How Do I Cancel a Hearst Magazine Subscription?

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How Do I Cancel a Hearst Magazine Subscription?

Hearst owns some of the world’s most recognizable magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Men’s Health. The company owns more than 25 lifestyle brands in the United States alone.

Magazine subscriptions have long held the reputation that they’re hard to stop, regardless of who owns them. If you’ve ever tried to cancel a Hearst magazine subscription, you know the process is not always as simple or seamless as it sounds when you sign up.

Hearst subscriptions can be canceled by phone or email, and in some cases online, but the process isn’t always successful, even if you do everything right. To avoid waiting on hold or getting the runaround from customer service, DoNotPay can do the work for you.

How to Cancel Hearst Magazine Subscription Online

Magazine subscriptions, like gym memberships or streaming services, are almost always going to automatically renew until you take proactive steps to cancel. These companies want to keep your business as long as possible, even if the rate is low. The more subscribers they have, the more advertisers they attract and the more they can charge for ads.

Most, if not all, Hearst magazines only allow unpaid subscribers to cancel online. Paid subscribers are asked to call or email instead. If you’re an unpaid subscriber or want to double check this for the particular magazine you want to cancel, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Hearst customer service information center.
  2. Scroll through to find the magazine you want to cancel.
  3. Click “Customer Service - Login” to the right of the magazine's front cover image.
  4. Log in to your account.
  5. Go to My Orders > Actions > Cancel.

If the cancel option is not there, you can double check cancellation rules for that particular magazine by going to the FAQ page, but chances are you will have to reach out to customer support directly. Keep reading for tips on reaching the right person.

Contact Hearst Magazines Customer Service to Cancel: Phone or Email

To cancel a single subscription, you’ll probably have the best results contacting the magazine directly. To find the phone number and email address for any Hearst magazine:

  1. Visit the Hearst information center.
  2. Find the magazine’s front cover image.
  3. Use the phone number and/or email address to the right of the image.

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If you’ve got multiple subscriptions to cancel, try contacting Hearst Magazine customer service to handle all of them at once. This is also your best option if you noticed a Hearst charge hit your bank or credit card but don’t remember subscribing to any magazine.

Whether you communicate by phone or email, request written confirmation of the cancellation via email and save it for your records. This adds legitimacy to your dispute if you attempt to cancel but a charge comes through anyway at renewal time.

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Cancel a Hearst Magazine Subscription Using DoNotPay

If the cancellation process seems exhausting, even before you pick up the phone or send an email, DoNotPay can take it off your hands. Our process is simple, and you never have to worry about whether the cancellation actually went through.

Just open DoNotPay in a and complete three steps:

  1. Log in to DoNotPay and search for the Manage Subscriptions product.
  2. Provide the name of the subscription service you want to cancel.
  3. Provide your account details such as email address and username.

In a matter of minutes, you’re done. As soon as you click submit, we take over the entire process. You can move on to more important things in life that need time and attention, and we will notify you when the cancellation has been confirmed.

In addition to Hearst, you can use DoNotPay to cancel just about any unwanted subscription or membership, including:

Common Problems Canceling Hearst Magazine Subscriptions

A quick Google search brings up a litany of complaints about magazine subscriptions, including issues trying to cancel Hearst magazine subscriptions. You could spend all day reading through complaints to the Better Business Bureau, TrustPilot and others.

In 2021, Hearst settled a proposed class-action lawsuit claiming its auto-renewal practice violated California law. The company did not admit fault, but it did have to pay up.

Common complaints include:

Some customers even report charges for subscriptions they never ordered. In response to those complaints, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published a consumer alert with tips and advice on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.

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