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Información general

Where can I download the app?

You can find our app on the Google Play Store: open the Play Store app on your device and search for "Wikipedia".

If your device does not use Google services, you may also find the app on other third-party app stores such as F-Droid, or by downloading the latest APK directly.

;¿Cuál es la diferencia entre la aplicación de Android y la versión móvil web de Wikipedia?

La aplicación de Wikipedia proporciona una experiencia optimizada y simplificada buscando y leyendo contenido de Wikipedia. Siendo una aplicación nativa, permite que los artículos se carguen más rápidamente, y con menor uso de datos. También ofrece una interfaz más sensible que es más consistente con otras aplicaciones de Android que amas. Añade características que no están disponibles (o no posibles) en la versión Web de Wikipedia, como guardar páginas al dispositivo para leerlo después, y compartir contenido e imágenes de los artículos a tus aplicaciones de redes sociales favoritas. Being a native app, it allows articles to load faster, and with less data usage. It also delivers a more responsive interface that is more consistent with other Android apps that you love. It adds features that are not available (or not possible) in the Web version of Wikipedia, such as saving pages to the device for later reading, and sharing content and images from articles to your favorite social media apps.

How do I donate to Wikipedia?

You can donate at any time by going to the "More" menu in the main screen and selecting Support Wikipedia. Unfortunately we cannot currently accept donations using Google Pay, or using your Google Store credits.

I already donated; why I am getting asked to donate again?

Due to our strict privacy guidelines, we don't actually connect your app usage or user account to your donation history. This means you may see a donation request in the app even if you have previously donated on the web.

Do I need to be connected to the Internet to use the app?

You do need a connection to download articles, and to use the Explore feed. However, if you save articles to your reading lists, they will be available for later reading, even without an internet connection.

¿Qué dispositivos son compatibles?

Nuestra aplicación funciona en todos los dispositivos Android ejecutando la versión $1 y superior.

A partir de septiembre de 2017, hemos finalizado el soporte activo para la aplicación en dispositivos con Android versión 4.3 y anteriores. Si tiene un dispositivo que ejecute Android Jellybean o una versión anterior, aún podrá instalar la aplicación desde Play Store, pero será una versión "congelada" de la aplicación y ya no recibirá actualizaciones, con la posible excepción de parches críticos de seguridad ocasionales o errores de bloqueo.

General features


You can search Wikipedia from any of these locations in the app:

  • From the Explore feed in the main screen, by tapping the "Search Wikipedia" box at the top.
  • By tapping the "Search" icon in the bottom toolbar in the main screen.
  • While reading an article, by tapping the "Search" icon in the top toolbar.

Search within an article

From the top-right menu (three dots), select "Find in page". You will be able to type text to search within the current article, and the search results will be automatically highlighted and scrolled into view.

Explore feed

The home screen of the app features a feed of recommended content for reading. Each "card" in the feed represents a single article, or a short list of articles, for you to read. The types of cards you might find in the feed (depending on their language availability) include:

  • In the news: artículos sobre acontecimientos recientes.
  • Artículos en tendencia: los artículos más vistos hoy (basado en el recuento total de visitas).
  • Artículo destacado: el destaque del día de hoy en Wikipedia.
  • Featured picture: imagen destacada de hoy de Wikimedia Commons.
  • Continuar leyendo: un enlace para volver rápidamente a la lectura de una de tus pestañas abiertas.
  • Porque leíste…: una lista breve de sugerencias basadas en un artículo reciente de tu historial.
  • En este día: eventos de la historia en este día
  • Al azar: abre una vista que genera artículos aleatorios para leer.
  • Hoy en Wikipedia: abre la portada de Wikipedia.
  • En este día: Eventos en la historia en este día.

How can I customize the feed?

If you don't want to see a particular card in the Explore feed, you can tap the overflow menu on that card (three dots at the top-right), and tap "Hide this card".

You may also tap the overflow menu on any card (three dots at the top-right) and select the "Customize the feed" option, which will allow you to choose which types of cards to show, the order in which they will appear, and the languages for which they will be shown.

Reading lists and offline reading

To save an article for later reading, tap the "bookmark" icon in the bottom toolbar:

This will automatically make the article available for reading offline, i.e. even when you are not connected to the internet. When you bookmark articles, they are saved to a default reading list called "Saved", but you can also create different reading lists of your own, and categorize your saved articles however you like.

Las páginas que guardes en una lista quedarán disponibles sin conexión de manera predeterminada, para que puedas consultarlas más tarde. If you do not want certain articles to be available offline, you can go to the reading list, and press-and-hold the specific article. You will then see a list of options for that article, which includes an "Available offline" checkbox. You may access all of your reading lists by tapping the "My lists" button on the main screen.

When you are logged in to the app, your reading lists are automatically synchronized to your Wikipedia account, so that your lists will be restored if you install the app on a different device, or uninstall/reinstall it on the same device. Your reading lists will also be available if you log in to the iOS version of the app. However, at the moment your reading lists are not accessible from the desktop or mobile web version of the Wikipedia website.

Readability and themes

When reading an article, tap the "Theme" button in the bottom toolbar. There you will see numerous options, including:

  • Increase or decrease the text size for reading articles.
  • Change the color theme between Light, Sepia, Dark, or Black. (The Black theme is particularly useful for devices with an OLED display, since it will save battery power by keeping most pixels black.)
  • Whether to "Match system theme". Since Android itself now supports a light and dark theme, the app can automatically adjust to the system setting. If you do not want to match the system theme (i.e. if you want to use the Dark theme in the app, but keep the device in the Light theme, you'll need to unselect "Match system theme").
  • Whether to dim images. When using the Dark or Black theme, dimming images may be an additional benefit for distraction-free reading.

In-article conveniences

  • Tap the "Contents" button at the bottom (or swipe from right to left anywhere in the article) to see the table of contents for the current article. Tap on any section in the table of contents to jump to that section in the article.
  • Tap on references (superscript numbers) to see a popup that describes the reference in detail.
  • Tap any image to view it full-screen; pinch to zoom the image, or swipe left or right to view other images that appear in the article.

Removal of the nearby feature

Why was the feature removed?

We have removed the Nearby feature from the Wikipedia app for a number of overlapping reasons, including extremely low feature usage, ongoing maintenance issues that are out of the Android team's control, and community concern about the location permissions that Nearby required. These concerns made it infeasible to continue to support the feature.

Also, from a legal standpoint, we weren't able to integrate with the Google Maps SDK (i.e. use a Google Maps view in our app, with a custom layer on top), which means we had to use the MapBox SDK with OpenStreetMap which, at the time, was not providing the best possible user experience. It was glitchy, slow, and bloated. Merely including the MapBox SDK caused our app to triple in size. This is an important consideration for users for whom the cost of data is not negligible.

Are we open to adding it in the future?

We are open to investigating other map alternatives that meet legal and performance requirements sometime in the future.

Updates to have it back again

Based on multiple reviews from our users asking to have this feature back again, We're working on it; Please check this link for the complete information about available approaches to have it again; you can check the pros and cons of each one and vote for what you think could be the perfect option we should have.



Toca en el icono del "lápiz" ubicado al lado de los encabezados de sección para empezar a editar. Note that some articles are protected from being edited by anonymous users or users with too few edits.

Nótese que los artículos de Wikipedia están formateados usando el Formateo de MediaWiki . When you edit a section of an article in the app, the wikitext syntax will be automatically highlighted to assist with formatting.

¿Debo acceder para editar?
No. Puedes editar sin crearte un nombre de usuario o acceder, pero ten en cuenta que tu dirección IP se asociará con tus ediciones, y será visible para cualquiera que vea el historial de la página. Please note that some Wikipedias disallow editing of articles in the Main namespace if you are not logged in.
¿Puedo subir imágenes?
No todavía.
¿Puedo ver el historial de una página y páginas de discusión?
Esto no está todavía soportado en la aplicación Puedes ver enlaces hacia la versión móvil web del historial y las páginas de discusión en la aplicación.

Suggested edits

If you are keen to start making contributions to Wikipedia, the app provides you with various types of editing suggestions, presented as a continuous feed that you can swipe through. Go to the main screen of the app and tap the "Edits" button at the bottom to see the types of suggested edits that are available. These include:

  • Article descriptions: Add short descriptions to articles that are missing descriptions. These descriptions are shown when searching Wikipedia on your desktop or mobile device, and in various places in the app.
  • Image captions: Add captions to images on Wikimedia Commons that are missing captions. These captions are shown when tapping on images in articles to view them full-screen.
  • Image tags: Add tags to images on Wikimedia Commons. These tags will be used to make images more searchable and better structured.

Contribution history

You can view your own contribution history by going to the main screen and tapping the "Edits" button at the bottom. This will show you the total number of edits you've made so far, your current edit quality (based on how many of your edits were reverted), among other statistics. To see more details about each of your previous contributions, tap on the statistics card. This will show a full-screen list of each of your edits.


If you are logged in to your account, you can receive notifications about your account activity. These notifications will automatically pop up along with other system notifications in your device's status bar. The types of actions for which notifications are sent include:

  • Message(s) left on your User Talk page.
  • Another user thanking you for an edit you made.
  • One of your edits being reverted.
  • Security notices regarding your account.

To see all of your current notifications, tap the "More" button at the bottom of the main screen, and select "Notifications".

To choose which notifications pop up in your system status bar, tap the overflow menu (three dots) in the Notifications screen, and select "Notification preferences".

You can mark a notification as "read" by tapping on it, and selecting "Mark read and archive". You may also view all of your archived notifications by tapping the overflow menu (three dots) in the Notifications screen, and selecting "View archived".


If the app does not seem to be receiving notifications correctly, please consider these suggestions:

  • Make sure that you are logged in to your account in the app. Try logging out and back in.
  • Make sure you have notifications enabled in the app. Go to the Notifications screen (from the "More" menu on the main screen), then tap the overflow menu at the top right, then select "Notification preferences". Make sure that the "Poll notifications" option is turned on.
  • Make sure you haven't denied the app to show notifications from the system status bar. Android allows you to selectively allow and deny notifications to be shown from any app that tries to show them. To make sure that the Wikipedia app is allowed to show notifications, go to your system Settings, then go to "Apps and Notifications", then look for the "Notifications" selection. This should show you a list of all apps that could show notifications, along with a switch to enable or disable notifications for that app. Make sure that the switch is enabled for Wikipedia.


Wikipedia content exists in more than 300 languages, and you can select one or more of those languages to be used in the app.

When the app is first installed, it defaults to the system language of your device. If you have more than one keyboard language installed, the app should automatically detect those languages and add them to its list of languages.

  • Establecer/cambiar el idioma de Wikipedia

To change the Wikipedia language, go to the "More" menu in the main screen, tap "Settings", then select "Wikipedia languages". From there you can add, remove, and rearrange your preferred languages. (Your topmost language will be used by default when searching Wikipedia.)

  • Leer en diferentes idiomas

When reading an article, you can tap the "Language" button in the bottom toolbar to see other languages in which this article is available. (Note that not all articles will be available in all languages.)

Privacidad y datos compartidos

¿Su aplicación me rastrea? ¿Utilizan mis datos?

Yes, some of your actions within the app are tracked, so that we can continue to improve our features. Sending usage reports can be deactivated by going to "Settings", which can be accessed from the "More" menu in the main screen, and unchecking "Send usage reports".

También tenemos informes de errores para ayudarnos a corregir errores. Esto es independiente de los informes de uso. Si se detecta un fallo, enviamos informes automáticamente para ayudarnos a encontrar la razón y solucionar el problema (¡Esto realmente nos ayuda mucho!). Todos los datos recolectados son anónimos. You can disable crash reporting by going to "Settings" and unchecking "Send crash reports".

¿Que información contiene el informe de uso?

Diferentes datos son recopilados, cuáles específicamente pueden ser vistos en la página de registro de eventos. Por ejemplo, se recopila el retraso promedio que hay entre escribir un término de búsqueda y recibir resultados de búsqueda, o el número de veces que el botón de Compartir es clickeado, o si el tamaño de fuente fue aumentado o disminuido. Utilizamos un servicio llamado HockeyApp para informar fallas en la aplicación de Android. Cuando elige enviarnos una falla (¡de lo que estamos inmensamente agradecidos!), nos dice en qué parte del código se originó la falla (la pasa a través de todos los hilos activos), y otra información de diagnóstico como lo es la versión de Android y el tipo de dispositivo. Esta información no puede ser usada para identificarlo a usted personalmente. Todo esto es usado para entender mejor el compromiso del usuario, y nos ayuda a mejorar las funciones que ofrece la aplicación.

;¿Porqué la aplicación necesita el permiso de Identidad (GET_ACCOUNTS)?

Este permiso es requerido para que la aplicación pueda integrarse con tu cuenta en Wikipedia, de modo que tus preferencias y páginas guardadas se sincronizarán entre dispositivos cuando estés con tu sesión iniciada.

La aplicación no almacena tus credenciales de inicio de sesión de Wikipedia en el dispositivo, y no accede a ninguna cuenta que no sea de Wikipedia en tu dispositivo, ni a cualquiera de los datos de tu identidad.
Este permiso es requerido solamente en versiones de Android inferiores a 6.0 (Marshmallow). Para Android 6.0 y superiores, este permiso no es requerido.

¿Por qué la aplicación necesita el permiso de Fotos/Medios/Archivos (WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE)?

Estos permisos están requeridos porque la aplicación te permite guardar imágenes que exploras en tu dispositivo local. Este permiso es requerido para que de esta forma la aplicación pueda guardar temporalmente las imágenes, para compartirlas mediante otras aplicaciones (como en Comparte un hecho).

Este permiso es solamente requerido para versiones de Android más antiguas.

¿Por qué la aplicación necesitado el permiso de Acceso Completo a la Red? ($1, $2)?

Este permiso es requerido por la aplicación para determinar el estado y la calidad de tu conexión a Internet, ajustando así ciertos aspectos de acuerdo al rendimiento de dicha conexión (por ejemplo: cargar fotos a una menor calidad de lo habitual cuando se está usando una red de uso limitado).

¿Por qué la aplicación necesita el permiso de Startup (Boot Completed) ($1)?

La aplicación provee una característica que te permite recibir notificaciones en tu dispositivo relacionadas con tu cuenta de Wikipedia. Estas pueden notificaciones acerca de los artículos que has editado, mensajes en tu páginas de discusión, agradecimientos de otros editores, etc. Esto puede ser activado si inicias sesión en tu cuenta y activas la casilla de notificación. El servicio que chequea si hay notificaciones se ejecuta en segundo plano, y debe reiniciarse por automáticamente si tu dispositivo se reinicia por sí mismo. The service that checks for notifications runs in the background, and needs to restart itself automatically if your device itself is restarted. Esto es por que la aplicación necesita recibir un evento cuando tu dispositivo se inicia. Si no activas la función de notificaciones, el permisos de Startup no es usado para ningún otro propósito. If you do not enable the Notification polling feature, then the Startup permission is not used for any other purpose.

Desde la versión 2.7.221, también está una opción para "Personalizar el suministro de Explorar" que te permite elegir que tipos de tarjetas mostrar, y mostrarlas en un orden personalizado.

Sí, todo el tráfico de red de la aplicación está hecho sobre HTTPS.

Does the app require Google services?

No, Google Play Services are not required for the app to work properly. However, when they are available, the app will use Google services for certain features, such as push notifications. No user information or personal data is sent to Google.


I'm blocked from logging in or editing, what should I do?

If you have not made any edits to Wikipedia, but still find yourself blocked from logging in, creating an account, or making edits, it probably means that your IP address has been blocked, not "you" specifically. When you use your device on a mobile network, or on a shared WiFi connection, your IP address may be shared with many other users. These other users might have made unconstructive edits to Wikipedia, which resulted in blocking the IP address. Sometimes an entire range of IP addresses might be blocked, and your IP address might simply fall into that range. Also, public proxies and VPNs are generally blocked, too. If your IP address is blocked, try joining a different WiFi network.

Note that the Wikimedia Foundation does not administer the blocking of IP addresses; instead, this work is done by a global community of volunteers and administrators. For information about blocking and appealing a block on English Wikipedia, please see the information page at Help! I've Been Blocked.

My edits are being reverted / I disagree with certain administrative actions.

There is no central authority over Wikipedia. The Wikimedia movement is based in part on the premise that good articles are achievable through the checks and balances editors provide for each other. When editors disagree on how to achieve these goals, they must resolve disputes through consensus, drawing on the wider community where necessary. You can read more about the dispute resolution processes on English Wikipedia at w:WP:DR.

How do I report a typo or other error in an article?

Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia that anyone can edit! If you see a typo or other error in an article, click the "pencil" icon or highlight any text and tap "Edit here" from the popup menu. This will show the wikitext of the article which you can then edit and save.

If you make lots of edits, we recommend you log in to your account, so that you can keep track of your work, talk to other editors and join the worldwide Wikimedia community.

I see vandalism in an article. What should I do?

If you see text or images in an article that are clearly vandalism, you can always edit the article by tapping the "pencil" icon to the right of the article section that contains the vandalism. You can then remove the offending text and publish the edited content.

I see information that is biased or factually incorrect. What should I do?

If you see text in an article that may be incorrect, biased, or generally low-quality, you can join the discussion about that article on the corresponding Talk page for the article. You can access the Talk page by scrolling near the bottom and tapping the "View talk page" link.


Reporting bugs

  • If the app crashes, it will automatically send a crash report to us, assuming you haven't disabled crash reporting in Settings.
  • If you see a bug (not a crash) or have a suggestion or feature request, you can send us feedback here.

Who develops the Android app?

Check out our team page to learn more.

I am an Android developer. May I contribute?

Of course! Check out our app hacking page.

Getting in touch

For any other inquiries, please email us at: mobile-android-wikipedia @ wikimedia.org