How to Subscribe to a Magazine or Newspaper on the iPad

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Magazine subscriptions on iPad

The iPad has been touted as a great e-book reader, but it may be even better at viewing magazines. The spirit of a magazine is often the art of photography combined with the talent of writing, which makes for a perfect pairing with a Retina Display. If you like reading magazines, here's how to subscribe to magazines on the iPad.

Instructions in this article apply to iPads running iOS 11 or later.

How to Subscribe to Magazines and Newspapers in the App Store

Magazines and newspapers are available in the App Store and function like any other app downloaded to an iPad. This includes the ability to use in-app purchases to subscribe to a magazine or newspaper.

Once you download a magazine from the App Store, you can subscribe to it in the magazine's app. Most magazines and newspapers also offer a free issue, so you can check out what you are getting before you make a purchase.

  1. App Store on iPad
  2. Tap Apps.

    Subscribe to magazines on iPad
  3. Scroll down to Top Categories, then tap See All.

    Subscribe to magazines on iPad
  4. Tap Magazines and Newspapers.

    Magazines & Newspapers on iPad
  5. Browse and download magazines just like they are apps. Tap a magazine to see more details, including user reviews.

  6. Tap Get to download the magazine or newspaper.

    Magazines on iPad
  7. Follow the instructions in the app to buy a recurring subscription and receive new issues as they come out.

Where Do the Magazines and Newspapers Go?

Newspapers and magazines you download and subscribe to appear on the iPad Home screen, where you can manage them like any other app. You can organize them into folders, place them in the dock, or delete them without doing anything differently. You can also use Spotlight Search to find your magazine or newspaper.

As an alternative to subscribing to newspapers through the App Store, use the Apple News app or its premium Apple News Plus service.

How to Use Apple News

Apple introduced the Apple News app as a centralized way to read the news. It aggregates articles from various newspapers and magazines and presents them based on your interest.

Apple News includes free-to-read content from around the web organized into interests and includes newspapers. News Plus also provides access to magazines for a single, monthly fee. It works similar to an Apple Music subscription. As long as your subscription is current, you can read as much as you want.

Here's how to get started with Apple News:

Apple News is available in iOS 12.2 and later.

  1. Open Apple News.

    Apple News was part of the iOS 12.2 update. If it isn't on your iPad, download it from the App Store.

    Apple News on iPad
  2. In the Channels & Topics pane, select a category to browse news topics, channels (specific publications), and stories.

  3. Select Edit to customize the Channels & Topics list.

    Apple News
  4. Tap News+ to browse the available premium magazines and periodicals.

    News+ on iPad
  5. Browse magazines alphabetically by name or by subject matter.

    News+
  6. Tap Try It Free to start a News+ free trial before the monthly charge starts.

    News+ on iPad
  7. With an active News+ subscription, you have full access to everything available on the service.

How to Cancel a Subscription

Whether you have a single magazine subscription or pay monthly for News+, you unsubscribe in the same place on your iPad. To manage subscriptions on your Apple ID account, go to Settings > iTunes & App Store, then tap your Apple ID. Tap View Apple ID > Subscriptions, then select the service you want to unsubscribe from.

Most magazines and newspapers allow you to buy a single issue without a subscription.

How to Read Newspapers and Magazines on Your iPhone

If your iPhone and iPad are connected to the same account, you can purchase a magazine or Apple News+ subscription on your iPad and read the content you download on your iPhone. You can also turn on auto-downloads, and the magazine will be there waiting for you.