Heads up: Apple Arcade free trial subscriptions expire soon

Heads up: Apple Arcade free trial subscriptions expire soon


Apple Arcade
Apple Arcade is a great deal, but it might be time to drop out if it’s not right for you.
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Everyone who signed up for a free trial of Apple Arcade when this gaming service launched is about to be charged for their first month. The 80+ titles currently available give plenty of options, but anyone who hasn’t warmed up to it should drop out before they get their first bill.

Fortunately, iOS makes this a snap.

What Apple’s gaming service has to offer

Apple plans to have 100+ games in its Arcade, though it’s a bit short of that at the moment. Still, there are already great titles like Oceanhorn 2, EarthNight, and Rayman Mini.

Getting access to all of them costs $4.99 a month, but that’s all — in-app purchases and ads are banned from this service.

All games are playable on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac, with a player’s game state jumping from device to device as they switch. Plus, many titles support Xbox and PS4 controllers, not just touchscreens and keyboards/mice.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Arcade can sign up for their own free one-month trial. It’s only those who started a trial shortly after the launch of iOS 13 that are about to get billed.

How to unsubscribe from Apple Arcade

Apple makes unsubscribing for anything purchased through the App Store a breeze, and that includes Arcade. Cult of Mac did a whole “how to” explaining the process for cancelling subscriptions. That’s a good place to start.

But if all you need is to be pointed in the right direction, open the App Store app on your iPhone or iPad. On the Today screen, tap on your Apple ID image in the upper-right corner. One of the options on the resulting page is Subscriptions.

Tapping on this will show a list of everything you’re subscribed to: games, services, etc. One of these should be Apple Arcade. If all-you-can-play games really isn’t your thing, tap on this item in the list, then choose Cancel Subscription.

If you need more detailed instructions, there’s that step-by-step guide mentioned earlier.

As long as you’re looking at your list of subscriptions, make sure they are all for apps and services you still want.