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Announcing the official Commons app for iOS and Android

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Login screen on the Commons app for Android.

Login screen on the Commons app for Android.

Love taking photos on your smartphone? Now you don’t need to wait to get home to upload your high quality educational photos to Wikimedia Commons, the free image repository used by Wikipedia and many other projects.

The official Wikimedia Commons app for iOS and Android allows you to quickly and easily upload your photos to Commons. You can also upload multiple files and add categories (Android only so far) and share your uploads through your favorite image sharing sites. Your contributions to Commons can help illustrate the world’s largest encyclopedia and make knowledge come to life for millions of readers around the globe.

The "my uploads" view on the Commons app for iOS.

The “my uploads” view on the Commons app for iOS.

In the future, we hope to add more features and make it easier to browse and discover all the great content Commons has to offer. We also look forward to being able to run more campaigns like Wiki Loves Monuments, encouraging expert Commons users and people new to Wikimedia projects alike to contribute to high-need content areas.

As always, we need your help and input to make these apps better. Take the apps for a test drive and let us know if you encounter bugs, or if you have great ideas for features we should add in the future.

And if you don’t have an iOS or Android device, don’t feel left out! Uploads to Commons for a wider selection of phones and browsers are supported on the mobile version of all Wikimedia projects.

Maryana Pinchuk, Associate Product Manager, Wikimedia Foundation


Login screen on the Commons app for Android.

Pantalla de inicio de sesición en la aplicación de Commons para Android.

¿Te encanta tomar fotografías con tu teléfono inteligente? ahora ya no necesitas esperar a llegar a casa para subir fotografías educativas de alta calidad a Wikimedia Commons, el repositorio libre de imágenes utilizado por Wikipedia y muchos otros proyectos.

La aplicación oficial de Wikimedia Commons para iOS y Android permite subir tus fotos rápida y fácilmente a Commons. También puedes subir varios archivos y añadir categorías (en Android sólo hasta cierto punto) y compartir los archivos a través de tu sitio web favorito para compartir imágenes. Tus contribuciones a Commons pueden ayudar a ilustrar la enciclopedia más grande del mundo y hacer que el conocimiento cobre vida para millones de lectores en todo el mundo.

The "my uploads" view on the Commons app for iOS.

Vista “mis archivos” en la aplicación de Commons para iOS.

En el futuro, esperamos añadir más funciones y hacer que sea más fácil navegar y descubrir todo el contenido que Commons tiene para ofrecer. También esperamos realizar más campañas como Wiki Loves Monuments, animando tanto a usuarios expertos de Commons y personas nuevas en los proyectos de Wikimedia a contribuir en las áreas que necesitan contenido.

Como siempre, necesitamos de tu ayuda y comentarios para mejorar éstas aplicaciones. Prueba las aplicaciones y háznos saber si encuentras algún error o las ideas que tengas para añadir funciones o características en el futuro.

Si no tienes un dispositivo iOS o Android, no tienes porqué sentirte excluido! Subir archivos a Commons en la versión móvil de todos los proyectos de Wikimedia es compatible con una gran variedad teléfonos y navegadores.

Maryana Pinchuk, Encargado de Productos Asociados de la Fundación Wikimedia.
Traducción por Justin Duranboger

51 Responses to “Announcing the official Commons app for iOS and Android”

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  1. Subfader says:

    Blackberry here

  2. wow..its it..

  3. Cool, one of the apps that really work on 7-inch tabs. It’s amazing how easy it became to improve the knowledge of the whole human race :)

  4. James A says:

    Great work to the Wikimedia team for getting this app out. I’d love to see the ability to add Geo coordinates as well, but the method Yuvi Panda mentions does work on most phones.

    I second Thorsten’s request for a Windows Phone app, urgently! Most organisations are now turning the tide and releasing apps for all three OSes at the same time: iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

  5. John Bradley says:


    Thanks for doing this.

    I’d really like to have to set the license, some categories for all uploads and a default description. As I do with

    For instance on commonist at, I have cats for

    Source set as “{{own}}”
    Author set as “[[User:Irate|John Bradley]]”
    Cats set as “JohnBradley images|May 2013 in Liverpool|Taken with Olympus FE-48 / X-44|Liverpool Central Library”

    You should also be able to pull out the location and fill in the date field.

    Commonist also adds images to my watch list and updates a “gallery”

  6. Ich Lügner says:

    That’s great but isn’t there any such application for Blackberry users? :(

  7. whyisnamerequired says:

    why is this only available for iOS 6? Some of us cant upgrade to the newest version.. that seems a bit elitist :(

  8. Kippelboy says:

    Hi! First of all congrats for the App. It’s a great step forward. Regarding the license…for next updates maybe you could implement a “license by default” options on the Apps preferences, so a user can “pre-configure” the license of choice.

  9. Jean-Frédéric says:

    The two categories tracking those uploads are empty (the two daugthers of [[Category:Commons app]]).

    Is it that no one yet has uploaded any pictures with the apps ; or that there is an issue with the tracking system?

  10. Tim Neumann says:

    A nice feature that would also address the problem of too many low quality / inappropriate would be, if one could browse recent uploads of other users and “vote” them up. So only if an image gets many upvotes, it is considered to be worth a review. This would even out and spread the work of reviewing files, push it further into the community and it could be fun, too.
    consider to be only able to upload an image after reviewing another image. or being presented some other recent images from the same category.

  11. Yuvi Panda says:

    You can currently enable GPS data in a crude way – in the ‘settings’ part of your camera, you can turn GPS on. The app / a bot on commons will appropriately tag your upload with the GPS co-ordinates.

  12. Tapan says:

    Wikipedia Thanks a lot
    And wales your doing a great job man very few people of your kind
    hats off to you

  13. Thorsten says:

    I agree with Austin and Torsten. GPS data might help evaluate uploaded photos and make better use of them. May be a competition for the best 10 photos per 100 square-miles could be started?

    I did not find any source code for the app. Is is available? I’d love to see a version for Windows Phone and might even be willing to contribute. Even thought they have little market-share, currently the Lumia 920 haS one of the best photo cameras on the market, and I would expect more devices with even better cameras. (Yes, I work for Nokia, but not in marketing. It’s my honest opinion.)

  14. Tomasz Finc says:

    Torsten, that’s a really good idea. I’d love if I took a photo of a monument and then was prompted with potential meta data from Geodata and/or Wikidata. Great suggestion.

  15. Torsten says:

    GPS data seems essential to get some sense into Wikimedia Commons. When I take a photo of a monument, the app should show me some very specific suggestions based on geo data.

  16. Tomasz Finc says:

    Thanks for your feedback Austin. Multiple license selection gets difficult really fast as demonstrated on the Upload Wizard. Perhaps we could add one or two but even that seems like a slippery slope that slows down the upload process for each image. Browsing of images and smilar features will certainly show up in future versions. Thanks for your feedback.

  17. Austin says:

    I’d really like a way to select my license. CC-BY-SA 3.0 is not permissive enough, I’d prefer CC-BY 3.0.

    Also, obviously, browsing of images and similar features.