How to Cancel Youtube Premium

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It’s time to say goodbye to YouTube Premium Subscription!

If you are tired of paying for this service, then the best course of action for you is to cancel your YouTube Premium membership right now.

You will still be able to access YouTube whenever you want and go back to premium at your will, so don’t worry.

In any case, if you want to cancel your subscription, then let’s not wait any longer.

Keep reading so you can comprehend the following topics:

  • How to cancel YouTube Premium;
  • Step-by-step guidance for canceling YouTube premium within minutes;
  • Things you need to know about YouTube paid memberships.
Quick answer

To cancel your YouTube Premium subscription on desktop, click on your profile picture, select “Manage Membership,” and then click “Cancel Membership.”

On the YouTube app, tap your profile icon, choose “Purchases and Memberships,” and select “Cancel Membership.”

To cancel your YouTube Premium free trial, go to your profile settings, tap on the “Membership” icon, and cancel the subscription before the next billing date.

What is the YouTube Premium Subscription?

If you are an avid internet user, you might be familiar with paid memberships.

In this case, YouTube’s paid membership (previously called “YouTube Red”) offers their users the possibility to access multiple benefits on their account by paying a monthly fee.

Pro Tip: Some features, such as YouTube Dark Mode , are available for all users, while other features can only be accessed by using YouTube Premium.

YouTube Music Premium

YouTube Premium offers the possibility to use YouTube Music at all times.

So, if you cancel your YouTube Premium subscription, you will instantly lose access to this feature.

You Will Lose Offline Viewing, Ad-free Videos and More

In case you hate YouTube ads (don’t we all?), keep in mind that if you want to cancel the YouTube Premium membership, you will go back to seeing ads all over the place.

In general, all the consequences of canceling this paid subscription are related to losing its features and nothing more.

Cancel or Pause Your YouTube Premium Membership: The Differences

Cancel or pause: what should I do? If you are sure that you don’t want to use YouTube Premium ever again, just delete it.

Otherwise, having your membership in a paused state will allow you to come back to activate it after a determined period of time.

How to Pause YouTube Music Premium Membership

So, let’s activate the “paused state’’. It doesn’t matter if you use the mobile app or YouTube’s homepage , the process is pretty simple.

Pro Tip: In case you are a Google Play Music user, and you purchased YouTube Premium through a Google Play Music subscription, then you can only cancel it via the Google Store app.

Step 1: Go to Paid Memberships on Settings

Go to your account, then settings, and find the “Paid Memberships” option.

There, a screen will show all your premium memberships.

Step 2: Tap “Pause Membership”

Now, tap “Deactivate,” and instead of selecting “Cancel Premium,” select “Pause Premium.”

The app will ask you for how long you want to pause your YouTube Premium subscription.

Remember that the billing cycle will start again at the end of the period you decide to pause your YouTube Premium subscription, so keep that in mind before proceeding.

How to Cancel the YouTube Premium Subscription on Desktop

To cancel your membership on the desktop website, you just need to follow three quick and easy steps.

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Step 1: Click on Your Profile Picture

The first step is to click on your profile picture at the top right corner, as shown here:

This settings menu allows you to check your YouTube Comment History , change your personal information, and, of course, cancel your YouTube membership.

Step 2: Select “Manage Membership”

Clicking on “Paid Membership” will lead you to the following screen:

Here, to need to select YouTube Premium and tap “Cancel Subscription:”

Step 3: Click on “Cancel Membership”

In this menu, it’s fundamental to select “deactivate” if you wish to get rid of your membership.

Otherwise, just tap “continue” to cancel and go back to the beginning:

YouTube will ask you the reasons why you want to cancel YouTube Premium subscription. It is up to you to answer or not.

How to Cancel the YouTube Premium Subscription on the YouTube App

In case you prefer to use the YouTube app, then these steps are for you. The procedure is pretty similar here, so don’t worry.

Pro Tip: If you directly joined YouTube Premium using an Apple device, then you must cancel the membership from your Apple Account instead and not by using the YouTube app.

Step 1: Tap on Your Profile Icon

Once again, you must tap your profile picture, which can be found at the top right corner of the main screen:

Step 2: Select “Purchases and Memberships”

In this menu, you need to tap on “Purchases and Memberships:”

There, you will see all the memberships you have, along with the billing date and the monthly price you pay.

Step 3: Select “Cancel Membership”

YouTube will try to convince you to pause instead:

But, if you have already made up your mind, just tap on “Cancel YouTube Premium Subscription,” and there you go:

You’ll enjoy Premium benefits until the end of the current billing cycle.

How to Cancel YouTube Premium Free Trial

If you are not quite sure about getting subscribed to YouTube Premium, you can always try out the trial version of this subscription service and check if it fits your needs.

According to official YouTube Support, there are some conditions that you must previously meet if you want to subscribe to the trial version:

  • You will only receive a YouTube Premium free trial if you haven’t signed up to Premium in the past 12 months (or if it its your first time);
  • All the benefits of Premium can be enjoyed from your iPhone, Android, or computer according to your needs;
  • You can check for free trial eligibility by going to the YouTube Purchase website.

Step 1: Go to Your Profile Settings

You can activate the free trial, and cancel it before the app bills you for it. The trick is to identify your billing cycle date before it takes place.

All YouTube.com paid memberships, including free ones, can be canceled similarly. So, tap on your account Avatar, and go to Settings.

Step 2: Tap on the “Membership” Icon

On the Settings screen, you must look for the section that says “Memberships.” Click on it, and you will be just one step away from YouTube Premium cancel.

Step 3: Cancel the Subscription Before the Next Billing Date

Now, just before the billing month completes, you need to tap on “Cancel.”

Nevertheless, even if you cancel it one week before your billing cycle ends, you will be able to enjoy all premium benefits until the date arrives.

Some users use different accounts with free trials so they don’t end up paying for YouTube Premium, but your YouTube Recommendations Reset every time you use a new account, so keep this in mind.

And that’s how you get rid of a YouTube Premium subscription before the billing cycle starts! It is possible to go back to Premium whenever you wish.

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What is YouTube Red?

YouTube Red is the former name of the YouTube Premium subscription. The name was changed by Google back in 2018.

About the author

Karen is a senior technical writer and copywriter here at GrowFollowing. Her area of expertize are social media apps and new media.