San Francisco Chronicle

Get the smart news writing, award-winning photos and columnists, second-to-none Bay Area news coverage that you expect from the San Francisco Chronicle, completely redesigned for the App Store.

San Francisco Chronicle features:

- First pick of exclusive content that you can’t get anywhere else
- Local news from San Francisco and the Bay Area, including updates throughout the day
- The daily funnies in a Comics section updated every day
- Dazzling photo galleries and 360-degree panoramas
- Features from The Chronicle’s team of trusted experts and columnists

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San Francisco Chronicle App Description & Overview

The applications San Francisco Chronicle was published in the category News on 2011-05-31 and was developed by Hearst Newspapers. The file size is 103.43 MB. The current version is 2.2.5 and works well on 9.0 and high ios versions.

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San Francisco Chronicle Reviews

Orchestra Guy

Reinstall it  Orchestra Guy  3 star

I too was having a terrible experience with this app. It would crash and hang all the time. Finally I deleted it and reinstalled it. So far that has improved things greatly. Worth a try if you are trying to support local reporting and newspapers as I am. W need Real News. I'm giving it 3 stars for now. We'll see.


Unacceptably Awful App  jcvgold  1 star

The only explanation for the current standard of this app is that it is run and maintained by family members of the publisher.


The Worst App in the World  SmyGuy123  1 star

Disgraceful that the daily paper that represents the tech capital of the world can't offer a high functioning app. I don't have the time to list all of the shortcomings.

Gato de Negro

Horrible app  Gato de Negro  1 star

This has to be the absolute worst app on my IPad. A complete waste of money. It will rarely open on the correct date and then it locks up when you try to refresh. Over and over until you give up in utter frustration. One would think that here in the heart of technology the Chron could develop a superior application. I would like to demand a refund for all those days I was/am unable to use the app.


Possibly the worst app I've ever used  Sms47  1 star

It's a disgrace that a newspaper with the stature of the SF Chronicle should have such a disgracefully implemented online presence!!!


Never launches on first try  cpmeredith  2 star

This app NEVER launches correctly on the first try. It tells me "It's a new Day, launching front page" but it doesn't work. The date at the top is correct, but the news is old. I pull to refresh and that hangs up. I go to the menu and click on Front Page. Nothing. So I close the app and try again. Today it took me 3 tries. I'm losing patience and am about to stop trying with this app.


A complete dog  JoelBubeck  2 star

Since dropping my hard copy subscription, I rely on the digital edition entirely. The iPhone app is unfortunately a complete dog. Slow to load, hangs repeatedly, can't even scroll headlines. Poor excuse for an app. UPDATE: after almost giving up entirely, I decided to delete the app and reinstall it. So far, it seems to be performing much better. I'm upgrading my review from one star to two, but still reserving judgement.


TERRIBLE APP  srcasjf  1 star

I can only agree with the majority of reviewers that this app is sorely lacking. It doesn't seem they have plans to make it better either. I periodically get emails from them recommending I use a browser version. Why did they even bother with an app then?

News rabbit

Disappointment 1000  News rabbit  1 star

It is bizarre, almost tragic, that a great old newspaper in a wealthy, techy city cannot put out a functional digital edition. Saddens me every morning. Thank heavens for New York Times! Mariquita West .


Chronicle frustrates  disndatmg  1 star

Why is it that the leading newspaper in the tech capital of the country has such a poor application. I read the New York Times and the Marin IJ every day. I try to read the chronicle. It crashes at least a few times each session, locks up frequently, and updates so slowly, if at all, that it is too frustrating to use. They need to scrap this failed app and source or develop an app that provides a positive user experience.


Bookreader bookreader1011 3 star

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Pretty Pittie

Slow, clunky, crashes constantly  Pretty Pittie  1 star

Horrible app. It's slow and clunky and constantly crashes.

Mega Mart

I want to like this app, but it's too unreliable  Mega Mart  2 star

As a Chronicle subscriber, I'd love to rely more on this app, but too often it is slow, won't refresh content or has broken links to content. And, it's crappy design feels like 2006--not at all what we should expect from a San Francisco institution.


Frustratingly Slow  citykittysf  2 star

Content is fine - assuming one has the patience to wait while it takes seemingly forever to load. A recent "upgrade" did make some improvements, but on certain days, it is so slow that I give up.

Kenwood Bucky

App is terrible  Kenwood Bucky  1 star

This app is terrible. Consistently regresses with every release. Stale and repeated content - stories will stay around for weeks. No ability to see back issues. Hard to navigate (swiping between pages sometimes takes 10 tries) and unstable. Really? Maybe print will make a comeback as this doesn't cut it. Very disappointing for Bay Area readers.


Embarrassment to Center of Tech Industry  smcclary  2 star

Slow to load articles, links to videos only work once in a while. Organization is not intuitive. Right hand sidebar includes duplicate items and doesn't seem to serve any purpose. All around lame effort.

Pax as

Horrible  Pax as  1 star

The worst. Never loads an article. Crashes constantly


Fine once it downloads, if it downloads  FoggyBridge  1 star

I read the paper on my iPad. Many times the paper will not download. When it does download, it freezes and I have to exit and reload. I have almost stopped reading the paper because it is so frustrating using this app. I also red the NYT and WSJ on my iPad and have no problems. Why is this App so bad?


Sfchron  Tklll3  1 star

Poorly done.


Awful  SteveChris1960  2 star

Crashes all the time. Old articles are mixed with new ones. I dont recommend the app at all.

Wc reader xyzzy

Clunky app  Wc reader xyzzy  1 star

It is a very slow and clunky app. Stories are slow to load. Very little is seen in any screen to facilitate selection of larger story. Moving between sections is awkwardly designed. This is the best that can be done in premier high tech region? It has recently been , and I hesitate to use word, "upgraded", since that implies major change. It is not quite as slow and clunky so maybe gets a bit in a 2nd star. But sometimes it is necessary to tweak site in order to get stories to load. Getting current day's edition is a slow process but at least now it works, unlike before. Designers should check out how efficiently other newspaper sites work and aim for that standard.

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