I was introduced to the Wikipedia app by a friend. From the moment I downloaded it, it has remained on my regularly used apps home-screen on my iPhone. While Wikipedia isn’t the sort of place you would visit without a purpose, this app makes the best use of the time you spend on the app — by throwing enough relevant content to keep you busy for a while.
To me, the greatest feature of the app is ’Nearby articles’. Often enough I’ve struggled with the lack of knowledge of the places around me, especially while travelling to other cities. In my recent journeys, I’ve discovered a lot about the place I’m standing by simply 3D Touch’ing the Wikipedia app icon and choosing the ‘Nearby articles’ option. What opens up is a list of articles based on your current location, and even by skimming though them you can obtain a lot of knowledge of the locality. Now, you can also save any article for offline viewing by adding it to the Saved Articles list.
Wikipedia also included a ‘history’ tab on the app, which surprisingly is very useful. I’ve had times when I want to check back on the topics I’ve read, perhaps to share it with someone else. Although you can log in with your Wikipedia account, there isn’t much syncing going on. This may be disappointing, but I am guessing that this feature is on it’s way in future versions of the app.
Why should I get the app if I can access Wikipedia on the browser? The same reason why you use the Facebook app even though you can use all the same features on the browser. The app is convenient, and unobtrusively inspiring. It is my go-to place when I’m really bored (really bored with social media, particularly), and it really makes me read. Just get the app, you’ll probably love it too.
Get the free app: iOS, Android, Android (beta)
P.S. The apps on iOS and Android are aesthetically different, although they feature the same content. The iOS version is far more refined, and is as described in the article. Hopefully we will see a similar update to the Android version of the app.
Hit the “Random article” button and start building your knowledge!