Sometimes people post on the Adobe Forums asking how to change or cancel their Creative Cloud subscriptions… Their reason could be because they aren’t using the software as much as before, or if they need different tools in the collection that aren’t included in their current plan.
But the response from fellow Forum users invariably goes like this:
This is primarily a user-to-user Forum – so we don’t really have the power to help you here, unfortunately. The only folks who have this ability are you (via your online account) or Adobe Customer Care.
…and the people who posted are then directed to their online account where they can manage this themselves, or are given the contact information for Customer Service.
But Before Doing That, Know This First
First off, if it’s a trial that you’re canceling but you ran over the seven free days, then you still have 14 additional days after the trial ends to get a full refund.
If you already have a paid subscription, then the most important thing to know is what type of plan it is… Is it a Monthly (month-to-month) or Annual (12-month) plan? Annual plans cost less per month because of the one-year commitment, whereas Monthly plans can be stopped at any time without a cancellation fee. So there are pros and cons of each; see: Monthly vs. Annual – which is best for you?
If you have an Annual (yearly) plan, then it can be cancelled in the last month of your one-year term with no early termination fee. Your service would then continue until the end of that month’s billing period, and you would not be charged further. This is effectively the same as turning off the auto-renewal of the plan, because by default it will auto-renew every 12 months.
But if you cancel or quit an Annual plan prior to the last month of your term, then you’ll encounter a screen like this one detailing the potential fee:
So, What Next? What Options Do You Have?
Annual Creative Cloud subscriptions cannot be paused or suspended, so there are really only two possibilities: on or off. However, there is a third option which avoids both canceling and paying the fee: You can change to a different plan.
The new plan could be for different tools, and could cost more or less than your current plan. Creative Cloud offers a wide variety of different plans ranging from $9.99/month to $54.99/month.
In any case, there is typically no charge to change your plan. You’ll start on the new plan immediately, and a new 12-month term will begin, as well as a new 14-day refund period.
This solution is a win-win for both you and Adobe, because you’ll avoid a fee and switch to a plan which better suits your needs, while the company keeps a customer and retains your business.
What Happens When You Change Your Plan?
If you want to change your membership, you’ll see a screen like this offering the different plan options you can switch to:
What Happens If You Cancel Your Plan?
If you wish to cancel entirely, you may see a screen like this first:
How to Manage Your Paid Subscription
To change your plan, follow these instructions from the Manage Plan page. Here’s a helpful video walking you through the steps:
To cancel instead, follow these instructions from the Manage Plan page. Here’s a video going through the process:
Without a paid plan, you will revert to the free level of Creative Cloud. If you ever need full access to the CC desktop apps again in the future, you can resubscribe, even if just for a month.
For more details, see Adobe’s Cancellation FAQ. Or learn more about the pros and cons of Annual vs. Monthly plans.
What If You Can’t Access “Manage” or “Change” Plan?
If your account is behind in payments, it’s possible you could receive a message like this:
You must resolve an issue with your payment details before making any changes to your plan.
If you take no action, your plan will automatically be cancelled.
In this case, you have up to 30 days to follow the instructions given here:
How to Fix a Failed or Missed Payment
Adobe also suggests contacting your payment provider directly, as you may have hit your credit limit or had a fraud protection check.
If you wish to contact Adobe Customer Support, then visit this page for live online chat, which is the primary way to get in touch. Or to reach them by phone, see the comprehensive list of phone numbers by geography, including hours and languages.
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8 thoughts on “What You Should Know Before Canceling Your Adobe Trial or Subscription”
Can I temporarily pause my subscription instead of canceling it?
Actually, we just wrote a new article about this… Please see:
Can You Pause or Suspend Your Creative Cloud Paid Membership? It Depends
Thank you so much for this advice, it saved us a bundle of money.
You’re welcome – great to hear that, and thanks for letting us know!
Does it mean that I can cancel my subscription within 14 days grace period and don’t pay anything to Adobe? And can I do it all the time?
You can’t do it all the time. You can do it once, or perhaps once per annual major release.
But yes, there is a 14-day grace period after your initial purchase of any Creative Cloud product where you can receive a full refund from Adobe and owe nothing further.
Of course, the software would stop working after you cancelled; however, you would retain the free level of Creative Cloud benefits for life.
I only need Adobe Acrobat to electronically view and sign documents, and don’t see it as financially prudent to pay a monthly fee for that.
Is there an Acrobat version that offers this functionality for free?
Yes, definitely. Acrobat Reader is free to download and use for everyone: