How to Get Around the New York Times and Washington Post Paywalls without Really Trying

If you are a news junky, you've most likely come across paywalls for sites like the New York Times and Washington Post, which allow users to access a small number of articles every month, before they block access:

There are, however, a number of easy ways to bypass the paywalls for these particular sites.

Solution 1: Use a Different Browser
These sites block access to articles after you have reached their set monthly limits, which, for the New York Times, is ten articles per month. The sites track the number of articles you have read in your browser. If you hit their paywalls, one obvious solution is thus to just begin using a different browser once you have reached your article limit in your primary browser. The drawback here though is that your secondary browser will also be blocked by the paywall once you reach the article limit inside that browser. But do not fear.

Solution 2: Use Your Browser's Private or Incognito Mode
In fact, there is no need to use a secondary browser at all. Since the number of articles you have viewed is tracked by the browser itself, you can simply shut the tracker off by using your browser in private (Firefox) or incognito (Chrome) mode. In private or incognito mode, your browser will disable its cache and history, which, at present, also effectively disables the paywalls for sites like the New York Times and Washington Post.

Know another paywall trick? Let us know in the comments. Happy browsing!


  1. Or you could just subscribe and support the hard working journalists who get crap for pay to begin with.

    1. We don't want to pay just to see the latest news.

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