How Wattpad works

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  • What is Wattpad and how it works
  • How Wattpad works on PC and Mac
  • How Wattpad works on Android and iOS

What is Wattpad and how it works

Before explaining in detail the operation of Wattpad it is necessary to make a brief introduction. Wattpad is an online platform designed for lovers of writing and reading that aims to bring readers and writers together.

Wattpad is accessible via the website and therefore can be consulted from any computer or Mac browser but you can use it to read books and publish your stories also through the free application for Android and iOS. Website and applications offer a full service free, cataloging short stories, novels or fan fiction by writers from all over the world.



From the point of view of the writers Wattpad deals with protecting the authorship of a work, allowing the writer to be able to choose to protect his story with different copyright options. The originality given by Wattpad, which represents its added value, is given by its social network style features. The stories can be commented and there are different possibilities for interaction between users.

Now that we have generally clarified what the key elements of this online platform represent, we can move on to what is the crux of the matter, that is, the practical operation for using Wattpad. I'll talk about it in detail in the following lines.

How Wattpad works on PC and Mac

As I anticipated, to start using Wattpad you can choose to go to its website from any desktop browser for Windows PC and Mac. To do this, first open the browser program you usually use to visit Internet sites and type, in the address bar wwww.wattpad.com then pressing the key Submit to confirm your willingness to go to the official website of the platform.



At this point, once you see the home page of the website in question, you will need to proceed by registering free, which is essential to be able to read and publish stories and stories. Registration is mandatory and, to complete it, you can proceed by creating an account by connecting with Facebook or Google. Alternatively, if you wish to use a different email, you can proceed to create an account by indicating a different email address.

The choice is up to you, so hit the button Facebook o Google depending on whether you want to register via Mark Zuckerberg's social network profile or if you want to connect to the site via the Google services email. If none of these choices are right for you, complete the registration by indicating all the required data in the appropriate text fields: Username, E-mail e Password and then press the button Start reading.

Once registration is complete you will be offered to follow some popular authors; you can do this by pressing the button Following that you will see in correspondence with the stories that will be suggested to you. By following users, the stories they post will appear in your news feed, which is the main Wattpad screen.

After following some users, you need to dedicate yourself to customizing your profile on Wattpad and to do so click on your username located in the top bar. From the drop-down menu that will open, then tap on the item My Profile in order to access the section dedicated to the personalization of your account.


In the following screen, then tap on the item Edit profile; you can then upload an image that represents you and write some personal information about yourself by filling in the entries Location, Information e my website. Once you have finished editing, click on the button Save the changes to update your profile. Don't forget to add a description that represents you: you can also do it directly from your profile screen, by pressing on the item Add a description.


Using Wattpad from a website you will be able to see how this is mainly characterized by three main sections: Discover, Create e Community, menu items present in the top bar of the platform. I want to draw your attention to these menu items since they are critical to using Wattpad.

By explaining the various menu items mentioned individually, I recommend that you first click on the item Discover; you will see a drop-down menu appear and you can browse the list of stories on Wattpad based on the literary genre of your interest: fantasy, science fiction, humor, vampires…etc. etc.

By clicking on a category you will be able to view all the stories and novels related to the genre of your choice, appropriately divided by hashtag, but also stories in the sub-categories Sensational, Featured, Uphill, New.

To start reading a story, click on its title and then press the button Read. Usually, Wattpad stories are divided into several chapters, therefore, after reading the first chapter, you will have to press the button Read on to the next part.


While reading a story, you can leave comments or notes for the writer; to do this, just press the button capacitor positive (+) lead that you can see located in correspondence with the text. At the end of the reading you can also comment by posting your impressions of the story: write what you want in the text field Leave a comment and then press the button Public.

The menu item Crea it is essential if you want to start writing and publishing your story. In fact, you will be referred to the section My Works and you will have to tap the button + New Story to start writing your story. In order to publish the story on Wattpad you will first need to enter some details and then fill in the entries Title, Description, Tag, Genre, Language, Copyright and Classification. Once you have added the cover image, click on the button Following.


You will finally find yourself in the presence of the Wattpad editor and you can begin the actual drafting of the story; to publish it, click on the button Public. Your story will be published in Wattpad's online library and other people will be able to read and comment on it, following your profile.

Finally, keep in mind that another way to actively use Wattpad is to participate in the contests held by the platform. You can do this by pressing on the menu item Community and pressing on the menu item Writing competitions.

How Wattpad works on Android and iOS

As I explained to you, the Wattpad online reading platform is also available for use via a free application for Android and iOS.

To start using Wattpad on your smartphone or tablet you must first download the application from the default store of your device (iOS App Store or Android PlayStore).

Then search for the Wattpad application using the internal search engine of the virtual store and then press the button Ottieni / Installa acting from an iOS device, or on the button Install / Accetto, if you are downloading the application on your Android smartphone or tablet.

In both cases, once you have completed the download and installation of the app on your device, press the button apri or tap on the app icon that will have been added to the Home screen to start it.

Wattpad's operation on Android and iOS is quite similar to that of the platform accessible online; To use this tool dedicated to writing enthusiasts on mobile devices, you must first register or log in.

Then proceed to carry out this procedure by registering or logging in with Facebook (button Register via Facebook / Login via Facebook) or by manually entering your email address and password and pressing the button Login o SUBSCRIBE.

Wattpad's user interface on Android and iOS devices is simple and straightforward; the main sections described above are visible by tapping on the icons in the lower bar of the application.

Specifically, the house symbol is the Wattpad Home Page, through which you can view a bulletin board in which all the updates of the authors followed will appear. By tapping the button with the symbol of booksinstead, you will have access to the section Library, which includes the list of all the stories that you are about to read.

If this is your first time using Wattpad and you have chosen to register from a mobile device, remember to customize your profile by tapping the button with the symbol of a little man; you will be able to customize your account in a very similar way to what is possible from the website of the platform.

To write a new story, add new chapters or edit the existing one, press the button with the symbol of a pencil, you will be able to write a story and modify the works you wrote previously.

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