How To Leave Adobe Stock With No Cancellation Fee

Published: July 20, 2020

In this article, we're going to discuss how to leave Adobe Stock without paying the cancellation fee. As we talked about in our previous article, when you enter an Adobe subscription, you are contractually obliged to pay for the period.

For example, if you get a one year subscription to Adobe Stock (which is very easy to renew into after a one month free trial as it costs only $29.00/month), you are obligated to pay for the year.

If you find yourself needing to cancel the plan, you're left with a predicament. Either pay a $52 cancellation fee (In addition to whatever you have paid into the subscription for the year), or ride it out for the year.

Instead, we're going to present an alternative that makes use of an Adobe loophole. This way, you can cancel your Adobe Stock plan for free, circumventing the cancellation fee. (If you didn't guess yet, we recently went through this process as we found ourselves with the same issue. That’s how we got the screenshots!)

First, initialize the cancellation process for your Adobe Stock subscription. This is done from https://account.Adobe.com/plans. Click on “manage plan” for the subscription, which will bring you to the dashboard for that specific product. In our case, we weren't able to find a “Cancel Plan” button (is that illegal?).

Click "manage plan"

Instead, we scrolled all the way to the footer and clicked the contact Adobe button. This initializes a chat bot interface. Simply type “cancel plan”, and it will automatically pick up the plan from your current page, which should be your Adobe Stock dashboard. The chat bot will give you a cancellation link.

Click Contact Adobe to initialize their chatbot

Click on it, and you will begin to initialize your cancellation process. At this point, if you went through the complete process, you would have to pay around $50 in early cancellation fees, seeing a screen like this →

Don't go through the full process. When presented with “offers”, choose the cheapest one.

Get the cheapest Adobe offer

In our case, we took a look at all of the offers and chose the cheapest one which was $14.99 per month for access to the Creative Cloud photography subscription. (Don't choose one that has to do with your current subscription.)

We ended up downgrading to that, and received a $14.00 refund for the unpaid portion of our current Adobe Stock plan.

By now, our Adobe Stock plan has been exited without paying the cancellation fee. However, we now find ourselves paying for a Creative Cloud photography plan ($14.00/month). This is better than the $29.00 per month for a plan that we won't be using, but still isn't a complete cancellation of the Adobe services.

Luckily, this is where we make use of the loophole. The first month of any Adobe subscription can be cancelled without paying any fees. See where we’re going with this?

You have now just created a new subscription with the cheapest offer out there, meaning that you're in the first month of it.

No early termination fee anywhere to be found

Now, when you initialize the cancellation process for this service, you won't be greeted with an early cancellation fee. You'll be able to cancel your plan entirely, get a refund for the first months payment, and be free have your initial Adobe Stock subscription without paying the cancellation fee.

You'll even get a refund

Let's review this entire process. If you try to cancel your Adobe Stock subscription, You'll be greeted with an early cancellation fee of around $50. Instead of paying, downgrade to the cheapest offer that Adobe presents to you on the second screen of the cancellation Interface. In our case this was the $14.00 per month Creative Cloud photography plan.

Then, reinitialize the cancellation process for your new plan. Because you're in the first month, Adobe will not charge you a cancellation fee. you will also be refunded for the first months payment.

If you're looking to cancel any Adobe subscription without paying the cancellation fee, this method would work.

Hope this helped!

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Mijasi
Mijasi
8 months ago

thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Helena
Helena
7 months ago

this saved me from paying $200 dollars! thank you so much!!!

siv
siv
10 days ago
Reply to  Helena

Is this really helped you without any cancellation fee??

Peter
Peter
7 months ago

Thanks!! That helped me to get out of Adobe Creative cloud contract without paying early termination fee.

Robert Cooper
7 months ago

Thanks so much!! I started a free trial for one of their products, missed my cancellation date by a day, and all of a sudden i owed them £205 to cancel!? This should be illegal. Thanks for saving me lots of trouble. I appreciate it.

Mariah Ngo
Mariah Ngo
7 months ago

I just tried this but I was hit with "you'll be able to manage your plan shortly" when I tried to cancel the changed plan. Is this their new way of preventing the loophole?

Rachel
Rachel
7 months ago
Reply to  James LePage

I got the same message when I tried to cancel my account this morning - I closed the tab, waited an hour, and I was able to manage the plan when I returned. The loophole still works! Thanks so much James!

Linda
Linda
5 months ago
Reply to  Rachel

I also got the same message, but I had to wait all night and only next day it showed me cancellation option. But it still worked!

Dragon Warrior
Dragon Warrior
1 month ago
Reply to  Mariah Ngo

yes it still worked! (26/06/2021) you just gotta refresh it until the manage plan button appears.

Brian
Brian
6 months ago

Thank you very much 😊 🖕adobe

Sally
Sally
6 months ago

Thank you so much for this advice, saved £75!!

roman
roman
6 months ago

True heroes don't wear capes!
Man you probably saved thousand of dollars with this simple article!!!
I am not the guy who would write a thanks but you deserve everything.
Thank you so much for this

shiv
shiv
9 days ago
Reply to  James LePage

What should I do after that??..
Do I need to delete my Adobe account (deactivate)

Abi
Abi
6 months ago

So grateful for this - Adobe are experts at getting money out of you and I feel likes its a small victory to have gotten out of the contract only £40 down rather than £120! Thank you so much!

gigel
gigel
6 months ago

BOMB!!! thank youu

Elisa
Elisa
6 months ago

Thank you so much! Really helpful!

Evelyn
Evelyn
6 months ago

Thank you so much!! I hope more people see this article, so they don't get scammed by a big corporation like Adobe. I saved $50! It's still working:)

N. Woods
N. Woods
5 months ago

Hi thanks, for the info. I too could not find anyway to cancel my subscription (surely illegal!) & was unaware I was tied into a year. So I stopped my payments on PayPal. I have had 3 emails now saying there is a problem with my payment. When I go to manage my plan there is no cancel option & if I scroll to the bottom there is no Contact Adobe. - I guess I will see what happens?

John L
John L
5 months ago

Works! Exactly what I was looking for. Followed your exact steps and saved $60 cancellation fee.

Michal
Michal
5 months ago

thank you :))) saved me 170 euro

Andres
Andres
5 months ago

It worked for me today, thank you! Saved a $60 cancellation fee and I also got an $8 refund for the remainder of the previous subscription!!

Chloe
Chloe
5 months ago

Dude thank you so much, this saved me $100. Also for anyone having the problem once you change your plan and it says “you’ll be able to manage your plan soon” just come back to it like a day later and you should be able to cancel it!

jason
jason
5 months ago

you are a F-ING LIVE SAVIOR MA DUDE

Damien Mcleod
Damien Mcleod
4 months ago

Cheers Mate, I wonder how legal it is to sign you up for a year bloody sharks. Saved me over $100.

Ana
Ana
4 months ago

Thanks loads for this!! Saved me £75, which is loads for a subscription I don't need!

Boris Dubik
Boris Dubik
4 months ago

Working! Clever thing, thanks James.

LJena
LJena
4 months ago

People please help, I've been trying to change my plan from Lightroom plan to InCopy to avoid paying a fee when cancelling and when i press confirm it says: "Sorry we couldn't change your plan. Please retry."
So I opened a chat with adobe support and told them I want to change my plan. The agent sent me the link that leads me to submit my card details on my account in order for him to update my payment informations. Did anyone had similar problem?

Omar
Omar
4 months ago

Thank you James, this worked for me !! I tried one of their products on a free trial basis, and completely forgot about it, until they charged me for it. When I went to cancel my plan, was surprised to have to pay cancellation fee, feels like I got scammed. I saved money thanks to you but again, the real winner are these schmucks, free money from all those free trials who forget cancelling before their trial ends. Thanks for the help James, cheers.

Burcu
Burcu
4 months ago

This was genius! %100 worked. Thanks. 🙂

The only thing that all need to pay attention to is, they don't enable the option to cancel the plan after the downgrade. Don't forget to check out in a few days.

Maria
Maria
4 months ago

Thank you so much, it worked!

Loveu
Loveu
4 months ago

LIFESAVER!!!! WHAT A LEGEND!! THANK YOU!! Saved me $109!!

Reagan Vanzura
3 months ago

This was INCREDIBLY helpful. Thank you so much!

Gem
Gem
3 months ago

Does this work in reverse?

e.g- if you're locked into the cheapest plan but need to cancel? I can't afford this shit, can barely make rent!

If I *upgraded* to the next plan and cancelled within a month would I only have to pay that one month of a new plan?

Chastity
Chastity
3 months ago

Thank you! You're a lifesaver!

maria
maria
3 months ago

thanks!! <3

Jon
Jon
3 months ago

11th of april 2021 and it's still working like a charm. Thank you so so so much !

Brenna
Brenna
3 months ago

Omgosh thank you so much!! 🙌🏻

Ceri
Ceri
3 months ago

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! Life savers

Ashley G Ball
Ashley G Ball
3 months ago

Cannot thank you enough for this. Was facing a £107 cancellation fee after two £24 payments. SAVIOUR!

Liz
Liz
3 months ago

I FRIGGIN LOVE YOU!!!! THANK YOU!! I got a temp subscription for a project for a course, but they ended up signing me up for a yearly plan and I noticed too late. It would have been $50 dollars to cancel that's too much for a poor student!! You're a lifesaver.

Also, I also had the "you'll be able to manage this plan shortly" issue, but I was able to cancel my plan in the next couple hours.

Some Guy
Some Guy
3 months ago

Just tried this and it worked. Thanks for being pro-consumer!

Smug Consumer
Smug Consumer
2 months ago

Just tried on 2/5/21 and it worked! For those asking it worked in reverse for me too (had premiere pro account, upgraded to CC)

Was able to cancel straight away, had the “you’ll be able to manage your plan soon” but just refreshed the page and cancelled within minutes... Also got an £8 refund for the remainder of the month 😀

Nat
Nat
2 months ago

Thanks, just saved me an £80 cancellation fee! Still works as of 05/05/21

Matas
Matas
2 months ago

Just did it now and it still works. Saved me at least 100+ Euroes... thank you

Last edited 2 months ago by Matas
bethany
bethany
2 months ago

THANK YOU.
I am a student who accidently forget to cancel their free trail adobe plan. This trick still works and saved me so much money (10.05.2021)

Amy Weston
Amy Weston
2 months ago

HI I ALREADY HAVE THE CHEAPEST PLAn for after effects so I cant downgrade my plan what should I do???? i can't afford to pay the £90 i didn't realise it was tied in for a year i thought it was monthly and now I'm panicking aaaa

Boris Sokachev
Boris Sokachev
2 months ago

I owe you 50$ worth of beer. Bless

Bun
Bun
2 months ago

Hello from Thailand! Thank you very much for your trick. Very useful!!

Miriam
Miriam
2 months ago

Thank you for this. What Adobe is doing is a scam, I honestly have the old. version of illustrator which I purchased fully before the cloud era, didn’t really require the new updates but I said to myself I will try it out and paid for one month I realized I didn’t really need it so I cancelled it during the 14 days but those sharks said hey we will give you free 60 days credits and see how you would feel after that. Little I knew this is a trap to make me pay the cancellation fee which I didn’t know about, written in their T/C with fine print. Even their online agent didn’t try to help me, basically said pay us because you made an annual commitment but I am only in the second month A-holes!

Jussi
Jussi
2 months ago

You saved me 150€, I'm very gratefull! Cancellation fee is absolute scumbaggery from Adobe. Let's hope this loophole isn't fixed any time soon (part of me wishes it is there on purpose)

Pradeep
Pradeep
2 months ago

Great technique! thank you 🙂

Andrea
Andrea
2 months ago

Thanks a million, this was hugely helpful 🙂

Julia
Julia
1 month ago

Thank you so much !!! Worked like a charm. I was scamed into a one year contract by Adobe so happy i was able to scam them back.

ken
ken
1 month ago

im not getting a bot but an human :_(

Adam
Adam
1 month ago

You're a star James, I can't thank you enough! I'm jobless and this saved me alot!

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