Now is a good time to cancel some streaming services. Here’s how to do it

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Key points

  • Most services require the use of a web browser to cancel.
  • Some can make you jump through hoops; be persistent.
  • If you purchased through a third party, cancel through the same third party.

When times are tight, we look for any little thing that we can cancel or swap to save money. Since many of us have multiple streaming services, this is a logical place to cut bloat, especially with how quickly these services are increasing in price.

Canceling your service is usually easy, but not always as simple as it should be. Here are some step-by-step guides to canceling some of the most common services:

How to Cancel Netflix

Canceling Netflix is ​​quite simple and you can do it through the website or through the mobile app (but not through your TV app). To cancel Netflix:

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  • Log in to your Netflix account online or via the mobile app.
  • Select the account holder’s profile.
  • Click the drop-down menu (web) or the user icon (mobile) in the upper right corner.
  • Select “Account” to open your account management settings.
  • Click the “Cancel Membership” button.
  • Here, Netflix may give you other options, like downgrading to a cheaper plan. If you’re sure you want to cancel, click the “Finish Cancellation” button.

Now your service is cancelled. You will still be able to watch content until the end of your current billing period. (You can also check out these Netflix alternatives to keep streaming content.)

How to Cancel Hulu

Hulu prices go up in October, so it’s time to cancel if you want. Unfortunately, this is one of the services that only allows you to make account changes through their website, not the mobile app. They also require you to press about a billion buttons to be absolutely, 100%, totally, completely sure you want to undo. Here’s how it goes:

  • Log in to your Hulu account through a web browser.
  • Select the account holder’s profile.
  • Hover over the profile icon in the upper right corner to open the drop-down menu.
  • Select “Account” to open your account management settings.
  • Scroll down the page to where it says “Cancel your subscription” and select the blue “Cancel” link.
  • Here, Hulu gives you other options. They may ask you if you want the Disney package (if you don’t have it) or if you want to pause your subscription. Click the “Continue to Cancel” button in the lower right corner to skip these pages.
  • Hulu can also give you a month of free service. If you are interested, accept their offer! Free is free. Just be sure to cancel before the end of that month to avoid further charges. If you don’t want this offer, click the “Continue to Cancel” button again.
  • Somewhere along the line, Hulu will ask you to give a reason why you’re canceling. You must select one of the options to enable the “Continue to Cancel” button.
  • Finally, they will give you one more. If you’re super duper sure (which you should be at this point), click the “Cancel Subscription” button in the lower right corner.

You are ultimately canceled. Your service will stop at the end of your current billing period.

How to cancel Disney+

Disney+ prices go up in December, so you have some time to cancel before prices go up – but not much. Since Disney+ and Hulu are taken down by the same company, the cancellation process is very similar:

  • Log in to your account through a web browser.
  • Select the account holder’s profile.
  • Use the profile icon to open the menu and select “Account”.
  • Scroll down to the Subscription heading and select your plan.
  • Click the “Cancel Subscription” button.
  • You’ll get a bunch of deal screens and other nonsense, similar to Hulu. Keep clicking the “Continue to Cancel” button in the bottom corner.
  • Finally, click on the “No thanks, cancel Disney+” button to finalize your cancellation.

Now you are cancelled. Your service will stop at the end of your current billing period.

Note that if you have the Disney/Hulu package, you usually have to cancel it through the Hulu website rather than Disney+.

How to Cancel HBO Max

HBO Max is one of the easiest services to cancel, though you’ll need to go through a web browser no matter what device you’re on. To cancel HBO Max:

  • Log in to your account through a web browser.
  • Select the account holder’s profile.
  • Click the profile icon in the upper right corner, then select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  • Scroll down to the “Subscription” section and click the purple “Manage Subscription” link. (This will open a new tab/window.)
  • Select the “Cancel Subscription” link.
  • Here, HBO will ask you to select a reason for cancellation. You can skip this if you wish.
  • Click the “Yes, cancel subscription” button to finalize.

And you are done. Your service will stop at the end of your current billing period.

If you bill through a third party

If your streaming service is billed by a third party, you’ll need to cancel through the company you ordered it from first. So, if you added a streaming service through your Roku account, you will need to access your Roku account to cancel it.

The same applies if the service you are trying to cancel is an add-on to another service: you need to get back to the original source. So if HBO is a Hulu add-on, it is canceled through your Hulu account. If Netflix is ​​an add-on to your mobile phone service, you must go through your mobile phone account.

Alternatives to cancellation

While outright canceling services is a good option to save, you may have other ways to keep your content without breaking the bank. For example, cycling services can be a good way to keep up to date with the latest content without paying for services you don’t use. A good streaming rewards credit card can also help you save a little on the cost of your services.

Then there is also your local library. Not only can you check out DVDs, but many library members are eligible to stream content through services like Hoopla. Since the library membership is free, it can save you a lot of money!

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