Commons Mobile App

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The App

The Commons Mobile App is a community maintained app that makes it easy to upload your pictures to Wikimedia Commons. The app can be installed on any Android device and uses your Commons user account to upload photos.

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The Community

Join one of the largest photo and multimedia communities in the world. Commons is not only the image repository for Wikipedia, but an independent project that seeks to document the world with photos, videos and recordings.

The community organizes many annual events and contests, such as Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Earth. By using the app you can easily take pictures when you come across a landmark that might be missing a picture, requires a different angle, or has not been photographed for a while.

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Upload your files anywhere

You can upload your pictures anywhere you have time. For example during the bus ride home from a photo trip.

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View your uploads

The app shows all the uploads you made to Commons. This is a great way to easily view your contributions.

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View nearby missing images

The app lets you view nearby missing images. This way you help out Wikipedia to have images for all articles, and you will discover beautiful places close to you.

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Categorize your photos

Assign categories to your photos, which makes them easier for other people to find.

Installation & Usage

Installing and using the app is easy:

  1. Download Wikimedia Commons from the Google Play Store
  2. Take a picture of something interesting
  3. In your camera app, click to view the picture you just took
  4. Press "Share"
  5. Select Commons
  6. The first time you will need to log in (if you don't have an account, create one for free at this step)
  7. Enter a name and description for the picture
  8. Enter as many relevant categories as possible
  9. Press Save

Photo Guidelines

The following guidelines will help you to understand what photos the community is looking for. There is flexibility in these guidelines and they don't cover all cases. If you are unsure, just upload your photo and discuss it with the community.