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How to cancel subscriptions on PayPal

If you pay for subscription services through PayPal, canceling them can feel a bit confusing. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Keeping track of multiple subscriptions—streaming services, software licenses, news websites—can be a challenge, but PayPal places all of your automatic payments in one place.

Sometimes you’ll need to cancel a subscription, and having everything listed in one convenient location makes the task easier.

You may not even remember all of the automatic payments you’ve approved, so checking occasionally can help you avoid any surprises.

Let’s discuss how to cancel services through PayPal on your desktop and mobile devices.

What are PayPal subscriptions?

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PayPal subscriptions work just like any other subscription that you have through a bank or credit card.

You can set up your PayPal account with various subscription services and have the payments taken out of your balance every month.

Additionally, if you don’t have a PayPal balance, you can attach your debit or credit card information to your account.

Then, the charge for your subscription will come out of that payment method instead of your PayPal balance.

Tons of subscription services like Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, and many more let you pay your subscription costs with PayPal.

And the platform makes it easy to cancel those subscriptions. Here’s how to do it.

Cancel automatic PayPal payments in your browser

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Using the website is one of the quickest and easiest ways to manage your subscriptions. If you need to cancel an automatic payment, you can do so by following these steps:

Go to PayPal.com and log in
Click the Settings gear icon and select Payments on the next screenpaypal settings
Click Manage automatic paymentspaypal payments section
Select the subscription you want to cancelpaypal automatic payments screen
Click Cancelhow to cancel subscriptions on paypal
Click Cancel automatic payments to confirm

If you don’t use PayPal for all of your subscriptions, you’ll need to cancel other automatic payments at the source, which can be a little tedious.

Whenever possible, switching to PayPal as a payment method may be the more convenient solution.

Cancel automatic PayPal payments in the mobile app

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If you’re using an Android or iOS device, you may find that using the app is easier. With the application installed, you can cancel a subscription using these steps:

  1. Launch the PayPal application
  2. Tap the Wallet icon
  3. Scroll down and tap Automatic payments
  4. Tap the subscription you want to cancel
  5. Tap Remove PayPal as your payment method
  6. Tap Cancel to confirm

That’s it. Breaking up with a service couldn’t be easier.

Advantages of using PayPal to manage subscriptions

As you can see, PayPal makes managing subscriptions simple. If you do need to cancel an automatic payment, you don’t need to go digging through the website of the service you’re trying to end.

With PayPal, you can complete the task in a few clicks. The only thing missing is a big CANCEL ALL button for when you’ve really had enough.

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Matt is an Australian writer with a degree in creative and critical writing. Prior to commencing his studies, he worked in tech support and gained valuable insights into technology and its users. He is also an editor and author coach at Dean Publishing.

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