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How To Remove a Payment Method From an iPhone With a Subscription

Ashley Ferraro, Product
Mar 10, 2024
 Min Read
Manage Your Subscription Payments With Virtual Cards

Subscribing to a service or an app on your iPhone can be very convenient. After providing your payment information and connecting it to your Apple ID, you can easily purchase and manage Apple subscriptions without having to enter your payment details each time. 

However, after canceling a subscription, whether due to dissatisfaction with the service or budget constraints, you may want to delete your payment method from your iPhone to avoid any accidental charges. If you want to know how to remove a payment method from your iPhone with a subscription, this guide is for you. 

It will explain all the ways to remove a payment method from your Apple ID, such as via iPhone or iPad, Mac, Windows PC, and online through the Apple website, as well as what to do if you can't remove your payment method. You'll also discover why it can be challenging to cancel some subscriptions and what you can do to avoid any accidental charges.

The information in this article is valid as of January 2024. Please visit the official Apple website or contact customer support for updates.

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How To Remove a Payment Method From an iPhone or iPad With Subscription

If you're using an iPhone or iPad to access your Apple account and manage subscriptions, you can follow these steps to remove your payment method:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap your name.
  3. Tap Payment & Shipping.
  4. Tap Edit.
  5. Tap the red Delete button.
  6. Select Remove.

How To Remove a Payment Method From Your Mac

To remove a payment method from your Mac, take these steps:

  1. Open the App Store.
  2. Click the Sign In button or your name.
  3. Click Account Settings.
  4. Select Manage Payments next to Payment Information (click Edit next to Payment Type if you're using an older macOS version).
  5. Click Edit.
  6. Click Remove Payment Method and follow the prompts to confirm your decision.

How To Remove a Payment Method From Your Windows PC or Microsoft Surface

If you're managing your Apple subscriptions on a Windows PC or Microsoft Surface, proceed as follows to delete your payment method:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. Select Account in the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window.
  3. Go to View My Account.
  4. Select Manage Payments or tap or click Edit next to Payment Type if you're using an older version of iTunes.
  5. Choose Edit.
  6. Select Remove Payment Method.

How To Remove a Payment Method From Your Apple ID Online

You can also remove your payment method from your Apple ID through the Apple website. After signing in with your Apple ID, follow the prompts to manage your payment information. Note that in some regions and countries, you might need to add a new payment method before you can remove your existing one.

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What To Do if You Can't Remove Your Payment Method From iPhone

If you're unable to remove your payment method from your iPhone using any of the methods listed above, there are three reasons why this may be the case:

  1. You have an active subscription using that payment method.
  2. You have an unpaid balance on your Apple account.
  3. You're using Family Sharing with that payment method as the family organizer.

Refer to the table below for the steps to take in each situation:

Issue How To Resolve
Active subscription If you have an active subscription, such as Apple Music, iCloud+ storage, or an app subscription tied to your payment method, you need to cancel it first. Once your paid subscription expires, you can remove your payment method using the steps outlined above.
Unpaid balance You might not be able to remove a payment method if you have unpaid balances on your account. Instead, you can change your payment method to a different debit or credit card and remove the old one.
Family Sharing If you're the family organizer on Family Sharing, turn off purchase sharing and then remove the payment method.

If none of the above steps work, you can contact Apple customer support for assistance.

Virtual Cards—The Most Effective Way To Manage Subscriptions

While the cancellation process is smooth and seamless in most cases, some companies may purposely make the cancellation funnel overly complicated to retain you as a paying customer and prolong your payments. These companies may resort to various methods, which include:

  • Keeping you on phone hold for a long time and then offering you discounts or other incentives to stay
  • Having specific cancellation instructions that may involve sending handwritten letters by certified mail
  • Making you go through multiple steps and clicks before reaching a confirmation button for cancellation
  • Requiring in-person visits to their physical store or calling during specific hours to cancel
  • Using guilt-tripping language on the cancellation page to dissuade you from leaving, such as "We'll miss you!" or "You'll miss out on all the amazing features"

If you are not careful enough, you might miss a key step in the cancellation process, which might lead to unwelcome charges. It's also possible to get charged for another billing period by accident even after following the cancellation instructions to the letter.

This is where virtual cards from Privacy may come in handy. Virtual cards are connected to a real funding source but substitute your payment information with temporary card numbers at checkout, protecting your account from potential misuse. You can also enjoy advanced card settings that give you more spending control if you choose an independent virtual card provider like Privacy.

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Privacy Virtual Cards—Your Ultimate Solution Against Unwelcome Charges

With Privacy Virtual Cards, you can register for your favorite subscriptions, such as Tinder Gold, Philo, and LA Fitness, without worrying about unauthorized charges. You can link your debit card or bank account to Privacy and request one of the two types of virtual cards explained in the table below:

Type of Card How It Works
Single-Use Card This card closes a few minutes after completing your first transaction. It's ideal for one-time transactions and websites you haven't purchased from before or those you don't plan on visiting again.
Merchant-Locked Card This card "locks" to the first merchant you purchase from and can be used for repeat purchases from the same vendor. It's perfect for merchants you regularly shop from and subscription services such as NordVPN, LinkedIn Premium, Shopify, and PlayStation Plus

Privacy also allows you to set spending limits on your virtual cards and pause or close them at will without affecting the linked funding source. Learn in the section below how these features give you greater financial control over your subscriptions:

  • Spending limit—By setting a spending limit on your Merchant-Locked Card, you can ensure that no unauthorized charges above a specified amount are made. Privacy will decline all transactions that exceed your chosen spending limit.
  • Card pausing or closing—When stopping your subscriptions, you can pause or close your Merchant-Locked Card to avoid any accidental and intentional charges during and after the cancellation process. While you must follow the company's cancellation process, Privacy will block any charge attempts on a paused or closed card.

Streamline Online Payments With Privacy's Additional Features

Regardless of the type of virtual card you choose, Privacy offers other features that ensure smooth and effortless online transactions:

  • Browser extension—Enjoy fast and seamless transactions with Privacy's browser extension that autocompletes your virtual card details at checkout, so you don't have to memorize and enter them manually. You can get the extension for popular browsers such as Firefox, Safari, Edge, and Chrome, as well as Safari iOS if you have an iPhone or iPad.
  • Mobile app—Create and manage your virtual cards on the go with Privacy's mobile app, available for iOS and Android. You can also enable push notifications for real-time updates on your virtual card activities, including when a card has been used or declined.

You can use Privacy Virtual Cards at most merchants and websites that accept Visa® and Mastercard® payments, including subscriptions such as Xbox Game Pass, the New York Times, and Adobe.

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Privacy's Easy Signup Process

You can start using Privacy by taking these four easy steps:

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

The table below outlines Privacy's plans and included benefits:

Plan Cost per Month
Virtual Cards per Month 
Included Benefits
Personal Free for domestic transactions 12
  • Access to the browser extension and app

  • Card pausing and closing feature

  • Ability to set spending limits

Pro $10 36
  • Everything in Personal

  • No foreign transaction fees

  • Priority support

  • Ability to mask transaction info on your bank statement

  • 1% cashback on eligible purchases (totaling up to $4,500 a month)

Premium $25 60
  • Everything in Pro

  • Dedicated account management

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