If I Cancel Amazon Prime, Does It End Immediately?

Whether your budget has recently changed, or you simply decide you want to cancel your Amazon Prime because you are not using the services enough to want to pay a monthly subscription, you might have a few questions about the cancellation process.

One of the most common inquiries people have is: If I cancel Amazon Prime, does it end immediately?

If I Cancel Amazon Prime, Does It End Immediately?

If you decide to cancel your Amazon Prime membership, you will be prompted to decide if you want to continue using the Prime benefits until the end of your current payment interval, or if you want to end it immediately, which can often result in a partial refund.

Keep reading if you want to find out what happens when you cancel your Amazon Prime membership, how to cancel your subscription, and everything else there is to know about canceling your Amazon Prime.

What Happens if You Cancel Your Amazon Prime Membership Early?

Before we discuss what happens if you cancel your Amazon Prime membership early, it’s important to understand that there are two types of Amazon Prime subscriptions: monthly and annually.

If you pay your monthly subscription to Amazon Prime monthly, you can cancel it early, i.e., before your next monthly payment. In this case, if you used Prime services throughout the most recent month, you will not receive any kind of refund; you simply will not be charged for the next or following months.

However, if you cancel your monthly membership early and you did not use Prime benefits during the most recent month, you will receive a refund for the monthly cost.

If you pay annually for your Prime membership and you decide to cancel it early, Amazon will prorate your yearly payment and refund the time that you will not be using Prime.

There is no fee for canceling your Amazon Prime membership early, and you can cancel absolutely any time you want without being penalized. (In fact, you may even receive a refund!)

How Long Does It Take for Your Amazon Prime Membership to End After Cancellation?

When you cancel your Amazon Prime membership, Amazon gives everyone two options as to when you want its Prime benefits to end, at the end of the current payment cycle or immediately.

If you opt for the end of your current payment cycle, it may be at the end of the month or the end of the year, depending on your subscription plan. When you make your choice, Amazon clearly states the date on which the membership will end.

If you choose the “End Now” option on the screen, Amazon also clearly states the refund you will receive for stopping any and all Prime benefits immediately; however, once you select that option, your Prime membership will be over.

Can You Cancel a Monthly Amazon Prime Membership at Any Time?

Great news, you absolutely can cancel a monthly Amazon Prime membership at any time!

As noted above, when you navigate to cancel your monthly membership, you can either opt to finish out the current month you have already paid for or if you are not using Amazon Prime, you can select to end the subscription immediately and you may receive a partial refund if you have not used any services since your last payment.

How to Cancel Amazon Prime

Now that you understand how easy it is to cancel your Amazon Prime at any time, and when it will end if you do so, let’s find out exactly what you need to do to cancel it whenever you are ready!

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Log in to your Amazon Prime account on the app or Amazon.com.
  2. Navigate to Accounts & Lists in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Click Memberships and Subscriptions.
  4. Select Prime Membership Settings.
  5. Click Manage Membership.
  6. Tap End Membership.
  7. Follow the prompts to select when you would like your membership to end.

When you click the End Membership option, don’t worry, you still have to decide when you want your membership to end.

Remember that Amazon will always give two options. The first is to finish out your current payment interval with a specific end date at the end of the month or year. And the other is to end the membership immediately, which may mean receiving a refund for the probated time you did not use Prime benefits.

You might be wondering why Amazon makes it so easy to cancel a Prime membership and even why they give out refunds. Here’s the bottom line: Amazon makes it so easy to cancel your Prime Membership because they don’t want customers to be afraid of being locked in and, therefore, not sign up in the first place.

Is It Easy to Get Amazon Prime Back if You Cancel?

Amazon makes billions of dollars every year in revenue based solely on Prime memberships; that’s why they make it so simple to sign up in the first place.

But if you have canceled your Amazon Prime and want to get it back, don’t worry, Amazon still wants you and the process of signing up again is incredibly easy.

All you need to do is follow the instructions below to sign up for an Amazon Prime membership as if you are signing up for the first time.

  1. Log into your existing Amazon account.
  2. Click on the Accounts & Lists toggle.
  3. Select Prime Membership from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click to sign up for Amazon Prime.
  5. If it was not saved, enter your billing information and preferred shipping address.

That’s it! You now have all the benefits of Amazon Prime once again, until you cancel it next time.

It’s important to note that if you are questioning whether or not you actually want to cancel your Prime membership on Amazon, you can always opt to pause your payments and Prime services for various amounts of time. That way, you won’t have to go through the process of canceling and signing back up!


If you cancel Amazon Prime, which you can do at any time, you can opt to have the services ended immediately or you can choose to continue to use Prime until your current payment interval is complete. If you do end it immediately, you may receive a partial refund from Amazon.