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Forget Twitter’s Official Android App, Use These Apps Instead

Mihir Patkar 01-10-2015

Twitter is setting trends and starting conversations, which is just one of the reasons you need Twitter in your life now Why Everyone Needs Twitter in Their Lives What can you get in a mere 140 characters that changes your life or has a deep, meaningful impact? Turns out, you can get a lot. Read More . It’s a medium and a social network that is perfect for the mobile phone. But the official Twitter for Android app has plenty of problems.


For starters, the Twitter app lets you mute annoying people while still following them How To Silence & Filter Annoying People On Twitter Without Unfollowing When it comes to social networks, Twitter is as noisy as it gets. You’d think the 140-character limitation would make it quiter, but in reality, it’s pretty much the opposite. This makes Twitter a hard... Read More , but you can’t mute specific keywords or hashtags. Anyone who has had to sit through a trend they aren’t interested in, or a Twitter campaign or contest, will know what this is like. The app also won’t save drafts, won’t auto-expand Instagram photos or Imgur links, and much more.

It has its plus points, of course, and I wouldn’t recommend uninstalling Twitter for Android. Having the app installed makes it easy to sign in securely with two-factor authentication What Is Two-Factor Authentication, And Why You Should Use It Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security method that requires two different ways of proving your identity. It is commonly used in everyday life. For example paying with a credit card not only requires the card,... Read More , no matter which third-party app you use. Plus, the official app is the first to get updated with new features like photos and unlimited word count in Direct Mentions (DMs).

But for your everyday tweeting, forget about the official app. Like with the best Twitter apps for iPhone Forget Twitter's Official iPhone App: Use These Instead Now that we've told you why everyone needs Twitter in their lives, here's one more piece of unsolicited advice: don't use the official Twitter app. Read More , use one of these alternatives instead.

Fenix for Twitter

Best for: Phones

Price: $4.99


Ads: None


Fenix is the premium Android app for the Twitter power user. It supports everything you would want, and more. Plus, the app is drop-dead gorgeous, even more so than the fluid and free Carbon Free, Fluid and Fast: Carbon is as Beautiful as Twitter gets on Android It looks great, it's fast, and it's full of features. Oh, and it's free. Read More and several others.

There is lots to love about Fenix, whether it’s seamlessly switching between accounts, muting users and hashtags, auto-loading Instagram links, and much more. Fenix is also among the only apps to offer you the ability to see who has favorited, retweeted, and followed you — you can check all that in the “Activity” tab.


Fenix is also super customizable, letting you tweak the theme to how you like it, set your notifications when and where you want them to show, and so on. One of my favorite features of Fenix is that you can tell it to update your feed in real-time while on WiFi, but set a refresh interval of a few minutes while on mobile, thus saving battery and data while on the move. The app supports several gestures and has a built-in browser so you never have to leave the app.

And yes, Fenix is completely free of ads. That $5 is worth your phone’s battery and your peace of mind.

Plume for Twitter

Best for: Tablets (and Phones too), Widget

Price: Free ($4.99 for Premium)


Ads: Yes (Unlock Premium to Disable Ads)


For a long time, Plume was my preferred Twitter client. It’s simple, it’s quick, it’s good-looking, and it just gets the job done. If you’re used to the default Twitter app, you will have no time in adjusting to Plume. Honestly, considering you can try Plume for free, I’d recommend you give this one a shot if you are moving away from Twitter for the first time.

Plume’s default interface is quite similar to Twitter anyway, but you will notice there is a lot more you can do with it. For instance, your columns can have a lot more than just your Timeline, Mentions, and DMs — you can also add Lists to unclutter your feed Drowning In Tweets? How To Use Twitter Lists To Unclutter Your Feed By default, Twitter shows tweets from everyone you're following in one huge stream. Things tend to drown. Learn how to use Twitter lists to tame your Twitter feed. Read More , Favorites, Saved Searches, and more.


However, unlike Fenix, you won’t see when someone has favorited a tweet or followed you. This can be inconvenient as more and more people are using “Favorite” as the equivalent of the “Like” button on Facebook (You know, as a way to acknowledge that they read your tweet).

Plume is also among the few Twitter apps for Android with a great tablet interface. On tablets, Plume makes great use of the extra space available, especially when you want to read a conversation without losing your place in your timeline.


Best for: Scheduling Tweets

Price: Free

Ads: No


Buffer is now the best way to schedule tweets 6 Free Ways to Schedule Tweets Using Twitter is really about the here and now. You find an interesting article, a cool picture, an awesome video, or maybe you just want to share something you’ve just realized or thought of. Either... Read More for the future, so if that’s what you want, just get this app and stop looking elsewhere. The service’s claim to fame is how it analyzes your timeline and your tweets to figure out when your tweets will be read by the most people, and automatically schedules them accordingly.

Of course, you can manually set a time for the future too, and you can even add multiple accounts. Buffer’s analytics tool will also help you figure out which tweets were read the most, so that you have better insight in what your followers are looking for from you.


Best for: Non-Regular Twitter Users

Price: Free

Ads: No


I love the concept of TweetsPie, even though it’s not for a power user like me. This app is meant for someone who doesn’t check Twitter regularly. When you start it, TweetsPie will scan your timeline for the 21 top-retweeted tweets from the last 600 sent by people you follow. It’s perfect to sift through the Twitter overload The 5 Best News Curation Apps to Fight Information Overload You've got so much vying for your attention -- news articles, Reddit posts, tweets, Facebook posts -- but what if you could get it all curated in one place? Read More .

For any tweet, you can favorite it, retweet it yourself, or choose to hide the user if you’re uninterested in their tweets. You can’t reply though; for that, you’ll need a separate Twitter app, like the ones mentioned above.

In the app’s options, you can also change the settings to show RTs by friends; that means the app is scanning the most retweeted tweets sent by anyone (even if you are not following them) as long as that tweet was something your friends interacted with.

Other Contenders


Tweetcaster (Free)

Tweetcaster’s incredible feature set almost got it picked as one of the best Twitter apps. The interface is dated, but the robust search engine and the trends tracker are reason enough to give this one a try.


Unfollowers (Free)

Unfollowers shows you people that you follow who aren’t following you back and vice versa, as well as those who followed or unfollowed you recently. It has several other filters and features that basically turn it into a recommendation engine for who should be on your Twitter timeline and who you need to dump.


TwiEgo (Free)

Twitter’s basic search on mobile is pathetic. If you want to accurately find a tweet Twitter Search: 4 Ways To Find Results That Matter To You Twitter search has its limits. For one, you can only search back so far, with Twitter making public search results available only for a limited period of time. That said, there are a few tips... Read More , TwiEgo is the closest you’ll get. It has all the search parameters of Twitter’s Advanced Search feature, and you can even save those search keywords to refer to them later.

Carbon Free, Fluid and Fast: Carbon is as Beautiful as Twitter gets on Android It looks great, it's fast, and it's full of features. Oh, and it's free. Read More , Falcon Pro 3 Falcon Pro 3 Is Here, But Read This Before You Pay For It This renowned and beloved Twitter client is back, but is it worth it? Read More , Talon Talon Is A Feature-Packed Yet Fast Twitter App For Android Talon manages to find a balance between looks and functionality. Read More , and Tweetings Tweetings, Reviewed: One Of The Best, Most Customizable Twitter Clients for Android Today Twitter is loud. It is noisy, messy, fast, and random. But it can also be wonderfully human, inspiring, informative, and rewarding. It all depends on how you use it. Read More are all worth considering, and you can click these links to read our thoughts on each of them.

What’s Missing in Twitter?

What one feature is the default Twitter app missing that you want to see included? For me, it’s muting any keyword or hashtag. What about you?

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  1. Heather Schulien
    December 22, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Bring able to schedule tweets!!

  2. Ashley
    December 5, 2016 at 4:47 am

    What drives me crazy is seeing tweets from two weeks ago at the top of my feed, when what I WANT to see is the most recent stuff. I've just about given up on Twitter on my tablet.

  3. Baguskp
    February 15, 2016 at 2:09 am

    Giza for twitter.. look nice on my huawei Mate S

  4. Anonymous
    January 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Tweekr Twitter

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Tweekr Twitter,its design is more consistent with material design

    • Anonymous
      January 25, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      ts design is more consistent with material design

  5. Kevin R Beck
    January 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    I wish someone would make a Twitter app that allows you to go to a specific time of day. If I get off work at 4pm, and some breaking news happened at 1pm, I'd like to be able to go right to my 1pm timeline and see what those I'm following tweeted as it was breaking, without scrolling and scrolling to a point where the app refuses to load anymore past data.

  6. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Other than the apps mentioned above,personally from experience i can recommend giving hootsuite and twicca a try.
    Both these apps are very usefull and the two major points i can point about these apps are that Hootsuite is more power hungry app but packs more features while twicca is faster to use but lacks the more complete set hootsuite provides.

    P.S:The official twitter client has improved drastically over the years and i would still recommend people to use it

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      I like Twicca, I just think there are better apps available now. Nothing against Twicca though.

      Hootsuite, imo, has become quite bloated. In fact, it crashed more times than any other app while I was testing for this. Does your experience vary, Jagdesh?

      • Anonymous
        October 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm

        I agree hootsuite has become a bit bloated(since it became free).I also ditched it a while back.Twicca is my main app for now but I like changing around twitter apps.Gives a new feel every

  7. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I have tried a number of twitter apps over the years but have never found that "special one" that works simply; and so I keep finding myself using the default app. I have two accounts and find it easy to flick between the two. It has a simple interface and is handy for just checking while waiting for the kettle to boil etc...

    What annoys me is the desktop version doesn't allow multi accounts.

    Tweetcaster and plume were okay for a while but both crashed constantly or failed to update their widgets and required replacing on home screens (using nexus 6 and nexus 9!!!) so I just gave up on them.

    • Mihir Patkar
      October 1, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      I quite like Tweetdeck on the desktop, tried it? I use the web version:

      • Anonymous
        October 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Yeap i second that. Tweetdeck for desktop is awesome.