How many times have you looked at your bank statement or checking account debits to say what the heck are all these iPhone charges for? We see this ALL THE TIME with clients! They signed up for apps or programs or free trials on iTunes and have no idea what they are for. It’s $2.99 here, $1 there, but over time, those little miscellaneous charges add up. If you want to eliminate iTunes charges, keep reading.
You might not even know what they are, so determining what you’ve been charged for is step one of eliminating these unnecessary expenses, if that is in fact what they are.
There are so many apps and subscriptions that are easy to sign up for (all you need is a fingerprint!) Signing up is the easy part. Figuring out how to cancel them is far more confusing.
How you can find, manage, and eliminate subscriptions on your iPhone:
Go into your iPhone settings app. It looks like this:
Once in the settings app, click on your name at the top to access your iTunes and app store:
From that screen, click on “Subscriptions” to see what subscriptions are being billed to your account currently or have been charged to you in the past. If you don’t want them, eliminate those subscriptions and iTunes charges!
On your subscription window, you’ll see the monthly amount you are billed for each subscription and the date of your next subscription payment.
You can delete or edit any subscriptions you have by clicking on them in this view.
You can also review or change your payment method by clicking on “Payment and Shipping” on the previous Apple ID screen.
Change or Eliminate iCloud Storage Fees
One other Apple subscription service you may have signed up for that doesn’t appear on this page is storage. If you ever got sick of the constant notification that your storage was full, you might have bought extra iCloud storage at some point. To edit or delete those charges, you need to navigate to a different screen.
Go back to your main Apple ID menu and instead of clicking on subscriptions, click on iCloud:
From here, you’ll see a summary of your storage. Click on manage storage just below the breakdown.
Then click on Change Storage Plan:
From the following page, you can upgrade or downgrade your storage accordingly. Like app subscriptions, your storage gets automatically billed every month.
Downgrading or canceling your iCloud storage can be a bit more complicated because you don’t want to lose important data. For best practices on downgrading your iCloud storage plan, this article is very helpful.
If left unchecked, it’s very easy to rack up a bunch of small monthly iTunes changes without even noticing. We hope this helps you save those dollars and put them toward the things you value.
Tell us in the comments, what iTunes charges were you surprised to find in your subscriptions?