How to Read Any Paywalled Article From The Wall Street Journal Using Apple News+

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple News+ includes a full subscription to all content from The Wall Street Journal, but because Apple restricts the WSJ articles that are shown in Apple News+, it can be hard to access certain paywalled content.

    Luckily, a Reddit user recently shared a useful solution that gives you a straightforward way to read any WSJ article on your iPhone or iPad, though you'll need to use Safari to get to content.


    1. Find a paywalled article on The Wall Street Journal that you want to read using your Apple News+ subscription.
    2. Tap on the "Share" icon at the top of the browser. Make sure to tap the share icon native to Safari, and not the one in the article itself.
    3. Choose the "Open in News" option.
    That's all you have to do. Once you tap "Open in News," the full article from The Wall Street Journal is accessible and can be read in its entirety through your included Apple News+ subscription. There's also the option of searching for the title of an article that you want to read, though that's a bit more of a hassle than simply tapping on the share sheet.


    The Apple News+ section of Apple News and the Apple News app will surface some WSJ content independently, but Apple is sharing general interest stories rather than financial or other content, so this browser workaround method will need to be used for those stories as Apple News+ does not include a WSJ web login.

    Apple News+ subscribers should also be aware that older content from The Wall Street Journal is only accessible for a period of three days before it is no longer available. The steps listed here for The Wall Street Journal will also work for other publications with paywalled stories that participate in Apple News+.

    Note: This method only works on the iPhone and the iPad as there is no Open in Apple News option when browsing on the Mac.

    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 Read Any Paywalled Article From The Wall Street Journal Using Apple News+
  2. masterleep macrumors newbie


    Oct 19, 2017
    Can someone please explain to me why Apple News+ has such a terrible interface that hacks like this are necessary?
  3. smilyfox, Apr 8, 2019
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 9, 2019

    smilyfox macrumors newbie


    Aug 25, 2015
    Who gives a **** about news ? McR stop with promoting please..
  4. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Sounds great. Change the model from a 50/50 split to one where Apple gets 15% or less and I'll sign up for Apple News+.

    As is, Apple is screwing content producers over.
  5. Marco Klobas macrumors member

    Marco Klobas

    Jul 14, 2017
    Speaking of Mac: I'm curious, does it work if you replace https:// with applenews:// in a WSJ's article URL?
  6. gwhizkids macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2013
    Note: this tip works only for specific articles, not for sections of the WSJ (like the Opinion Section). If you try to open a section, you'll get a "Content Not Available" error. Just click the link to the article in Safari and then click the share button to open it in Apple News+. This tip will allow me to cancel my WSJ subscription entirely (don't tell them!) as I was concerned you couldn't get to everything. Agree with those who say this is way too difficult (but may have been the deal they had to strike to get the WSJ at all).
  7. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    I haven't started the free News+ trial yet, but I'm able to still open all of the articles using this method. Shhhh... don't tell...

    EDIT: well after doing this several times, it now won't show the full article in News+ but rather tries to get me to do the trial. Oh well. Back to not caring about News+.
  8. Defthand macrumors 65816

    Sep 1, 2010
    This is the QoS you can expect when you rely on one company for the bulk of your needs. Diversify your spending, people. Amazon and Apple can't excel at everything.
  9. missyagogo macrumors newbie


    Oct 9, 2016
    It's a sad state of affairs when Apple's "It just works" is replaced by "Our software is so nonintuitive that third-party websites have to show in painstaking detail how to use News +"
  10. gwhizkids macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2013
    Why would you expect this to work without signing up for the free trial?
  11. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    Some people like to stay informed about current events. No one’s forcing you to sign up for it.
  12. gwhizkids macrumors 601


    Jun 21, 2013
    I care. I would probably never subscribe to most of these magazines and certainly not all of them. In the week I’ve had it, I’ve greatly increased my reading, paying particular attention to stuff that I would normally ignore. Better than echo chamber twitter.
  13. RevTEG macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2012
    San Jose, Ca
    I agree with you but it's the content producers that are allowing it by signing on. Apple gets half and the other half is divided among 300+ other providers.
  14. jbsiii macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2014
    La Jolla, CA
    One would hope this convoluted approach will be unneeded in the next A-News update. There's no excuse for having compromised WSJ access as part of the "+" service when the basic A-News WSJ channel for paid subscribers avoids the issue. Pretty disappointing indeed.
  15. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
  16. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    I’ve got a universal solution for you. It requires you to copy the link of the page behind the paywall and paste it right here:

    Not only do you read the article but it removes all of the scripts and other crap similar to Reader View. And you don’t need any subscription. Works everywhere.

    P.S. This solution will not be patched quick. It may never be patched at all!
  17. az431 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Has nothing to do with the user interface. Read the article.
  18. rols macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2008
    Tried it with a random WSJ article - doesn't work.
  19. calstanford macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2014
    Hong Kong
    Idiotic runaround for an idiotic product you have to pay $10 every month for. Sorry but really. I either pay and get the content or I steal it. But not both
  20. cardfan Suspended

    Mar 23, 2012
    Sorry but as others as mentioned when you need a how to article then you’ve already failed.

    I get everyone is critical of Apple these days and yes you can easily point to some good products as well as apples precision at running a business. But this is hot garbage.

    I could even rationalize just the magazines but the app is just so bad. Problem is i shouldn’t have to rationalize it.

    This simply didn’t deserve its own section in an event. It doesn’t bode well for tv plus which was already a very bad idea. None of this should be cited in an attempt to say Apple is shifting into services.

    For a company that prides itself on hardware/software integration, they need to pay much more attention to the software part. Jobs would be yelling how disgusting it is. Heads would be rolling.
  21. keithdoc macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    Quit HATING on News+. This beats the previous iteration of WSJ - where they charged closer to $30-45 per month, renewed quarterly or yearly, with an absolutely archaic process to cancel [impossible from the app or online - HAD to be a phone call]. Multiple calls, forgetting to "cancel" my subscription . Milked me. Never again.

    $10 a month for access WSJ - even the paywalled ones that require a single gesture shortcut to see?


    Now, will you PLEASE make it easier for me to read WSJ cover to cover???
    Without the keyboard kung fu?
  22. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    You’re right. They either changed something on their end or forced outline to filter their stuff. No longer works with NYT, FT nor any of the major papers. This had been working for a long time.

    I found this thread on reddit:

    I’ll keep a lookout for another exploit. It’s just a matter of time before someone develops another method.

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