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Renard Loves The Jetpack Mobile App

Renard Loves The Jetpack Mobile App

Before I begin singing my praises for the Jetpack mobile app, I want my readers to know that I am still a proud Arch Linux user (I use Arch Linux for all of my general computing).

Also, those of you who have been following Renard’s World for quite some time would know that I am a proud beta tester for the Jetpack mobile app (I have been testing the beta versions of it since August 2022).

For the record, the beta versions of apps usually contain bugs and it is the beta tester’s job to report the bugs to the developers of the beta versions of the app whenever they find them.

Therefore, if you have the intention of trying out the Jetpack mobile app, choose the stable version; it is available on both Google Play and the App Store.

I would also like to add that I am quite content with using the Jetpack mobile app (And, today, I am going to tell you why I love it).

It All Began When I Heard The News About Automattic’s Decision To Remove Jetpack From The WordPress Mobile App

Back in 2022, I was beta-testing the WordPress mobile app (The stable versions were a mess at the time; the Block Editor was extremely laggy and it was no fun at all using the WordPress mobile app to create and publish blog posts).

In August 2022, I found out about Automattic’s decision to remove Jetpack from the WordPress mobile app (It was hard to fathom the WordPress mobile app without Jetpack).

By the way, the article, Say Hello to the New Jetpack Mobile App, goes into detail about Jetpack being removed from the WordPress mobile app and the reason for its removal.

At the time, I thought to myself, “Since Automattic is removing Jetpack from the WordPress mobile app, I might as well hop over to the Jetpack mobile app and get the hang of it.”

After I downloaded the Jetpack mobile app on my Android smartphone, I opened it up and signed into it. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that it was almost identical to the WordPress mobile app (It had the Jetpack logo instead of the WordPress logo and it was green instead of blue).

I smiled and whispered, “Good; I can work with that.”

I had both beta versions of the WordPress mobile app and the Jetpack mobile app on my smartphone; as a result of that, I received double notifications β€” one set from the WordPress mobile app and the other set from the Jetpack mobile app (That was rectified by signing myself out of the WordPress mobile app).

A little while after, I deleted the WordPress mobile app from my smartphone (Since the Jetpack mobile app did the same thing, I decided to use it instead).

I Was Impressed With The Jetpack Mobile App

The Block Editor was still a bit laggy on the Jetpack mobile app (that is what transpired with the earlier iterations of the Jetpack mobile app; it is much better now), but it did not freeze on me like the WordPress mobile app (I considered that a plus).

The WordPress mobile app, in my opinion, was not suited for composing long-form content; it would begin to freeze when I reached somewhere around 500 words.

The Jetpack mobile app is much better at creating long-form content via the Block Editor.

I would like to state for the record, that my favourite device for creating long-form content (or short-form content) will always be my laptop computer.

However, it was fun to see the Jetpack mobile app handle the so-called pressure of long-form content (Which was something that the WordPress mobile app failed miserably at).

I thought to myself, “The development team behind the Jetpack mobile app is doing a wonderful job.”

The Daily Prompts Are Interesting

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that I have never participated in a WordPress prompt in my entire life (And that is mainly because I enjoy doing my own thing).

Just in case you are curious, those daily prompts can be seen on the homepage of the Jetpack mobile app.

Despite being a nonparticipant in the daily prompt, I think it is pretty cool.

Why?

Because those who have trouble coming up with ideas for their blog posts can look at the daily prompts, work with them and create blog posts that are based on those daily prompts; it is a win-win situation for both Automattic and the users of the Jetpack mobile app.

From the looks of things, more and more WordPress bloggers are participating in the daily prompts.

Who Is The Jetpack Mobile App Best Suited For?

The Jetpack mobile app is best suited for the WordPress blogger who wants to:

  • Create and publish blog posts via their smartphone.
  • Check their Stats.
  • Receive notifications.
  • Use the Reader to find, read and follow the types of blogs that they are interested in.

I will admit that the same set of things can be done via the web version of WordPress.

However, the Jetpack mobile app would be appealing to those who use their smartphones to blog on the go and also to those who blog exclusively on their smartphones (Yes, there are people who only access their WordPress accounts via their smartphones).

Final Thoughts

I have no regrets about being a beta tester for the Jetpack mobile app; I love the way it works (I can only imagine how impressive the stable version of the Jetpack mobile app is).

I would like to say, “Thank you and a job well done,” to all of the people who worked diligently to make the Jetpack mobile app what it is today.

The Jetpack mobile app has my stamp of approval!

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48 thoughts on “Renard Loves The Jetpack Mobile App

  1. I’ve had the Jetpack app on my iPad and iPhone for a few months now and have found I do like it. It has been handy while back at home in Michigan for example.

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  2. Thank you Renard for enlightening us on the merits of Jetpack and demerits of WordPress. Presently, I have both the apps installed on my mobile phone. Should I uninstall WP now because Jetpack is going fine, and I haven’t noticed any glitches so far?

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  3. This post sponsored by Automatic. πŸ˜€ Just kidding.

    As I’ve previously said, I find writing on a mobile device to be more of a pain than it’s worth, so it’s likely not for me. HOWEVER, I have yet to hear a bad thing about the new app from mobile bloggers. So, it sounds like the did a heck of a job. πŸ™‚

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  4. Thank you for the information and your opinion on the Jetpack mobile app, Renard. I’ve yet to try it but your encouraging words may spark my curiosity enough to go for it.

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are welcome, Eugenia.

      I am pleased to learn that the information I shared about the Jetpack mobile app has sparked your curiosity and that you are willing to give it a try.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  5. I loved the WordPress logo more than the jetpack one but I’m having a better experience with jetpack as its block editor doesn’t freeze while creating long form blogs.

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  6. I have been using the Jetpack mobile app since late December and, to be honest, except for the WordPress Daily Prompt and the color scheme, I don’t see much of a difference. Did WordPress actually drop using Jetpack on its iOS mobile app?

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    1. πŸ™‚ Yes, Fangango. They are almost identical to each other with a few subtle differences.

      I believe that Automattic’s intention is to remove Jetpack from both the iOS and Android apps for WordPress (I stopped using the WordPress mobile app; therefore, I am not in a position to clarify whether or not Jetpack has been removed from the WordPress mobile app at this present point in time).

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      1. Now I’m confused. What is the difference between the β€œiOS app for WordPress” and the β€œWordPress mobile app” for iOS? And isn’t the Jetpack mobile app for iOS almost identical to the WordPress mobile app for iOS?

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        1. πŸ™‚ I will make it easy for you, Fandango. When one says, “WordPress for iOS,” they are referring to the version of the WordPress mobile app that was designed specifically for iPhones.

          Whereas, WordPress for Android is the WordPress mobile app that was created to work with Android smartphones and tablets.

          Yes, both the WordPress mobile app and the Jetpack mobile app are almost identical.

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  7. I have been using the Jetpack on iOS for a while now and like it for reading and fixing errors, but find it very difficult to write anything of substance as the keyboard on mobile seems to pop up over the area I want to always edit.

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    1. πŸ™‚ All you need to do is to put your finger on the screen and scroll up while the keyboard is out (The part that you want to edit would be above the keyboard).

      Also, thank you for letting me know that you use Jetpack for iOS to read and fix errors.

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    1. πŸ™‚ That has to do with the features that you have grown accustomed to using on WordPress.

      Jetpack includes:

      β€’ Stats

      β€’ Activity Log

      β€’ Sharing (Jetpack Social)

      β€’ Reader

      β€’ Jetpack Blocks (Gutenberg Editor)

      I hope that I have cleared that up for you.

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  8. I like the Jetpack app, although I write all my posts on a desktop computer, Renrad.

    WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WORDPRESS AND THE JETPACK APPS?

    The Jetpack-powered app has features from the WordPress app – including Stats, Notifications, and the Reader. However, those still using the WordPress app should be aware that these features will soon be removed from the WordPress app so that its focus will be on essential user and publishing tools.

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    1. πŸ™‚ It is nice to know that you like the Jetpack mobile app, Hugh.

      There is nothing quite like typing on a laptop computer or a desktop computer.

      Well, Automattic did let WordPress mobile app users know in advance that they would be removing Jetpack from it (Hopefully, those who blog via their smartphones would know to switch to the Jetpack mobile app).

      As always, thank you for your valuable input.

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