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TED

TED

TED Conferences LLC

Inspiring talks by remarkable people, free to the world.

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21.7% Negative Reviews

Out of 120 most helpful reviews

  • Beware! Download feature does not work well!

    by iOS user12345

    Beware! The Download feature does not work well! First, the app does NOT download the video or audio in the background on wifi so you have to make sure you keep the app open! Second (and even worse) when you click on "My Talks" then choose downloads, it will show your talk as being downloaded when in fact it isn't! (the talk has only started to download or is only partially downloaded). This means that you will consume a lot of unplanned bandwidth when you try to view the "downloaded" talk (which may cost you a lot of money) or you won't be able to access it all all if you don't have an internet connection. It's a poorly designed app. They should have a "pending download" section in "My Talks" and enable the app to download in the background when on Wifi. There should also be a progress bar when the talk is being downloaded.

  • by A Google user

    I can not play it in landscape mode anymore! It stops when I flip the phone horizontally, and it will not continue anymore...not even if I go back to portrait mode! Is there any way to fix this?

  • by Shin Andrei Riego

    Latest update: download speed is still not as fast my normal download speed and the issue with full screen still isn't fixed Old version: Download speed is too slow, full screen is not working (makes the video go black every single time) and consumes data when downloading almost double/triple than what is stated.

  • After many months wait, the download function worked, with many bugs

    by vfyang

    Having been waiting many months for the download function to work, this version kind of works, yet with many bugs. 1. Crashes when downloading about five or more playlists. 2. When come back, the downloading function will not be able to resume properly. 3. When you play a video, even if it’s a downloaded video, the downloading function stopped. 4. When you first started download a talk, the downloading button shows a circular progress bar. But when you come back from the middle, like crashes, or shutdown, the progress button is gone, and not responsive. 5. No indicators on the download status, I will never know which video has finished download so that I could view offline. 6. No pause, resume 7. No control for individual videos within a playlist. 8. No background downloading.

  • Please fix

    by Reitveld

    - needs a setting for only downloading via Wi-Fi. – need a progress bar to show what is being downloaded and what has not been downloaded. (One of Ted’s talks state-owned Porten a progress bar is. Irony that they don’t take their own advice.) - videos should be grouped by categories to make it easy to watch similar videos. For example if I want to learn about astronomy, all those videos should be grouped together, and easy to find. I’m giving the such a low rating not because the app is good but because I believe this is the only way the developer will take notice of my comments and fix the limitations I find in the app.

  • by Laura Gate

    Stop advertising burgers aka global warming! Animal Agriculture is the world's biggest producer of Methane! If I see one more burger ad, I am uninstalling and changing my rating to a 1. *Edit: I have now changed my rating from 5 stars to 1 and uninstalled.I will not stand for another gross burger commercial. If there were ad blockers for apps out that actually worked, I wouldn't even know Tedx was promoting such terrible things!

  • Great app - major flaw

    by Shmuelik

    Your app is a great app and I use it every morning when working out to get “educated”. One big flaw is when I choose a video to watch and I see on the right hand side another video in “Related Talks” I’m interested to watch afterward there is no way to find it again. Every time I finish the main video the “Related Talks” have changed again and I’m not able to watch the other video I was interested in. Even more so: There is no way to add a video in “Related Talks” to your watch list. That makes actually the “Related Talks” section pointless since I can never get back and watch what was suggested to me. Please, I would appreciated if you can make it work that the “Related Talk” videos are NOT changing every time I finish a video or add the main video to the watch list but rather that I’m able to go back and be able to watch one of the suggested videos. Thank you.

  • by Ali Hosin

    can't search in arabic why !

  • Search engine is ineffective

    by amyblueyes

    When trying to search for a topic, such as “white privilege,” the response is “sorry, we couldn’t quite find anything like that.” So, when trying other searches such as “black poverty,” only two talks show up as results. When searching these two topics alone through an internet (google) search engine on “Ted Talks”, hundreds of results reveal themselves...I would have thought that an app would provide the same number of results, if it more. Poorly designed app!

  • Updated review: still terrible

    by manyou07

    I've been using this app for many years and the one thing that's remained constant is it's inability to do the one thing I wanted it to do. Use this app if you enjoy downloading talks to watch offline, then pulling out your phone on the airplane and seeing no talks downloaded. This has probably happened to me a dozen times now. I think it's time I bid farewell to TED talks, if not for this than because the quality of the talks has tanked over the years.

  • Fix downloads please!

    by ElementOrange

    The download feature of the app is perhaps the most important one, and it just doesn’t work. So many times I had queued up a few videos to watch on a plane, and got burned each time as I realized the videos did not download properly. There is no indication of download progress, status, or controls to start/pause/continue, or prioritize downloads. You click download and then it’s a complete mystery. Very poor programming.

  • This app deserves 5 stars, but...

    by Egomaniac47

    I love the app, love TED talks, but when I try to cast it on my tv (google chromecast) from my iphone (7) it won’t even give me the possibility to do so, but then if I try the same thing with my ipad mini it’ll cast it with no problem, (on the ipad) the “cast” icon appears on the top right corner of the screen, while on the iphone it won’t even appear, please guys fix this, I really like this app, it almost hurts to give just 1 star. Thank you

  • Not impressed

    by Luvabulldog8

    I follow TED on fb and am able to watch wonderful talks. Sometimes I want to send them to my son who is not on fb. When I search for the talk on the app or even the same topic (today it was “How did Hitler rise to power”) which was not found in the app. So then I searched under just Hitler...and nothing! Come on! I find it impossible to believe that TED has nothing on Hitler, when I JUST WATCHED a talk on fb. What gives TED app? Super disappointed with this app.

  • What's the point

    by QuestionableQueer

    I love TED talks. I want to watch them when I fly, which is often. However, what is the point of having a download option or section if they DONT DOWNLOAD?! No matter what I do I can't get them to download. Very very frustrating. Back to iTunes Documentaries I go..... please fix this immediately TED. You're hurting your band.

  • Download issues

    by carlitam

    I can tell it to download talks, but there's no indication of download progress, and then when I try to listen without my cellular data on, it won't allow the talks to play at all. What?? What's the point of "download" if I can't watch what I've supposedly downloaded, without using my data?

  • To support: currently unusable on ipad

    by TheBeastOfSiliconValley

    I tried reporting this problem to the support page but there is no support page. Its just general ted support without any way to reach the developers. So I will report the problem here. When I select the app, it moves to the foreground for a second and then immediately moves to the background. Its is unusable in this form.

  • Great talks but

    by gharlow

    I love watching the "Inspiring", the "Jaw Dropping" and "the Courageous" but why don't they show up in my Recents? Wait, where is "My Recents" and how do I share them with others? How do I get back and watch them, save them for later? Unheard of features in your apps and on AppleTV. What a shame. A huge value missing.

  • Talks are amazing, the app... Not quite yet

    by Drmyers29

    This app has a lot of potential but needs work. The saved for later and liked talks un-save and un-like within a few seconds. When you select like the related talks change. Many bugs. Using iPad Pro 12.9 with updated OS.

  • Can't sign to my account on iPhone!!!

    by S. JOSH

    What's the use of "my talks" if there's no option to sign in!!! Sooo laughable lol!! The ATV app also has its issues, each time i try to search it shows this message "NETWORK ERROE, THERE WAS A PROBLEM LOADING YOUR SELECTION" and it's literally all the time i try to type something in search! And there's no way to rate the ATV app!! Who rate them anyways?

  • Erased everything

    by Geioxion

    I signed in and it erased all of my talks that I saved. You’re kidding me, right? With all of the money this app must be making, you couldn’t carry over my liked videos to my account, you just had to erase them all. You’re kidding me, right?

  • Not downloading iOS 11.1 iPhone 6

    by Drewbert7

    My videos stopped downloading for offline use. They used to start downloading as soon as I clicked the download button and I could watch them load. Now they do nothing and the only videos I can watch offline are ones I downloaded months ago.

  • Missing the mark for an audio playlist for commute

    by joeuser47

    I’d really like a simple way to download audio from talks and queue like a podcast, to play in the background, while on my commute. Huge inventory that is hard to enjoy.

  • No way to clear downloads for space

    by Software Eng.

    This app is small, but the talks take up a lot of space, and once you download a talk there does not seem to be a way to reclaim the space it took without deleting the app. So, I'm deleting the app. 😕

  • Horrible App

    by anthony12275

    Was hoping to love this app but’s it’s horrible. I can never find specific speakers when I do a search. Content really needs to be updated. The talks freeze at times. Although I download the audio, I wish can use other apps while the talks are playing.

  • Please fix the download function

    by Sokari1

    If you can let us play these videos offline after we “downloaded” them, this app would definitely would be a 5 Star one.

  • Terribly poor update

    by Missy_233

    The latest update has quite a few bugs. I am unable to add any videos to the “liked videos” or to “my list”. And I noticed all my previously liked videos do not show in the liked videos list.

Negative Reviews in Most Recent

  • Database crash

    by Despiw

    I just lost all my likes, history and everything. Thx TED

  • Crashes After Latest Update

    by Jd1011

    TED is excellent and this app was great until the most recent update. Now the app crashes upon every attempt to open on my SE. When the issue is fixed I'll amend this review to reflect my appreciation for TED talks. Thanks

  • To support: currently unusable on ipad

    by TheBeastOfSiliconValley

    I tried reporting this problem to the support page but there is no support page. Its just general ted support without any way to reach the developers. So I will report the problem here. When I select the app, it moves to the foreground for a second and then immediately moves to the background. Its is unusable in this form.

  • Gehehe

    by Zoeva123

    Keeps crashing every time I search something it’s very frustrating

  • Not impressed

    by Luvabulldog8

    I follow TED on fb and am able to watch wonderful talks. Sometimes I want to send them to my son who is not on fb. When I search for the talk on the app or even the same topic (today it was “How did Hitler rise to power”) which was not found in the app. So then I searched under just Hitler...and nothing! Come on! I find it impossible to believe that TED has nothing on Hitler, when I JUST WATCHED a talk on fb. What gives TED app? Super disappointed with this app.

  • Great talks but

    by gharlow

    I love watching the "Inspiring", the "Jaw Dropping" and "the Courageous" but why don't they show up in my Recents? Wait, where is "My Recents" and how do I share them with others? How do I get back and watch them, save them for later? Unheard of features in your apps and on AppleTV. What a shame. A huge value missing.

  • Search engine is ineffective

    by amyblueyes

    When trying to search for a topic, such as “white privilege,” the response is “sorry, we couldn’t quite find anything like that.” So, when trying other searches such as “black poverty,” only two talks show up as results. When searching these two topics alone through an internet (google) search engine on “Ted Talks”, hundreds of results reveal themselves...I would have thought that an app would provide the same number of results, if it more. Poorly designed app!

  • Not usable on new iPad Pro

    by Redrioja

    The app crashes right after start every time on new iPad Pro 12.9“ with iOS12. Please fix.

  • Surprise me!

    by Elaexc

    Bring back surprise me!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Crash on iphone 6

    by AKSHYDLYDYLDYLSTKARGNIFJDWFH

    You have a serious bug on iPhone 6 iOS 12.1.2. All the tabs including the segment section cause the app crash on Tap

  • BEYOND DISSAPPOINTED

    by be_lovely

    I love TED Talks and listening to multiple a week on YouTube. So figured they must have an app and wouldn’t ya know. My major issue is with the search tool. 90% of the words I enter into the search bar reveals no results. These are words that I know for a fact there are talks on. I’m not sure if the words has to be in the title of the the talk, but most words I enter I’m sure are in the title. This makes the app useless as the only way I have to search for specific talks is a very long drawn out process that probably will not reveal accurate results either. Major fail TED talks, major fail :(

  • 1 star

    by Rpm-80

    Currently the app freezes every time I try and open it.

  • No longer compatible for my iPad

    by Larry123-4

    That figures. Question is - WHY? After all, it's just a video!!!! Guess I'll have to start using YouTube.

  • The new version keeps crashing.

    by HM-416

    It crashes the moment I load it.

  • Crashing upon opening

    by CyclingAndRecycling

    Can’t open, crashes

  • This app deserves 5 stars, but...

    by Egomaniac47

    I love the app, love TED talks, but when I try to cast it on my tv (google chromecast) from my iphone (7) it won’t even give me the possibility to do so, but then if I try the same thing with my ipad mini it’ll cast it with no problem, (on the ipad) the “cast” icon appears on the top right corner of the screen, while on the iphone it won’t even appear, please guys fix this, I really like this app, it almost hurts to give just 1 star. Thank you

  • After many months wait, the download function worked, with many bugs

    by vfyang

    Having been waiting many months for the download function to work, this version kind of works, yet with many bugs. 1. Crashes when downloading about five or more playlists. 2. When come back, the downloading function will not be able to resume properly. 3. When you play a video, even if it’s a downloaded video, the downloading function stopped. 4. When you first started download a talk, the downloading button shows a circular progress bar. But when you come back from the middle, like crashes, or shutdown, the progress button is gone, and not responsive. 5. No indicators on the download status, I will never know which video has finished download so that I could view offline. 6. No pause, resume 7. No control for individual videos within a playlist. 8. No background downloading.

  • Crash only

    by Kim20456

    After last update. W ios12. Will not open. ???

  • Rubbish!

    by tedappsucks

    Can’t bookmark or download

  • Big gay

    by :shfgekxkqhekchsovygek work

    This app big gay

  • Missing the mark for an audio playlist for commute

    by joeuser47

    I’d really like a simple way to download audio from talks and queue like a podcast, to play in the background, while on my commute. Huge inventory that is hard to enjoy.

  • Download issue

    by e.s.p.e.r.a.n.z.a__

    The download feature doesn’t work at all. Any solution for this?

  • Fix downloads please!

    by ElementOrange

    The download feature of the app is perhaps the most important one, and it just doesn’t work. So many times I had queued up a few videos to watch on a plane, and got burned each time as I realized the videos did not download properly. There is no indication of download progress, status, or controls to start/pause/continue, or prioritize downloads. You click download and then it’s a complete mystery. Very poor programming.

  • fix the app

    by golden goddess33

    i just download this app but i can not see on the screen who is talking i don't know if it's my data or the app it's self

  • Sign in problem

    by slatex

    Upon attempting login within the Ted app, I’m brought to an infinite “syncing..” screen. I’ve tried force closing, rebooting, reinstalling, still every time I attempt sign in I’m stuck at the “syncing..” screen. Update: Still cannot sign in, same problem on latest version of the app- 5.1 published on 7/25/18. Using an iPhone X

  • Updated review: still terrible

    by manyou07

    I've been using this app for many years and the one thing that's remained constant is it's inability to do the one thing I wanted it to do. Use this app if you enjoy downloading talks to watch offline, then pulling out your phone on the airplane and seeing no talks downloaded. This has probably happened to me a dozen times now. I think it's time I bid farewell to TED talks, if not for this than because the quality of the talks has tanked over the years.

  • Very left sided

    by TmiDavid

    I’ve noticed that some speakers that I have watched videos on YouTube giving TED talks are not to be found on the app, and the thing that they have in common is that they are not leftist thinkers, but moderate and right leaning thinkers. I’ve also found that the talks about Christianity several of them are anti Christian and anti God. I also found that no talks with Judaism as a topic cannot be found, but many talks about Islam empowering people and complaining about the hardships they face in America. I understand that people have different views, and that’s what’s great. But to have an app that features talks that are by people of the same mindset and not other one’s is a disservice to people to be exposed to all kind of ideas.

  • What's the point

    by QuestionableQueer

    I love TED talks. I want to watch them when I fly, which is often. However, what is the point of having a download option or section if they DONT DOWNLOAD?! No matter what I do I can't get them to download. Very very frustrating. Back to iTunes Documentaries I go..... please fix this immediately TED. You're hurting your band.

  • Back to the drawing board

    by RZd133

    It still doesn’t work without crashing even after upgrade.

  • Crashing

    by JSeppy420

    Newest update 6/25 won’t open. Won’t start period. Crashes on opening.

  • Many videos won’t play

    by otterman

    Not everything plays, if it even has a play button. A known video didn’t show up in searches. And this was in the first 3 minutes of use.

  • No download at all

    by Tomatobearsh

    It took me over 5G data plan in a month, very disappointing.

  • Terribly poor update

    by Missy_233

    The latest update has quite a few bugs. I am unable to add any videos to the “liked videos” or to “my list”. And I noticed all my previously liked videos do not show in the liked videos list.

  • Talks are amazing, the app... Not quite yet

    by Drmyers29

    This app has a lot of potential but needs work. The saved for later and liked talks un-save and un-like within a few seconds. When you select like the related talks change. Many bugs. Using iPad Pro 12.9 with updated OS.

  • Education, seriously?

    by 1#@23&+

    This is not an educational ap. This is a leftist propaganda machine. There are no original ideas or any other examples of what is described.

  • Fail

    by ToddI777

    I installed the app and searched for a Ted talk by Olympia LePoint and it came up with nothing. Google “Olympia LePoint tedtalk” and it pops right up.

  • Please fix

    by Reitveld

    - needs a setting for only downloading via Wi-Fi. – need a progress bar to show what is being downloaded and what has not been downloaded. (One of Ted’s talks state-owned Porten a progress bar is. Irony that they don’t take their own advice.) - videos should be grouped by categories to make it easy to watch similar videos. For example if I want to learn about astronomy, all those videos should be grouped together, and easy to find. I’m giving the such a low rating not because the app is good but because I believe this is the only way the developer will take notice of my comments and fix the limitations I find in the app.

  • Download in iPad doesn’t work

    by barnys

    Misleading implementation. Download doesn’t work.

  • Downloading???

    by EBidr

    Downloading doesn't work. When you try to download a talk, it just fills up a bar and whenever you want to watch it, it's not there. Download speed is very slow and it cost you a lot of bandwidth to re-download every time.

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