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National Geographic magazine is available on iPhone and iPad. Subscribe once and get National Geographic magazine on both devices. Existing print and digital subscribers get complimentary access to both editions.

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Back issues of National Geographic magazine for iPad start with our February 2011 issue and November 2012 for iPhone.

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National Geographic Magazine App Description & Overview

The applications National Geographic Magazine was published in the category News on 2011-02-22 and was developed by National Geographic Society. The file size is 26.15 MB. The current version is 2.5.2 and works well on 7.0 and high ios versions.

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National Geographic Magazine Reviews


Nearly impossible to use  Bob.Eisenberg  1 star

Nearly impossible to sign on, and then to use. As breathtakingly incompetent an app, as the pictures are beautiful.


I lost all my magazines  Min748583959  1 star

I lost all my issues because of a stupid feature called auto archive. It's a rip-off. Smh ☹️


Useless waste of time  islandstifle  1 star

I got a complimentary 1 year subscription and redeemed it. Got told to activate the subscription at a website, fine. Then log in... nope, not accepting the password. Reset password... nope your email address is not on file. Sent round and round in circles. Just as well I didn't pay anything for this pile of crap or I'd be fuming.


Fabulous!!  Sattvala  5 star

I think if people don't like this app it's because they don't know how to use it. It takes a little finagling but then it's wonderful. I love all the interactive pictures and articles. Even the puzzle section is a treat because once again they use their own beautiful photos for it!


Almost there  Sanjay_Makadia  4 star

Have been using this app for a month. Well thought out and easy to read on mobile devices. Only complain is that it does not remember the last location on an article. Not a deal breaker but would be nice to have.


App does not integrate with account  Nickt123  1 star

For a service as renowned as National Geographic, I'd expect the app to integrate with the digital account purchased through the website. When I called customer service, the woman who answered just directed me to a website that would "fix my issue," then tried to pitch me special sales they were having. And the website didn't even fix my issue. I'm stupefied by how awful this is.


Very disappointed  azmizal  1 star

I have been subscribing for many years. On last February I subscribed for a year. However the apps froze and I had to delete and download the apps again. However I couldn't restore purchases nor download latest edition. I had tried any solutions method available on their site and others available on the internet. But the problem was nit solved. It seems that the apps doesn't recognize me as a subscriber. I had mail their customer service team for about ten times. They kept giving same reply and excuses. Once they asked me, my iTunes ID and proof of subscription to restore my account which I replied already but after that nothing happen and when I send back email, I kept going back to square one. Not to mention that NG customer service team and Apple iTune service passing and tossing me around like ball for weeks. The problem is still not solved


Xxxxxxx  Pjszsbob  1 star

What a junky app. It doesn't look anything like the "how to use". It requires me to login but will not let me set up an account. I doesn't even let me play some of the shows, e.g. Genius. They are lucky that a 1 star is the lowest. National Geographic, get some better app programmers. Also, offer the shows without the commercials like CBS all access.


Totally awesome magazine app!!  Bunda3  5 star

I love the electronic version of National Geographic Magazine. Have been a subscriber for more than 20 yrs. and nothing is better than the electronic version of it with animation, videos and 3D viewing of photos. Not sure what the complaints are about, as I have NEVER experience any problem. The mobile version is surprisingly readable (I was not sure how it would look on my iPhone) but once I tried it (I started by exclusively reading it on my full size iPads and mini iPad) it looks surprisingly good, sharp and readable. Awesome job, National Geographic! I am a lifelong fan of your magazine! Keep up the good work!


Printed version gets 5 starts  Dominikavinyasa  2 star

I'm a huge NG supported and a devout subscriber. The digital version is promising yet lacking. Inability to save the space on the page where a reader just paused, or to enlarge an interesting image is inexcusable. Other publications such as the Economist are able to seamlessly transition between digital and print. NG should too.


Karen Springen karenspringen 3 star

@asduner This National Geographic story...


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@oldpicsarchive: Colour Photos of the United States In The Early 20th Century by the National Geographic Magazine (24 photos) …


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@oldpicsarchive: Colour Photos of the United States In The Early 20th Century by the National Geographic Magazine (24 photos) …


Great magazine, frustrating app even on iPad  Phyns2  3 star

The app only allows download of 5 issues at once, no more. So you cannot easily download ahead to prepare for being somewhere without Internet. And forget about looking back to articles you liked in older issues unless you want redownload and lose access to newer issues. Even more irritating is that once you start downloading an issue it automatically opens and begins the animation and music. So setting up a queue of downloads feels like battling a barrage of uncontrollable popup ads from a link you clicked on by accident.


Great app, but no bookmarks  talismayne  2 star

This app is fantastic and I would have rated it 5/5 if it weren't for the lack of bookmarking functionality in articles. Every time you leave an article and go back to pick up where you left off, it takes you back to the beginning of the article. This is very frustrating if you try to read an article but don't finish it and want to go back to the spot where you left off. Please correct this for the next update!


Still Disappointed  Artyelle  1 star

While NGM has been around for a century, it's digital app is still behind the times; it is sorely lacking in accessibility. The fonts are not dynamics c, cannot be enlarge, there's no voice over. I use to be a long time subscriber. Sadly, because of my slow progressive eyesight loss, I can no longer enjoy this magazine. I continue to be disappointed, while the rest of the apps like the NYTimes offer dynamic fonts, I'm sure an even larger population of readers. When will the NGM catch up


Superb content - shoddy app  Zoirusha  2 star

1. No bookmarking feature 2. No "share" feature (I understand NatGeo doesn't want me "sharing" an entire issue, so how about they place a monthly limit on the amount of bytes I can share). NatGeo, I promise, you will gain more subscribers if u let the current subscribers to essentially advertise for you! 3. The app doesn't keep track of where you left off. Coupled with no bookmarking, this means that even if you go away for 10 secs to send a txt, the app will bring you back to the very beginning. 4. The whole interface is weird and not intuitive. 5. The "library" feature should show the issues that the subscribers actually downloaded to their device. Instead, you get a list of ALL the issues available for download. So if you had downloaded a December 2013 and June 2015, and July 2016 issues, you will have to scroll down though all those years in order to find what's actually on your device.


Please update  0000!!!!!!!  2 star

No matter how short the trip was, the app will not remember where I left off and will begin from the top. This is really frustrating because during the course of reading an article, I often turn off my phone or go to main screen and then come back to the article multiple times, and I am forced to scroll down to where I left off. I would rather use safari or use my laptop, but both of them require so much more effort. (In fact I don't even think this is possible) Another bothering thing is that when I highlight a word, national geographic will not allow me to define the word. Now I know that this is related to article copying and pasting problem and I understand why NG made this decision, but to a person like me whose first language is not English, this ruins my experience of reading the article so that I will not understand what it's trying to say and get bored, causing me to not read the journal some point. If there is a way to add that option, I would love it and would rate this app 5 star for sure.

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Great content, solid app, 1 complaint on iPad  Badison on  3 star

The content of course is amazing. The app works fine. My major complaint is the quality of images on an iPad. They are not retina resolution sometimes and you can see the artifacts. I would gladly download 500mb or higher versions of issues, instead of 180mb, if I had the option. I really care about image quality, but do not want to tend to printed magazines. So, higher quality images to match our devices and get closer to print would be great. Note that some other publications use larger download sizes and achieve higher quality images it seems.


Doesn't follow Apple app standards  Birdflier  1 star

This app locks to landscape - without reference to iPad settings. Unacceptable!


Better than print version  Ngsupporter  5 star

Nat Geo continues to have excellent content and photos. In response to criticisms that some articles are too long, I say, put aside a few minutes and take the time for more in-depth coverage that we typically see in this world of sound bites! Love the interactive features, including lots of audio - generally in the author's voice.


Misunderstood  Nana-fun  5 star

This has been an informative, as well as an educational tool for our students all over the world for years !!! I'm actually appalled that this periodical has a current rating of only 2 stars...really ? Who, may I ask is the individual in charge of such a decision???

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Horrible app  Frustrated in DK  1 star

Mis-tap an advert/solicitation and one can't get out of it... Simply scrolling through digital contents is endlessly frustrating... Will seek a refund for my digital subscription... Way too much trouble to use...

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