Apple’s Newsstand unsubscription process is a joke

Purchasing an auto-renewing subscription to a Newsstand publication on an iPad is incredibly easy. You basically just tap “buy subscription”, tap confirm and you’re done. So how hard is it to unsubscribe?

Well, it involves a 12 step process so obscure that Apple feels the need to lay it out in a knowledge-base article:

  1. From your device’s Home screen, tap App Store.
  2. Tap Featured at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
  4. Tap the Apple ID button in the lower-left corner. (If you are not signed in, tap the Sign In button, and sign in with your Apple ID. Then, scroll back to the bottom of the page, and tap the Apple ID button.)
  5. Tap the View Apple ID button.
  6. Enter your password and tap OK.
  7. From the main account page, scroll down and tap Manage App Subscriptions. If you don’t have app subscriptions this button will not be displayed.
  8. You’ll then be taken to your App Subscriptions page.
  9. From your Manage App Subscription page, choose an app subscription.
  10. Tap the subscription category for which you want to disable auto-renewal.
  11. Tap On to toggle the switch to Off.
  12. You’ll receive a confirmation message; tap Turn Off to confirm your choice.

It’s a gruelling roach motel dark pattern. Seriously Apple, what the hell are you thinking?