About Ad-Light

Find out why subscribers love ad-light browsing on PopSci.com

Features


  • All-new browsing experience with fewer ads and faster speeds
  • Improved site performance and scrolling
  • Now available to magazine subscribers!
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Overview


What is ad-light and how does it change the way I read PopSci.com?


Ad-Light browsing works just like it sounds: a largely ad-free viewing experience across all devices — desktop, tablet, and mobile. No banner advertisements, no pop-ups & no auto-play videos ads. The site loads faster and scrolls smoother.


What happens if I don’t want to use ad-light?


The standard PopSci.com will continue to operate as it does today and include advertisements to support your browsing activity. You will continue to have access to Popular Science's great storytelling and resources at no additional charge.


I use an ad blocker when browsing the Web. Can I continue to do so on PopSci.com? 


Unfortunately, no. We understand that ads can be an inconvenience, but without them we wouldn’t be able to fund the journalism that fills the site. We give ad blocker users two options to continue accessing PopSci.com:

  1. Whitelist PopSci.com in your ad blocker settings so our site may serve ads as you browse.
  2. Purchase an Ad-Light subscription that makes sense for you. We offer Digital Only for those that wish to read our magazine on their mobile device and enjoy ad-light browsing on the site, or a Print + Digital Bundle for those that want to receive physical copies of the magazine too!

Print Subscribers 


I’m already a subscriber to Popular Science's print edition. How do I get access to Ad-Light?


If you’re a current print subscriber to Popular Science Magazine and wish to set up Ad-Light access on the site, please send us an email at popscisubs@bonniercorp.com including your Name, Account Number & Expiration Date.




Purchasing Questions


What’s included in the Digital Only subscription?


Digital Only includes:

  • A one-year subscription to the digital edition of Popular Science Magazine
  • A one-year subscription to the Ad-Light Experience
  • A lifetime subscription to PopSci’s industry-leading newsletters


Click here to start your Digital Only subscription.


What’s included in the Print + Digital Bundle subscription?


Print + Digital Bundle includes:

  • A one-year subscription to the print edition of Popular Science Magazine
  • A one-year subscription to the digital edition of Popular Science Magazine
  • A one-year subscription to the Ad-Light Experience
  • A lifetime subscription to PopSci’s industry-leading newsletters


Click here to start your Print + Digital Bundle subscription.


What methods of payment are accepted?


Subscriptions may be purchased using a debit/credit card, PayPal or Apple Pay. 


Will my subscription auto-renew?


To ensure uninterrupted service, subscriptions automatically renew at the end of each term. In the event that renewal pricing changes you will be notified of the change at least 10 days in advance.


In locations where auto-renewal cannot be enabled by default, you may be asked to take additional steps to confirm your auto-renewal preferences.


Auto-renewal can be disabled at any time by visiting the Manage Account page.


Can I purchase a gift bundle?


At this time, gift options are not available for bundled subscriptions. If you would like to purchase a gift subscription to Popular Science Magazine, please click here.


What should I do if I’m receiving an error message or can’t complete my purchase due to technical issues?


Please email us directly at popscisubs@bonniercorp.com for assistance.


Account


How do I check my subscription status?


Subscribers can review their subscriptions at any time by visiting the Manage Account page.


Note: Existing print subscribers who have not created an account on PopSci.com should use popsci.com/cs instead.


How do I update my payment information?


1.  Visit the Manage Account page

2.  Click on “Cards”

3.  Select “Add Card”

4.  Enter payment information

5.  Click “Save Changes”


How do I update my mailing address?


To update the mailing address on file for your print subscription, please visit popsci.com/cs and select “Change My Address” from the menu.


How do I change my password?


To change your password, visit the Manage Account page, navigate to the Profile tab, and select "Change Password...".


If you are not logged in, please select “Log In” from the top of any page, enter your email address, and select "Forgot Password...". If you've entered a registered email address, a one-time password reset code will be emailed to you.


Why didn't I receive a password reset code?


If you have not registered for an account on PopSci.com, no password reset code will be sent. If you have registered on our site and still do not receive an email, please contact us at popscisubs@bonniercorp.com.


How do I cancel my subscription?


You may cancel your subscription at any time by navigating to the Manage Account page and disabling Auto-Renewal. You will continue to have access to all of your subscription benefits until the Expiration Date listed on this page.


Fulfillment


How long will it take to get Ad-Light Access?


Ad-light access to PopSci.com should begin immediately upon the completion of your purchase. To browse PopSci.com with ad-light enabled on any device, simply log in using the “Log In/Profile” menu at the top of any page.


How long will it take to get my print issues of Popular Science Magazine*?


If your subscription includes the print version of Popular Science Magazine, please allow 8-12 weeks for your first issue to arrive. The number of issues in an annual term is subject to change at any time, but the amount of time remaining on your subscription will not be altered.


*Included with Print + Digital Bundle subscriptions.


How long will it take to get my digital issues of Popular Science Magazine*?


If your subscription includes access to the digital version of Popular Science Magazine through our app, please allow up to 48 hours for activation.


Instructions:


  1. Download the application to your smartphone or tablet.
  • iOS Users: Download the app here or search the App Store for "Popular Science ".
  • Android Users: Download the app here or search the Google Play Store for "Popular Science".


2. Open the app and tap on the banner at the top.

3. Enter your email address and create a password to complete setup. (Note: Your app password does not need to match the password used on the site.)


*Included with Digital Only and Print + Digital Bundle subscriptions.


Contact Us


If you have additional questions/concerns that aren’t covered here, please email us directly at popscisubs@bonniercorp.com and we will be happy to assist.