LA Times: Essential California

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3.7K reviews
Content rating
Everyone 10+
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About this app

Get the trustworthy news you need everywhere you go with the Los Angeles Times app.

Receive instant access to our award-winning journalism, breaking news, politics, the best in food, entertainment, events and more for Southern California and the world.

Updated with a new design, the L.A. Times app gives you the option of browsing our digital content or paging through the eNewspaper. Our content includes in-depth coverage of Los Angeles, California and the West; exclusive narrative storytelling such as “Column One”; revitalized reporting on the latest in food and dining; a unique take on politics and the 2020 campaign; comprehensive coverage of the arts, pop culture and the entertainment industry; on and off-season reporting on L.A.’s home teams and major sports events. New tools include “My Library,” to save your own reading list, and a video section to access the latest short documentaries and other videos.

Download the Android app to experience our new digital publishing platform.

• Top News: Scan a curated feed of the most important news as it happens
• Push notifications: Get the latest news from our newsroom as soon as stories break
• Video section: Enjoy exclusive video
• My Library: View saved must-read and view recent activity
• Share content easily with Twitter, Facebook, or email

• Download the app to enjoy a select number of stories each month. For full access, try a free month of Unlimited Digital Access to the app, the Los Angeles Times website, and our eNewspaper; then it's only $15.99 a month.
• Any unused portion of a free trial period will be forfeited when a subscription is purchased, where applicable.
• Subscriptions automatically renews each month unless auto-renew is turned off within your Account Settings and submitted at least 24-hours before the end of the billing period.
• Your Google Play account will be charged $15.99 for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period.
• If you’re a current digital subscriber, sign in with your email address and password to get unlimited access to the app’s content. If you are a current print subscriber, activate your account at to get unlimited app access before you sign in to the app.
• You can read our Privacy Policy here:
• You can read our Terms of Service
• CA Notice of Collection -
• Do Not Sell My Info -
• Questions about your subscription can be directed to Customer Service: 213-347-5300.


If you ever have questions about how the app works, want to provide helpful feedback, or experience crashes or freezes after installing an update, please contact us at A quick email to our support team helps our developers identify and resolve issues faster.
Updated on
Nov 9, 2023

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
This app may share these data types with third parties
Location, Personal info, and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 3 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

3.27K reviews
Steve Hair
January 2, 2023
The content is good, the app is buggy. The enewspaper lacka basic controls and doesn't integrate with Android very well - hitting the back button will exit the newspaper, but if you click on a link, there's no way for you to return to the newspaper. You also can't share from the enewspaper, and in the places where you can share links, it's not the standard Android share menu. Also, PLEASE get rid of the ads on the bottom of the page.
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Ron Gee
February 17, 2023
I like the app, I use it all the time. My biggest complaint is with regards to Saved Stories. It looks like Saved Stories are saved on the local device, because when I changed to a new phone and installed the app, the Saved Stories weren't there. Also, the Saved Stories aren't accessible from the main website. There should be better integration between the app and the LA Times website, like the NY Times app & site.
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A Google user
December 11, 2018
Canceling my subscription due to a combination of things. Seeing the same story appear multiple times in multiple sections. Seeing the same story at the top of a section for over a week. The app is very sensitive and will scroll left or right to a new article while trying to scroll up or down in the current one I'm reading. No way to just see a list of all articles instead of a "curated" list that repeats articles multiple times. Buttons for changing font, bookmarking and sharing pop up on the side if you scroll up even slightly, obscuring article text. Finally, getting emails almost every day with subscription deals after I've already subscribed.
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What's new

Enhancements to stability, usability, and performance.