Cancel & Pause Subscriptions

It's often useful to be able to manually cancel or pause a customer's subscription. To cancel or pause a customer's subscription, go to your Paddle Dashboard > Customers > Subscribers. Here you can search for the specific subsciption by the email, plan ID or subscription ID. Once you have found the subscription, click "View" then select "Pause Subscription" or "Cancel Subscription" under the Subscription section.

If Pause Subscription is selected, the Payment Status section will display the date when the subscription was requested to be paused under "Date Subscription Paused", and the date on which the "Subscription Status" will be marked as "Paused" under "Date Payment Paused".

This behaviour takes into account the remaining subscription interval that the user has already paid for.

Allowing customers to cancel or pause their subscription is an important part of subscription lifecycle management. With Paddle you can allow your self-serve customers to cancel or pause in one click using our APIs.

In order to allow your customers to make subscription changes, we recommend that you first create a customer/account management area on your website or app. Here you can display the current plan the customer is subscribed to, and options for canceling or pausing.

You can pause a subscription by using our Update User API. In the pause parameter, you will need to set this as true to pause a subscription, or false to restart the subscription. Remember to pass this along with the subscription ID and authentication parameters.

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To cancel a subscription, pass in the subscription ID and authentication parameters to our Cancel User API.

In addition the Dashboard and API, Paddle provides a simple subscription cancel dialog that you can redirect customers to cancel their subscription.

When a subscription is created or updated, Paddle provides a cancel_url within the Subscription Created, Subscription Updated, and Subscription Payment Failed alerts. The cancel URLs are unique to each customer.

If you are not storing the URLs at the time you receive the subscription created/updated/payment failed alerts, you can alternatively retrieve this by calling the List Users API using the subscription_id.

The subscription cancel dialog can be opened with Paddle.js as either an overlay or inline format on your site in the same format as the checkout.

Both Paddle.js HTML button and Javascript method support the overlay format. Each take an override parameter that accepts the full cancel_url sent by Paddle.

You can additionally redirect the customer to a specified URL, or perform other Javascript action once they have successfully canceled their subscription by passing in the 'success' or 'success callback' parameter respectively.

Paddle.js Javascript method support the inline format. It takes an override parameter that accepts the full cancel_url sent by Paddle.

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You can additionally redirect the customer to a specified URL, or perform other Javascript action once they have successfully canceled their subscription by passing in the 'success' or 'success callback' parameter respectively.

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