Paperpile for iOS and Android private beta (closed)

On which device are you?

We tried many layouts, turned out to be really tricky. It’s not really useful to abbreviate the title which takes most of the space. We will probably more aggressively abbreviate the author list. Actually we have started that and will show first and last authors.
Also it’s planned to hide the toolbar on top while scrolling (like for example in Google News) and make the bottom tab bar smaller on phones.

I’ve filled out the request form to be included in the iOS beta a couple of time now and still no invite. How can I find out whether it’s likely I’ll get one? I love paperpile, but would really love to get involved in the beta.

I’ve been testing Ipad version of Paperpile,
The existing references were successfully imported into the Ipad version, there were no problems accessing the abstract.
But, even though I can see the attached pdf file icon below the abstract section, it would not open however I tried. Is it normal or pdf opening function not implemented yet?
Do I have import all the pdf files once again on Ipad version of Paperpile?

Besides, clicking “On My Device” leads to app crash, as many of the members of this forum verified.

I’m using a Moto G7 Play with Android 9, and I’m having consistent issues using the app to annotate PDFs. The most vexing problem is that the app keeps losing my annotations (highlights and notes) and not syncing them with the files stored in the Paperpile folder in my Google Drive. This behavior is frustrating and makes the app unusable for reading and annotating papers, which was how I had hoped to use it in the first place.

This is my first feedback, so please excuse me if I’m not doing it properly.

Overall the app is great, and I found no errors at all - running Android 10 on Pixel 3 XL.

I don’t know if this was already discussed but I really think it’s annoying to deal with the zoom level while reading my papers on landscape mode. Because the zoom level of the PDF isn’t kept the same after rolling to the next page (see the image attached, captured in the exact moment).

Is there any possibility to keep the zoom level intact while turning the page?


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I’ve submitted the form a couple weeks ago but have not yet received the beta invitation and would love to use PaperPile on my iOS devices (primarily my iPad Pro). I have been using Paperpile for a couple years and absolutely love it. Do we have an ETA of when this invitation will be sent and/or when the public version will be available?

Use the in-app chat in the webapp to request access as stated in the first post of this thread.

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I have been a subscribed paperpile user for 3 years and payed >$100 for the subscription. I signed up for the iOS beta test program in late 2018, have been waiting for the (developer) team to send me an invitation but received nothing (as of 01/23/2020). It’s been years of waiting and I cannot help wondering “does this so-called iOS beta version” really exist?"

Sorry about the long wait, @Peng_Zhou. Please message us via chat or email ( to confirm your account and we’ll send you the invite.

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sure my account is thanks!

iOS 13.3.1 on iPad

there is a problem with importing refs from certain journal (publishers?) sites than can be circumvented by looking the paper up on pubmed, e.g. this:

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Seems like the PDF viewer is missing a way to handle semitransparent annotations. I’ve attached two photos. One is the PDF that has been annotated (with transparent highlights) in another application on my iPad. When I open that same document in the iPad Paperpile app, the annotations are completely opaque.

I started using the Android app on Pixel4XL w/ Android10. I can easily add papers from the browser by sharing, but the PDF is not downloaded. It says something went wrong. The Android app already can successfully login with EZproxy (so it is not an access problem) and I could auto-download the pdf from laptop paperpile (so it is not a problem with paper’s metadata).

I’d love to contribute to the iOS beta if possible. I use paperpile for citations but tend to do my reading and annotation on other iPad aps. This would cut out the middleman very nicely!

I got access by writing a private message through the messenger, I recommend everyone to do the same. I really like the app and use it already daily.

Interestingly, when I am connected to the wifi and want to add a paper, Paperpile says no internet connection. Using mobile data solves the problem.


wow, I cannot wait till official launching
I want to contribute to the iOS beta if possible I use mac and iOS both, and tend to do my reading and annotation on iPad, iOS support should be seamless and elegant experience I guess… Can I join ??

Hello I would like to join beta testing. Awesome tool!

We have released a new update for iOS and Android on Feb 27h. Here is what’s new. This should be the last release before it will be publicly available in the App Store and Play Store :crossed_fingers:

  • New start screens and illustrations.
  • Improvements to the main list (author abbreviations, search keyword highlights,…).
  • New design of details view including list with complete reference information.
  • Many more user interface tweaks and improvements.
  • Performance and stability improvements for the “Share with Paperpile” feature.
  • Various fixes and improvements to PDF editor and annotation sync.
  • Android: reduced app size by one third.
  • Fixed ‘On your device’ crash.

Hi! I updated the app recently and while I see the release notes say there have been improvements made to the “save to paperpile” feature, I’m unable to use it at all! I was able to use it before the update but now I can’t find the option anywhere. I’m on iOS 13.1.3, trying to save references with the safari browser app. Am I missing something? Anyone else have this problem?