Netflix has become part of the daily TV diet for millions of Australians – but for some, it’s not great value. But how do you stop getting stung for that monthly membership fee? Here’s the easy way to cancel your Netflix subscription and save money.
With over two thirds of all Australians now watching Netflix at least once a month, it’s become the biggest source of TV entertainment for millions of people. But it’s not for everyone – plenty of people still prefer to watch TV from other sources such as free-to-air and Foxtel, but that ongoing Netflix subscription still takes a chunk of change out of your bank account every month. That’s why many people keep meaning to find out how to cancel Netflix, but keep putting it off because the way to cancel your membership isn’t all that clear (and can’t even be done from a phone or tablet any more).
Netflix doesn’t make it all that obvious that you can choose to cancel your account at any time – after all, they’d prefer it if everyone kept paying for a subscription even if they’re not using it. But it’s actually really easy to cancel your Netflix subscription – and if you change your mind later, you can start it back up again and have all of your watch history and favourites exactly where you left them – Netflix keeps everything on your account saved for at least ten months.
In this article, we’ll show you how to cancel Netflix quickly and easily, saving you money that you’d be spending on a streaming service account you don’t use enough to justify the cost.
Cancelling Your Netflix Subscription – a Step by Step Guide
The first thing you’ll want to do if you want to cancel your Netflix account is to head to your account page. Load up the Netflix web site on your PC or Mac, hover over your profile picture icon at top right, then click on “Account” from the menu that appears.
You’ll need a desktop or laptop computer to do this –Netflix no longer supports account management via its mobile apps.
Hiding over on the left of the Netflix account page is a grey “Cancel Membership” button. When you click “Cancel Membership”, you’ll be asked whether you’re sure you want to leave – not surprisingly, Netflix wants to keep you around! You’ll be given the choice of:
- Confirming your cancellation
- Downgrading your plan to a cheaper one
- Browsing available plans
Once you click the “Finish Cancellation” button, you’re good to go – you won’t see any more debits from your card or bank account from Netflix, but because it’s a pre-paid service, you’ll still be able to stream shows and movies until the end of the month you’ve paid for (the date is shown on the cancellation screen). Once you cancel your membership, you won’t get a refund for the unused portion of your monthly subscription – so once you cancel Netflix, make the most of the time you have left if you can – after all, you paid for it!
You can reactivate your subscription at any time by signing into your Netflix account and clicking the “resume subscription” button – but if you’re away longer than 10 months, you’re likely to find your watch lists and history are gone.
Other Streaming TV Services with Free Trials
If you’re curious about what else is available in streaming TV but don’t want to spend money to find out what’s on offer, there are multiple options available to you where you can enjoy free access to popular streaming services. The hugely popular BINGE offers two full weeks’ access to their entire library for free – including the entire HBO catalogue. Alternatively, if you’re more interested in streaming live TV channels along with on-demand access to premium TV, movies and sports, Foxtel Now has a 10-day free trial that gives you access to every channel pack on offer. And for pure sports streaming, Kayo also offers a 14-day free trial that gives you a front-row seat to a whole world of sports.
Last audited 10 June 2021