WRAL News Mobile App Reviews

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App needs work. In the last week or so I had to delete/reload bc it got stuck. Several times using it, it would just stop/crash. On the content side, I agree with the other reviews about consistent grammar/spelling errors.

Hard to find any media outlet more bias.

I couldn’t take these guys anymore, they always were pretty bias but the last few years has been over the top. Finally went to another local station that is night and day compared to wral. There really must be some obsessive people running the show here now because it is flat out embarrassing.

Good resource

I watch over-the-Air on a sister station down on the Cape Fear This Raleigh station has goings on especially in the General Court and other State-wide info. No app is perfect so four stars

Heavily loaded with misleading ads

This app is has many, many ads that are indistinguishable from news articles. They are intentionally designed that way and mixed in with real articles. That’s a very disappointing fact. When I can’t trust links on an app for a news site that advertises itself as a trustworthy news source...it’s time to delete it.

Political Hacks

Just another political organization that is losing its market share and readership daily.

This app used to work better

Update this app is still broken. 9/27/2018 I fail to load this app on my iPhone almost everyday. I still get push notifications and and works great on my laptop. I even deleted the app and reinstalled. Please fix the bugs. I really would like to be able to read updates on Hurricane Florence.

I deleted it

Edit - I finally gave up and deleted it. It’s taking so long to upload any stories it’s ridiculous but the tipping point was this morning it gave me 7 notifications for the same exact story, one after another. And then after a minute it started doing it again with the notification slightly rewritten. If I ever find out it’s been fixed I’ll get it again but for now I’m done. This app is barely usable now. I don’t think it’s traffic volume on the app. Half the stories don’t load on the home page and the ones that do don’t load when you click on them to read them. I let it sit and the wheel just spins. It’s not my phone or network because it’s not happening to other news apps. I hope they fix it. I don’t like the layout for channel 11 but at least it opens the stories.

Crashes every time I use

I used to read the news on this app daily. No longer. For the last month or so every time I use the app it crashes. I’ll be able to read one or two articles and then it will crash. Happens every time. I’ve deleted the app and reinstalled it, but still have the same problem. I’ll be deleting the app for good now.


Lots of grammatical / spelling errors and TONS of useless notifications. Jesus ease up on the notifications. And it’s odd how I download this app and suddenly I get emails to the email registered for the Apple ID from WRAL sports fan... claiming I signed up for sports emails. No. I didn’t.

Good app

Accurate information, well presented

the BEST!

the news people @ WRAL are top-notch, caring & professional...we love WRAL!

When the app doesn’t crash, it doesn’t load content

This app is terrible. When the app doesn’t crash, it doesn’t load content. I’ve been trying to follow the storms while away and have had to resort to The Weather Channel and ABC11 because this app keeps hanging, crashing or doesn’t load content.

WRAL app

Horrible app broken links and bad pages all the time also not very user friendly.

Love it

This is one of my favorite Apps.


Excellent in keeping me up to date on my beloved NC. So concerned during Hurricane Florence!!! God Bless All!!!

Should work seamlessly when casting to TV

Instead, it wants a Chromecast pin and other apps loaded on your phone. TV never sees the live feed. Useless. Just work like the YouTube app. Tap and cast. Rest of app ok.

Cranky One

I used to watch WRAL. Many years ago when living in the area . Now I live out of state but still have many friends and family still there ... It is nice to read about what is happening. Helps me to be less Homesick.

News Video Feature Not Working

I downloaded app to keep me informed about Hurricane Florence but all I get are notifications. I can’t watch any of the News Feeds. I deleted the app and downloaded it a second time with no success. When I click on a News Story I get a black screen. It’s not my phone because similar apps from other News sources work great!

Request sort by time stamp

One of the better sites I’ve found for local news, but it would be nice if articles had a time stamp that users could sort on to view newest & updated articles first.

News sources shouldn’t be politically driven...

Extremely biased reporting. Bad grammar. Excessive ads. You also have to download the weather app to get in depth weather reports besides a daily forecast....Why can’t it all be in one app?


Pretty much a liberal/socialist slant on everything they report.

WRAL biased reporting

WRAL was at one time the best local news agency. It’s declined started when they kept reporting through the national anthem at an event in Raleigh. Then come all of the biased editorial cartoons and news reporting. When I complained about it was stated that it was an opinion of CBC, WRALs parent company and that they would continue to put them on their website. I very rarely watch any of the news anymore. I try to catch the weather and that about it as I think the weather team on WRAL is awesome! I hope they change something soon! Because the people running CBC is running this once great news channel right in the ground.

Where’s the news story?

If you LOVE getting notifications about interesting news stories only to click and never receive then this is the app for you! The app is fine as long as you never expect to be able to actually find, much less read, a news story sent in a notification. I have deleted better news apps for less. I guess I will just turn off all notifications for this app as I struggle to find ways to get me to keep it.

Repeat articles and/or outdated news

Many of the headlines on app (especially iPad versions) are repeat articles. I’ll see the same story listed 2-3 times. Many articles are days old. But Greg Fishel’s weather reports are great!

Excessive and unacceptable bias

WRAL can't even pretend to provide balanced news with the heavily-biased editorials and comics appearing on the home page of their app on a daily basis. After over 40 years of watching channel 5 news, I recently switched to another triangle TV station and have found that I actually like the competition better. And I'm sorry Greg and Elizabeth, but I'm finding their weather to be much more accurate. Thank you for all the bias, it guided me to a better news and weather source. I uninstalled all instances of WRAL news and weather apps across all our devices.

Does not work

The app doesn’t work. If you click on a notification, it will say error instead of taking you to the story/video. Useless.

Easy and clear

I enjoy the simplicity as well as the content of the WRAL app. Makes it easy to click on and see what I want within a few minutes.


Pretty good local news app but a good bit of “extra junk” in amongst the news stories. I’d rather have the option of paying for premium edition to do away with all the “fluff” and “ads” !

Wral web site

Way too biased and liberal.. a shame

Good weather but totally liberal in all aspects

Great source for local news and weather but the liberal bs gets old . Every story takes a Democrat perspective.

Technical Errors, Grammatical Errors

The articles themselves are full of grammatical and syntax errors, but that’s every local media outlet these days. The most annoying thing is the app itself will give an error message almost every day (cannot load) and when I sent a trouble-ticket requesting assistance, WRAL’s tech support told me to delete it and reinstall when that happens. WHEN that happens? Every time? No thanks, I’ll just read the news elsewhere. (And it happens on three different devices with at least two bars-strength signal throughout multiple updates on two providers (AT&T and US Cellular,) so this is not a device-specific issue). The app is fine when it works, just not sure why It’s such a challenge to use. Another concern I can’t seem to get an answer for is why so many news stories click out to B-side news sites that moments into reading a supposed news story, you get a “You’ve won a FREE iPhone, you have 5 minutes to claim it!” pop up. You have to completely close the app, there’s no way to close the pop up. Seems scammy and frankly, a little trashy for WRAL. I’m surprised they associate their site with clickbait like that. And from the list of stories on the main page, there’s really no way to know what’s real news and what’s not. Talk about “fake news.” *eye roll* C’mon, WRAL, you’re better than that.

Best local news in USA

Best news and weather app bar none.

Horrible on iPads

I have the 2018 iPad and the app never displays content. On my older iPad mini it just locks up. I am running the latest version of iOS on both and have plenty of free space. On my iPhone the app loads but very slowly and sometimes does not load graphics for all the stories. This behavior started 2 versions ago.

Error message when I open the app up about half the time.

Half the time when I open the app up, it says something about an error and I have to try again. I’m always connected to WiFi or using my data, so there isn’t a problem on my end.

Good weather, but news extreme left

They have excellent weather and sports, but their news is extremely one sided and liberal

Awesome news app

One thing I can say about this app it keeps you up to date with the latest news


Most stories simply won’t load anymore unless on data- doesn’t happen with any other app I use. Kind of a bummer but I’ll be looking for news elsewhere

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Awful may as well be Facebook too many ads to many sidetracked turtles too many things at are NOT TRUE fake news 101 Very democratic app enjoy if you’re a Democrat Republicans think your trash

Wral news app

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Ok, but too many notifications

I really like the app from the standpoint that I can check the news anytime of day. Only issue with the app is the NUMEROUS DAILY NOTIFICATIONS!! I'd much rather have one or two each day (with the exception of emergency notifications) rather than so many as it stands now. Even one daily "list" of stories from which I could select the ones that are relevant to me would be great. Love WRAL though and have watched them since I arrived in NC in 1994!

Good app

I like the notifications. I read about things from everywhere that I wouldn’t have known without the notifications. I also like the weather alerts.


App ok, news not good leave items up to long. Post items that doesn’t matter such as Hollywood Stars having babies or getting married who cares about them. Articles are also slanted towards liberals view.



Inaccurate weather and selective news

Today they forecasted highs in the low 50’s and no rain and as of 3:00PM 3/27/18 it is 41 degrees and raining. If the stock market goes down it is reported, if it goes up nothing is mentioned. They are reporting what their affiliate national network allows them to report (NBC).

Raleigh, NC

I enjoy being able to watch the local and national news via this app. Cable subscription not required.

Good app for local news

Good app for local news. Seems to put local stuff first most of the time. Sometimes it seems to be slow to update so I also use an app for another news station in another state that is quicker to update national news.

Duplicate notifications

Getting duplicate notifications on everything since the latest update. Please fix.

Pop-up Video ads

Random videos pop-up on the main page. Not a very good thing to experience.

Love app.

My go to for local news.

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