Talk:Wikimedia Apps/Android FAQ

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Is the connection between the app and Wikipedia encrypted? Kripmo (talk) 20:28, 15 December 2015 (UTC)[]

There is no way it could be unencrypted, due to HSTS. Seee m:HTTPS. Nemo 10:02, 16 December 2015 (UTC)[]

Problem with "Identity"[edit]

source: de:Wikipedia:Fragen_zur_Wikipedia#Wikipedia_Android_App_will_Zugriff_auf_Identit.C3.A4t._Warum.3F.3F permalink: [1]

Answer from DBrant at facebook: "The "identity" permission is a really unfortunate name given to it by the Play store. To be clear, the app doesn't access any aspects of your identity, except your Wikipedia account. In this sense, you're allowing the app access to your "Wikipedia identity", and only if you choose to log in to your Wikipedia account in the app, nothing more. Also note that this permission is not necessary in the newest version of Android (Marshmallow), since they've updated the way that apps handle user accounts, so as not to scare users with the verbiage.

German translation from Tirkon:

Die "Identität" Erlaubnis ist eine ungeschickte Wortwahl des Play Store. Die App berührt keinen Aspekt deiner Identität außer deinem Wikipedia Account. In diesem Sinne erlaubst du der App, auf deine Wikipedia Identität nur dann zuzugreifen, wenn du dich in deinen Wikipedia Account einlogst, nicht mehr. Nimm ebenfalls zur Kenntnis, dass die Erlaubnis in der neuen Android Version (Marshmellow) nicht notwendig ist, da der Account Zugriff dort auf andere Weise gelöst ist, also verängstige hier nicht die User mit deinem Geschwätz.

--2003:6A:6B30:A400:9F4:AA47:D161:57A0 08:00, 26 March 2016 (UTC)[]

overview about bugs and suggestions[edit]

Is there an easy possibility to view and search active bugs and suggestions for the android app? I just had a suggestion for the wikipedia app i got over F-droid. For an other app i would just use the bugs link in the F-droid app. This link nornally goes to a github bugtracker where i can quickly see if my bug or suggestion is new or if there is already a discussion. In the moment this link guides to Arndt92 (talk) 13:13, 8 April 2016 (UTC)[]

The place is . Please update any incoming link. Nemo 13:21, 8 April 2016 (UTC)[]

Proxy edit request for an anon[edit]

Hi there. Since this page is semi-protected, I would like to request a proxy edit.

Under the "Editing" section, the third currently Q&A says:

Can I view a page's history and talk pages?
This is not yet supported in the app.

At the end of every page are links to the history and talk page (see screenshot). Both links open in the external browser. As far as I know, the link to the talk page was added in the June 6, 2016 app update (version 2.2.147-r-2016-06-06)

Can the above answer be changed to, "Yes. At the end of every page are links to the history ("Last updated [date or time stamp]") and talk page ("Talk"), which will both open in the external browser." or something similar?

Thanks. 02:45, 16 June 2016 (UTC)[]

Enhancements for Wikipedia app[edit]

Can you create the ability to log into the Wikipedia app so one can save their bookmarks and also be able to transfer bookmarks to a Internet browser? Asjones38 (talk) 23:56, 3 July 2016 (UTC)[]

Wrong photo in app[edit]

Sorry, but I'm not quite sure where to ask this. I'm an OTRS agent and fielded a question from a reader ticket:2016072410003187

They reported that the image on the article Nicholas Colasanto was incorrect. After a little checking I realize that they were referring to the mobile app. Not the mobile version in the browser but the Wikimedia app.

I checked myself and confirmed. The article does contain a photo of Geronimo, which is the feature picture at the top of the page in the app. I don't know the rules but I would've guessed that if an article had in INFOBOX with a photo that's the photo that would be used. I note that the mobile version of the browser software does show the expected picture near the top of the page.

I hope someone can look into this and either tell me an answer or tell me where I should report this.--Sphilbrick (talk) 21:36, 25 July 2016 (UTC)[]

Hello Sphilbrick, indeed, the lead image associated with the article on the app isn't for Nicholas Colasanto himself, but rather for one of the images included in the article. The reason for this is that Nicholas Colasanto image in the article is under fair use license, and as per community request, the Wikimedia Foundation team has worked on adjusting Extension:PageImages, in order to restrict the use of non-free images on articles. For the same reason Mickey Mouse article, for example, is associated with Walt Disney image, instead of Mickey mouse itself. There are future enhancements expected soon on this extension, in order to make the results of the selection process less confusing. I hope this answer helps. Thanks--Melamrawy (WMF) (talk) 20:53, 26 July 2016 (UTC)[]
Thanks, makes sense now.--Sphilbrick (talk) 02:33, 4 October 2016 (UTC)[]

Edit reading list?[edit]

I emailed the address given on the article about three weeks ago, but have not received a reply. Not a good look. Anyway, I would like to know if it is possible to edit a reading list in the Android app? I would like to remove a single article from a reading list, but I cannot see how to do that. --Viennese Waltz (talk) 08:45, 8 March 2017 (UTC)[]

This was asked again, and answered, over on the enwiki helpdesk. I'm copying it here in case it's of help to others;
Sorry for the delay! When browsing your reading list in the app, you can "swipe" away items from the reading list to delete them. DBrant (WMF) (talk) 17:18, 10 March 2017 (UTC)[]
-From [2] 20:06, 10 March 2017 (UTC)[]

How can one transfer his Reading list from one device to another?[edit]

H Jivesh Adhlakha (talk) 19:29, 21 March 2017 (UTC)[]

Clarify the paragraph: "Can I save articles for offline reading?"[edit]

After a couple of hours head scratching, could I suggest a small edit to this page. My suggested addition shown in italics:

You will be able to save articles offline by adding them to a Reading list. (Scroll through the whole article to ensure it is fully downloaded). Articles are made "Available offline" by default. You will be able to access the Reading list from the bottom menu in the App's home page (may change with different versions).

Cheers, --Patbol (talk) 19:30, 28 May 2017 (UTC)[]

Viewing in browser instead of app[edit]

I use the app when wishing to read an article. When I want to check on articles I've been editing, I'd rather use the browser. Clicking desktop view used to work to stop song the awful mobile version. But now the app over rides and I can't see my watchlist or contribs etc without the app opening the pages. Dweller (talk) 18:25, 13 July 2017 (UTC)[]



When reading the Exodus report on the Android app, I noticed that it uses HockeyApp. The iOS FAQ does expand on that, but not the Android FAQ. Could that be updated if needed?


Jean-Fred (talk) 09:15, 25 November 2017 (UTC)[]

I filed phab:T181606 for this. Jean-Fred (talk) 12:42, 5 December 2017 (UTC)[]


I'm seeing the compass symbol for this feature at bottom right, not top left. Am I confused, or is the FAQ out of date? Jim.henderson (talk) 01:05, 19 January 2018 (UTC)[]

I am very sorry to see the Nearby feature is no longer available. I used this all the time. :( -Another Believer (talk) 15:46, 22 January 2020 (UTC)[]

Outdated link[edit]

The Android FAQ subpage says

Please visit the Wikipedia Zero page on the Wikimedia Foundation site for more information about this initiative...

but when you follow the link, you see

NOTE: Overview information on Wikipedia Zero has been moved to Talk page discussions should still take place on MediaWiki, along with engineering updates.

Please visit the Wikipedia Zero page on the Wikimedia Foundation site for more information about this initiative, and please do email us for information on joining as a partner.

For information on Wikipedia Zero support within the 2014 updated releases of the Wikipedia apps for Android and iOS, see the Wikipedia Zero App FAQ.

The link should be changed to point to the home and Wikipedia Zero pages, with an in-text note like the third paragraph in my quote above.

--Thnidu (talk) 16:52, 29 April 2018 (UTC)[]

Select a not-so-supported UI language[edit]


The default UI language of the Wikipedia app is the same as the device's UI language, as selected in the device settings. We have editions of Wikipedia in languages that are not necessarily supported in the devices' language settings.

It's easier than ever to select the content language in the app these days, but I couldn't find a way to select a UI language that is not supported on the device. Is it possible?


(Tagging people who may know the answer: User:RHo (WMF), User:CGauthier (WMF), User:MHolloway (WMF).) --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 10:29, 18 October 2018 (UTC)[]

Running problem[edit]

I can upload profile picture?? Er Ajhar Ansari (talk) 20:19, 10 November 2018 (UTC)[]

Delete my account[edit]

I want to delete my account because i have many account Hareram Singh 11000 (talk) 13:38, 17 November 2018 (UTC)[]

I have many account Hareram Singh 11000 (talk) 13:39, 17 November 2018 (UTC)[]


How i up the profile picture Mahadi Hasan Mahin Ishan (talk) 17:26, 27 October 2019 (UTC)[]

How up profile picture Mahadi Hasan Mahin Ishan (talk) 17:26, 27 October 2019 (UTC)[]

Edit Profile[edit]

Wikipedia should add feature "edit profile" like other websites have. It would be great 😊 Kalki Embodiment (talk) 11:15, 3 May 2020 (UTC)[]

Removal of Nearby[edit]

This was the main useful feature of this app :(

I guess one can just install an old version... sigh. --Piotrus (talk) 10:15, 6 August 2020 (UTC)[]

Why was the Nearby feature eliminated? This was the best part of the app! When I was visiting a new city, I used this to find nearby historic and otherwise notable sites. Any chance we could bring back, or is there a space where I can submit a request? -Another Believer (talk) 20:04, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Because of too much maintenance need and too few users. I’d be all for reintroducing it, but our chances don’t seem to be very good. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 01:18, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[]


I wanted to get rid of some irritating notifications on my Android phone, so I tried this: To see all of your current notifications, tap the "More" button at the bottom of the main screen, and select "Notifications". However it has been moved somewhere else. Please update. TIA, Wammes Waggel (talk) 12:58, 27 September 2021 (UTC)[]