Rediscover the joy of reading your favorite writers with Unread, an RSS reader.

Unread is a free download. After reading the first 50 articles, you are limited to 3 articles per day. For unlimited reading, there is a one-time in-app purchase.

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“Unread, now developed by Golden Hill Software, is one of the more elegant options based on comfortable gestures and a focused reading experience.”
–Federico Viticci, MacStories

“Unread’s new functionality maintains its support for the latest RSS features, but ensures a pleasant reading experience remains at the forefront of its priorities.”
–Josh Ginter, The Sweet Setup

“Unread is one of my favorite reading apps on iOS.”
–Preshit Deorukhkar, Beautiful Pixels

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Unread includes nine light mode themes and five dark mode themes.

For truncated RSS feeds, quickly load the full text of articles into Unread’s beautiful readability view.

Focus on the act of reading with Unread’s full-screen article view. Articles are typeset in beautiful fonts from Hoefler & Co. Let nothing stand between you and the words of your favorite writers.

Move anywhere in the app with a sweep of your thumb without having to reposition your hand. Unread’s stacked navigation was built from scratch to be the most comfortable interface you’ve ever used. Flick left-to-right to go back from anywhere on the screen. Tug any screen right-to-left to show options for that screen.

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Unread requires an account with one of the following RSS syncing services:

- Feed Wrangler
- Feedbin
- Feedly
- Fever
- Inoreader
- NewsBlur

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• BACKGROUND REFRESH • Unread keeps your subscriptions up to date with power-efficient background updating. Articles and images are saved to your device for convenient offline reading.

• SHARING • Use the share extensions to send articles to Instapaper, Pocket, Readability, Pinboard, or your Reading List. Share articles and images via Facebook or Twitter. Send a snippet of highlighted text to Omnifocus or Things for a quick reminder.

• QUICK ACCESS • Double tap an article summary to instantly toggle read/unread status. Press and hold to show a menu of options. This is great for quick sharing or for jumping straight to the web to view the original article.

• LINKED-LISTS • If an article is a linked-list article, like many written by John Gruber at Daring Fireball, the article summary shows the domain name of the linked item’s site.

• BIG THUMBNAILS • Turn on the optional inline thumbnails to see big previews of article images while you scroll.

• FOOTNOTE POPOVERS • Articles with properly formatted footnotes will show convenient popovers when you need to read a footnote.

• 1PASSWORD INTEGRATION • Get your accounts set up quickly.

• ACCESSIBILITY • Unread has 100% VoiceOver coverage. Every screen and every feature is available to users with vision impairments. Actions on articles can be quickly triggered using actions on the accessibility rotor.

What’s New

Version 1.9.13

Unread 1.9.13 is now available, adding support for iOS 13.

Dark Mode Support:

iOS 13 adds a dark mode. Unread now has two different theme settings when running on iOS 13: one for light mode and one for dark mode. The default theme for dark mode is Black. On an existing installation, the default theme for light mode will be the previously set theme — even if that theme is not particularly dark.

The menu presenting theme options now categorizes themes into light themes and dark themes when running on iOS 13. Unread will suggest light themes for light mode and dark themes for dark mode, but you can select any theme for either mode.

All themes are now available before making the in-app purchase.

Other Changes:

• Selecting “Copy” in the share sheet for an article now copies only a link to the article. It does not include an article summary in the copied text. The “Copy Link” action has been removed from the share sheet.

• This update fixes bugs around the share sheet and around in-app purchases.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

The Hoi Polloi ,

My Top 2 iOS apps

I have used it every day for 4 years now; this along with a podcast app that I won't mention here, are absolutely the top 2 best designed iOS apps and must haves. I am a news junkie and that means tons of reading (and listening) and knowing what to skip so you focus on what is relevant and skip what you have read before. There is no other easier way to design this than what Unread has been doing. At least I don't know of a better app after having used 300 apps of all kinds in 10 years, and I don't even do gaming apps, I mostly use productivity apps. This one is in my Top 2, and truly deserves the only app review I have ever given.

One thing I don't want the app designer to change is font. Please do not .. wait, dare not.. change from Whitney font. Nothing else can ever be so clean and pristine. I hear what other reviewers are asking you to change but perhaps as an old-timer, I would like you to just retain what you have. It's neat, compact and most well designed that I can see. I would in fact encourage you to move to a subscription model where readers pay at least $10 each year. It will keep some people away but I think that's a better model to sustain your business and not worry about closing shop than a one time unlock. You app is worth far more than $10 for a lifetime.

Shadowdoxgf ,

Elegant, thoughtful design makes keeping up with RSS much more enjoyable

I love RSS, but have felt my interactions with it becoming more fraught and adversarial every time I start falling behind, leading to an inevitable, exasperated purge every few weeks or so.

Unread, so far, has solved this problem for me entirely by fundamentally changing how I interact with my feed. The clean, eye-pleasing design is a joy to behold, and—combined with the indispensable “Scroll to Mark As Read” feature—renders unhurried scanning through my feed refreshingly friction free. In essence, whereas most RSS readers provide a raft of tools that encourage “batch processing” and feed management, Unread promotes a simplified, streamlined interaction modality, boiling the experience down to the user and the text. For me, at least, this approach has been a godsend—now that I’ve tried it, and can’t imagine going back to how I was using RSS before.

padre.william ,

Beautiful ... but needs automatic readability mode

I desperately want to use the beautifully designed Unread as my daily driver – desperately – but I can’t, because (unlike, say, Reeder and Fiery Feeds), it doesn’t allow you to set RSS feeds to auto-load in Readability Mode. (Reeder lets you choose per feed between truncated & full text. Fiery Feeds let’s you choose between truncated, full text, & original web page.) Unread presents you with the truncated article (the type with a “read more” link after the first paragraph), but you have to tap the headline to get, depending on how you’ve set your settings, *either* readability view or web view (but not both, at least not easily). This adds unnecessary extra steps and spoils the beauty of what would otherwise be my perfect feed reader. I just don’t understand why automatic readability more on a set per feed basis wouldn’t be a priority for the programmer. So. What happens is that, every two or three months, I download Unread in hopes that I’ll find such an update has been made, test it out, find it hasn’t, and then delete till the next time. I really really look forward to the day when I can download Unread, find this lovely addition to the feature set, and then give it pride of place on my iphone forever. I’ll also give it 5 stars on that glorious day.


John Brayton
37.9 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Unrestricted Web Access
In-App Purchases
  1. Full Unlock $9.99
  2. Migrate Purchase


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