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 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/.
We aim to release regular improvements to the BBC News app. In this release we have updated some library integrations to keep things running smoothly.
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
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.
Good but frustrating at times
My biggest frustration is clicking on a story which is of interest by its title and finding it only takes me to a general page where I have to scroll down for ages to try (and sometimes fail) to find the article I'm interested in.
Another is leaving stories for many days or even weeks so that they block fresher news.
When an existing news item is updated, often repeatedly and as indicated by the time under the title, you have no idea whether there's been a small change or major additions without re-reading it.
Finally there are too many typos and similar; it makes me worry if the articles are sufficiently checked.
I still score it with four stars, and I use the site a lot, but for the reasons I give it is frustrating.
Dreadful: they destroyed a good app
I waited a few days, to see if I "got used to it" thinking maybe it was just me stuck in my ways. No. What was a great way of presenting a lot of information compactly, with quick overview of the stories and quick access to more detail for those you wanted has turned into a sort of kindergarten picture book. Most of the screen is taken up by a big picture of one news story, scroll down for a few words about it the. A whole menu full of links to video snippets.... I can't begin to express how poor the user experience is. Poor imitation of the Guardian app which is great. This is not, and I am sad because I used the old one several times a day and admired it.
Edit:tried again several versions later. It's still terrible.
EDIT: it gets worse, at least the Scottish version, which fills the main and latest news sections with football. I don’t have “sport” selected, never read anything to do with football, but it’s swamped. I suspect from it’s inappropriateness a human hand decides what to put in “latest” and the main section, and a pretty dim human too. STOP PRESS! The developer contacted me, said “Hi there. Have you tried the compact mode as way to see more stories at once? Select menu > Settings > Compact layout " Sadly, there is no such option on my ipad!!
Developer Response ,
Have you tried the compact mode as way to see more stories at once?
Select menu > Settings > Compact layout
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- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
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