Unread: An RSS Reader 17+

Golden Hill Software

    • 4.6 • 390 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Rediscover the joy of reading your favorite writers with Unread, an RSS reader with beautiful typography, comfortable gesture-based navigation, and a variety of color themes.

Capabilities include:

UNREAD CLOUD: Unread Cloud is a feed retrieval and syncing system for Unread. Create or log in to an Unread Cloud account via Sign in with Apple.

OTHER SYNCING OPTIONS: In addition to Unread Cloud, Unread can sync with your Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, Inoreader, or NewsBlur account.

AUTOMATIC WEBPAGE TEXT: For feeds that contain only article summaries, Unread will display the full article text from the webpage. You can easily switch between feed text and webpage text for any article, or make webpage text the default for individual feeds.

SUBSCRIBE TO UNREAD: This share sheet extension lets you subscribe to a website’s feeds while visiting that website from Safari or any other web browser.

SAVE TO UNREAD: This share sheet extension creates an article in Unread with the contents of the webpage you are visiting from Safari or any other web browser. (Subscription required.)

COLOR THEMES: Unread provides a variety of different color themes. Choose one theme for light mode and another for dark mode.

WIDGETS: Unread’s widgets display your most recent articles or unread article counts.

CACHING: Unread caches webpage text and images for instant loading and offline access. (Subscription required.)

HARDWARE KEYBOARD SUPPORT: Unread’s keyboard navigation capabilities and keyboard shortcuts make it a joy to use on an iPad with a hardware keyboard. Unread is also optimized for the trackpad and mouse.

READ-LATER SERVICES: Unread provides native support for saving articles to Instapaper, Pinboard, Pocket, Raindrop.io, Readwise, and Safari Reading List. (Subscription required.)


“On the iPhone I use an app called Unread. … If you ever use the Clear app for your to-dos or shopping lists where it’s very opinionated, very limited, and very gesture-based, it’s kind of like that for RSS readers. And I like that a lot on the phone. I have a lot of muscle memory there, and I enjoy the design of it quite a bit.”
— Marco Arment, Accidental Tech Podcast

“Unread carries a strong history as one of the top RSS clients on iOS, and version 2 ensures that will remain true for a long while yet.”
– Ryan Christoffel, MacStories

“Unread is focused on eliminating chrome — it is a pure reading app. It’s like reader mode all the time, and the assortment of color themes is nicely curated.”
– John Gruber, Daring Fireball


Unread has full VoiceOver coverage. Every screen and every feature is available to users with vision impairments:

• From any screen you can perform a magic tap, a two-finger double tap, to open a menu of options available for that screen.
• When on an article list, there are actions available for each article in the list. After selecting an article, invoke the accessibility rotor and then select “Actions”. There is an action to mark the article read or unread, an action to share the article, and many others.
• Use the VoiceOver escape gesture, a two-finger “Z”, to back out of the current screen.



Unread is a free app. Additional functionality is available with a $19.99 (USD)/year auto-renewing subscription:

• Widget customization options.
• Article actions for sending articles directly to supported bookmarking and read later services, and for sharing via email or iMessage.
• Caching of webpage text and images.
• Custom app icons.
• Save to Unread share sheet extension.
• Premium support.

A subscription automatically renews unless it is canceled at least 24 hours before the end of the current period. Your account will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period. You can manage and cancel your subscriptions by going to your account settings on the App Store after purchase.

Unread’s Terms of Use are available at:

What’s New

Version 3.5.3

This update fixes bugs around subscribing to new feeds.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
390 Ratings

390 Ratings

Fixxeren ,

One of the best!!!

As someone who currently owns or has owned every RSS reader in the App Store I will tell you that Unread ranks as one of the top three. It will be number one of those three depending on your reading tastes. To put it bluntly Unread provides the best reading experience of any RSS reader out there period. The way it handles formatting of text and content is simply amazing.

Unread is what I would call “Low and slow”. It’s a minimalist interface (Which I love). It is designed for you to lay back on your couch and just enjoy reading high quality content from high quality websites and blogs. Unread is not the RSS reader for Power users or somebody that has hundreds of feeds that they are trying to organize and plow through content (Although I have 160 feeds and Unread still does this for me masterfully).

The developer is RESPONSIVE!!! This is so critical in any app I review. John is not only an amazing developer but also you can tell he genuinely cares about Unread and his user bases experiences. He takes feedback and he actually implements the feedback that aligns with the app philosophy. There are other readers with more features. But this reader has the RIGHT features to ensure an excellent reading experience. I am excited for future improvements because I know they will be done right. Well worth the investment. Easiest $20 I ever spent.

classicalgas ,

From a long-time NewsBlur user

I’ve been an avid and mostly happy NewsBlur user for over a decade. Despite my enthusiasm, zero percent of the friends I recommended it to declined to adopt it due to the complexity of the UI. Their loss, but there are issues to be sure. So when I recently discovered that I could continue using NewsBlur with my nearly 500 subscriptions I was intrigued. Now, after a week of using Unread as a front end I am quite happy. The Unread UI is clean and orderly, and the performance (once my recent articles have been refreshed) is good. I confess I’ll miss having each feed’s icon displayed, and I also lose all of the training I’ve done on NewsBlur. But Unread renders my articles better (after tuning with the Display option, which is brilliant) which eliminates some of the frustrations with NewsBlur. I’ll probably continue to rely on NewsBlur, at least for a while, to avoid the drudgery of copying all my subscriptions over to Unread. This was a great find!

cooperpell ,

10/10 Will Pay Again!

I tried Unread before and it didn’t stick. After getting off Twitter and wanting a healthy way to stay well-informed I returned to RSS. A key feature for me is pinning to Pinboard. Unread’s ability to add quick actions on article selection is phenomenal and allows me to streamline my pinning process. Further, full screen reading mode is something I didn’t even know I wanted, but now I can’t live without. Blocking out distractions, I find that full screen keeps me more focused on the material at hand. 100% I can recommend Unread over any other RSS app in the store, particularly Reeder which is, in my opinion, it’s main contender.

App Privacy

The developer, Golden Hill Software, 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 Not Linked to You

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

  • User Content
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

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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