Frequently Asked Questions

How do I clear my browse history?

Pull down the browse history list all the way. Above the topmost list entry, there is a button labeled Delete All.

Will there ever be an Android version?

Sorry, there will not be an Android version any time soon.

Why is there no offline mode?

We understand that an offline mode could be useful once in a while. But because internet access is available almost everywhere, we don’t consider it urgent feature, so please don’t hold your breath.

How do I change the font size?

You can override your device’s system font size by pinching on an article and disabling Use System Font Size.
The text settings menu can also be accessed by tapping the Share icon in any article and selecting the Text Size entry.
To adjust the system font size globally for all apps on your device, go to the Settings app on your home screen, then select Display & Brightness › Text Size in your device settings. Additional large text size settings are available in the Accessibility options.

How do I enable the dark mode?

On iOS 13:
Toggle dark mode system-wide in your device preferences or by long-pressing the brightness slider in Control Center.

On iOS 12 and older:
You can enable dark mode by pinching on an article and enabling the Dark setting.
This dialog can also be accessed through the Share icon › Fonts & Colors in an article (see picture above).

Can I search for text within articles?

Absolutely! Check out this video to see how it works.

How do I change the units for distances?

Distance units use your device region settings by default.
If you would like to change this, please update to V for Wiki version 1.7 first.
Open the Settings app on your device and scroll down all the way to the bottom, tap V for Wiki and change the setting under Distance Units.

Can you integrate the app with Spotlight search?

Spotlight indexes the titles of articles you’re reading.
We agree that it would be awesome to integrate searching all of Wikipedia right from your home screen, but it’s currently not possible: It would only work if Wikipedia added a meta tag pointing exclusively to our app to every single one of their articles.
If you’d like to learn why this is the only way, read about the technical details here.

The address of a location is wrong on the Nearby map!

This is easy to fix: The coordinate (latitude/longitude) is part of the Wikipedia article. You’ll see it in the article’s editing mode on the Wikipedia website and you can correct it right away. The change will be visible a few hours later.

Is there a URL scheme?

… or use an underscore to search in the currently active language:

How do I continue reading articles from Apple Watch on my iPhone?

Please check out Apple’s help and documentation for the Handoff technology.

Articles won’t load!

Please make sure that you’re running the latest version of the app.
Please note that iOS beta builds are never officially supported and not recommended.

The app crashes immediately every time I launch it!
What the #~$% ?

Please make sure that you’re running the latest version of the app.
Please note that iOS beta builds are never officially supported and not recommended.

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