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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 and settings pages 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, some third-party developers have written some apps that you may be able to use to view the site; however, due to API limitations, not all features may be supported.

We used to offer official mobile apps, but those are no longer available for any platform. Existing installations of the official apps may continue to work, though they haven't been updated for a long time and are no longer supported for use. See How can I report bugs with or request features for the Stack Exchange mobile apps?


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

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  • If you hit the mobile option, and then use previous page to get out of it, when you click on a question, it goes back to mobile view. You need to click "full site" to go back to default behavior. – Scott Seidman Nov 6 '19 at 18:06
  • Since all of the mobile apps are no longer supported/developed, this answer probably needs to be updated accordingly. – V2Blast Apr 6 '20 at 23:59
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    @V2Blast There is already a note in the answer that they are no longer developed. What needs updating? – animuson Apr 7 '20 at 0:25
  • @animuson: Whoops, I didn't notice that - I was looking by the the app links themselves. – V2Blast Apr 7 '20 at 1:42
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    @MetaAndrewT Do you know if this was asked about on Meta anywhere? It was not intentional for that to disappear, so if there's a question about why it disappeared it'd be nice to get a status-review on that so we can look into it more. Rather not have that just slip into the cracks with a hidden edit. – animuson Aug 17 '20 at 23:18
  • @animuson it hasn't been asked yet, though some recent meta posts about SO app on MSO linked to other meta posts (1, 2) with comments about SE Android app being gone. Should I post a question about it for you to tag it with status-review? – Meta Andrew T. Aug 18 '20 at 2:00
  • @MetaAndrewT That'd be good. The Stack Overflow app was a separate app. That one should be gone from the stores. The Stack Exchange app is not maintained but was supposed to still stick around. – animuson Aug 18 '20 at 2:14
  • @animuson done! – Meta Andrew T. Aug 18 '20 at 3:10
  • ", it will render in a mobile-optimized format. " As if! The buttons and links are still way too small to click on I'm a mobile device s well as the text input for editing answers being too small to scroll through, one has to manually zoom in to click anything which kind of defeats the point – bluejayke Nov 29 '20 at 21:59

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