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We've spent countless hours, added 10s of thousands of publishers, and re-imagined local from the ground up to bring you the app store's best local news experience.

River shows you the other 99% of news not covered by the news. Our ambition is a healthier experience of the news. 80% of surveyed users report that River reduces the chronic stress, anxiety, and pessimism felt when reading the news.

River declutters, distills, and detoxifies news into a minimalist, visual feed of unbreaking and so that you can:

+ Enjoy a news feed free of doom scrolling, clickbait, manufactured outrage, and fake headlines.
+ Expand your perspective by seeing a full range of voices on each story
+ Go deep into your interests by exploring categories
+ Receive alerts for breaking news

What’s New

Version 1.0.97

Local News. We've got local news! We've spent countless hours, added 10s of thousands of publishers, and re-imagined local from the ground up to bring you the app store's best local news experience. River. Now with local news.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
5.6K Ratings

5.6K Ratings

juugysl ,

Best news app I’ve found

I’ve had several news apps and they were either really biased politically or the user interface was unusable and ugly. This app is clean and has a super user friendly interface that I haven’t seen even close on any other news app. Also, this app seems to deliver unbiased news and just deliveries the stories as they are. The type of news you choose to see is very customizable as well. You like science? You can have science news. Football, gaming, UFC, movies, internet, whatever you’re interested in you can subscribe to. All in all, I would really recommend this app to everyone young or old doesn’t matter the app is super user friendly and caters to everyone.

edmayen ,

Good So Far. I have Two Suggestions Though...

I saw an ad for this news app while scrolling through Tik Tok and my gut reaction was to ignore it since I primarily use Apple News and that has served me well. However I was draw to the “feed style” news approach as well as the claims of impartiality and the AI based suggestion algorithm that improves as you use the app.

So I downloaded it and gave it a try. So far it’s been working great and I like the concept. I only have two suggestions. Please auto-mute video and audio. I don’t need sound blaring the moment I open the app especially if I’m in a quite setting. Let me decide to unmute. You could add a little volume toggle on every article that has audio in order to let the user decide. Number two please allow us to edit/modify notifications. I already get to many notifications as it is and I’d like to limit the notifications down to something I’m comfortable with. Other than that great app!

Yyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaa ,


I’ve been looking for a news app for some time that keeps me well informed without taking too much of my time. I’ve tried twitter and reddit and many more but this is so far my favorite. The app is very simple and pulls articles from notable news sources all over that are catered to my own interests and important happenings.

A few things that I would like for the app in the future: the ability to add more categories to my interests as well as create custom categories, the ability to save articles on the app to reference later, and the app opens the article in the browser directly rather than bringing me to the river web client.

Thanks so much for creating this great app! Keep it up.

App Privacy

The developer, River Search, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Other Data

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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