NewsTap is a powerful Usenet Newsreader for the iPad, iPhone and the iPod Touch.

- Optimized for offline usage, so you can read and write news articles without an internet connection

- It's easy and simple to subscribe, manage and read news groups.

- Filters (also known as "Killfile") can automatically mark articles as read or mark them with a certain color.

- The application fully supports the portrait and landscape mode.

- Support for binary groups (photos and other files). Photos and pictures can be displayed directly. It's possible to add photos into the photo album or open them in other Apps.

- Quotes are displayed in different colors. Colors are also used to distinguish between read and unread articles, filtered articles.

- Hyperlinks are automatically detected and can be opened in a web browser.

- Optimized article layout for the small iPhone display. The original article layout is also available.

- Navigate within the articles from within the thread view or simply by flipping to the next/previous article with your finger.

- A graphical „tree view“ visualizes a complete discussion and makes it super-easy to follow and participate discussions.

- It's possible to hide articles that are already read and to hide quotes.

- Sync the read/unread states of the articles using a „newsrc“ file with other usenet client. The sync can be done via SFTP, WebDAV, Dropbox and iCloud.

- Post new articles or send followups.

- Build-in help, which explains all the application features.

For more screenshots please look at the developers web site.

What's New

Version 5.3.1

Fixes several glitches in the User Interface on an iPad running iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

great newsreader - love this ipad version


This is an update to my old review - this app remains 5 stars - it works just fine & allows me to still enjoy the newsgroups I've followed/participated in for decades(!), now. It's unfortunate that people are complaining about account issues and what must be general ignorance of Usenet and blaming the app, itself. It works fine, it works fine for multiple groups, it posts and updates just fine ... 5 stars.

I've been using newstap on the iphone for several years, now, and it worked fine, for me. But this ipad version is great - the extra screen real estate is used very nicely. Now, I don't care about binaries, I just care about reading my favorite few groups. rmgd lives!

Great start!


Never really expected a newsreader so I was really happy that it's here. Going from one post to the next works well but has a tendency to crash. Binary support is a welcome feature although there must be some high limit on what it grabs as it doesn't seem to grab large files. It would be less data intensive if it allowed you to download headers and mark for retreival. As it stands, it downloads everything in a selected group for offline reading which works, but was expecting something like the great grabit, or pan. For a first release, it works, and works well. definatley looking for a way to mark a whole group read as first review states. Looking forward to future updates!

cannot Watch threads


A lot of potential, but not quite there yet. Really like the layout and it does a number of things well (thread hierarchy tree is really cool), but missing a key feature that, for me, makes it unusable.

There is no ability to flag threads in a group that you want to Watch. So you have to manually scan the entire group each time you start Newstap to see if anything you are interested in has changed. I monitor a very active group with hundreds of new threads per week, and unfortunately, can't use Newstap without this feature. Had to go back to other alternatives.

On the plus side, Alexander was very responsive to my queries on this subject and will hopefully consider adding a Watch function in the future.


Alexander Clauss
5.4 MB
Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, German
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Unrestricted Web Access
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2017 Alexander Clauss


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