YouTube Premium: Prices, benefits, termination - all in this post

YouTube Premium

YouTube is one of the most popular video platforms on the internet. Many people use YouTube to watch and share videos. YouTube also offers a paid membership called YouTube Premium. This is a monthly subscription that offers users a number of benefits.

I'm a big fan of the premium subscription because I also use it for my entire family. I'm happy to pay the monthly fee if it means my kids are spared the stupid advertising that you sometimes see on YouTube. And of course I'm also happy that I can watch videos without ads.

Subscribing to YouTube Premium offers some benefits, but the best part is definitely not being bugged with ads all the time.
Subscribing to YouTube Premium offers some benefits, but the best part is definitely not being bugged with ads all the time.

What are the benefits of YouTube Premium?

Membership costs 11,99 euros per month and offers access to functions that are not freely available to everyone. Some of the benefits of YouTube Premium include:

  • No Ads: YouTube Premium lets you watch videos without ads. This is a great advantage if you want to watch videos on YouTube regularly and are bothered by the constant ads.
  • Offline mode: Offline mode lets you download videos and watch them later even when you don't have an internet connection. This is ideal if you'd like to watch videos on the go but don't always have access to an internet connection.
  • background playback: You can play videos in the background even after exiting the YouTube app or locking the screen. This is an advantage if you would like to listen to music or videos while doing something else.
  • Youtube music: As a YouTube Premium subscriber, you have access to millions of songs without commercial breaks. You can also download the music and listen offline. Background playback is also possible. You can continue listening to the music even when the screen is locked.

How much does YouTube Premium cost?

As already mentioned, YouTube Premium costs 11,99 euros per month. This puts YouTube Premium roughly in the middle compared to other video streaming services. Netflix, for example, costs between €7,99 and €17,99 per month and Amazon Prime Video costs €8,99 per month.

Here you can see the price list of the service (status: 09/2022). I booked the family tariff because my kids should also live free of advertising.
Here you can see the price list of the service (status: 09/2022). I booked the family tariff because my kids should also live free of advertising.

YouTube Premium Family

YouTube Premium Family is a subscription service that allows families to share YouTube. Each family member, up to a maximum of six people from the same household, can use their own account and personal settings. This allows parents and children, for example, to watch videos separately from each other without constantly showing ads. Children must be at least 13 years old and have their own YouTube account. The monthly price for the family subscription is 17,99 euros.

YouTube Premium student plan

As a student, you can subscribe to YouTube Premium with the same functions as the regular plan for an affordable price of only 6,99 euros per month. However, you must provide proof of legitimacy.

Criticism of YouTube Premium

Of course, there is also criticism of YouTube Premium. Most criticisms relate to the price of 11,99 euros per month and the lack of added value compared to the normal YouTube account. Many people see no reason why they should pay for something they can already use for free.

There is also criticism of the lack of availability of free series and films on YouTube Premium. YouTube Premium doesn't offer the same content as Netflix or Amazon Prime. Series and films are available there in a much higher number and mostly already included in the subscription price. On YouTube Premium you often have to pay extra for exclusive films and series.

You can access this menu by clicking on your profile picture in the top right corner of YouTube.
You can access this menu by clicking on your profile picture in the top right corner of YouTube.

How to Cancel YouTube Premium?

The termination is simple and uncomplicated in the Membership Management. A click on a button terminates the current subscription at the end of the monthly membership. There is no notice period. Here are the corresponding step-by-step instructions:

  1. call on
  2. Tap on your profile picture. Paid memberships, then you land here.
  3. Tap the membership you want to cancel.
  4. Tap Manage Apple Subscriptions.
  5. Tap Membership.
  6. Tap Exit or Disable.

My conclusion on the premium subscription from YouTube

YouTube Premium offers good value for money for people who want to watch online videos on a regular basis. Personally, I've been using YouTube Premium for over a year and I was immediately annoyed that I didn't book it much sooner. It's just so much more relaxing when you're not constantly confronted with ads.

Membership comes with many useful features like ad-free content and offline mode. Especially if you also use YouTube Music, it will definitely be interesting. In the end, everyone has to decide for themselves whether they are willing to pay full price for YouTube Premium or not.

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3 Responses to “YouTube Premium: Prices, advantages, termination – all in this post”

  1. That's a very good summary of what YouTube Premium offers.
    My personal point of criticism, however, is that there is no Premium without YouTube Music.
    I would certainly 3-5 € per month. pay for ad-free YouTube, but only for it. I don't need YouTube Music at all because I use another music streaming provider.
    But since that doesn't exist and the advertising on YouTube is extremely obtrusive and surprisingly poor by Google standards, I deleted my Google account completely.
    It doesn't make sense that all the content creators only offer their content to YouTube anyway. The dependency they create for themselves will still fall on their feet.

    1. I call that consistent. 😊 Yes, the addiction has certainly gotten on the feet of a number of YouTubers, but the bottom line is that there is simply nothing there as an alternative that could be used for monetization.

      1. There are alternatives. But they may not be as productive yet and you can't talk to them as well as you might be able to "talk" to Google. But that will certainly not change if everyone only relies on this one platform and ignores the other links.
        YouTube wasn't the yellow of the egg in the beginning either, but the community made it better and more sustainable.
        And my "consequent" step was actually easier than you think, because the content on YouTube is the one you can most likely do without.
        However, I have "subscribed" to 3 or 4 channels via my feed reader Reeder and watch some videos there without any advertising.

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