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Your subscription includes access on the following devices:



iPad and iPhone

  1. Click here to validate your current subscription and establish your digital account. If you've already set up your digital account, proceed to step two.
  2. Download and install the ESSENCE iPad or iPhone app from the App Store.
  3. The app will download to Newsstand, which is its own icon on the iOS desktop. Tap the Newsstand icon and the ESSENCE app icon will be on the Newsstand shelf.
  4. On iPad, tap the "Sign In" button on the upper left corner of the screen. On iPhone, tap the gear icon on the upper right corner, then tap "Sign In."
  5. Enter the email address and the password you set up.
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  6. Tap LIBRARY to view and download available issues.

Kindle Fire

  1. On your Kindle, go to the Amazon Newsstand and find ESSENCE magazine.
  2. Tap "Verify your subscription."
  3. Enter your account number, mailing address, or digital account login information.
  4. Tap "Verify."

You will now be able to view and download available issues.

ESSENCE magazine subscriptions cannot be setup on the first generation Kindle Fire.

NOOK Color and NOOK Tablet by Barnes & Noble

  1. Visit barnesandnoble.com and search for ESSENCE. Using your barnesandnoble.com account, order your NOOK™ subscription by tapping or clicking "Subscribe Now."
  2. After you submit your NOOK subscription order, you will receive an email from Barnes & Noble with instructions on how to verify your subscription. Follow the instructions for print subscribers.
  3. You will have 14 days to validate your subscription by entering your subscription account number. If you do not validate your subscription within 14 days, you will be charged for your NOOK order by Barnes & Noble.

The Barnes & Noble NOOK app is available for Windows 8 PC and tablet owners. Click here for more information.

The Next Issue™ app

  1. Go to http://www.nextissue.com/magazines/essence/
  2. Click the button that says 'Verify'.
  3. Enter your email address, create a password, then click “Create Account”.
  4. Enter your account number (with no spaces) and your zip code, or enter your mailing address. Then click “Next”. You will receive acknowledgement that your digital access has been added.
  5. If you have not already done so, download the Next Issue App.
  6. Tap “Sign In” and enter your email address and password. Then tap sign in again.
  7. You will now be on the library page with the current magazine cover.
  8. Click on the cover to download the issue.

If you are not sure whether your tablet is compatible, please click here or contact Next Issue.

To ensure the highest-quality experience for subscribers, we are always reviewing new devices for the ESSENCE Digital Edition.

The Next Issue Media app is available for Windows 8 PC and tablet owners. Visit nextissue.com for more information.

Android Devices via Google Play

  1. Tap the Google Play Store icon on your Android device.
  2. Tap the magnifying glass on the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Search for the magazine title in the top left corner.
  4. Tap the name from the drop down menu.
  5. Tap the magazine application.
  6. Tap subscribe and choose the offer term.
  7. Select "For current subscribers".
  8. Please enter your information and tap continue.
  9. Verify your subscriber status by entering your address or account number and tap continue.
  10. Agree to Google Play's Terms of Service and tap Accept & subscribe.

Please visit the Google Play Help Center for more information: http://support.google.com/googleplay

You can contact Google Play customer service by clicking here.


Kobo is available on iOS, Android, Kobo branded devices, and on the web at Kobo.com.

  1. Go to the Kobo Store on your iOS, Android, or Kobo device or on the web at Kobo.com.
  2. Make sure that you're logged into your Kobo account.
  3. Find ESSENCE magazine.
  4. Enter your ESSENCE account number and click "Submit".

Find your account number on your magazine mailing label or by clicking here to log into ESSENCE Customer Support with your email address and password.

For support call (855) 732-3662 from 8:00AM to 12:00AM EST or email help@kobobooks.com.

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact customer service at 1-866-772-8790 or click here.

For FAQ's about ESSENCE, click here.

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Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.

Windows 8 is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.

Kobo is a trademark of Kobo.inc.