From the deepest depths of the ocean to the peak of Mt. Everest, National Geographic allows you to see and experience the world in new ways. The new National Geographic app now provides online and offline access to stories that reveal insights into cultures, ideas, and discoveries.

App features:
• Downloadable articles for offline reading
• Unlimited access to captivating stories and photo galleries for subscribers
• Exclusive content, monthly special features, invitations, and benefits for subscribers
• Free account allows users to sample content
• Personalized story lists for easy access to read later
• Clean, ad-free reading experience
• Digital viewing of our award-winning magazine

National Geographic subscription options:
- Monthly subscription: $2.99/month
- Annual subscription: $19

If you are already a subscriber to National Geographic access through the app is already included in your subscription. Download the app and follow the prompts to link your account. Payment will be processed through your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Your subscription will automatically renew per the billing cycle of your subscription (i.e., monthly or yearly) 24-hours before the end of the current period, and your credit card will be charged through your iTunes account. The renewal charge for your Subscription shall be the same as the original purchase price, unless you are otherwise notified in advance. To avoid the billing of fees for the next Subscription period, you must switch off your monthly or yearly Subscription at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renew at any time from your iTunes account settings. You will not receive a refund for the fees you already paid for you current Subscription period and you will continue to have access to your Subscription until the end of your current Subscription period. National Geographic provides no refunds and you may cancel auto-renewal at any time. All sales are final. After purchase via iTunes, you will have unlimited access on this device.


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What’s New

Version 7.0.0

This version has been redesigned from top to bottom, including the following improvements:
- Offline viewing capabilities - Download content to your device and read it anywhere.
- Digital magazine - View the monthly magazine digitally on your device.
- Optimized and enhanced - An immersive new experience using modern app development technology.

Ratings and Reviews

1.8 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

Karl the Viking ,

Just about the worst app update ever...

It’s no coincidence that almost without exception every review since the 3.0 update has been for one star only. In my opinion this app no longer even rates a single star. As a subscriber to Nat Geo for nearly 40 years this update destroys the entire premise of a MAGAZINE. Nat Geo did a great job with the original app of taking the printed magazine content and enhancing it with new media and up to the minute content. The application allowed me to carry my magazines with me to read on long flights and vacations and really did enhance the Magazine experience for those of us who were avid print subscribers and supporters of the work that Nat Geo do. This app update takes that whole experience backwards. Now when I travel I have to take my print magazines with me again. What were they thinking when they did this redesign? I can guarantee that they didn’t trial run the redesign with real subscribers. Such a disappointment that such a great organization should fail to appreciate the real needs of its customers and supporters. I don’t plan on cancelling my subscription because I still want to support so much of the great work that Nat Geo do. But I sincerely hope that they will re-think this application and get us a magazine application that in the words of their new president..”informs individuals, policy makers, corporations, foundations and other like minded individuals...” wherever they might be, connected or not.

Longtimer59 ,

A colossal failure

The original app was amazing. This app is a webpage (not a good one), not a magazine. It never ceases to amaze how willingly publishers in this digital age sacrifice critical aspects of their heritage. You should know, as your readers know, that the lay out of a magazine is, of itself, a critical set of editorial choices. National Geographic did a truly admirable job of maintaining that with the original app. The original enhanced the magazine, but kept the feel. You destroyed it with this one. This is merely a loose aggregation of stories, a web page with little pizazz at that. Couple this with the significant downgrade of the quality of the paper in the magazine (photos are now uninspiring and dull) and you leave me wondering where to turn. I have watched the reviews pour in (overwhelming negativity), patiently assuming you would see the light but, alas, that appears not to be. Sadly, i will cancel. While I, like many others, have appreciated this great magazine, one can speak only with their wallet at this point. Disregard for subscribers should not be rewarded. I cancel with the full realization that it will be sadder for me than for you and I will feel no small melancholy when I see the headline, lower left below the fold, in a future WSJ (digital replica edition) announcing “Venerable Magazine Publishes Its Last”, another casualty of the digital age.

HobbesH ,

This is an Upgrade? Ruined a great digital magazine experience!

Not surprisingly, I’ve been a National Geographic subscriber for years and jumped when they added the App. It was terrific - you could download entire magazines, which was great while travelling off the beaten path, or on an airplane. The media and audio additions added to the printed magazine experience. The navigation and matched layout to the print copy made it simple to switch back and forth from tablet to print without even needing to check the Table of Contents. It was wonderfully seamless! I recommended the App to all my friends because the extra media enhanced a great digital copy of the magazines. I could have my printed copy experience with added bonuses! When leaving comments with other magazines, I would recommend that they take notes from National Geographic.

Unfortunately, this “major update” seems more like a major re-write and downgrade to a glorified webpage. Instead of getting a digital magazine that I can conveniently take on-the-go, I get something closer to a bad version of the National Geographic website. I’ve gone back to the printed magazine and have had to warn off my friends and family.

I’m begging you, National Geographic, take us back to our previous state of bliss!

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