The Harper’s Magazine app

Harper’s Magazine has dedicated apps for iOS and for Android. To download the iOS app, please visit the iTunes store; for Android, please visit the Google Play store. The apps were built in partnership with 29th Street Publishing.

If you already have one of the apps and need help, please select one of the following options:

iOS support | Android support

Harper’s is also available for Nook, and through Zinio.

  • Jimmy Lambert

    Can not access subscription through app?
    Message says authentication service unavailable.
    Assistance please

  • Jason Burns

    I have a print subscription and when I try to get the digital copy via my iPhone the system does not recognize my address or my account number.

  • Marilyn Welch

    I am a subscriber for print ed. Tried 3 times to download the Dec issue and at the end of download got ERROR message with no explanation. This was on my iPad. Also how do I delete the April 2013 issue.

  • msangerman

    I guess I’m lucky – no problems, works well..

  • Eric Buonamassa

    I have been a Harper’s subscriber for many years. I would like to see back issued on my ipad, but it only have ad an option to view the last two months’ issues. Also, I can’t seem to figure out how to download the current issue (January). Please advise.

    • Harper’s Magazine

      The January issue will be available later today. The magazine’s archive is not available in the app — only the issues starting from the time it launched.

  • Dan

    I am subscribed thru Zinio. Can I access Harpers through the app?

    • Harper’s Magazine

      I’m afraid not. Zinio is a separate company from us, and we want to encourage subscribers to use the app we developed, so the best option there is either to switch over when your subscription is done, or else cancel with Zinio and sign up inside the app. I believe you will receive a refund for the remaining issues on your Zinio subscription.

  • Zedley

    How do I remove an issue from the device? I’m at a loss.

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Issue archiving is handled automatically. Typically the most recent issue and the last one being read are will remain in the app unless you’re very low on disk space. We’ll be adding the ability to delete an issue manually in a future update to the app.

  • Yossi

    How do I remove a read issue from my iPad?

  • glitteratti

    Any ETA on the android app?

    • Harper’s Magazine

      We’re previewing it with the developer early next week; hoping to release within a couple of weeks. Sorry for the delay!

      • wes

        any updates on this?

        • Harper’s Magazine

          Last rounds of debugging and quality assurance will be happening soon — sorry once again for the delay.

          • glitteratti

            Still waiting……….

          • Harper’s Magazine

            We’re sorry—the Android app is essentially finished from a design perspective, but unlike with iOS we have to set up our own newsstand to sell it. Integrating this with our existing subscriber database has thrown more roadblocks our way than expected, and we don’t want to launch without being sure it’s going to work properly. We’re SO CLOSE though.

          • Jacoby

            How many days close are you? Under 10? 10-20? Over 20?

          • Pirra

            Any update on the Android app’s progress? Just saw the add for it in the most recent issue. Said it was available in the Google Play store. Couldn’t find it. It’s cool if you’re still working out stuff on it (Better it be late and working then on time and buggy.) but an update and/or ballpark estimate on it’s ETA would be cool.

          • Harper’s Magazine

            Thanks for bearing with us. The design’s ready to go — all we have left is final quality assurance on a couple of older devices, as well as on security, server-load issues, and subscription verification. Hoping end of next week for the release.

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Thanks for bearing with us everyone, and sorry for the delay. The Android app is out:

      FAQ here:

  • Matthieu Fabre

    Your app is really nice, i apreciate the way you developed it. In coherence with the print edition’s “atmosphere”.
    I’m French and I discovered the Harper’s magazine last year on the train in the south of France. A passenger (probably american) forgot its Harper’s on my seat. So I began to read. The first article I read was an untitled poem by Hafiz. I was amazed, I subscribe the day after and now I’m waiting for my issue every single month. I read it on the parisian subway going to work every morning (I am a slow reader because I struggle reading in English). Your magazine changed my life in a way, I learned a lot thanks to it. Thank you very much for that !
    Warm regards from Paris ;)

  • wmbrainiac

    man, no offense, but acquiring and reading new issues of my subscription on my iPad totally blows. have your people look at the New Yorker app. works like a charm, gives me more control over holding in memory or archiving as many issues as i want. meanwhile, my harper’s app seems to sit and do nothing. it says it’s downloading, but there’s no evidence of progress at all after twenty minutes. and i pay a premium for fast broadband…

    • Leah

      Absolutely right. Same thing happens to me every time. I keep trying and, for no consistent reason that I can ID, the new issue will start to actually download & complete in seconds. Frustrating.

    • msangerman

      Agreed. Although I’m happy to have Harpers on my ipad – I’m very surprised at how clumsy the interface is. As mentioned, The New Yorker has done it right, Harpers has not. I’m hoping you’ll do a complete overhaul. Until you do I’ll stick to the hard copy.

      • Harper’s Magazine

        Hi everyone,

        Thanks for your feedback. If I can offer a modest defense, the New Yorker’s app has been out for several years now, and it wasn’t perfect out of the gate. If I’m not mistaken, their interface takes advantage of years of refinement on the part of Adobe.

        That said, we fully agree that ours needs improvement—we’re working out specs for a 2.0 that will include a landing page with clearer navigation and a library that allows archiving and does a better job of indicating download progress.

        As for downloading issues, we’re constantly working to improve this. The vast majority of issues are downloading smoothly, but if you’re having problems, please send us an email at so that we can diagnose them and try to offer a fix.

  • Mschulz

    Four months and I still can’t download an issue. I want my money back.

  • Bails

    I feel like an idiot…there is a way to make the typography smaller, yes? Someone please tell me how!

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Also on the roster for the next version of the app. The type in portrait is smaller than in landscape, so rotating the device might do the trick.

  • Jason E.

    Is there any possibility of a windows phone app being released in the foreseeable future?

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Not likely, I’m afraid. We’re keeping an eye on the growth of the market, but at the moment the resources required to create an app for a new platform are prohibitive. We’re hoping to launch a web edition later this year that might work with Windows phones. It’s a ways off though — we’ve got to get the Android version up and running, and running smoothly, first.

  • penndelnj

    Any update on the promised tool to allow manual archiving of downloads?

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Sorry about the delay. It’s still top of mind for us, but as another commenter notes, we’re behind on the Android release. We’re in final quality assurance on that, and once it’s done the next iOS update will be our first priority. It should be within the next two months. (Ironically we’ve had to solve this problem on Android, but it’s easier there.)

  • penndelnj

    My iPad app became corrupted, and I had to delete it and reinstall. It is now working properly, except that it is only offering access to the March, April and May issues. How do I regain access back to November, when the app launched? (I have not had the same problem with the iPhone app.)

    • Harper’s Magazine

      Please email with the details and we’ll investigate.

  • Disappointed

    Please don’t place an ad in your magazine saying “The app is here,” when in fact it is not. After reading the current issue, I searched Google Play and now this website only to find the app unavailable to android users. Exceeding poor execution and in fact false advertisement. Very disappointed.

    • Balked

      They put it in last month’s issue too! They just can’t wait to publicize an app that’s stuck in QA. I’m sure the app will be buggy once it finally is released in September.


    • Harper’s Magazine

      Apologies about the misleading ad. We have long print lead times, and were overly optimistic about our ability to get the newsstand set up and QAed.

      The good news: the app is now out, and you can download it here:



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