News App Not Working on Mac: Here’s 17 Ways to Fix it!

Last Updated on Jul 12, 2022

Apple News is a news broadcasting App developed by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, iPad OS, and watchOS operating systems. Apple launched the iOS version of Apple News with an iOS update in 2015. It is an excellent upgrade from the Newsstand app, which was included in previous versions of iOS.

Although the App is very resourceful and informative, there have been a lot of complaints about the Apple News app not working on MacBook. Hence, it is essential to know the right solutions for fixing this issue to keep the news updates flowing. Consider the following solutions for fixing the problem of Apple New not working on Mac.

More help: News App Not Working on iPhone

Solution 1: Check for Update

Suppose there is an app update available and you have not yet downloaded and installed it on your Mac. This can be the primary reason for the Apple News app not working on your MacBook. Many applications don’t run on your system if you don’t have the latest macOS version installed on your devices.

Go to the Apple Logo > System preferences > Software Update > Download and install. Your News App will automatically be updated with a new bug fix.

So, the simplest way to solve the issue of Apple News not working correctly on Mac is to check for the available updates and download them. 

Solution 2: Check Your Region

Since the Apple News app is only available for customers living in the USA, UK, Canada, or Australia, the App might not work due to the wrong region selection. Therefore, changing the region of your MacBook can fix this issue. To change the location settings of your Mac by completing the following steps.

Step. 1→ Hit the Apple menu at the top left of the screen and select system preferences.

Step. 2→ Now go to Language and Region settings by clicking on it.

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check-region-for-apple-news-supported-country

Step. 3→ Then, in the Language and Region window, change the region to UK, USA, Canada, or Australia.

Solution 3: System Status Page

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The problems related to Apple News sometimes arise due to the Apple servers facing some problem or shutting down. So if you have tested all the solutions mentioned earlier but are still facing difficulty in accessing the contents of the News software, then we advise you to visit the Apple System Status Page for USA, UK, Canada, and Australia  Or Apple System Status in Any Region to check the status of all the different servers. If you see a problem with a server related to the Apple News app, wait until Apple’s server issue is fixed and try opening the application again.

Solution 4: Restart your Mac

Another simple yet effective solution for fixing the issue of Apple News not functioning correctly on the MacBook is to restart your device. By restarting the Mac, all the system resources and data get refreshed, and the minor errors and glitches also get resolved.

Once you have restarted the Mac, check your internet connection as stories and snippets won’t load without a good internet connection. You can check whether your Internet is working fine or not by going to speedtest.net or Fast.com websites.

Solution 5: Apple News app is missing on Mac

Suppose you are a citizen of a country other than the USA, Canada, Australia, or the Uk and own a MacBook. In that case, you won’t be able to see the Apple News App on your Apple devices as it is only available in the countries mentioned before.

Change Country region to News App Availability, USA, Canada, Australia, or the UK,
On Mac: Go to the Apple Logo > System Preferences > Language & Region > Region > Americas > United States.

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select-united-states-to-get-news-app-on-mac

and That’s it. Restart your Mac and Find News App in Launchpad, See the Video on how to get News App outside the USA…in Any Country.

Solution 6: Clear All History of the Apple News App

One of the most notable and easy ways to deal with the problem of Apple News applications not working correctly or crashing on a MacBook is to clear all the history and app data. You can perform this function by taking note of the instructions described here.

Step. 1→ Launch the Apple News software on your Mac.

Step. 2→ Then, click on News at the top menu.

Step. 3→ Now, tap on Clear History and select Clear all.

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clear-all-news-history-on-mac

Force quit News App [From top Menu, News > Quite News or Command + Q] and check the issue is fixed now.

Solution 7: Turn off: Restrict stories in Today

There is a unique feature in the News App called the “Restrict Stories in Today.” if this feature is enabled in your News application, you won’t be able to see any news stories for that day. To disable or turn off the “Restrict Stories in Today” feature, go through the procedure explained in this section.

Step. 1→ Open the Apple News app on your Mac.

Step. 2→ Click on News on the menu at the top of the screen.

Step. 3→ Then select preferences in the drop-down menu.

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open-news-preferences-on-mac

Step. 4→ Finally, uncheck the box in front of “Restrict Stories in Today.”

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restrict-stories-in-today-for-news-app-on-mac

Solution 8: Apple News Widget Not Loading Stories on Mac

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apple-news-widget-not-loading-stories-on-mac

Apple News software has a unique and intriguing feature that allows users to add an Apple News widget to their MacBook’s Notification Centre. The users can access or open the stories directly by clicking on this widget in the notification center. It has been observed that the Apple News Widget often malfunctions and does not load stories on a Mac. To overcome this hardship, try out the solutions discussed earlier.

Recommended solutions are,

  • Remove Widget and Re-add News Widget to Mac.
  • Check for the macOS Update or Wait for the Next Update
  • Check-in Safe mode on Mac, Follow the solutions 11 – Becuase Other apps creating issues with the news widget.

Solution 9: News app Notification settings missing

Many users have complained about the Apple News app not being visible or missing from the list of apps on the notification settings window. This bug prevents Apple customers from turning the notification sound ON or OFF. The reason for this bug is unknown to the developers. It is recommended to uninstall and reinstall the News app to take care of this bug or problem. You can also try to change the Notification preferences on Mac by going through the method described in this section.

Step. 1→ Go to system preferences after tapping on the Apple logo at the top.

Step. 2→ Click on the Notifications and Focus setting.

Step. 3→ From all the available settings, select Notifications.

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enable-or-disable-new-notifications-on-mac-manage-settings

Step. 4→ Search for the Apple News app in the list and change the notification preferences as per your requirement.

Also, ensure that you have allowed the News app in the start-up menu of the MacBook. You can also take the guidance of the Apple Support web portal for further details regarding the entire process. 

Solution 10: Kill all News App processes from Activity Monitor

If you have any other new applications or software downloaded or installed on your MacBook, we recommend you close all those apps from running in the background. One can quit or force quit any application from the Mac’s Activity Monitor. Stick to the steps explained below to terminate all the News application processes on your MacBook.

Step. 1→ Go to the Applications folder on your Macbook and click on the utility folder option.

Step. 2→ Then double click on Activity Monitor to open it.

Step. 3→ Now tap on the CPU tab in the Activity Monitor window.

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force-quit-all-news-app-process-on-mac

Step. 4→ After that, select all the news applications and processes that you want to stop from running in the background.

Step. 5→ Select any of the following options to close the applications- Force Quit

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force-quit-news-app-and-process-on-mac-using-activity-monitor

Quit-  By selecting this option, you will quit out of the application, similar to choosing File > Quit within an app. The system quits out of the application when it feels it is safe to do so. For instance, if you are bound to lose the data or interfere with other applications by quitting the app, the system will not shut down the application.

Force Quit- This option forces your Mac or system to instantly shut down the selected applications. This process can lead to the loss of data if the app has some files open. It can also interfere with other applications dependent on the app you are closing. Go to View > All Processes to check if other applications use the app or process.

Solution 11: Check-in Safe Mode

Starting up the Macbook in safe mode can fix a lot of things like the Mac stalling during start-up, an app causing problems or not working correctly, and slow performance of the Mac. This is achieved by deleting the cache and preventing specific processes from automatically starting up on your MacBook. To turn on your MacBook in safe mode, pay attention to the procedures described below.

Safe Mode for Macs with the M1 processor

Step. 1→ While starting your Mac, press and hold the power button until the start-up options are visible on the screen.

Step. 2→ Select the start-up disk of your Mac.

Step. 3→ Now, long-press the shift key on the keyboard, click on the “Continue in safe mode” option, and release the shift key.

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m1-mac-safe-mode

After booting your Mac in safe mode, open the Apple News app and see if the problem is still there.

Safe Mode for Macs with Intel processor

Step. 1→ First, start up your Mac normally by pressing the power key.

Step. 2→ Then, press and hold the shift key on your keyboard.

Step. 3→ Now, release the shift key once the Apple logo followed by the login window appears on the screen.

Step. 4→ Finally, log in to the MacBook. If you have FileVault installed in your system, you may have to log in twice.

This process will boot up the Mac in safe mode. Once this is done, re-launch the Apple News app to check if the problem is solved.

Solution 12: Wait for the Next Update – or Downgrade to Earlier macOS

As reported by a lot of macOS Monterey users, all the problems and issues with the Apple News software came up after upgrading to the macOS Monterey operating system. Hence, the most sensible thing to do in this scenario is to wait for the next macOS update or downgrade to an earlier version. You can downgrade to an earlier version of macOS by completing the below process.

Step. 1→ On M1 Mac, Shutdown your Mac, After 10 seconds, Press and Hold on the Power button until you see the Startup Volume and Options, and Select Options. On Intel Mac: Startup your Mac by simultaneously hitting the Shift +Option/Alt + Command + R keys on the keyboard.

Step. 2→ Select the “Reinstall macOS” option on the macOS utility screen.

Step. 3→ Now, click continue at the bottom of the screen and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step. 4→ Choose your start-up disk and click on install.

Step. 5→ Let your MacBook restart.

This method will erase or wipe out all the data of your MacBook, so make sure to create and save a backup of all the important files before undergoing this process.

Solution 13: Send Report to Apple

Suppose you have gone through all the methods mentioned above but still cannot solve the issue of Apple News not working correctly on Mac. In that case, the best thing one can do is send the crash or error report to Apple to monitor and look into the issue.

You can submit feedback to Apple using the native Feedback Assistant app on iPhone, iPad, Mac, or the Feedback Assistant website. You’ll receive a Feedback ID to track the submission within the app or on the website when you submit feedback.

Solution 14: Reinstall macOS In recovery Mode

Reinstalling macOS in recovery mode can fix a lot of glitches, bugs, and other issues like certain apps not working correctly. To reinstall the macOS in recovery mode, stick to the process explained here.

Step. 1→ Restart your Mac if it is already booted up.

Step. 2→ Now, long-press the Command + R keys until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Step. 3→ Then click on the Reinstall macOS option in the recovery mode window.

Step. 4→ Finally, click continue when the installer window pops up.

Solution 15: New Stories can’t save in the News app

If you are having trouble saving and viewing new stories in the Apple News software on your MacBook, check if your Mac has free space. For keeping or saving stories from the News app, you need some amount of free space on your device. Also, you can delete some previously-stored stories from your MacBook to create the required storage space.

Solution 16: Apple news subscription not working on Mac

Many users have complained about the Apple News subscription not showing in the app even after paying for it. The simple resolution for this problem is to uncheck Apple News in iCloud settings and select keep data on my Mac when prompted. After this, recheck the Apple News in the iCloud settings. Once you have done this, restart the Apple News app and check for a subscription.

To Buy Apple News+ Subscription, Open News App on Mac > Click on News+ from left sidebar > Click on “Get Started” to Activate Apple New Subscription.

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purchase-apple-news-subscription-on-mac

To Manage or Deactivate Apple New Subscription: Go to the Apple Logo > System Preferences > Apple ID > Media & Purchases > Click on Manage for Subscriptions option.

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manage-subscription-on-mac

See all active Subscriptions and Click to Edit for Cancel Subscription and Done.

Solution 17: How to use apple news on windows

The Apple News application is limited to Apple devices and cannot be used on Windows computers. However, Microsoft has its News and Weather app, almost similar to Apple News in content and other news-related information.

All the solutions explained and discussed in this post are simple and solve problems related to Apple News not working on MacBook. Please go through the solutions and try them out according to your situation. Please let us know in the comments about the solution that worked for you.

Q&A→

How can I reinstall Apple News on Mac?

→ You can reinstall Apple by going to the App store > searching for Apple News > Restore App. This method can be used by Apple customers who previously had the Apple News app installed on their devices.

How do I activate Apple News?

→ The process of activating Apple News is straightforward. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > sign in if required > Turn on Apple News.

Is Apple News free on Mac?

→ Yes, Apple News is free for all Mac users residing in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK. However, some services of the App are paid, like the News+ subscription.

How to Buy Apple News+ Subscription?

→ One can easily buy the Apple News + subscriptions by launching the News app > clicking on News+ on the sidebar > Trial version > Sign in to our Apple ID > Confirm the Billing Information.

How to Cancel Apple News+ Subscription?

→ To cancel the Apple News + subscription, pay close attention to the process explained here.

On Mac, Go to the Apple Logo from top menu > System Preferences > Apple ID > Media & Purchases > Manage.

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manage-subscription-on-mac

Edit Active Purchase news > Cancle Subscription > Done.

Using iPhone, iPad or iPod,

  • Step. 1→ First, launch the Settings application on your iPod, iPhone, or iPad.
  • Step. 2→ Tap on your profile photo.
  • Step. 3→ Click on subscriptions.
  • Step. 4→ Select the Apple News + subscription.
  • Step. 5→ Hit the cancel subscription button.

Can I Delete News App on Mac?

→ One cannot delete the Apple News app from Mac. However, you can hide the News app from the dock by Right-clicking on it and going to Options > Remove from Dock.

Is Apple New+ Worth buying?

→ The Apple News + subscription is totally worth it as it is an excellent addition to your news discovery without bundling up on subscriptions to various news outlets. It is a complete one-stop solution for all your news articles and updates.

What is in Apple News +?

→ Apple News+ has hundreds of magazines and leading newspapers in one subscription.

How to Hide the News app on Mac?

→ To hide the News app on Mac, Right-click on it and go to Options > Remove from Dock.

Can I Remove Explicit Content, News & Stories in Apple News?

→ You can filter out the explicit content, News, and stories in the Apple News application by changing the preferences to “Restrict stories with explicit content.”

How can I Save to Pocket from Apple News?

→ There are two methods to save to Pocket in Apple News: When browsing posts or articles, press and hold on to an article, tap Share, and select Pocket. When viewing an article, tap the Share button and choose Pocket.

Can I open apple news in Browser?

→ Although the Apple News URLs open directly in the Apple News app, completely bypassing Safari, you can use a third-party tool to have Apple News links open in Safari by default.

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