Flickr has no love for Windows Phone, so here are some alternative Flickr apps

You would think with devices like the Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520 and even the venerable Lumia 92x, a photography site like Flickr would be catering heavily towards Windows Phone users. Instead, we have an app that was last updated almost two years ago from the Yahoo! owned shutterbug site. An app that is plagued with performance and login issues, giving users a subpar experience.

Now, Flickr through their support forums have confirmed that they are purposefully giving the cold shoulder to Windows Phone. If you were expecting a massive update waiting in the wings from the company, you can now stop.

A message posted today in their support forums from Matthew Roth, Flickr Community Team, states the obvious:

“At this point, we are focusing our mobile development efforts on iPhone and Android apps. If this changes, we’ll let you know in the forum here.”

It’s an odd confession, especially in 2014 where Windows Phone is now the accepted ‘third way’ for mobile. Even more so since Windows Phone users are heavy on photo snapping and sharing, due to Nokia’s phenomenal work in mobile photography. (I’m reminded by how just good Lumias are after playing with my new Moto X, or browsing images on my sister’s Galaxy S4.)

In the past, we’ve seen such responses from companies who didn’t have the resources for Windows Phone development. At the time, users begrudgingly accepted it, but in 2014 it seems very out of place. Even more so since Yahoo! is hardly a small time player. Like Google, they could easily afford to develop a robust app for Windows Phone users, but are purposefully not doing so.

Flickr's downward spiral (Source: Alexa)

Luckily, Flickr is a service that is quickly going out of fashion with mobile photography. Services like Instagram are putting a serious dent into Flickr, and even sites like 500PX, who have an excellent Windows Phone app, are picking up Yahoo!’s slack in this market. Flickr’s mid 2013 refresh is also wearing off, according to the analytics site Alexa.

Need Flickr on Windows Phone? Use these apps instead

If Windows Phone users still need a decent Flickr app, there are some seriously nice alternative that access the site and upload services, including:

Still, for the platform’s sake, it would be better for Windows Phone to have a top shelf official app, utilizing Nokia’s unique camera APIs. Hopefully users will demand such a change from Yahoo!.

Source: Flickr Support forums; via @TheRomit

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Daniel Rubino
Editor-in-chief

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

85 Comments
  • #mobileequality is working on getting them to update it!
  • +928
  • Noone cares about your goddamn phone.
  • Yes!!
  • Good work! I honestly can't understand why they'd purposely give the cold shoulder to a section of market they could use!
  • I just tweeted them & used your hash tag! Whoop
  • My 928 rocks :) Icon soon-to-be will be better! Go me! #Prideful
  • I don't think very many people use Flickr anymore anyway.
  • I was wondering about that. I don't think I've sen a single reference or link to them in many years. But maybe it's more of a niche site for serious photography these days.
  • I had their premium account for years, but as mobile photography got better (cough, Lumias, cough), my usage dropped off. My account lapsed like 9 months ago and not sure if I'm going to renew it. Flickr, like Polaroid, really missed the mobile revolution, even though both were poised to exploit it with their userbase and name.
  • It's pointless to get a premium account now (even though I still pay the pennies it costs). They give 1TB free now to all.
  • Even search for photos on Flickr, if you do find pics on the topic they are usually old.
  • Yes Flickr is a niche site for serious photography. On Flickr you will find the Lumia 920 and 1020 as one of the most popular camera (phone) used. Fickr actually record exif data and rates the cameras used by members.
  • I use it purely because of the 1TB free storage. If there was another free photography service which had 1TB free storage and a good WP app I would happily switch though.
  • +1520 I use it too solely because of the 1TB storage. All my full resolution pics backup in one place in case my hard drive crashes.
  • What are people using? I like Flickr and have over 12,800 pictures all tagged and in sets.
  • Yeah, OneDrive took over my photo backup years ago. Thank you, MSFT!
  • They will turn around.
  • who f@cks Flickr.....
  • I don't use it anymore so I don't care!
  • Dan, how many kheffiyehs do you have? Lol! They are awwesome!
  • Just the one! lol
  • hahaha! They do look good on you! Get some more.
  • I would say "screw them", but at least they don't actively seek to sabotage 3rd party alternative apps like another famous search company does.
  • +920 although it sucks big time that Yahoo! aren't investing anything other than a middle finger for their official WP8 Flickr app, at least they're not trying to hinder alternatives. Good point!
  • Marissa is ex google so not really surprising. Uninstalled the app and won't use the service if they won't support WP.
  • This. Don't want to support the platform?, fine, we millions of users won't use your service.
  • Too true. Have never used Flickr as it never grabbed me.
  • It's pretty obvious anyway, she is an ex-google employee... I am not surprised.
  • Flickr is owned by yahoo and to tell you the truth. I think yahoo has a grudge against Microsoft. Ever since bailing on the buyout proposal. I've seem so many negative campaigns on yahoo, more than any other company.
  • Yeah I think Yahoo is mad that MS won't let them out of the Bing deal (among other biases).  Probably not going to get support from them unless WP gets significant market share relative to iOS/Android.
  • There are still lots of people using Flickr, remember that they offer a lot of storage for free.
    Flickr offer highres pictures for photographers (hobby and pro) while services like IG offers terrible resolutions. 500px and google+ are about the only ones that can compete with Flickr, realistically, but they both have some work ahead of them whipping out Flickr. The best thing for gplus, 500px and similar is that yahoo is runned by fools that keeps painting them selves into corners.
  • "There are still lots of people using Flickr, remember that they offer a lot of storage for free."
    True, although as the traffic data indicates above, after the initial surge from their re-launch, it's dropped off and seemingly stabilized, albeit at a lot less than they were pre-2012.
  • I used Flickr before too, but i have since,moved to 500px since
  • who needs a Flickr? who needs a Yahoo? no wonder they're going downhill
  • Well, I had troubles logging in a few times, but am otherwise pretty content with the WP app. Besides that, I began the process of uploading all my pictures there in order to have a back up this summer, when they increased the free storage space. With the photo app on windows rt integrating Flickr made it a really great option. When they removed it for 8.1, I assumed the winRT app was due shortly. I am quite reluctant to an alternative app for my login's sake. Does anyone have an idea or something nice to recommend ?
  • I already switched from Flickr to 500px. The only inconvenience is the lack of video upload on 500px, since photography is more of a hobby of mine but film is my preferred medium. But yeah, Flickr is slowly dying off.
  • Viewr for Flickr has been renamed Flickr Central. And I still never got credit.. :c
  • Actually, it says that in the article.
  • Well, now it does. I swore it didn't say that before. Sorry Daniel. :c
  • Nah, it was fixed very quickly...I didn't notice at first, sorry!
  • yea it looks like no oFFICIAL yahoo apps of any kind this year... http://www.nok4us.com/2014/01/bad-news-yahoo-will-not-be-investing.html
  • They are sure sour about something, what makes this hilarious is that all your life you are taught to be mature and 'get along' with others but these corps are acting like petulant teenagers...lol
  • 500px all the way. Flickr is dead to me.
  • Any flicker apps upload 1020 high res photos?
  • I doubt that, it seem