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What were Community Apps?

Community Apps

A selection of Community Apps on Android

Community Apps were a range of free apps available for Android and iOS. Fandom communities that met certain criteria could apply for their own Community App. The apps provided an optimal display and format for mobile devices, allowing for readers to easily navigate and explore communities on the go.

Community Apps were discontinued in December 2019. They no longer function on devices running iOS/iPadOS 13 or higher, and may not function on newer Android versions. All Community Apps have been removed from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

Communities that met the criteria for Community Apps are now included in the unified Fandom app, which is supported on newer Android and iOS versions. The unified app allows Fandom users to read and interact with multiple communities in one central app.

Home screen

Marvel app home screen

The Marvel Community App's home screen on Android

After downloading and opening a Community App for the first time, users would go through a very quick tour of the app's feature. They would then be presented with the home screen.

At the top of the home screen was a bar containing a search button and, on Android devices, a button to open the app menu. The app menu allowed app users to invite friends, discover other Fandom communities, and change the app's settings.

Located beneath the top bar is a slideshow of featured content the community's admins have put together for you. Underneath you see stats about the community. They show you the total number of pages, total number of photos, and total number of videos on the wiki. You then see your community's content, sorted by categories. These are curated by the community's admins as well.

If your community has Discussions enabled, you will see a link to Discussions and a preview of trending posts as well. Finally, there is a feed of the wiki's most frequently read pages and categories, and of the most popular videos. This is a good way to stay current with news in your topic of interest and to see what your community has been looking at lately.

A few of the apps for our most popular communities have slightly different home screens that also include staff-curated content on the app's topic and automatically curated popular content, such as trending images and videos.

Content navigation

The purpose of any Community App is to connect fans with the articles, images, and videos from their community of interest. The content is organized by the categories that exist on the community where the content lives (usually nameofcommunity.fandom.com). This content is selected by category by the admins of a given community.

If you are an admin and curious about how to curate content for your own community, see Community Apps for Admins.

There is a navigation bar on the app's home screen, as well as the main screens for your community's Discussions, articles, and videos. You can use this bar to quickly navigate to the different sections of your community.

The navigation bar

The navigation bar will disappear as you scroll down to see more content, and reappear if you start scrolling back up. It contains links to:

  • the app's home screen
  • Discussions - on communities that have it enabled
  • Articles sorted by "Trending" and "Recommended", with the option of loading an article at random
  • Videos sorted by "Trending", latest, and popular
  • Stories and trending content (only available on some communities)

The navigation bar on iOS

The navigation bar contains links to:

  • the app's home screen
  • Discussions - on communities that have it enabled
  • Stories and trending content (only available in some communities)
  • the "Random" feature that allows you to discover articles at random
  • your app profile, which is separate from your desktop wiki profile
  • a list of content you've previously visited under "History"
  • other Fandom communities that you can discover via their Community App
  • Videos sorted by trending, latest, and most popular
  • your app settings

Finding content

There are several ways to find content on a Community App.

  1. By category - The first option is to tap your way through the categories and subcategories presented on the home screen. Simply select the category that pertains to the article you are looking for. For example, the Weapons category would be a good place to look for a 'Sniper Rifle' article.
  2. By search - The second method is to click on the search button in the navigation bar at the top of the screen. There you can type in the name of any content you are looking for.
  3. On iOS only: Use the "Random" feature to discover articles at random.

Navigating an article page

Once you've found the article page that you are looking for, you will see the main content space and a bar with several options at the top (Android) or bottom (iOS) of the screen.

  1. Content Space - On any article page you will find the various forms of content that an article might have: text, tables, images, videos, and more. Articles are pulled directly from their desktop versions created by editors of the community.
  2. Top or bottom bar - These buttons are located either at the top or bottom of your screen: search, share, and further options. The search button allows you to find other pages. The share button allows you to share an article as an image or as text via your phone's sharing apps.
  • Android: The menu button opens a dropdown with further options. "Related pages" shows you a list of articles with similar topics as the one you are viewing. They are most likely from the same category. "Sections" shows you the page's table of contents and lets you jump directly to a specific section. Under "Display options", you can change text size, background color and brightness, among other page settings. This allows you to tailor your experience to your personal preferences.
  • iOS: You have the option to change your display settings on the bottom right. You can change text size, background color, and brightness, among other page settings. This allows you to tailor your experience to your personal preferences. Next to it, a button opens a list with articles related to the one you are currently viewing.

Profiles and Discussions

Many Community Apps also include Discussions. This conversation feature allows app users and desktop users to talk about the community's topic and content.

To participate in Discussions, an app user must be logged in. After logging in, a user can upload and change their avatar and add "bio" text. The avatar and bio text will be visible in all Community Apps as well as on the top section of the user's wiki profile in browsers.

Further help and feedback

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.