San Francisco Chronicle 12+

San Francisco Bay Area News

Hearst Newspapers

Designed for iPad

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



The best of the Bay Area is at your fingertips with the San Francisco Chronicle app.

• Breaking news alerts
• Wildfire coverage
• Air quality, outage maps
• In-depth local reporting
• Puzzles and comics

Download the app for free. Choose from two access options: 1. Limited access for free; 2. Unlimited access for only $9.99 per month (enjoy a two-week free trial period) when you subscribe within the app. Current subscribers have unlimited access to the app. Digital subscribers: Sign in to the app to start accessing your benefit. Print subscribers: If you haven’t activated your digital access yet, look for the “link print subscription” button on the app welcome screen and then sign in to the app.

PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase and will automatically renew each month unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of your monthly period.

• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase.
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.


FEEDBACK: We want to hear from you! Let us know if you have questions or suggestions:

What’s New

Version 202211.34

- Bug fixes & performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
14.5K Ratings

14.5K Ratings

AdamF1047201 ,

Great but would like some tweaks

I am very enjoying this app and it’s almost perfect. I would like to be able to rearrange the headers at the top of the app “front page, culture, politics, etc” to better reflect my reading priorities and preferences. Additionally, I have noticed one glitch. When I have been reading an article and I have scrolled down to somewhere in the middle or rear the end, if my phone then goes to the Lock Screen as I take a small break, when I then open my phone the app pulls me up to the beginning of that article, loosing my place. A small bug but still room for improvement. Otherwise the app is great!

Double-0 Diablo ,

Good luck trying to cancel your subscription

I’m a Bay Area native, but currently live out of state. I still enjoy keeping up with Bay Area news and sports, and the app generally works fine for that. However, I’ve found it nearly impossible to cancel a subscription after the promotional offer is up. There is no way to cancel a digital sub without a phone call, and the number only stays open until 2:30 pm PT. And when you do call, no one answers. It is easier to get ahold of your state Unemployment Dep’t! I sent an email to complain, and the reply was filled with lies and false information on how to cancel using a web browser - which does not even give the option. Despite all my efforts to cancel, my sub is still active. This is obviously the intent of corrupt management to make it as hard to cancel as possible. I finally had to call my credit card to block future charges, and might even have to close the card to guarantee it won’t be charged again. These types of unethical and fraudulent business practices should not be allowed on the app store!

mpsmyth ,

Clearly an afterthought

The iPad app is obviously low on the priority at the Chronicle. No one at the company reads the paper on it, or it would never be this bad. Unreliable offline use, no previously-read indicator, changing headlines, reloading while you are reading an article, no clear timeline for article availability, odd categorization of stories (business is “tech” but includes Oakland Tech basketball because of poor filtering)… the list goes on and on. To top it off, the feedback function is answered by what appears to be an outsourced company who doesn’t care, and the reader can’t submit a screenshot to show the issue because their email doesn’t accept attachments that large. It’s fine for reading articles if you don’t mind clickbait headlines and losing state all the time, but it’s pretty frustrating when compared with how the app was better a few years ago.

App Privacy

The developer, Hearst Newspapers, 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
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data

Data Not Linked to You

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

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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


  • Family Sharing

    Some in‑app purchases, including subscriptions, may be shareable with your family group when Family Sharing is enabled.

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