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Can You Manage Apple Subscriptions on an Android Device?

Ashley Ferraro, Product
Mar 18, 2024
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10
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Manage Your Subscription Payments With Virtual Cards

Besides its famous suite of tech products, Apple offers various digital services, including Apple Music and Apple TV Plus. With the Apple App Store or iTunes, you can also select from and purchase more than two million external apps and services. You can enjoy some of these services even if you’re using an Android instead of an Apple device.

However, you should know that the functionality of some services may be limited in that case. For example, you can’t manage Apple subscriptions on Android the same way you can on iOS and Mac. 

Read this guide to discover available subscription management options on your Android device. You’ll also learn how to reduce the risk of unexpected subscription charges in the future.

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

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Is It Possible To Cancel or Manage Apple Subscriptions From an Android Device?

If you’re billed for the subscription by Apple, you generally can’t manage it yourself on an Android device as you would on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC. Apple Music and Apple TV Plus are exceptions, allowing you to manage the subscription directly on your Android. For all other subscriptions, you’ll have to manage them using a different device or through customer support.

If you only have access to an Android device, contact Apple Support as follows:

  1. Visit Apple’s website on a browser. 
  2. Select Support from the top menu bar. 
  3. Scroll down and select Billing and Subscriptions.
  4. Scroll down to the Get Support section and click Start Now.
  5. Choose Subscriptions and Purchases.
  6. Select the option View, change, or cancel subscriptions or provide a more specific reason in the text box below.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. On the next page, scroll down and choose one of the available contact options—Chat or Call.
  9. Provide the necessary information to start a chat or schedule a callback.

If you’re also looking to get a refund, you can follow the same steps listed above but choose the option Request a refund when prompted.

How To Cancel an Apple Music Subscription on PC or Android

If you’ve purchased your Apple Music subscription directly from Apple and you don’t have an Apple device, you can cancel the subscription via a browser on your Android or PC. Take the steps below to complete the process:

  1. Head to Apple Music’s website and sign in if you haven’t.
  2. Tap or click your profile icon.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Subscriptions.
  5. Select Manage.
  6. Tap or click Cancel Subscription.

How To Cancel an Apple TV Plus Subscription on PC or Android

Follow the instructions below to cancel an Apple TV Plus subscription using a browser on an Android device or computer:

  1. Navigate to Apple TV Plus’s website and sign in if you haven’t.
  2. Select your profile icon.
  3. Tap or click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Subscriptions.
  5. Tap or click Manage.
  6. Select Cancel Subscription.
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How To Cancel Apple Subscriptions Billed Through Google Play

Apple subscriptions you’re billed for by Google Play can be discontinued directly on an Android device via the Google Play app. To cancel using this method, proceed as described below:

  1. Open the Google Play App.
  2. Select your account icon in the top right.
  3. Tap Payments & subscriptions.
  4. Tap Subscriptions.
  5. Choose the subscription you want to terminate.
  6. Select the option Cancel subscription.
  7. Follow the provided instructions.

You can also end your subscription on Google Play’s website using a browser on your Android device or computer:

  1. Go to Google Play’s website on a browser.
  2. Tap or click your account icon in the top right.
  3. Select Payments & subscriptions.
  4. Choose the Subscriptions tab.
  5. Find the subscription you’re looking to end and tap Manage.
  6. Tap or click Cancel subscription.
  7. Provide a reason for cancellation in the pop-up window.
  8. Tap or click Continue.

Some subscriptions purchased through Google can also be canceled directly within the Android app. For example, you may be able to cancel Apple Music within your app account settings

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How To Cancel Apple Subscriptions on Other Devices

To cancel your Apple subscription on a Windows computer, take these steps:

  1. Download iTunes for Windows (available for Windows 10 and up). 
  2. Log in with your Apple ID.
  3. Select Account from the menu bar at the top.
  4. Choose View My Account.
  5. Scroll down to Settings.
  6. Click Manage next to Subscriptions.
  7. Select the subscription you want to manage.
  8. Choose the desired option. 

Some of the available actions include:

  • Changing or canceling the subscription
  • Resubscribing to an inactive subscription
  • Family sharing

If you can get a hold of an Apple device—iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer—you can manage your subscription by following the steps listed in the table below:

iPhone/iPad Mac 
  1. Launch the Settings app.

  2. Tap your account.

  3. Tap Subscriptions.

  4. Choose the subscription you want to manage.

  5. Tap Cancel Subscription at the bottom.

  1. Access the App Store app and sign in if you haven’t.

  2. Click your name.

  3. Click Account Settings.

  4. Scroll down to Subscriptions.

  5. Click Manage.

  6. Select Edit next to the subscription you want to manage.

  7. Click Cancel Subscription.

Why You Should Pay for Subscriptions With Virtual Cards

While canceling an Apple subscription is simple on an iPhone, that’s not the case with all vendors. Some subscriptions are generally more difficult to cancel than others, requiring you to jump through hoops to get the payments to stop. Even if you’re able to complete the cancellation online without the help of customer support, the process may still drag out due to:

  • Confusing web page design with ambiguous language
  • The sheer number of steps in the process
  • Various retention offers and pleas
  • Company’s technical difficulties

If you don’t follow all the steps closely, you may end up paying for another subscription cycle. You may incur a charge even after you’ve canceled the subscription successfully due to an honest error on the merchant’s side.

To ensure the cancellation process goes smoothly and without any excessive charges, consider using Privacy Virtual Cards when signing up. Virtual cards substitute your actual financial information with random unique numbers at checkout, shielding it in case of a data leak. These cards can also give you more control over your transactions, especially if you get them from a virtual card provider as comprehensive as Privacy.

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Privacy Virtual Cards—A Convenient Way To Manage Your Online Spending

With Privacy Virtual Cards, you don’t have to worry about unauthorized or accidental charges. Privacy cards put control back into your hands, allowing you to manage your financial commitments with ease. Once you sign up for Privacy and connect your debit card or bank account, you can generate multiple virtual cards to use for different purposes. Learn more about Privacy Cards in the following table:

Card Type How It Works What It’s Suitable For
Single-Use It closes minutes after you complete the first purchase. One-off purchases and transactions with merchants whose reliability you’re not sure of yet
Merchant-Locked It “locks” to the first vendor it’s used at. Websites you purchase from often and subscription services, such as Dropbox, NordVPN, and Amazon Prime

Privacy also allows you to set spending limits on your cards and pause or close them quickly without affecting the linked funding source. This makes Privacy Cards an ideal choice for subscription payment management. 

When you set a spending limit on your Merchant-Locked Card, Privacy will decline all transactions that go over it, protecting you from any excessive charges that may sneak through. In case you decide you no longer need the subscription, you can pause or close the virtual card you used to sign up. Privacy will block all further charges on the paused or closed card and help you avoid any inadvertent charges that may be imposed on you during or after cancellation.

Additional Privacy Benefits To Consider

When you sign up for Privacy, you also get access to the browser extension and mobile app to streamline your payments.

The Privacy Browser Extension auto-populates virtual card numbers at checkout so you don’t have to reach for your wallet or type in card numbers. The extension is available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge, as well as Safari iOS

By installing the Privacy mobile app on your Android or iOS, you’ll be able to generate and manage your virtual cards on the go.

How To Begin Using Privacy

Take the steps below to sign up for Privacy Virtual Cards:

  1. Create an account
  2. Fill out the information needed to verify your identity
  3. Provide your debit card or bank account details
  4. Request your virtual cards

Privacy Cards are issued by Visa® or Mastercard® and can be used at most U.S. merchants and websites that accept these payment methods. That includes many well-known subscription services, such as Netflix, YouTube Premium, Roku, and HelloFresh.

Privacy gives you three plans to choose from. The Personal plan is free for domestic transactions and includes 12 virtual cards a month and all the above-mentioned features. You can opt for Pro ($10/month) or Premium ($25/month) if you’d like additional benefits, including:

  • More cards (up to 60 a month) 
  • Priority support
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Dedicated account management
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