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SmartNews, Inc.

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SmartNews helps you discover balanced stories—for free. Connect with the world through editor curation and state-of-the-art algorithms. Whether it's politics, local, sports, or entertainment, feeling good about being informed has never been easier.

Stay in the loop and explore your passions with news from top publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company.

SmartNews has 50 million downloads, 2+ million 5-star ratings, thousands of trusted publishers, and was the “Best Local News App” of 2022 according to

Escape from misinformation and stress with SmartTake. A free daily digest of unique, interesting, lighthearted, and balanced information to help you feel good about being informed. Thoughtfully curated by award-winning editors, SmartTake is here to feed your brain—not your bias—with quality global, local, entertainment, sports, politics, and health. Take a mental break from doomscrolling, and unwind with news that enriches your mind.

Balanced News
- Get access to balanced stories—no paywalls ever.
- See coverage from every angle, all sides, across the globe.
-Discover balanced, non-partisan information you can trust.

Political News
- Get prepared for the polls with top stories from across the political spectrum.
- See trusted political news for free with up-to-the-minute insights.
- Understand candidates and elections in your area.

Trusted Sources
-We partner with thousands of trusted publishers for unbiased news from all sides.
-Our award-winning journalists validate content to ensure it meets our high-quality requirements.
- Read well-rounded, trustworthy breaking coverage for your area for free.

Entertainment News
-Get an inside look at entertainment in Hollywood with updates on celebrities from movie stars to reality TV.
-Discover top movies or TV shows with your favorite actors.
-Follow entertainment topics so you never miss a breaking celebrity story.
-Read news about the Oscars, Hollywood, Movie Stars, Fashion Week, and more.

Local News
-Get informative local stories from top trusted publishers based on your location.
-See the latest coverage in your hometown.
-Discover local updates, traffic, events, local weather, new restaurants, family activities, and so much more.

Sports News
-Welcome to your spot for informative sports stories.
-Get daily articles highlighting the latest games, teams, players, and sporting events.
-Set notifications for your favorite teams.
-See news about football, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, and more.

Health News
-Discover the healthcare news that impacts you all in one free app.
-See what experts say about wellness, aging, and mental health from top publishers.
-Follow stories about pain relief updates, exercise trends, and home remedies.

SmartNews in the News

“Browse headlines quickly, customize your channels, and read the news offline. SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.”

SmartNews Awards

Best Local News App, 2024 (US)

Best News Aggregator, 2023 (US)

Best Free News App, 2023 (US)

Best News App, 2023 (US)


“Better than Feedly or Flipboard. Love it!” Joe C.

“Much better than the new version of Apple News.” - Donald B.

“Been using Google News but this is better. Much easier to share.” Nikki H.

“Literally, one of the best news apps… It ranks with the likes of BBC News.” -Lorraine C.

*Terms of Service
The SmartNews Terms of Service are linked below. Please read and confirm these terms before using our services.

What’s New

Version 24.6.21

- Performance improvements and bug fixes to enhance your reading experience.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
829.1K Ratings

829.1K Ratings

Zan Wilson ,

Fantastic Function and Fav App but iPhone Capacity Issues

I love the news I get; frequently from cities I didn’t even realize it was tracking for me! Far superior to anything else I’ve ever seen I might be getting addicted this; I spend more time than I think I ‘should’ reading really interesting stuff that’s relevant to me. It’s not a five because it seems to ‘consume’ my iPhone 7 (with max memory)! Here’s what I mean: 1) Frequent pauses/freezes that can last quite a while. Some correct themselves with time, others don’t seem to. 2) Frequently I can’t open iPhone Notes to store an article. It just freezes! This is almost to the point rarely try anymore. But my memory is so bad what’s the point of reading all of this if a can’t save a link to it for later? 3) I was informed by the iPhone that my battery is going bad. However, this App seems to consume tons of power. If I stop using it for a day my ‘power issues’ seem to disappear. If I need a newer/faster iPhone for this app just let me know. If that’s not the issue, any suggestions? Alex PS - I’d like to store direct links to some of the news - is there an easy way to do this? Another suggestion: when I’m done reading an article option to remove from list or retain for a while (I may wish to forward to a friend ...... when it’s daylight again - ha, perhaps I am addicted!

Developer Response ,


Thanks for your feedback. Our support team can be reached via with information about your device including screenshots, screen recordings, URLs so that our team may investigate. Please be sure you have updated the app to the latest version. If you use a VPN, try disabling it or change server location.

- SmartNews

Hhxfjmcdh ,

Used to be a five star

I’ve checked out many news packages but always preferred this one. Relevant news, good layout, easy to personalize, MODERATE ADVERTISING. There in lies our problem. More and more advertising. Now I understand why they need advertisers, everyone deserves a payday for their work. But while other apps are definitely worse, (every other story is an advertisement), plus they want to make you pay and subscribe to every news outlet, magazine or newspaper, et cetera. Now SmartNews is still better, but they keep coming up with sneaky ways to try and push you into clicking on their advertisers. What really annoys me is when you click out of a story back to the headlines….but it doesn’t take you there. An ad pops up and your forced to respond…. after several seconds so they can force feed you part of the ad, then you have to click a close button, or an X, or something else (“So you don’t want to save $$$?”), always different and in different places on the page so you are forced to read some of it because if you click the wrong spot it throws you out of everything to start over. And it’s becoming more frequent. The almighty dollar chase has ruined more than a few good companies.

Update: I’d like to add that this site just keeps getting worse. I’m looking for another news site. Now they have you tapping tapping tapping on adds waiting for an X to pop up so you can close it out. I don’t need the frustration. I’ll find another app. There are plenty of them.

NubianP6 ,

Stop the Popups!

UPDATE: (I am late posting this, but) within hours of me writing about my issue with pop-ups, the developers actually responded, and within a day or two, the problem was 100% rectified! I love developers who actually take the time to read and respond to the concerns of their customers, so because of that, SmartNews will forever have a supporter in me!

I have been using Smart news several times a day, every day for years now, and I have enjoyed it for the most-part. However, as of January 1, 2021, I am now being greeted by a pop-up urging me to enable location services, which I have no desire to do. It is understandable that the app would request permission for such a feature, but it is requesting permission after EVERY•SINGLE•STORY read! It is beyond annoying and feels like harassment! If this problem isn’t rectified within a week, I will be uninstalling this app. Your readers should be given a choice of which features to enable, and not be harassed when they don’t choose in accordance with YOUR preferences. Update: I am updating my review to reflect a 4-star rating, because I am no longer being bombarded with popups. For everyone who’s whining about the app being too “left-leaning”, perhaps you should search for a Breitbart app, or some other tabloidesque news affiliate...and this is coming from an Independent.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your feedback. We are currently working to address this issue and appreciate your patience.


App Privacy

The developer, SmartNews, Inc., 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 Used to Track You

The following data may be used to track you across apps and websites owned by other companies:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Browsing History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

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

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