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I subscribed to The Dirt on my iPad/iPhone but I can't download PDFs from the website unless I purchase them.

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iOS devices

We no longer support The Dirt on Organic Gardening Magazine for iOS devices, so we cannot guarantee there is a solution to whatever difficulty you might be having. But please feel free to read the information below and see if it helps.

The following questions are about The Dirt app on iPad and iPhone. If you have questions about PDF downloads from our website, please see the PDF downloads section.

I can't renew my subscription.

As of January 2018, The Dirt has switched to a quarterly format. For a short time, the subscriptions vanished completely (oops!) but we fixed that! You can now buy single issues, or you can subscribe quarter-to-quarter, or you can get an annual subscription. And, of course, you can still purchase individual back issues from our iOS app. We are going on hiatus to focus on book projects, so we recommend you subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date on these amazing new books.

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