How to Use Hypothesis on Mobile Devices

How to Use Hypothesis on Mobile Devices2020-03-14T15:45:36-07:00
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Currently our Chrome extension is not supported on mobile browsers. But that doesn’t have to stop you from using Hypothesis on your phone, tablet, or other mobile device!

Using Hypothesis on a mobile device

While the Chrome browser extension and bookmarklets for other browsers are some of the most popular ways to access Hypothesis, they are only available on computers and laptops.

Mobile device users can access Hypothesis using a special link that includes the web address of the document to annotate.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Copy the web address (URL) of the webpage you want to annotate.
  2. Navigate to any page on the Hypothesis website (like the one you are reading now).
  3. Paste your link in the “Paste a Link” function in our top menu and click the ANNOTATE button.
  4. You’ll be taken to a new view of your webpage, now with annotation enabled. The Hypothesis sidebar will appear in the upper right corner — where you can log in — and highlighting text will pop up the choice to annotate or highlight.
  5. BONUS: clicking links on an annotation-enabled webpage will also enable annotation on other pages you visit.

Behind the scenes

Paste a Link works by adding “https://via.hypothes.is/” to the start of any web address (URL).

For example, suppose you wanted to annotate the public domain version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland on the Project Gutenberg website that is available at this web address: "http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11/11-h/11-h.htm".

Paste a Link will add the special Hypothesis link to the start of the Alice in Wonderland web address to create an annotation-enabled link you can share with anyone to annotate that page in any web browser (including mobile device browsers), even if they don’t have a Hypothesis extension or bookmarklet: "https://via.hypothes.is/http://www.gutenberg.org/files/11/11-h/11-h.htm".

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