"An Otter RSS Reader" is the world's newest most okayest RSS reader with a high key adorable otter icon!

"This is exactly what I've been looking for! A simple RSS reader that syncs my subscribed feeds across my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. This developer is genius! I think he nailed it with this app"
- Josh Holtz

+ Subscribe to RSS Feeds that sync over iCloud
Fetches RSS feeds and refreshes in a background task or on a pull-to-refresh.

+ Auto Discover Feeds
Simply enter the domain of website (like and Otter will attempt to discover all RSS feed urls to choose from.

+ Group Feeds Into Folders
You know... because organization is important.

+ Read Articles In A Normal Web View
This isn't anything special. This is why its the okayest and minimalist. Just read the article like how it was supposed to be read. Is it even a reader? It might just be a syncer.

+ Widgets
Add some gorgeous widgets to your Home Screen to show unread count for either all feeds or a specific folder of feeds.

+ Import/Export with OPML
Import your feeds with an OPML file (if you have one from your existing RSS reader). Export your feeds into an OPML file if you hate "An Otter RSS" and want to move to another app. We'll understand. There are plenty of other apps out there and this one might not be the one for you!

What’s New

Version 1.2.1

It looks like 1.2.0 broken some VoiceOver in the articles list :( Well..

1.2.1 brings back VoiceOver and it's better than before!
But VoiceOver improvement isn't done... More updates coming in the future!

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Medicchop28 ,

Background app refresh

Can’t wait for automatic refresh to come to the app!

However, the background app refresh is not working. I had the same number of unread feeds from what I did twelve hours ago on launch. I pulled down and did a refresh and 30+ articles popped into my feeds. So it appears that is not working.

Developer Response ,

Hello! Auto refresh is coming is coming in version 1.1.1 later this week 🙂

Background refresh is scheduled by the OS. It will get refreshed at every 30 minutes at the minimum but could take longer. The more you use the app the bigger the priority those refreshes will come. iOS stuff 🤷‍♂️

And I wanted to have the same webview on Mac as iOS but there is a bug on Mac that didn’t allow me to use the same webview ☹️ Me and my wife also just had a baby so I couldn’t sink all of my time into fixing that the (yet). I do have plans to get some reader view working on Mac though!

Thank you so much for the kind review ❤️ I hope you keep enjoying your Otter experience!

GalacticHero13 ,

Better than okayest!

It does what it says on the tin: it reads RSS feeds. Other features are strictly in service of that core function. No accounts, no suggested or “curated ;)“ content. It doesn’t send me emails, or even ask for my email. This is what I’m after in an RSS reader.

But! It syncs to iCloud so I can read stuff across devices without thinking about it! It loads full articles without fussing with subscriptions and nonsense! It supports reader view! These things all serve to enhance the feed-reading experience without demanding your attention or getting in your way.

Two small features I’d like to see: an option to default to reader-view and swipe to mark as read. The app is great without those things, but I’d appreciate them.

ShameShameShimmy ,

Very good so far

This looks like a very good app and it's pretty easy to understand. Then again I've been using computers since the mid to late 80s, so there ya go. But still.... this IS easy!!

This app works for me. I use it for the news sources I have, because I don't want to pollute my other RSS app with politics. I think we all need a break from politics from time to time, don't you?

I would like this app to have two choices for when people open it up: 1- That the sidebar showing each news feed under it's own grouping is open upon opening the app and 2- in addition, to keep it's current setting.

I like to have, say, all my ABC articles under one tab, all my DEF articles in another tab. I do not prefer the way it currently is, where I have to manually open the sidebar.

Otherwise, this app is very simple and very easy. Also, I didn't check before leaving this review, and I can't close this review to go look, but what I would like to have is the ability to save individual articles in reader mode (no ads, just text) onto PDF. I also would like to have a favorites folder, organized by site, to store monumental articles.

Developer Response ,

Hello! Sorry for taking so long to get back to this review. Life took over and I've been working on a new version (1.2.0) which has a lot of user feedback and is waiting for review right now.

"1- That the sidebar showing each news feed under it's own grouping is open upon opening the app and 2- in addition, to keep it's current setting." 👈 These are coming! Some of these are a limitation in my early design decision (since I originally made this app just for me) so I'm slowly reworking these things!

Reader mode and folder organization is also coming in the future as well!

App Privacy

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

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  • Family Sharing

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

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