SmartNews: Local Breaking News

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659K 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
Dec 1, 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, 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

608K reviews
Ken Colman
December 4, 2023
Great app! Stays on top of breaking news items, easy to personalize. I have to revise this review it's good if you don't mind closing and restarting it if you want to continue being three stories or if you don't mind it locking up frequently or if you don't mind starting to read an article only to find after a few paragraphs that the rest of it isn't there
192 people found this review helpful
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Chrys Davis
December 3, 2023
This used to be the best news app! I use Samsung phones and have never had an issue. With a regular viewing option and web option, I could read the news all through the app. About 4 months ago, the web tab of reading articles went away, and since then, now 9 times out of 10, the pages never load. It's so sad because finding a replacement news app is a nightmare. Ugh....
59 people found this review helpful
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Bruce Krizmanic
December 3, 2023
Lately the ads are designed where you can't delete or pass on them, some also try hiding the close area, it's becoming more and more frustrating. Update, there seems like nothing had been done with the adds that seen to take over and prevent you from closing the add. They've been told, acknowledged the problem but haven't done anything to correct it.
20 people found this review helpful
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SmartNews, Inc.
October 13, 2023
Hi, Thanks for your feedback. Looks like some of the advertisers are running ads with settings against our ad policy... apologies for your experience. When you encounter such ads again, will you please provide us ( with a screenshot of the ad or name of advertiser so that we can further assist you in this issue?

What's new

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