How do I paywall my archive of free posts on Substack?

At this time, paywalling a Substack archive is in private beta and limited to select participating publications.

Add a paywall to all of your old posts in just a few steps.

Navigate to your publication's Settings page and scroll to "Paywall your archives".

From the date picker, select a date when you'd like your posts to no longer be available to free subscribers. Then click on "Paywall posts".


Your archive of free posts will automatically be locked and free subscribers or new readers will see a paywall.


To remove the paywalls, head back to the "Paywall your archives" section and uncheck the box next to the calendar and select "Remove paywall".

Note: Posts that were individually paywalled before the use of this setting i.e. you inserted a paywall yourself will remain paywalled.

To exclude a post from the paywalled archive and make it available to free subscribers and new readers, follow these steps:

1. On a paywalled post, click on the three dots next to a post and select "Edit Post".

2. In the post editor page, select Settings at the bottom.

3. Click on "Remove paywall" and the post audience will automatically change to "Everyone".


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