How to cancel Spotify — no, you can't do it inside the app

Spotify (Image credit: Spotify)

"How do I cancel Spotify" is one of the most-searched Google queries this week. As of this writing, the popular music-streaming app is hot water due to Joe Rogan's controversial podcast, which likely caused a sudden spike in users seeking guidance on how to ditch Spotify. 

Others may simply want to slash subscription costs or jump ship to another music app. Either way, we have an easy, step-by-step guide on how you can cancel Spotify smoothly, quickly and efficiently.

How to cancel Spotify

If you've attempted to ditch your premium Spotify subscription via the mobile app, you'll notice that there is no in-app route for cancellations. You'll have to use a browser like Google Chrome or Safari to cancel Spotify. The steps are as follows:

1. Navigate to Spotify's official website and make sure you're signed in.

Spotify (Image credit: Future)

2. Look for your account name on the top-right corner and click on it.

3. Click on "Account." This will launch a new tab and take you to the Account Overview page.

4. On the left panel, you should see "Available Plans." Click on it.

5. Scroll down and click on the "Cancel Premium" button.

6. Spotify will try to convince you to stay by reminding you that its free version only allows six skips per hour and other inconveniences. If this doesn't faze you, click on "Continue to cancel." 

7. A new page will appear informing you when you'll lose all of your benefits. Once again, if this doesn't rattle you, click on "Yes, cancel."

Kimberly Gedeon

Kimberly Gedeon, holding a Master's degree in International Journalism, launched her career as a journalist for MadameNoire's business beat in 2013. She loved translating stuffy stories about the economy, personal finance and investing into digestible, easy-to-understand, entertaining stories for young women of color. During her time on the business beat, she discovered her passion for tech as she dove into articles about tech entrepreneurship, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the latest tablets. After eight years of freelancing, dabbling in a myriad of beats, she's finally found a home at Laptop Mag that accepts her as the crypto-addicted, virtual reality-loving, investing-focused, tech-fascinated nerd she is. Woot!