Get the latest breaking news from the BBC and our global network of journalists.
Stories are arranged in topics including top stories, UK news, world news, politics, business, technology and sport.
The app offers the BBC News Channel streamed live in the Video tab, social features and personalisation so you can re-order the news topics to suit your interests. Topics you have followed can be found in the My News tab, and can be re-ordered using the Edit function.
NB Please note that to refresh the app you should pull down on the main content area. See in-app help page for further details.
The BBC News app offers the following:
- Breaking news
- Top Stories and latest headlines
- Features and analysis
- Live BBC News Channel
- News clips embedded in stories
- An 'Edit' menu to personalise your experience and choose news that interests you
- Share news stories by email, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp
- Font controls to increase or decrease the story text size to suit you
- Refresh controls to see the latest stories and updates
If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by Urban Airship on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service. No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed.
You can choose to unsubscribe from BBC News push notifications in your device’s ‘Notifications’ screen.
We aim to release regular improvements to the BBC News app. Recently we've been working on improving some fundamental elements of the app, which should help us to add some exciting features in the future.
Ratings and Reviews
The BBC News app is about as trusted a news source as you’ll find, but what we really love is how it lets us create our own bespoke channel. Choose topics from a staggeringly comprehensive list, and suddenly you’re getting just the stories that truly matter to you. It makes the challenge of keeping up with the world almost manageable.
Bring Back Carousel Mode
UPDATE 1st MARCH 2018 - Really disappointed that today’s update hasn’t reintroduced the carousel mode for My News. This was clearly a popular feature judging by other people’s reviews. Today’s update has just made things worse in my opinion by increasing the number of stories displayed in the ‘Latest’ category within My News, which to me is just a confusing jumble of stories made up from the categories I’ve selected. Please reconsider offering a carousel view mode as you used to. It was great!
ORIGINAL REVIEW FROM FEB 2018 - Not a fan of the new layout. I really miss carousel mode when viewing stories in My News. It offered a quick, concise way of visually scanning the stories across all of my selected categories using just my thumb. Having menu navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen but categories at the top is more fiddly on the finders and thumbs than previously... for me at least. End result is that I spend less time using this app now as it’s just too fiddly compared to previously. Please bring back a carousel view mode option.
New tab system is less user friendly than the old compact view.
My old review is below - the new tab system has removed the compact view and carousel feature as far as I can tell. This makes it harder to navigate on an iPhone 6s as I now have to select feeds rather than having my chosen few on the grid style my news. I appreciate that the new design may be better for the newest phones but we can’t all afford to upgrade - any chance we can have the old design back?
As it is, the new view has meant I’ve knocked a couple of stars off as it’s less user friendly (the content is still five star).
I’ve left the old review below to illustrate the difference with the new design.
The latest update which introduces 'compact view' greatly improved my user experience on an iPhone.
The 'carousel' feature completes the user friendly experience for me as I can now access my preferred news feed at one time making scanning stories easier.
Huge thanks to the developers for listening to the feedback - this is particularly appreciated when other major app developers churn out fortnightly 'updates' without any noticeable changes. Clearly this is a company that values the opinions of it's user base and this is very much appreciated.
I've upgraded my rating to five stars - well deserved.
- BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited
- 60.9 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- English, Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Welsh
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- © BBC 2018
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.