15 Ways to Bypass a Paywall in 2023 (2023)

Paywalls are pretty annoying for most people. Not many of us want to pay to read just a handful of articles on the NYT, WSJ, and other sites. But that’s what we’re left with unless we can skip the paywall, bypassing it in some way to access what’s behind it.

This page block functions as a wall to prevent you from accessing the content, and the only legitimate way to get around it is to…pay. Fortunately, there are websites and other tools you can use to delete a paywall or trick your web browser into thinking it’s not there or that you have permission to access the content it’s protecting.

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  1. Use a period in the URL
  2. Press Esc
  3. Open Incognito Mode
  4. Clear browser cookies
  5. Change DNS servers to “Uncensored”
  6. Use Chip
  7. Use OutLine
  8. Use 2ft Ladder
  9. Use a VPN
  10. Delete the paywall
  11. Disable JavaScript
  12. Use Facebook
  13. Look elsewhere
  14. Use a paywall unblocker
  15. Subscribe to the trial

Paywalls have a legitimate purpose, namely to make money for the publisher. Think twice before following these directions and realize that by removing it for free, you’re cutting off what could be the company’s sole source of income.

Use a Period In the URL

This might seem too easy, but it actually does work. In some cases.

To try this, put a period after the “.com” part of the URL. For example: examplesite.com./article.html.

If this doesn’t work, feel free to move on to these other tips, but I’ve confirmed that it does in fact remove the paywall on some sites, so it’s absolutely worth a try. Plus it’s the easiest method here!

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Press ‘Esc’

Some paywalls are one of the last things on the page to load. After the images, text, ads, etc., the wall will pop up to block your access. You might notice this if you look closely; the page loads the whole article only to abruptly stop and hide most of it behind the subscription information.

All you have to do is hit the Esc key on your keyboard after the page loads the article, but before the block has time to show up. Give it a few tries, but it should work if this is how that particular paywall has been implemented.

Open Incognito Mode

Incognito/private browsing mode is a way to access a website as a fresh user without any cookies or other internet files. This works to bypass a paywall because some of them work in a way where they limit access based on how many times you’ve visited the site in the past. Some let you read just five articles, for example, in which case using Incognito mode tricks the site into thinking you’re on your first visit.

Ctrl+Shift+N is how you open Incognito mode in Chrome. Private Mode in Firefox can be accessed through Ctrl+Shift+P. Those browsers and others usually provide this private mode through their menu if you those keyboard shortcuts don’t work.

If this works, but you’re suddenly being limited again, close out of Incognito mode and reopen it to refresh the session.

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Clear the Cookies

Sometimes, you can’t get past the paywall even in Incognito mode because the site can identify that that’s what you’re trying to do, and it will show it anyway. Deleting the cookies will hopefully erase any evidence that you’ve been to the site, thus letting you visit as a new, first-time user.

Clearing the cookies in most browsers can be done through the Ctrl+Shift+Del shortcut. When the pop-up opens asking what to do delete, make sure the option for cookies is chosen. When you’re done removing cookies, try the page again to see if it worked to bypass the paywall.

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Lots of paywalls work this way where they count your visits via cookies stored on your computer. If Incognito mode and clearing the cookies isn’t the solution, then the website must be using a different technique to track you. A different method below might more more helpful.

Use Chip, OutLine, or 2ft Ladder

Chip and OutLine work similarly to the methods above, but depending on the paywall you’re trying to bypass, they might be a better solution. Follow one of those links, and enter the URL to the page that has the paywall.

The same idea works with a VPN since they give you a new IP address. If the paywall is there because of repeated access from one IP address, accessing the site through a VPN could fix this, but that is a long shot.

Similar to Online.com is 2ft Ladder. Enter the page’s URL into the box on their website, and select Remove Paywall.

Another quick method with this site is to type https://12ft.io/ into the URL bar, and then paste the URL you want to unblock. For example, https://12ft.io/https://example.com.

Keep in mind that many of the big companies that use paywalls, have found ways to prevent sites like 2ft Ladder from working, so you might need to try another method from this list.

Delete the Paywall

Depending on the site design, it might just be a literal pop-up that you can delete. I’ve seen this to be the case many times where the paywall is blocking the page from being seen fully but it’s really just an extra layer that can be removed to reveal the content behind it.

Here’s an example of one of the pop-ups you might see on The Washington Post:

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You can see the page behind the pop-up but there isn’t an exit button. Instead of subscribing or signing in like they want you to, do this:

  • Right-click the paywall and select Inspect Element in Firefox, or Inspect in Chrome. Other browsers might use similar wording but the idea here is to find some sort of inspection tool.
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  • Select the mouse pointer at the top left of the new screen that shows up. In the image above, it’s right next to the Inspector tab. With that selected, click the pop-up again.
  • Go down to the bottom of the screen where you see the code of the page (left side of the image above) and look for the highlighted code. It might even say something like paywall or subscription box on it.
  • With that code selected, hit the Delete key on your keyboard.
  • Repeat those last two steps as many times as you have to to get rid of the paywall pop-up. If you accidentally delete too much and the whole page disappears, refresh the page and start again from the first step.

If you do it correctly, you can delete the paywall completely and read the page normally, like this (just don’t refresh or it will reload the paywall):

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Disable JavaScript

Some paywalls use JavaScript to control when and how they show up. Disabling this functionality, at least temporarily, might prove helpful.

Learn how to disable JavaScript in your browser for all the details.

Use Facebook to Edit the Link

This will most likely not work for most paywall sites, but you can try it anyway if you’ve made it this far. It’s easy: just type http://facebook.com/l.php?u= before the URL. This will make the site think it’s being clicked from Facebook, which sometimes will hide the paywall.

For example: http://facebook.com/l.php?u=https://www.wsj.com/articles/fakepage

You should be redirected to Facebook where you have to choose a “follow link” button to access the real page. This only works if the site considers traffic from Facebook to be reason enough to show you the content for free, which it might if it uses the social media site as a form of advertising.

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Look Elsewhere

You might feel foolish for not thinking about this one, but another way to get around a paywall is to literally avoid the website that’s showing it! Look somewhere else on the web for the same article. You’d be surprised how often this works.

Copy the title of the page if you can see it, or look in your browser’s tab area to see what the page’s heading is called. Search the web for the exact same heading to pull up other sites offering the same details. Sometimes, you’ll find that the other website have a near identical copy but for free, without a paywall.

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Or, you might get lucky and land on a website that the publication is giving free articles to. For example, here how this might look if you click a link from Reddit (this one applies to The Washington Post):

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Something else you can try when researching for alternative articles of the same topic is a website archiver. Wayback Machine and Archive are a couple good examples. Enter the URL of the paywall page into either of those sites to see if there are any archived copies you can read instead.

Use a Paywall Unblocker Browser Add-on

At this point, a tool that can attempt to remove the paywall for you is your next best option. There are several out there, some with really specific sites in mind and others that work with a broader range of sites.

One example is Unpayall (download for Chrome or download for Firefox). It lets you get scholarly articles for free by having this paywall unblocker look for copies on free websites.

Subscribe to the Site With a Trial

This is the most “professional” way to bypass a paywall. Short of subscribing fully and paying every month or year to access the site’s contents, try getting a trial. Most services are free for a few days or a week or month to give you an opportunity to try it out.

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This is clearly the best method since it guarantees that you can get around every paywall on the site during your trial. The only downfall is that you might forget to unsubscribe at the end of your trial. To avoid getting charged by accident, use a temporary debit card such as Privacy.


How can I bypass paywalls easily? ›

The easiest way to bypass a paywall is to use reading extensions such as Reader Mode. Reader Mode will take the body of an article and convert it into a pretty and distraction-free format. Most importantly, it will remove the overlay elements that made it impossible to read the restricted article.

What does 12 foot ladder work on? ›

12ft.io is a website that allows online paywalls to be bypassed. It was created by Thomas Millar and Seron. The name is based on the phrase "show me a 10 foot wall and I'll show you a 12 foot ladder." It bypasses paywalls by pretending to be a search engine crawler when requesting a webpage.

What website lets you bypass paywalls? ›

The best alternatives to Bypass Paywalls are Reader Mode , Tunnello VPN and Incoggo. If these 3 options don't work for you, we've listed over 10 alternatives below.

How do I get past a paywall in Chrome? ›

Reset Your Browser Cookies

Delete your browser cookies or use incognito mode to get around the paywall. If the website lets you view a handful of articles and then blocks access with a paywall, they're doing so via storing cookies that track how many pages you've viewed.

What is the 1 in 4 rule for ladders? ›

To help make sure the ladder angle is at the safest position to work from- you should use the 1-in-4 rule. This is where the ladder should be one space or unit of measurement out for every four spaces or units up (a 75° angle)

What is the 1/4 rule when using a ladder? ›

The base of the ladder should be placed so that it is one foot away from the building for every four feet of hight to where the ladder rests against the building. This is known as the 4 to 1 rule.

What is the heaviest duty ladder? ›

Choosing the Right Ladder
Type IAA (Extra Heavy Duty)375 pounds
Type IA (Extra Heavy Duty)300 pounds
Type I (Heavy Duty)250 pounds
Type II (Medium Duty)225 pounds
Type III (Light Duty)200 pounds

Is it illegal to bypass a paywall? ›

Yes, It's Illegal to Cheat a Paywall.

How do you Unblur a paywall website? ›

Switching to Reader Mode in Chrome

Enter "chrome://flags" into the address bar of a Chrome web browser window. Chrome's hidden Reader Mode may be able to unblur text on certain sites, including some that are behind paywalls. This address takes you to the page you'll need to access to activate the feature.

Can you get past Onlyfans paywall? ›

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Can Google crawl behind paywall? ›

Hard Paywalls

This means that content can't be crawled or indexed by Google or other search engines. Obviously, this makes it much harder to get new signups, but if the content is of high value, the conversion rate can be much higher.

What is leaky paywall? ›

Leaky Paywall is built specifically to help news and magazine publishers enagage readers and deliver a seamless subscription experience, to convert paid subscribers. Leaky Paywall builds email lists and easilty creates new content products.

What is a soft paywall? ›

soft paywall (plural soft paywalls) (Internet) A paywall that allows limited free access, such as by allowing each user to read a certain number of articles per month without paying.

How do I access things behind a paywall? ›

Access News Articles for Free: A Guide to Unlocking Paywalls
  1. 1 Try Incognito mode to bypass a soft paywall.
  2. 2 Install Mercury Reader for Chrome or Edge.
  3. 3 Try Safari's Reader Mode on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad.
  4. 4 Try 12ft.io in any browser.
  5. 5 View the archived version of the site or article.
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What is the belt buckle rule? ›

Prevent falls from ladders: Keep your body (belt buckle) between the side rails of the ladder. Avoid over reaching to the sides.

Would a 250 pound person use a Type 1 ladder? ›

b) Type I – These ladders have a duty rating of 250 pounds. Type I ladders are manufactured for heavy-duty use. c) Type II – These ladders have a duty rating of 225 pounds. Type II ladders are approved for medium-duty use.

What is the 3 point of contact rule? ›

To reduce or prevent such injuries, your WorkSafe team recommends using the “three points of contact system” when entering and exiting a truck. The three points of contact system means three of four limbs are in contact with the vehicle at all times (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand, etc.).

How many people are killed by ladders each year? ›

Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders.

Where should you never stand on a ladder? ›

Select a ladder that will allow you to complete your desired task while remaining securely balanced, and you should never stand on the top two rungs of a step ladder or above four rungs from the top on an extension ladder.

Is it OK to stand on the very top of a step ladder? ›

Never stand on the top rung or step of the step ladder. This makes the ladder very unstable and prone to tip over! Never face away from the step ladder! This can easily cause you to fall!

Are ladders color coded? ›

EXTENSION LADDERS: On fiberglass extension ladders the fiberglass frame is colored, and on aluminum extension ladders the base and top caps/pads are color coded as well as the ropes. Note: Ladder Capacity includes the weight of the user, and any tools or materials that are also imposed on the ladder.

How much weight can a little giant hold? ›

The Classic meets or exceeds all OSHA and ANSI standards. It is rated to hold 300 lbs. in all configurations. In the stepladder position, the ladder can hold 300 lbs.

What is a free paywall called? ›

A soft paywall (also known as a freemium model) provides free content and premium offers. Users can read a big selection of articles on websites with a soft paywall without paying fees or completing a subscription.

How can I see paid articles for free? ›

How To Read Paywall Articles for Free
  1. Paste the Headline in Google (News - Alert) ...
  2. Facebook (News - Alert) Direct. ...
  3. Use an Incognito Window to Open The Link. ...
  4. Disable JavaScript in Your Browser. ...
  5. Edit a Couple of Elements on the Webpage. ...
  6. Look for a Duplicate Article. ...
  7. Use a VPN Service. ...
  8. Use an Annotation Service.
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What is no longer allowed on OnlyFans? ›

OnlyFans, a self-described “subscription social network”, announced last week that it would ban sexually explicit content from October. The ban was a shock because, behind the generic branding, such content is perceived to be OnlyFans' biggest draw.

Is it illegal to save OnlyFans content? ›

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How do I trigger Google crawl? ›

Request indexing through Google Search Console
  1. Log on to Google Search Console (opens in a new tab).
  2. Choose a property.
  3. Submit a URL from the website you want to get recrawled.
  4. Click the Request Indexing button.
  5. Regularly check the URL in the Inspection Tool.
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How can I make Google crawl my site immediately? ›

Here are the main ways to help Google find your pages:
  1. Submit a sitemap. ...
  2. Make sure that people know about your site. ...
  3. Provide comprehensive link navigation within your site. ...
  4. Submit an indexing request for your homepage. ...
  5. Sites that use URL parameters rather than URL paths or page names can be harder to crawl.

Is Rolling Stone behind a paywall? ›

All your Rolling Stone articles are behind a paywall right now. A mistake, or just how it's gonna be from now on? Subscribers get access to our coverage, but you'll also get curated content and exclusive first-hand looks behind the scenes.

How high can you reach with a 12 foot ladder? ›

10-foot ladder = 14-foot reach. 12-foot ladder = 16-foot reach.

How tall of a ladder do you need for a 12 foot ceiling? ›

If you have 12 foot ceiling and you will be using this ladder in the house only, you would need an 8ft ladder. There is a common chart as shown below which will guide you on what size to buy. Also don't be afraid to set up a ladder in the store and see how it feels.

Do ladder drills build muscle? ›

The ladder method is the ultimate hack for muscle and strength. It helps you smash plateaus, speed up your workouts, and it doesn't just work on bodyweight exercises—it can blow up your deadlift, squat, and bench press numbers too, as well as your kettlebell lifts.

Are folding ladders safe? ›

How safe are telescopic ladders? Telescopic ladders are very safe if you buy one that is certified to EN131. If you buy an EN131 ladder, you should be able to request a conformity certificate from the seller.

How tall can a ladder be without a cage? ›

The current OSHA standard, 29 CFR §1910.27(d)(1)(ii), requires that safety cages or wells shall be provided on ladders of more than 20 feet to a maximum unbroken length of 30 feet.

How heavy is a 12 foot ladder? ›

FeaturesFoldableLadder Product Type
Load Capacity (lb.)300 lb.Material
Number of Steps12Product Weight (lb.)
Returnable90-DayRung/Step Material
Storage Width (in.)33.84
1 more row

Why are ceilings 8ft high? ›

There was a time when eight-foot ceilings were the norm. One reason: Timber typically comes in eight-foot (2.44 meter) lengths, so for houses built with timber-frame construction, eight-foot ceilings make sense.

What is the lowest legal ceiling height? ›

(a) Every habitable room and bathroom shall have a minimum ceiling height of not less than 7 feet, 0 inches for a minimum of 50 percent of the room's floor area. The remaining area may have a ceiling with a minimum height of 5 feet, 0 inches. Minimum height under dropped ducts, beams, etc.

How tall are 1970s ceilings? ›

In the 1970's, the average ceiling height was 7 feet 9 inches. Today a standard ceiling height is nine feet on the first floor and eight on the second.

Does climbing make your forearms bigger? ›

No matter what type of climbing you do, be it bouldering or route climbing, it will build muscle in certain areas of your body which will help you climb more efficiently later. The areas you'll see the biggest transformation are in your forearms, back, arms and core.

How can I get big and strong? ›

Moving big weights is what will help you get bigger overall, forcing your entire body to grow. That means focusing on tentpole lifts: Bench presses, pullups and chinups, barbell rows, deadlifts, and squats. Aim to do at least one of those moves in every workout.

How do I get faster? ›

General tips
  1. Warm up and cool down. Start each workout with a warmup and finish with a cooldown. ...
  2. Eat well. Your diet plays a role in your running performance, especially the foods you eat right before you run. ...
  3. Hydrate. ...
  4. Maintain a moderate body weight. ...
  5. Perfect your technique. ...
  6. New kicks. ...
  7. Dress the part. ...
  8. Strength training.
Jan 9, 2020

How high is a typical house? ›

The average height of a two-storey house is between 4.7m (15.5ft) and 5.8m (19ft). For a two-storey house, we recommend a 3.0m to 7.0m extension ladder.

How tall is a 13 rung ladder? ›

Technical Specs: Extension Ladder Height: 8.5m. Closed Height: 3.5m.

How high can I paint with a ladder? ›

Ladder Height

Many contractors consider it a best practice that an extension ladder should extend 8 to 10 feet longer than the highest area you need to paint. Generally speaking, many ladder manufacturers state that every rung below the 4th highest is considered safe to stand on.


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