SmartNews: News That Matters

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674K reviews
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About this app

SmartNews helps you discover balanced stories—for free. Connect with the world through editor curation and state-of-the-art algorithms. Whether it's politics, local, 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

Escape from misinformation and stress with SmartTake. A free daily digest of unique, interesting, lighthearted, and balanced information to help you feel good about being informed. Thoughtfully curated by award-winning editors, SmartTake is here to feed your brain—not your bias—with quality global, local, entertainment, sports, politics, and health. Take a mental break from doomscrolling, and unwind with news that enriches your mind.

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 area.

Trusted Sources
-We partner with thousands of trusted publishers for unbiased news from all sides.
-Our award-winning journalists validate 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 top movies or TV shows with your favorite actors.
-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.
-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.

Health News
-Discover the healthcare news that impacts you all in one free app.
-See what experts say about wellness, aging, and mental health from top publishers.
-Follow stories about pain relief updates, exercise trends, and home remedies.

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 Local News App, 2024 (US)

Best News Aggregator, 2023 (US)

Best Free News App, 2023 (US)

Best News App, 2023 (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
Jun 6, 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

622K reviews
Michael Solis
June 4, 2024
Having to update my 5 stars to a 3. If you click on a video in the smartnews article, you actually have to go into the browser to watch said video. I'm a person that likes to post stuff on my social media but I don't like having to go through each article through the browser just to copy and paste. It used to not be a problem but now it's just frustrating. Plus ads. Very irritating. Please fix. Used to be my favorite app for news.
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B Pup
May 31, 2024
I like this app because of its wide-spread sourcing of news. I can find out what else is going on around the world. 3RD UPDATE, MAY32, 2024: The most recent update took away the user's ability in the app's Settings to prevent the auto-playing of video ads on the news-aggregate pages. This is not acceptable - especially when the ad's sound starts blaring. Also, not everyone has unlimited data plans on their phones, to waste data on video ads.
42 people found this review helpful
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SmartNews, Inc.
November 3, 2019
Hi B Pup, We appreciate your updated review of SmartNews! User feedback is what makes SmartNews become even better. Please feel free to pass on SmartNews to your friends and family members if they enjoy seeing news from both sides. We are here to assist you with any questions or suggestions to make SmartNews even better! :) - Nathan @ SmartNews
May 26, 2024
I use the app all the time, but it started pushing ads with sound, meaning that I can't read news at night or in public places. This makes the app unusable most of the time when I actually want to use it. In addition, they started showing barrage of ads for some local questionable politician. No matter how many times I hide it, they still show it multiple times per page.
20 people found this review helpful
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SmartNews, Inc.
May 27, 2024
Hello Alex, This is not what we intended and so sorry for your experience. Please capture a screenshot or screen recording of the ad. If the issue hasn't been resolved yet, please reach out to us at: by tapping on the Support Button. - SmartNews (USA Team)

What's new

- We’re always working to make your SmartNews experience more enjoyable. Our latest update removes the autoplay video ads setting to provide a more consistent and seamless viewing experience across the app.