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The Washington Post

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4.8 Ratings 393K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads

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  • Faulty print edition Apr 23, 2020

    By JR Burke VA
    I use both the digital version and the soon to be replaced print versions of the wapo apps. With what is available in the most recent versions of the digital app, I fear that many of the features of the print app will be lost in the upcoming move to a single app. Two of these features are: control over which section are downloaded when the app opens and the ability to change pages with a simple touch instead of a swipe. At home, with excellent internet speed, choosing which sections to download is not critical. However, when travelling and at the mercy of a hotel’s slow speeds, it does become very important. I have had cases where it took over 15 minutes to download a single section. The touch vs. swipe may seem insignificant to some but if you must work with one hand while holding your iPad having the ability to turn the page with a simple touch is important. I hope the Post keeps these and the other print addition features when they finally retire the dedicated print app.
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  • A Forgetful App Feb 11, 2018

    By TimothyJohn1085
    I subscribe to both The NY Times and the Washington Post. It’s interesting to compare how the two papers use mobile apps to present their content. Each has its advantages, but I find that the Washington Post Classic app has a couple of significant deficiencies. On the plus side, the Washington Post is a more visually appealing and less cluttered presentation compared to the NY Times. But there are two behaviors that I find limit the usefulness of the Washington Post Classic app. First is the fact that it does not give any indication of stories that have already been read. The NY Times app, for example, dims to a fainter gray the headline text of stories that have been opened. Second, and most infuriating, is that the Washington Post Classic app seems incapable of remembering the reader’s position within the app. Leave the app to read a text message? When you return to the Washington Post app you’ll be returned to the story you were reading, but once leaving that you’re back at the top of the story list and forced to scroll and scroll to re-find where you were. This often happens even when you haven’t left the app at all and simply close a story. (Note that I’m using a current generation iPad Pro.)
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  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Nora Rivkis
    Somebody has put a considerable amount of thought into making this app easy to use. Even the first time, you don't have to think about it; you just read it, like the paper, but with more effective ways of finding the articles you want. My only complaint is that it's a bit too sensitive in sometimes switching to another article if you try to scroll within the one you're on, and get your touch not quite correct. Otherwise, it does what it's supposed to: lets you read the paper you subscribed to.
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  • Exclusive new tools to keep up with the news? Jun 27, 2019

    By SocratesSeven
    Since the update today the app does not open/simply crashes every time I attempt to open it. Is that one of the exclusive new tools? Just wondering.... When I attempted to open the updated app, the app would show the opening screen (grey page with “Washington Post” in the center of the screen). This remained for roughly thirty seconds after which the app would suddenly close. When double-clicking on the iPhone home button following the crash, a “ghost image” of a page from a Washington Post article that I last read before the update would show as one of the open apps. I assume—but cannot say with certainty—that this article was open when the app updated. In order to resolve the situation, I deleted and then re-downloaded the update app. After signing into my Washington Post account via the reinstalled app, I successfully regained access to the app/Washington Post content. I’ve not encountered further issues with the updated app since that time.
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  • Aug 6, 2020

    By Tim Michaels
    This would be a great app if it didn't freeze up all the time. Seems to be caused, like so many website and app problems, by the ads that try to load. I do like many of the features, especially the option of viewing in print edition mode and the ability to have articles read aloud, but once it starts freezing I get frustrated and move to the New York Times. At least it doesn't freeze on me.
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  • No Comments, Poor Support for Subscribers Apr 18, 2018

    By DanMcDermott
    This app doesn’t show comments on the articles. So if you want to see the comments you click on the share to/open with button and click Chrome. But wait, that doesn’t allow you to open in Chrome. You can only bookmark or add it to a reading list. Why can’t you simply open it in Chrome, you ask? I was curious too! So I called their support phone number since there is no option for developer support or feedback and the “developer website” simply links to the newspaper homepage. At the 800 number I got a very nice lady overseas who did not understand my question. I asked for a supervisor who also didn’t understand and said I would have to “search for the article in a mobile browser.” So I called the 202 number and explained that I was a paying subscriber in Virginia and could I please speak to a DC/Virginia based person to ask a question and (now) make a complaint. I got a recording and left a voicemail. Instead of a call I got an email asking me to write what I wanted. I called the 202 back and explained to a nice lady in DC what happened and she said to email back requesting a call. I did so. As for writing what my problem is, I decided to go ahead and write that right here. Under a single star.
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  • Jul 16, 2020

    By Manoj Chaturvedula
    Extreme level of tracking. I installed Pi Hole, a network wide blocker of ads and trackers, in my home and when using this app over home WiFi, the news articles don't even load because the blocker blocks it. The news also is loading from an ad domain. Sad that the app doesn't even let me opt out of these trackers. To worsen, the help section in the app guides one to uninstall app if they wish to opt out of being tracked. I'm already paying for news; not to track me & my reading habits.
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  • Great news source, lousy app Jul 10, 2018

    By MiniMims8
    No question, WaPo is my go-to news source for All Things DC. It's profoundly satisfying to read well researched, trustworthy journalism in a day of claimed witch hunts and fake news. So why does such a fine media outlet have such a crappy app? The navigation is awkward at best. Ads are often intrusive, disrupting reading. We subscribers get only partial versions of the print or browser-ready WaPo with the apps. Whole sections are missing, to say nothing of less popular articles. And there are no comments. WaPo comments are worth reading if only because some DC insider anonymously posts a news nugget from time to time. Many are thought provoking or witty or both. WaPo's app developers have been aware of these issues with the app for a long time-I mean years. The app developers always promise fixes but seldom do apps change. It's jarring that journalism of WaPo's quality is delivered with the faulty, user hostile classic black or blue app. It's outrageous that the app is unleashed in an unsuspecting world by WaPo publisher Jeff Bezos, the guy who practically invented seamless digital usability with his little ecommerce venture. Fix the problems, man. Deliver apps as good as the WaPo news reporting.
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  • This app is a joke - a bad one May 22, 2020

    By GinAndPopcorn
    I subscribed to The Post over an hour ago and have spent most of my time since then trying to get signed in to this app. When I open the app and enter the email address on my WaPo account I get a pop-up telling me that I need to sign in on the website so that the site and the app can share my info. The Boston Globe and The New York Times don’t ask me to jump through hoops like this, but okay. When I sign in on washingtonpost dot com I receive an email telling me that a link has been sent to my email for one-click log in. Okay fine. I go to the email and click. It takes me back to the website and I’m all logged in. Then I go to the app and - lather, rinse, repeat. I was able to log in to the website using my email and password on my laptop, but when I want back to my phone to give it a try - same stupid loop all over again. I do not want to have to log in to a website on my phone. I want and need the convenience of an app. Apparently I’ll not get that here. I don’t currently have a personal laptop or desktop to use for this. I’m glad I got a good promo rate to subscribe. I won’t lose more than a few dollars for this month. I’ll be canceling once I hit “send” on this.
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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By Devin Rooney
    It does a good job of pushing stories I'm interested in to my notifications. But when you click a notification it opens the app to the last story I was reading when I closed the app instead of the story in the notification, and back navigation often closes the app instead of going back to the home screen. My biggest pet peeve is the select function it's way too sensitive. When I'm scrolling it almost always selects a word sacrificing a ton of screen space.
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  • Faulty print edition Apr 23, 2020

    By JR Burke VA
    I use both the digital version and the soon to be replaced print versions of the wapo apps. With what is available in the most recent versions of the digital app, I fear that many of the features of the print app will be lost in the upcoming move to a single app. Two of these features are: control over which section are downloaded when the app opens and the ability to change pages with a simple touch instead of a swipe. At home, with excellent internet speed, choosing which sections to download is not critical. However, when travelling and at the mercy of a hotel’s slow speeds, it does become very important. I have had cases where it took over 15 minutes to download a single section. The touch vs. swipe may seem insignificant to some but if you must work with one hand while holding your iPad having the ability to turn the page with a simple touch is important. I hope the Post keeps these and the other print addition features when they finally retire the dedicated print app.
    more
  • Jul 20, 2020

    By Nora Rivkis
    Somebody has put a considerable amount of thought into making this app easy to use. Even the first time, you don't have to think about it; you just read it, like the paper, but with more effective ways of finding the articles you want. My only complaint is that it's a bit too sensitive in sometimes switching to another article if you try to scroll within the one you're on, and get your touch not quite correct. Otherwise, it does what it's supposed to: lets you read the paper you subscribed to.
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  • Exclusive new tools to keep up with the news? Jun 27, 2019

    By SocratesSeven
    Since the update today the app does not open/simply crashes every time I attempt to open it. Is that one of the exclusive new tools? Just wondering.... When I attempted to open the updated app, the app would show the opening screen (grey page with “Washington Post” in the center of the screen). This remained for roughly thirty seconds after which the app would suddenly close. When double-clicking on the iPhone home button following the crash, a “ghost image” of a page from a Washington Post article that I last read before the update would show as one of the open apps. I assume—but cannot say with certainty—that this article was open when the app updated. In order to resolve the situation, I deleted and then re-downloaded the update app. After signing into my Washington Post account via the reinstalled app, I successfully regained access to the app/Washington Post content. I’ve not encountered further issues with the updated app since that time.
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  • Jul 16, 2020

    By Pat Phelan
    The app itself is pretty good, although I'm wary of fixes at first... Those don't always go smoothly. The news content is somewhat left of center, but overall it is excellent. I think that the reporting staff really tries to cover everything that they can, and I think that they do that well. They really need to get some customer service staff. That is definitely their weak point.
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  • Too Few Quality News Sources Remain Nowadays Dec 7, 2019

    By Honest Mitch
    I grew up at a time when mid sized cities had quality local papers and televised news. Nationally there were three major networks that provided political balance and maintained actual journalists to report and anchor. Another commonality, what these sources provided was information edited with integrity and published with an attempt to provide factual reports. Today, CNN does retain some of that character and the actual news segments of NBC, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC appear to do the same. I gather that lately even Fox does that .occasionally . However, financial stresses and the internet with its information flow has led to a lot of shrinkage - and the reduction of reliable sources of valid, factual news. The Washington Post is one of the few to come close to maintaining journalistic standards in reporting and editing. I appreciate this paper and the other media sources and employees who try to keep a decent news flow in our Country.
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  • Jul 11, 2020

    By Keith C
    The night mode does not function properly on my Note 9. The toggle for Do Not Ask About Night Mode is off, yet it never does. Other apps are smart enough to automatically toggle note mode during a specified time frame. In addition, the color of the links does not change based on the mode and are quite dark in night mode. Otherwise, the reporting and analysis is top notch at Wapo and I will continue to subscribe.
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  • Aug 2, 2020

    By SomecallmeJorge
    WaPo content delivers as always, and apps structure isn't too hard to navigate. I just wish they had an archives section so its easier finding stories I have read before. Sometimes finding a story from push notifications in the app can be difficult if you didnt actually click the notification. Overall though good experience. 4/5
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  • Solid App Nov 6, 2017

    By Rkj0053
    Very stable, aesthetics are pleasing (especially compared to the other WaPo app), and the alerts are relevant. WaPo itself is among the great papers of our time following the Bezos purchase, and it's the only outlet I personally pay for a subscription to access. My only suggestion would be to incorporate the comment section into the app. Right now, I can only read and write comments using my phone's web browser. At a minimum, the app could include a link at the end of each article that would open the article's comments in Safari or whatever default browser you may have. Still, the ideal would be to have the comment section within the app itself to make for a more seamless experience. Keep it up WaPo! We appreciate your dogged reporting in this age of "alternative facts" and outright misinformation.
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  • Journalism is almost happening Jun 19, 2018

    By ellenthered
    I give the New York Times 4 stars. I wish I could give them five but in the past two decades or so they have backed away from genuine journalism and participated instead in “bothsideism” which is not journalism. It is reporting truth on one side and lies and propaganda on the other. No ethical journalist would provide a platform for propaganda and lies without labeling it propaganda and lies. Sadly, the NYT believes reporting both sides and giving equal weight and validity to both sides equals responsible journalism. It does not. The fourth estates sole purpose is to inform with facts and truth - not to print lies. This leads down the road to tyranny. Sadly the New York Times has not yet grasped the historical fact that when tyranny comes one of the first institutions terminated are the press. Pay attention NYT - your “both sides” reporting may be the cause of your demise.
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  • Access difficult.... Feb 24, 2020

    By Beigeterrier
    Once in the app, it’s good. The frustrating part is paying over $100 /yr for an app that makes you jump through multiple hoops upon every access, unlike the much smoother NY Times app. Often I simply throw my hands in the air when trying to access WashPo articles after getting messages like “we recognize you as logging in via a different method” [!!] from, say, a Twitter link ... I’m forced to go to my email, retrieve a message, then *change password* every time I inadvertently try — god forbid — to look at an interesting WashPo link from a third party app on the same device I have the app installed on... again, other publication apps have no problem syncing authorizations. Hugely irritating. The only reason I remain subscribed is because of the content.
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  • A Forgetful App Feb 11, 2018

    By TimothyJohn1085
    I subscribe to both The NY Times and the Washington Post. It’s interesting to compare how the two papers use mobile apps to present their content. Each has its advantages, but I find that the Washington Post Classic app has a couple of significant deficiencies. On the plus side, the Washington Post is a more visually appealing and less cluttered presentation compared to the NY Times. But there are two behaviors that I find limit the usefulness of the Washington Post Classic app. First is the fact that it does not give any indication of stories that have already been read. The NY Times app, for example, dims to a fainter gray the headline text of stories that have been opened. Second, and most infuriating, is that the Washington Post Classic app seems incapable of remembering the reader’s position within the app. Leave the app to read a text message? When you return to the Washington Post app you’ll be returned to the story you were reading, but once leaving that you’re back at the top of the story list and forced to scroll and scroll to re-find where you were. This often happens even when you haven’t left the app at all and simply close a story. (Note that I’m using a current generation iPad Pro.)
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  • Aug 6, 2020

    By Tim Michaels
    This would be a great app if it didn't freeze up all the time. Seems to be caused, like so many website and app problems, by the ads that try to load. I do like many of the features, especially the option of viewing in print edition mode and the ability to have articles read aloud, but once it starts freezing I get frustrated and move to the New York Times. At least it doesn't freeze on me.
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  • Video ads Oct 5, 2017

    By Distant reader
    For the last week, I have been plagued with a video ad for a personnel service that begins talking shortly after I start reading an article. I can't find any way to turn it off and it is irritating and intrusive. Am getting to the point of cancelling my subscription if it doesn't stop. Update, it is now broadcasting this same talking ad every single time I try to read an article. I am regretfully canceling my subscription. I will check back in a couple months to see if this has been fixed, but for now, can't stand it. Another update. I did cancel, but like the post so much, I regretted it and renewed the next day. Now I am canceling again. Every single time I tap on an article to read it, a voice blares, “For the past 25 years, PNP personnel services...” I did write to the help desk, and got back an email that did not resolve the problem. Nobody else has complained about this, which leaves me wondering why I have been so blessed with the attentions of PNP personnel services. I’ve tried easy solutions, but no setting addresses it. If anybody has any ideas, I’d be happy to try them. I love the Post, but have come to hate PNP personnel services more.
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  • Aug 2, 2020

    By Fred Vinson
    Decent appearance and layout but somewhat lacking in features. For example, I get an alert about a particular story, click on the link, and add often as not I am taken to the first story on the site. Not the article touted in the link. Searching also sucks, as it also does on the (browser view) website.
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  • Clickbait Headlines Mar 6, 2020

    By tyler arson
    While Bezos owning the Washington Post may have helped get them the right tech to modernize their website and apps, the biggest downside I see, and one that I think has contributed to our culture of polarization, is the exaggerated, hyperbolic clickbait headlines used to drive user engagement. I can’t go a week without seeing how so-and-so “brutally” “took down” so-and-so and similar. For someone who seems to pride himself on the quality of his reading repertoire and started his business in books (and who’s so wealthy you’d think he would set more limits on this), Bezos has optimized eyeballs at the cost of de-elevating the quality of the Post’s reading experience, and it’s uncomfortable—I want a Post subscription to balance against the New York Times, but I feel less elevated reading today’s Post headlines, to the point where it feels like less of a stretch to think that Bernstein and Woodward must have reported for the Times rather than for their “modern” Washington alternative.
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  • Great news source, lousy app Jul 10, 2018

    By MiniMims8
    No question, WaPo is my go-to news source for All Things DC. It's profoundly satisfying to read well researched, trustworthy journalism in a day of claimed witch hunts and fake news. So why does such a fine media outlet have such a crappy app? The navigation is awkward at best. Ads are often intrusive, disrupting reading. We subscribers get only partial versions of the print or browser-ready WaPo with the apps. Whole sections are missing, to say nothing of less popular articles. And there are no comments. WaPo comments are worth reading if only because some DC insider anonymously posts a news nugget from time to time. Many are thought provoking or witty or both. WaPo's app developers have been aware of these issues with the app for a long time-I mean years. The app developers always promise fixes but seldom do apps change. It's jarring that journalism of WaPo's quality is delivered with the faulty, user hostile classic black or blue app. It's outrageous that the app is unleashed in an unsuspecting world by WaPo publisher Jeff Bezos, the guy who practically invented seamless digital usability with his little ecommerce venture. Fix the problems, man. Deliver apps as good as the WaPo news reporting.
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  • Aug 3, 2020

    By Devin Rooney
    It does a good job of pushing stories I'm interested in to my notifications. But when you click a notification it opens the app to the last story I was reading when I closed the app instead of the story in the notification, and back navigation often closes the app instead of going back to the home screen. My biggest pet peeve is the select function it's way too sensitive. When I'm scrolling it almost always selects a word sacrificing a ton of screen space.
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  • New App Is Not Better Jun 12, 2020

    By KDuPree
    The Post recently updated their app, but it’s not an improvement to this reader. I prefer to view the print edition on a tablet, and you see what looks like the print edition, but once you click on an article, what you get varies widely. I do not prefer the “optimized for online viewing” format of many articles. The type and large amount of space between lines is not visually appealing. I find it harder to read, and the “extra” content is distracting. If they had put their efforts into fixing errors in the content, such as captions and paragraphs that stop mid-sentence, that would have been an improvement. Just give me the print edition, the real print edition. It seems like it’s less like the real print edition each day. I won’t be renewing my subscription. If I wanted the kind of formatting they are moving toward, I’d be getting my news from the CNN website.
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  • Hardcore Liberalism Jan 17, 2020

    By Robert W Rogers
    I cannot stand this organization. They are so anti-Trump and liberal extremists. It’s totally one-sided and Trump obsessed. Do not use this as your main source of news if your interested in events unfolding and what’s going on in the country and world. This is only for extremists who are only interested in anti Trump rhetoric. That’s it. I am independent and remain neutral about Trump, don’t necessarily agree wjth many of his policies but I am an American and proud to be and I show this by supporting my president, regardless of my personal opinions and rather I voted for him or not. 2016 elections are way over and they still haven’t accepted the results. Instead of up building their president aka country, they’re waiting for him to fail and watch their country crash and burn. How anti-American is that!! This is your source of news if that fits you. Otherwise, avoid using outlet unless it’s out of pure entertainment.
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  • Hagerstown opinion Jul 2, 2018

    By doctor bruce
    Love the special sections especially Tuesday’s health and enjoy Wednesday food and weekend travel. International stories pretty balanced. Magazines Sunday section is fun. My wife and I fight about who can find the differences in photo picturesThe opinion pieces-have gone off the left-wing wagon and even when a conservative opinion writer given an opportunity to Comment about our civilization seems to often to be a never Trumper. Also enjoy obituaries and have been reading the post for over 30 years in print. I wake up sometimes quite early and papers at my doorstep by 4 AM. On my phone when away from the house The online version is helpful. Keep up the option of online reading when you have a subscription again let me say that bit more middle of the road from a 64-year-olds Point of view would be appreciated
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  • No Comments, Poor Support for Subscribers Apr 18, 2018

    By DanMcDermott
    This app doesn’t show comments on the articles. So if you want to see the comments you click on the share to/open with button and click Chrome. But wait, that doesn’t allow you to open in Chrome. You can only bookmark or add it to a reading list. Why can’t you simply open it in Chrome, you ask? I was curious too! So I called their support phone number since there is no option for developer support or feedback and the “developer website” simply links to the newspaper homepage. At the 800 number I got a very nice lady overseas who did not understand my question. I asked for a supervisor who also didn’t understand and said I would have to “search for the article in a mobile browser.” So I called the 202 number and explained that I was a paying subscriber in Virginia and could I please speak to a DC/Virginia based person to ask a question and (now) make a complaint. I got a recording and left a voicemail. Instead of a call I got an email asking me to write what I wanted. I called the 202 back and explained to a nice lady in DC what happened and she said to email back requesting a call. I did so. As for writing what my problem is, I decided to go ahead and write that right here. Under a single star.
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  • Jul 16, 2020

    By Manoj Chaturvedula
    Extreme level of tracking. I installed Pi Hole, a network wide blocker of ads and trackers, in my home and when using this app over home WiFi, the news articles don't even load because the blocker blocks it. The news also is loading from an ad domain. Sad that the app doesn't even let me opt out of these trackers. To worsen, the help section in the app guides one to uninstall app if they wish to opt out of being tracked. I'm already paying for news; not to track me & my reading habits.
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  • This app is a joke - a bad one May 22, 2020

    By GinAndPopcorn
    I subscribed to The Post over an hour ago and have spent most of my time since then trying to get signed in to this app. When I open the app and enter the email address on my WaPo account I get a pop-up telling me that I need to sign in on the website so that the site and the app can share my info. The Boston Globe and The New York Times don’t ask me to jump through hoops like this, but okay. When I sign in on washingtonpost dot com I receive an email telling me that a link has been sent to my email for one-click log in. Okay fine. I go to the email and click. It takes me back to the website and I’m all logged in. Then I go to the app and - lather, rinse, repeat. I was able to log in to the website using my email and password on my laptop, but when I want back to my phone to give it a try - same stupid loop all over again. I do not want to have to log in to a website on my phone. I want and need the convenience of an app. Apparently I’ll not get that here. I don’t currently have a personal laptop or desktop to use for this. I’m glad I got a good promo rate to subscribe. I won’t lose more than a few dollars for this month. I’ll be canceling once I hit “send” on this.
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  • Great quality journalism, functionality leaves much to be desired for me Apr 30, 2020

    By rozica
    Despite having had a subscription (through the Apple store) for a while now, in the app I can only read a couple of articles or so because after that, when I try to go to another article, be it through a link embedded in the article I’m currently reading, or by going back to the home screen of the app, I am sent to the subscribe screen. I tried to restore Apple store purchase, but I get a message saying that no subscription associated with my Apple ID was found, and to try to sing into the Wapo or make an account. I tried to delete the app and re-install it, I restarted the iPad several times, to no avail. I HAVE a subscription, and I DON’T want to sign up for more accounts, our information is out there enough as it is already. Please look into this and try to fix the issue. It is possible, for instance the Wall Street Journal app seems to have flawless functionality. I really don’t want to drop this subscription, but if I am unable to read the paper, I may end up giving it up.
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  • WaPo is tracking what you do--even w/ paid subscription Mar 28, 2020

    By MommaKBeary
    UPDATE: After some research, it looks like the reason it won't recognize me as a subscriber is because I have private browsing on, and I limit ad tracking. So basically WaPo is forcing digital readers to give up our privacy to access their content. Wow. Big brother is watching everything. It's not like I have things to hide, but this does feel like overreaching because I'm PAYING so it's not like they aren't ready making money from me. And they don't make it explicitly known that they're tracking you, even as a paid subscriber. Feels wrong to me. Ugh! App repeatedly "forgets" that I'm a subscriber, and whenever it prompts me to sign in again, it will not allow me to see content.I'm a paid subscriber, I have a valid account online, and saved password, but somehow this app won't recognize it. The old print app recognizes it, but not this digital page. Too frustrating to read. I'll get my news elsewhere and stop paying for denial of access.
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