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Level up your blogging game by taking your blogging tasks with you wherever you are! Did you know that you can manage your site from your phone, tablet or in a desktop app on your computer? If you travel a lot or sit in the car a lot waiting for kids to get done with their activities this is the app for you. You can create content and manage your website from anywhere in the world with the WordPress mobile app.

How do you get started with the WordPress Mobile App?

First, you need to have a WordPress website to connect to the WordPress mobile app. This can be a WordPress.com site or a self-hosted WordPress.org site. Check out the side to side comparison for more details.

Once you have a website to connect with, getting the app to work is easily done in 3 simple steps.

1. Prepare your Website for WordPress Mobile Apps

If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, you need two simple things for the WordPress mobile apps to work. If you have a site on WordPress.com this step is complete already.

  1. The JetPack plugin on your website
  2. A free WordPress.com account

If you haven’t heard of the JetPack plugin, it is a suite of tools developed by the team at Automattic to help level up your site. You can install it on a self-hosted site to get some of the benefits you get from a WordPress.com site.

Jetpack

Check out this article about the top reasons to use the JetPack Plugin.

Screenshot of how to activate WordPress Jetpack 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 don’t have an account already, head over to signup for a free account.

2. Choose the Desktop App or the Mobile App

There are two flavors of WordPress mobile apps. There is a stand-alone app for a desktop computer, like a MacBook. There are also mobile apps for iOS and Android. All the apps are available on WordPress.com or your mobile app store.

3. Setting up the WordPress App

The WordPress app is available for Android, iOS (iPhones and iPads), Windows, macOS, and Linux. Once you pick your device you will be prompted to log in.

WordPress mobile apps

Each app will have a menu on the left, similar to your Dashboard, for managing different aspects of your site.

WordPress.com

macOS WordPress App

Screenshot of WordPress Mobile App for macOS - Home Screen

If you select a new post or page you will be given an editing window similar to the edit screen in your browser. One thing to note though is that there will be fewer options from outside plugins. If you have advanced plugins like Tasty Pins or SEO that have options in the edit window they will not appear in the WordPress mobile app.

Screenshot of WordPress Mobile App for macOS - New Post Screen

Once you start to type it will expand the screen. For those who are still in love with the classic editor and prefer it over blocks, you will notice a classic editor option only.

Screenshot of WordPress Mobile App for macOS - Edit Screen

On the right, there is a menu for all your post settings. This includes your categories and tags, status, featured image and sharing. It will not include advanced options added by plugins to your site.

Screenshot of WordPress Mobile App for macOS - Post Settings

iOS WordPress Mobile App on the iPad

The WordPress mobile app on the iPad is similar to the desktop setup since there is more screen space. Even on an iPad mini, you can easily see the left sidebar menu and then the options to the right.

iOS WordPress Mobile App on the iPhone

The WordPress mobile app on the iPhone is a little more compact. You have the menu that takes up the whole screen and when you choose an option to manage the screen switches to that option.

Both the iOS apps support blocks so you can choose whether you want to stick with the classic editor or move towards the WordPress Gutenberg block editor. As with the desktop app, additional advanced features added by plugins will not appear in the apps. If you are using a page builder such as Beaver Builder or Divi you will not be able to use the app with those builders.

Now it is time to go and get the WordPress mobile apps and start managing your WordPress site from anywhere in the world! For a detailed how-to of the WordPressMobile Apps check out the WP Beginner article.

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