Whether you have celebrated several cake days or if you are currently getting your feet wet with Reddit, it is a passport to choose your favorite smartphone client. Fast spoiler: The best option is certainly not the official Reddit app.
Reddit's mobile site is pretty decent, but there is no better way to see "the front of the Internet" than with a dedicated app. Fortunately, heated competition in this sector means that we have many good options to choose from on Android. The selection may seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but especially five devices stand out above the rest. These apps will be the focus of today's comparison.
The interfaces for submitting posts for all five of these apps are very similar, but the browser experience varies a lot. Some use Android built-in web pages (WebView) to display all links, while others can handle links from YouTube, Imgur and more with a built-in popup viewer. Some follow the Android principles of material design, while others have their own unique interface. So there are many differentiating factors, and I will go into them in more detail below.
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- Price for Pro Version: The price you have to pay for to remove ads and / or unlock additional features.
- Ads in free version: If or not contains the free version of the app ads.
- Themes: Most Reddit apps have themes, but some let you change the look of almost every user interface.
- Automatic night mode: A feature that automatically changes the app's primary colors to a dark gray or black when it is night time in your area.
- Subreddit Navigation: Here's how to open one of your subscribed subreddits. Most Android apps follow material design instructions and use the sidebar menu (hamburger menu) as a list of your subs, while some offer other solutions like trickling between tabs. Here the options were preferable, so we gave profits to apps that let you navigate between subreddits in more than one way.
- Rearrange Subreddit List: Whether you can change the order of the list of subreddits you are subscribed to. This is helpful if you find yourself visiting a selection of subscriptions more often than others in your list, as you don't have to browse almost as much.
- Setting Search: Most of these apps have a setting for everything, but it can make it difficult to find the option you are looking for. If an app is marked with "Yes" this means that there is a search function built into the setup menu.
- Browsing Gestures: Swiping to navigate through Reddit, that is, from one post back to front page, from a link back to the comment section, or any other such gesture that helps to browse.
- Upvote & Downvote Gestures: The ability to swipe, double-tap or triple press a post or comment to state the content. Only one app in our last five had this feature.
- Live Comment Mode: With AMAs and breaking news, you might like to update the comment field to look for new content. Live Comment mode automatically does this for you, making almost the Reddit thread the Live Chat room.
- Incognito Mode: The ability to open subreddits, user profiles or links without the activity being recorded in the app's internal history. Synchronization has an option to open any subreddit in incognito state, while Slide has a setting that simply does not record history when opening an NSFW sub-suite.
- Data usage controls: Options for limiting the app's data usage during cellular. Usually this is done by reducing the quality of the media and disabling features such as inline GIF playback (see below).
- Offline Browsing: The ability to cache underreddit, comments and / or links. With this feature, you can download your favorite discounts and all content, and you can still read Reddit when you're on the plane or in an area without reception.
- Native Viewer: The ability to view content in a pop-up viewer inside the app without having to open media links (images, GIFs, videos, etc.) in a browser. The five finalist apps were all capable of managing most Reddit posts, but some of the apps that missed the clip could only handle selected sites like Imgur.
- Imgur Album Support: Whether the app can display Imgur albums in its original viewer. While all apps listed here can open a single Imgur link in the app, some may force you to view albums in a web browser.
- Media Permit Only: A display mode that displays media only, which is useful for image, video, and GIF subpages.
- Reader Mode: If an app is marked as "Yes" here, it can format web links to make them easier to read on a phone.
- Inline GIF Playback: GIF files as autoplay while browsing through the front page or a sub-suite – in other words, you don't have to tap a GIF to watch it; instead, it simply plays in the main feed.
- Peek Media: Long-pressing pictures, GIFs and videos open them in a pop-up viewer and then release closes the media. This is usually faster than tapping an image to open it and then tapping your back button to close it.
- Peek Links: Like Peek Media above, long press a link to open it in a quick pop-up viewer.
- Peek Comments: The ability to long press the comment indicator on a post to see a quick preview of the comment section.
- Filter Keywords: Block posts containing certain words.
- Filter users: Block special users.
- Filter domains: Block posts from certain websites.
- Filter Subreddits: Prevent subreddits from appearing in /r/all.
- Filter Flair: Block posts tagged with a certain feel.
- Tag Users: The ability to tag a user for your own future reference. These tags then appear as characters next to the user's screen name that only you can see.
- Show sidebars: Whether the app allows you to open an under-edited sidebar.
- Edit user fliers: The ability to change your own feeling within a suhreadit.
- Display Flair: This category tells whether the app can show the user's feelings, either as text or as text along with images (in underreddits that support image-based user flair).
- Multireddit Support: The ability to create and / or display multireddits, which is a personal collection of selected sueddits. Think of multireddits as a smaller, curated front page.
- Trending Subreddits: Whether the app can show current trending subreddits – an ideal way to find new subs to subscribe.
- Table support: On Reddit, tables are much like spreadsheets. Some apps display the tables correctly with delimited columns and rows, while others only show data in a jumbled touch. Relay is an outlier here – it uploads tables as raw data first but provides a link that you can tap to make the table correct.
- Subreddit Themes: Whether or not the app can display a subreddit embedded theme in any way.
- Favorite Subreddits: Reddit has a feature that lets you "star" substances, which then take them to the top of your subreddit list on the new desktop page. Some of these apps offer this full functionality, while others only let you favorite underdogs, but don't automatically show your favorite part in the list. A third type of app here lets you star underred and move them to the top, but these changes are not reflected on the desktop page, so it's just a feature of the app.
- Manual App Backup: With so many customization options in all these apps, you want the ability to manually back up the app's settings so that you can restore them to another device. Only a few apps allow you to do it manually, while others rely on Android's built-in backup system that can be beaten or missed.
- Message Channels: The ability to customize different types of messages coming from the app. For example, you can get mod mail to appear with a heads-up notification and make sound and then set the DMs to pop up. This feature requires Android 8.0 or later.
- App paths: The ability to long press on the app's homepage to access quick links to your favorite submissions. Requires Android 8.0 or later.
- Adaptive icon: Whether the app's home page icon supports Android Oreo's customizable icon function, so that the launcher automatically changes the shape of the icon to match the device's theme.  Why your favorite app was missing the clip
We anticipate many comments about how it is a travesty that we ended up with XYZ Reddit app, so let's go out in front of that.
The first omission that needs to be addressed is official Reddit app. Yes, it's pretty decent and it's actually official, but you're kidding yourself if you think it's somewhere near as functional as the third-party applications in this list. In fact, it had the smallest key features from all the apps we tested – only 6 out of 39.
Then there's Bacon Reader and Reddit is Fun, which used to be two of the best options many years ago. Times have changed, but if you still use an app that looks like this or this year 2019, it's time to re-evaluate some things. Loyalty is nice, familiar interface is comfortable, but trust me – the five apps that actually made our list are much more fluid and intuitive when you get used to them.
Finally, there is the app whose absence is likely to interfere with most people: Now for Reddit. This one simply missed the clip, as the five apps below had more key features than could now offer. As an example, Sync for Reddit either tied or won in 32 out of 39 comparison points – now, on the other hand, made 10 out of 39.
We actually tested all nine of the best Reddit apps for Android. To see how the whole field went, you can check out full version of our chart .
App 1: Synchronize for Reddit
If we do not nitpick there are just two things Sync for Reddit could do better: Be cheaper and implement upwote / downvote gestures. Outside of them you are about the perfect Reddit app here. Polished user interface? Verify. Infinite customization options? You bet. Show locations that are perfect for all types of media? Oh, you don't even know.
Let's start with the interface. The basic look is inspired by Google's material design 2, which emphasizes single sun colors to help apps invert their colors if they choose to implement dark mode. Synchronization has also followed in this respect with a dark mode that can be set permanently or automatically based on time of day. But the theme does not end there – you can set custom colors for each element in the app, from the background to buttons and accents.
When it comes to customization options, Sync is only rivaled by Joey, Slide and Boost, but Sync's setup menu is much more organized than them and even has a search feature so you can easily find the option you're looking for.
One of the best features here is the "Show customization" menu where you can select and select exactly which elements are displayed on posts, in comments and even the navigation box. So if you want a button to quickly save posts, you can add it. Or, if you prefer the same button to hide posts, you can replace it. If you want more options, you can add both buttons together with some others – or you can delete everything except the menu button for a clean look.
The area where Sync stands out most is with link management. Virtually every media site shared on Reddit is supported by Sync's built-in viewers, so tapping on an image, GIF or video in your stream results in media being played almost instantly rather than being loaded into an internal or external browser. This makes it feel as if Reddit is a place instead of a collection of links.
Other areas where Sync shines contain filters that can block content from users, websites, keywords, sueddits or even posts with a certain sense. GIF files and videos can even autoplay when you scroll, so there is no need to tap through. There is also support for almost all major Reddit-specific features, except for favorites (although Sync allows you to use star blocks for use on the desktop, it does not just change your subreddit list based on this system because it allows you to do so in app.)
Then there are two useful features in Sync that no other app shared: image fliers and offline downloads. The former is good for subs as / r / nba using logo-based style, while the latter is where Sync gets its name: you can synchronize a subreddit's media and comments to your device so they are still available when you're offline.
Synchronization offers two ways to browse your list of subreddits: a page navigation menu or a drop-down menu. The former can be accessed by seeping in from the left edge of almost any screen, while the latter works by tapping the subreddit's name in the taskbar upwards. Navigation guests are smart, including a turn-to-back feature and the ability to watch images and videos by long pressing them.
Syncs Developer, Laurence Dawson, is extremely active, issues regular updates for over five years now and responds on community inquiries, so the app just keeps getting better. That being said, the gap between Sync and the rest of the field has closed in recent years, largely to the next app on our list.
App 2: Joey for Reddit
Joey goes toe-to-toe with synchronization, fills the sheet with almost all possible features. Important differences are lack of support for Imgur albums (quite a big disappointment), no ability to see a subreddit in their native theme and subpar support for built-in Android features like Appgen Shortcuts and Adaptive Icons. However, it does clear Sync in a key area: Unlike the first app on our list, Joey is completely free and does not show ads.
As one of the newest applications on our list, it's simply impressive how Joey's developers, codesForLiving, have quickly managed to put together one of the most rounded Reddit programs available. Joey really shines with its extensive themes and customization options, along with support for almost all major Reddit features. In short, you won't miss any major features with Joey.
Joey has more settings than a person may need, but that's the point – the app is built to accommodate all tastes. If you don't like how Joey behaves as a standard, even with the smallest things, chances are you can fix it. You have to do some poking around because there is no setup search but you can tweak everything from the animations to the font.
This app can handle almost all types of media submissions on Reddit, but there is a big exception: Imgur albums. If there is an Imgur link in your flow with only one image, it opens perfectly in the built-in viewer. But if the same type of link points to an album with several images, the app uses WebView to open the mobile version of Imgur instead. It's a little frustrating, but on the bright side, it's Joey's only major drawback.
However, where Joey really shines is with its price. Unlike other apps in this list, there is no pro version – Joey is completely free and does not display ads, so there is nothing to upgrade. So while it is missing in a few smaller areas compared to Sync, if you are not willing to pay for a Reddit app, this is what should go with.
Browsing the suberdits is a simple task thanks to a traditional page navigation menu and a set of tabs. You can swipe from the left edge to display the full list of easy scrolling, or you can swipe left or right to scroll through your subscriptions one by one. And there's a really cool Instagram-like up / downvote gesture: double-click to offset a post, or triple-stroke to downplay it.
The guests do not stop there. When you look at a post, you can swipe right to go back. If you want to quickly see content without tapping through and then pressing your back button or swiping back, you can see almost anything in Joey by long pressing it. This works for media, links and even comments, which you can see in the second GIF below.
Aside from the specific issue with Imgur albums mentioned above, the only general complaint I had after testing Joey for a couple of days is the lack of Polish. Not to say that the app is not beautiful with smart UX elements – no, this is a very small issue. These are things like a crowded and tricky navigation menu and some minor quirks with animations.
Honestly, though, I can't say enough good things about Joey. If you are a fan of customization and you want to milk Reddit for everything it is worth – all without paying a dime or posting ads – this should be your new Reddit app.
App 3: Slide for Reddit
Slide is another do-it-all Reddit client, and like the two entries before it, it marks so many boxes. Some features are hidden behind a pay wall, but if you are willing to spring for the trial you will end up with one of the most robust Reddit programs for all platforms – an open source there!  There are many themes in Slide, but automatic day and night themes are not available in the free version. That being said, you can choose from dozens of colors to use as the main background and different user interfaces, and all of these can be combined with one of nine basic themes, including a true black theme for OLEDs.
There are some data points from the above diagram that I should clarify here. First, the image-based user's feel was used (there is a button in each sub-editors' sidebar offering "Sync Image Flair" and subtracting the part's CSS), but I couldn't get it to work. Ideally, this will happen anyway, as is the case with Sync for Reddit.
Secondly, upward and downward gestures apply only to comments once you have enabled the "Navigation bar vote gestures" setting. Doing so may hover up the up arrow or down arrow at the bottom of the screen to vote for comments. Don't give me wrong here, this is a good thing and an interesting feature – I just wanted to make it clear that you wouldn't get double and threefold buttons on the cast as with Joey.
Slide's setup menu is well organized and full of features, plus you can also search for a specific setting. You can find almost all types of media links on Reddit supported in the app's built-in pop-up viewer, which includes Imgur albums. But perhaps the best setting is a simple shift: Save NSFW History. With this turned off, you leave no traces when browsing the NSFW subdivisions.
Gestures are superfluous here – it's after all that Slide gets its name. Like Joey, you have two options to navigate your subreddit list: the page navigation menu or a set of tabs that you can swap between. The latter can be awkward if you subscribe to dozens of subs, but if you rearrange your subreddit list to put your most visited subs first, it becomes an indispensable feature.
You can watch photos and GIFs with long-lasting presses, and you can swipe right to go back. But Slide's coolest gesture is a simple left-swipe: when you look at a post, just slide your thumb aside and you will be taken to the next post. Compared: The 5 Best Reddit Apps for Android ” width=”234″ height=”234″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>