Twitter Apps

Looking for the best Twitter apps on Android? Here they are.

Smartphones can help keep us constantly connected. With that great power, we can give the world a play-by-play of our lives. We can also watch others do the same. For those exciting play-by-plays, many people turn to Twitter.

There are many Twitter clients for Android, so which ones should we use? We list some of our favorites here. Of course, this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of great Twitter apps or of features offered by these apps. Most of these apps have some shared functionality, like the ability to schedule when your tweets will be sent out, view your Timeline, etc. With that being said, read on to see what we consider to be some of the best Twitter apps out there!

Twitter (official app)

Twitter

Well, we suppose there's always the official Twitter app. A few recent developments have made it more worthy of consideration, like an experimental feature that lets at least some users embed tweets within their tweets and the ability to upload and view GIFs. The latter feature is currently only available through the official Twitter app, so take that into consideration if you can't get enough of that animated goodness.

Apart from that, you can also filter results based on content type (photos, videos, etc.). Direct messaging works, as does the ability to add followers, import contacts and, of course, look at tweets. You can do most basic things you'd expect to be able to do on Twitter with this app.

You can also add additional accounts.

Let's keep an eye on this one to see how it develops.

Download: Twitter (Free)

TweetCaster

TweetCaster

Of course, TweetCaster offers basic functionality we'd expect from any Twitter client. It outdoes the official Twitter app in many ways.

If you happen to be bent on having GIF support, animated GIFs from Imgur are now a go.

The app encourages you to "organize the chaos with SmartLists." In other words, you can organize people and topics into groups, or lists.

There's also a "Search Party" function on the app, which allows you to narrow down searches to the following categories: 1) your own Timelines, mentions and direct messages, 2) your own tweets and favorite tweets and 3) other peoples' tweets and favorites.

Another nifty feature: you can look at stats relating to your tweets and people you follow. Whose tweets do you retweet most? How often do you tweet? Which accounts, of those you follow, have been on Twitter the longest? Of those you follow, which accounts are inactive? Answer these questions (and more) with stats on TweetCaster.

Other odds and ends: there are twelve themes to choose from; you can set it up so you simultaneously post to Twitter and Facebook and you can add filters, captions and other effects to photos. You can also add multiple accounts.

Expect to see some banner ads on the free version. If you want a banner ad-free experience, check out TweetCaster Pro.

Download: TweetCaster (Free); TweetCaster Pro ($4.99)

Tweedle

The developer of the app states, "Designed with simplicity and functionality in mind, Tweedle is both a beautiful and customizable Twitter client."

That does seem to be the case. There are dedicated sections to see your Timeline/feed, tweets you're mentioned in and direct messages.

It is also indeed pretty customizable. You can change to a 24-hour format, adjust font size and use different themes (the theme pictured above is the default theme).

If you want to jump on this one, you'd better jump on it soon. When logging in, the developer warns, "Due to limitations from Twitter, sometime in the future I will be forced to disable the basic login." Who knows how far ahead in the future that will happen?

Download: Tweedle (Free)

Hootsuite

HootSuite images

You can actually connect to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Foursquare with Hootsuite. This one is geared to media professionals who use and manage multiple social media accounts.

It provides stats, like how many clicks your tweets have received.

When you upload images to Ow.ly, you can adjust photo resolution.

If you upgrade to Pro (for $9.99 per month or $109.99 for 12 months), you'll be able to add and manage unlimited social media networks and get an ad-free experience.

Download: Hootsuite (Free)

Talon

A lot of the allure of this app lies in the user interface. Take a look at the screenshots above; it just might draw you in. You can tweak the font and theme (there are three to choose from, with the ability to add or make your own).

You can also tweak what appears in your Timeline. For example, you can choose to not have retweets display there. That might cut down on what some consider to be Timeline clutter.

You have easy access to tweeting from most screens within the app with that little icon that looks like a paper plane.

From your Timeline, you can swipe from the right to the left to see the tweets in which you're mentioned. You can do it again to take a look at your direct messages.

Download: Talon ($1.99)

Plume

As in Talon, you can swipe between your Timeline, mentions and direct messages.

You can pull down to refresh, manage multiple Twitter accounts and use Bit.ly to shorten your URLs.

One interesting little twist is you can take a look at what's trending based on location. What's trending in Salt Lake City as of the time of writing? Netflix, Utah and Uruguay, apparently.

Basically, Plume is a free, easy-to-use app that looks pretty good to boot.

You can get rid of the ads you'll see on the free version if you upgrade to Premium.

Download: Plume (Free); Plume Premium ($4.99)

Fenix

Fenix

Fenix has quickly become a fan favorite, and has the added bonus of not having hit the token limit yet. The design is simple and familiar, with all the usual Twitter functions right where you'd expect them to be. You can open links right from the timeline — no extra clicking involved. Conversations are a breeze to read through, and there's the all-important support for multiple accounts.

Fenix also has a mute function, supports TweetMarker and has extra themes to go with it.

Download: Fenix ($2.49)

 

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The best Twitter apps for Android

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+1 - loved the whole 'secret code' fiasco they went through... I guess technically if you did that you could give tokens to another few hundred??

Still with Falcon here too...its been updated more recently than Tweedle has(which is free but has IAP to remove ads). Fenix & Talon are good but the scrolling widget on both are lacking & Falcon is still the gold standard.

I still got my 99,997 Falcon Pro tokens. I don't know what it would take to get me to switch to another Twiiter app. I simply find the default Twitter app frustrating.

Same here, Falcon Pro is the only client i've found that gives me very quick access to Twitter Lists which I use alot. I love being able to swipe left and access my lists right away.

Actually, the app is still in development, and in fact I just updated to a new version, but the reason why it is no longer available on Google Play is because Twitter limits user login access via what's known as Tokens. Once all the tokens are gone, new users can't login until more tokens become available (Not sure how this works.). The developer has since made a sneaky way to get in via some work on the user's end, but in the end, I think it's more than worth it for this app. It's just so good.

I've had nothing but problems with Plume recently and frequently hit the API limit. Tweetcaster never refreshes for me. Huge fan of Fenix, definitely worth the price.

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I agree, it seems they missed out Tweetings which is a feature packed twitter app. I use it a lot. I moved from Falcon Pro to Plume, then to Tweetings. Plume is great but there was one bug I reported, it doesn't get fix until today, not even a sign of response from Plume devs. Tweetings definitely a good one. Now I only use Tweetings and Talon.

Being using twicca since I've been on Twitter. It works well for me on my s2, can recommend. However, on a larger screen I use tweetcaster for my N7

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Used to love twicca but haven't looked back since Falcon, except a very short experience with Carbon which wasn't worth the hype

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Man you missed so much from Plume, it's so customisable and you can add more columns based on searches, lists, facebook and more. You can assign different colours to individual people so they stand out. You can also fully customise the look and feel of the layout. It also has url shortening built in from several services and tweetlist integration to save your postition. You can also mute by search, hashtag or account. It's far more useful than you give credit for here. But all in all a nice look and great to see you back to the single page layout :-)

Also don't forget tweetmarker support. I use lots of devices and love this feature.

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What's the best way to save your last refresh timeline point between devices? I've tried tweetmarker but so inconsistent.

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Yeah, I'm still hanging on to Carbon. Definitely wish support would continue.

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I bounced around apps for a while, but have ended up on Talon. I use Tweetings for my tablet mainly due the Wi-Fi Streaming.

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Been using plume since like 2011. Nothing so far has drawn me away from it, but I do have both Talon and the official Twitter app installed on my phone. Fenix looks nice, but I'm wary of paying for apps without at least trying the free or trial version first

I'm still going back and forth between talon and Fenix. I think I like Fenix better, bit of a cleaner look. The main reason I like Talon is that it to this day is one of the few apps that does immersive mode really well n 4.4.

Twidere for Twitter is the next best thing to Falcon I could find on the play store. For me nothing else is worth using. Also why don't more twitter apps have better mute management by either hashtag or keyword?

Official Twitter app here, because as far as I know it's the only one that can receive instant push notifications from Twitter. Am I mistaken about that?

Fenix is my new favorite. Used to be a Falcon user, but since giving Fenix a try I've switched permanently. Love it!

Nice to see Plume in there. It's by far my favorite client. the only thing I wish it had was an option to mobilize links in the integrated browser.

Me, too. I love being able to add lanes for different lists and swipe between them. It's open source, too, so I might take at crack at adding some features i'd like.

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Yes, back in my BlackBerry days. Then, Twidroyd for Android was bought out by UberSocial and made everything worse. Look for a better third party twitter client.

I love fenix. At first was back and forth between talon and fenix but for the past month or so fenix is the only twitter app I use. I'm using the beta version and switched from the public version since I like to have the newest features right out the gate but the developer always is working to improve the app. But I say all the twitter apps are pretty good. It's just all based on what your needs are and what kind of twitter user you are and fenix does what I need it to for me.

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Tweetcaster for me. it can sometimes be a little too cluttered or take a few extra taps to get some things done, but it does everything I need it to do and meets my needs!

I use Talon and it works really well. All the features I need, beautiful interface, and it is very snappy on my Moto X. I also use Hootsuite for work, but that is really better for posting tweets rather than going through your timeline, IMO.

Plume is the only APP (ive found) that allows you to open up right to a list.. I can see the people i want to see and bam i can close the app. its wonderful

I debated adding Carbon, but decided against it because they ran out of Twitter tokens. Unfortunately, Carbon can't accept new users/accounts.

Tweedle has all the features I want. Granted I'm not a heavy Twitter user, but it's clean and stable and I like the link / photo previews.

I agree with Aikuchi, and I am very surprised about no mention of Carbon. It is an Awesome twitter client app. AC has always shown love for Carbon before.

As great as all these apps are, respectfully, I don't feel any of them push the limits as far as design goes. While Talon and Fenix are nice compared to the regular twitter or even Plume none of them touch Tweetbot and I haven't used that since I had my iPhone 4 three years ago. I wish more of our Android only apps were not only as functional as the are right now but also have better design language. Here's to hoping Android L causes this trend.

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Can someone explain what the update interval on direct messages means (in Tweedle)? Does it mean I won't receive my messages as they come in and instead only when the app "updates"/checks for new messages?

I am not much of a power user.The official app does the trick for me.However, among these apps Talon and Tweetcaster are my favorites

I gave up on Falcon pro. It's still installed but, the app is crashing much to often. I love Fenix, Im sticking with it.

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Falcon Pro. It's updated pretty regularly (for some reason).

Even with the up up down down left right left right ab select start setup method, it's the first and only one I install on any device.

Using Talon and freaking love it! Developer recently released a material design version of the app and it looks great!

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I've been in love with tweetcaster since AC first mentioned it when I had my LG g2x.

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Plume has been my Twitter app of choice since 2012. Thanks to the first few commenter, going to take a look at Falcon Pro

Plume has been my daily driver for almost 3 years now (although twitters API is making the app unstable, causing the devs scrambling to fix them). Tweetcaster NEEDS a UI overhaul already. That app has looked the same for quite awhile. Also, Tweetings is an excellent twitter client or you can try the free open source version Twidere which is just as good.

The tweetdeck was the best by far, until it was acquired by twiiter, as we say in a popular proverb :If you can not beat the enemy, buy it!. Is a sadness that no client has the versatility of multi columns, fully customizable, as was the old tweetdeck. Which he is more plume appears is because it is the only one that does not offer the feature useless trends and tips and shows pictures of various services including instagram image, but fails to synchronize frequently much

I'm in the same boat. Not a power user by any stretch, but I haven't found anything that I like even half as much as TweetDeck (which I used right up until the day they shut it off). Have the stock app installed, but don't use it much.

How come no one's mentioned Talon here? Way better than any other twitter app out there.

It's exactly what Falcon should've been.

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I've been using Talon for quite a while now. I used to use Falcon Pro but have found that development of the app to be inconsistent recently. Falcon Pro was the standard for me as it was a great app but it became to fiddly to get it to work. Talon seems to work well on both my phone (Samsung Galaxy S3) and my Tablet (Nexus 7 2013). I also occasionally use the official Twitter app to see how it is developing. I say try them all and see which one fits. Twitter have made it difficult to allow third party apps to be successful. I tried to stick with Falcon Pro but didn't want to jump through hoops to get it to work when I reinstalled it. A shame really. I guess it's difficult to continue developing an app with the current limitations imposed by Twitter.

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No mention of widgets. Twitter for many is a read-only platform, where they follow celebs and never actually tweet themselves. For these people, a really good widget is essential.

Tweetcaster seems to be the best I found. It's sad this review doesn't even mention widgets. The official twitter app sucks badly for widget support.

Fenix here too great app.

Used to be Falcon Pro but made the mistake of signing out and lost my paid for token, otherwise I would more than likely be FP still TBH

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Had to delete my Twitter AND disable BlinkFeed. Twitter was doing too good a job sending me news (why I primarily use the app). I did not need constant info on the baby case in Atlanta. Too raw.

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Had falcon pro but it's way too buggy. Right now I'm using Tweetcaster and I love it. Talon is okay.

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Wow. I have only downloaded the Twitter app and had no idea about these other apps. There's another great app that I am using to keep in touch with the people I care about - its called Photo4Tune and is a great app which is absolutely free to use always. It has snapchat like features which destroys your message immediately and facebook like features in which you can create events and share with your friends and family. You can download it for free for android via google store or here's the link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photo4tune.navigator&h...

Twidere is awesome. Only one I can use without missing iOS's Tweetbot.

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Found this list and decided to give Talon a try... it's fantastic... beautiful UI. I was using Tweedle but my tweets that had pictures attached just started failing without giving me any sort of error. Very annoying.

I have used Twidere already and its pretty good apps for android! I am looking forward to try other application also soon.