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I like using Stack Overflow (or any other Stack Exchange sites) and was wondering if there was an app I could install on my phone or other device that would allow me to use the site on-the-go or straight from my desktop.

Some systems to consider:

  • Windows 8
  • Android
  • iPhone/iOS

What are some apps that I could install to my computer or phone to enhance my Stack Exchange experience?

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If you didn't know, every Stack Exchange site has a responsive layout - meaning that if you access the desktop site on a mobile device, it will render in a mobile-optimized format. Most views, including the homepage, questions, and search render in this view, though some pages such as user profiles, settings pages, reviews, and revision histories don't.

Additionally, each site has a mobile site which provides an altered way of viewing each site, specially designed for mobile devices. This provides a low-bandwidth view for slower or metered connections. You may automatically reach the mobile site just by visiting it from a mobile device, but you can also get there manually by clicking the "mobile" link in the footer.

Mobile site

The official mobile sites provide almost all functionality as full sites, including creating new questions and answers, voting and commenting. Some features are not implemented on mobile sites yet, like reviewing, profile editing, and Developer Story (SO only). Certain pages don't have a mobile theme, either, like flagging history.

If you prefer a native app over the mobile site, there are plenty of apps available based on your device.

Note: The official mobile apps are no longer under active development, so you may encounter some bugs or glitches. New feature requests or bug reports for minor (non-critical) bugs may not be handled for a long time.


Available on the Apple App Store:


Available on Google Play:


Available in the Windows Store:

  • There is not currently an official Windows Phone app, and there will not be because of the platform's discontinuation.

Still looking? Try browsing all the apps available at Stack Apps.

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    Any news on an official Windows Phone app? I used the official one on my Andriod and I think it's the best, but now I have a Windows Phone.. :) – Abbas Jul 18 '14 at 9:48
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    @Abbas No, Windows Phone still has a relatively low market share and they're not interested in it right now. See Stack Exchange application for Windows Phone OS – animuson Jul 18 '14 at 17:43
  • I see there's an official Stack Exchange app for Android. Has this been updated to post questions and to vote? – user261920 Jun 7 '15 at 0:40
  • @SarahofGaia Yes, the API has supported these behaviors for some time now. – animuson Jun 7 '15 at 0:43
  • @animuson: So is there anything on the full site that I should be aware isn't possible on the mobile app? What about on the mobile site? – user261920 Jun 7 '15 at 1:49
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    @SarahofGaia The review queues still aren't available on the mobile site or the apps. There may be other small things but I don't have a full list off the top of my head. – animuson Jun 7 '15 at 1:50
  • What are "review queries"? (I did a quick search on Meta and couldn't find any answers.) – user261920 Jun 7 '15 at 1:54
  • @SarahofGaia the /review path of any site, where all the review queues reside. – Braiam Jun 7 '15 at 1:55
  • @Braiam: Okay, but what exactly is a "review query"? – user261920 Jun 7 '15 at 1:58
  • @SarahofGaia it doesn't say "query" but queues. – Braiam Jun 7 '15 at 2:08
  • ...oh. :I Sorry about that. Thanks for clarifying. 👍 – user261920 Jun 7 '15 at 5:21
  • My favourite app for this and other sites mostly involving reading pages online and a bit of typing is an extensive generalised app called a browser. Now, apologies, this isn't meant to be rude - what I am interested in knowing is what the app can do significantly better than the browser. Thank you! – nsandersen Apr 16 '16 at 9:34
  • Is the official Stack Exchange app a superset of official Stack Overflow app [for iOS?] – Patrick Jun 5 '17 at 14:10
  • @Patrick The Stack Overflow app accesses only Stack Overflow, while the Stack Exchange app accesses all sites on the network, including Stack Overflow. – animuson Jun 5 '17 at 14:11
  • Thanks! I think that answered my question. – Patrick Jun 5 '17 at 14:13

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