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Deepen your understanding of our world with Nat Geo. Broaden your thinking every day with compelling stories that challenge you to see a new point of view and dive deep into the topics you care about, from protecting the planet to unraveling mysteries and more.

Sign up for a free account and get access to:
• Hundreds of stories on animals, culture, history, science, and more
• An immersive, ad-free reading experience
• Personalized story lists with recommendations based on your interests

Subscribe to Nat Geo Premium to unlock all of the above, plus more:
• A century of archives at your fingertips
• Downloadable articles for offline reading
• Digital viewing of our award-winning magazine
• Unlimited access to subscriber-exclusive stories, plus interactive features, and photo galleries
• New, online-only articles published daily

If you are already a paid subscriber to National Geographic, access through the app is included in your subscription. Download the app and follow the prompts to link your account. If you purchased your subscription through Apple, payment will continue to be processed through your iTunes account. Your subscription will automatically renew. The annual renewal charge for your 12-month subscription shall be the same as the original annual purchase price, unless you are otherwise notified in advance. If you purchased a 6-month introductory offer, your account will automatically be renewed at the end of the 6-month period into an annual subscription price of $29. If you purchased a 1-year introductory offer, your account will automatically be renewed at the end of the 1-year period into an annual subscription price of $29. To avoid the billing of fees for the next subscription period, you must turn off auto-renew or cancel your monthly or yearly subscription at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. You can turn off auto-renew or cancel at any time from your iTunes account settings. You will not receive a refund for the fees you already paid for your 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 during your subscription period.

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What’s New

Version 7.45

Creating a free account now grants you access to hundreds of ad-free stories.

Fun animal fact: The capybara is the largest rodent on earth. They are approximately 4.6 feet long and can weigh anywhere between 77-143 pounds.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14.2K Ratings

14.2K Ratings

Molly and Mandarin ,

My exposure to nature’s mysteries, other peoples, and exploration of current issues

So good. The photos, of course, are amazing, and the writers bring you right in to what they experience with verbal elegance, do pleasing to see and “hear”. The pictures and stories take me all over the world and up close. NatGeo has me running a race in the wintry cold with top runners in the Himalayas, journeying along an important river in India and seeing its critical water issues, and feeling excited at the amazing cutting-edge agricultural techniques in the Netherlands that give hope to the capacity to feed millions with so little land. My experience and awareness is expanded through the app and the monthly issue, which I think is worth the $2.99/month to subscribe.

wmb215 ,

Some improvements but still slow

Updating to 3 stars. Finally I was able to reach someone that suggested deleting the app. But that didn’t work. Then it seemed they perhaps had some issues on the back end of the system (nothing to do with my app). Now downloads seem to work as well as reading offline. Not giving higher than 3 starts because the app is still very slow.
Zero Stars!!! It’s been years since my first review of this app and it’s still broken. Nothing gets fixed. They say the Downloading is now enabled, but it’s clearly broken. It fails when trying to download, then the item gets stuck in the Library and your can’t remove it even though it isn’t bookmarked as a saved item. The only way to purge it is to delete the app and start all over. One brief time I was able to download an article, then while traveling and not on WiFi, the article wasn’t available. So why is there a download option if you can’t read it offline? Maybe I’m missing the purpose of the download option. I’ve tried uninstalling and reinstalling the app per NatGeo’s support team recommendation, only to loose all my bookmarked items. Then the problem persisted. They or their developer clearly have no clue as to what is wrong with this app, nor do they care about fixing it. If they did, these issues would not be languishing for the past several years. The original apps was great — could download issues, read offline — then this new app came along and all went sideways if not backwards.

Developer Response ,

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allegators ,

Takes forever to open & load articles

Prior to Disney, this app was great. It was fast & I never had an issue linking my subscription. Once Disney took over the app quality went down immensely. It takes minutes for the app to just open the homepage. Once the homepage finally loads, I’m rarely able to get any articles to open. It’s unbelievably slow. The same issues occur when I open an article from a Nat Geo email on my phone & it prompts the app. When I’m lucky enough to get an article to load, the app often crashes/closes without warning…. Then I have to start the 5 minute process of restarting the app & opening the article again. This is really unacceptable when Nat Geo is now owned by the largest company on the planet.

Not to mention the issues I had linking my subscription right after Disney took over. It took 2 months & multiple phone calls to customer service to get it fixed. Again… this is the quality product/service we get from the largest company on Earth?

My local news apps work far better than Nat Geo & have a fraction of the financial backing.

Developer Response ,

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