General BrowZine FAQ

Modified on Tue, 23 May 2023 at 04:56 PM

How do I download the BrowZine app?

BrowZine is available for Android and iOS mobile devices.  By far the easiest way to do this is to enter the App Store on your device and then search for 'browzine'.  There is only one matching app - BrowZine - to this query!  The app is free to download.

You can also direct users to this easy to remember and easy-to-link page:

I don't see my library listed.

After downloading the mobile app or using, if you do not see your library in the list and you suspect that your library SHOULD have an active subscription, please contact us immediately.

BrowZine is a service and thus an institutional subscription is required.  If you would like to get a feel of what BrowZine can do, we do offer a free version which you can choose called "Free: Sample Open Access Publishers" which you will see in the list of schools.  After a simple registration, you will have access to over 200 titles from BioMed Central and PLoS.  If you would like to see more from your library's collection, please have your library contact us at to learn more about getting started with a trial!

What are the system requirements to run the BrowZine app?


As of version 2.4.2, BrowZine requires iOS 15 or newer to run on iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches. If your device runs this iOS version or can be upgraded to do so then it will run BrowZine!

Devices using older versions of iOS may be able to run older versions of the BrowZine app, but we would recommend using a device capable of running the latest version for the best possible experience.


As of version 2.14.0, BrowZine requires Android 5 (Lollipop) or newer to run.

Will BrowZine for Android run on my device if it supports this operating system requirement?  

Most likely! While we do our best to test on a variety of devices, it is impossible to test on the literally thousands of different devices available worldwide. Third Iron tests on some of the most popular devices including:

  • Google Nexus
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab and Note
  • Amazon Kindle Fire HD

My Android device has a slot for an SD card which I use to expand the capacity of my device.  Does BrowZine take advantage of this?

Yes!  While BrowZine uses internal device storage for the app and some cache to help the app run smoothly, if you use the "Save Article" feature in BrowZine, this is automatically saved to your external SD card so that you don't fill up your precious internal memory on your device.  While most PDFs are fairly small, if you have hundreds of them saved, this can really start to make a difference so utilizing this external storage can be very helpful!  Of course, if you do not have this feature or an SD card installed, BrowZine will save to your internal memory instead.