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Enjoy BBC History Magazine, the UK's best-selling history magazine, on your iPhone and iPad. Dive into the latest issue, download the entire back issue collection and save more with a subscription.

Each month we assemble leading experts to explore a wide range of British, American and international historical topics – from ancient civilisations to the two world wars. Our historians tackle the key events and personalities of the past, as well as shining a light on lesser-known areas and explaining how the latest research changes our understanding.

Our App makes it easy to read and enjoy each issue with helpful features like text adjust, allowing you to amend the font size for clear reading on any device size. You can also bookmark your favourite features to revisit, and browse our 10-year archive of content with the handy search tool.

Every issue also contains a comprehensive reviews section, inspiring ideas for heritage visits, breaking history news and the historical background behind current events.

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Customers can buy single issues and subscriptions using In App Purchase

Subscriptions are available on monthly or annual terms.

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• No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period. This does not affect your statutory rights
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• The app may offer a free trial. At the end of the free trial period, the full price of the subscription will be charged thereafter. Cancellations must occur 24 hours before the end of the subscription period to avoid being charged. Visit for more information.

The subscription will include the current issue if you do not already own it and subsequently published future issues. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.

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What’s New

Version 5.6.7

Thanks for using the BBC History Magazine app! Here are the latest enhancements you’ll find in our update:

*Improved issue download speeds so you can easily enjoy your favourite content wherever you are
*General bug fixes

We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our app and make it more reliable for you. We’d love to hear your questions, suggestions or feedback. Email us at:

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
396 Ratings

396 Ratings

Trendy Nana ,

Problem with audio

I enjoy my History magazine but every time I click Listen to yeh Article on my I pad 5th generation it crashes out. The links to History Extra are fine.

Storming Water ,

Updated - Still useless

Yet another updated review. The content is fab so I’m focusing on the app.

It’s wiped out about six months of my subscription so the app is asking me to lay again for some issues. I’ve been in touch but no reply.

The audio option never EVER works. The sound bar moves. The clock/time moves. But does sound come out? No.

I hate this app. I mean really HATE it. I’ve been subscribing on and off for years but I don’t think I can ever subscribe again via the app. I like to have the sound as I can listen to the articles as I walk the dog. I’d also like to have all my issues back.

One other massive problem is that the app developer sends the buyer to iTunes for support if you purchase the subscription through iTunes. iTunes send you to the app developer. On and on it goes. Frustrated and ranty is how I’m feeling right now.

Ugh! Just don’t bother downloading this.

Developer Response ,

Hi Storming Water, please get in touch with us directly by emailing so we candiscuss your comments firther and work towards any appropriate resolution.

Thank you for your feedback. We are pleased to say that an app update is coming soon that will be a complete overhaul. It will be more stable and reliable, and it should be faster. It will offer the ability to change text size and offer bookmarking and, it will be optimised so it will scale correctly to any screen width. We are expecting to have the new version out September 2018 and we are looking forward to releasing it.

Hoveboy ,

When are you going to fix the crashing bug you introduced in the last update?

When I tap on Read to read an issue I had previously downloaded the app just quits. The only way to fix this is a complete re-download of the app. You can download an edition not previously downloaded and read that, but then you have the same problem with THAT edition the next time. This only just started happening, and it is very annoying!

Developer Response ,

Hi Hoveboy,

We are very sorry that you are experiencing these crashes, we are looking into it and will try to get it resolved as quickly as possible.


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