How to Bypass Paywalls

Paywalls are becoming more and more of a burden. They effectively lock knowledge behind a pay-to-read system. If you're interested in getting around these, here are a few tips known to help.

Media/Newspaper Paywalls

Many news sources such as the New York Times and the Washington Post lock their articles behind paywalls. I can't recommend the Bypass Paywalls extension enough. The official extension was removed from the Chrome Extensions store, but it's pretty easy to install manually.

Academic Paywalls

Most scholarly articles are locked behind a subscription. I recommend using the extension Unpaywall to 'unlock' some of these articles. Once it is installed, all you have to go is go to the article page and click the green tab that appears on the right side of the screen. This doesn't work for all scholarly articles, but it's worth a shot if you find one you're locked out of. There is also SciHub which has more than 85 million unlocked scholarly articles.

Related Solutions

It's not a paywall, but after reading three articles on Medium, it asks you to log in. This is annoying and unnecessary, so a simple workaround is to open a new tab incognito (usually ctrl+shift+n) and pasting the link into your browser will work.