Got a few minutes? Read a thrilling short story!

Choose how long you want to read for and Shortly will give you a top rated, gripping short story.

Pick between one, three and five minutes. Shortly only delivers the best, engaging stories so you can be sure to have an amazing read every single time. These are stories that will have you reading for hours.

Reading is great, we love it and you do too! But we know that it can also get boring when the stories are too long. So we made Shortly, to make reading exciting and fun.

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What’s New

Version 1.5.0

We are always making the reading experience better for you - this version contains a bunch of bug fixes and app improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

Just a random bag of trash ,


This app is phenomenal. You don't have to pay money to get more stories or to finish a story! It's a great app for when you're on road trips or you just want something to read in the house to pass time. What would make this app even better is if it had a 10 minute or 30 minute stories, you know, if you have absolutely nothing to do.

Crint0 ,


Over all this is a VERY nice app! I like that it gets to the point, and that there are basically an infinite amount of stories. The only thing I would add would be a way to change the color and brightness of the background and the text.

Pr1ncessCharming ,

Great app

I would definitely recommend this. There are TONS of great stories. My only complaint is that you can’t scroll through the stories to find one you want, but honestly they’re all good so it’s fine.


Qasim Munye
40.9 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
In-App Purchases
  1. Shortly Premium $1.99


  • Family Sharing

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

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