With the release of iOS 6, the most commonly used mobile browser now supports standard generic image upload buttons. This is actually really handy. I can take screenshots on my phone or iPad, and use them to answer questions about apps made to run on those devices (or take advantage of resources specific to those devices) to answer questions. Until the release of iOS 6 however, the only way to use these images in my answer was to either sync them over to my computer, and then answer from a desktop, or use a specialized app to upload the images, such as PicUp or DropBox, and then manually write out the markdown code.

After iOS 6, the Image Upload button works just fine, if I switch to viewing the full site from my iDevice, rather than the mobile view. I can upload images directly, and the markdown is handled for me. It's awesome, except for the fact that the non-mobile site is decidedly non-awesome on the small screen of my phone.

Which brings me to my feature request: Add the Image Upload button (and other markdown shortcuts, as deemed worthwhile) to the ask/answer editors on the mobile version of SE sites.

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    This would be extremely useful. Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 21:58
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    It would be interesting to see some statistics of how many answers are being posted from the mobile version.
    – Lix
    Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 22:01
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    @Lix I'd wager that number is being suppressed by the severe limitations of the mobile site. Anything that requires formatting or more than a sentence or two can be a pain in the rear. Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 22:05
  • Is that a limitation of the site, or the device, @LessPop_MoreFizz? What do you find lacking? Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 22:59
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    @MichaelPetrotta Up until a few weeks ago, it was a limitation of the device. There was no way to do it. Now, the device is no longer limited, and I'd like to see the site provide a button to take advantage of that fact. The alternative is to not use the mobile site (which does work, but is very unpleasant.) Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 23:22
  • Yeah, I see that in your request, but your comment above seemed to imply more problems than just lack of image upload. Commented Nov 3, 2012 at 23:23
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    Looks like android has had this since 2.2 at least so that's extra reason to impliment it. That and iOS 6 should cover a majority of (active) smartphones
    – Zelda
    Commented Nov 4, 2012 at 4:40
  • This would also be really useful in the mobile chat sites.
    – user280862
    Commented May 29, 2016 at 12:03

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This is implemented now. Note that the file upload size limit (currently 2 MB) still applies, and that some phones don't upload a smaller image if you take a picture with your camera - highly frustrating :(

Screenshots shouldn't cause any issues, haven't encountered truly huge ones that break that limit.

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    Should I post a separate feature request for mobile chat?
    – Pandya
    Commented Mar 23, 2017 at 17:49

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