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The Family Handyman

By Reader's Digest Association

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The Family Handyman delivers expert and understandable advice for do-it-yourselfers. Save money when you repair and improve your home yourself, and feel the pride of independence and accomplishment; The Family Handyman will guide you along the way. Fix plumbing problems, add storage space, save on appliance repairs, build bookcases, learn about cool tools –– even build a shed! Each issue has how-to videos and step-by-step photography that simplify and demystify even the most complicated of home improvements, and is jam-packed with tips to improve your skills.

SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Download the Family Handyman app and enjoy the free sample issue. Then choose your payment plan: SAVE UP TO 62% off the single-issue price. PRINT SUBSCRIBERS: FREE ACCESS to the iPad edition is included in your subscription for six months. Just download the app and tap on the “Current Magazine Subscriber” button to get started.

Note: Downloads of issues can take a few minutes—that’s because we’ve included bonus content such as photos, exclusive videos, interactive content, and more. Take full advantage of Apple’s Newsstand feature by connecting your iPad to your Mac or PC and installing iOS 5 before downloading this app.

Subscriptions Available
• 1-month subscription for $1.99, automatically renewed until canceled
• 1-year subscription for $14.99, automatically renewed until canceled
• NOTE: Your subscription starts with the latest issue; back issues are not part of your subscription but may be purchased as single issues ($3.99).

SUBSCRIBERS’ AUTOMATIC-RENEWAL FEATURE: Your credit card will be automatically charged for another subscription period (another year for annual subscribers, another month for monthly subscribers) unless you change your subscription preferences in your App Store account settings.

What's New in Version 4.1

Update to resolve issues with iOS 8

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Customer Reviews


I've held a subscription for the last three years. I accepted RD's (this is a Readers Digest product) offer of using their iPad app a year or two ago, in lieu of the print subscription. The app has always been buggy, but was basically useable. I've deleted and re-installed it a number of times, as each time they updated the app, it would become unstable and crash. I continued to put up with the crappy software, in order to get the content.

In the last two or three months, the app has crashed repeatedly with no unreliable access to the content, yet the developer does nothing to correct it. Now the app doesn't recognize I extended my subscription. I've had it! I've deleted the app and have written RD demanding my money back. They will never get another dime from me.

So after reading this review, and you still think you want the subscription, go ahead... idiot.

Good for me

Just downloaded this app a few minutes ago so I could try the free six month iPad version. I downloaded the latest issue, December/January with no problems and have been scrolling through this issue. I also downloaded the free Preview that is offered and that seems to be OK also. Happy camper so far!

Unable to Access Content

The app worked well initially and I enjoyed the articles. So I purchased a subscription and several back issues. After an update I was unable to sign in and access my library. I can not access my account info either. I have been shut out for months now due to error: "Unable to access server. Please try again later." Such a waste of money. Lousy support too.

The Family Handyman
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  • Free
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Updated:
  • Version: 4.1
  • Size: 9.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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