Each week over 1.5 million subscribers trust The Economist to help them make sense of the world. Join them with The Economist app.

Free to download. New users can subscribe to The Economist within the app and take advantage of an introductory subscription offer. Users on iOS 10.2 or below will need to update their phone to access the app. Otherwise The Economist classic app is available to enjoy our weekly edition.

Already a subscriber? Simply install the app and sign in with your Economist details.

The Economist is a trusted, independent, finishable filter on world affairs, offering in-depth analysis of business, finance, economics, science, technology, arts and culture. Whether it’s the latest developments in the Trump administration, the rise of automation in the workplace, the economic impact of environmental change or the case for legalising drugs, The Economist has it covered.

App highlights:

• A morning briefing to prepare you for the day ahead (Economist Espresso)
• A daily selection of curated articles, combining news updates with highlights from the weekly issue
• Full access to the weekly edition of The Economist (digital and audio versions)

As well as full access to the weekly edition, the app includes additional daily updates with articles from The Economist along with Economist Espresso, a morning briefing highlighting the most important things you need to know each day. All of the articles from the weekly magazine are available to listen to in audio, along with selected daily updates


Full app features:

• The weekly edition available every Thursday evening London time
• Audio versions of the weekly edition read by professional broadcasters
• Daily Picks: a daily selection of curated articles
• Economist Espresso: a morning briefing published every weekday, and on Saturday
• Notifications of the latest cover stories and key articles
• Reading times highlighted on each article
• Bookmarking to allow users to save articles for later, or create their own collection
• Support for iPhone and iPad


• All users on iOS 11.2 or above can subscribe to The Economist within the app and take advantage of an introductory subscription offer. At the end of the introductory term, the subscription will automatically renew onto a quarterly subscription at the standard price
• Annual subscriptions are also available
You will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing exchange rate as defined by iTunes
• Payment is charged to your iTunes account upon confirmation of purchase.
• Introductory offers, annual and quarterly subscriptions automatically renew
• Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours before the end of the current period, at a cost of £44.99/$45.99/€69.99 (for a quarterly subscription) or £159.99/$189.99/€229.99 (for an annual subscription)
• You can manage auto-renewal of your subscription from your iTunes account settings at any time, but must be turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period to avoid being charged again
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable
• Full terms of use can be found at
• Privacy policy can be found at

What’s New

Version 2.9.0

- Play daily picks podcasts in-app
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

hiatus ,

Improving, but still many bugs

I appreciate that they are continuing to improve this app in impactful ways, such as fixing image downloads and adding bigger font sizes (which I use on the treadmill) but there remain many issues.
- I wish I could download all the images in advance for offline access, like I can for the text and the audio, and like I could with the old app. At least the image streaming works better after the latest fixes.
-It is a hue data hog and increased my phone bill, I had to turn off cellular data for this app. They download three sizes of every article’s cover image, for example.
- Audio needs a bit of love. Needs a 1.25x setting which would be the sweet spot for speed of playback. It frequently starts playing at the wrong speed. 15-second skip back should be the default back button for use in my car, rather than skip to the previous article. Narration sounds good, but could be edited and abridged a bit (like not narrating parentheticals) to better fit the slower format.
- It often doesn’t remember where I was reading. I usually am a couple weeks behind reading back issues, but it keeps trying to start me on this week rather than continuing where I left off.
- When re-finding my place, Clicking on the hamburger menu to find sections and then clicking on the section often doesn’t work.

Dom B L ,

app quality

SIR- The new app is simply excellent. The rewrite has succeeded in transforming the app from a digital version of the weekly newspaper into a full fledged source of news, catering not only to the times I feel like reading in-depth analysis from the issue’s front to back. The linked articles at the end of each article allow me to wander around and read based on topic even if the linked articles are from a previous issue. The in-built espresso function is also appreciated, creating another mode of news consumption that will again serve as a jumping off point to further reading.
Some Guy,

Heyhey11111 ,

Why did they change this??

The old app was the gold standard for magazine apps. The functionality was perfect and let me immerse myself in each week’s magazine with no other distractions, so it felt much closer to the print version. Now the menu bar at top is always visible allowing me to click back to “this week.” I want that to go away when I scroll down/read. And it shouldn’t refer me back to “this week”—that’s a section of the magazine. It’s confusing to call the magazine part of the app that as well. Also, I never ever listen to the audio version. So why do I have to see it on each page? I just don’t get why you’d mess with perfection. I’d use the “classic” app, but apparently it doesn’t recognize my economist subscription? So frustrating.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback. The Classic app is still available for you to use, therefore you can select what is best for you. This app includes more content which is part of your full subscription.


The Economist Newspaper Group Inc.
55.6 MB

Requires iOS 10.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Copyright © The Economist Newspaper Limited 2018
In-App Purchases
  1. Three month subscription $55.99
  2. One year subscription $189.99


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