How to Access Back Issues of a Magazine in Apple News+

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The Apple News+ service lets you access current and past issues of more than 200 magazines, but the interface for the app is a bit confusing and it can be hard to find past issues.

    There are a couple methods that will let you see back issues of magazines, which we've outlined below.

    Accessing Back Issues Through a Magazine's Overview Page

    Every magazine has an overview page in Apple News+, and though it's not immediately obvious, it's easy to get to.
    1. Open up Apple News.
    2. Select the Apple News+ section.
    3. Tap on any magazine that you want to read.
    4. Tap on the title of the magazine at the top of the app.
    This method will let you see the overview page for the magazine, where all back issues are listed. You can swipe to scroll through them and tap the download icon to download them for offline reading.

    Accessing Back Issues Through Search

    You can get to the same magazine overview page through the search function in Apple News, without having to open up a magazine.
    1. Open Apple News.
    2. Access search. On iPad, it's on the sidebar. On iPhone, it's under the "Following" tab.
    3. Search for the magazine you want to find.
    4. Tap the magazine's name.
    All of the back issues for the magazine will be listed under "Recent Issues," and you can swipe through them as mentioned above.

    While Texture users had issues dating back years, Apple News+ is limited to issues of magazines from March 2018 on, which is the date when Apple acquired the Texture app.

    Back issues before March 2018 are not available within Apple News+, but going forward, Apple will presumably continue to keep older issues of magazines available.

    For more on Apple News+, make sure to check out our dedicated Apple News+ guide. Apple News users can follow MacRumors on Apple News using this link.

    Article Link: How to Access Back Issues of a Magazine in Apple News+
  2. rosegoldoli macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2019
    this is pretty useful for college research etc
  3. britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Am I the only person who remembers Project Magazine for iPad? The Virgin Media experiment that proved iPad Magazine could matter?
  4. AxiomaticRubric macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2010
    On Mars, Praising the Omnissiah
    What a mess. Texture had it right.
  5. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    The back issues start from 2018. Not very useful for research.
  6. HJM.NL macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2016
  7. Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    How do I select the Apple News+ section? I don’t see it.
  8. KrispE00 macrumors regular

    Nov 18, 2016
    Update to iOS 12.2
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    Having only 1 year of back issues is really disappointing. I assumed there would be 5+ years.
  9. Release macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2012
    Or.... you could just get a ReadlyGo subscription for the same price and have more choices of magazines and a user interface that makes a LOT more sense. Definitely going to drop Apple News + when the sub ends. What a mess. *sigh*.

    I really wonder sometimes if I'm using some of the more recent Apple-designed apps wrong or if their designers don't even use what they produce?
  10. Zedcars, Apr 9, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2019

    Zedcars macrumors 6502


    Apr 5, 2010
    Brighton, UK
    I did. I’ve tried restarting, force quitting the app. Doesn’t show up whatever I do.
  11. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Tapping the magazine name to access previous issues. That’s REALLY intuitive. Slow clap for you there, Apple. :rolleyes:
  12. jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    Already deleted the free trial.

    This is not how people read magazines. I don't want the articles "curated" for me. I should have to go hunting for either magazine titles or back-issues, and of course, all the back-issues should be available.

    I want to open a magazine, and "thumb" through it. Or the back-issues. I don't want somebody else making "clips" for me.

    And I also don't want to pay a subscription fee for the "anchor" publications that I thought were "included". (e.g. Washington Post apparently is a $9.99 addon subscription.) If I want to subscribe to some premium content, I will just go subscribe directly with the magazine.
  13. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    Is News+ available in your country? It’s US and Canada only.

    These new names are very uninspiring. News+ and TV+? Some courageous creativity there...
  14. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I tried to figure this out and thought it was impossible. Thanks for the tip.
  15. linrey, Apr 13, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019

    linrey macrumors newbie


    Jun 13, 2007
    Silicon Valley
    The back issues for National Geographic in my Texture go back to January 2014. I'm tempted to delete almost everything from my old iPad Mini and download ALL of the back issues of my fav. mags. I don't update the iOS on this Mini because the last version of the Plex app that will recognize their server on my Mac Pro 1,1 is preserved there.
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    I'm an old-timer (started with an Apple][) and not so fond of multimedia in the middle of what I'm reading. I think a lot of the new stuff is aimed at a different demographic, one that didn't grow up with a stack of magazines on the coffee table.

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