How I Write Medium Stories on Mobile
I have a computer, but sometimes I’m away from it for hours at a time. What do I have on me at all times? My phone.
Most of my Medium stories, including this one, were written and posted directly from my phone. It took me awhile to figure out the method, and it can be tricky, but it’s perfectly doable.
There are some features that you can only use on a computer, though, so I’d recommend finishing up and posting your stories there if you can.
But if you can’t? Here’s how I do it.
1. First, write the story in the Medium app.
I start by creating a post in the Medium app on my Android phone. (I’ve heard you
can use Ulysses on an iPhone, but I’ve never tried it, so I can’t vouch for it.)
I type up the post, add links and formatting, and ta-da! A post.
Sometimes I find that typing in the app makes my text a little wonky. The text sometimes won’t stay on one line, and jumps to the next line. This is tough, and there’s no easy fix. Sometimes erasing the problem line and re-typing it fixes the problem.
It’s also hard to add an image on the app. You can add one from your phone, but that’s about it. At this point, save your story and close out of it, then go to the next step.
2. Use the web site to put in your image and tags.
After the post is written, I flip over to Chrome, and open it in desktop mode. To do that, click the three dots in the right-hand corner and select “Desktop site.”
Then, go to the story. You can’t edit the text from here, but you can add an image.
Click on the line where you want your image to go, and a plus sign will appear. Using the magnifying glass icon, search for and choose an image on Unsplash. If you want to use an image from another source, you’ll have to do it on a computer.
When you choose an image, it will automatically add attribution.
(What if you change your mind? No worries! Go back to the mobile app and open up your story. Click on the image, and you’ll see a tiny X appear in the right upper corner. Click that, and the picture will be deleted.)
From the browser page, click “Publish” and fix your title and subtitle if necessary, then select five tags. You can also schedule your post from here.
You can submit to a publication from the browser page, but it’s tricky and doesn’t always work for me.
From the desktop site, you can grab your link or “friends link” and share your post. You’ve done it!
Do you have any tips or tricks for posting on mobile? If so, please share!