Enjoy Slate, the award-winning daily online magazine, on iPhone and iPad. Slate’s wry, insightful reporting and commentary on politics, news, and culture is now available in an application designed to optimize your mobile and tablet reading, listening, and viewing experience. The app offers a clean, easy-to-use interface and includes Slate articles, blogs, podcasts, and videos.

Features include:

- Access to the latest Slate articles and blogs, including Slate’s popular political and legal commentary, movie and television reviews, and Dear Prudence.
- Slate’s popular daily podcasts, including the Political Gabfest, the Culture Gabfest, and The Gist. The app allows users to play podcasts in the background while browsing other content.
- A home screen designed to showcase Slate’s top stories while allowing readers to browse the most recent and most popular stories.
- Tools that let users share Slate stories and features via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and SMS.
- Our membership product, Slate Plus is now available via in app purchase.

The app is free to download, however we do display advertisements within the app. Additionally we offer the ability to log in to your existing Slate Plus account or purchase a new Slate Plus account through the in app purchases. Your Slate Plus account can be used on your iOS devices as well as our website. To use your Slate Plus subscription on other devices you must create an account after completing your purchase. You can always create an account at a later time if you choose not to do so initially after your purchase.

With your Slate Plus subscription, you'll receive:
- Access to all Slate Plus content
- An ad-free experience

By creating an optional account you’ll also receive:
- Single-page articles
- In-page commenting
- Bonus podcast segments
- Early release, member-only and ad-free podcasts
- Access to Slatesters
- Access to premium seating at our live events
- Early access to and 30% off tickets to our live events

Slate Plus Subscription details:
There are two subscription option available for purchase: $4.99 per month and $49.99 per year (Save 17% with the annual) plan. New content is continuously being published by our writers. Your account will automatically renew at the end of each month or year depending on your subscription. Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can manage your subscription and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to user account settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.

For additional information regarding Slate Plus please see our FAQ:

Slate Privacy Policy and Terms of Use:

For additional information regarding auto renewal settings please refer to this link:

We are always looking to improve our applications. Please send your thoughts and suggestions to

What's New

Version 5.3.1

This version includes the first set of changes for our rebrand. Check out for more! This build also includes:

- Our new sections and subsections in the menu and swipe-able left and right
- We've removed TOP STORIES for now. We found it was highly duplicative with the POPULAR and RECENT sections. Stay tuned for a replacement in an upcoming release.
- Fixed a few bugs and app crashes

We've gotten emails about a few bugs that we're going to be addressing in very quickly:

1. Comments missing from new stories
2. Some images missing from new stories
3. The timestamp on newer articles is in GMT

Thanks as always for using the app. Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions or feedback at And if you like the app or Slate generally, please leave us a positive review. They really help!

Customer Reviews

1.7 out of 5

62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Repeat repeat repeat

Thomas Veil

Slate’s content is great, but the app has a critical bug. If you are reading the latest stories in the Recent news feed, you’ll find that any past articles you may have saved somehow become “stuck” amongst the newer articles. Those articles shouldn’t show up in the Recent feed AT ALL; they’re older, saved articles, after all. Yet they show up over and over and OVER, and it isn’t until you scroll past them and then back that you see the articles that are supposed to be there. This has been going on for a while now, and it’s annoying. I was hoping Slate’s vaunted behind-the-scenes CMS revamp would solve the problem, but it hasn’t.

Hiding in plain sight


I don’t know enough yet to either love or hate the new app. 4 stars are kind of an “A for effort” score, as I love Slate and read it every day, as well as keeping the daily podcast feed at the top of my queue.

Here’s the thing, though: for all the mentions of the big redesign in the podcasts, there was nothing saying to delete and reinstall the app. So after a week or so of the main news feed updating as usual, the stories across the header hadn’t been changing. I decided the regular update mechanism wasn’t going to do anything, and took the initiative to delete and do a fresh reinstall.

The new design looks promising, and if the functionality improves (embedded video, for instance), I’ll be delighted to give a proper Gabfest-style endorsement. But for now, I’ve had less than a half-hour, so can just look forward to digging in further.

And you might want to post an actual story or push the new version through a full App Store update. Just sayin’...

Loving and being frustrated by


As a Plus member I was anxious to have everything- podcasts and articles - in one place. However, the app freezes frequently when starting a podcast. The All Shows tab for podcasts doesn’t necessarily seem to always have them all.

I’d be okay with having to search for content if it didn’t quit freezing; that glitch also means I have to sign in again, a pain since I have to go back to my password generator to find the secure non-memorable one to copy and paste.

Look forward to this being resolved.


The Slate Group, LLC
55 MB
Requires iOS 9.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. All contents © 2016 The Slate Group LLC. All rights reserved.
In-App Purchases
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