Mobile chat is missing a lot of features (understandable, as it's mobile). However, there are a number of features not currently implemented that are almost necessities:

  • Replies — Sure, we can type "@so-and-so" and hope we've gotten the so-and-so correct, but this doesn't work well when replying to a specific message back up the queue. Plus, there's no Tab button on many devices, so we can't even type the first few letters of their name and hit Tab to complete it! (Tab completion doesn't even work when you have a full bluetooth keyboard connected to an iPad.)

  • Stars — There's no way to star messages in mobile chat. (Unless the message has already been starred by someone else, then you can click on their star to add your own.)

  • Edits — There's Menu > Edit last, but that only works for the last message. There's no way to edit messages more than two back.

Can any of these be added?

  • Permalinks while we're at it. Oh, and none of this works on a tablet. Mar 26, 2012 at 1:19
  • @Manishearth Actually, that's the only mobile device I have! All my mobile chatting has been done on an iPad.
    – Tuesday
    Mar 26, 2012 at 1:21
  • I use a mix of the mobile site on a phone and the regular site on a tablet. And I use the main site whenever I want to write long answers with math formatting (annoying on the iPad, you have tap three times just to type ``) But the profusion of mouseover features makes it a bit hard to use the iPad at times. Especially chat. Mar 26, 2012 at 2:37
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    DO WANT THESE please balpha! Mar 27, 2012 at 0:06
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    I really miss the ability to "reply" on the mobile app!!
    – Kit Menke
    Jan 18, 2013 at 21:37

2 Answers 2


All of this is now implemented by default in the February 2016 update to the chat web app mobile theme. Huzzah!

  • tap the message in chat needing action and then use the toolbar near the top of the window

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    – Tuesday
    Feb 24, 2016 at 23:42

This was bugging me so I made an app.

It makes replying, starring, flagging and editing all much easier, and provides auto-completion of names.

Android only, unless someone's willing to try and put it through Apple Review...

  • The app is for stackexchange chat only not for stackoverflow. Sniff! Sniff! T_T Aug 4, 2014 at 19:29
  • @TheLittleNaruto ORLY? It should work on both. This was an earlier problem with the app, but it should be fixed now.
    – fredley
    Aug 4, 2014 at 21:37
  • I have downloaded the latest one. Just 2 hours ago. Aug 4, 2014 at 22:07

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