subscription at any time. How to cancel Spotify depends on how you subscribed. You will not receive a refund for canceling Spotify unless you delete the account completely. 

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