The Best 100% Free RSS Reader for iPhone

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I am a paid subscriber to a few email newsletters. Sometimes I am able to diligently read them as they arrive, other times, they get stuck in my inbox queue. Which is why I like using an RSS reader to catch up on both current and back issues. The problem is the iOS app store is littered with RSS readers that either have ads, in-app purchases, or require you to create an account. To be fair, I don’t mind paying for apps, but paying without being able to see a proper video demo, or test a lite version is hit and miss.

I am writing this post because when I tried to find a good free RSS reader the search results were littered with recommendations for RSS readers that required annual subscriptions, or the apps require you to create an account in the app itself – all for no real clear or valid reason. So back to the app store I went, finding any 100% free RSS reader app, downloading them, testing them, until I finally found a winner for the best 100% free RSS reader for iPhone and without further ado…

After much searching, I found the perfect (for me) 100% free best RSS Reader for iOS devices and it’s called Riverside by Maiku Yamguchi.

I don’t know the developer, am not affiliated, not incentivized, or anything else. Making this an entirely honest perspective. What makes Riverside great is as follows:

  • lightweight, at only 9.4Mb (yes, you read that right!) there’s no bloat
  • clean ad-free interface
  • syncs with iCloud, so you can use it seamlessly on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
  • notification and widget support
  • works with private RSS feeds (important if you’re accessing a paid RSS subscription)

To download Riverside RSS, either click this link or search for Riverside – RSS Reader in the App Store.

I do wish it had some other features, like the ability to tag and sort feeds, but for the price (FREE!) and the overall design, I can’t complain. I’m not sure why it’s called Riverside and it’s easy to confuse this with the unrelated Riverside.fm so if you search for it yourself, make sure the icon matches the above.

PS. If you want to know what my shortlist for best email newsletters are, here they are in alphabetical order:

I also subscribe to other publications, but if you want to support independent journalism, the above publications and newsletters are amazing.

Hope this helps someone else!

Important: I am not affiliated with any of the manufacturers, brands, services, or websites listed on this page and this is my personal experience.  If you find this helpful and want to say thanks, please buy me a coffee or take a look at my book on Amazon. It keeps this page ad-free. Thank you!

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