Apparently, YouTube has decided to further hike its TV subscription plan price which is something I find quite annoying. Just like me, you might also be planning to cancel your subscription altogether which is what this post is all about.
Whatever the reason, I’m here to provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to cancel your YouTube TV subscription.
Additionally, I’ll explain the reasoning behind the recent price increase and offer instructions on how to manage and temporarily pause your subscription. Let’s delve into the details!
Understanding the Premise of the Subscription Price Hike
YouTube TV initially launched in 2017 at a modest price of $35 per month. However, over the years, substantial price hikes have driven the monthly cost up to a staggering $72.99.
This exorbitant increase has resulted in a significant number of users canceling their YouTube TV subscriptions.
Once hailed as a superior alternative to traditional cable TV, YouTube TV now finds itself lagging behind due to its inflated pricing. Users have also reported a noticeable 30-45 seconds delay in live content, further exacerbating the dissatisfaction.
Although there may be other reasons prompting users to unsubscribe, the price hike remains a primary factor.
How to Cancel Your YouTube TV Subscription
Without further ado, let’s explore the step-by-step process for canceling your YouTube TV subscription:
Note: Unlike Cable TV, canceling your YouTube TV subscription will keep it active for the current billing cycle. Any changes will take effect at the conclusion of the cycle. However, if you are currently on a YouTube TV free trial, the cancellation will be immediate.
1. YouTube TV Subscription Cancellation
Canceling your YouTube TV subscription will entail the following consequences:
- Deletion of recorded programs after 21 days.
- Ineligibility for future promotional prices.
- Loss of access to Add-on Networks without an active membership.
- Google will retain your account settings for future reference.
2. Various Methods to Cancel Your YouTube TV Subscription
You can cancel your YouTube TV subscription through different devices such as desktop computers, iOS devices, Android smartphones, or even via a web browser. Let’s explore the cancellation steps for each specific device:
2.1 Using an Android Device
Canceling your YouTube TV subscription on an Android device, which operates on Google’s platform, is a straightforward process. Follow these steps:
- Open the YouTube app or visit tv.youtube.com using a web browser.
- Select your Profile Photo and navigate to the settings.
- Look for the Membership section and click on “Manage.”
- Tap on the “Cancel Membership” button, then confirm the cancellation.
2.2 Using a Computer
Canceling your subscription is easiest when using a PC, laptop, or Mac. Follow these simple steps:
- Visit tv.youtube.com on your preferred web browser.
- Click on your Profile Picture located in the top right corner.
- Navigate to Settings > Memberships to access your YouTube subscription.
- Select the “Cancel” option to terminate your YouTube TV subscription.
2.3 Using an iPhone/iPad
Many YouTube TV subscribers use iPhones or iPads, and canceling their subscriptions through these devices is also possible. Here’s how:
- Open your mobile web browser and go to tv.youtube.com.
- Tap on the Profile Photo located in the top-right corner. If necessary, sign in with the account associated with your active YouTube TV Subscription.
- Access the Settings menu and select “Membership.”
- From here, you can choose to either cancel the membership or pause it temporarily. If you wish to terminate the subscription, select “Cancel Membership.” If you prefer to pause it for a specific period, click “Pause.”
If you encounter any difficulties during the cancellation process, don’t hesitate to reach out to YouTube
TV Support for assistance.
Exploring the Option to Pause Your YouTube TV Subscription
In addition to cancellation, YouTube TV offers the option to temporarily pause your subscription. This can be useful if you anticipate resuming the service within the next six months. Here are some important details to consider:
- The pause duration can range from 4 weeks up to 6 months.
- The subscription will only be paused after the current billing cycle ends.
- Your recorded programs will remain intact and follow the standard 9-month expiration policy.
- The subscription will automatically reactivate once the pause period concludes.
- You can reactivate your YouTube TV subscription before the designated resumption date.
Steps to Pause Your YouTube TV Subscription
To pause your YouTube TV subscription, follow these steps:
- Open the YouTube TV app or access tv.youtube.com using your preferred web browser.
- Click on your Profile Photo, then select Settings and navigate to Membership.
- Choose the “Pause” option, select the desired duration, and confirm your selection.
Sometimes, it becomes necessary to unsubscribe from unnecessary or unneeded subscriptions, regardless of the cost involved. If you plan on using YouTube TV again within the next six months, it’s advisable to pause your subscription, as this will retain your recordings and preserve your settings. However, if you are certain that you won’t be returning to YouTube TV in the foreseeable future, canceling your subscription is the only viable solution.