Hooked on Phonics Learn & Read 4+

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Hooked on Phonics

    • 4.5 • 6.5K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Learning Program:

More than 5 million children have learned to read with Hooked on Phonics over the past 35+ years. We utilize cutting edge research and guidance from leading educational experts to teach early reading skills most effectively. Machine-learning algorithms give children more practice in areas where they are struggling, and parents gain better insight into how their children are progressing with robust reporting features.

• Perfect for preschool, kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade readers (ages 3-8)
• Correlates to Federal reading proficiency standards into 2nd grade
• More than 250 songs, award-winning videos, interactive games, reading lessons, & ebooks
• Earn virtual awards and achievement certificates
• 100+ ebook library with stories to complement every lesson
• Use on multiple devices – pick up where you left off, no matter where you are
• Add multiple readers and track their progress individually

Hooked on Phonics contains 42 progressive lessons featuring leveled learning activities that cover key building blocks of reading: short vowels, simple plurals, simple compound words, beginning and ending consonant digraphs and blends, two-syllable words, and sight words. Each lesson concludes with a story specially written with the words just learned. Your child will read this book, proudly, on their own.

If your child is in Pre-K, has not quite mastered the alphabet and letter sounds, or they are struggling with Step 1 of the Learn to Read program, the Pre-reader section may be a good place to start. The Pre-reader section is an exciting preschool learning program that introduces pre-readers to the alphabet and letter sounds – critical skills they’ll need to begin Step 1 of the Learn to Read program.


Hooked on Phonics is FREE TO TRY for 7 days. You’ll get access to the entire program from pre-reader to 2nd grade. Try it before you buy it, and experience the joy of your child reading their first book.

With a paid subscription, you will also have access to the Hooked on Spelling and Hooked on Math Apps at no additional cost (a $12/mo value). Simply download the apps and use your Hooked on Phonics login credentials!

Terms of use:
- Hooked on Phonics provides a 7-day free trial, which upon completion, becomes a monthly subscription charged to the user’s iTunes account.

- Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours prior to the end of the current period.
- Subscriptions may be managed by the user by going to the “subscriptions” section in the app store after purchase.


Practice Pack Program:

What sets Hooked on Phonics apart from other reading apps is the option to include complementary Practice Packs (additional purchase required) that help a child develop concepts of print, reinforce the lessons learned in the app, and give instructions for hands-on ideas for deeper learning at home. Built by education experts with feedback from our customers, the Practice Pack program includes 5 Pre-reader, and 15 Learn to Read packs that include workbooks, stickers, storybooks, and in the first Pre-reader pack, flashcards that are sent to the home, monthly. Users can customize how often they receive these shipments through their account dashboard to tailor the pacing to each family’s needs. Created in conjunction with the App, the Practice Packs allow children to engage in different modalities of learning, review the skills they’ve gained in the App, and practice hands-on skills—like writing and tracing—that can’t be mastered in a digital setting. The result is an immersive program of learning experiences that keeps kids highly engaged in learning to read.

Start your child on the path to becoming a confident lifelong reader, and download Hooked on Phonics now!

What’s New

Version 6.8.05

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6.5K Ratings

6.5K Ratings

Jennie*o1 ,

Highly recommend!

I am well aware of how kids are being taught to read in schools... and it’s all WRONG (listen to the ‘EDUCATE’ podcast, and you will see just how bad it really is!) Anyways, when my son was about 16 months I introduced him to Hooked on Phonics. This. Changed. Everything. By 19 months he could recite his ABC’s. By 21 months he would rearrange the fridge magnets with the entire alphabet. By 24 months he would SPELL things to me like when he wanted water, he would literally SPELL out ‘W-A-T-E-R’ as well as other things like ‘ I LOVE YOU’. Today, he is now 3.5yrs old, my child is reading level 5 books. There is not a single word that he cannot decipher. He isn’t just reading, he is actually COMPREHENDING the text. I encourage parents to use HOOKED ON PHONICS. It is also critical to understand how schools are teaching kids to read (see podcast ‘EDUCATE’ on NPR.. it is an award winning podcast,) & to look at the actual SCIENCE behind how children are learning to read. Hooked on Phonics is absolutely vital in a child’s journey to becoming a good reader. I cannot express to parents just how important it is to teach your child PHONICS first and foremost. I suppose you don’t need to take my word for it, just see the science for yourself!!

Developer Response ,

Dear Jennie*o1,
We're so thrilled to hear from you, and we love your enthusiasm. We agree that the science behind the Hooked on Phonics program is proven, and we love to hear that real families are enjoying both using the program, and the delight that comes from seeing your child succeed in this essential area of their lifelong education, as reading is the gateway to so much future learning. Happy reading to you, and thank you so much for your kind review. Would you be willing to email me directly at jamie.levinthal@hookedonphonics.com? We'd love to hear more about your experience.
Thank you in advance.

jamiemclev ,

We have a reader!!

We have so enjoyed watching our now almost-5 year old son become a reader during quarantine using only this App and the related practice packs mailed to us. He went from reading words like ‘cat’ and ‘mat’ in March to reading full stories from our shelf, and he is loving the freedom it gives him to explore books in a new way. We have used the program inconsistently over the last 5 months depending on our family’s bandwidth, but it has been easy to move at our own pace and review areas where my son was not quite confident by revisiting sections of the App. He loves the songs (and so does his little bro), and they like the silly animals and their antics, particularly the rhino on the bulldozer and the strange but funny meerkat. There was a period where we saw problems with the App loading, and we reached out to customer service and they told us the developer team was working on it. This most recent update fixed any issues we were having and all seems to be in order. We can’t wait to finish the program as we start homeschooling more officially in September! We’re on the beginning of first grade now, so it won’t be long!

Developer Response ,

Hi there!
Thanks so much for sharing this lovely review. We're thrilled your little ones are becoming engaged readers with Hooked on Phonics. Keep it up and let us know if there's ever anything we can do to support your reading journey!

Pimpinsan ,

Worth it!! Reading in 3 weeks.

My five year old son had been in “Phonics” after school class two times a week for a few months for just 30 mins each session. I found that he was making very little progress and the activities he was doing did not hold his attention. Then after his school shut down due to COVID in April, I got him all sorts of learning books in order to prepare him for Kindergarten. He wasn’t too much interested in those. I decided to download the Hooked on Phonics app since it was just $1 for the first month. Let me tell you, I was a bit skeptical at first about the claims they were making that my son would be reading in a month. But to my amazement within three weeks he was reading. Now he’s reading everything and is definitely ready for Kindergarten and I couldn’t be happier. I must admit that some of the reviews almost made me not give the app a try, but I’m glad I did. Thank you Hooked on Phonics.

Developer Response ,

Dear Pimpinsan,
We are thrilled to read your lovely review, and delighted that the Hooked on Phonics App has been a good fit for your family. Happy reading!

App Privacy

The developer, Hooked on Phonics, 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:

  • Contact Info
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
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