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How To Cancel Spotify Premium—The Process Explained

Ashley Ferraro, Product
Dec 19, 2023
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With over 100 million tracks in its library, Spotify is one of the most prominent music streaming platforms today. Its Premium plans offer benefits such as ad-free listening and higher audio quality. However, some users may not be pleased with their Premium subscription or want to try out a different music streaming service.

If you feel like it’s time to move on from your subscription, learn how to cancel Spotify Premium in this comprehensive guide. Below, this outline will provide detailed instructions for canceling the service on different devices, as well as tips on protecting your funds from unwarranted subscription costs.

Note that the content in this article is valid as of November 2023. For the most current information, visit Spotify’s official website or app or get in touch with customer support.

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How To Cancel Your Spotify Premium Subscription—A Step-by-Step Tutorial

To discontinue your Spotify Premium subscription, follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Spotify account in your browser.
  2. Go to the Manage your plan section.
  3. Click on Change plan.
  4. Scroll down to Cancel Spotify.
  5. Select the Cancel Premium option.

Another way to cancel Spotify Premium is by completing a cancellation PDF form and sending it to Spotify’s support.

If you’re a plan manager and share the Premium subscription with other users, you should let them know about the cancellation so they can make alternative arrangements. If you’re a member, you can only leave the plan and remove your account but not stop the subscription. 

Canceling a Spotify Premium Subscription You Purchased Externally

In the following table, you can learn how to cancel Spotify Premium on Android devices and computers via the Google Play Store:

Canceling on an Android Device
Canceling on a Computer
  1. Launch the Google Play Store app.

  2. Tap your profile icon at the top right.

  3. Go to Payments & subscriptions, then Subscriptions.

  4. Select the Spotify subscription.

  5. Tap the Cancel subscription option.

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.

  1. Visit the Google Play website and log in.

  2. Go to Payments & subscriptions, then Subscriptions.

  3. Find the Spotify subscription, then select Manage.

  4. Click on Cancel subscription.

  5. Choose a reason from the pop-up window.

  6. Click on Continue.

Find out how to cancel Spotify Premium on an iPhone, iPad, or computer via the Apple App Store or iTunes in the table below:

Canceling on an iOS Device
Canceling on a Computer
  1. Go to the Settings app.

  2. Tap your name and then Subscriptions.

  3. Tap the Spotify subscription.

  4. Select the Cancel Subscription option. Some users may need to scroll down to find the option.

  1. Launch the App Store and log in.

  2. Click on your name, then Account Settings.

  3. Scroll down to Subscriptions.

  4. Click on Manage.

  5. Click on the Edit option next to the Spotify subscription.

  6. Select the Cancel Subscription option.

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What Happens if You Cancel Spotify Premium Early

You can end your Spotify Premium subscription anytime. Once you cancel, you’ll be able to use Premium until the next payment is due, after which your subscription will switch back to the free plan. Your playlists and saved items will remain intact. 

How To Cancel Spotify Premium Without Logging In

In case you forgot your login credentials or your account was compromised, you may be able to cancel Spotify Premium through Spotify’s support without logging in. You can reach support by sending them a direct message on Twitter (X) or Facebook

What To Do if You Run Into Issues During Spotify Premium Subscription Cancellation

If you can’t cancel your Spotify Premium subscription, contact customer support via social media. It’s important to do so before the billing cycle ends, as you will be charged for the following month otherwise. 

While cancellation issues are often the result of a bug, some companies make the process deliberately difficult to keep you subscribed. For example, these companies may require you to cancel in person or call customer service to complete the process, keeping you on hold for an unreasonable time. In some cases, you may end up paying for an additional month of services, and you are often unable to get a refund.

The next time you purchase a subscription, be it a radio broadcasting service like SiriusXM or a video streaming platform like Paramount Plus, NFL Plus, and HBO Max, use virtual cards to prevent unjustified charges in case you decide to opt out. Virtual cards act as middlemen—they’re connected to a funding source but mask your real financial information at checkout. 

Banks such as American Express® and Capital One® offer virtual cards, but an independent virtual card provider like Privacy provides more than security—it gives you advanced card settings to restrict how much you can be charged while the subscription cancellation process is underway.

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Shield Your Transactions With Privacy Virtual Cards

You can connect your bank account or debit card to Privacy and generate multiple virtual cards for different uses. Privacy Virtual Cards not only protect your financial information from potential hackers but also give you more control over your budget. 

Privacy allows you to create Single-Use Cards for one-time purchases on unfamiliar websites or Merchant-Locked Cards, which lock to a single vendor and are ideal for your subscriptions, such as DashPass, Peloton, and Discord

You can manage your payments further by:

  • Setting spending limits—Define how much your cards can be charged, and Privacy will decline exceeding transactions.
  • Pausing and closing cards—Pause or close your cards in a few clicks without affecting the funding source. Privacy will block all charge attempts on a paused or closed card.

These features are especially useful when it comes to terminating subscriptions. Although you still need to go through the company’s cancellation procedure, these card controls can help you avoid unwanted charges in the meantime.

Besides securing payments, Privacy makes them fast and seamless. The Privacy browser extension fills out card numbers at checkout, so you never have to memorize them. You can get the extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, as well as Safari iOS if you own an iPhone or iPad. To create and use your virtual cards on the go, install the Privacy mobile app on your iOS or Android device.

How To Get Your Privacy Virtual Cards

Become a Privacy user in only four steps:

  1. Create an account
  2. Fill out the information needed to verify your identity
  3. Provide a funding source (debit card or bank account)
  4. Request Privacy Virtual Cards

The Personal plan is free for domestic purchases and comes with 12 virtual cards monthly and all the above-listed features. Privacy has two other plans, Pro ($10/month) and Premium ($25), which give you additional benefits like:

  • More virtual cards (up to 60 a month)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Priority support
  • Ability to mask transaction information on bank statements

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