Magazine purchase options
Buy single or back issues
When you purchase a single issue, you'll get access to that issue and be charged once. If back issues of a magazine are available on Google Play, you'll find them on a magazine's detail page under "Back issues.”
Subscribe to a magazine
All regular monthly or yearly renewing subscriptions include a free trial period.
- Monthly subscriptions: When you purchase a monthly subscription, you pre-pay for a month-long subscription. Your credit card will be automatically charged at the end of the month for the next month's subscription. If you cancel your subscription before the month is over, you will not be charged for the next month, and you will continue to receive content until the end of the current month.
- Yearly subscriptions: When you purchase a yearly subscription, you pre-pay for a year-long subscription. Renewal of a yearly subscription means your credit card will be automatically charged at the end of the year for the next year's subscription. You may cancel your subscription at any time before the year is over. If you cancel your subscription before the year is over, you will not be charged for the next year, and you will continue to receive content until the end of the current year.
If you already subscribe to a print or digital magazine, you may be eligible for a free or discounted digital subscription on Google Play.
Each subscription recurrence, Google Wallet will bill the credit card you originally used to make the purchase. If the card is declined, Google Wallet will automatically cancel your subscription and send you an email notification.
If you would like to switch the form of payment for a subscription, you'll have to cancel the subscription, then re-purchase it using the new form of payment. Once a subscription is canceled, magazines will only be available for purchase at their current rate.
Note: Magazines aren’t available on the Newsstand app for iOS.
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