Google Play Subscriptions: A Complete Management Guide

3 min read
Erica Chiang
June 23, 2023
The world is more digital now than it has ever been. According to Statista, music streaming revenue in the US in 2021 was over $12.4 billion. That was more than four times what it was four years earlier. A 2021 Variety article stated that Americans pay an average of $47 per month on streaming services. That was up 24% in December of that year from as recently as April. Costs are rising as more and more companies get into the digital realm, so it pays to know what you are subscribed to and how much those services cost.
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Off the top of my head, I have roughly 10 subscriptions to various services. The fact that I am not 100% positive about that is a huge problem. It means I am certainly paying for something, somewhere that I am not using. It is so easy to get pulled in by free trials - YouTube TV got a paid THREE months out of me this way a couple of years ago - while the costs of each subscription service seem low enough that not using one or two for a month (or three) feels fine.

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Problem with managing all Google Play subscriptions

The problem is that it is really just a case of watching money disappear by being lazy. Checking credit cards and subscriptions on Apple devices or Android Devices are tediously annoying. I will sign-up for a subscription and then just forget about it—for months on end. I don’t know where to identify and cancel these recurring payments. I may as well be burning that money.
It is also annoying to then have to track down those subscriptions and manage them in different places. On Android, for example, these are the steps you have to take.
  1. Go to Google Play on your device
  2. Find and click on your profile icon in the app
  3. Hit Payments & Subscriptions
  4. Hit Subscriptions - This will flash up all the services and subscriptions that you have either paid for willingly or forgotten to cancel at the end of a trial
  5. Choose whichever subscription it is that you want to modify
  6. Choose if you want to cancel the subscription or pause the payment through the Manage>Pause paymentsoption
This puts the subscription on hold for a specific period of time and only includes Google Play subscriptions. It is a system that works for this specific use case, but there has to be a better way.

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