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Why The Walrus?

The Walrus is a national general interest magazine about Canada and its place in the world. We are committed to presenting the best work by the best writers and artists from Canada and elsewhere, on a wide range of topics for curious readers.

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Complimentary Digital Access

We offer complimentary Apple app subscriptions to our print subscribers (link above, details below). Unfortunately, we do not offer complimentary digital subscriptions on other devices, including Apple laptop and desktop computers, or to any Apple device that is incompatible with at least iOS 7.

To read The Walrus on any unsupported device, click here.

Activating Complimentary iOS Subscriptions
  1. Open the App Store, search “The Walrus Magazine,” then download and install it.
  2. Open Newsstand, tap on The Walrus app, then tap anywhere to open the menu bar (located at the bottom of the screen).
  3. Tap the menu bar’s My Account icon. A pop-up window will request your account number and postal code or zip code. (You can find your account number by referencing an invoice, renewal notice, or magazine shipping label. It will be located above your address. Please ignore any leading zeros.)
  4. Enter your information and—voilà!—your complimentary subscription will be activated.
CDS labelsLeft: invoice; right: magazine shipping label.

If you have any trouble, please email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Missing Issues

If you are a subscriber to our iPad or iPhone app and are missing issues, please click the “Missing issues? ” button for iPad or “Issues gone? ” button for iPhone or iPod touch located in the “Library” tab to restore any issues that were not automatically delivered.

If you lose access to back issues you have already purchased: When you upgrade your device’s operating system, or if the device runs low on memory, there’s a chance it will wipe the memory cache that stores in-app downloads. To rectify the problem, open The Walrus magazine app’s Library interface, then tap the Missing Issues button. Sign in using the same Apple account that you used to activate your subscription. You will not have to pay again. If a different account is entered, this restoration process will fail.

If the Missing Issues button fails or if you did not receive the most recent issue: If you are a subscriber, each new issue should automatically download to your device and appear in your in-app Library. Sometimes a communication error prevents this from happening. In these cases, you may have to download the issue manually by tapping the Download button next to its cover graphic. The same process applies if you have turned off automatic downloads or would like to re-download an archived issue.

If the issue is only available in your Store and not in your Library, do not purchase it again—you will be charged. (Per Apple’s terms and conditions, we cannot issue refunds directly to customers.)

Refund Policy

Per Apple’s terms and conditions, all purchases are considered final; developers are not permitted to refund customers. We do not have access to your App Store transaction record or any credit card information used for your purchase.

Automatic renewals

Your subscription will automatically continue, and your credit card will be charged for another subscription period at the current price, unless auto-renewal is turned off at least twenty-four hours before the end of the active period. However, you can manage your subscription and deactivate auto-renewal by accessing your App Store account settings after purchase. Subscriptions cannot be cancelled during the active subscription period.

To ensure that your subscription does not auto-renew at the end of the term, open the App Store on your device, scroll to the bottom of the page, tap your Apple ID button and login to your Apple account. Tap the manage button under the Subscriptions header, then tap The Walrus magazine and you’ll see an option to deactivate auto-renew for your subscription.

The App is Crashing

First, try restarting your device and then relaunching the app. If the problem persists, check your device’s operating system by accessing its Settings app. Click through General, then About and check your version number. There is a known error with our app and iOS version 5.0.1. If you are running this version, please upgrade to version 5.1 (or higher) and relaunch our app. At this point, you may have to tap the Missing Issues button to restore your purchases.

Using Additional iOS Devices

You can access the same subscription on up to five iOS devices, provided you are signed into the same Apple account that originally purchased the subscription. Just download The Walrus magazine app to your extra device(s), then hit the Missing Issues button in the app’s Library. Finally, sign in to the Apple account that you used to purchase the subscription or issues. Login with your corresponding Apple ID, and you will be able to access your subscription on the new device.

Prompts to Re-Purchase the App

This will happen if you have signed in to a different Apple account than the one you used to download the app. If you need to switch accounts, quit out of the app entirely, then open the App Store and scroll to the bottom of its home screen. There, you will see your device’s active Apple ID. Sign out and back in to switch accounts, then return to the app and attempt your purchase again—or tap the Missing Issues button to restore previous purchases.

Accessing the Latest Issue

Make sure you have the current version of the The Walrus magazine app by checking for updates in your App Store. When you purchase either a subscription or a single issue, the newest magazine should appear in your Library. To access it, tap your screen to pull up the app’s menu bar, then tap the Library button. There, you should see the issue’s cover accompanied by a Download button. Once the issue has been downloaded, you can tap the green Read button to open it. (If you’re seeing prices instead of Read buttons, you’re in the Store, not the Library.)

If the preceding information does not solve your problem, please email [email protected].

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms, publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year in print, tablet, and mobile editions; curating and producing the national series of public Walrus Talks; convening annual sector-based leadership dinners; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and designing such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks and Walrus TV. The foundation also trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.