Your Guide to Augmented Reality in The Times

Your Guide to Augmented Reality in The Times

The New York Times introduces the newest advance in digital storytelling. Here are answers to questions about what you will need to use it.


The New York Times is introducing the newest advance in digital storytelling: augmented reality (AR). This technology uses your phone or tablet to create a bridge between the digital world and the physical one. If photography freed journalists to visually capture important moments, and video allowed us to record sight, sound and motion, then our augmented reality feature goes a step further, making flat images three-dimensional. AR brings our report to you in a way that makes it more immediate than ever before.

Open your NYTimes app to experiment with AR right now. Next week, we will launch an immersive AR experience featuring athletes from the Winter Olympics. Don’t have the latest NYTimes app? Download it here.

How do I do it?

• You will need an iPhone SE, an iPhone 6S or newer, a fifth-generation iPad or an iPad Pro.

• Make sure you have the latest version of iOS.

• Check that you have the latest version of the NYTimes app.

• Allow the NYTimes app to access the camera.

What if I don't have an iPhone or iPad?

We have created immersive features meant for viewing on a desktop or an Android device, so just look at an article the way you normally would.

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