SmartNews: News That Matters

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672K reviews
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About this app

SmartNews helps you discover balanced stories—for free. Connect with the world around you through editor curation and state-of-the-art algorithms. Whether it's politics, local coverage, sports, or entertainment, feeling good about being informed has never been easier.

Stay in the loop and explore your passions with news from top publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company.

SmartNews has 50 million downloads, 2+ million 5-star ratings, thousands of trusted publishers, and was the “Best Local News App” of 2022 according to

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Balanced News
- Get access to balanced stories—no paywalls ever.
- See coverage from every angle, all sides, across the globe.
-Discover balanced, non-partisan information you can trust.

Political News
- Get prepared for the polls with top stories from across the political spectrum.
- See trusted political news for free with up-to-the-minute insights.
- Understand candidates and elections in your local area.

Trusted Sources
-We partner with thousands of trusted publishers for unbiased news from all sides.
-Our team of award-winning journalists validates content to ensure it meets our high-quality requirements.
- Read well-rounded, trustworthy breaking coverage for your area for free.

Entertainment News
-Get an inside look at entertainment in Hollywood with updates on celebrities from movie stars to reality TV.
-Discover upcoming movies or TV shows with your favorite actors.
-Set notifications and follow entertainment topics so you never miss a breaking celebrity story.
-Read news about the Oscars, Hollywood, Movie Stars, Fashion Week, and more.

Local News
-Get informative local stories from top trusted publishers based on your location.
-See the latest coverage in your hometown with the Local tab.
-Discover local updates, traffic, events, local weather, new restaurants, family activities, and so much more.

Sports News
-Welcome to your spot for informative sports stories.
-Get daily articles highlighting the latest games, teams, players, and sporting events.
-Set notifications for your favorite teams.
-See news about football, basketball, golf, tennis, soccer, and more.


SmartNews in the News

“Browse headlines quickly, customize your channels, and read the news offline. SmartNews is an excellent free alternative to other popular news apps.”


SmartNews Awards

Best News Aggregator, 2023 (US)

Best Free News App, 2023 (US)

Best News App, 2023 (US)

Best Local News App, 2022 (US)



“Better than Feedly or Flipboard. Love it!” Joe C.

“Much better than the new version of Apple News.” - Donald B.

“Been using Google News but this is better. Much easier to share.” Nikki H.

“Literally, one of the best news apps… It ranks with the likes of BBC News.” -Lorraine C.

*Terms of Service
The SmartNews Terms of Service are linked below. Please read and confirm these terms before using our services.
Updated on
May 23, 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, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
This app may collect these data types
Location, Personal info and 2 others
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

620K reviews
Cindy Garris
May 15, 2024
When I first rated this app it was a 10 in my opinion but it has really gone downhill from then!!! Pages don't load and you could be reading an article and all of a sudden the screen turns black and what you were reading goes away!!! I know it's not my phone cause it's new and it also does it on my brand new phone so it's definitely the app. Otherwise the content is great if you can finish reading the article!!!
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SmartNews, Inc.
May 16, 2024
We were able to fix the crash caused on some Android devices, if the issue remains please clear the cache and restart the app. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. Thank you!
Kim Wood
May 19, 2024
I use this app multiple times a day. I like having different sources in one app. It saves me time and keeps me informed. I'm often able to see how both sides are spinning a story and determine for myself if I need to dig deeper. The articles won't always load for me. This seems to be early morning hours and mid evening - high usage times. This happens once or twice a week and is frustrating with the limited amount of time I have, but it eventually starts loading the articles.
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May 22, 2024
I am upgrading my review to 4 stars. They have made some improvements in the last few months. It is still a little buggy (e.g. not downloading all of the stories and jumping around while reading), but it doesn't randomly play loud ads (I have a Galaxy S22 Ultra/Android). The app has great bones, but it still isn't as good as it once was. Despite the issues, SmartNews is still my favorite news app, but I hope that they continue to work on improving it.
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SmartNews, Inc.
July 30, 2022
Thank you for downloading and sincerely apologize for your experience with SmartNews. We are working to improve our app experience with replacing this ad format soon. In the meanwhile, please check your app is set “Never” for autoplay video ads. Hope this helps reduce your discomfort.

What's new

- Performance improvements and bug fixes to enhance your reading experience.