San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

By Hearst Newspapers

  • Category: News
  • Release Date: 2011-05-31
  • Current Version: 3.0.3
  • Adult Rating: 12+
  • File Size: 27.34 MB
  • Developer: Hearst Newspapers
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.3.5 or later.
Score: 3.5
From 6,479 Ratings


Our revamped iOS app features: • Up-to-the-minute breaking news from our award-winning newsroom • Top headlines you can browse or read in full so you’ll always be in-the-know • Get the news you want as it breaks by opting in for push notifications • The latest sports scores, stats and news from around the world are at your fingertips • Easy access to weather, traffic, videos, photo galleries • Share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and email Subscription Details: • OPTIONS: Download the app for free and enjoy a limited number of free stories each month. Get unlimited access, 24/7, for just $5.99 a month (first 2 weeks are FREE) by subscribing within the app itself. Otherwise, if you are a Digital or Print subscriber you can log in to the app for full access. • PAYMENT: Payment will be charged to your iTunes account with the confirmation of your purchase and will automatically renew each month unless cancelled at least 24 hours before the end of your monthly period. • PRIVACY POLICY: • TERMS OF SERVICE: • FEEDBACK: Tell us what you think! Our app features are constantly being improved based on your feedback. We welcome you to tell us what you love and what you’d like to see more (or less) of. Contact us at



  • Cleaver on line innovations

    By Laxmandas
    On line is a very good way to keep up with the Chronicle these days. Their website is well done and user friendly. Worth the money
  • Not so hot for new iPads

    By elewp
    This app is very buggy on the new iPad Pro (3rd generation). It continually asked to log in and then won’t accept the password, yet it shows I have an active digital subscription. I hope it can be fixed to support the new iPads.
  • Getting better!

    By glev1
    Version 2.3.10 - more reliable now. Fixed music problem. Not a fan of the interface feel but it is working. Continue my wish for larger fonts like almost ALL other news apps. Version 2.3.8 - still crashes daily. If you are listening to music while reading your paper, it will repeatedly stop your music from playing. Navigation with the swipe left and right makes scrolling through an article challenging. Still wish for a larger font. Version 2.2.5 - really pretty much the same. I have written to the support team and they say they are working in it. But this app has really not improved much in the past year. Layout and image placement has improved. But load times and crashes have not. And the app is often unresponsive when you return to it from another app. This app is still inconsistent and crashes daily. While there is some control over font size - still too small for my eyes. The layout is inconsistent and images sometimes do not show up. It seems their support team is as frustrated with their developers as the users are. I truly want to support the chronicle with my subscription but the app really has to work better. Previous - This is how I get my Chronicle every day. The articles are all there and they have fixed many interface issues. But they also introduced a new one - if you get an error due to spotty Internet coverage, the only recourse is to relaunch the app, even when there is Internet access. 1. Slow and annoying reloads when switching apps. If you leave the app and come back, you will get back to where you left off, but only after a tedious reload. FIXED 2. Also slow to switch between articles and even turn pages. The page turn slides the entire interface across the screen just to get to the next page. Most apps I used for reading are much faster than this one. IMPROVED 3. Part of the reason I read the paper digitally is to be able to follow links in articles. Most links are just listed as text so you cannot click on them. Nor can you even copy the text to put in a browser. Major flaw! IMPROVED 4. Seems to take forever to download a new edition (on very fast wifi). Often get message to quit the app as new edition has just been downloaded - annoying. And don't even try to download to read offline. Takes forever. FIXED - but they still have a poor updating process.
  • Crossword & Sudoku not on iPhone app

    By Grrateful
    Why only on iPad?
  • Password management is a mess

    By NearlyDeaf
    Overall, I think this app is pretty good, but the password management is horrible. I’m currently locked out of the app even though my subscription including digital is active. Have tried resetting password. No luck. I’ve had this problem repeatedly. If you want people to stop using your app, asking them to continually enter passwords is a sure fire way to do it.
  • Brings me home!

    By Jo13jo13
    I was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and now live where I cannot get a hard I LOVE GETTING MY E-Edition! I’d rather be living close to home, but thank you for my E-Edition!
  • Getting worse

    By SoniaAndDavid
    This app has been going downhill since the more positive review I posted a year or two ago. Granted it’s generally faster and crashes less now. But various bad design decisions and bad content curation have made it so difficult to use that I now frequently find it necessary to leave the app and instead go to the Chronicle’s facsimile edition in Safari. This is particularly true for the Datebook section and for other articles that while headlined in other sections seem to be retrieved from Datebook. They come up excruciatingly slowly and seem not to be readable at all from other countries while travelling. And periodically whole blocks of content disappear like some columns or most of the comics for the past week. To your answer: No, it is not an updating the app problem. Missing content is a curation problem, and eventually someone notices and fixes it, like the comics came back today after going missing over the weekend. The speed and accessibility-from-Europe issues have been with us for months and are a fundamental design problem dating from when someone decided to replace A&E with Datebook wrapped from or something of that sort.
  • Content and Display Problems

    By QuipMC
    There’s a real problem with this app right now. When I select many articles they open but the app also displays a “Content Unavailable - Sorry we could not find the specified content“ message that must be dismissed. When I try to open other content I receive a message that it can’t be displayed because I don’t have an internet connection...yet I do. Also, every time I open certain content I receive annoying demand windows to subscribe even though I’m already a subscriber. Then there’s this: Over the past few days most of the comics have disappeared and today there are none. Finally, do we really have so little news that much of the front page is dedicated to sports? That’s what the Sports section is for. I’ve subscribed to the Chronicle for years, first in print and now via the app...and the app, over all its iterations, continues to disappoint.
  • Comics are gone!

    By rwooty
    What happened to the Comics?! All that’s left are Bizarro, Mutts, Sherman’s Lagoon, and Zits. While I like these, all the rest have disappeared. When the regular news is constantly depressing, at least I have the Comics to look forward to, but apparently someone has decided to make a huge cutback. This app is not that great anyway, but this puts it below the bottom.
  • New an Improved

    By charliec63
    It better now than at it recent low point (see last paragraph)which it was like an object falling into a “black hole”. This version seems to work reliably well enough that I gone back to reading the Chronicle for local news. Who knows what the future holds? You can read my original rating below. The current version of the app works well, and has good functionality. Compared to the earlier versions it’s much, much better. In some ways I like it better than The NY Times app, which seems to have been driven towards mediocrity by over ambition and advertising screen real estate. It has been a long haul for the chronicle hopefully the recent progress continues. My original assessment continues: The overall reading format is still clunky, but the apps reliability and usefulness has improved, ie. it doesn't crash as much. The NY Times continues to perform consistently better. Gradually, we'll arrive at a commonly shared format. This one is not quite there yet. C Update: The app has gone in the reverse direction. One might think, that being next to Silicon Valley and being ground zero for web app development around the world, that the Chronicle app might be a show piece, but that's not the case. Using it can be a brutal experience.