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We've spent countless hours, added 10s of thousands of publishers, and re-imagined local from the ground up to bring you the app store's best local news experience.

River shows you the other 99% of news not covered by the news. Our ambition is a healthier experience of the news. 80% of surveyed users report that River reduces the chronic stress, anxiety, and pessimism felt when reading the news.

River declutters, distills, and detoxifies news into a minimalist, visual feed of unbreaking and so that you can:

+ Enjoy a news feed free of doom scrolling, clickbait, manufactured outrage, and fake headlines.
+ Expand your perspective by seeing a full range of voices on each story
+ Go deep into your interests by exploring categories
+ Receive alerts for breaking news

What’s New

Version 1.0.97

Local News. We've got local news! We've spent countless hours, added 10s of thousands of publishers, and re-imagined local from the ground up to bring you the app store's best local news experience. River. Now with local news.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

bigdogjohnboy ,

Absolutely awesome

For people who made this app, thank you very much because this app is a complete game changer for news. This app is flawless but just because it’s flawless doesn’t mean it can’t get any better so here are some recommendations.
1. It would be absolutely amazing if you added a feature to where you could only chose to receive the breaking news about a certain catagory for example, I don’t like politics very much but I still would like to hear the breaking news about it, and I know y’all send notifications about the “ breaking news” which is great but I would like to see that be added to the app.
2. I would find it awesome if you where able to add keywords for news as well. For example, say I want to see UFO news it would be great if I could add the keyword “ UFO” to a list to see any articles the contains the words “UFO”.
3. And this is quite obvious but just keep updating it and fix any bugs that pop up and add little features like backgrounds and little stuff like that would make the experience more enjoyable.
But those are my recommendations and thank you for making this amazing app.

juugysl ,

Best news app I’ve found

I’ve had several news apps and they were either really biased politically or the user interface was unusable and ugly. This app is clean and has a super user friendly interface that I haven’t seen even close on any other news app. Also, this app seems to deliver unbiased news and just deliveries the stories as they are. The type of news you choose to see is very customizable as well. You like science? You can have science news. Football, gaming, UFC, movies, internet, whatever you’re interested in you can subscribe to. All in all, I would really recommend this app to everyone young or old doesn’t matter the app is super user friendly and caters to everyone.

edmayen ,

Good So Far. I have Two Suggestions Though...

I saw an ad for this news app while scrolling through Tik Tok and my gut reaction was to ignore it since I primarily use Apple News and that has served me well. However I was draw to the “feed style” news approach as well as the claims of impartiality and the AI based suggestion algorithm that improves as you use the app.

So I downloaded it and gave it a try. So far it’s been working great and I like the concept. I only have two suggestions. Please auto-mute video and audio. I don’t need sound blaring the moment I open the app especially if I’m in a quite setting. Let me decide to unmute. You could add a little volume toggle on every article that has audio in order to let the user decide. Number two please allow us to edit/modify notifications. I already get to many notifications as it is and I’d like to limit the notifications down to something I’m comfortable with. Other than that great app!

App Privacy

The developer, River Search, 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:

  • Location
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Other Data

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

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

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