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How To Cancel Google One Subscription—A Detailed Guide

Ashley Ferraro, Product
Apr 15, 2024
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Manage Your Subscription Payments With Virtual Cards

Google One is a subscription service offered by Google for cloud storage, online file sharing, and automatic backups. It allows users to store their files, photos, and videos on the cloud and access them from any device. The service offers additional benefits such as Google expert support, family sharing, and Google Play credits.

However, if you're facing a subscription overload or want to try out a different cloud storage service, you may be wondering how to cancel your Google One subscription. This detailed guide will outline the exact steps for canceling your subscription on different devices. It will also share tips to help you avoid excessive subscription charges from any company.

The information in this guide is valid as of January 2024. Please visit the official Google website or contact customer support directly for the most recent information.

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How To Cancel Google One Storage on Different Devices

The cancellation instructions for Google One subscription depend on the device you used to subscribe:

  1. Via Android devices
  2. Through iOS devices
  3. Using a computer

The following sections will detailed info on canceling your subscription on each device.

How To Cancel Google One on Android Devices

If you're subscribed to Google One on an Android device, such as a smartphone or tablet, take these steps to discontinue your membership:

  1. Open the Google One app on your Android device.
  2. Tap Menu at the top of the screen.
  3. Navigate to Settings, then Cancel membership.
  4. Tap Cancel membership to confirm your decision.

Upon successful cancellation, you'll receive a confirmation that your membership has been canceled. Your subscription will remain active with all the storage benefits until the end of your billing cycle. Automatic charges on your attached payment method will stop at the end of your current billing period.

How To Cancel Google One Storage on iOS Devices

To cancel a Google One storage plan via an iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad, follow the instructions below:

  1. Launch the Google One app on your device.
  2. Tap Menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. Go to Membership Plans and then select Manage Plan.
  4. Tap Cancel membership to see details about your Google One subscription.
  5. Scroll down and tap Cancel Subscription.
  6. Follow the on-page instructions to complete the cancellation process.

If you can't find the Cancel Subscription button or if there's an expiration message written in red, it means your subscription has already been canceled.

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How To Cancel a Google One Subscription on a Computer

You can also cancel your Google One subscription on a computer by following these steps:

  1. Go to Google One on your computer.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Navigate to Cancel membership.
  4. Click Cancel membership to confirm your decision.

Why You Should Use Virtual Cards To Pay for Subscriptions

Most companies have a straightforward cancellation process, but some may intentionally complicate it to keep you subscribed for as long as possible. These companies' tactics are various, ranging from making the cancellation buttons inconspicuous to requiring you to call customer support or send a handwritten letter to cancel your subscription.

If you're not careful enough, you could go through the whole cancellation process only to realize that you missed a step, resulting in continued subscription charges. It's also not uncommon to take all the required steps to cancel your subscription and still receive charges on your bank account due to an error on the company's side.

An effective way to protect against these unwanted subscription charges is by paying for subscriptions with Privacy Virtual Cards. Linked to a real funding source, virtual cards substitute your actual financial info with fake card numbers at checkout, protecting it from prying eyes. Besides adding a protective layer around your online transactions, virtual cards also help you protect against overcharges, especially if you opt for a comprehensive virtual card provider like Privacy.

Manage Your Expenses and Avoid Unwanted Billing With Privacy Cards

You can connect your debit card or bank account to Privacy and create multiple virtual cards for various subscriptions, including magazines such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal or an everyday tool like NordVPN, Dropbox, and Shopify. Privacy lets you generate two types of virtual cards—learn about them in the table below:

Card Type Single-Use Merchant-Locked
How It Works This card becomes invalid shortly after you complete the first transaction. This card “locks” to the first merchant you transact with.
What It's Best Suited For Transactions with merchants you haven't purchased from before or don't plan on buying from again Transactions with vendors you frequently buy from and subscriptions such as LinkedIn Premium, Apple Music, and Adobe.

Privacy Cards also come with additional settings to help you manage subscription expenses more effectively:

  • Card pausing/closing—You can pause or close the linked Privacy Card when stopping a subscription. Privacy will decline all charge attempts on the said card, allowing you to focus on the cancellation process without the fear of excessive charges.
  • Spending limit—When you set a spending limit, the merchant can't bill you for more than you have agreed to. Whether it's double billing or price hikes you weren't notified about, Privacy will block all transactions that exceed your preset limit.
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Privacy—Greater Control and Convenience

Privacy also makes online shopping more convenient thanks to the browser extension and mobile app. 

  • Browser extension—The Privacy Browser Extension enables fast and seamless checkouts by auto-populating your virtual card numbers at checkout—saving you from having to reach for your wallet every time you shop. You can get it for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. iPhone and iPad users can also enjoy efficient payments with the Safari iOS extension.
  • Mobile app—After installing the Privacy mobile app on your iOS or Android device, you will be able to generate and manage your Privacy Virtual Cards on the go. You can enable push notifications to receive real-time notifications when your card has been used or declined.

Get Your Privacy Virtual Cards in Four Easy Steps

To become a Privacy user and enjoy the above-discussed benefits, take these steps:

  1. Register
  2. Provide the information needed to verify your identity
  3. Add a funding source—debit card or bank account
  4. Request and generate virtual cards

Privacy offers three plans—Personal, Pro, and Premium. Refer to the table below for more information about them:

Pro Premium
Cost per Month
Free for domestic transactions $10 $25
Included Virtual Cards per Month
12 36 60
  • Access to the browser extension and mobile app

  • Card pausing or closing feature

  • Ability to set spending limits

  • Everything in Personal

  • Free international transactions

  • Priority support

  • Ability to mask transaction info on bank statements

  • 1% cash back on eligible purchases (totaling up to $4,500/month)

  • Everything in Pro

  • Dedicated account management

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