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How To Cancel ESPN Plus on Your Device—A Step-by-Step Tutorial

Ashley Ferraro, Product
Jan 16, 2024
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ESPN Plus is a sports-oriented streaming service offering both live and on-demand content. For ESPN aficionados, Plus is an excellent supplementary source of news and entertainment, but it doesn’t provide the same content as its TV counterpart, which some users may discover only after signing up.

If you’d like to part ways with your subscription for the above or any other reason, read this guide on how to cancel ESPN Plus. You’ll learn how the process varies across different devices and what you need to do to complete the cancellation successfully and without any unwarranted charges.

The information in this article is valid as of November 2023, so please visit the official ESPN Plus website or reach out to support for updates.

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How To Cancel an ESPN Plus Subscription

The ESPN Plus cancellation process differs depending on which platform bills you for the subscription. If you’re billed directly through ESPN Plus, take the steps below to stop the subscription:

  1. Go to your ESPN Plus account on a browser.
  2. Tap (on mobile) or hover over (on the web) your profile icon in the upper right.
  3. Under the Manage my section, tap or click ESPN Plus Subscriptions.
  4. Tap or click Manage Subscription, then Cancel Subscription.
  5. Confirm by selecting Cancel Now.

If you’re billed through a third-party, such as Google Play, Verizon, Roku, or Hulu, you’ll have to cancel your subscription using that particular platform. Most of these platforms have help center articles that you can use for guidance during the cancellation process. If you’re not sure which platform to cancel through, you can check by going to the ESPN Plus Subscriptions section within your account.

How To Cancel ESPN Plus on an iPhone or iPad

Take these steps to cancel an ESPN subscription on an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap Subscriptions.
  4. Find the ESPN Plus subscription.
  5. Tap Cancel Subscription. You might need to scroll down to find the option.

You can also end the subscription within the App Store on a Mac computer.

How To Cancel ESPN Plus on an Android Device

To cancel ESPN Plus on Android, follow the directions below:

  1. Open the Google Play app.
  2. Tap your profile icon.
  3. Tap Payments & subscriptions, then Subscriptions.
  4. Select ESPN Plus.
  5. Tap Cancel subscription.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish the process.

You can also end the subscription via Google Play’s website on a mobile or computer browser.

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How To Cancel ESPN Plus on Roku

ESPN Plus subscriptions purchased via Roku can be discontinued as explained in the following table:

Roku Device Browser
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.

  2. Access the subscription channel options in one of the two ways:

    1. Select Home, use the arrow buttons to highlight ESPN Plus, then press the Star button.

    2. Scroll down, select Streaming Channels, find the ESPN Plus subscription, and press OK.

  3. Select Manage subscription.

  4. Select Cancel subscription.

  5. Choose whether you want to keep the channel until the end of the payment cycle or remove it immediately.

  1. Visit the My Roku portal and sign in.

  2. Tap or click Manage your subscriptions.

  3. Tap or click the Unsubscribe option on the right of the ESPN Plus subscription.

Can You Cancel ESPN Plus Anytime?

Yes—once you cancel ESPN Plus, automatic payments will stop with the following billing period, i.e., month or year. You can keep using your subscription until the end of the current billing period. Note that ESPN Plus doesn’t issue refunds or credit for partially used subscriptions.

What To Do if You Can’t Cancel ESPN Plus

Some users claimed that they had trouble canceling ESPN Plus online, suggesting that the option to cancel was unavailable at the time. In case you encounter issues too, you should contact ESPN’s customer support via:

  • Live chat on ESPN+ FAQ Tile
  • The customer support phone number—800-727-1800

Make sure to reach out to customer support timely to avoid incurring charges for the following term’s subscription.

While most subscription cancellation issues are a result of an honest mistake, it’s not uncommon for some companies to deliberately make the cancellation process difficult and time-consuming. These companies may use various tactics to keep you subscribed for longer and continue with the payments, from using a deceptive and confusing design to requiring in-person cancellation. While you’re trying to navigate the complex cancellation mechanism, a charge may sneak through.

On the upside, you can use a virtual card to enact greater control over your spending. A virtual card is linked to a real funding source but masks your financial information with random card numbers at checkout, creating an integral layer of security around your transactions. Well-known virtual card providers, such as Privacy, include card settings specifically designed to protect from subscription merchants’ unexpected charges.

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Control Your Transactions With Privacy Virtual Cards

You can connect your bank account or debit card with Privacy Virtual Cards and protect your funds from potential misuse or excessive charges that subscription merchants may impose on you. With Privacy, you have two types of virtual cards at your disposal—Single-Use and Merchant-Locked. Learn about their benefits in the table below:

Card Single-Use Merchant-Locked
How It Works The Single-Use Card closes automatically minutes after you complete the first purchase. The Merchant-Locked Card can be used at one merchant repeatedly.
What It’s Used For This type of card is perfect for shopping on unfamiliar websites or those you don’t plan on visiting again. This card is particularly useful for websites you shop on frequently and subscription services, such as Peacock, Kindle, and YouTube TV.

Privacy Cards also allow you to set spending limits and can be paused or closed promptly without affecting your underlying funding source.

Setting spending limits on your Privacy Cards helps you protect your account from overcharges by merchants and subscription services as Privacy will block all transactions that exceed the preset limits. If you decide you want to stop the subscription, you can pause or close the virtual card you used to pay for it. Privacy will decline all transactions on paused or closed cards, letting you deal with the cancellation process without concerns about unwanted charges that may happen in the meantime.

Other Important Information About Privacy

Besides robust security and spending control, Privacy also enables:

  • Fast and seamless checkouts—The Privacy Browser Extension autofills your virtual card details at checkout, so you don’t have to manually type in card numbers when shopping. The extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, and there is also a Safari for iOS extension you can use on an iPhone or iPad.
  • Virtual cards on the go—You can install the Privacy mobile app on your Android or iOS device and create and manage virtual cards wherever you are.

To start using Privacy, all you have to do is:

  1. Register
  2. Enter the details needed to verify your identity
  3. Provide a funding source—debit card or bank account
  4. Request and generate Privacy Cards

Privacy Virtual Cards are issued by Visa® and Mastercard®, so you can use them with most merchants that accept these payments. That includes streaming services like NFL Plus, FuboTV, and Netflix, as well as other popular subscription services like HelloFresh and Amazon Prime.

Privacy offers three pricing plans. The Personal plan is free for domestic purchases and includes 12 virtual cards a month, the card pausing and closing feature, spending limits, and access to the browser extension and app. You can switch to the Pro ($10/month) or Premium ($25/month) plan if you need additional cards (up to 60 a month) and features like priority support and no foreign transaction fees.

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