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The InfoBarrel App for iPhone

By Edited Aug 7, 2016 6 16

InfoBarrel has an app

Many InfoBarrel writers will be pleased to know that they can easily and quickly access their InfoBarrel homepage directly from their iPhone!

Whether you are a writer for InfoBarrel, or an avid reader, if you have an iPhone you may want to set up an unofficial InfoBarrel icon on the screen of your phone. One you have done that, you will actually feel as though you can say, "there's an app for that!" I have found that I use my InfoBarrel icon several times a day, and it makes it so much easier to keep track of my progress as a writer on InfoBarrel. Even if you don't write much, but primarily enjoy reading some of the articles that are written by other writers on this site, you will still enjoy having the ability to quickly access the site.

How to Set Up the InfoBarrel Icon on Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone, you probably already are familiar with the App Store. However, I could not find an official InfoBarrel app in the App Store because they have not created one, yet.  (An official one is planned for the future.)  Instead, I was able to set it up by using the Safari icon. Safari is on the bottom of your screen. Touch the Safari icon. When the screen opens up, touch the search box at the top of the screen. When you do, your keyboard will pop up. Type in www.infobarrel.com. A number of choices will pop up, but not all of them will take you directly to InfoBarrel.

Find the article bookmark that says, "About Us – InfoBarrel." To be sure you're at the right bookmark, the description says, "To put it in less words, InfoBarrel.com is a Shared Revenue Social Media Community. We are creating a venue for writers, media producers and other content developers to …" At the bottom of the bookmark, it will have a link directly to InfoBarrel. Touch this bookmark on your iPhone screen and "voila" you are on the InfoBarrel site, at an article written by Admin.

If you are an InfoBarrel writer, log in, just as you normally would. You will probably need to swipe your fingers across the page to enlarge the text. This makes it easier to touch the correct place on the screen to log in. Once you have logged in, you will be able to see your articles, and the articles of the people you subscribe to. You can also go to the Forum, the InfoBarrel homepage and most other areas of InfoBarrel. During my first visit to the site using my iPhone, I clicked on the plus sign at the bottom of my iPhone page. A pop-up appeared asking if I would like to bookmark the site or or add it to your home screen. I clicked on it, and now I have an icon on my screen that takes me directly to my personal InfoBarrel homepage.

How I Use my InfoBarrel Icon for iPhone

Now that I have an icon on my iPhone that goes directly to my home page, I have used my iPhone to check on the number of views I am getting on an article, read and comment on articles written by other writers, and make comments on Forum. It is so nice to be able to do these things while taking a break at work, or while sitting in my armchair, watching a television show! I feel that my access to InfoBarrel is never more than an arm length away!

Things I Have Not Tried with my InfoBarrel App

I have not tried to write or edit an article directly by using my icon. I believe it would be tedious using the small iPhone keyboard to write a full length article or to even make serious edits. However, I have used my iPhone notepad to write a rough draft of an article, in particular when I was away from home and wanted to take notes. Afterwards, I emailed the notes to myself and, when I returned home, I was able to cut and paste the rough draft from my email into a word document. Once I had it on the word document, I was able to refine the article and then cut and paste it into the "Create" section of my InfoBarrel homepage, using my computer.

As you can see, putting "smart phone" technology to work has made it much easier for me to keep up with my writing projects on InfoBarrel. Although my experience has been with the iPhone, I am sure it is probable that other smart phones also have similar capabilities. I would be interested in hearing about it if some of my fellow writers have experimented with finding InfoBarrel icons on their phones, too!


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Oct 15, 2010 4:23am
Wow well that should help those on info barrel using an iphone
Oct 15, 2010 9:20am
thnaks for this useful info
Oct 15, 2010 8:12pm
Now if I only had an iphone maybe i could write more.
Oct 16, 2010 8:36am
This is great news! Thanks for keeping us informed!
Oct 16, 2010 9:14pm
I do not own an iphone, but was thrilled to read that IB had an app! My teenager will be impressed!
Oct 21, 2010 6:51pm
Very good news - I didn't know there was an app for IB!
Feb 10, 2011 2:59am
Thank you for sharing your experience. Give me hope.
Aug 15, 2011 4:43pm
Wow! I didn't knonw. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up for me
Jan 23, 2012 4:34pm
Great article, surprised the App Store doesn't have this one.
Jan 24, 2012 10:47pm
Thanks for your comments. I'm surprised, too, that InfoBarrel hasn't gotten their app set up on the App Store, yet. Of course, they are making improvements all the time, so this may be one that they are working on! Even without a regular app, I love being able to access InfoBarrel from my phone. I make comments on articles, read the forum, see what's on the front page ... and all from my phone!
Jan 25, 2012 2:58am
as an android phone user, i'm jealous that there's an IB iPhone app! i can access IB with my phone's browser (and i do) but alas the whole process is pretty clunky. great article!
Feb 6, 2013 6:11am
I'm with Tekata. I'm an Android user, and if I had an app where I could just lie in bed and write away, I'd likely be producing *much* more content than I currently do. It just seems so necessary to have! How can we encourage the powers that be to make writing apps a priority?
Feb 6, 2013 6:11am
Sorry. *tekaha.
Feb 6, 2013 7:20pm
Thank you for your comments, Tekaha and Schmendrick. We really do need an InfoBarrel app, and I am sure we will get one sometime in the next few years, too!
Apr 13, 2013 9:13am
Nice article about the app for the iphone. I just hope they have one for the android market soon.
Apr 13, 2013 2:48pm
Kevin and Ryan, the guys who started InfoBarrel, hope to eventually have official apps for both the iPhone and Android systems. Until then, we have to create our own. As fast as technology changes, it can be really hard to keep up with it all!
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