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Why are Tips and Notes not available on mobile?

It seems completely ridiculous to me that the tips and notes available in the browser version of Duolingo can't be accessed at ALL on the mobile apps. I practice almost exclusively on the Android app and only recently discovered that Duolingo even OFFERS tips and notes for lessons!

All of the discussions I've seen about this problem are months or years old, but I want to know why this hasn't been implemented yet. The guesswork required without those notes is nothing short of infuriating at times, and I just don't see the logic in an education app hiding information from mobile users. The other differences between mobile and desktop were tolerable, but this is just insane.

November 22, 2017



Why? Because Duolingo staff holds Tips & Notes in low priority, which, in my opinion, is absolutely ridiculous because the Tips & Notes are the only things on duolingo that teach grammar, which is really important.

I mean, look at the Japanese course for example. Hardly any of the skills have tips and notes. I knew nothing about Japanese when I started the course, so I was extremely clueless, and the loss of tips and notes didn't help. The main reason I wanted Japanese on the web was for tips and notes. And then it came on the web... With no tips and notes. The only Japanese grammar I know comes from other sites, like Japanese pod 101 (it's a great site, by the way, I totally recommend it.) The Japanese course is great, but when Tree 2 comes, I hope it has tips and notes.


I'd like to know the reasoning for this too.


Believe it or not, I didn't know about tips and notes until like a week ago. I've been on here since late September and I never knew about it for the longest time.....so my entire time here, until a little while ago, I was guessing and using hints. For the things I hadn't completely learned yet, I relied on hints, as well as my own brain. Guesswork played a HUGE role in my learning for over a month.....I'm glad I discovered tips and notes though. And I do hope for everyone else's sake that this gets fixed soon.


I have always wondered.

I would haved dumped the Irish course after a couple of weeks if not for both the Tips and Notes and the comments in the forum. The Forums are accessable on smartphones, but uncomfortable. But they are not enough.

A friend of mine once tried Spanish. I told him "Do use the web interface to get explanations at least once in a while!". I told him "Do use some external sources to help you understand things!" He said: "No, it is a smartphone app, it must be everything you need!" He discarded Duolingo in frustration a couple of days later. I know that Duolingo claims the 85% or so statistics, but I think it is faulty. For one, I also use the Android app 90% of the time. But I needed the web lessons in order to do that! Besides: How many of the people who use the smartphone app almost exclusively use external sources like books or school classes? The statistics do not cover that question!

As for me, I absolutely hate looking ad words and not understanding them. I hate having to guess why the words look like they and are arranged like they are when all I need is a simple explanation.


Just saw your post, shown as 2 years ago. And I still have the same issue even now...


it is still is as of today


You can still access tips and notes on a mobile device, you just have to use your phones browser.


I tried and it doesn’t work. The mobile web looks sort of like the old app (before the stats bar and health) and has even fewer capabilities. It is missing tips and notes unfortunately.


Your mobile browser should have an option in the browser menu to pull the desktop version of the page. The mobile version of the site does suck, but it's at least a workaround.


I have never been able to get the Web version of Duolingo on my iPhone or iPad -- I can force Safari to display the non-mobile version for almost every other site, but Duolingo insists on overriding my choice :(


Same problem. Duolingo itself has an option I can use to get to the web version of the forum, but for the tree and lessons, that option isn't available.

The Tips & Notes used to be accessible directly from the mobile version, but they wholly changed the mobile version a few months ago, and since then, no luck.

Thomas.Heiss, if I ever care enough, you've given me an idea for something to try, thank you!


I cannot see an option to do that. I can see it when I go to the courses page and the discussion forum on mobile, but not when I'm on the tree.


Totally agree. For me it is the main problem of the app


Ugh, still an issue years later and there are dozens of forum threads on this, probably thousands of posts. And it's literally a 10-minute coding job to get these shown on mobile for all languages that have them. There must be a high-ranking guy at Duolingo who keeps saying, "Tips on mobile? Absolutely not! I want them to keep coming to our web site where we can show them even more ads and get more revenue."


I downloaded the latest app and it's still doesn't have tips

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