Ask: How to Archive Magazines in Newsstand for iOS

  • joko
  • May 4, 2015
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Have an Apple, Mac, or iOS tech question? We have the answer. In this edition of ask, we explore the possibility of archiving digital magazines that you’ve downloaded through Newsstand on your iOS device.


Is there a way to archive magazines that I’ve downloaded to my iPad via the Newsstand app? I’m close to running out of storage space!


When you download a magazine inside of Newsstand, you are in essense downloading an app to your device. Instead of being shown on your Home Screen, the app is displayed inside of the Newsstand app folder interface.

When you begin to run out of storage space, many of these magazine apps inside of Newsstand will let you archive (or delete) previously downloaded issues to free up space on your device. All magazine apps are different, so you’ll have to check inside of your particular magazine app to see if it supports this feature. For example, with MacLife, if you go to your library, then push the edit button, you’ll have the option to archive issues.

You may be able to archive issues, but it depends on the particular magazine.

If the magazine in question doesn’t support such a feature, then you can delete the app by tapping and holding on the magazine app inside of Newsstand, then tap the “x” that appears in the corner of the icon (this will subsequently delete any downloaded data inside the app). You should then be able to re-download the magazine app and begin downloading future issues only.


Ask is written by Cory Bohon, a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer.

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