Paperpile for iOS and Android (private beta) 📱



Paperpile is awesome and I have already used it for several scientific manuscripts. Would very much appreciate beta testing for iOS. Already applied a while ago :wink:

Keep up the amazing work!


Been using paperpile very happily for a little more than two years and just got an iPad Pro, would be awesome to get to contribute to the development of the iOS app!



Been enjoying the beta for a while now.
Since the recent update, I’ve been losing free-form annotations on my iPad quite often right after I finish annotating. But it’s not all annotations, only a subset… could you look into this?

Thank you!


Hi Stefan et al.,
Thank you so much for your hard work in putting together this awesome reference manager. I am eager to try the iOS paperpile app and am hoping that you could send me an invite for the IOS version please, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.



Dear Paperpile

I have been using the iOS version for a while and I am also impressed with the app just like other beta-testers. Here I want to give some positive observations as well as some points that need improvements at this point.

Positive observations-

  • The app is nicely designed.
  • Annotation experience is great. Highlights, comments, and even free-handwriting are performing really well and really smoothly. The annotation tool bar can be relocated between right and left side, this is great. There is a tap that can be clicked and shows list of all the annotations.
  • Article organization tool works well. I can reorganize the articles and put them in different folders. However, I notice that it took some times to process.

Points for improvements

  • The major point for improvement is regarding the importing of article when it is opened from Safari on iOS. So far, the icon of Paperpile only appears in the ‘share’ button of Safari when I access webpage of that article, which allows me to import the article metadata. However, when I go to Paperpile app and click download Pdf to read on iOS, I can’t. When I go directly to the PDF file of the article, no Paperpile icon appear when I click the Safari share icon.

At this point, I import the PDF file onto other app first, in my case Paper3. Then I click “Open in” to send it to Paperpile. So at this step, I have to article PDF file in the Paperpile. However, it appears in Paperpile as a separate file, with the title of Paper3 codename. I don’t know how to merge the PDF and the metadata. Right now I have the metadata in one entry, and the PDF in the other entry.

I wish the when I open PDF file of articles on Safari for iOS, I can directly share the PDF to Paperpile. I really hope that Paperpile will be able to complete the metadata of the PDF file automatically.

  • I wish we can export all of the annotations.

Ok. So those were all the comments I have so far. Again, I’m writing these comments not to complain but to contribute to the app development as a beta tester. :slight_smile:

Thank you so much for developing the app and let us join you to develop it.



Would appreciate getting the invite for iOS. Signed up via then link about two weeks ago.


Dear Paperpile,

Let me post another point for the improvement of Paperpile iOS.

Since I am not from an english speaking country, I depend on the “look up” function of iOS to get the meaning of word i don’t understand instantly without switching to a dictionary. Normally the “Look up” option appears along with other options (e.g. copy, paste, select, select all, highlight, underline, etc…) when I select a word.

However, i just notice that when i select a word in Paperpile, there is no “Look up” in the option provided. So it would be very helpful for non-english users like me if you include the look up function in your app.

Best regards,


Really enjoying share to paperpile option. I commonly encounter suggested papers while browsing twitter on my phone and it’s an absolute pleasure to be able to click on the link, share to paperpile, and voila, it’s in my library.

One possible suggestion for a minor quality of life improvement: I frequently tag these with a to-read tag so I can find them again. Would be great to have the ability to assign a default tag to assign shared papers in the mobile app.

Keep up the good work


Cite while you write is my dream on the iPad Pro! There just isn’t that much discussion about it on the web. I can’t believe more people don’t want to need this. Please someone solve this! Well, Apple could do it in a heartbeat if we could get full Chrome running on an iPad Pro…