January 12, 2020

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How To Read The Atlantic Site Without Subscription

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Find out how to read The Atlantic site without subscription with these three easy ways.

By default, you can only read five free articles of The Atlantic website.

When you click on the first free article, at the bottom of the page says:

"4 more free articles this month."

After you have reached its 4 free-article limit, you can only a small portion of the top part of the fifth article, covering over by a grey color background.

Simultaneously, a popup appears just at the bottom that reads:

"We hope you've enjoyed your free articles. Don't miss another story. Become a subscriber today. Options starting at less than $1 per week."

There is a "See Plans" blue color button for you to click on to view the subscription payment details.

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If you want to continue reading the rest of the articles for free, then read on...

Let me share with you how you can keep reading all the articles available on The Atlantic website free of charge.

How To Read The Atlantic Site Without Subscription


Here are FIVE (5) workable ways to bypass theatlantic.com paywall:

METHOD ONE: View Via Toggle Reader View


For Firefox users, when you come to the fifth article, and you cannot view it, then this is what you do:

1. Move your mouse cursor up to the Firefox extension called "Toggle Reader View" and click on it.

2. It is a small icon situated at the top of the page. To be exact, it is in the address bar.

Note: The icon is shown as a page with a few horizontal lines depicting text.

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3. When you click on the icon, it changes to blue color.

4. Now you can see the full article on a rather bare page.

5. It shows you just this particular article, without all there other items cluttering all over the page. 

6. If you still want to read the more news stories, you just go back to The Atlantic home page, click on the article which you want to view.

7. Again this new article would be blocked just like before.

8. Similarly, you move your mouse cursor up to the "Toggle Reader View" extension.

9. Click on it.

10. Once again the complete article appears, without the sign-up obstruction and all the other distractions.

Note: For Google Chrome users, you use the "Reader View" extension.

METHOD TWO: Bypass Paywalls Firefox Extension

For this method, you just install this free Bypass Paywalls Firefox extension onto your Firefox browser.

This is what you do:

1. Get this free Bypass Paywalls Firefox extension.

2. When you are at the site, scroll down a little, and click on "Download and install the latest version".

3. When you click on it, a menu will pop up.

4. Click "Continue to Installation".

5. The bypass paywall extension will be installed onto your Firefox browser right away.

6. You will see the small Bypass Paywalls extension icon on the Firefox address bar, as shown below.

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 7. That's all you need to do.

After you have properly installed this extension, you can now read unlimited articles available on The Atlantic website, without blocked the paywall anymore.

8. You can continue reading its free articles, and the reminder at the bottom each time says:

"4 more free articles this month".

9. It means you have bypassed its paywall.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

METHOD THREE: Firefox Temporary Containers Extension

Similar to Method Three, you need to install a Firefox extension to get around The Atlantic paywall.

This is what you do:

1. Installed this Firefox Temporary Containers extension.

2. After you have installed it, you can begin to read all the articles of The Atlantic, without being blocked by its paywall anymore.

3. Go to The Atlantic home page.

4. RIGHT CLICK on any of the article title which you want to read.

5. A menu pops up next to the article title.

6. Click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

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7. It will open a new tab with the article.

8. To read the next article, again you RIGHT CLICK on the article title.

9. Similarly, a menu pops up next to the article title.

10. Then click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

11. It opens a new tab with your new article.

12. To keep on reading other articles, you must RIGHT CLICK on the article titles.

13. Then you click on "Open link in new Temporary Container tab".

Note: This Temporary Containers Extension CANNOT be installed to Chrome.

METHOD FOUR: Clear Browser Cookies

This is what you do:

1. After reading the last (forth) free article, you must clear the browser cookies.

2. Click on "History" at the menu bar which is at the top of your computer screen.

3. Then click on "Clear Recent History..."

Note: Make sure the "Cookies" under "History" is checked (with a tick in the box).

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4. Click on "Clear Now" button.

5. Now click on the next article which you want to read.

7. It will load the page, without being blocked by the subscription box.

In other words, each time when you come to last free article, you must clear your browser cookies first.

Then only you click on the next article.

Note: This method also WORKS for Google Chrome.

METHOD FIVE: Disable CCS/JavaScript


This method you need to disable Firefox Style Sheet.

In other words, you disable the CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).

This is how to do it:

1. When you encounter the paywall, click on "View" at the menu bar, at the top of your computer screen.

2. A menu drops down.

3. Move your mouse cursor to "Page Style", then click on "No Style".

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4. Instantly the page layout will change.

5. I know it is messy looking, but the blocked content is still intact.

6. In other words, you can still read the article in full without being obstructed.

Note: This method also WORKS with Google Chrome.

But Chrome itself DOES NOT have the built-in function to disable CSS.

You have to install "Web Developer" extension, which can disable CSS.

How to use it:

1. Install "Web Developer" extension onto your Google Chrome.

2. After you have installed it, you can see its small icon (image of a gear wheel) at the top right hand corner of the address bar.

3. When you come to the blocked page, you click on the "Web Developer" extension icon.

4. A rectangular menu pops up.

5. Click on "Disable JavaScript".

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6. A green color tick sign appears in front of "Disable JavaScript".

7. Now you reload the blocked page.

8. You can read the complete article in full view, without obstruction.

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