Our application does not cancel your account, rather the user's subscription gets cancelled.

That being said, is it better to kick the user out from the app completely after cancellation (They can login and resubscribe at anytime)??

Or is it better to keep them logged in after cancelling. (They will be able to navigate around the app, but the app's core functionality is disabled, unless they reactivate their subscription)??

  • Better in what way? Getting users to resubscribe? Is there a business use for keeping the account (such as seeing how often they access the account)? T
    – Mayo
    Feb 8, 2016 at 21:33
  • Is it better from a user perspective? Would you be confused if you had cancelled your subscription, but were still able to navigate through the app? Keeping the account is important to our business needs, so we don't delete account until after a user has been unsubscribed & inactive for a very long time.
    – Jason
    Feb 8, 2016 at 21:48
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    There are apps and websites which have a free but limited component to it for that very reason. As long as the copy and presentation clearly delineate the difference and warns the user about the impending change it should be fine. You can even add alerts telling the newly de-activated user that they no longer have access to the entire site. Ask your users. What do they think? If you can't ask them ask others.
    – Mayo
    Feb 8, 2016 at 22:04

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Both from best business practices and user experience you should keep them logged in.

When user cancels your subscription the best practice is to tell them "Thank you very much, we've been so lucky to have you as a customer". Whether they need your services again, they will have no hesitation to re-subscribe if they have had smooth and pleasing experience, especially in the end.

On the user side, even if I cancelled a subscription, I might want to delete my profile picture, change email, phone, print billing statements etc. Also, I don't want to feel kicked-out of the door, once I decided to resign. I want to be respected from the beginning to the end and after.


From a business perspective, I can't see how you would want to ever kick them out entirely. It's much easier and cheaper to target past users than it is to gain new ones. Valuable data here would be to collect why they left and act accordingly.

From a user perspective, it's much less friction clicking a "Re-Subscribe" button than either going through the whole registration workflow or not knowing whether you have to do so to re-subscribe.

The only case I may see where you really want to lock them out is for harassment or other types of behavior, but that seems out of the scope of this question.

There's a marginal cost to storing the account data, particularly if it's sensitive, but in most cases having a customer potentially re-subscribe makes it worth it (or at least it should).

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