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What's New

Version 2.3.9

- Fixed: The app will no longer crash for users on iOS 11 after first launching the app after an update is installed.
- Update: We can now identify the device type of users when leaving a review to ensure users across all devices are enjoying the same app experience

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.7K Ratings
1.7K Ratings

Quite good

Michael SF

I use this app five or six days a week to read the Chronicle on the ferry. Generally it works well, and navigation works extremely well in the most recent versions of the app. The only real flaw is that the “download for off-line reading” fails from time to time. The consequence is that when the Internet is unavailable while the ferry is in the middle of the bay, the app sometimes says “content unavailable” even for the text. Clicking the red “Download” bar twice while the Internet connection is still available seems to make it worse. But overall it is quite a good app for reading the newspaper. The only other thing I would criticize is that it has no button that allows one to see exactly which stories are in the printed version of the day’s Chronicle, which people sometimes refer to in discussions with me. The online version contains stories that are older, but also not all the new stories that are in the printed version of the paper, as far as I can tell.

Developer Response

We appreciate the feedback and will continue to improve the app.

SF Chron


Update on prior review (about a month ago):
After months of not being able to get through even the first section without the page freezing or closing, I have been able to read the entire paper without problems. Neither updates of the app nor recommendations from tech support were helpful until I posted my last review. Finally, a useful fix. The suggestion was to delete and reload the app. The reloaded app works smoothly and, for the first time since June or July I am getting the news I’ve been paying for. The only remaining glitch is that a few stories about half-way down the “Front Page” are usually cropped at the top so that I don’t see the headline and the top of the photo. Relatively small annoyance that doesn’t really impede my reading.

Developer Response

We apologize for the issues you are experiencing. Some readers have reported issues after updating the app to the latest version from a previous version. In several cases, deleting the app and reinstalling the app resolved the issues. Please give that a try and contact if you continue to experience issues.



I now read all newspapers online. The convenience compensates for whatever I miss in the newsprint version. The Chronicle app has improved some over the past year or so, but it still crashes about once a week, so I have to reload. There are some glitches that just won’t go away. One example: recently there was a cool story about the most fun restaurants in SF. Try as I might, every time I clicked on the story, the app would freeze. After four or five attempts, each beginning with deleting the app and then going through reloading it continued. I finally gave up. Guess I’ll never know the most fun restaurants :)

I also read the NYT, WSJ and once a week the London Times. I never have the issues with those apps that I do with the Chronicle. But I still want to read the Chron, so it’s like walking around with a rock in my shoe. Irritating, but I still do it. Please keep trying to make it better.


Hearst Newspapers LLC
108.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
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