Auto-renewable subscriptions provide access to content, services, or premium features in your app on an ongoing basis. They automatically renew at the end of their duration until the user chooses to cancel. Subscriptions are available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS.
Great subscription apps justify the recurring payment by providing ongoing value and continually innovating the app experience. If you’re considering implementing the subscription model, plan to regularly update your app with feature enhancements or expanded content.
Many types of apps can take advantage of subscriptions, including apps that offer new game levels, episodic content, software as a service, or cloud support. Other appropriate subscriptions include apps that offer consistent, substantive updates, or access to libraries or collections of content. You can offer subscriptions (a type of in-app purchase) alongside other in-app purchase types.
To offer subscriptions, youʼll need to configure them in App Store Connect and use StoreKit APIs in your app. You’ll also need to assign each subscription to a subscription group (a group of subscriptions with different access levels, prices, and durations that people can choose from), then add details such as a name, price, and description. This information displays in the In-App Purchases section of your app’s product page on the App Store. Ensure that the subscriptions are available across all device types that your app supports. Consider allowing a way for subscribers to see the status of their subscription within your app, along with upgrade, crossgrade, and downgrade options, as well as a way to easily manage or turn off their auto-renewable subscription. Make sure to follow our design and review guidelines.
To get ready:
- Watch the In-App Purchase and Subscriptions videos.
- Refer to the In-App Purchase StoreKit API documentation.
- Learn how to configure your subscriptions in App Store Connect Help.
- Use the App Store Server API and enable App Store Server Notifications to get real-time changes to the status of your subscriptions.
Understanding subscription guidelines
Before creating your subscriptions, make sure you understand the requirements and best practices that will help you deliver a great experience. The guidelines below provide details on what your subscriptions need to include and how they should be presented in your app, as well as information on making changes to existing subscriptions, offering free trials, and more.
85% net revenue after one year
The net revenue structure for auto-renewable subscriptions differs from other business models on the App Store. During a subscriber’s first year of service, you receive 70% of the subscription price at each billing cycle, minus applicable taxes. After a subscriber accumulates one year of paid service, your net revenue increases to 85% of the subscription price, minus applicable taxes.
Here’s how it works:
- Auto-renewable subscriptions on all Apple platforms are eligible.
- Days of paid service include all subscription offer types (introductory, promotional, and offer codes) with paid pricing options (pay as you go, pay up front).
- Free trials and renewal extensions are excluded from days of paid service.
- Days of paid service are specific to each subscription group.
- Upgrades, downgrades, or crossgrades between subscriptions in the same subscription group don’t affect the one year of paid service.
- If you’re currently enrolled in the App Store Small Business Program, you receive 85% of the subscription price at each billing cycle (minus applicable taxes), regardless of whether or not the subscription has accumulated one year of paid service.
If a subscription expires due to a cancellation or billing issue, the days of paid service stop accumulating. If the subscription is renewed within 60 days, the days of paid service resume from the recovery date.
You’ll configure your auto-renewable subscriptions in App Store Connect. Create each subscription product as part of a subscription group and assign it a level. How you set up your subscription group or groups will determine your proceeds rate, as well as how people can subscribe to your content or services, how they move between subscriptions, and when they are billed. Before creating subscriptions, identify the right subscription setup for your business model.
Creating a subscription group
Each subscription you offer must be assigned to a subscription group. A subscription group is made up of subscriptions with different access levels, prices, and durations so people can select the option that best fits their needs. Since people can only buy one subscription within a group at a time, creating a single group is the best practice for most apps as it prevents people from accidentally purchasing multiple subscriptions.
If your app needs to offer the ability to buy multiple subscriptions — for example, to subscribe to more than one channel in a streaming app — you can add these subscriptions to different groups. People who buy subscriptions in multiple groups are billed separately for each subscription. Keep in mind that if a someone cancels a subscription in one group and then purchases a new subscription in a different group, the renewal date will change and the days of paid service will reset.
Multiple subscription groups aren’t recommended for apps in which people would expect to have a single active subscription. Keep your offerings simple and easy to understand. For each subscription, create a user-friendly, self-explanatory name that differentiates it from others in the group. Use distinct names for the app, the subscription group, and each subscription to avoid confusion.
Ranking subscriptions within the group
If you offer multiple subscriptions with different prices tiers, you can assign each to a level in App Store Connect. Ranking your subscriptions determines the upgrade, downgrade, and crossgrade paths available. Arrange your subscriptions in order from the one that offers the most (level 1) to the one that offers the least. For subscriptions with lower service or content offerings, you might assign level 2 or 3, depending on your intended subscription experience. You can add more than one subscription to each level if the offerings are equal. For details, see Overview of an Auto-renewable Subscription Group Setup.
People can manage their subscriptions in their account settings on the App Store, where they see all renewal options and subscription groups, and can choose to upgrade, crossgrade, or downgrade between subscriptions as often as they like. You can also use the showManageSubscriptions(in:) method to allow them to do this within your app. When someone makes a change in their subscription level, the timing of the change varies depending on what has happened:
Upgrade. Someone purchases a subscription that offers a higher level of service than their current subscription. They’re immediately upgraded and receive a refund of the prorated amount of their original subscription. If you’d like people to immediately access more content or features, rank the subscription higher to make it an upgrade.
Downgrade. Someone selects a subscription that offers a lower level of service than their current subscription. The subscription continues until the next renewal date, then is renewed at the lower level and price.
Crossgrade. Someone switches to a new subscription of the equivalent level. If the subscriptions are the same duration, the new subscription begins immediately. If the durations are different, the new subscription goes into effect at the next renewal date.
Pricing subscriptions for each territory
Apps with auto-renewable subscriptions can choose from 800 price points across all available currencies and price tiers, with an additional 100 higher price points available upon request. You can set the prices you think are appropriate for subscribers in different locations, and you have the flexibility to price your subscriptions at parity across storefronts.
Pricing tool. The App Store Connect pricing tool can help you manage pricing based on current exchange rates. If there’s a tax change or currency adjustment in a particular region, the price of subscriptions won’t generally be affected unless you decide to pass the change on to your users. If you want to change the price of a subscription in a specific market, it’s important to understand which markets are tax inclusive before you take action. For example, if you decide to lower the subscription price for users in Germany, the revenue you’ll receive will be the purchase price minus the European Union’s value added tax (VAT) and minus Apple’s commission. The default pricing in the App Store Connect pricing tool is inclusive of applicable taxes that Apple collects and remits. For more information, review Schedule 2 of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement, which describes territories that have different tax treatments.
App Store Connect also lets you assign tax categories to your apps and in-app purchases. These categories are based on your app’s content (for example, videos, books, or news publications) and determine which tax regulations apply in each territory, allowing Apple to administer tax for you at specific rates.
Family Sharing allows a subscriber to share access to an auto-renewable subscription with up to five family members across their Apple devices. With a streamlined, convenient user experience, Family Sharing can help you attract subscribers, encourage paid subscriptions, increase engagement, and improve retention. You can enable Family Sharing for your subscription in App Store Connect. Please note that this can’t be undone.
Verify subscription access using purchase validation, then provide the proper access to subscribers and their family members. Whether a subscription is shared with a subscriber’s family by default depends on their subscription sharing settings and if the purchase was made before or after you enabled Family Sharing in App Store Connect. Subscribers whose settings don’t share the subscription by default are informed by Apple via push notification that the subscription can be shared with their family.
You can highlight Family Sharing in several ways:
Highlight Family Sharing to potential subscribers. Include Family Sharing in your subscription’s display name so it’s easy to spot when reviewing subscription options. If you offer a Family Sharing-enabled subscription alongside subscriptions that don’t include Family Sharing, you can note the price difference for the Family Sharing option on the sign up screen.
Remind subscribers to enable Family Sharing. Mention Family Sharing within your app — for example, as part of onboarding for new subscribers or via in-app messaging for existing subscribers. Consider explaining how to confirm they’ve turned on Family Sharing for the subscription. If you offer a Family Sharing-enabled subscription they’re not currently subscribed to, you might provide a way for them to upgrade without leaving your app. Make sure you’ve ranked your subscriptions within the same subscription level in App Store Connect to provide a seamless upgrade experience.
Help subscribers share subscriptions. You can use in-app messaging to ask subscribers to confirm their Family Sharing settings, or implement share extensions so they can easily share your app. Within the transaction information, you can look at ownershipType to see if someone is the subscriber or a family member, so you can make sure to display your message to the person who completed the purchase.
Offering subscriptions to multiple apps
You can offer auto-renewable subscriptions to access multiple apps. Each app must be approved to use auto-renewable in-app purchases and published under the same developer account.
Use App Store Connect to set up separate and equivalent auto-renewable subscriptions for each app included in the multiapp subscription so that people can subscribe from any app. To help people avoid paying multiple times for the same offering, make sure to verify that they’re active subscribers before showing any subscription options. View details on determining if a subscription is active.
You can also create an app bundle to group multiple subscription apps into a single download at a reduced price. App bundles can include up to 10 of your iOS apps or up to 10 of your macOS apps.
By allowing people to try your subscription at the moment they’re most interested in its value, you increase the likelihood that they’ll subscribe. There are several ways you can provide a preview of the subscription experience.
Present subscription benefits during onboarding. By highlighting the value of your subscription when people first launch your app, you can educate them on how the app works and help them understand what they’ll gain from subscribing. Keep onboarding brief, engaging, and focused on the features your audience cares about, such as the ability to access the subscription across multiple device types. Provide a succinct call to action and clear subscription terms.
Offer a freemium app experience. A freemium app allows customers to use the app at no cost, with the option to subscribe if they want to enhance their experience or engage more deeply. A free experience lowers the barrier to try an app, and people may be more inclined to invest in paid features after having had time to enjoy the app.
Offer a metered paywall. A metered paywall allows access to a finite amount of content for a specified duration before needing to make a purchase — for example, viewing 10 full articles per month for free in a news app. This gives people the opportunity to immediately start sampling your subscription experience, while encouraging them to subscribe.
For freemium and paywall experiences, include contextually relevant prompts to encourage people to subscribe — for example, when they near their monthly limit of free articles or videos. Additionally, consider making it easy to subscribe at any time by including a prompt throughout the app interface. Test and measure the impact of these prompts, and consider trying different versions of your call-to-action messaging to understand what resonates most with your audience.
Clearly describing subscriptions
An effective subscription purchase flow makes it simple for people to get the product or service they’re interested in. Use consistent messaging and include clear terms so people can easily recognize the value of the offer. A lengthy sign-up process will lower your subscription conversion rate, so keep the purchase flow simple and only ask for necessary information. In addition, the following details must be included in your subscription’s sign-up screen:
- Subscription name and duration, and the content or services provided during the subscription period
- Full renewal price, shown clearly and prominently, and localized in available currencies
- A way for current subscribers to sign in or restore purchases
In the purchase flow, the amount that will be billed must be the most prominent pricing element in the layout. For example, an annual subscription should clearly display the total amount that will be billed upon purchase. While you may also present a breakdown price that the annual amount is equivalent to or a savings when compared to weekly or monthly subscriptions, these additional elements should be displayed in a subordinate position and size to the annual price. This ensures that people are not misled.
In the purchase flow for a free trial, clearly indicate how long the free trial lasts and the price billed once the free trial is over.
Promoting subscriptions on the App Store
You can promote in-app purchases directly on the App Store, so people can find your subscription or introductory offer and initiate a purchase even before downloading your app. Promoted in-app purchases appear on your product page, can display in search results, and may be featured on the Today, Games, or Apps tabs. Choose to promote up to 20 in-app purchases at a time to help you effectively increase discoverability for content within your app. This can be particularly effective for letting new customers know about introductory offers.
Providing subscription offers
You can grow and retain your user base by giving them a free or discounted price for a specific duration for an auto-renewable subscription. At the end of the offer period, the subscription auto-renews at the standard price unless a subscriber cancels it or turns off auto-renewal. You can provide the following incentive types for subscription offers:
Free trial. A subscriber can access your subscription for free for a specific duration — for example, a one-month free offer for a subscription with a standard renewal price of $4.99 per month. Their subscription begins immediately, but they won’t be billed until the offer duration ends. This offer may be useful if you want to let people experience your subscription at no immediate cost to them.
Pay as you go. A subscriber pays a discounted price each billing period for a specific duration — for example, $1.99 per month for three months for a subscription with a standard renewal price of $9.99 per month. Once the duration is over, they’ll be billed at the standard renewal price. This option may be useful if you want to attract price-sensitive people with a recurring discount without having to offer that discount for the lifetime of the subscription.
Pay up front. A subscriber pays a one-time price for a specific duration — for example, $9.99 up front for the first six months of a subscription with a standard renewal price of $39.99 per year. Once the duration is over, they’ll be billed at the standard renewal price. This offer may be useful if you want to offer an extended experience that gives people time to enjoy the subscription before the next renewal.
There are three types of subscription offers you can give to customers: introductory, promotional, and offer codes. You can provide all three offer types at once, depending on your business goals. To determine which type might be best for a particular use case, consider each offer’s intended use, customer eligibility, redemption limits, and other criteria. All offers are set up in App Store Connect, where you’ll choose the offer type, duration, pricing, and more. For details about offer types and available durations, see Pricing and Availability.
Comparing Subscription Offers
|Introductory Offers||Promotional Offers||Offer Codes|
|Primary Use||Acquiring new subscribers||Retaining and winning back subscribers||Acquiring, retaining, and winning back subscribers.|
|Customer Eligibility||New subscribers within the app||Existing or previous subscribers within the app. Customers who have not subscribed within the app cannot complete this type of offer.||New, existing, or previous subscribers|
|Distribution and Redemption||Distributed and redeemed within the app or on the App Store via promoted in-app purchase||Distributed and redeemed within the app||Distributed through any digital or offline methods, as well as within the app. Redeemed using a direct URL or within the app. One-time-use codes can also be redeemed on the App Store.|
|Redemption Limits||A customer can redeem one introductory offer per subscription group||You determine how many offers a customer can redeem||A customer can redeem one code per active offer|
|Offer Limits||One offer per subscription, per territory||10 active offers per subscription||10 active offers per subscription. You can create a maximum of 1 million codes per app per quarter.|
|Offer Configuration||You select timing, territories, pricing, and duration in App Store Connect||You decide business logic, select price and duration in App Store Connect, and use StoreKit APIs to present offers to eligible users||You select customer eligibility rules, timing, territories, pricing, duration, and number of codes in App Store Connect|
|Compatibility||iOS 10, iPadOS 10, macOS 10.12.6, tvOS 10 and later||iOS 12.2, iPadOS 12.2, macOS 10.14.4, tvOS 12.2 and later||iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 or later|
Allow new subscribers to experience your subscription before paying full price. You can create an introductory offer for each subscription in App Store Connect and display these offers on your app’s subscription sign-up screen using StoreKit. Each eligible person can redeem one introductory offer per subscription group.
You can promote introductory offers for your subscriptions on the App Store to reach more people. These promoted in-app purchases appear on your product page, can display in search results, and may be featured on the Today, Games, and Apps tabs.
Offer codes can help you acquire, retain, and win back subscribers by providing a subscription at a discount or for free for a limited time. You can distribute two types of offer codes however you choose using online and offline channels.
One-time-use codes: Unique, one-time-use codes that you generate in App Store Connect and people can redeem through a redemption URL, within your app (if your app supports the offerCodeRedemption or the presentCodeRedemptionSheet method), or by entering the code in the App Store code redemption flow. These codes are useful for small scale distribution or when code access needs to be restricted. They expire after a maximum of six months from the date they’re created.
Custom codes: Uniquely named custom codes — for example, SPRINGPROMO — each of which people can redeem through a redemption URL or within your app (if your app supports the offerCodeRedemption or the presentCodeRedemptionSheet method). You set a maximum redemption limit and can choose whether or not to set an expiration date. Custom codes are ideal for large campaigns that require mass distribution.
Offer codes can be used in a variety of ways — for example, you can:
- Send an email sharing the latest features and recently added content with an offer code to current or lapsed subscribers, so they can experience your service for a limited time.
- Distribute flyers that include custom codes to promote your service to event attendees.
- Partner with another company on a marketing initiative or campaign to help promote your app.
- Create a peer-to-peer member referral program that enables current subscribers to share an offer code and receive a benefit for promoting your app. You are responsible for distributing any benefits or rewards to subscribers.
- Provide a code to a subscriber with a customer service issue to compensate for the issue and encourage retention.
- Distribute one-time-use codes within an app that you’re sunsetting as a way to transition current subscribers to your new app and promote your service.
- Display a save offer in your app to a subscriber who has turned off auto-renew but their subscription hasn’t expired yet.
When configuring offer codes in App Store Connect, you’ll determine customer eligibility. If new subscribers are eligible, you’ll also decide whether or not they can redeem an offer code in addition to an introductory offer. Customers can redeem only one code per offer, but may be eligible to redeem multiple offers for a single subscription, depending on your configuration choices. Be sure to consider the implications of creating multiple offers for a single subscription. One-time-use codes expire after a maximum of six months from the date they’re created, so be mindful of how many you generate at a given time. Custom code names should not contain personal information, such as a subscriber’s username.
Distribution and redemption
You’ll distribute offer codes using your channels, such as in-app merchandising, email or offline marketing campaigns. Consider which channels might be most effective at reaching your intended customers and be sure to mention eligibility or availability limits. Customers on iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 or later can redeem offer codes through a redemption URL or within your app if your app supports the offerCodeRedemption or the presentCodeRedemptionSheet method. One-time-use codes can also be redeemed on the App Store.
If your app’s subscription setup includes more than one subscription group, keep in mind that existing subscribers can redeem more than one offer if the offers are in different subscription groups. If you intend for someone to subscribe to only one subscription group at a time, make sure the offer is within their current subscription group. Existing subscribers can only redeem codes that are an upgrade from or at an equal level as their current subscription.
After someone redeems an offer, be sure to provide a relevant experience based on their subscription state. For example, for a first-time subscriber, you might highlight the benefits of your subscription and provide onboarding. If your app includes account creation or requires agreement to additional terms, make this process as smooth as possible for customers who redeemed a code and are new to your app.
To get started:
- Enable your server to receive App Store Server Notifications.
- To allow for code redemption within your app, use the offerCodeRedemption or the presentCodeRedemptionSheet method.
- To learn how to identify offer code redemptions using StoreKit on the device, see the offerID and offerType transaction properties.
- To learn how to identify offer code redemptions on your server, see the offerIdentifer and offerType properties in the responses from App Store Server API and in App Store Server Notifications.
Give existing or previous subscribers a free or discounted subscription for a specific duration. These offers provide the flexibility to create unique promotions to grow and retain your customer base. They can also help win back customers who canceled their subscriptions or promote an upgrade to another subscription at a special price.
You decide the business logic for each offer and choose when to display the offer in your app using StoreKit APIs. You can have up to 10 active offers for each subscription, so you can determine which offers are most compelling and useful to customers. Make sure to consider the implications of having multiple offers in effect.
Using StoreKit or App Store server APIs, you’ll be able to identify the auto-renewal statuses of your subscribers and understand which offers might be most effective. If a subscriber has turned off auto-renewal, you might display a promotional offer for one month free in order to win them back before the end of their current subscription period. If you’ve noticed a monthly subscriber has renewed multiple times, you might provide an offer to upgrade to an annual subscription at a discounted price. You can also think about other winback or upgrade opportunities based on various user journeys. For example, consider an offer that would be most valuable for someone who cancels during a free trial versus someone who cancels after spending time on a paid subscription.
- Generate access keys in the Users and Access section of App Store Connect.
- Create a promotional offer on your app’s in-app purchase page for each product in App Store Connect.
- Determine your business logic and use StoreKit APIs.
- Enable App Store server notifications.
For people to stay subscribed to your app, they need to continue getting value out of the subscription. Update your app regularly with new content and feature enhancements to help encourage subscribers to maintain their subscriptions.
When written thoughtfully, notifications can help people stay engaged with your service and keep their subscriptions active. To ensure a positive experience, make sure your notifications are timely, serve a clear purpose, and deliver meaningful information. You can also use push notifications to market your content — for example, promoting a subscription offer to people who haven’t yet subscribed. However, people must first explicitly opt in to receiving marketing push notifications via a method within your app that includes consent language and a clear way of opting out. Carefully consider the frequency, timing, and content of your notifications to ensure they always provide value to subscribers. Push notifications must not include sensitive personal or confidential information.
Thoughtful customer support helps you manage relationships with your subscribers and can lead to improved engagement, higher retention, and better ratings and reviews. Use StoreKit and App Store server APIs to provide more seamless subscriber support, and to resolve issues in a more timely and efficient manner.
Letting people manage their subscriptions
A subscriber’s preferences may change during a subscription period. You can use the showManageSubscriptions(in:) method to let them manage their subscription within your app. By providing a dedicated place in your app to manage subscriptions, you can also display other options to complement the system-provided management UI. For example, you might show a promotional offer that provides a higher service level for a discounted price. If they cancel, you might provide an offer to help win them back and encourage them to resubscribe. Or you might present a survey where they can share feedback about their subscription experience and reasons for cancelling, which can inform your marketing strategy. To ensure a positive experience, always make it easy for people to access the system-provided management UI where they can cancel if they wish.
Extending a subscription’s renewal date
In cases of service or content delivery issues — such as a server outage or technical glitch — you can extend the renewal date of a subscription using the Renewal Date Extension endpoint. For example, if a sports match is canceled or there’s an interruption to a livestreamed event, you might extend free service for a specified time in order to make up for the issue. You can move the renewal date for a customer’s subscription twice per calendar year, each up to 90 days in the future. Any days included in an extension won’t count toward the one year of paid service needed to receive an 85% proceeds rate.
Alternatively, you can use offer codes to compensate dissatisfied subscribers with a free or discounted subscription for a specific period of time. These codes can be redeemed on the App Store or within your app.
Determining subscriber status
The Get All Subscription Statuses endpoint lets you determine in one simple check whether a subscription is active, expired, in billing retry, or in grace period. Use this information to inform your retention strategy and provide subscribers with relevant information within your app, such as their upcoming renewal date. You can also use this endpoint alongside the OfferID and OfferType transaction properties in StoreKit to identify offer redemptions.
Voluntary churn. Determine if a subscriber has turned off auto-renew for a particular subscription using the Get All Subscription Statuses endpoint. You can also use App Store Server Notifications to get real-time updates about changes in a user’s status and key events related to their in-app purchases, such as a change in renewal status. Use this information to take action in response. For example, you might present a promotional offer or suggest an alternate tier that better fits their needs. When a subscription expires, you can lock access to the subscription’s content or service. Be sure to inform the user of any changes and let them know if there’s anything they need to do in response and how to resubscribe if needed.
Involuntary churn. Involuntary churn occurs when a subscriber experiences a billing issue, such as an expired credit card, causing their subscription to expire. Starting in iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 and later, if a subscription doesn’t successfully renew, a system-provided sheet appears in your app upon launch with a prompt that lets customers update their payment method for their Apple ID. If you’d like, you can choose to delay or suppress this using messages and display in StoreKit.
You can learn when a subscription fails to renew using:
- App Store server notifications, which sends a DID_FAIL_TO_RENEW notification type.
- StoreKit renewal state to get information about the renewal state.
- The App Store Server API to get all subscription statuses.
When a subscription renewal fails, Apple attempts to recover it for 60 days. If you’ve chosen to pause access to your service or content during this time, you’ll need to reinstate access once the issue is resolved. If the subscription renews within 60 days, the days of paid service resume from the renewal date.
To prevent service interruptions due to billing issues, enable Billing Grace Period in App Store Connect. Apple attempts to address the billing issue and recover the subscription while the subscriber retains subscription access. You can choose to apply Billing Grace Period to all renewals (existing paid renewals and free offers transitioning to paid renewals) or only to existing paid renewals. You can also set a duration of 3, 16, or 28 days. Be sure to consider what Billing Grace Period configuration best aligns with your business. If the subscription is recovered within the Billing Grace Period, there won’t be any interruption to the days of paid service or to your revenue. If someone resubscribes after 60 days, the days of paid service reset and you’ll receive the standard one-year subscription rate until the next year of paid service passes.
Price increase consent. When you increase the price of a subscription and Apple asks affected subscribers to agree to the new price, you can keep track of their consent status before the change takes effect. Before displaying the price increase sheet to affected users, you might show an in-app message that explains the benefits of the subscription and how the price increase improves the service. If someone doesn’t respond to the increase, their subscription expires at the end of their current billing cycle.
You can price your auto-renewable subscriptions by storefront and choose from 800 price points across all available currencies and price tiers, with an additional 100 higher price points available upon request. After you set a starting price for your auto-renewable subscription, you can schedule one future price change at a time, per territory in App Store Connect.
Price decreases. If you decrease the price of your auto-renewable subscription, existing subscriptions will automatically renew at the lower price. You don’t have the option to preserve the higher price for existing subscribers. Existing subscribers don’t receive any communications and don’t need to take any action.
Price increases. When you increase the price of an auto-renewable subscription, Apple automatically provides push notifications, email, and in-app messaging to let subscribers know about the upcoming change and how to manage their subscription. Some price increases require subscribers to opt in, while smaller, infrequent price increases can result in notifications without the need to opt in.
If needed, you can temporarily delay the in-app price consent sheet to avoid interrupting someone during a critical moment.
You can keep an unlimited number of active subscribers at their existing price while increasing the price for new subscribers. If you don’t preserve the price for existing subscribers, and they need to consent, they must agree to the new price. If they don’t agree, their subscription expires at the end of their current billing cycle.
If you have several cohorts of subscribers at different prices and want to move all subscribers to the current price, increase the price for those paying closest to the current price first (for example, $2.99 to $3.99), then the next closest, and so on. This ensures that people don’t experience multiple price increases. Before you make any pricing decisions, research your target market’s pricing expectations and weigh the potential impact of raising the price against retaining subscribers.
Measuring performance with Sales and Trends
View and analyze subscription data to better understand how your subscriptions are performing. Filter data by Territory, App, Subscription Type, and more in Sales and Trends in App Store Connect.
Subscription summary page. Get an overview of your subscriptions — including data on overall subscription performance, daily number of active paid subscriptions, retention and conversion rates, cancellation reasons, and more. You can use the data on this page to help inform your strategy. For example, if your introductory offers have a low conversion rate, you might consider revising your in-app messaging to better explain your subscription’s value or extending the duration of the offers to give customers more time to experience your subscription’s value before making the decision to purchase.
Subscription state page. View your total active subscriptions based on their current state: standard price, introductory offers, promotional offers, and billing retry. Use this data to measure your subscriptions’ growth over time. For example, group data by Proceeds Rate to understand how many subscriptions earned a higher proceeds rate after one year. Filter or group data by different dimensions, such as Territory, Promotional Offer, Subscription, and more for additional insight.
Subscription event page. View your total subscription activations, conversions to standard price, reactivations, renewals, and more. Filter data for additional insights. For example, filtering by a specific promotional offer will show you how effective it’s been at reactivating lapsed subscriptions. You can use this information to update your promotional offer strategy. View definitions of each subscription event.
Subscription retention page. View data related to your subscription retention, as well as data on conversion rates for your introductory and promotional offers. The Retention Trends for Standard Paid Subscriptions section shows the percentage of subscriptions that were renewed for consecutive periods. You can filter this information by a specific subscription to understand which start months have the highest retention and investigate contributing factors — for example, launching new content in a particular month or a seasonal marketing campaign. This can help inform your engagement and retention efforts.
Subscription reports. You can download daily reports containing all of this information plus additional details, such as anonymized start date and days before canceling.