As of the time this article was published, the only posts that can be made on the Substack app are Substack Notes posts and chats. Creators and writers can not write or post newsletters or podcasts via the Substack app.
Even though writers can’t post on the Substack app, there are a lot of pros and cons of Substack’s mobile app. Substack’s app launched in March 2022 with only a few features.
Substack has created an entirely new experience for writers to connect with readers. Audiences now have a more interactive and personal experience with their favorite writers.
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How to grow your subscribers with the Substack app?
The Substack Notes feature is a great way to grow subscribers on the Substack app. It allows creators to reach new audiences and increase their followers.
In Notes, writers can publish short-form posts that other creators and readers can engage with. The algorithm can then push those posts to be read by new readers and potential subscribers.
Growing your Substack subscribers can be as easy as publishing a popular note in the app.
Other ways to grow your subscribers on the Substack app include:
- Promoting your Substack account on social media
- Using other accounts like Medium to promote your Substack account
- Getting other writers to recommend your Substack page
The beauty of creating a Substack account is there are so many ways to grow your audience. The features of the platform allow creators to utilize their posts in a variety of different ways. Substack is not just an email newsletter provider.
Can you earn money on the Substack app?
You can’t earn money directly on the Substack app. The app is primarily for readers to easily find and read their favorite publications. The Substack app does not support payment processing at this time.
However, writers can promote their Substack accounts using the app and increase their subscriber count. By doing this, it gives creators a better chance to gain more paid subscribers and monetize their audience in general.
While Substack is a reliable and great way to earn money as a writer, the Substack website is the only way writers can enter payment information and earn money.
How to find new writers on Substack’s app?
Finding new writers on the Substack app can be done by clicking on the search icon in the top right corner of the app. The search icon will immediately show featured newsletters for readers to subscribe to.
Another way to find new writers on the Substack app is just by searching the niche you’re interested in. If making money and side hustles interests you, type in ‘side hustle’ in the search bar. You’ll likely find my newsletter high in the search results.
If you’re already following writers on Substack, you can use the app to see what kinds of content they’re reading. Then you can follow those writers as well. Recommendations are one of the best ways to find new creators and content on Substack.
What are all the features of the Substack app?
As of publishing this article, the Substack app has several features. Being aware of the app’s features will help both readers and writers better navigate the software to find what they’re looking for.
The Substack app’s main page is the Inbox. It’s a feed of posts from publications you follow.
When using the Substack app, the Inbox page will be the first page that opens after clicking on the mobile app.
Substack launched the Notes feature in 2023. It’s similar to Twitter as it’s a short-form post style of writing that allows users to engage with each other.
Substack’s Chat page is similar to a private DM feature, except it’s within groups of people who follow a publication. Chat can be looked at as a group chat feature of Substack.
The Activity tab on Substack shows users their recent engagement and who has engaged with them.
The Substack app’s Library page includes a number of different features.
Saved is where posts readers decide to save for later are stored.
The Podcasts section is where the podcasts you follow will appear.
Archive on Substack’s app is where older, archived posts appear.
Any publications you own or create will appear under the “Your Publications” section of the Substack app.
Last on the Library page is the Subscriptions section. This section includes both free and paid subscriptions of newsletters you’re subscribed to.
Edit profile and settings
The edit profile and settings pages allow users to adjust how their profile appears to the public and the app’s settings. These can help create a more tailored feeling for anyone using the app.
Conclusion: How to post on the Substack app?
As of right now, only Substack Notes and chats can be posted in the Substack app. However, this could change in future updates.
We recently saw Medium update its app over the last few years. First, writers could post and edit via the app, then they couldn’t and as of now, they can again. Medium and Substack share similarities, so there’s a chance we could see similar updates on Substack.
Frequently asked questions about Substack
Is the Substack app new?
Substack launched its app in spring 2022.
Where to download the Substack app?
The Substack app can be downloaded on iOS and Google Play.
Is Substack owned by a bigger company?
Substack is owned by the group of people who created it and its writers. In spring 2023, Substack opened its doors for writers to invest in the app and own a piece of it.