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In Brief

My current favorite iOS apps for Mastodon.

I’ve been using Mastodon for a while. Apparently at least since April of 2017‽?!

I tend to use Mastodon on my phone at least as much as I do through a browser. At various times I’ve used Toot!, Metatext, Mast, Amaroq, and just a browser tab pinned to appear as its own “app.”

I haven’t ever used the “official” Mastodon app, but I have repeatedly heard that it doesn’t offer the full features of the web interface.

So here’s a list of apps I’d recommend, on iOS. I’m sorry, but I don’t have an Android device, so I can’t offer any recommendations there.


On iOS, by far my favorite app is Toot! for Mastodon.

Here’s some of what I love about it:

  • It works smoothly with multiple accounts.
  • It handles accessibility features like reading and adding image altText wonderfully.
  • It offers multiple light and dark modes.
  • It provides “subway map” connecting lines that make it far easier to perceive response chains.
  • It’s made by someone who has used Mastodon for quite a while and understands a variety of use cases.
  • It doesn’t collect any information as you use it or show you any ads.
  • It generally is delightful.

Here’s the app’s own Mastodon account, if you’d like to follow it for updates.


As for free apps, my current preference is Metatext.

Here are the things I really like about it:

  • It handles multiple accounts well. (Although the interface could be clearer; one has to click on your own profile image in order to bring up the menu where you can click on “Accounts” to switch between your accounts.)
  • It has a dark theme, which is important for insomniac scrolling.
  • It easily displays alt text for images. (Press on an image and it will focus in a sort of “lightbox” modal that hides the rest of the post, exposing the alt text at the bottom of the screen somewhat like a caption.)

If you’re looking for a free Mastodon app, it’s a great one to try out.

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