How To Cancel That YouTube Premium Subscription

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YouTube Premium is pretty amazing, and a lot of us would say it’s worth the price. Especially since you do get ad-free videos on YouTube, and you also get YouTube Music Premium. So if you were already paying for a music streaming service, it’s basically $3 more to get ad-free YouTube.

But it may not be worth it to everyone, or maybe you’re looking to cut back on your subscriptions and save some cash. You can cancel YouTube Premium pretty easily. There are a few extra steps you’ll need to take, like with any subscription you want to cancel. So we’re here to walk you through how to cancel YouTube Premium.

What is YouTube Premium?

YouTube Premium is a paid service that Google debuted a few years ago. It combines a few different benefits, for $12.99 per month. And honestly, if you don’t like seeing those YouTube ads, it is definitely worth paying for. Here’s what’s included with YouTube Premium:

  • Watch YouTube videos ad-free
  • Download YouTube videos to watch offline
  • Background playback
  • YouTube Music Premium
  • YouTube Originals

How to cancel your YouTube Premium Subscription

Cancelling your YouTube Premium membership can be a bit tricky, as with any cancellation, there are some hoops to jump through. It works the same on both desktop, and in YouTube’s mobile apps.

To get started, open YouTube’s website or the app.

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Next, tap on your profile picture.

Then tap on “Purchases and memberships”.

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Here, you’ll see your purchases and memberships, as expected.

Tap on the Premium membership, or “Manage Membership” if you are on desktop.

Next, tap on “Deactivate”.


YouTube will now ask you if you really want to cancel, and also inform you that you can pause for up to six months. Tap “Continue to Cancel”.

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YouTube will take this time to show you how you have used Premium since starting your membership. Now, tap on “Next” at the bottom.


It’ll ask you why you want to cancel, which you can just tap on “Don’t want to answer”.

Finally, you’ll see a big blue button asking you to “Cancel Premium”. Click that button.

Now you have finally cancelled YouTube Premium.