Is working in WikiTree from an Ipad or any Tablet more difficult than working from a laptop of PC?

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I'm mentoring someone right now who has some difficulty in getting to understand the basics of WikiTree, but she is working from a tablet.

My own personal experience with working from a tablet was that it was not working. Too one dimensional - I need a separate keyboard with Alt + Tab to switch between the many profiles.

Is there any easy way that a new person on WikiTree can learn the ins and out through working on an Ipad? If so, what tips could I use?
in WikiTree Tech by Philip van der Walt G2G6 Pilot (158k points)
retagged by Keith Hathaway
I use my iPhone 95% of the time. It probably has a lot to do with understanding how browser tabs work in Safari. I open lots of browser windows and know the mechanics of hopping between them. Also, if you turn the device sideways, you can see the tabs. You have to be comfortable with tiny typing methods. For typing blocks of text, a hard keyboard is the way to go (PC, Mac), but you CAN get a Bluetooth keyboard for a phone or tablet, if you don't own a larger device.
Thanks Sandi!
Let me know if I can help the person directly. You could have them PM me.
Wonderful, thanks Sandi, will do so.
It's easier on the iPad than the iPhone. iPhone won't retain login information, so if you click on a link from email into Wikitree, you have to log in EVERY TIME.

Workaround on iPhone: in email, tap-hold on URL in email. Menu will pop up; select COPY.

Double-press home button and bring up Safari window where you're already logged into wikitree. PASTE into the URL window.
I don't have any problems at all staying logged in or opening links from email. iPhone 4, 5, & 6. Something else going on me thinks.

4 Answers

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Philip, I agree with you, I find Wikitree on my tablet very frustrating. There is no way to use it to the full capacity. If someone can show us the way I will be very greatfull.
by Esmé van der Westhuizen G2G6 Pilot (125k points)
+4 votes
I tried to use my tablet a couple of times and gave up. WikiTree is hard to learn and use on a laptop or desktop computer but next to impossible on a tablet or smartphone.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
+4 votes

My answer actually (from comment). It's NOT impossible. I use my iPhone 95% of the time. It probably has a lot to do with understanding how browser tabs work in Safari. I open lots of browser windows and know the mechanics of hopping between them. Also, if you turn the device sideways, you can see the tabs. You have to be comfortable with tiny typing methods. For typing blocks of text, a hard keyboard is the way to go (PC, Mac), but you CAN get a Bluetooth keyboard for a phone or tablet, if you don't own a larger device.

by Anonymous W G2G6 Mach 6 (65.4k points)
+2 votes
I've only ever used Wikitree from an iPad (1 and 2) and find it very convenient. I do use a bluetooth keyboard often though as the pop-up virtual keyboard can be annoying, but a boon for non- Enlish text. However a lot of my research has been paper based, and I do not use the big family history sites. I am importing my info via Gedcoms and matching and merging is easy.

HTH, Chris
by Chris Little G2G6 Mach 3 (36.5k points)

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