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About this app

The Economist is independent journalism for independent thinkers. Start your one-month free trial now.*

We offer noise-cancelling journalism, deciphering the global news and trends beyond the headlines. With in-depth reporting on the latest news in American politics, technology, finance and geopolitics, we provide comprehensive insights, fact-checked coverage and specialist opinion from our correspondents in every region of the world.

For more than 180 years, we have brought our audiences the confidence to make sense of what matters in the news. Stay ahead with daily updates, tune in to our podcasts for award-winning conversations and enjoy the full weekly edition of The Economist to read or listen to on-the-go. Whether it’s news on business, science or global affairs, The Economist offers clear perspectives on a complex world.

Download The Economist app today and join the people who know.

Key subscriber benefits
- Full access to The Economist app and—global news and insights updated daily
- The World in Brief—a faster way to understand the stories behind the news
- Economist Podcasts+—award-winning, noise-cancelling podcasts
- Weekly edition—read online, listen to narrated articles or download to enjoy offline
- Audio queue to create a custom listening list of the news
- Bookmarks to save articles to read later
- Easy reading with adjustable text size and dark mode

Subscribing in-app
- Subscribe in-app and take advantage of our free trials. Choose from the following subscription plans:
- Digital Annual—1-month free trial
- Digital Monthly—1-month free trial
- Podcasts+ Annual—7-day free trial
- Podcasts+ Monthly—7-day free trial
- At the end of the trial, the subscription will automatically renew monthly or annually depending on the plan you chose. Your account will be charged 24 hours before the renewal date.
- Payment is charged to your Play Store account upon confirmation of purchase
- You can cancel your subscription in your Play Store account settings at least 24 hours before the end of your free trial or current billing period to stop auto-renewal
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* Some countries may offer alternative pricing plans.
Updated on
4 Dec 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
App activity, App info and performance and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Personal info
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

62.8K reviews
Justin Mattson
30 November 2023
The app now has inexcusable issues. The main one is that in intermittent connectivity situations (eg. subway) the app will randomly jump me away from the article I'm reading to an advertisement between two stories, neither of which I was just reading. I then have to back out, use the ToC to get back to what I was reading and find my place again.
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Gerry Gibbs
22 November 2023
Getting worse with each round of updates. It doesn't remember from one session to the next where I left off reading in a weekly edition. Time is wasted navigating back to where I last was. Now I can no longer easily navigate from section to section with the table of contents given at the end of the article. It used to scroll left and right. Now left or right doesn't scroll the table of contents, it scrolls the article page to advertising. Less and less functional.
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Abhinav Komandur
17 November 2023
Absolutely indecipherable how to download the podcasts to listen to offline (eg a road trip or a plane journey). Shame - excellent content ruined by poor interface. Edit - the app of course is not good. Following a complex process on the Economist's website (link in the reply from the developer below) works for manual RSS input into a third-party podcast app. Would much rather have this functionality within the app itself but beggars can't be choosers!
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The Economist Newspaper
16 November 2023
Thanks for leaving us a review. Subscribers can access all our podcasts via RSS feed (and other platforms like Spotify). For steps on how to access the RSS URLs for each podcasts (or all our podcasts) & add to a platform, please see our help page: Thanks - Melanie

What's new

Performance improvements around audio playback
Podcast tab caching improvements
We fixed an issue that arose for some people when trying to download a Weekly Edition
Improved accessibility on paywall screens