If you’re a socialite, or just bored often, Twitter is an app you use often. But the official Twitter app for Android is very limited in its features and crashes often. I’m here to tell you that there are much better Twitter apps for Android. Some are free, while others cost no more than $5 (although they’re worth it). Everyone places more weight on different features (I prefer apps that are highly customizable in their look, for example), and there are a plethora of Twitter options to fit your need.
So without further ado, here are 6 of the best Twitter apps for Android:
1. TweetCaster Pro
TweetCaster has a ton of customization options. Not only does it have numerous theme options, you can also customize the font size, the color of tweets for anyone mentioning your account, auto-refresh intervals and more. The pro version gets rid of the annoying ads. Aside from the cheesy logo at the top — man is it ugly — the app runs smoothly and doesn’t crash often. It’s $4.99, but it’s well worth it to get rid of the annoying ads.
Hootsuite is the best Android twitter app for those running a professional Twitter account that has to be closely monitored. You’re able to fully manage up to three social network accounts for free, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Foursquare. With Hootsuite, users can schedule posts (including photos) and messages, and are also able to track analytics. So if you love numbers and data, Hootsuite is your best Android option for Twitter. It also shortens links with Ow.ly for even more click-through stat report data.
3. Talon Plus
Talon’s free app isn’t accepting any new users due to the fact that it used up all of its tokens on Google Play, and at $3.99, it has a steep hill to climb. But if you’re on Android 5.0 (which is the only Android OS that Talon Plus works with), the app is the best Android Twitter app. Talon Plus is bold and colorful and incredibly speedy. You can add favorite users, swipe between timelines and lists, there’s a night mode, and you can expand tweets right from your timeline for quick interaction. If all of the notifications begin to annoy you (you know, because you’re so popular on Twitter), you’re able to set Talon Plus into “Do not disturb” mode. Talon Plus also has a sexy widget you can add to your homescreen, and supports DashClock. Furthermore, Talon Plus has its own native YouTube player and in-app browser. For a full featured Twitter Android app, get Talon Plus.
Plume is a simplistic Twitter app that sports the strongest design out of all of the Twitter apps available. You can set this Twitter app to have tabs at the top of the screen that allow you to quickly navigate through your timeline, mentions and direct messages. And, best of all, the app displays a number next to each heading that tells you how many items under that category are unread. The menu is a slide-out, intuitive one, and the app has a great deal of customization options available.
Twidere is one of the best free Twitter apps for Android due to it being as close as you’re going to get to creating your own Twitter app without writing any code. Twidere is truly a unique app, in that it allows you to set the background colors, typeface, how individual tweets are displayed and even how animations and images are shown. You’re also able to tweak the experience by adding a scroll slider, changing the position of the compose tweet button, and adding a count for unread tweets. All of this customization is included with the free app, too. Even without any of the customization options, Twidere is still a very reliable Twitter client for Android.
Fenix is another pricey Twitter app that’ll cost you $4.49 (the equivalent of a high-end Starbucks latte), but I wouldn’t throw it on this list if it wasn’t worth the price of admission. The layout is beautifully designed and looks gorgeous. Some of its more notable features include the ability to mute users, hashtags or custom keywords (so if you get sick of reading about Kim Kardashian, you can mute any tweet that mentions her). That’s probably its most useful feature, but there’s more, including timeline and mentions widgets, a customizable navigation bar, and theme options.