Paywalls make it virtually impossible to access certain content unless you have a subscription. It is a practice that many news organizations and other online publications use to increase their income: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Wired and more. But just because there is a paywall, this doesn't mean that you can't get around it on your iPhone.
Although there are software and web browser extensions to bypass paywalls, most of us read articles on our smartphones, which is why Reddit user you / UwUSoundRadio has created Unpaywall, a shortcut to get past most paywalls and read articles in Safari on iOS 1
Step 1: Install Unpaywall
Before we use the Unpaywall shortcut, you must first download it to Your device. You can obtain Unpaywall via the iCloud link below. Just tap "Get Shortcut", which you then redirect to the Shortcuts app.
Then view the contents of the shortcut, scroll down and then tap "Add untrusted shortcut" at the bottom to install Unpaywall on your device. . Note : Before you can install untrusted shortcuts, you must go to Settings -> Shortcuts and enable "Allow untrusted shortcuts".
In Safari, go to an article with a payment wall. In the example below you see an article from The New York Times, in which you must register as a subscriber to get past the payment wall and read the article. In the article with the payment wall, tap the Share icon in the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to open the Share Sheet.
Scroll through the sheet to view all your shortcuts and tap "Unpaywall", which, if this is the last shortcut you have installed, should be the last in the list. Allow Unpaywall access to the website (which you must do each time) by tapping "OK".
You will be redirected to Safari, where you can now read the article. This shortcut works for many paywalls, but usually only for those who view the article in the background. If you try to get past a home page that you need to sign up for, this shortcut will not work.
Note : You can use the Unpaywall shortcut in any web browser, but you will always be redirected to Safari to read the unblocked article, so it is most logical to do it all directly from Safari.
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