How To Hide Subscriptions On iPhone

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Since deleting subscriptions on iPhone is not an existing option, is it possible to at least hide them? Many users have gone ahead to ask the same question and the reason for choosing to hide a thing as such will vary from person to person. But is however obvious that it’s for reasons that border around privacy.

In this article, you’ll learn how to hide subscriptions on iPhone whether it’s an active subscription or an expired one. Continue reading to find out.

How To Hide Subscriptions On iPhone

One reason you may want to hide subscriptions on your iPhone is you’re on Family Sharing. Family Sharing makes all of your paid services on iPhone, especially if you’re the host, available and usable by everyone on the family sharing plan. Hence, the most effective way to limit subscriptions you share is to hide them away. 

In this article, I’ll show you the two most easy ways to quickly hide away your subscriptions and make them exclusive to yourself alone.

Hide Subscriptions From Settings

It’s easy to hide subscriptions from your iPhone Settings application. Follow the below guide;

  • Open iPhone Settings
  • Tap on the ‘iTunes & Apple’ option from the list
  • Just at the top of your screen, tap on your Apple ID
  • From the list of options on the next screen, tap on ‘View Apple ID’
  • Scroll down and tap on Subscriptions
  • Scroll down to the subscription you want to hide and swipe left on it
  • Tap on ‘Hide’ that appears on the left side of the subscription you swiped left on

That’s about all you need to do to hide a Subscription from your iPhone Settings. Note however that hiding a subscription will not make the app with the associated subscription disappear also from your list of app. But members of your family sharing plan will not have access to the subscription.

Hide Subscriptions From The App Store

With almost same process as was seen using the Settings app to hide subscription, you an also use the App store to remove yes can your subscriptions from where any eye can see them. 

Follow the below guide to use the App store to hide subscription;

  • From your list of apps,  find and tap on the Apple Store icon
  • Tap on your profile at the top right of the screen. Depending if you have your images set as profile, just tap on the image avatar or name abbreviation.
  • Tap on Purchased Items
  • Scroll down to the subscription you want hidden
  • Swipe your finger to the left on the subscription.
  • Tap on Hide  

Either ways as shown in this article will arrive you at hiding subscriptions on your iPhone. Use any of the methods that  suits you best.

Can I Hide Subscription On iPhone

Yes, it’s possible to hide services you have subscribed to on iPhone. Hiding subscriptions will be the perfect option to choose in the case you’re trying to maintain privacy on the services you want to use exclusively. Especially if you’re on a family sharing plan as the host where everyone on the group will be able to have access to all of your paid services, hiding subscriptions can begin to save the day.

For every item purchased you hide, the will all simultaneously be hidden across all of your connected device using the same Apple ID, but to the members of a Family sharing group, they’ll all be completely in the dark until you choose to make the subscription visible again in the future.

However, be sure not to mistake hiding subscriptions to be getting rid of them. When Apple says you can Hide subscriptions, it doesn’t have any other meaning other than the obvious. There is yet no way to completely get rid of subscriptions at will on iPhone.

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How To Delete Subscription On iPhone

To be very clear, it’s not possible to delete subscriptions on iPhone. Apple does not support that and so did not include the option. For several reasons, you may want to delete a subscription with the chief reason being that most subscriptions do not deliver the expectation, hence their is no reason to pay and try them again for another month but just to delete them. Unfortunately, your wish cannot be granted at the moment on the iPhone.

Even expired subscriptions cannot be deleted, that’s as bad as it is. Expired subscriptions according to Apple will only go away automatically from your subscription history after their one year of expiration. One year? I bet you already have imagined how long that can take. Well, just so you can begin to do something close to deleting subscriptions, Apple also introduced subscription Hiding.

Instead of deleting subscriptions which is not yet possible on iPhone, what you can do is to Cancel a subscription. Canceling a subscription makes sure your credit or debit card is not charged again the next month or year as the case may be for the service.

To Cancel an ongoing subscription on iPhone, follow the below easy steps;

  • Open iPhone Settings
  • Tap on your name at the top of the screen
  • Scroll down and tap on Subscriptions
  • Find the subscription to be canceled, and tap on it
  • Scroll down to the base if the screen and tap on the Cancel button

Even Apps you have subscribed to on free trial can be canceled as well even though you have not been charged once for using the service. But here’s the catch, be careful when deleting free trail subscriptions, as you may end up canceling your access  to the free content as was promised by the free trail offer. Save yourself this misfortune by taking out time to read through the subscription terms of services.

However, this is not the same for apps you have paid a subscription fee for and have decided to cancel for one reason or another. In this case, you’ll be allowed to complete your paid month or year and will not be charged again when the next billing cycle is due.


The two things you’d have learnt to be consistent in this article include;

  1. Subscriptions could be hidden
  2. Subscriptions cannot be deleted but canceled

For several reasons you may want to hide your  subscriptions and purchases on your iPhone and that’s entirely up to you. Use the above guide in this article to learn how to hide subscriptions on iPhone.


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