Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Education App Review (iOS, Free)


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This is our biggest update ever! We've added many new activities and features, and the full set of lessons, songs and stories is now available.

Now, you can buy our complete, fun and award-winning reading program:
• 9 new Hooked on Phonics units, each with 3 lessons and 3 embedded eBooks.
• 30 new Hooked on Phonics eBooks with controlled vocabulary.
• A trophy and points reward system for successful progression through the program. Points can be used to personalize the trophies into one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
• White board word and sentence-builder that unlocks automatically after Unit 4 is completed.
• Archive functionality to move units and eBooks that you’ve already completed to the cloud to save storage space on your device. (The units and eBooks can be re-installed at any time for free.)

SPECIAL NOTE: If you’ve already purchased some units and eBooks, you will still have them when you take this update without being charged again. Simply touch the “Restore Purchases” button in the upper right corner of the home screen.

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
101 Ratings
All Versions:
579 Ratings


This app is based on the award-winning Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read system. Millions of kids have learned to read using Hooked on Phonics. Now, we are proud to introduce our exciting new digital reading program!

With music, games, lessons, and stories, HOOKED ON PHONICS: LEARN TO READ is the simplest, most effective and most fun way to learn to read.

Enjoy songs, games and interactive entertainment in a style that has never been seen before in an educational app.

Best of all, at the end of every lesson there is a story that kids will be able to read to their parents!

This app includes Unit 1 of the full program absolutely free. It features three lessons, loaded with interactive fun as it teaches how sounds become words and words become stories. It’s just right for kids who know the sounds of the alphabet and are ready to take the first step into reading. It’s also a powerful tool to reinforce reading skills for beginning readers.

The app also includes one free add-on eBook that your child will be able to read after successfully completing Unit 1.

As your child moves through the units and lessons, your growing-reader will earn trophies and points. The points can be used to personalize these trophies with hundreds of different enhancements to make a one-of-a-kind reward that recognizes your child’s significant achievements in a very personal way. There is even a special interactive word and sentence-building feature that will unlock for hours of fun and word play after the fourth unit is started.

Start your child on the path to becoming a confident lifelong reader, and download Hooked on Phonics now!

Customer Reviews

  • Amazing.

    by Ruttencutter

    It is a rare app that is Worth $30. This is one of them!

  • So glitchy! Wish it worked well.

    by aavb

    It was good when it worked, but we had to keep restarting and each time we lost all progress. Frustrating. My daughter did finally finish Unit 1, then you have to pay for everything else individually. I can see how this would get really expensive too; the first unit only covers a couple of word groups like _an and _at and then you have to buy each extra section. I can easily see how you could spend $20+ on add ons.

  • Great good but

    by Kamaon

    I really like it and it's fun for kids but: First I think it's not fair that if u want to get classroom 49$ version they don't give u credit for units that u already paid for, second I would great if they add more then one player option

  • No taking into account money already spent

    by Nena-Kela

    We spent about $20 already in this app; with the latest update we have to pay the same as somebody trying it for the first time to get the rest of the units and books. $70 in all? Ouch. 6 year old a little bored with it but 3 year old still loves it and is asking for more. The repetitiveness really did help them both make the connection between words and word parts, word families, etc. We'll see whether we buy any more units or not, though. It's just a little too expensive right now.

  • Great app... Just a couple suggestions.

    by ~lancer

    This is one of the better app purchased I've made for my pre-kindergartener. It is fun and engaging and has definitely helped him learn to read in just a couple weeks. I do have a few suggestions for improvement though, which is why I only gave it 4 stars and not 5: 1) There seems to be a bug with the trophy room. Once trophy decorations are selected, some can be changed, others get stuck and do not change or re-select. 2) My son keeps asking, "let me see all the stars I got". He seems to be counting the stars and wants to see his progress. It would be nice if there were a way to see the stars achieved when looking at the trophy room. 3) The trophy room compiles progress across units, but is accessible from within the unit. It seems more logical to access it from the main page rather than within a lesson. 4) We love the white board where he can build a silly story. It would be great if there were an option to add lines like on a paper so he can line the words up in a sentence. And then it would be even better if there were a button that read the sentence to him.

  • The best app to teach your kids to read!

    by JDvpyt

    I purchased Hooked on phonics a few months ago and began reading it with my 5 year old son. Recently they re did the books and games within the app and the results are amazing! My son loves it! He can't wait to read the books every night and he is really reading! I tried other apps and they are no where nearly as good as this one. Highly, highly recommend it!,,

  • Awesome

    by Bobbybnow

    It's our night time ritual with our 5 year old son - he loves it

  • Great app

    by Nia S bl

    I tutor kids and I love this app for learn.

  • by Love being a girl

    Perfect! Everything my child needed is in this app. He's in kindergarten but his teachers are teaching the children first grade work. This app has helped him catch up.......quickly!!! Very happy

  • Great reading App!

    by Emily in PA

    My kindergartener loves this app.

  • Great for learning to read!

    by Kas827

    A super fun and interactive way for kids to read. My four year old loves this app!

  • Great app

    by Christa Chambers

    Good review, fun lessons, cute songs; my daughter enjoys it all!

  • Loved

    by Mrsmeganb

    Great ap! My 4 yr old enjoyed it and rocked it!! Don't buy the can man lesson, its short book and pointless

  • Wonderful!!

    by Willaisie

    My four year old daughter is loving this app! A very good reinforcement for what she's learning!

  • Really works!

    by H in WV

    My 4 year old son knows his phonics, but I was unsure of how to actually teach him to read. This app has done the job. We go through each short lesson together & he's got it! At the end of each lesson, he just sails right through the book. I'm super impressed. We bought a couple books in unit 1 & all of Unit 2 & I think I've spent $6.99. Great value for a program that really works. Very happy!!

  • Recommended

    by Kristy Pearson

    My 4.5 year old daughter loves this app. Good buy. Easy to follow instructions. Builds confidence for young readers.

  • Excellent App!

    by LaReina1979

    I love this app! It has helped my daughter who is in K get a better handle on rhyming words and phoneme blends :)

  • Love it!

    by UmAli08

    Awesome app. Thank you!!

  • Fun stories!

    by Alamodecember5

    The stories are fun. My daughter (age 4) enjoyed them. Good practice, like the Bob Books which she also likes.

  • Nice, simple elegant design, but still feels quality

    by sreyemhtes

    Refreshingly better than some of the other early learning apps I've seen, just because kids are young doesn't mean they don't deserve well thought out, well executed software. This app works and works well.

  • Too much

    by Wants2read

    Way too expensive for what it is, you have to buy every book or group of books and each is only about 5 min of activity and short books they will never read again.

  • Have to pay

    by Utahmomma

    You have to pay for all the books except for one

  • Great reading app

    by Ben Sharpe

    Great way to get kids engaged with reading! Loved it.

  • Worked immediately

    by TaraZack

    Our 6 year old son is a little behind in reading. We got this app several months ago to help. It works because the lessons are short and focused and he successfully reads a book after each one so he feels the achievement. We have been waiting for more units. Worth the wait! The full program is kind of expensive but it's a ton of lessons and our son won't put it down.

  • Very well done app for phonics

    by Cloudwhale

    The music and animation is of great quality and the lessons are entertaining and very easy to follow for kids. My son is 'hooked on.'

  • Good reading program with stories and games

    by C Sue K

    I love these lessons. The songs are clever and my son really enjoyed working through the full steps with me.

  • Awesome App!

    by Iah vivii

    My 5 year old loves the app, it makes learning so much fun!

  • Great app but...

    by Skyhigh2000

    Kids love it. Great app but the new full version doesn't give me credit for what I have purchased.

  • Wow!

    by TMoney & Special Sauce

    This is an impressive update with tons of new features, songs and books. LOVE it!

  • Great app!

    by cat & hamster

    This app is awesome! They've added more activities and units and they are all so much fun! There's so much here to keep your child entertained while still learning to read. Great app!

  • Great update! WOW

    by Keergi

    This is a very engaging app for children just learning to read. My 4 year old son enjoys spending time on it and is making connections with sounds and letters. Well done!

  • This is an amazing reading app!

    by Clyde Bosco

    The stories are fun. The music videos are clever. My kids love this, and so do I! Programs like this are the future of learning.

  • Nice app!

    by Pjralst

    Great for teaching your child how to read. I use HOP books and then the app to mix it up a bit.

  • No more sound

    by RKC5

    We liked this at the beginning but now there is no sound. This needs to be fixed!

  • Not enough content

    by Mwlyons123

    I would give this app a 5 but not enough content and hasn't been update in a while. I think the company just gave up.

  • Unit 4 is completely messed up!!,

    by Kdoucet2

    Not sure how to report a problem but we bought Unit 4 for $3.99 and in the first lesson when it goes to pick a word none of the words show up! Then when you go to read the book it has one book but the app is out loud saying another. I will change my rating to 5stars once the problem is fix. Trying to get this message to pop up to the people that can fix it. Fix it

  • The best!!!!

    by dawil123


  • Excellent!

    by Thelma Dragon

    Fun and educational! I can see that creators of this program has put much effort in it and they know what they are doing!

  • The kids are hooked!

    by t0165

    I have a preschooler and a kindergardener, and they love doing this together.

  • Gr8 App

    by JButta

    This is a gr8 app. Nice transition from the printed edition; although the pricing is a little high given you get so much more in print ie flash card, more books, progress poster...

  • Excellent App

    by Mr J Pod

    Absolutely as advertised. This app really works!! It has the perfect formula for teaching in a fun interactive setting!

  • Highly recommend

    by HarveyDowd

    My 4yo son loves playing this app. Its is a fun game to him, not boring learning. And when he redid the lessons later, you could tell he really got it. Thanks for the app.

  • Learning

    by Pennybread

    Love the way it builds on their learning level to level!

  • Need more!

    by John and Natalie Spargo

    We moves through this content quickly. I LOVE it, but it's already over! Had to email the company and ask which grade this was so I could go buy the retail version, which is not interactive and not as fun for my kiddo. PLEASE UPDATE WITH MORE CONTENT!!!

  • Great

    by mon323

    My four year is literally reading thanks to this app!! It's GREAT!

  • Good concept, less content, and some of bugs

    by Harrisdeep

    Though the application concept is good, but the content is very less. I bought two units spending $10, but my son got bored with in two days. I feel, value for money is less. Also, in the unit 2, there are bugs. Practice and match words does not display words. It is just displaying people. Story reading in unit-2 still displays unit-1 stories. Working fine after downloading again.

  • Many thanks

    by Ttiaona

    Very helpful for my daughter who struggled all thru K-4 with reading but is now striving. Thanks so much.

  • Mrs

    by Reviewer 343436

    This is a great Phonics ap! Makes reading fun. We did have issues at first, but the updates have resolved them. I only wish they had more lessons, but I guess we'll have to wait.

  • Hooked

    by AngleOfMusic

    My son was hooked from the first lesson, he is four and reading.

  • Not Ready for Prime Time

    by Vacazion

    Very little content is available. In earlier versions of the app, it noted that there were at least 18 units (a fact now hidden by the update showing only 7 total units). They are still stuck at 4 units which my 4 year old daughter blew through in 4 nights. It only has small amount of CVC words. Don't waste your money until there is substantially more content. Even the older rave reviews beg for more content. This app is not being updated fast enough to be a worthwhile investment. At the current pace, the full units will be available in 4-5 years.

  • Excellent!

    by ZzzluvsleepzzZ

    DD loves this! Learn to read, sound out letters & having fun all at the same time. Glad we found this!

  • Amazing

    by Francklesaint

    My 4 year old boy understood the concept right away!

  • Awesome

    by Maureenewhyte

    I love this program. It works well with my daughter. Thank you.

  • very fun & educational

    by monte kalo

    my 4 year old son and i had a lot of fun reading and going through the lessons. we both enjoyed them very much. love the songs! very easy to follow.

  • Needs fixed ASAP!!!

    by Mushrat81

    Program worked great when we first downloaded it and purchased the different levels. However now the app is dis functional and gives a message that we can't use it until the purchases have been downloaded. We tried deleting it and re downloading the app, but that did not fix it. :(

  • More books and units

    by Aliyah Jeffries

    My three year old is reading!!! Both my 3 and 2 year olds love this app!! Please provided additional unit and books.

  • Unbelievable!!!

    by Ctm 83

    My 5 years was struggling with reading. She knows all the basics things that she needed to know to get into kindergarten, but it's half way through the year and it seemed like she wasn't learning anything!! Hooked on phonics helped her with reading by the second lesson. I highly recommend this to anyone!!!! I am so happy!!!

  • It's Great

    by Murphree76234

    I love this app for my kindergartner. You have to buy the lessons and books. Which compared to the program, it's worth it. Please release more lessons. We have mastered the first 4.

  • Love it

    by Mikas808

    I think this app will help my son! And all the other phonic apps! Something he will enjoy.

  • Great tool for teaching kids to read!

    by Prettyflutterbi

    I was looking for an app to help me teach my sons to read. I was recommended this by app by a friend. I remember the original program with videos from when I was growing up, so thought I would give it a shot. What a wonderful app! Within just a few minutes my son was reading. While in app purchases are required to continue the program, the prices are reasonable. It's hard to put a price on education!

  • this Ponics games rocks

    by 3KiddosMama

    Downloaded for my 5 trolls twins! They love it . It has really improved their confidence about reading and blending sounds.

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