Cancel & Pause Subscriptions
You can cancel or temporarily pause a customer’s subscription manually in your Paddle dashboard or by using our APIs to enable your customers to cancel or pause in one click.
- When a subscription has been successfully canceled, this will trigger a Subscription Cancelled alert.
- When a subscription is requested to be paused, a Subscription Updated alert will be triggered to indicate that the subscription is scheduled to be paused. The
statuswithin the alert will be
paused_fromdate has elapsed; When this happens, another Subscription Updated alert will be triggered to indicate that the subscription
Cancel / Pause via Dashboard
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.
Cancel / Pause via API
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.
To cancel a subscription, pass in the subscription ID and authentication parameters to our Cancel User API.
Cancel Subscription URL
In addition the Dashboard and API, Paddle provides a simple subscription cancel dialog that you can redirect customers to cancel their subscription.
The URLs change when the customer subscription is modified/updated, so make sure you subscribe to the Subscription Updated alert as they contain the updated URLs.
Opening Cancel Pages as an Overlay
The subscription cancel dialog can be opened with Paddle.js as an overlay on your site in the same format as the checkout.
cancel_url sent by Paddle.
<a href="#!" class="paddle_button" data-override="https://checkout.paddle.com/subscription/cancel...">Cancel Subscription</a>
<a href="#!" class="paddle_button" data-override="https://checkout.paddle.com/subscription/cancel..." data-success="https://example.com/subscription/cancel/success">Cancel Subscription</a>