Frequently asked questions about Slate Plus.

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March 18 2014 12:09 PM

Frequently Asked Questions About Slate Plus

Everything you ever wanted to know about Slate’s membership program.

What is Slate Plus?

Slate Plus is a membership program for readers who support Slate’s journalism and want to be more closely connected to it. Think of it as an all-access pass: Slate Plus is where you’ll find enhancements to the regular Slate experience, as well as behind-the-scenes extras and exclusive opportunities.

To sign up for Slate Plus, click here.

Is Slate Plus a paywall?

Nope! Slate Plus is not a paywall. Everything that’s always been free on Slate will remain free for all Slate readers. There is no meter that stops you 10 stories into the month. Slate Plus members just get some extras, that’s all.

What kind of perks are we talking about?

Special access to your favorite Slate writers and editors in the form of live-streamed video, live chats, private Q&As, and more. All of our podcasts without any interruptions for ads—and with bonus segments for members only. The chance to read some of our very best features, including Dear Prudence’s weekly column, before anyone else. A sleeker, easier commenting experience. Exclusive behind-the-scenes info about Slate. Discounts on live events and merchandise. And the ability to shape Slate’s journalism by suggesting story ideas and areas of coverage.

Why did Slate create this membership program?

Slate Plus has two purposes. The first is to build a closer relationship with you, our most loyal fans. We’ll listen closely to your comments, improve your on-site experience, create bonus content you want, and involve you in shaping Slate’s future.

The second is to generate revenue to fund our journalism. Journalism is an industry that is constantly changing, and with an uncertain business model. Your membership makes it easier for Slate to start exciting new projects, create ambitious initiatives, and further our innovative Fresca program and our in-depth reporting.

And as a Slate Plus member, you can always talk to the membership editors, Jennifer Lai ( and Jeff Friedrich (, about any ideas (or complaints) you have.

There's a longer answer to this question, too. Here's Slate editor David Plotz on why we launched Slate Plus.

How do I unsubscribe from Slate Plus?


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Sorry to see you go! Was it something we did? Something we didn’t do? Let us know by sending us an email at We built this initiative to listen to our most loyal readers.

Or just click here to unsubscribe immediately.

I really want that mug. How do I upgrade my monthly membership to an annual membership?

I have a question about my New York magazine subscription. Can you help me?

Sure! If selected during sign-up, as a benefit, a 1-year (29-issue) subscription to New York magazine is included in your Slate Plus annual membership, a ($9.97 value). The New York magazine subscription also includes free access to the iPad edition.

For any other questions about your magazine subscription, please call New York customer service at 1-800-678-0900. 

I’ve lost my username/password. How do I reset it?

No problem. Just click on “Account” in the Slate Plus dashboard to change your membership settings, or click here. You can also change your username/password by clicking on the “Forgot Username or Password?” box when you sign in to here.

I use my phone to listen to podcasts. Will I be able to get the extended, ad-free versions on my phone, or will I have to listen to them on a desktop?

You will be able to get the Slate Plus podcasts on your mobile device, yes! We know that listening to them on-the-go is something most of our listeners do, so we’ve created an easy way to listen to them. After you sign up, we'll walk you through the very simple process of subscribing to the Slate Plus feed on almost any podcast app here.

How do I access the ad-free podcasts?

Access the ad-free podcasts by clicking on our handy instructions here!


How can I be sure that Slate is able to securely process my credit card?

To learn more about credit card security, click here.


Where can I sign in to Slate Plus from the Slate homepage?

On the homepage you'll find three short, white, horizontal lines, otherwise known as the burger bar. Click on that and it will bring you to the sign in.

**Make sure you sign in the same way you signed up for Slate Plus: whether through an existing Slate account, new Slate account, or another social site, such as Facebook or Twitter. If you created the account this way, you will need to click the appropriate icon below the username and password.**

What is the easiest way to get to the Slate Plus homepage once I'm logged in?

You can go to Bookmark it, memorize it, write it on your hand—whatever you like. Otherwise, you can click on the burger bar (three white horizontal lines at the top right of the homepage) and scroll down to Slate Plus.

Is Slate Plus available in the iPhone and iPad apps?

Slate Plus is available in the Slate iPhone app. It will be available in the iPad app shortly.

How do I access my Slate Plus subscription in the iPhone app?

If you signed up for an account on or purchased a subscription in the iPhone app and created an account, simply sign in under Settings. ​


You can also use the Sign In link in the Slate Plus roadblock pop-up. ​


Unfortunately, if your Slate Plus account is linked to a Twitter, Google or Yahoo account, you won't be able to access Slate Plus in the iPhone app just yet! We'll be rolling that out soon. 

If you purchased a subscription in the iPhone app and did not create an account, simply use the Restore link in the Slate Plus roadblock pop-up to retrieve your account from Apple. 

Creating an account is optional if I purchase Slate Plus via the app. Why should I create one?

When you create a Slate Plus account via the app, you get access to all of the features Slate Plus offers:

  • Single-page articles
  • In-page commenting
  • Early access to our most ambitious journalism
  • Early release, member-only and ad-free podcasts
  • Bonus segments of your favorite Slate podcasts
  • Access to Slatesters
  • Access to premium seating at our live events
  • Early access to and 30% off tickets to our live events

Without an account, you still get the ad free experience and access to Slate Plus content in the iPhone app.

I didn't create an account previously, but I'd like to create one now. How do I do that? Go to Settings and click Slate or Facebook. 


How does auto-renewing work and how can  I cancel by iTunes subscription?

Your account will automatically renew at the end of each month or year, depending on your subscription. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Auto-renewal may be turned off by going to your subscription settings in the App Store after you purchase Slate Plus. Unfortunately, no cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.​ This is Apple's policy. 

How do I give Slate Plus as a gift?

Learn more here.

Why aren't all the Slate podcasts in the Slate Plus podcast feed?
At this time, this is not an available option. But we hear you and we’re exploring the possibility.

Why am I getting an email saying my trial is over in 24 hours and that Slate Plus is going to charge me? Didn't I already pay?
Nope! When you signed up, you automatically got a two-week free trial. Even though you entered your card info, we waited to charge it until you decided to stick around with us. Now that we've entered into this lovely member relationship, we'll charge your annual or monthly fee.

What if I have a $(insert amount here) credit?
As you probably know, when you use your unique url to refer a friend, YOU get $5 off. The more referrals, the more $5 credits. After your two-week trial, we'll charge your card, reflecting the amount you owe after your referral discounts.

I love the ad-free podcasts, but miss the endorsements. Where can I get those?
We're glad you asked! We love those endorsements, too. We've created a page to aggregate them into one place. Check it out.

How can I edit my credit card information?
Go to and click "Change card data" at the bottom of the "Actions" list.

I found a bug/I have an idea for a great Slate Plus feature/I want to complain. Whom can I talk to?

Good. We built Slate Plus so we could give you a stake in funding journalism you value, and we want to listen to you. Reach your Slate Plus editors, Jeff Friedrich and Jennifer Lai, anytime here.