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General

What is Medium?

Medium.com is a website where anyone can read, write and respond to stories, posts and articles.

Download app

Download Medium iOS and Android apps: https://medium.com/m/app

Make a new Medium account

You can sign up for a new Medium account using your email address, or a social media account. See “Sign In / Sign Up” below for more info. 

Memberships

Becoming a paying Medium member entitles you to exclusive content and early releases of new features. To become a member, go here and enter your payment details.

Send feedback & feature suggestions

We’re always interested in hearing your feedback, feature suggestions and bug reports. Contact us below.

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Sign In / Sign Up

Sign in / up by email

To sign in or sign up for the Medium app with your email account tap Sign in / Sign up > Sign in with email and tap the link in your email to sign into your account. If you sign in by email, there is no password.

Sign in / up with Twitter

To sign in or sign up for the Medium app with your Twitter account tap Sign in / Sign up > Continue with Twitter and follow the instructions to sign into your account. You can also connect a Twitter account later.

Sign in / up with Facebook

To sign in or sign up for the Medium app with your Facebook account tap Sign in / Sign up > Continue with Facebook and follow the instructions to sign into your account. You can also connect a Facebook account later:

Sign in / up with Google

To sign in or sign up for the Medium app with your Google account tap Sign in / Sign up > Continue with Google and follow the instructions to sign into your account.

Basics

Home feed

Once signed in, Medium.com acts as your home feed. Stories in your home feed are written or recommended by people you follow, plus publications & topics.

Search

To search, tap 🔍 and type in your search terms.

Write a story

To begin writing a new story, tap Write a story or user icon > New Story.

Notifications

To see recent notifications on your stories, tap 🔔.

Profile

To view your profile page, tap user icon > Profile. You can see all your stories, recent highlights and recommends, plus edit your bio and photo.

Profile

Profile picture

To change profile picture, tap user icon > Profile > Edit > 📷.

Edit your profile

To edit your profile, tap user icon > Profile > Edit.

Change settings

To change your settings, tap user icon > Settings.

Change notifications

To change your settings, tap user icon > Settings > Email settings.

Your stats

To see your stats, tap user icon > Stats.

Reading

Audio

Medium members can access exclusive professional audio editions of selected posts by clicking the play button on any supported post, or by going here to find all available audio posts.

Bookmarks

You can bookmark a story by tapping on the ribbon icon. To access your bookmarks, tap user icon > Bookmarks.

Clap for a story

Click 👏 under a story to clap for it. Stories you recommend will appear in the feeds of your followers.

Remove applause

From a post page, mouse over the clap button until an X appears > click the X.

From your feed or homepage, click the down arrow icon > Undo applause.

Highlight a story

While reading a story, select some text and tap Highlight. (You must be signed in.) Other readers in your network who visit that story will see what you highlighted.

Send a text shot to Twitter

Select some text in a story and tap the Twitter icon. (You must be signed in to both Medium and Twitter.) You will be able to send an image of your highlighted text to Twitter.

Leave a private note

Select some text in a story and tap 🔒. (You must be signed in.) You can leave a note that will only be visible to the author.

Responding to stories

To respond to a story, you can either select some text and tap Respond or go to the end of the story and tap “Write a response.” Responses have their own unique page and URL, and will include a link back to the original story.

Share a story

To share a story, scroll down to the end of the story and tap either the Facebook or Twitter icon. Or copy the URL of the story from the location bar.

Collections

You can browse curated collections and top stories on Medium by tapping one of the tabs at the top of the screen.

Writing

Write a story

To begin writing a new story, tap Write a story or user icon > New story.

Save a story

Drafts are saved automatically as you write and are synced so you can continue later or switch to another device.

Edit a published post

To edit your published story, go to the story and tap Edit.

Make a series

For more information on creating and reading series, please go here.
 
Delete a story

To delete a story you wrote, go to that story and tap Edit > Delete story.

Saved drafts

To see all your saved drafts, tap user icon > Drafts.

See your stories

To see all your stories, drafts and unlisted items by tap user icon > Stories.

Adding titles and sub-titles

In the editor, select your text and tap the big 'T' to activate a title, and smaller 'T' for a sub-title.

Change the text style

To make a word or phrase bold, italic or a link, select the text and choose B, I or 🔗 from the menu.

Add links in a story

To make text into a link, select it and tap 🔗.

Using @Mentions

To @mention someone in your story, type the @ sign, begin typing their name and pick them from the list. They will receive a notification when you publish your story.

Using lists

To begin a bulleted list, type ✱ and a space. For an ordered list, type 1. and a space. Or tap the list icon.

Using quote blocks

Select some text and tap the ❝ icon once for a normal quote and again for a pull-out quote.

Separator (line break)

To add a separator between paragraphs, go to a new line and tap + followed by the ••• separator icon.

Put images in a story

To add a photo or image to your story, go to a new line and tap + > 📷.

Set a featured image

Select the image you want to feature and type Shift + F, or ⌘ + Alt + 8 / Ctrl + Alt + 8.

Add a code snippet

To turn text into a code block, select it and press Cmd + Opt + 6 (Mac) or Ctrl + Alt + 6 (PC). Or go to a new line and add a triple backtick ```. For inline code, start it by typing a single backtick ` and again to close it.

Add tags to a story

When you’re ready to publish, tap Publish > Add a tag to add tags to your story. Add up to five tags.

Share a draft

From the Medium editor, tap Share to get the URL of the draft so you can send it to friends or colleagues for review before publishing. If they have a Medium account, they can leave private notes.

Add draft to a publication

When you’re done writing, tap ... > Add to publication > choose from list. Your story will still have to be published after you've added it to the publication, by an editor of the publication (could be you or another user).

Publish your story

To publish your post, tap Publish > Add any tags > Publish.

Remove a story from a publication

Go to the story you want to remove from your publication, scroll to the end and tap ... > Remove story from publication.

Unlisted stories

From your draft page, tap Publish > Scheduling / Visibility / License > Visibility >  Unlisted.

Schedule a post

From your draft page, tap Publish > Scheduling / Visibility / License > Scheduling > Schedule to publish and set your publish time and date.

Assign a license

In your draft, tap Publish > Scheduling / Visibility / License > License > Choose your license.

Customize story title

In the editor, tap ... > Customize title / subtitle > Custom and set your custom title and subtitle.

Customize link title

To set a custom title as part of your URL, in the editor, tap ... > Customize title / subtitle > Custom - and set your custom slug.

Revision history

To access previous versions of your draft, tap ... > Revision history and choose the old version.

Cross-post to Twitter

First connect your Twitter account to your Medium account. When ready to publish, tap Publish > Share on Twitter as.

Publications

What are publications?

Publications are a way to group stories together by many writers or by one writer  around a common theme or topic.

Add draft to a publication

When you’re done writing, tap ... > Add to publication > choose from list. Your story will still have to be published after you've added it to the publication, by an editor of the publication (could be you or another user).

Remove a story from a publication

Go to the story you want to remove from your publication, scroll to the end and tap ... > Remove story from publication.

Publication stats

To view publication stats, go to your publication's homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Stats.

Publication settings

Go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Publication settings. You will be able to change the title, description, writers, editors, layout and nav for your publication.

Publication layout

To customize your publication layout, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Publication settings > Homepage. You can add graphics and sections.

Publication navigation

To customize your publication navigation, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Publication settings > Navigation. Tap the + sign and Add a tab with many stories (tag) or Add a tab with one story (link).

Send a letter / Letters stats

To send a letter to your publication's followers, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Letters. You can write and send a new letter or view stats for your letters.

Submissions queue

For a list of all pending submissions to your publication, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Submissions.

Add submission to publication

For already published stories, scroll down and tap ... > Manage submissions > Accept into publication. The ... button and menu will also appear at the top of unpublished drafts.

Delete publication

To delete your publication, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Publication settings > Advanced > Delete publication.

Migrate stories into publication

To migrate stories into your publication, go to your publication homepage and tap Owner / Editor > Publication settings > Advanced > Migrate stories into publication. Currently, you can only migrate single-author XML archives of WordPress sites into Medium.

Feed & Following

Home feed

Once signed in, Medium.com acts as your home feed. Stories in your home feed are written or recommended by people you follow, plus publications & topics.

View your followers

To view your followers list, tap user icon > Profile > Followers.

Follow People

To adjust who you follow, tap user icon > Customize your interests > People.

Follow Publications

To modify publications you follow or access publications you contribute to, tap user icon > Publications.

Follow Topics

To change which topics you follow, tap user icon > Customize your interests > Topics.

Dismiss a story

To dismiss a story from your feed, tap ⌄ down arrow > Show fewer stories like this.

Block Users

To block a user, go to that person’s profile page. Next to the Follow button, tap ⌄ down arrow > Block this user.

Report inappropriate content

To report abuse, harrassment, trademark & copyright infringement or other problems, contact us via the form below. You can also report a story anonymously by scrolling to the bottom of a story and tap on ... > Report Story.

Contact Trust & Safety: https://yourfriends.medium.com

Accounts

Change settings

To change your settings, tap user icon > Settings.

Change username

To change your username, tap user icon > Settings > Accounts > Your username.

Connect Facebook account

To connect your Facebook account to Medium, tap user icon > Settings > Connect to Facebook and sign in to Facebook.

Connect Twitter account

To connect your Twitter account to Medium, tap user icon > Settings > Connect to Twitter and sign in to Twitter.

Passwords

Unless you sign into Medium with a third party account, Medium does not use passwords. When you sign in by email, a link will be sent to the email address on file to sign in. It will expire after 15 minutes.

Change email preferences

To turn on or off email notifications, tap user icon > Settings > Email settings.

Export content

To download content you've posted to Medium, tap user icon > Settings > Export Content > Download as .zip.

Sign out of account

To sign out of Medium, tap user icon > Sign out.

Delete or deactivate my account

Tap user icon > Settings > Deactive account or Delete account.

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