Apple News+ Guide: Everything You Need to Know

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple at its March event introduced a new subscription service for Apple News, called Apple News+.

    Apple News+ is a new subscription service in the Apple News app that lets you access magazines and paywalled content from some news sites. You have to pay a subscription fee to access Apple News+, and it is an add-on service that lives right alongside Apple's existing free Apple News content. This guide covers everything that you need to know about Apple News+, from pricing and availability to news sites and magazines included.


    Apple News+ Availability

    Apple News+ content is available right in the Apple News app through the new Apple News+ tab that shows up on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch models running iOS 12.2 and Macs running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later.

    You need to be in the U.S. or Canada to be able to subscribe to and access Apple News content at the current time, though Apple has plans to expand it to additional countries in the future.

    Apple News+ Pricing

    Apple News+ costs $9.99 per month in the United States and $12.99 per month in Canada. At the current time, there are no yearly subscription plans available.

    The $9.99 per month fee gives your entire family access to Apple News+ as long as you have Family Sharing set up.

    Apple News Free Trial

    Apple is offering a 30-day free trial for Apple News+, and we have instructions on how to sign up here. You won't get charged the $9.99 per month fee until the free trial expires, but your free trial ends right when you cancel.


    That means there's no option to sign up, cancel, and then use the service for a month. You'll need to keep yourself subscribed to continue to use the free trial, so we recommend setting a reminder ahead of when the trial expires so you can get the full 30-day test period without getting charged if you decide to cancel.

    How to Get to Apple News+ Content

    All Apple News+ content is available in the Apple News app in the Apple News+ tab at the bottom of the display on an iPhone, or through Apple News+ option on the side bar on iPads and Macs.


    The Apple News+ section houses all available Apple News content, including magazines and newspapers, though if you come across Apple News+ articles from magazines news sites like The Wall Street Journal while browsing through the standard Apple News interface, that content will all be available for free to you.

    What's Included in Apple News+

    The Apple News+ monthly fee gets you access to more than 200 popular magazines that cover a wide range of categories, including health, style and beauty, lifestyle, sports, finance and business, cars, entertainment, food, hobbies, home and garden, kids and parenting, news and politics, outdoors, science and tech, and travel.

    Both past and current issues from a number of magazines are included. Based on a spot check, past issues seem to be available from March 2018 on, so no magazine is offering a full collection of past content. March 2018 is when Apple purchased Texture, the service that Apple News+ evolved from.


    Along with more than 300 magazines, Apple News+ includes paywalled subscription content from the following newspapers: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Toronto Star.

    There are also several digital only subscription offerings included such as theSkimm, The Highlight by Vox, New York Magazine's sites Vulture, The Cut and Grub Street, and Extra Crunch from TechCrunch.

    Apple News Formatting

    New issues of some magazines in Apple News+ are using a proprietary formatting designed just for Apple News+. It puts a table of contents right up front so you can see what articles are included and skip right to what you want to read, and it also supports full screen interactive media and other digital-first features.


    Some magazines have not been updated with this new format and their issues are plain PDFs that you can swipe through with none of these new features. All older issues even from magazines that do support the new Apple News+ digital format are also in PDFs.


    PDFs display all of the available pages in a magazine, but you'll essentially need to swipe through most of the magazine to see the specifics of what's available.

    MacStories has a great list of all of the magazines that are available in Apple News+ in the United States at the current time, and which formatting those magazines are using.

    Subscribing to a Magazine

    To add a magazine to the My Magazines section of Apple News and follow it, you need to search for it using the Apple News search interface and then tap on the heart button to favorite it. This will ensure that the magazine is displayed in the My Magazines section. If you've read a magazine that you've not hearted, it may still temporarily show up in the My Magazines section.


    As of iOS 12.3 and macOS Mojave 10.14.5, you can also subscribe to a publication to follow directly from the Apple News+ catalog view by tapping on the "Follow" button. If you're still using an earlier version of iOS or macOS, you won't see the Follow button.


    My Magazines seems to be a bit buggy at the current time because there's no way to remove magazines from the list, and not all magazines and content that you've read show up in the My Magazines list after exiting the app and reopening it. Apple will likely have some fixes coming for these issues that will improve the layout and available subscription tools.

    Any magazine that you follow (aka have added a heart to) will be automatically downloaded to your device when a new issue is available.

    Downloading a Magazine for Offline Reading

    You can download any magazine in Apple News+ so that you can read it offline. When browsing through magazines, viewing new issues in the Apple News+ section, or looking at a magazine's overview with all of the available issues listed, tap on the little download icon next to any issue to make it available to read when you don't have a Wi-Fi or LTE connection.


    All of your downloaded Apple News+ magazines can be found both offline and online in the My Magazines section.
    Deleting a Magazine You've Downloaded

    When Apple News+ launched, there was no option for deleting downloaded magazines, but Apple added the feature in iOS 12.4. To clear downloaded magazine issues, go to History > Clear > Clear All.

    Apple News+ How Tos

    [*]How to Sign Up For an Apple News+ Subscription
    [*]How to Download a Magazine for Offline Reading in Apple News+
    [*]How to See Content Downloaded for Offline Reading in Apple News+
    [*]How to Access Back Issues of a Magazine in Apple News+
    [*]How to Read Any Paywalled Article From The Wall Street Journal Using Apple News+
    [*]How to Add a Magazine to 'My Magazines' in Apple News+
    Apple News+ Bugs

    Some people are having trouble subscribing to Apple News+, and it's not quite clear what's going on. Apple's servers could be having issues, as some people have run into trouble subscribing to Apple News on one device and then using it on another. One user had luck unsubscribing and resubscribing again, while another said it just started working all of a sudden after a period of time.

    There have also been reports of issues with loading times and problems swapping between portrait and landscape mode. If you're having Apple News+ problems, sign out of iTunes in the Settings app and then sign back in. That seems to fix the problem people are having where they're not able to log in on a different device.

    The Free Apple News Experience

    Apple News in the U.S., Canada, UK, and Australia will continue to function as before for those who choose not to sign up for Apple News+. All of the content and news stories from your favorite news sites will still be available to read, you just won't get access to the magazines and paywalled content included in Apple News+.


    For non-subscribers, there are essentially no changes to the Apple News app with the exception of a new Apple News+ tab to ignore. Apple News will continue to offer access to Top Stories, Trending Stories, and a feed of personalized news articles.

    Existing Subscriptions

    If you already subscribe to a magazine that's now offered in Apple News+, you'll probably want to cancel whatever subscription you have, whether it's through Apple or through another subscription service.

    For some publications, like The Wall Street Journal, there is a possibility you'll want to keep the standalone subscription. While all of the WSJ's content is available in Apple News+, the app is only going to surface "general interest" articles, which could make it difficult to find the full range of content offered. WSJ archives also only persist for three days.

    Texture Users

    If you are a Texture user, you should know that Texture shut down on May 28, 2019 on all platforms. Existing Texture customers need to sign up to Apple News+ and can take advantage of a one-month free trial to try the new service out.

    Texture users on Android are no longer able to use the service will need to purchase an Apple device to access Apple News+.

    Guide Feedback

    See something we left out of our Apple News+ guide or have a question not answered here? Let us know in the comments or Send us an email here.

    Article Link: Apple News+ Guide: Everything You Need to Know
  2. emoe76 macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2016
    Bismarck, ND
    I’m a little confused...where do I find the LA Times and Wall Street Journal in the News+ tab? I only see the magazines. I have signed up for 30 day trial.
  3. AppleZilla macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    It's really, really stupid. News+ only lists magazines. No Newspaper tab. Probably because there are only 2. Click on Following and type in "Wall" or "Los." Click on the Times or the Journal and the stories available will list. Took me half an hour to figure this out. Dumb.
  4. 0947347 Suspended

    Aug 29, 2015
    I am not a reader, but anything what helps to save the trees and ink, I am for. When I’ve worked in the printing company, the waste of paper and ink, I saw, just a sad state of affair. The printers literally wasted hundreds of papers before it mixed the colour right. :(
  5. shearm macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    I haven’t had a chance to update to the final build yet. But on beta 6, it looks like wsj and latimes are not included in the 9.99 price. You pay separately. The journal is 99 cents for the first month and $35 / month after that. The latimes is 5.99/month.

    It’s possible that once I can sign up for news plus — which I can’t seem to do on the beta — that will change.
  6. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
  7. Intellectua1 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2016
    Seattle, Washington
    I'm with you 1,000,000% on this comment.
  8. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    These are actually included in the price. You need to update to see the Apple News+ options.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 25, 2019 ---
    This is true, but there are WSJ articles in the Apple News+ tab. In the main view, scroll down until you see "From The Wall Street Journal." Alternatively, search for the titles and favorite them to have them show up in your main feed. Any paywalled news article you come across in the standard Apple News app that's included in Apple News+ will be free for you to read.
  9. kmj2318, Mar 25, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019

    kmj2318 macrumors 68000


    Aug 22, 2007
    Naples, FL
    WSJ on its own costs much more than $10 per month, so what’s the catch? Do you get access to all WSJ articles?

    EDIT: Found my answer.

    “As for cannibalization, the WSJ has something of an ace in the hole, as only select content will be made available to News+ subscribers.

    "Is all our content going on Apple News?" Lewis said. "No. We're going to make sure the Apple News product is a wonderful product people feel comfortable investing in."”

  10. Geek95 macrumors newbie


    Sep 18, 2016
    Albany, NY
    It looks like magazines will show in the My Magazines section by marking it as a Favorite. I already had WIRED favorited in Apple News and it showed in My Magazines immediately after subscribing to News+.
  11. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    Texture was middling at best. Price was right, but only PDFs which were brutal to read on mobile devices.

    Looks like many magazines have actual formatting in AN.
  12. BuddyTronic, Mar 25, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2019

    BuddyTronic macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    Yah I don’t think that’s how it’s gonna work. That’s the reason why I never paid for the WSJ digital offerings in the first place.
    Wall Street Journal has to be satisfied that they are going to get a piece of that $10 per month in aggregate that I paid to Apple for access to WSJ - and a whole lot more. Wall Street Journal will end up making more money. Charge a fair price and we don’t mind paying for the convenience and maybe even the content.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 25, 2019 ---
    Hopefully WSJ will see that they will make more by doing it this way.
  13. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    This doesn't actually seem to be true, and there's been some misinformation about it today. WSJ has said that all of its news will be available to Apple News+ subscribers. But archives seem to be limited.
  14. BamaGuy macrumors newbie

    Jan 13, 2008
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    I am an existing subscriber to Wired, National Geographic, Vogue, The New Yorker, and other titles being offered in Apple News+. These are all up for renewal at different times of the year. Some I get through iTunes, but others I get in print and get the electronic version free with that. Will I get a prorated refund from those magazines if I sign up for Apple News+? What is Apple’s plan for prrexisting subscribers to their offerings? This is obviously a problem for many people. Anyone know?
  15. Michelle_Drummer macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2019
    The UI is absolutely terrible. There’s no way to see just magazines I’ve downloaded so that’s completely useless. I have to remember what I’ve downloaded and then find it again in the A-Z list. I love the concept, but not sure if we’ll stick with it without an easy way to see stuff you want.
  16. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Is there a complete list of the 300 magazines somewhere?
  17. MadeByApple macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2015
    I really want to like this service, and I hope it catches on. I think the news app has greater potential than the other services announced today.

    Apple needs to get more big name newspapers and journals onboard. There’s several business journals that I follow but I doubt will debut with the news+ launch. I would be willing to pay a premium tier ($15 if it Journals that I care about).
  18. itsmilo macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2016
    It’s so cluttered and hard to navigate to be honest. The content and how it’s presented is overwhelming
  19. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    In my country even the news app without + have not come out yet.. but theres other magazine apps anyway :)
  20. GordonGekko999, Mar 25, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 26, 2019

    GordonGekko999 macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2009
    MacRumors your headline is misleading, "everything", we still don't know if all articles from WSJ print edition will be avaliable.
  21. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    How do you find back issues?

    Apple needs to work on the UI a bit. I'd love an easy way to save individual articles offline to read later (like, oh, uhm, Safari). I think this has great potential, though.
  22. Scooz macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2012
    So that’s all that is left from last week’s feared mighty news portal that would cripple publishers’ freedom?

    A newspaper tiger...

    Or a canard.
  23. aylk, Mar 26, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2019

    aylk macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2010
    Apple News+ is basically a rebranding of Texture, but with a confusing UI.
  24. Ethylparaben macrumors newbie


    Mar 26, 2019
    Is there any justification why News+ is available only in the USA? I would like to have option to subscribe for USA magazines instead of waiting for apple to make deals in my country and offer me local stuff.
  25. zductman macrumors newbie


    Mar 26, 2019
    Arizona, USA
    I can't get family sharing to work on apple news+. what do you have to have checked in settings for that to work?

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