BBC News

BBC News

Download the official BBC News app for international audiences.

Additional Informations
  • Current Version: Varies with device
  • Updated: December 13, 2017
  • Requires Android: Varies with device
  • Installs: 10,000,000 - 50,000,000



The BBC News app has been completely redesigned with a fresh look and feel to bring you more content, greater personalisation and better overall performance. So you can get more of the news that matters to you.

Key features:
Top Stories brings you the latest, breaking news from our trusted global network of journalists.
My News is a newly introduced feature allowing you to personalise your news offering.
Add topics wherever you see the + icon for a quick route straight to the stories you care about.
Stories from topics you add will appear in your personalised My News feed. Here you can order stories by topic or time, and use the Manage Topics screen to stay on top of the news of the day.
You can also switch the My News by Topic screen to a more traditional carousel view from the Settings screen.

Find content fast
The app can suggest topics based on stories you’ve recently viewed and what’s in the news now.
And you can quickly find topics that interest you using the Topic Search. Choose from the familiar list of BBC News indexes such as Business, Technology, Entertainment and Health, or search for your own subjects of interest, whether they’re people, places, things or themes.

More of the news you care about
We now offer a fuller selection of stories from the newsroom, including:
- Most Read and Most Watched. Keep on top of popular stories across the BBC, regularly updated throughout the day
- Live BBC World Service Radio. Expertise and insight from our journalists available 24-hours a day and ready to listen to in the background as you browse
- Read the best journalism from BBC correspondents
- Access to our full range of video and audio
- Photo galleries and full-screen images

Other features:
- Push notifications for breaking news stories
- Video over cellular and wifi
- Improved offline experience. Download the latest stories when you have a signal and then read them at your leisure
- Viewing modes. See more stories per index by choosing ‘Compact layout’ from the Settings screen
- Settings to allow the app to automatically update in the background
- Share stories to your social networks, or email/SMS to a friend
- Support for dynamic text. The app will respect the font size in your device settings so you can increase or decrease the story text size as suits your preference
- Related stories, related topics. Go deeper into a storyline with suggestions for further reading and viewing and a range of topics related to each story

If you choose to receive push notifications, a unique identifier relating to your device will be stored by ProcessOne on behalf of the BBC to provide you with the service.
No other personal data relating to you (such as a username or email address) is processed. The BBC will keep your information secure and not share it with anyone else in accordance with the BBC’s Privacy and Cookies Policy, available at
You can choose to unsubscribe from push notifications from your device’s Notifications screen: locate the BBC News app icon from the list and turn off ‘Allow Notifications’.


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  • BBC News
    Leonid Morozov Published date: December 18, 2017

    It's good if want to read the news, works well. When it comes to any video content on the app it simply doesn't work most of the time. I can get and ad playing at the beginning of the video, but the video itself can't be displayed. Sometimes it requires to open another bbc media player and even after i install it, it won't open majority of the videos, just displaying the error. Full Review

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    Nick Marcheschi Published date: January 31, 2018

    News stories are generally impartial and informative but many fluff pieces have come up, and we never seem to be able to escape new stories about the royalty. Mostly just mad the videos rarely work and the companion BBC media app works maybe one in 20 times. Get a decent I.T. division geez. Full Review

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    Peter Sorrentino Published date: February 10, 2018

    I love the BBC app which I downloaded from Google Play for free. I have been using this app for years now and it catches me up on the biggest stories in a short time. As a US resident it gives me a taste of the largest international stories which I really appreciate. I also like the video highlight clips which are usually interesting and iften quirky but always pertinent. Full Review

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    Chelsea F Published date: February 19, 2018

    Keeps freezing and crashing. Can't scroll down or read a single article. Its totally unusable. Tried uninstalling and reinstalling. Requested developer support and got no reply after 5 days. I used to like it to get a little bit of global news but now it's just a waste of storage. Uninstalling. Will consider changing my review if I hear back and get a fix. Full Review

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    Rick Clayton Published date: January 9, 2018

    Great articles, widget stops getting data and media player often does not work. And you have to watch 30 second ads in full only to find out that your video won't play. This app has some serious, longstanding problems they apparently can't or don't want to fix. Full Review

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    Petra Neveceralova Published date: January 27, 2018

    The app has nice design, but lately I have been struggling with the videos. There are many long annoying adds and then only blank screen with sound, no video. And please make it possible to move the app to the SD card, it's quite big... Full Review

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    Namcheja Maghembe Published date: February 21, 2018

    Good: The app work well use it nearly everyday. I especially like the feature and analysis section. Bad: The videos do not work. Wait they will work to play the adverts but the news segment you want watch will not play well only the sound plays. It is the most annoying thing about the app and what made me give it 3 stars. Full Review

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    Steve Youles Published date: January 9, 2018

    Revising my glowing review of the old app (5 stars) down to a scathing 1 star for the new version.. BE WARNED DO NOT UPDATE! a few minor graphical tweaks are no compensation for the BBC injecting bloody advertising!!! Of all the things I thought the BBC stood for this is the final straw... c'mon BBC youre better than this.. your the ones who set standards not follow them! Update 11 jan 2018. Not only are adverts more prevalent.. they work and then the actual article i want to watch doest. So i get the ads not the desired content. This app just continues to side into the mire. Pull your finger out and get it fixed Full Review

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    David Sabbagh Published date: January 14, 2018

    I think that BBC is one of the best news organizations out there. BBC strikes a good balance between reporting facts while also giving unbiased analysis and information. The app is well organized, I like the ability to follow certain topics but still get information from other topics in top news. I like the breaking news alerts, and in fact when compared to other news apps I use like Reuters and CBS, BBC is often the first I receive an alert from. I have one suggestion for how the app might improve. And that is the ability to organize search results by date of publication. Currently they are organized supposedly by relevance although it often seems arbitrary. There's no way to sort results. But I don't think articles from 2010 shouldn't be further up the list than an article on the topic published yesterday. Full Review

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    Lorna Perry Published date: January 3, 2018

    I really hate all the advertising increased time to wait for video now .14 seconds is way too much. Sometimes cannot be bothered .understand it funds the company but really.... Good articles as ever and reporting although it's biased as are most news channels im afraid . I really like the human interest articles. Still a favourite of course .. works fine on my phone . Full Review

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    Ona Mazie Published date: January 23, 2018

    I love how BBC news asks questions and sends links throughout its news feed to either answer questions or provide support for their work. Being an American and having conflicting information I use it as a beacon of light. I am grateful for the writers and I hope they will continue to report in away that provides freedom to all and not to some. Full Review

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    David Barratt Published date: January 25, 2018

    I used to love this app.... it would download articles so I could read offline. Now the news format has been dumbed down and now includes lots of short and uninformative videos. The BBC has made a huge mistake in the format that news is presented within this updated app. Full Review

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    Prodipto Chatterjee Published date: December 15, 2017

    I am not sure what has happened to this app for some days now as it won't load any of the pages. I tried the usual uninstall - reinstall process a number of times to no avail. However, the app works when I am on a LTE network or high-speed WiFi connection. Really frustrated. Full Review

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    Elijah TC Published date: January 20, 2018

    BBC has become more and more liberal, stupid, pro- Islam, more philosophically inclined. Sky news is more intelligently produced programmes. I am persuaded that the BBC requires a new conclave of leaders who are less bias, partial and philosophical. Britain is plummeting into an abyss and BBC is contributing to its declension. Full Review

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    Isaac Marsland Published date: January 18, 2018

    News is ok. The negative review is for video. U have to download a seperate app and even then the 30 seconds of ads play fine but the video doesnt. You reload it and you have to watch another 30 seconds of ads which work fine... then the video doesnt work again. Its like they do it on purpose to make more money for ads. SHITE Full Review

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    Dakota Smolders Published date: January 16, 2018

    Dropping from 5 to 3 stars. Great for reading, but videos almost never work. Ads play fine before the video but once the actual content starts I only ever hear audio accompanied by a black screen. Strange how the ads work but your own content is wonky. Once this is fixed will definitely be bumping it back up to 5 stars. Full Review

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    jason lickfield Published date: February 22, 2018

    I like getting content from BBC, but no other news app I've used has more videos that don't play or have bad links, but the ads always work. Nothing is more irritating then watching a full length advertisement then having the video not play. Full Review

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    C Eastwood Published date: February 20, 2018

    This has been my go to app since I owned my first smart phone nearly 10 years ago. However it's barely changed and they still are unable to get videos working on it. With all of their might the BBC are really dropping the ball in the most important area of their business. Time to find a new app. Full Review

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    Michael Peters Published date: January 12, 2018

    I like everything about this app and the BBC as a reliable news source. However I find the video frustrating. In fact, it sucks. The app that the BBC want you to download is worse than awful. This needs to improve considerably to be average. Full Review

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    brendan DOHERTY Published date: December 23, 2017

    Videos no longer work. Ads do but once hte actual video starts, its just a blackscreen. That is if it doesnt ask you to download their video player which also does not work. Use to be a great app, no its only good for reading articles Full Review

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    Alec Zuber Published date: January 12, 2018

    For some reason, whenever I try to click on the most interesting travel articles like, "4,000 Year Old Yogurt," and, "Ancient Iranian Village of Little People," there is always a loading error, always. Inevitably, aside from the occasional piece about my psychotic president (I'm an American), these are the only articles I want to read. I love the BBC. Why wont the travel articles let me read them. WHY!?!??!? Full Review

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    Published date: February 4, 2018

    Many news items, especially towards the bottom of the page, lead to an error message, "There was a problem loading this content. Please try again later." I've reinstalled, cleared cache and data, tried WiFi and Mobile connections. What else shall I try? Sacrifice a goat? It is reliably an occasional error. My two email reports ignored so far. Full Review

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    RedElectric3 Published date: December 13, 2017

    Works well for stories, sometimes for no reason it will try and make you download another app just to view video-lame. Update-I downloaded the video app, and now none of the videos I click will play. The ad before the clip will play, but once it switches over to play the actual video--blank screen. Time to reprogram the app I'm wondering. Full Review

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    Eric Bowman Published date: February 2, 2018

    I like the app for the same reason I like BBC - they both give me a world view at a glance. If I just have a minute, I can scroll through and get an idea of what is going on, but if I have more time, I can click on something and get a fuller story. Full Review

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    Alex Hitzemann Published date: January 11, 2018

    The BBC used to be a fairly unbiased source for international news. But lately I hate opening it... the top stories are always about Trump and US. Know your market. I come to BBC to get away from all the American political stuff. Full Review

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    Nathan Buck Published date: February 16, 2018

    The video content doesn't load. It's infuriating that the ads play just fine and you waste 15-30 seconds of your life sitting through it, only for the content not to load. The pop up ads are also irritating as hell. Integrated into content is fine. Full Review

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    Chris Bonkers Published date: January 15, 2018

    Having problems with the app. For some reason it won't update, so I'm forced to reinstall the app only for it to happen again a week later. Please fix!! I need my BBC news back!! Full Review

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    James Steinmeyer Published date: February 2, 2018

    For reading it's fine, but if you ever want to watch a video they posted good luck. Videos fail to play 80% of the time (yet somehow the ads play fine. ) and randomly it'll ask you to download a media player to watch the video, which has terrible reviews. This problem has existed for years, why haven't they address it? I'd expect more from BBC. Full Review

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    Aahmed Arif Published date: December 15, 2017

    i think that the most reliable news channel in the world is BBC. i like it from my childhood. But there is a problem for some days. when i try to play BBC Live option it say "sorry this content dosen't seem to be working. please try again later." why i am facing this problem??? please solve it quickly. Full Review

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    The RizDogg Published date: February 8, 2018

    Its funny how when trying to watch a video the ads work perfectly but the content that you want to watch just doesn't work. Audio plays with no video. I'm sure if it was the ads that were faulty it would be fixed instantly. This has been a problem over several devices from my Galaxy S3 S4 S5 and S7 and also my Galaxy Tab S3. Full Review

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    Meredith Anderson Published date: February 12, 2018

    I think this is a very good app. It's easy to use and you can personalize the "my news" section of it. The only thing is that frequently there are stories that will not load, and if they do not load the first time, they never will. Full Review

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    Francesco Peruzzi Published date: February 12, 2018

    One-minute world news video is handy and informative, good way to sort news by topic of interest & geographical area. Nice in-depth analysis is provided when one wants to go beyond the surface. Generally impartial when it comes to non-UK politics, though the bias is really small even for British domestic issues... difficult to find a better one nowadays Full Review

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    Feenixe Published date: January 10, 2018

    Five stars because of the offline mode!! BBC is by far my favorite news app. Finally I can read articles in the underground metro! I never watch videos though, too much ads and bugs... Too much of a pain. It's not worth it. Full Review

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    Published date: January 26, 2018

    Great news articles and easy layout to read through. BUT after patiently watching through the repetitive and at times annoying ads, the videos just refuse to load. Frustrating. Used to be ok several months back though. Full Review

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    Dan Ball Published date: February 15, 2018

    Deleting App after years. Often only ads work for videos (iOS and Android), then the screen is black. The content has become a political twist on the news, instead of just the news. Content is also occasionally inappropriate. BBC is now "fake news" Full Review

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    Siddharth Oza Published date: January 4, 2018

    The news which they show are biased, as per the current international relations of the Britain with other countries, and BBC also downgrade the developing countries like india by showing max of rape and molestation news as if britain is such a holy place that they do notvhave any single victim. Good Job BBC keep it up. Full Review

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    Barry Zimmerman Published date: January 16, 2018

    A multi-faceted news source that cares about journalistic integrity and that delivers information via app & web through words, images and video. Occasional full-screen ads are obnoxious but all else is done well. Keep up the good work! Full Review

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    Chris Hawkins Published date: January 18, 2018

    Can only here sound when trying to play news videos on stock Samsung Galaxy S8+. The adverts work flawlessly of course. No answer when I contacted the BBC through the "Contact us" option. Very poor performance BBC. Full Review

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    Conor Gallagher Published date: January 14, 2018

    I absolutely love the content of BBC, but the app has been failing pretty regularly as of late. The widget won't automatically update, and I often have to restart app multiple times just to get the home page. These bugs need to be fixed ASAP Full Review

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    Sp B Published date: January 25, 2018

    Videos don't work... Only the ads work perfectly fine 100%... Always a blank screen and then half the videos have to be played via a different player AND IT CANT BE PLAYED OUTSIDE OF THE UK SO WHY PUT IT ON THE APP IN THE FIRST PLACE????? all the public funding you get and you can't run an app correctly... Utter embarrassment Full Review