How to stop all those App Store subscription-renewal emails


subscription-renewal emails
This is how subscription-renewal emails used to arrive.
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If you have any App Store subscriptions, you will be familiar with the emails you get every time one renews. And if you subscribe to more than a few monthly plans, then maybe you even get annoyed by them. If your tolerance to this kind of thing is particularly low, we have good news for you: You can now opt out of App Store subscription-renewal emails that Apple sends.

How to opt out of App Store subscription-renewal emails

If you want to stop receiving Apple’s App Store subscription-renewal emails, just open up the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad. Then, tap the banner with your name on it, right at the top. Then tap on Subscriptions.

Opt out of subscription-renewal emails here.
Opt out of subscription-renewal emails here.
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To opt out of these emails, just toggle the Receive Renewal Receipts switch to off. That’s it. You’re done.

Why you might not want to cancel them

Unless you have zillions of subscriptions, its hard to imagine that these (mostly) monthly emails can actually get annoying. But even if they do drive you into a red-mist rage every time you see one, then you might still want to keep them coming.

If you can write off your app subscriptions at tax time, you should definitely keep these emails. They include the invoice for that subscription period, and can therefore be sent on to your accountant, or whoever does that kind of stuff for you.

A better idea than simply switching them off? Create a mail rule to automatically file subscription emails into a folder. This keeps them from triggering your petty rage, but also means they’re safely filed, instead of lost forever in your unmanaged inbox.

We have a whole tutorial on creating Mail rules, both on the Mac and also directly on your email service’s servers. It’s definitely worth taking a look.


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