5 Apps for Getting More out of Wikipedia

Justin Pot 02-05-2015

Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the planet, and with good reason: it’s the fastest way to get an overview of almost any topic. And while it’s not a site without controversy, it’s hard to imagine the web without it.


Today Cool Websites and Games gives you tools for getting more out of Wikipedia, from alternative interfaces to games that force you to explore articles and think creatively. Let’s get started!

Minimal Wikipedia (Web): Prettier Version of Wikipedia

Wikipedia is among humanity’s greatest accomplishments – volunteers all over the planet work to give the world free access to knowledge of the arts, science and history.

It’s also kind of ugly.

Minimal Wikipedia tries to fix this with a simple design.



The fonts look nicer, the sidebars are gone and the entire thing is totally responsive – meaning it looks good on mobile and desktop computers alike. Bookmark the home page and you can quickly search for any article on any device.

Wikiwand (iOS, Android coming soon): Alternative App for Browsing Wikipedia

Minimal Wikipedia isn’t the only service out there that gives Wikipedia a new look. We told you about Wikiwand, another way to customize Wikipedia, back when it was only a browser plugin Learn Something New Every Day With Wikiwand Wikipedia holds a vast wealth of knowledge, but it's not exactly the most gorgeous website out there. Wikiwand allows you to effortlessly browse Wikipedia in a beautiful and highly functional modern interface. Read More . It has since released an iPhone app (there’s an Android beta, but you need an invite).


The app not only gives Wikipedia a new look, but offers some new features – there’s a search feature that provides recommendations as you type, for example, and also a preview tool for seeing what an article is about before you open it. If you’ve tried the official Wikipedia app Android Finally Gets The Wikipedia It Deserves: Meet The New Wikipedia Beta It's surprising that despite there being so many great Android apps out there, there has not been a decent Wikipedia app so far. Well, all that changes with the new Wikipedia Beta! Read More but didn’t love it, this one is worth checking out.

Wikireverse: See Who Linked to Wikipedia Articles [No Longer Available]

Wikipedia is one of the most popular sites on the planet, and that means that a lot of people link to it. If you want to find out which sites are linking to a particular article, Wiki Reverse has you covered.


This could be useful for many reasons. For example: if you help edit a particular page on Wikipedia, and notice a lot of people with a particular point of view seem to be editing it, this site can help you find out if there’s a site linking to the article asking people to make changes. But outside of use cases like that, Wiki Reverse is just interesting. Play with it a little.

Wikispeedia (Web): Game Based On “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon”

Wikipedia articles link to other articles a lot. This is useful if the reader needs more background, and is also the reason it’s so easy to get sucked down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole. Wikispedia is a Wikipedia game 5 Wikipedia Games You Can Try Your Hand On Wikipedia will continue to get knocked down for credibility and accuracy but it is the best open source project we know of. And one we still depend on for a quick reference. Wikipedia is the... Read More that takes advantage of these links by turning them into a challenge.


You’re given two random Wikipedia articles, and you need to find the quickest path between the two. Can you do better than my path above?

Endless ($2, iOS): StumbleUpon for Wikipedia Articles

One of the real pleasures of reading Wikipedia is accidentally finding out, and reading about, something amazing. Endless shows you “random” Wikipedia articles from among a hand-picked selection known to be interesting.

If you love trivia and learning new things, try this one out – you’ll almost certainly find something you’re interested in.

What Wikipedia Tools Do You Use?

Wikipedia’s a lot of things. A source of information. A not-for-profit with millions in the bank Wikipedia Has Millions In The Bank – Why Beg For More? Read More . A great example of how open source projects should work. But everyone uses it differently, so I’m glad there are so many tools out there for making it truly your own.

We’ve gone over everything from Chrome extensions for Wikipedia 3 Fantastic Free Extensions to Improve Wikipedia on Google Chrome As an avid Wikipedia user, there are two tools I have found quite helpful in my research, and another one which makes Wikipedia far more beautiful to browse through. Want to know what these are? Read More to dedicated Wikipedia search engines 10 Websites That Make Browsing Wikipedia More Fun Read More , but there’s always more to cover. If you’ve found a tool that makes Wikipedia better, please let me know about it in the comments below. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys find!

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  1. dragonmouth
    May 3, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    As Sgt. Joe Friday used to say "Just the facts, ma'am." When I go to Wikipedia, I want information, not glitz, eye candy and games.

    • Justin Pot
      May 3, 2015 at 7:03 pm

      I mean, some of these take interface elements away so you can focus on the facts. To each their own I suppose, though.

    • dragonmouth
      May 4, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      I doubt that, Justin. Wikipedia is bereft of superfluous elements as it is. So it would be hard to take any more away. The five apps you mention in the article seem to be designed for those that don't quite understand the text in Wikipedia and need pictures.

    • Justin Pot
      May 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      The very first one strips away the sidebars and just shows you the article. Check it out.

  2. Johnny
    May 2, 2015 at 5:28 am

    WikiWand was awesome when I used the Chrome plug in BUT there isn't any easy link back to the wikipedia homepage. I like to hop articles and not being able to click the logo at the top to go back home got annoying really fast

    • Justin Pot
      May 2, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      That is a downside, true, I wish they'd offer a link for those times when you'd like to make an edit.