Managing iTunes Subscriptions on Your, and Your Child’s, Phone

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Hopefully by now you are well on your way to becoming a savvy digital parent. If you haven’t, no worries. We have the tools and tips ready for you to begin.

The digital parenting struggle is constantly changing so our team at iParent 101 is always on the lookout for ways to make it easier and save you money. We all are running carpools and juggling our work, so anything to make parenting our screenagers today easier is our goal.

Apple’s ‘Ask To Buy’ is an important feature we highlight in the iParent 101 course. It helps you manage and approve what your child downloads and encourages both parents and children to keep the communication open. But sometimes these apps come with subscriptions. You may agree on the trial version that is initially free and then forget that the following month it will charge a fee to your Apple account. Apple also doesn’t make it easy to cancel these subscriptions. Here’s how! Follow the instructions in the tutorial below.

Tutorial: How to cancel Apple iTunes App subscriptions:

Step 1: Go to Settings
Click on your name at the top

Step 2: Scroll down and click on iTunes & App store

Step 3: Click your Apple ID

Step 4: Click ‘View Apple ID’

Step 5:
Log in
Scroll down and click on Subscriptions

Step 6: Click any listed in Active to cancel

Important Note:
It’s not obvious how to get to this section and there is also one other thing you must do. Since you have hopefully set up Family Sharing as recommended by iParent 101, you will need to do the same steps as above and cancel the subscriptions on all devices that share the app. That means your device and your child’s if you allowed them to use that particular app.

We aren’t saying that app that are subscription based shouldn’t be downloaded at all. We are just pointing out how to manage the cost from racking up and especially when the app is shared on more than one device. Here are a list of apps to look out for that have subscriptions.

Some of terrific, educational or fun apps that are subscription based:

  • Epic: Monthly digital library for kids
  • KidsCast: Educational games and shows
  • Curious World:  educational videos, games, and books to kids ages 2-7.
  • Netflix