Mastodon apps for iOS

Sun, Apr 25, 2021 3-minute read

There are several excellent Mastodon apps for iOS and iPadOS. These are the ones I've tried.

Criteria:

  • A good app is stable and (at least nearly) crash-free. This rules out a few apps I've tried that I'm not including here.
  • Mastodon evolves with new features like polls. The best apps are updated with support for these new features.
  • I use an iPhone and an iPad. Apps that don't support both platforms are non-starters for me. It's possible I could find a brilliant, flawless iOS-only app and a different iPadOS-only app and be happy with the combination, but that's unlikely to happen. Bonus points for apps that have Mac versions.

Here are my recommendations that mostly meet those requirements.

Toot!

Toot! is a favorite. It's rock solid, updated frequently, and good looking on both iPhone and iPad. I suggest this for anyone getting started with Mastodon. The sole thing I don't love is that it doesn't always "feel" like a native iOS app, as opposed to say an alternative web interface. I'm picking nits, though: if you stop reading and install Toot!, you'll be fine. It's great.

Metatext

I stumbled across Metatext and I'm glad I did. It feels native in ways that Toot! doesn't and looks beautiful on my phone and iPad. My concern is it's a brand new app (version 1.0.0 came out a month ago). I've seen apps come and go as their authors are initially excited but grow bored with the projects and move on. I'm using it as my main app, however, and it shows tremendous potential. I hope it's maintained for a long time. If you're bored with your current app and want to try something new, get Metatext.

Mast: for Mastodon

Mast looks and feels different from the other popular apps with its multi-column layout, and I appreciate its fresh take on how a Mastodon client can work. It's a beautiful experiment. I can't recommend it right now because it has significant bugs, like crashes and timelines which don't refresh even when you try to manually refresh them. Its author released a popular Twitter app, Aviary, which I suspect has been taking their attention. This means it hasn't been updated recently and I worry that it might be abandoned. Still, Mast supports iPhone and iPad and Mac and Apple Watch, which is amazing, and I'm watching it to see if the author resumes regular development. I hope they do.

Mercury for Mastodon

Mercury is a gorgeous, new, native-feeling app. I think it's going to be a good option. It's iPhone-only today with iPad support on their published roadmap, and I'd like to see that happen because it's already a solid alternative for people who just use an iPhone. I'm monitoring Mercury's development, too.

Amaroq for Mastodon

I think Amaroq was my first Mastodon iPhone app, and it has its loyal users. I can't recommend it today because it hasn't seen meaningful feature updates in years, there's no iPad version, and aside from push notifications it doesn't offer much more than Mastodon's own web app.

Honorable mention: Linky for Twitter and Mastodon

Linky is for posting to Mastodon, not reading it. I use this brilliant little app for sharing links to interesting websites, photos, or songs I'm listening to. It's scriptable with x-shortcut-url, so if you're technically savvy you can use Shortcuts, Drafts, or other apps to post things you've written. If you share a lot of content to Mastodon from other apps, Linky is your friend.