Wikipedia

Help:Mobile access

It is possible to access and edit Wikipedia on multiple types of devices, such as desktop computers, tablets and smartphones through several different methods, including options for older devices, modern apps for various platforms and options to view content while offline. This is intended for those who want to read and edit on the go.

The official mobile version of English Wikipedia is located at https://en.m.wikipedia.org. With the official desktop version of English Wikipedia located at https://en.wikipedia.org. A toggle switch between mobile and desktop view is available at the bottom of every page.



Official applications can be found at: Download Wikipedia on the App Store (iOS) Get Wikipedia on Google Play (Android) Get Wikipedia on F-Droid (Android)

Official mobile version

Mobile Wikipedia on Chrome for Android

The mobile version of Wikipedia is located at https://en.m.wikipedia.org.

Users of supported mobile devices are automatically redirected to the official mobile version of Wikipedia.

Tablets

Tablets are served a slightly modified version of the mobile site, which makes use of the larger screen size to e.g. show a table of content and display all article sections open by default

Interface options

This mobile version is available for all languages of Wikipedia. It is actively developed, supported and translated. It supports editing; visit any article and you'll see a pencil icon on every section. Anyone, including those who are not logged in, can use the mobile editor. You can also check your watchlist on mobile, add/remove articles from it, and more. If you don't want to use the mobile version, you can find options at the bottom of every page to switch to the desktop version.

Older phones

Legacy browsers

Legacy mobile browsers that were fairly advanced during their time, such as NetFront (2.3), should be able to browse the Wikipedia Mobile version without too much effort. Depending on a phone's capabilities, it may be advisable to turn images and JavaScript off.

Opera Mini

Wikipedia mobile on Opera Mini 5

Older featurephones' native browsers commonly have limited functionality and are outdated. If your phone is Java ME-capable, you might consider installing Opera Mini, a Java ME-based Internet browser for mobile phones. Some phones have Opera Mini built-in, and may only require setting the browser up for use. Opera Mini works by sending a request to Opera's servers, which return a compressed and stripped-down page to the phone. Depending on version, Opera Mini is often more functional and up-to-date than the native browser supplied with the phone. Opera Mini has a built-in Wikipedia search facility.

  • Opera Mini website — Various versions are on offer to match the capabilities of a particular phone.

Official mobile apps

Android

Main article: Wikimedia:Android Wikipedia app FAQ
The Android app allows editing articles directly from the app. It has limited capability to show categories and talk pages. It is also available on F-Droid. There is also an Android app for Wikimedia Commons which is community maintained. There is an Android app for Wiktionary, although it is no longer supported and has not been updated since August 2013.

iOS

Main article: Wikimedia:iOS Wikipedia app FAQ
The iOS app also provides a read and write version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. It allows users to share an article via Facebook and other social websites. It also allows users to find geotagged articles near their current location. It does not allow users to see categories or talk pages, nor to see the normal desktop version.

Third party applications

iOS apps

Many iOS apps exist for browsing Wikipedia. Besides the mobile version of the site, the only app capable of editing Wikipedia is the official one.

Name Price Can edit? Notes
Wikipanion Free No
Wikipanion Plus $4.99 No
Minipedia – Offline Wiki Free No Contains the 100.000 most read articles; multilanguage support: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish
MiniWiki Free No Allows browsing Wikipedia on the Apple Watch

Android apps

Desktop version access

The desktop version of English Wikipedia is located at https://en.wikipedia.org

If a browser is installed for general use, it can be used to access the general Wikipedia site, also for editing, depending on limitations of the browser. A toggle switch between mobile and desktop view is available at the bottom of every page. One may want to adapt the user style and preferences to optimize them for the mobile device. For example, navigation popups may or may not be convenient on the mobile device.

Metro-style

Metro-style apps provides a read-only version of Wikipedia, similar to the mobile web version. The app when used in Windows RT is incapable of showing moving pictures.

Audio

A computer-generated audio (speech synthesis) version of all Wikipedia articles is provided by the Pediaphon service. It is usable on- and off-line with common MP3 players, PDAs, cell phones (WAP) and with every phone via voice call. Pediaphon can be used as a location-based service.

E-readers

Amazon Kindles have access to Wikipedia content on the "experimental browser" included in Kindle software. All content is shown in black-and-white (all colored images and graphs are converted).

The Wiki-as-Ebook project provides massive encyclopaedias for E-Book-readers created from a large set of Wikipedia articles (commercial; 2013). Colored images are converted to grayscale.

Offline access

Kiwix on an Android-powered tablet

Offline mobile and desktop access to English Wikipedia can be done by downloading in the OpenZIM format, which can be read using the free Kiwix software available in the Microsoft Store, on Google Play and Apple's iOS App Store. A series of "customized apps" have also been released, of which Medical Wikipedia and PhET simulations are the two largest.

Or

The Version 1.0 Editorial Team works on publishing sets of Wikipedia articles in print, CD, DVD, or some combination thereof. In 2008, SOS Children published a Wikipedia CD Selection for schools, which may be viewed at schools-wikipedia.org, and is available for free download via the charity's website.

Or

You can create a Wikipedia book of selected articles using the book creator and upload it to an external rendering service such as MediaWiki2LaTeX that provides a PDF copy for download. (Be aware the computational resources of the server are limited.)

Some of the many ways other ways to read Wikipedia while offline include:

English Wikipedia dumps in SQL and XML: dumps.wikimedia.org/enwiki/ and the Internet Archive. The database can be downloaded here, but you will need to set up a web server, PHP, MySQL and our wiki software, MediaWiki, to make use of it. Download the data dump using a BitTorrent client.

Engineering and support

The mobile version is based on the MobileFrontend extension of the MediaWiki software, and maintained by the Wikimedia Foundation's Reading Web team.

Learn more about:

Support:

See also

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