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How to Cancel Apple Arcade

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If you tried Apple Arcade or didn’t like the game selection, or you just don’t have time to play, check out how to cancel Apple Arcade in this guide.

Apple’s Arcade service allows you to play various games on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV for a single monthly fee. If it’s your first time subscribing to the service, you will typically get a month free which is $4.99/month or cheaper through an annual or Apple One subscription.

In fact, depending on the promotion, you can get up to three months of the service free. Another selling point is the ability to download games for offline use. However, after trying it for a few weeks, you might not play games as much as you thought.

In that situation, you’ll want to cancel Apple Arcade. Here’s how to do it.

How to Cancel Apple Arcade on iPhone or iPad

You can cancel Apple Arcade from your handheld devices or directly from your Apple TV. The process is straightforward if you know where to look.

To cancel Apple Arcade on iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the App Store on your iPhone or iPad.Cancel Apple Arcade
  2. Tap your profile icon at the top right corner of the screen.Cancel Apple Arcade
  3. In your Account menu, tap the Subscription option.Cancel Apple Arcade
  4. Tap the Apple Arcade option under the active section of the Subscriptions area.Cancel Apple Arcade
  5. Tap the Cancel Free Trial option at the bottom of the following screen.Cancel Apple Arcade
  6. Tap the Confirm button when the verification screen appears.Cancel Apple Arcade

How to Cancel Apple Arcade on Apple TV

One of the benefits of Apple Arcade is the ability to play your games on the big screen via your Apple TV. In addition, you can cancel Apple Arcade directly from the Apple TV.

To cancel Apple Arcade on Apple TV, do the following:

  1. Fire up your Apple TV and open the Settings app.Cancel Apple Arcade
  2. Select Users and Accounts from the Settings screen.
  3. Select your default user account name from the list.Cancel Apple Arcade
  4. Select Subscriptions from the list on the following screen.Cancel Apple Arcade
  5. Sign into your account with your Apple ID and password.Cancel Apple Arcade
  6. Choose Apple Arcade and scroll down and select the Cancel Free Trial (or Cancel Subscription) option.
  7. Select Confirm on the verification screen if you’re sure you want to cancel Apple Arcade.

How to Cancel an Apple Arcade Subscription from a PC or Mac

In addition to canceling your Apple Arcade subscription from a PC, you can also do it via iTunes, while Mac users can the App Store.

To cancel Apple Arcade via iTunes:

  1. Launch iTunes on your computer and click the Manage link next to your Subscriptions under the Settings section.Cancel Apple Arcade
  2. Scroll down to the Active section and click Edit next to Apple Arcade on the list.
  3. When the Edit Subscription section opens, click the Cancel button under the Options section.
  4. Click the Confirm button when the verification notification appears to complete the process.

Note: This example uses iTunes on Windows, but you can also cancel your Apple Arcade subscription on a Mac.

To cancel Apple Arcade on a Mac:

  1. Open the Mac App Store and sign in with your Apple ID if you’re not already.
  2. When it opens, click your profile icon in the lower left corner.
  3. Select View Information or Account Settings at the top of the screen (depending on your macOS version) and follow the instructions shown for iTunes. The UI looks different, but the steps are virtually the same.

Subscribing to Apple Arcade

If the games and performance of Apple Arcade aren’t what you expected or you don’t use it enough, you can cancel your subscription. It’s worth noting that if you pay $4.99 per month for the service, it’s a good idea to cancel it before the month expires.

It’s important to know that when you cancel Apple Arcade, the subscription and/or trial ends immediately. However, you’ll no longer have access to Apple Arcade or any of its games. This is different than an Apple Music subscription which continues to the end date even after you cancel.

However, if you have decided to pay for an entire year at $50 and save yourself $10 via the annual subscription, you may want to wait to cancel until the end date is near. Also, you may enjoy Apple Arcade, but you can’t find the time to play it enough to justify the fee.

Whatever the reason for canceling Apple Arcade, it is as straightforward as canceling other subscription services from Apple. For example, you can binge your favorite shows and movies from Apple but cancel your Apple TV+ subscription until the next season of See or The Morning Show.

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