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  1. Go to and click Upgrade.
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  4. Enter your credit card details and click Start my membership or click PayPal Checkout to become a member with PayPal.

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Common questions

How easy it is to cancel my membership?

Medium membership can be canceled at any time from your Settings page, or from the App Store for memberships purchased through the Medium iOS app and Google Play Store for Android.

When you cancel, you will still be able to use all your membership benefits until the the end of the billing cycle. Learn more about cancellations.

Can I receive an invoice for my purchase?

Yes. To learn how to receive an invoice for your membership, see this article.

Why am I unable to start a recurring membership?

Certain credit and debit cards are unable to initiate recurring charges based on geographical banking restrictions. As this is a banking regulation, it is beyond our control. We encourage you to contact your bank, verify if this restriction is applied to your bank account, and work directly with them to find resolution.

To work around this restriction, you can buy a gift membership and send it to your own email address. The gift membership costs $50 and works just like a regular annual membership, but it's a one-time charge rather than a recurring one. This means you should be able to buy it using a credit/debit card that does not support recurring payments.

Why was my credit card charged $1?

When you become a member of Medium, our payment provider Stripe may make a temporary authorization of $1 to verify validity of the card. This temporary authorization will be credited back to you, and not charged.

Can I share Medium membership with Apple Family Sharing?

In-app purchases such as Medium membership are not covered by Family Sharing. Learn more here.

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