Reddit is called the “front page of the Internet” for good reason. It’s where a lot of news, trends and memes begin. Whether you are a Reddit lurker or spend hours a day on the site, finding the best experience on the iPhone is important. So what are the best Reddit clients for iOS? These are the best of the bunch in no particular order.
If you spend any time hanging around r/iPhone or r/iPad, there is a good chance you have already heard of Apollo. It is probably the best Reddit client for iOS. Whenever anyone asks for a third-party app for Reddit, Apollo is almost always the majority of responses.
One of the best aspects of choosing Apollo is its “supercharged media viewer.” Reddit is all about pictures and movies, and Apollo is unquestionably a content-first experience for consuming media. Markdown fans will love that Apollo takes full advantage of Markdown capabilities including italics, links, bold and more. Another major highlight of Apollo is the ability to “favorite” subreddits and jump to them directly from the “Posts” tab. It’s a simple thing but makes finding the content you want so much faster.
For anyone who wants a Reddit app that does not look like other Reddit apps, Slide is the answer. Upon launching the app for the first time, you are given the choice of four separate looks. One of the favorites is the card style which focuses on image and video previews as you scroll through all of your subreddit subscriptions.
Slide emphasizes its ad-free experience without compromising features like full offline capability. Want to read Reddit on a plane that does not have Wi-Fi? No problem, as Slide can make that happen. Slide also syncs all personalization settings through iCloud, so both your iPhone and iPad are always synced.
Want a custom theme? Slide has that, too, with a host of icon options as well as dark and light mode. Pro subscribers even have the option of an ad-block in websites that are visited from inside Slide, ensuring you don’t ever have to see ads again. While the iPhone version only offers one column to search from, the iPad app offers a number of columns to see on the screen at once, depending on which display size you are using.
Narwahl has long been a staple of the iPhone and Reddit community. Anyone looking for Reddit clients for iOS that focus heavily on gestures to move throughout the app should look closely at Narwhal. This app may be one of the apps that feels closest to the official Reddit app in terms of looks but without the ads or “extras” that can cloud the official app.
Touching the Narwhal logo at the top on the main page of the screen causes it to switch quickly between light and dark modes. Dark mode, in particular, looks incredibly fresh and smooth. Reading the comments is incredibly easy to follow, and since the comments are often the best part of Reddit, this is one area every app needs to nail down.
As for gestures, you can vote comments up or down with a swipe. You can swipe right to save a thread for reading later or swipe all the way right to hide it completely. One of the few Reddit clients for iOS to offer a “sidebar,” the sidebar makes it super easy to locate and navigate directly to your favorite subreddits. Like Slide and Apollo, Narwhal also offers customization options including changing the app icon, passcode, Face ID lock or a variety of other ways to change the interface.
While third-party options are great, sometimes you just want to use Reddit the way it was meant to be used. In those cases, the official Reddit app is the best option. The interface is minimal and clean, albeit full of ads. The app offers infinite scrolling, allowing you to never run out of the well over 100,000 subreddits.
In all fairness, the official app is fine for the majority of Reddit users. It will always get a first chance at the newest features or tools coming to Reddit. The app is updated frequently, as bugs are crushed quickly, and the developers introduce new features (some small, some big) often. If you want the most true-to-life Reddit experience on the iPhone, the official app is as good as it gets.
Focusing on a fast but sharp-looking interface, Comet for Reddit is another great option. Like Apollo, Comet offers full Markdown support, and like the official Reddit app, Comet offers infinite scrolling. The media viewer is top-notch, enabling you to see Reddit’s various GIFs and videos in all their glory. Five themes and four-post layouts ensure there is a customization option for everyone. That’s on top of more than 60 other app settings that can be personalized as well.
Comet also stands out for the ability to add an unlimited number of accounts. Want to see all your downvoted content? That’s easy with Comet. You can see all of your upvoted comments as well. The unique user interface adds a fresh layer for anyone who uses Reddit daily. It’s this interface plus native Reddit features that helps differentiate it from the rest of the third-party options.
There are many more Reddit clients for iOS, but these stand out as the best. For all intents and purposes, most people will never look past Apollo. If you are looking for more ways to enhance your Reddit experience, try Reddit Enhancement Suite (RES).
Image credit: Reddit app on App Store. by DepositPhotos
David Beren is a freelance tech writer with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He loves dogs, his kids and all things Nintendo.
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