SmartNews is the award-winning news app downloaded by 25+ million readers in 100+ countries!

SmartNews analyzes millions of articles every day to deliver the top trending news stories influencing the world right now.

News From All Sides! SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

“Better than Feedly or Flipboard. Love it!” Jack C.
“Much better than the new version of Apple News.” - Polidoc
“Been using Google News but this is better. Much easier to share.” Eddie H.
“Literally one of the best news apps… It ranks with the likes of BBC News.” -lightspeed12

“Browse headlines quickly, customize your channels and read the news offline. SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.”

Breaking News
Notifications for breaking news stories.

Trusted News
250+ top US & World news publications.

Offline News
Fetch trending news and read news offline.

- Best of 2013 (Japan) - Apple
- Best App of the Year, 2013 (Japan) - Google

What's New

Version 5.2.2

- General improvements to make sure we provide the news that matters to you.
- New publisher channels include Garage, Free, Best Life, The Forward, The Weekly Standard, AFP and Eat This, Not That!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

23.9K Ratings

23.9K Ratings

Smart News is really smart


I was apparently one of the first regular user of the app and shared articles on Twitter constantly. 3 or 4 of the developers asked me for an interview via Skype and what Interested ME, was that they were all very young and what interested THEM was WHY I was so interested in the news. An earlier reviewer cited being fed too much liberal news and she should be happy with the addition of NEWSMAX which is definitely right leaning. Early on the developers said the algorithms choose the articles in your feed by the articles you actually read and your interest profile is just algorithms doing what they do but you have the option to choose a tab and read any article from any of the magazine you have added. I asked them to please keep it that was and not to start choosing ( as Facebook does ) articles to put forth an agenda, especially not a political agenda. So far I don’t see it happening. I have pretty eclectic interests and really enjoy the variety I have to choose from. This app also gives you the ability to swipe over to Reader View and read the articles without the annoying advertisements. All in all I hardly use any of my other news apps. I am afraid to count how many tabs I have on my home page! Love it!!

Developer Response

Thanks for the praise and feel free to recommend us to your friends and family members if they enjoy seeing news from both sides. - Imee for SmartNews



Biased left wing rag! Couldn’t even get past one topic that gave the story from the middle.
UPDATE: your response to my review leaves me with a chuckle. The point of your site is to provide unbiased reporting to the people that have chosen to download this app...UNBIASED! Get it? To have me add or update Fox News et all is ludicrous... 1. I could download their apps. 2. You assume those are conservative sites. 3. You assume I’m looking for a ‘ slant’ to my news. All of which are wrong and ignorant. I’m looking for the news! Plain and simple. YOUR SITE FAILS WHAT YOU ACTUALLY ADVERTISE. I don’t care what your opinion or the opinion of who you paste and copy from is. I want the news straight and to the point. EXAMPLE? Sure... your NFL coverage of the kneeling during the anthem. 100% in line with liberal ideology. You’re nothing more than a cut and paste app. Much like the Patch sites. This is a loser of an app! A fraud! A lie! I’ll gladly let everyone I know not to waste the 10 seconds it takes to download your plagiarized cut and paste crap. Not worth the time or effort. Reviewing you however was more than worth it. You’ve been called out for the charlatan that you are. You can’t even get a simple business model right.

Developer Response

SmartNews is optimized to provide news from both sides. If you'd like a conservative perspective on the news, you can add Fox News or Washington Examiner tabs on our Discover page. The ""For You"" section on the Top channel will also change to better reflect your interests & help you discover stories based on your reading preferences.

- Imee

Smart News, Bias Notifications


I downloaded this app because I heard good things about it. Let’s face the facts here MSN is dominated and ruled by liberal bias. You can scream and shout and say otherwise but don’t let that cognitive dissonance get in the way, it is. Conservative/Republican MSM is Fox News and A.M. radio. Thats it.

I have to admit, when I first downloaded this app, The homepage was almost split with different news sources. I’d say 40-60 split with liberal news still dominate. But fair. I really enjoy the food and wine pages and some of the entertainment. It’s good to see the contrast for political stories as well.

The issue is with the push notifications. Why am I constantly getting news sources pushed to me that are anti-GOP, anti-Trump, and bias news favoring the left? I mean Jesus Christ...I got a couple notifications from sources like Huffington post...they’re nothing more than a glorified blog with bias points of views and zero fact. I like the notifications on my iPhone and watch. But I’m turning them off. I’ve never seen one pro conservative news story pushed to me. There is still a bias here and it’s obvious.

Developer Response

Thanks for your feedback. We're always working to improve all aspects of the app, including the notifications, and we're open to any suggestions. In fact, we're currently looking into how we can make alerts more personalized. I’ll pass your feedback to our product team, and we'll keep it in mind moving forward.

- Jess


SmartNews, Inc.
23.3 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Japanese
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
Frequent/Intense Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Unrestricted Web Access
Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity
Frequent/Intense Realistic Violence
Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humor
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
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