Did you know that nearly half of all global website traffic originates from mobile devices? People are not just browsing the web on mobile, they are also creating content using mobile apps from platforms like WordPress, Facebook, and other media sites.
Over the years, the WordPress mobile apps have seen significant improvements to help you easily publish content and manage your website using a mobile device. WordPress app is already available for both Android and iOS devices.
In this article, we will show you how to use the WordPress app on your iPhone, iPad, Android, and other mobile devices.
Why Use WordPress App on iPhone or iPad?
The WordPress app allows you to create content and manage your website from anywhere in the world specially when you’re traveling.
You can capture and upload photos, record and upload a video, write quick blog posts while riding the train or bus, walking around, or hanging out with friends. You can take your WordPress site with you in your pocket.
By default, the WordPress admin area is fully responsive and works well on mobile browsers.
However, this user interface is not optimal for mobile usage.
On the other, the WordPress app is designed to be touch-friendly, mobile optimized, and easy to use. It has an intuitive user interface which makes using the WordPress app a pleasure.
Writing without a physical keyboard had been an issue for many bloggers. The app combines your device’s native touch keyboard with WordPress formatting buttons, making it simple and easy to write posts on touch devices.
What Do You Need to Use the WordPress Mobile App?
Unlike other mobile apps, you actually need to have a WordPress website or a WordPress blog before you can start using the WordPress app.
The WordPress app works for both the popular free self-hosted WordPress.org platform as well as the WordPress.com blog hosting service.
For details, see our side-by-side comparison of WordPress.com vs WordPress.org.
Setting up Your Website for WordPress Mobile Apps
You’ll need the following two things to connect your website to the WordPress app:
- JetPack plugin on your website
- A free WordPress.com account
Let’s get started.
First, you need to install and activate the JetPack plugin on your website. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.
Upon activation, you’ll need to click on the setup button to continue.
Next, you will be asked to sign in with a WordPress.com account. If you already have one, then you can go ahead and sign in. Otherwise, you can continue to signup for a free account.
During this process your self-hosted WordPress.org website will be connected to JetPack servers via your free WordPress.com account.
Once that’s done, you are now ready to start using the WordPress app on your mobile device(s).
Setting up the WordPress App on Your Mobile Device
First, you need to install the WordPress app on your device. It is available for Android, iOS (iPhones and iPads), Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
Next, you need to open the app and sign in to your WordPress.com account.
After that, the app will connect and fetch your website information.
You can now click on the continue button to move forward and view the app dashboard. This is where you will manage your WordPress site using the mobile app.
Editing Blog Posts with WordPress App
The WordPress app comes with an intuitive user interface to make it easy for you to create / edit blog posts and pages on your website.
You can view all your posts by clicking on the Blog Posts menu from the app dashboard. This will show you a list of your recent blog posts.
You can edit any blog post or tap the add new button to create a new blog post.
This will launch the WordPress app’s content editor. From here, you can write a new post using your phone’s native keyboard which will have a formatting toolbar at the bottom.
You can click on the ‘Add’ button to add images to your blog post. The app will allow you to upload images from your device, using your phone’s camera, or from the WordPress media library.
The app also allows you to change other post options. To access those options, tap on the three-dot menu on the top right corner of the edit screen and then select ‘Post settings’.
This will bring up the post settings menu. From here, you can add category and tags, featured image, change post status, and other options.
The WordPress app comes with built-in autosave feature which saves your posts locally on your device. Once you are done editing the blog post, simply click on the publish or update button at the top right corner.
The app will now upload the post to your website. You can visit your website in a browser to see it in action.
Switching to The New Block Editor in WordPress App
The app also includes the new WordPress block editor, but it is not turned on by default. In order to use the new editor with the app, you need to tap on your profile icon at the bottom and then select App Settings.
This will bring up the app settings menu where you can turn on the block editor.
You can now create WordPress posts in the app using the same block editor that you use on Desktop. However, the number of blocks available on the app is very limited at the moment.
Upload and Manage Media Files Using WordPress App
The WordPress app allows you to easily manage and upload photos / videos from your phone.
You can upload media while writing posts, or you can directly launch the Media library from the app dashboard.
This will launch the WordPress media library, and you’ll be able to see all media files in your library. You can edit media files, delete them, and even upload new photos and videos from your phone using the Add button.
Managing Comments on The Go Using The WordPress App
Comments help boost user engagement and build a community around your WordPress blog. The WordPress app makes it easy to moderate comments on the go.
You can view all comments on your site by visiting the Comments tab from the app dashboard. You’ll see comments awaiting moderation and approved comments.
You can click on any comment to view more options. This will allow you to edit the comment, approve or disapprove it, mark it as spam, or add a reply.
Performing Admin Tasks via WordPress App
The WordPress app comes with limited options to manage administrative tasks on your WordPress site via the app. Let’s take a look at these options and what you can do with them.
First, the WordPress app allows you to modify some of the site settings from the ‘Settings’ tab.
These settings are similar to the settings you see in your WordPress admin area. You can change site title, tagline, default category, timezone, and other options.
However, you will not see settings pages created by your WordPress plugins.
Speaking of plugins, the WordPress app does allow you to manage and even install plugins from the WordPress.org plugin directory.
However, you cannot use any of the plugins inside the app or access their settings. This feature is mainly useful when you need to activate or deactivate a plugin while away from your computer.
Same goes for WordPress themes. The app allows you to switch between installed themes on your WordPress site, but you cannot install new themes from the app or customize them.
Is it Possible to Run WordPress Entirely from The App?
No. Currently, it is not possible to efficiently run a WordPress site using only the WordPress app.
For example, you cannot manage plugins using the app. Plugins are an essential part of a WordPress website and you need them to extend your website’s functionality.
You also cannot access custom post types, SEO options, use cover images, use blocks created by plugins, and more.
Why and When to Use The WordPress App?
While the WordPress app is not enough to efficiently run the entire website, it does an excellent job of providing you an easy to use interface to write content, upload photos, and manage comments while away from your computer.
It can also be used when traveling to places with low connectivity. You can use some of the app features offline which allows you to save content as local drafts.
It can be used as a companion app to create content on the go and manage routine tasks like moderating comments.
We hope this article helped you learn how to use the WordPress app on your mobile devices. You may also want to see our list of the best mobile apps to manage your WordPress site.
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I love this app, and enjoy creating posts, but I can’t number out how to put new posts at the top. On the computer, I would select to “stick to front page”. When I publish it places to new stake underneath my earliest post.
WPBeginner Support says
WordPress should by default show your newest posts first. If you have a post that is showing before your new content, that post was likely set as a sticky post and will stay first while it remains a sticky post.
I cannot login to iOS WordPress app to a website in my domain, because I’ve changed the login URL, because of bots. The app doesn’t allow me to change (give) a specific URL for logging, though… Any help? Thanks for your blog.
WPBeginner Support says
Sadly, you would need to reach out to the WordPress App’s support for possible updates and options.
Have you really used the app yourself?! It is the most frustrating experience. While WordPress is good with being on Google listing, it is terrible with handheld and tablet upload and creation of blogs. I have been blogging with other platform for a long time. WordPress may sound great with its zillions of themes but it is also the most rigid in terms of template and layout. And the App from iTunes is the worst! Like one comment I read on your site here says, the spacing he/she created got deleted. I have added and published my photos, anchors and links and they are all just wiped out when you go online to check the blog page. Very frustrating that they don’t do anything to fix the bug.
I have been using the wordpress app on my iphone, but it takes up a TON of memory (almost 2G). How do I reduce that? Alternately, if I delete the app, will that do something to my blog? It is my 11 year old son’s blog (he is autistic and non-speaking) and he has worked so hard at it, it would be terrible to lose anything!
I have 4 different Apple devices, on none of which WordPress works, including the latest iPhone and MacBook Air, to older an older MacBook and multiple iPads. I cannot login, neither from the app nor a browser (Safari). It’s utterly useless on iOS. It does work on PC. If you setup a blog using a PC, will it not work on iOS? Most often the login error that tells me the email/user ID is wrong, but countless other obstacles happen, too. Has anyone else had similar problems with WordPress?
I’ve been using the wordpress app for years and always run into the same problem. When I make a post, regardless of how I do spacing, the first post will always delete my spacing and make my entire text one big block. When I go into edit it and fix it, it’ll change the spacing in really bizarre ways or not accept any of the changes I’ve made.
For example, if I write:
This is my blog. I am blogging.
I will be blogging about X, Y, and Z.
If I try to put a space between those two sentences, the actual post will change it so there’s not space between them again,
Has anyone else routinely run into this problem or knows how to fix it? I’m about to leave for a six month hike and can only blog through my phone so I’d love to figure this out before I go.
How can I change a post date on the mobile app?
Camille Bowen says
Love this app, and enjoy creating posts, but I can’t figure out how to put new posts at the top. On the computer I would select to “stick to front page”. When I publish it places to new post underneath my earliest post. I would love to be able to post from the app and have the post appear in the correct place without having to switch to my computer.
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Janine HM says
I can’t figure out how to add tags to my posts in the app?
Yvonne Berry-Porter says
I’m having trouble inserting pics into the body of my text when using my iPad. Is there s simple way to do this?
If I download WordPress on my Ipad can I also use it froom my desktop?
WPBeginner Support says
WordPress on iPad is an app that allows you to connect to your WordPress website from your mobile device.
App opens everything in Safari.
What’s the point of an App if it uses browser?
Have the wordless app on my iPhone and iPad.i write from iPad only. However any time I change to another tab to check info, I have to log back in to WordPress. Fine once in awhile, but over and over over again…
hi….its really good blog……u have clearly explained about word press on i phone or i pad.thank you for this useful blog
Chris Elsworth says
I have an iPhone 4. I cannot download the wordpress app because it requires iOS 9 and mine is an iOS 7 – the phone won’t let me download the newer OS. So can’t use wordpress app on the iphone. If I go to the site by its URL address, I can (clumsily) write posts on my blog site, but can’t post them. Any ideas? Thanks
Colin Pask says
I manage about 20 wordpress sites I have built for clients. I wanted and app that would allow me to add a photo to one site from my iPad while on holidays. Sadly, this app does not seem to allow me to do that – If it does, I would really appreacite knowing how to add a photo.
I installed this app on my iPad and the screen doesn’t look anything like you show. All I can do is write. Can’t add pics or preview. Not very helpfull
I can’t link my photo as an attachment using wordpress on my iPad. It only gives me the option to link to the address for my blog. Any help with this would be appreciated. It is not a self hosted site. It is a wordpress.com
Barbara Gabriel says
For self-hosted wordpress sites, this app seems useless. I can’t insert photos correctly or basically anything I’ve tried to do. Extremely frustrating.
I couldn’t agree more.
I’m trying to blog for my wordpress.org self-hosted site suing my iPhone. Its extremely difficult to use.
– Cant copy pictures from Photos to the blog, not even locally like I can do in Notes app
– Cant upload more than a couple of pictures at a time. I try upload four pictures at a time but at least one or two will fail and i’ll need to reload. I spent hours just uploading pictures from half a day of sightseeing.
– Can’t even save to draft (locally) unless I have cellular or wifi connectivity.
So, I switched to using Notes app but to transfer the pictures and notes is extremely time consuming as it has to be done one at time.
If someone has a solution, I’ll appreciate any ideas.
Kathy Araujo says
Can’t find Events or our calendar. Where are they?
WPBeginner Support says
Your events and calendar are custom post types. Unfortunately, the WordPress app for mobile devices does not support custom post types. Your custom post types are safe and unharmed, you just can’t edit or manage them from the app.
LOL … I simply cannot figure out how to do something as simple as looking at previous posts of a blog Im following. It’s kind of crazy. Any help there? I see the latest post but no apparent button for seeing older posts?
The application used to handle different picture sizes, but after some upgrade I’m only able to load full-size pictures?
Does anyone know if I just haven’t found it, or was it taken away?
And if it was taken away – does anyone know an up-to-date other wordpress application for iPad which could also handle pictures in different sizes?
The app is limited. I have an Ipad and it is impossible to past or insert à pic correctly.
Hi. I just downloaded the app on my iPad. I personally do not have a wordpress blog. when I signed up, I was able to sign up for a username only. I can not figure out how to add a blog that I want to read. There is no plus sign or a way to add. I have some on my reader from following while I’ve been on my laptop. Are you not able to add directly on the iPad?
Agnes Riley says
The WordPress app is for managing content on an already existing WordPress site you own or allowed to edit. It is not for reading other people’s blogs.
Can i change my wordpress url address?
Hi , I have my own server running wordpress. I want to use wordpress IOS app. Is it possible?
Hi. I need help. When I view my post of FB from my IPad, they cannot be read? Others are saying they cannot read them on a device either. From a laptop, they are fine. I have checked all settings. Please can you help. When I click the blog on FB, it leads me to the mobile app??? Thank you.
Georgie Moon says
I am a complete beginner with WordPress on iPad and finding it VERY difficult! I have, I think, set up my blog and inserted pages and posts. I can’t get any widgets to appear on my site. Also, when I go to google and search for my WordPress blog it doesn’t appear anywhere so presumably no-one can see it. Is it because I am only using an iPad? Please help!
WPBeginner Support says
The iPad app currently does not allow you to do certain things that you can do on the web. However, you can access your site using the browser on your iPad and you will be able to take advantage of the full WordPress admin interface.
I have designed a 7 page WP site for a client. The 2 pages with contact text and gallery listing(s) CANNOT be read by her on her i pad. A few friends have had problems reading these 2 pages too. Is there a plug-in to make WP more readable to others? The site looks fine on my mac.
John draper says
I like the app, but it is lacking in the capability of managing more then one site. Is there a way to add additional sites to manage, without having to go to settings, and enter a new site, which I fins annoying and time consuming, and I don’t always have the access credentials. The app should let you choose a site, with stored access credentials.
Great article. I have been searching and searching for answers. I just started using the app. The symbols confuse me for editing comments. Trash can is obvious. Is the check mark the one we use to approve a comment or the flag? I can’t find this answer anywhere
Thank you for your helpful website.
WPBeginner Support says
The Checkmark is to approve a comment. Flag is to mark a comment as spam.
Vicki Winters says
Oh how I wish this worked for me. The app says I don’t have a website…
WPBeginner Support says
To use WordPress App on iPhone you first need to set up your self hosted WordPress site. See here how to install WordPress https://www.wpbeginner.com/how-to-install-wordpress/
Does adding multiple WordPress.com blogs still work? I have several .com blogs that I want to add and it doesn’t seem to recognize multiple blogs in different accounts, just whatever blogs are associated with one account. Any ideas?
I’m having the same issue, glad to know I’m not alone!
Fred Sandsmark says
Can you clarify on the comments moderation page what the four icons (checkmark, trashcan, flag, pencil) mean? I assume approve, delete, flag (as what?) and write a response; is flag the same as marking spam?
WPBeginner Support says
yes you are right.
Gerard @ CAP5 says
Good post, regretful that the app doesn’t work with Google’s oAuth (the authenticator app).
Great article !!!!!! and very helpful in i phone and i pad
Bruce Gerencser says
I love the app. It makes handling comments much easier. I do wish the comments showed the IP address of the commenter like it does in the desktop version.
One recent change I don’t like it the admin panel opens in Safari now rather than in the app.
I always write my posts on my desktop computer. (Live Writer) however, when I later spot an error I use the IOS app or Blogsy to easily fix it.
Kudos to WordPress for their continued development of this app. I was quite buggy for a while but they have turned it into a first class app
Sagar Rai says
I use this tool on my iPad. But I donot like the Image integrity options on these kinda apps. Bit complicated.