How to Access NYT for Free [Guide]

Today the New York Times launched its digital subscription plan to mixed reactions across the web. Thankfully the Times has left some loopholes open in order to promote social sharing and discovery. Using these loopholes, we can easily continue to read for free.

Paper Subscriptions: If you already receive a paper subscription to the New York Times or International Herald Tribune, your access to is unrestricted.

Twitter: @FreeNYT was set up by a reader who was disappointed with the unimaginative paywall system put in place. The Twitter feed aggregates all of the articles from the website and lists 40 of the over 250 public Twitter feeds. If for some reason the account goes down, @tyneerf has much of the same content.

Search: Many of the Times hits come from people doing research on a topic and allows up to 5 articles to be viewed every day before hitting the paywall. If you hit your daily limit you can switch to a different search engine and continue reading.

Bookmarklet: The best work around I have found to bypass the New York Times 20 article limit is a bookmarklet called NYTClean. Simply drag the link to your bookmark toolbar and click it any time blocks you on a page.


In the end, the New York Times has tried a similar paywall in the past and realized they simply made more money using advertising. Until then you can visit many other sources for free news: BBC News, CNN, or USA Today to name a few.

What do you think about the New York Times putting up a paywall? Will you be using one of the work arounds above or paying for a subscription?

Sources: NYTClean, PCMag, Mashable