Become a member

Becoming a Medium member lets you:

  • get unlimited access to all the stories on Medium
  • support your favorite writers
  • listen to audio narrations of popular stories
  • access an improved bookmark section with offline mode


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  1. Go to and click Upgrade.
  2. Choose your subscription plan ($50/year or $5/month.)
  3. Choose the payment method. You can subscribe with your credit card or PayPal.
  4. Enter your credit card details and click Start my membership or click PayPal Checkout to subscribe with PayPal.

Get unlimited access to stories for members

Once you become a member, you will be able to read an unlimited number of stories published as part of our membership paywall. Those are the stories marked with the star icon ⭐ on the preview. Thousands of new stories are published for members every week from writers on Medium.

You'll also get access to premium content from leading publishers like The New York TimesThe Financial TimesThe EconomistNew York MagazineRolling StoneFast CompanyBloombergCNNForeign PolicyThe Guardian, and many more. You can learn more about that here.

Support your favorite writers

When you read or clap for a story for members, a portion of your membership fee goes directly to the author. This way, Medium membership lets you support your favorite writers and helps them earn money.

Tip! Check out the Partner Program section to learn how to start monetizing your stories.

Listen to audio narrations

Medium members have access to thousands human-narrated audio versions of popular stories. Members can browse all the audio on Medium through curated playlists in the audio section of our apps.

Access an improved bookmark section

Once you become a member, you will be able to archive your read stories in a separate tab in your bookmarks. Additionally, all your bookmarked stories will be automatically saved for offline reading on the iOS and Android apps.


Why was my credit card charged $1?

When you become a member of Medium, 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 order for multiple family members to have access to Medium membership on their accounts, each of these accounts will need to have a separate membership subscription.

What the App Store badge “Supports Family Sharing” means

Though the App Store listing for the Medium app displays a Supports Family Sharing badge, this message should not be understood as a guarantee that a single Medium membership subscription can be shared by up to six family members.

The badge is by default displayed for iOS apps which can be downloaded and used by multiple family members enrolled in the Family Sharing plan. And accordingly, its description says:

With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

In-app purchases such as Medium membership are not covered by Family Sharing

While our iOS app is indeed completely free to download and use, a Medium membership subscription (which gives readers access to exclusive content and features) is an optional in-app purchase, and as such is not eligible for Apple Family Sharing.

You can learn more about what types of purchases cannot be shared by family members in this Apple Support article.

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