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
May 10, 2024

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

3.28K reviews
Cleopatra Von Ludwig
December 18, 2023
As others have said in their reviews, articles are repeated multiple times, for no apparent reason. On top of it, when accessing the crosswords, most of the time the navigation buttons appear at the bottom of my phone screen, blocking access to the bottom row of the keyboard. If you accidentally press one of those navigation buttons, getting back to your crossword is a huge pain. Going "back" does not work as expected.
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E Andrews
August 20, 2021
The Times is obviously great reporting. The app is terrible. When I try to open push notifications, it routes me through a browser, which then demands to know my subscription info to then take me to the app, which has me saved as a subscriber. Also, the sections on the app are too limited - for example, there's no Covid section, line the NYT - which partly makes it hard to find the article I was just notified about, can't access by clicking because of the browser issue, and would like to read.
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Iain Conway
September 22, 2020
The content is fantastic, however there are two fundamental issues with this app: 1. The advertisements at the bottom of the enewspaper. So freaking annoying! We are already paid subscribers. For a few pennies, why on earth would you anoy the ---- out of us by making us click to get rid of an advertisement and then accidently click on it. 2. Upload all of the content when opening the app. I am sick and tired of waiting for content to load when it could have all been loaded when I opened the app
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What's new

Enhancements to stability, usability, and performance.