Democrat & Chronicle News App Review (iOS, Free)

  • Category: News
  • Publisher: Gannett
  • Updated: May, 02 2012
  • Version: 2.0.15
  • Size: 12.23 MB

Languages: English

Seller: Gannett

• Better navigation. Easily move between articles in a section with a swipe gesture.
• Breaking news alerts that take you to published articles. Simply tap on your news alert and get all of the details, right then and there.
• A re-designed weather page to keep you informed of the conditions at your immediate location. Pinch and zoom the weather radar map to see weather throughout the country.
• Offline reading. Conveniently download stories for offline reading via the settings menu.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
4 Ratings
All Versions:
36 Ratings


Get the latest local news for Rochester with The Democrat and Chronicle iPhone app. The app is free to download and the Home section is available to all users. Your subscription includes access to this app, online, mobile website, e-newspaper and, if you choose, home delivery of the print edition. After downloading the app, tap on the key icon to start your subscription, or you can also sign in to the app using your existing Democrat and Chronicle account.

• Up-to-the-minute local news.
• A robust experience for full-screen video and photo galleries.
• Sports, Business, Entertainment and Life coverage, in addition to commentaries and opinion columns.
• News alerts on the go.
• Current weather conditions and radar map

More about subscriptions:
- A subscription is 1 month for $12.99.
- Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
- Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase.
- You can turn-off auto-renewal at any time from your iTunes account settings after purchase.
- No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.
- Please contact us if you have any problems accessing your subscription.

Our users are our priority, and we greatly value your feedback. We take every review and suggestion into consideration when designing our iPhone app, but we cannot answer reviews. Please reach out to us directly at

Customer Reviews

  • Getting better

    by Telecomtim

    The new revision works much better now. It now allows access to much more online content. There are still articles that require a browser which is annoying and the app could really use a search feature.

  • Newsstand

    by sgquinn

    Would be nice if app had newsstand support.

  • Not bad

    by billym75

    Would prefer more of the content from the print edition since they started auto charging for the web content. Never had a problem with loading speeds or site crashes. Site is kind of hit and miss with content updates. I would expect for instance, to be able to find the previous nights redwings score which often isn't there.

  • Good Start So Far

    by Nickizap

    Good concept so far for the app. Although a few things are missing that could be added. Unlike the website, there's no obituary section or comics on the app. Went to look for an obituary and ended up having to look in the actual paper for it. Please add an obituary section.

  • Finally

    by Sean in Roc

    So glad to have this app and a way to keep up with local news

  • D&C mobile app

    by Sweetie2012 in Rochester!

    For me, clean design is great but usability rules and this works really well; thumbs up.

  • Thanks for the app

    by Rochesterian

    Happy to have another way to get the D&C. Easier for my busy schedule. Thanks for the text controls so I can make the text bigger. Yes, I'm a boomer.

  • It's ok, but they need an iPad version

    by dwgsp

    The app seems to work ok, but it is surprising that Gannett would charge so much for for access to their material and then not provide an iPad version of the app. It's not like the iPad is some new fangled thing that may not catch on. Considering how poor the user experience is compared to apps that are designed for the iPad, one has to wonder what the folks at Gannett were thinking when they decided not to provide an iPad app on day 1. I rate this app at 3 because it works, but I'm not impressed.

  • Cool local news at

    by Roc News junkie

    Easy and fast way to get Rochester, NY news. The app is clean and robust with content.

  • Limited app

    by Ephram Zimbalest

    First off, don't expect effective integration between this app and any mentions of other web information. Such content is often mislabeled or incomplete. The major glitch in the app is that the article you are reading may often be "clipped" at the bottom. So you know what realtor is paying for advertising, but you won't ever know how your article ended. Maybe this is only true on the newest version of the iPhone app. Oh wait! That's what I'm reviewing. And don't try turning your screen horizontally to finish articles to the end. This function was left unprogrammed. Gannett Corp is doing a very incompetent job at anything unrelated to boosting USAToday's bottom line. Way to crap on your hometown Gannett. Somehow this subscriber expected more from this company.

  • Ads even with a weekly subscription

    by HNNSW

    I'll have to stick to the web site as the app is pretty much useless. I have a subscription to this newspaper and they still shove ads onto the small iPhone screen. I could see ads for people who haven't paid for a subscription but why would you force ads on a paying subscriber?

  • Horrible

    by rcas247

    Why isn't there an option to view the PDF version of the paper instead of snippets.

  • Poor effort

    by Troj1963

    Every real newspaper offers some free content. Not this rag. Poor paper in print or electronic.

  • No world news

    by TommyT53

    Keep the web app for the videos of local news and the sports blogs and get the D&C print app for ALL the news. The web app has none of the news wire stories therefore nothing beyond WNY.

  • You pay for adds?

    by StrazMan

    1st thing I notice are adds after just paying for digital content package. Seriously?....Really? Unless I am missing a setting, usually paying for content should get you out of adds in my book.

  • Not so good.

    by Betzlog

    Clunky and hard to navigate. Something opens whenever you scroll. Will be deleting.

  • Slow, hard to navigate

    by R in roc

    I am very disappointed in the D&C app. It is not fluid. It is either very slow to scroll or it goes to fast. It regularly seizes up. There is no room to scroll without accidentally hitting articles and opening them. The app. Has been down completely for 2 days now. Please see how the WSJ produced their app and learn what a really well done version of a newspaper.

  • Weak at best

    by Mifed

    2 day old news and still can not find comics or cross word puzzle. Would have thought they would have followed USA Today's format.

  • Doesn't work!

    by Bennyhanaa

    Jacking up your prices then releasing a free app that doesn't work?! Way to keep the hometown people hooked on the news! Attempted a log in to no avail. Keeps telling me "Email exists in UA" tried Facebook route and still no luck! Attempted it on the site and no issues and also went the Forgot Password route and still no luck on getting the application to work. Much like the rate hike this effort receives a 2 star rating: one for the effort and the other out of sympathy. I applaud journalism for clawing at the ledge and trying to keep a place in our world but in an already expensive economy, raising prices to keep customers is the last thing you should be doing. It's not like getting gasoline which unfortunately is a necessary evil all on its own!!

  • Does Not Work On IPhone

    by Jw1054

    Will not let me log in. Says I need an account when in fact I do. My account works on the website, just not with this app.

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