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Tweetbot 4 is one of the best Twitter clients for the iPhone that money can buy. It’s always been a solid client, but new long-awaited features were added to the 4th iteration that’s really brought the app back to the Twitter app throne.

Many of us have been using Tweetbot since it first appeared on iOS, and as such, we’ve become quite accustomed to all of the shortcuts and gestures that allow us to use the app in the most efficient way possible.

If you’re new to Tweetbot, then this list of 10 tips will help bring you up to speed. But even if you’ve been using Tweetbot since day one, you may find a tip or two in this list that you weren’t aware of. Watch the video, and let me know if any of the following 10 tips are new to you.

Mark all Direct Messages as read

Double tap the mailbox icon to quickly mark all DMs as read.

Quickly switch between themes

Use a two finger swipe-up or a two finger swipe-down gesture to switch between the light and dark themes respectively.

Custom buttons

Tap and hold either of the two buttons in the bottom right-hand corner to switch and customize the tabs at the bottom of the Tweetbot 4 interface.

Quick sharing

Instead of tapping the share button after tapping a tweet, simply tap and hold on a tweet to directly invoke the native iOS share sheet.

Quickly favorite or reply to a tweet

Use a short or long right swipe gesture on a tweet to quickly favorite or reply to a tweet. The short right swipe action can also be customized in Tweetbot’s settings to retweet instead of performing a favorite.

Switch accounts during message composition

Tap on the Twitter avatar while in the compose view to quickly switch between accounts without retyping an entire tweet.

Quickly compose a tweet from the last draft

Tap and hold on the compose button to automatically pick up from the last draft saved.

Quickly manage relationships

Tap and hold on the avatar of someone you follow to quickly access mute, follow, list membership, and more. This is quicker than the alternative route which involves tapping on the avatar and tapping the config button.

Rearrange account order

Tap on the account button in the upper left-hand corner, and tap and hold on an account avatar to rearrange to your liking.

Quickly switch accounts

Tap and hold on the account button and drag your finger to the account that you wish to switch to.

As a bonus, you can also switch accounts by left-swiping at the top of the screen .

Tweetbot switch account swipe

Thanks to Matt for pointing this out to me.

There are many more tips, tricks, and shortcuts to be found in Tweetbot 4, but these 10 should put you on the fast track to becoming a Tweetbot master. Which tip is your favorite? Are there any other tips that you would recommend?

Remember, the app is currently 50% off for a limited time, so now would be a good time to purchase Tweetbot 4 ($4.99) from the App Store if you’re at all interested in using it.

  • Patiently waiting for 3D Touch support…

    • Same. Would like a direct account switch option, compose option, and search option. That’s all I need.

    • Brandon

      dont get your hopes up, apparently calcbot is next on the roadmap for an update.

    • tunutsaigon

      Feel free to wait until Tweetbot 5 to have it… 😉

  • ready1take1

    The best part about tweetbot is the ability to change dark/bright themes based on your brightness level.

  • romeyinfc

    New to Tweetbot, wondering why the hell it doesn’t support the Retweet With Comments compose that’s been out for months now??

    • Leonard Wong

      Quote Tweet

      • romeyinfc

        Quote Tweet doesn’t use the new functionality, where you don’t have the previous Tweet apply to your character limit

    • ticky13

      Standard quote in settings.

      • romeyinfc

        Thanks for the tip!

  • Leonard Wong

    Pro/longtime user? I know every single tips shown here hahaha

  • K3NSH1R0

    Is there a way to refresh a post you’ve replied on without having to back out then go back in to see what you’ve written?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      Have you tried pulling down on the thread/post/conversation like you would to refresh your feed? If that doesn’t do the trick then I’m not sure.

  • Had no idea about the theme switch gesture and a few others (been using Tweetbot since the first one), so thank you!

  • The only thing I really really hate about Tweetbot? The icon. When are they going to design a good looking app icon?

    • Mr_Coldharbour

      The app icon is one of the most original app icons out there. It’s one of the things that makes the app so appealing, in my opinion. Of course, to each their own.

      • I respect what you said and respect those who like it. To me however it does look ugly.

  • therealjjohnson

    $4.99 is the half off price? I’ve purchased 2 too many tweetbots in the past. I’ll pass.

    • ticky13

      You can’t afford to pay the cost of a cup of coffee or a hamburger once every couple years?

      • therealjjohnson

        Did I mention that I can’t afford it? Am I not allowed to say that I do not want to purchase the latest version or should I just make up a friendly comment for some up votes?

    • fbara

      When you get a new car, even if it’s the same model, do you get it for free or are you expected to pay?
      This is a major undertaking and took 8 months to create. It’s not just a reskinning of the old app, they added a bunch of new features. Do you work for free for 8 months?

      I really can’t stand when people whine about having to pay for someone else’s work. What’s great is that nobody is forced to pay for the new version, the old one will continue to work.

      • therealjjohnson

        First, I wouldn’t buy the same car that I currently have. Doesn’t make too much sense for me. Second, you are not about to compare the cost of an automobile to the cost of an iPhone app. That is a stretch. Third, you comment about “can’t standing people who don’t want to pay for others peoples work” is misplaced. Where do you come from just lumping everyone together and getting on a soap box because I don’t want the new app. Did I say I wanted it for free? There is not twitter app worth $10 in my opinion. And these “new features” aren’t worth and extra $10 just to send out the same tweets you can do on any other app.

        Thing about the comment section is, I can comment and display my opinion on anything I want. Just because it differs from yours I’m one of the people who “doesn’t want to pay for other peoples work” smh. Do you usually make brash generalizations like this or is it just online? You seem like one of the “people who lump people together in groups unjustly” in your day to day life too.

      • fbara

        This statement is very telling and says a lot about who you are: “There is not twitter app worth $10 in my opinion. And these “new features” aren’t worth and extra $10 just to send out the same tweets you can do on any other app”.

        Months and months of work of several people went into this effort to produce a bit of software that runs on multiple devices with multiple OS versions and with multiple screen sizes. And this isn’t worth the price of almost 2 cups of coffee? That’s simply an insane statement but one I expect you to defend by saying “I didn’t say I’d want it for free”. Just curious, did you really think I was comparing the cost of an app to the cost of an automobile or is that just dumb stuff you say online?

        You see, the interesting thing about comments are, anyone can say dumb stuff stuff and they can continue to prove they don’t know what they’re talking about by backing it up with more brash, inane comments about things they, obviously, don’t know anything about. smh

      • therealjjohnson

        How can you ask if I really thought you were comparing the cost of an app to the cost of an automobile…when that is the very comparison that you used? I didn’t make that up. You did.

        I don’t care how you break it down and how you explain it, it could take a person 2 years to create an app…if it doesn’t hold value compared to what’s already offered for free and for cheaper then it’s not worth it for me. Just because you try to tug on the emotion of “took months to make” and “works on different platforms” doesn’t make the value of it more impressive. Also, honestly you don’t know how long it took to make either.

        If anything is telling about “who you are as a person” it’s the fact that you can try to sum up who someone is with 2 comments on tech blog. That’s kinda ridiculous. News flash: you don’t know everything and your opinions aren’t absolute.

      • fbara

        I do know that you don’t know what you’re talking about, you don’t know what a metaphor is, and you don’t know how to value software (I know exactly how long it took to create that app). I’m happy the free versions of software work for you but many of us have needs beyond the basic Twitter app and we’re happy to compensate someone for their work in creating a valuable tool. I’m guessing you’re the kind of person who expects to get everything free because someone, somewhere has made a tool that costs less. It’s sad, really.

      • therealjjohnson

        First you use the comparison, then say you didn’t, now you’re saying it was a metaphor which by definition is a comparison. Make up your mind.

        I don’t want things to be free. I purchase apps all the time. My first post even said I purchased tweetbot two different times.

        You think you know everything and are very set on telling me “what kind of person” I am. And you’re telling people how they value things are wrong. Get over yourself.

      • fbara

        Oh my gosh, look up metaphor in the dictionary. Never mind, that appears to be too difficult for you so I did it for your: “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.” See that part about ‘figure of speech’ and ‘not literally applicable’?

        It’s like I’m teaching a 4-year old! You know, do the developers a favor and don’t buy any software, just complain about stuff. That appears to be what you do best. And don’t bother replying, either, you’re just making yourself look bad.

      • therealjjohnson

        Go away.

      • fbara

        Just stop replying, it’s that simple (although it seems very difficult for you to face the fact that you don’t really know what you’re talking about).

      • therealjjohnson

        Sheesh. A week later and you’re still at it?

      • fbara

        You can’t help yourself from replying, can you? Let it go….

      • therealjjohnson

        Says the person still responding…

  • haxrnick

    I just want to be able to load more than 200 tweets by default.

  • Job Fuentes

    I agree!

  • iSoft-Touch

    Just like Intelliborn Dev