Save Money on Subscriptions Thanks to This iOS Loophole

As you can see in the screenshots above, Calm doesn’t just list a monthly Premium subscription and an annual Premium subscription, they have a wide range of options—all with different prices and no indication that they’re available.

But when you go to sign up using the app, you’re only given one option: an annual Premium subscription for €49.99/year (approximately $58 USD.)

Calm via Harry Guinness

So what about all those other options? Well, in my testing not all of them are available to all users, but there’s a good chance some of them will be available to you. And sometimes that means you’ll be able to switch to a cheaper plan.

How to Swap to a Cheaper Subscription

To switch to a cheaper subscription or see if one’s available, you have to already be subscribed to the app—even just for a free trial. So if you don’t already have a subscription, sign up for the cheapest plan available. You can always cancel it and request a refund if this doesn’t pan out.

Yes, it’s a pain, but this is a hack-y workaround, so you can’t really expect any less. (For what it’s worth, this might also work with apps you have an expired subscription to, since they’re also listed in among your subscriptions, but I wasn’t able to confirm it.)

Next, go to the Settings app, tap Your Name, then tap Subscriptions.

Find the app you’re interested in and tap on it to see all the available subscriptions. Here are all the options I have with Calm:

Calm via Harry Guinness

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