The official BBC News app offers you the latest live news you can trust from our UK and global network of journalists.
Download the BBC News app, where you’ll get top stories and breaking news, live reporting, and the option to follow news topics that match your interests. Our topics range from UK News, Health, Lifestyle, Culture, Business, Technology and Science and Environment. These can all be found in the My News tab in the app.
The BBC News app offers the following:
News, Features & Analysis
Headlines, detailed analysis, and exclusive features.
Breaking news and top stories
Get breaking news and top stories from our trusted global network of journalists.
Live news and developing stories
Follow developing stories with up-to-the-minute reporting available 24-hours a day and access the BBC News channel live stream.
Local news and weather
Using the UK postcode in your BBC account, we’ll show you local stories and weather to stay informed on your area.
Alerts for top stories
Opt-in to push alerts where you will receive notifications instantly to your device.
Follow news that’s important to you with My News
Create a personalised My News experience that brings together the topics and stories you care about and trust the most. Access them quickly in the My News tab.
If you choose to receive push alerts, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by 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.
For attribution and analysis purposes, our data processor AppsFlyer collects the below information about you:
- Your device information, such as device type
- Your IP address to determine your location
- Activity data, such as the time you downloaded the app
- Which sites (if any) referred you to download and use the app
We also use this data together with your BBC account data to improve the BBC News service. You can opt out from AppsFlyer tracking by filling out their ‘Forget My Device’ form: https://www.appsflyer.com/optout.
The BBC News app uses technologies similar to cookies to measure audience behaviour. The app uses information collected through these technologies for internal purposes to analyse and improve the app and help us give you a better experience. You can switch this off using the Send App Statistics toggle on the BBC News app’s Settings screen.
For more information about how and why we use information about you, please visit the BBC News App Privacy Notice: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/help-55320181
For more information about how the BBC processes your personal data to provide a personalised service to you, please see the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy at https://www.bbc.co.uk/usingthebbc/privacy/how-does-the-bbc-collect-data-about-me/.
This update contains various bug fixes and improvements, in particular addressing some crashes users were experiencing following the last major release.
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.
Generally good but some features don’t seem to work
The main features (Top Stories and Popular) work reasonably well. The app is generally fast and not too buggy, although there are 2 major annoyances for me.
Firstly, the search function doesn’t ever seem to work for me. It never returns search results. Sometimes I want to find an article I’ve previously read or e.g. search for the weekly news quiz. This feature would be very convenient for that purpose. However, since it doesn’t work, I have to either manually trawl through articles in the app or run a Google search for the article I’m after. This makes the whole feature redundant. If this worked, it would massively improve my user experience so it is frustrating that it doesn’t.
Secondly, the top 10 popular articles often have the article names and associated images scrambled (so that the wrong images are attached to the wrong headlines). This is a fairly minor issue, but it is sometimes confusing and sometimes jarring when a serious headline is mapped to a comical image or vice versa.
Not all updates are improvements
I have had to downgrade this latest version 7.0.0 It’s really not doing it for me, I preferred the old version where you had swipe right to different topics, this scrolling one is terrible, and doesn’t seem to show as many topics, and fresh news is less than it was, The only thing I find I want to scroll is back to the previous Version, still I suppose these app developers have to keep themselves looking busy 2 / 5 and that’s being generous.
Update: Further downgrade to 1 Star, seems the app has a Share function, so you can share news on Facebook etc… but it doesn’t actually work, you press Share, and select Facebook, it appears to perform a curtsy and that’s it, so it is awkward to use and lacks functionality, don’t know why they did this, the previous version was much better. Pointless
Updated Update, well the latest version seems to have fixed the curtsy and I can now share news as a post on Facebook, but sadly the layout is still not improving any, but back up to 2 Stars, I wish they’d go back to the previous sideways scroll, I really can’t find any interest in the vertical scroll.
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