SmartNews: Local Breaking News

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665K reviews
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About this app

SmartNews helps you discover the news that matters most—for free. Connect with the world around you through thoughtfully curated news powered by state-of-the-art algorithms. Whether it's local news, sports, entertainment, or breaking news, feeling good about being informed has never been easier.

Stay in the loop 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, and more.

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


Breaking News
-Get daily breaking news headlines delivered straight to your device
-Custom notifications mean you are the first to know about important news stories
-Select topics and publishers you care about most so you get the news you want, fast.

-Welcome to the most convenient news app ever.
-Follow trusted publishers, discover new topics, and set custom notification times to only receive alerts when it's best for you.
-Control the types of news stories you see in your following feed so you can stay up-to-date on the news that matters most to you.

Entertainment News
-Learn the latest scoop on your favorite celebrities.
-Set notifications and follow entertainment topics so you never miss a breaking celebrity story.

Lifestyle News
-Discover news about travel, recipes, how-tos, trending news, and so much more.
-Select your interests and we'll bring you the latest news on those topics.

Local News
-Get relevant local stories from top trusted publishers based on your location.
-Easily learn about the latest news and information for your hometown with the Local tab.
-Discover local news, traffic, events, local weather, new restaurants, family activities, and so much more.

Sports News
-Get daily articles highlighting the latest games, teams, players, and sporting events.
-Set custom notifications for your favorite teams

Technology & Finance News
-Keep up with the latest coverage on investing, tech, personal finance, and beyond.
-Follow key topics to stay in the know on daily updates.

Trusted Sources
-We partner with thousands of credible publishers
-Follow your favorite trusted outlets with ease
-Our team of award-winning journalists validates content to ensure it meets our high-quality requirements.


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

Awarded Best News Aggregator, 2023 (US)

Awarded Best Free News App, 2023 (US)

Awarded Best News App, 2023 (US)

Awarded Best Local News App, 2022 (US)

Best App of the Year, 2013 (Japan)

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Updated on
Feb 16, 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

613K reviews
Paul Doughty
February 7, 2024
SmartNews has become nearly unusable. News stories won't load. Forced to close and then reopen app, sometimes every three or four minutes. They claim that a poor signal on the user's end is to blame. It is not. All my other apps function perfectly, and so does SmartNews when it's relaunched...but only for a few minutes. They need to fix the app's digital processing and update it. Very frustrating. It used to be a good service.
168 people found this review helpful
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February 13, 2024
It was amazing at first, and I still occasionally use it now. Around the time they tried to add comments everything kept getting worse. It doesn't fully load the articles, and once one article messes up, then you have to close it out. However upon reopening the app it'll refresh and you'll lose the story. Your previously viewed articles section working is now a sometimes thing. Lastly, the ads have become obnoxious. They'll even play audio for an ad you can't see and therefore close.
53 people found this review helpful
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That Ghoul Ava
February 2, 2024
This has been my go-to news app for a while. I've stubbornly given it a spot on my phone much longer than it deserves, as it was a fantastic app for a good while, but those days are long gone. Today, I finally uninstalled. Ads on EVERY article blasting sound. And it's the SAME DAMN AD OVER AND OVER, sometimes even after you mute one... there two or three more of the SAME ad still going ! Back out? There's the same ad, blaring away, regardless of what preferences have been set. I'm out.
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What's new

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