6 of the Best Mobile Twitter Apps

Try these third-party alternatives instead of Twitter's native app

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Chances are you probably use one of Twitter's native mobile apps for your iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. But, is it the best mobile Twitter app out there?There are lots of third-party apps offering different layouts and features, all of which may or may not be useful to you depending on how you like to use the social media platform. Have a look through the following mobile Twitter app alternatives to see how you can take your tweeting to the next level whenever you’re on the go.

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Tweetbot

Screenshot of a Twitter feed in Tweetbot

 Tweetbot

What We Like

  • Frequently updated with new features.

  • Built-in support for GIPHY makes it easy to add GIFs to tweets.

  • Syncs with iCloud.

What We Don't Like

  • Threaded conversations could be easier to navigate.

  • Limited user interface customization.

  •  Doesn’t support group direct messages, polls, or Twitter bookmarks.

Tweetbot is one of the highest rated and most popular mobile Twitter apps out there. The interface simplifies almost every function, even allowing you to build multiple timelines and easily switch between viewing each one. You can customize your navigation and take advantage of its smart gestures for even more simplified functionality.

It’s not free, and it's a little more expensive than the average app, but it's well worth it.

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Plume

Screenshots of a Twitter profile and timeline using the Plume app

Plume

What We Like

  • Muting feature makes it easy to ignore certain users.

  • Allows for a lot of customization.

  • Excellent refresh rate.

What We Don't Like

  • The cluttered interface might intimidate some users.

  • Suffers from occasional sluggish performance.

  • No group DMs.

For Twitter power users who run on Android, Plume is a great option. It’s fast and has an excellent refresh rate, with the ability to support multiple Twitter accounts. You can make it look and perform just the way you want via its robust customization options, including the ability to change colors of tweets, hide avatars, or switch between themes.

With Plume, you can also manage multiple accounts, view inline photo previews, edit your profile, see what's trending, and so much more. It has all the powerful features of Twitter's native app with a completely different interface.

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UberSocial

Screenshots of a Twitter profile and feed in the UberSocial app

 UberSocial

What We Like

  • Powerful search feature to find tweets sent from specific locations.

  • Built-in themes are aesthetically pleasing.

  • Inner Circle feature creates a "favorite users" list and saves you the hassle of searching for their Tweets in your timeline.

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't send push notifications.

  • Has been shutdown in the past by Twitter.

  • No group DMs.

UberSocial claims to be the world's most popular full-featured Twitter app among mobile users. This powerful and easy-to-use Twitter client brings a suite of advanced options to the table that will probably leave you wondering how you got on without them before.

You get a totally moveable menu bar that lets you show/hide all necessary functions, like UberTabs, that let you compose tweets with one tap and a media-rich timeline with all links intact. UberSocial is also great for managing more than one account.

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HootSuite

Screenshot of a Twitter timeline in the Hootsuite app

 Hootsuite

What We Like

  • Provides helpful analytics for social media marketing.

  • Easy to integrate with Facebook, Instagram, and other social media networks.

What We Don't Like

  • Most useful features are behind the paywall.

  • Publishing and curating tweets could be better streamlined.

Most people are aware that HootSuite is a great desktop client for all sorts of social media management, including Facebook and Twitter. But most people don't know there are also HootSuite mobile apps available as well. And they’re free!

You can basically do anything that the desktop app offers, including schedule tweets, manage multiple users, compose tweets easily, and even track all of your analytics. It's constantly being updated to maintain the most streamlined design and up-to-date offerings not just for Twitter, but for all the other social networks you can use with HootSuite too.

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Twitterrific

Screenshot of a Twitter feed in the Twitterific app

Twitterific

What We Like

  • Wide variety of unique fonts and themes to choose from.

  • Notifications are easy to customize.

  • Native push notifications.

What We Don't Like

  • Notifications must be manually turned on.

  • Consumes a considerable amount of CPU resources.

Twitterrific is another high-rated premium Twitter client compatible with iOS devices only. It's known for its elegant design that highlights the visuals without sacrificing functionality. And it's the only Twitter app on this list that works with the Apple Watch.

The app comes with a full list of features that every Twitter power user can take advantage of, including complete design color customization, excellent hashtag filter options for your timeline, native push notifications, voiceover support, and so much more.

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Echofon

Screenshot of a Twitter timeline in the Echofon app

Echofon

What We Like

  • Syncs across devices so that you don't see the same tweets again.

  • Chat conversations are easy to follow in threaded conversation mode.

  • LiveLinks take you instantly to detailed content on your timeline.

What We Don't Like

  • Annoying pop-up ads.

  • Several important features are hidden when using portrait mode layout.

Echofon is another popular Twitter client, but unless you are okay with ads being shown throughout the app, you might as well just stick with any of the other alternatives on this list. It’s a free app, but it's been attracting more bad reviews due to the intrusive ads.

Echofon claims to be the only free app that brings you push notifications and inline photo previews, with an intuitive interface that has been built for speed. Twitter power users may benefit, especially for the convenient "Threaded Conversation Mode" when chatting.