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How To Cancel Play Store Subscriptions (Android)

Do you wish to cancel Play Store subscriptions on your Android phone or tablet?

Well, read on, as we’ll run you through how you can cancel any subscription you may have and any charges that may come with them.

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Cancel, Pause, Or Change A Google Play Store Subscription

Subscriptions on the Google Play Store will automatically renew unless you manually unsubscribe from them.

If you don’t wish that to happen simply follow the instructions outlined below.

Cancel Play Store Subscriptions

Beware…

…simply uninstalling a Google Play Store app that is installed on your Android device won’t cancel your subscription and stop the fees that go with it.

Therefore it is recommended to follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon, this will expand a side menu.
  4. From there select the Subscriptions option.
  5. Then select the subscription you wish to cancel.
  6. Tap Cancel Subscription.
  7. And from there follow the instructions given on-screen as the best way to finalize your cancelation.

It is worth noting that if you have a subscription that is removed from the Google Play Store for a reason that is out of your control, your subscription will be automatically canceled. Unfortunately, however, your past subscription with this service will not be refunded.

What Occurs Once You’ve Canceled A Subscription?

Once you have canceled a subscription, you’ll still be able to use the apps services for the time you have already paid. For example, if you have previously purchased a subscription that renews every month, let’s say it renews on the 1st and you cancel on the 14th, you will have until the 1st of the coming month to use the service until it is canceled.

And If You Change Your Mind?

If you change your mind on a cancelation, that’s ok because it is an easy process to renew. There are two ways to renew a subscription depending on whether the service is still within a paid period or not.

The first way is dependant on whether the service is still active. If it is, then follow the below steps:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon.
  4. Select the Subscription option.
  5. Then select the subscription you’d wish to restore.
  6. Now tap the Restore option.
  7. And from there, follow the instructions the device will then run you through to renew the service’s subscription.

It is worth noting that some services are not able to be restored this way and you may have to wait until your paid period is over before you can restore the service. It won’t affect how you use the application as you are still able to use the service as normal until it expires.

And if the canceled subscription service’s paid period has expired, then simply set up the subscription just as you would any new subscription service through the Google Play Store.

Pause A Subscription Service

Depending on which Google Play Store you have subscribed to, you may have the option to pause the service. When you decide to do this, the service will pause at the end of your paid service until you decide to restore it.

You can pause a subscription by following these steps:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon.
  4. Select the Subscription option.
  5. Tap Manage.
  6. Now select Pause payments.
  7. Nominate the time period you wish to pause the service and associated payments.
  8. And lastly, tap Confirm.

How To Restart A Paused Subscription

You can resume a paused subscription at any time. It’s easy to do, just follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon.
  4. Select the Subscription option.
  5. Now select the subscription you wish to resume.
  6. Tap Manage.
  7. And then tap Resume.

Change A Subscription Service

There are two main changes you can make to any Google Play Store subscription service. 

The first is checking your subscriptions and their associated renewal dates. You can do this by:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon.
  4. Select the Subscription option.
  5. Within the Subscription you have selected you will see the associated renewal date.

The second change you can make to any Google Play Store subscription is to change the payment method you use to pay for the service. If you wish to change this simply follow these steps:

  1. On your Android device, locate and open the Google Play Store.
  2. Next, ensure that your device is logged into your Google Account.
  3. Tap the Menu icon.
  4. Select the Subscription option.
  5. Locate the Subscription you wish to update the payment method for and select it.
  6. From there select the Manage option.
  7. Then update the payment method you wish to use in the future to pay for this service and select the Update option.
  8. And lastly, follow any further instructions you device may run you through to finalize this change.

Conclusion

Sweet…

…it’s as easy as that to cancel, pause, or change any of the Google Play Store subscriptions you may have.

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Edouard Daunizeau

I look after all things Growth here at Emma. I come from France and have spent the last few years scaling consumer tech startups in the UK and beyond. 🚀